4 Borough Park area men arrested after being caught with 30 dangerous weapons

The seized weapons 
By: Anika Rao

Four Borough Park area men were arrested on charges of weapons possession after being caught with about 30 dangerous weapons, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that they seized a cache of weapons during a police raid on a house on Thursday morning.

After receiving intelligence about weapons being stored at 175 Dahill Road, police took action. When police executed a search warrant at 7:00 a.m., they found a 9mm caliber rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, two revolvers, eight swords, a machete and over 200 rounds of ammunition, police said.

Drugs, swords, knives and BB guns were also recovered from the scene. Police arrested Bashkim Sylmetaj, 36; Michael Sylmetaj, 42; Adem Sylmetaj, 38; and Zenaida Vaysberg, 32.

Authorities said that the home address of the four suspects is listed as 175 Dahill Road. Each of them have been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Flatbush man seen on video robbing Family Dollar store

The suspect 
By: Devansh Dutt

Police are looking to arrest a man on charges of armed robbery after being seen on video robbing a Flatbush Family Dollar store, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that an unidentified man got away with hundreds of dollars after flashing a gun at a cashier.

The incident began when the suspect entered the Family Dollar Store located at 2184 Clarendon Road around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The worker gave him approximately $300 in cash.

No one at the store was injured. Police described the suspect as a black male, approximately 35 years old.

He is believed to be 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighs about 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue hoodie and black sunglasses.

New app allows alcohol delivery to your door in 30 minutes

The Drizly app 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Thanks to a new app, alcohol can be delivered to your door on demand.

“Download the application, set your location and add your favorite beer, wine or liquor. A local liquor store will deliver your order in 20 to 40 minutes,” Nick Rellas, CEO and co-founder of Drizly, said.

He said that the major obstacle to creating the application, which began in Boston, Massachusetts, and has just been launched in Chicago, Illinois, was making sure it would not be used by minors. Rellas said the application allows stores to authenticate identity.

The app also allows customers to track their order in real time, from the store and until it reaches their door. Seven liquor stores in Chicago, have already signed up to participate so far.

“Drizly is a mobile lifestyle app that is the fastest, most responsible way for smartphone users to get beer, wine and liquor delivered to their doorstep. Delivery drivers authenticate and validate IDs using Drizly technology. The company has raised $2.3 million to become the Amazon for alcohol in Boston, New York City and other cities across the United States,” the company states on its website.

Teen shoots man because he refused to buy him beer

Monte A. Johnson (left) and Carlos Blue 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A man was shot after he refused to buy beer and give it to a teenager, police in Missouri said.

Pine Lawn Police said that they arrested a teenager for shooting the man, who refused to buy beer at a convenience store.

17-year-old Carlos Blue was charged on Tuesday, with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

The victim, 47-year-old David B. Porter Sr., was shot in the back on Natural Bridge Road near Pine Grove Avenue. He was seriously injured.

The incident occurred when Porter had refused to buy beer for Blue, and when Porter left the store, Blue was waiting for him and confronted him. Porter also refused to hand over his wallet, police said.

That is when Blue opened fire. Blue’s friend grabbed the wallet and they fled from the seen.

19-year-old Monte A. Johnson, was charged on Tuesday, with theft. Police said officers stopped and saw the two teenagers rummaging through the pockets of the victim.

Blue lives in the 6100 block of Payne Avenue, while Johnson lives in the 3400 block of Ridgedale Avenue. Porter was rushed to the nearest hospital, and doctors believe that he will remain paralyzed.

Female news reporter seen on video scooping up pile of human feces and smelling it

Elizabeth Matthews smells human waste 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A female new reporter was seen on video scooping up a pile of human waste and smelling it.

The incident happened when the woman was reporting about the stench that is too much for the neighbors to handle.

However, the farmer said that human waste is the best fertilizer to use for crops. The farm is located in St. Clair County, Illinois. The neighbors say that they always hope the wind blows in the opposite direction because they can’t take the awful smell.

