McDonald’s fires employee for reporting gas leak to fire department

McDonald's meal illustration 
By: Anika Rao

An employee at McDonald's was fired for reporting a gas leak to the fire department, the New York State Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Warrenone, Inc., a franchisee operating four McDonald’s restaurants in Wayne and Monroe counties.

The settlement resolves the Attorney General's investigation into the illegal firing of an employee at Warrenone's Lyons, New York location.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office found that a part-time minimum-wage employee of the restaurant made multiple attempts to report a gas leak. When his supervisors did not address the situation, he reported the leak to the Lyons Fire Department.

Responding firefighters and local law enforcement both confirmed that there was a gas leak, and the store was temporarily closed to the public for the night. While the firefighters were at the restaurant investigating the leak, two supervisors informed the employee that he was fired.

New York Labor Law Section 740 forbids employers from retaliating against an employee for reporting to a supervisor or to the authorities when an employer violates a law that poses a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. The public health and safety issue reported here - a gas leak - involved a violation of provisions of the New York State Fire Code, among other things.

"It's outrageous that an employee would be terminated for contacting the local authorities about a serious safety risk. He should be thanked, not fired," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "Workers who try to protect the public and their fellow employees, deserve protection, and the state should have their back."

As a result of this settlement, the company will pay $10,000 in restitution, which constitutes approximately one and one half years' worth of front pay in lieu of reinstatement for the discharged employee. Lost compensation was already obtained through enforcement by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Labor Law Section 740 does not provide for additional liquidated damages.

In addition to payment of restitution, Warrenone will create and implement procedures for complaints, and investigation of complaints, regarding health and safety in its restaurants. Warrenone will also report quarterly to the Attorney General about any health and safety complaints, and about the management’s response to those complaints.

Mother of three fatally injured while vomiting out of minivan window after partying

Amanda Erza 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A fun-loving woman was killed after she stuck her head out of a car window to vomit.

24-year-old Amanda Erza of Indiana, died when her head hit something while vomiting out the window of a moving minivan.

Police said that Erza was sitting on someones lap in the front passenger seat about 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, when she felt sick after a night of partying.

Erza stuck her head out of the window to vomit. That is when her head hit a unknown object in Osceola, about 10 miles east of South Bend.

Erza is a mother of three children, who are said to be between 2 and 8 years old. Erza was enrolled at the Ivy Tech Community College.

The minivan driver, who is in his 20s, and another passenger fled, but police caught them. The driver was arrested and preliminarily charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

Man in handcuffs pulls gun out of his rectum while riding to jail and shoots police officer

Isaac Vigil 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A police officer of Colorado, was shot by a suspect who was handcuffed.

Denver Police said that the suspect, 32-year-old Isaac Vigil, was stopped by officers who spotted him smoking meth at a McDonald’s parking lot.

When officers tried to take him into custody, Vigil was “violent and aggressive.” While he was transported to the police station in handcuffs, Vigil was belligerent and allegedly threatened to kill the officers.

While handcuffed in the backseat of the police cruiser, Vigil managed to pull a small gun out of his rectum. When officers attempted to remove him from the car he fired at the officers twice before his gun jammed.

An officer shot Vigil in the stomach, causing him to drop the gun. While he was waiting for an ambulance to arrive, Vigil allegedly told officer that he had more drugs. Doctors found three bags of meth in his rectum.

Vigil was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had arrest warrants for assault, felony menacing and possession of a weapon. He now faces additional charges of attempted murder of a police officer.

Man stands outside two days begging for wife’s forgiveness after attempting to commit suicide

He Nan 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A man was seen standing on the street with a sign begging for his wife’s forgiveness, according to a video uploaded to the Internet.

The 34-year-old man of Taiwan, attempted to get his wife’s forgiveness by standing in front of a temple in Yunlin, for two days trying to apologize to his wife who left him.

The husband, He Nan, had been standing in the sun for the two days with a sign that said: “I know I did something wrong,” “I really regret it,” and “Please give me another chance.”

According to the report, Nan had a fight with his wife, which escalated and he attempted suicide. This act apparently angered his wife even more. She took their eight-month-old child and returned to her parents' house in Yunlin.

“My family is important to me and I don't want my son to be raised in a single parent family,” Nan said.

During an interview, when asked what he wanted to tell his wife he began crying and said: "Wife, I know I've done something wrong, please forgive me, I repent wholeheartedly.”

According to the report, the man went to Yunlin from Jaipur to apologize to his wife without success. On the contrary, his wife called the police to take him away.

He then decided to apologize publicly to prove his love. However, this act angered the woman as she considers it “a disgrace.”

Man tricks smartphone thief into meeting him by pretending to be a pretty girl

The suspect on the floor 
By: Aarav Sen

A man got his stolen phone back after he pretended to be a pretty girl.

The man of South Africa, was robbed at gunpoint, and his smartphone was taken.

However, the thief made a stupid mistake. He used the phone to chat with people through WhatsApp. The victim and his friends came up with a plan to catch the thief.