Farmer Shane Reinneck said that it is basically raw sewage that was treated and heated to remove harmful pathogens. Reinneck gets it in dry form, which looks a bit like potting soil. He has been using the sewage for the past eleven years.

The sewage comes from a local wastewater treatment plant. While reporting the story, Elizabeth Matthews bent down, scooped up some of the sewage and smelled it.

She confirmed that it indeed smelled bad.

3 New York roommates shocked to find $41,000 in cash hidden in their couch

Cash in bag illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) Three roommates were shocked to discover a large amount of cash hidden inside their couch.

Reese Werkhoven, Cally Guasti, and Lara Russo, all of New York, found $41,000 in cash several weeks ago, and they are still in shock.

The three said that they had bought the couch from a Salvation Army near New Paltz, New York, about two months ago.

The hundred dollar bills were wrapped in bubble wrap and envelopes. After counting the money they realized that the envelope had a name on it.

With the help of the mother of Werkhoven, they were able to find the woman to whom the money belonged. They called her and returned the money.

The woman said that she put the money in her couch and forgot about it. Her family members donated the couch because they didn’t know about the cash.

As a reward, the old woman gave the roommates $1,000.

Friends stab each other during argument over last can of beer after downing 2 cases

Mark Durham (right) and Daniel Trent 
By: Aarav Sen

A man is dead and his dog suffered serious injuries after being stabbed during an argument over a can of beer, police in Florida said.

Daniel Trent, who was booked into the Marion County jail, said that he killed Mark Durham in self-defense.

Trent of 5460 SE 30th Place, Unit C, in Ocala, is charged with second-degree murder. He said that he argued with Durham over the last can of Natural Ice, after they had completed two cases of beer.

Trent also said that Durham grabbed a kitchen knife and cut his hand. That is when he grabbed the knife and stabbed Durham in the stomach and chest.

Durham told him to stab his dog, and he complied. Trent is being held without bail.

29-year-old mother burns her teen daughter with hot knife because she had sex with her husband

Hot knife illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A mother is behind bars on charges of burning her young daughter with a hot knife, prosecutors in Nigeria said.

Lagos State Police said that 29-year-old Lucy Samuel was arrested on Thursday, after being charged in connection with assaulting her 13-year-old daughter with a hot knife.

Samuel of 14/6 Isheri Osun Road, was charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of assault.

The prosecutor told the court that the defendant and her husband conspired and assaulted the 13-year-old girl with a hot knife inside their home during an argument.

According to the police investigation, the mother inserted the hot knife into the private parts of the victim after the girl told her that she was forced to have sex with her father.

Police first learned of the assault by the girl’s teacher. The teacher noticed that the girl was in pain and notified the police.

The mother pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge set bail at N100,000 ($615).

Prostitute murders Catholic school teacher after he refused to pay for her services

Alisha Walker and Alan Filan insert 
By: Aarav Sen

A community was shocked by the death of a beloved teacher.

However, the circumstances that surrounded his death was even more surprising.

61-year-old Alan Filan, was a Catholic teacher at the Brother Rice High School, in Chicago, Illinois. He was found dead in his home in Orland Park, with 14 stab wounds to his body. Investigators discovered a pile of escort advertisements in his home.

21-year-old Alisha Walker, a prostitute from Ohio, was arrested several days later in Indiana, and charged with killing Filan.

Detectives investigating the murder were able to track Walker to a motel in Fort Wayne, after reading text messages on Filan’s cellphone that were sent from a phone number that was also listed in a Backpage.com advertisement, which they had found in the teacher's home.

When extradited to Illinois and questioned by police, Walker said that she acted in self-defense because Filan grabbed a knife in a dispute over payment.

Walker, who has an extensive criminal record including multiple counts of prostitution, drug possession and assault, told investigators that she had met with Filan in his home at least two times before the day of the murder.

Woman, 31, arrested after pretending to be an orphaned teen and attending high school

Charity Johnson 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A 31-year-old woman, who wanted her high school diploma, attended high school as a teenage girl.

Charity Johnson was adopted by a kindhearted family, who believed her sob story of being an orphan.

The 31-year-old woman was arrested for impersonating a high school student after spending almost a whole year enrolled as a sophomore, police in Texas said.

Charity Johnson attended classes at New Life Christian School in Longview. Her fantasy life came to an end after her foster family began to suspect that she was not who she claimed to be.

The family called police, who ordered the woman to stay away from her adoptive parents’ home. Police said that Johnson used the name Charite Stevens, and began to go to school after posing as an orphaned 15-year-old girl.

"I sympathized with her and invited her to my house," Tamica Lincoln, who became the guardian of Johnson, said.

“I took her in as a child, did her hair, I bought her clothes and shoes,” Lincoln added.

Johnson allegedly told Lincoln that she was abused by her biological father after her mother died.

Investigators determined that Johnson used a fake name and birthday to enroll in the school. The woman even had a Facebook account posing as a tenth grader.

Johnson was booked into the Gregg County Jail, and is being held in lieu of $500 bond. She was accused of giving false and fictitious information, officials said.

Coach forces student to draw elephant as punishment on another student’s privates

Baseball Illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A tennis coach is accused of controlling his student through sexual abuse.

The 30-year-old tennis coach, who was identified as Liao of Tainan, Taiwan, banned his students from dating women while they were on his team.

Anyone who was caught breaking the rules, was punished in a form of sex abuse. On several occasions, he ordered a student to draw an elephant head on the penis of the student who was caught with a woman.

The elephant head was drawn on at least three students, while all teammates watched.

The students were embarrassed, but did not tell anyone because they were worried it would affect their grades.

In another incident, Liao forced a senior student to use a toothbrush to brush the backside of a junior student.

Students finally built up courage and reported the coach's behavior to school officials. However, the school did not take it seriously.

They said that there was not enough evidence to show that students were sexually assaulted by the coach.

One student went to a senior official, who in turn filed a lawsuit against the coach and asked the school to fire the coach.

Man walks into Subway with his family and walks out with their toilet tank

Toilet illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

In a bizarre incident, a man stole a toilet tank from a Subway restaurant.

Police in Washington, were called to investigate the unusual theft at the restaurant.

According to police, the man removed the toilet tank from the Subway restaurant in West Seattle on Sunday night, and destroyed the bathroom before he escaped.

The man entered the Subway with his family around 7:45 p.m. in the 7400 block of 42nd Avenue Southwest. While workers took orders from his family, the man went into the bathroom and stayed there for a while.

His wife went to the bathroom and asked what was taking him so long, police said. His family left the Subway without him.

Then the man came out of the bathroom holding a plastic garbage bag and calmly walked out of the restaurant.

An employee went to check the bathroom, and found that the toilet tank was gone and the bathroom key was missing. The sink was full of paper towels and still running.

The toilet tank is worth $550.

Police interviewed witnesses, and they identified a possible suspect, but so far, no arrests have been made.

9-year-old seen on video stealing purse from church worker who helped her family

Purse illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking for a woman and her 9-year-old daughter, who went to a church for help and left with a purse.

A church worker of California, welcomed the family inside. However, when the family left she realized that her purse was gone.

Gretchen Schreck, secretary at the St. Charles Borromeo Church of North Hollywood, was distressed when her purse along with her money was stolen.

When she reviewed the surveillance video she was shocked. She saw the 9-year-old girl running out of the church holding her purse.

Church officials said that the girl and her mother came to the church to seek assistance and money. While the mother asked for a glass of cold water, her young daughter was looking for cash.

She then stole her purse and ran out of the church. Her mother followed. The girl then went into her father’s car.
Police released the surveillance video of the incident in hopes that someone recognizes the mother.


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