They began chatting with the thief while pretending to be a girl, who is interested in having a relationship with him.

The “girl” arranged a meeting in Orlando Community Center in Soweto. However, when he came to meet the pretty girl, many residents were waiting.

As the man came to the community center, residents jumped him and taught him a lesson, which he will never forget.

The man demanded his phone back, but the thief denied stealing it. That made residents very angry.

Community members began searching him and after finding the phone in his possession they stripped him of his clothes. He begged for mercy, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

The crowd beat him until he fainted. He was finally rescued by police and was taken to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Police spokesperson Captain Phephi Matlou, confirmed that the suspect was in the hospital under police guard.

The man faces charges of armed robbery. The suspect will appear in court when he is discharged from the hospital.

76-year-old arrested for performing and receiving oral sex from girls aged 6 and 8

Henry Dove 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A man faces life in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

The 76-year-old man is suspected of performing oral sex on two of his young family members.

Police said that Henry Dove of Reading, Ohio, was charged with six counts of rape after having sex with girls on a least two occasions.

Dove is accused of performing oral sex on the girls, who are 6 and 8 years old.

He allegedly told investigators that he had received and performed oral sex on the two girls, and admitted to sexually abusing them.

Dove is currently in the Butler County jail on charges of child pornography stemming from a federal investigation.

After a search warrant was executed at his residence he allegedly admitted that about 40 percent of the pornography on his computer was child pornography, according to court documents.

Married woman commits suicide after getting pregnant by lover

Pregnant woman illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A married woman took her own life after getting pregnant by her lover, police in Nigeria said.

Edo State Police said that 40-year-old Ometere Aduga, committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope in her apartment.

The mother of one, whose husband was on a business trip, was said to be two months pregnant. Investigators believe that the woman committed suicide because she became pregnant by her lover.

According to a source close to the family, the woman visited a private hospital in the city a few days ago. She told a doctor that she is planning to commit suicide because of her pregnancy.

The woman was advised against such action, and was told to return on Monday, for further medical examination and counseling. However, on Monday, she dropped off her son at a neighbor’s house, saying that she needs to run errands for several hours.

After waiting several hours, the neighbor went to the woman’s apartment and saw her hanging from the ceiling.

New dad killed by stray bullet during homecoming party for his newborn son

Justin Ayers with his newborn son 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A family was overjoyed with the birth of their son.

However, the joy was overshadowed by death as the baby’s father was killed by a stray bullet.

33-year-old Justin Ayers, and his wife Jessica, invited friends and family to celebrating the homecoming of their 3-day-old baby at their home in Panama City, Florida.

It was about 6:00 p.m., and during the celebration, Ayers was hit with a bullet in the back of the head. He died instantly.

Deputies believe the bullet came from a gun fired by his 62-year-old neighbor, Charles Edward Shisler.

Police believe that Shisler fire the shot from inside his home and the bullet traveled through a sliding glass door at the home of Ayers.

Shisler allegedly told deputies he accidentally fired the gun when he picked it up by the trigger.

He was charged with manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His criminal status derived from a conviction for carrying a concealed firearm.

Hospital morgue refuses to keep dead man’s body for being too fat

Overweight man illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A hospital refused to keep a dead man in its morgue because he was too fat, a funeral director in Australia said.

The funeral director said that she had to keep the body of the 440 pound man in her car overnight, after receiving the notice from the hospital.

Joanne Cummings also said that she had to drive to her home in Roebourne, two hours away from the morgue, with the corpse. Temperatures in the area average 82 degrees during the day, and Cummins said that she had to keep the air conditioning at full blast to keep the body cool during the trip.

She also had to keep the air conditioning running overnight, using 3 tanks of gasoline, and checked on the body every 30 minutes. The next morning, she and her business partner hired a shipping container with a refrigerator and the body was placed inside.

Cummings, the co-owner of the Pilbara Funeral Service in Port Hedland, said that the Hedland Health Campus had refused large bodies before. The Hedland Health Campus is only allowed to take bodies up 330 pounds.

They are currently working to double the limit to 660 pounds.

Boy, 3, tells police his mother was spanked with belt before her disappearance

Bianca Tanner 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A young child may help detectives break the case of his mother’s disappearance.

31-year-old Bianca Tanner, disappeared from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, after moving in with her boyfriend.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police revealed disturbing facts about the relationship between Tanner and her boyfriend - Angelo Grayson Smith, Jr.

Police said that the woman’s three-year-old son told investigators that Smith hurt his mother. “Mommy was spanked with a belt,” the child allegedly told police.

“Angelo kicked mommy’s behind and made her cry,” he also said.

His statements to the police indicate that the child has witnessed violence between his mother, who was an elementary school teacher, and her boyfriend.

The 3-year-old boy was reportedly handed over to the custody of his biological father. Police are still looking for the woman and the investigation is ongoing.

Mother arrested after allowing stranger from Craigslist to drive son, 9, to Florida

Shelia Sherrie Joyner 
By: Hydar Tomar

With so many pedophiles out there who want to hurt young kids, most parents are concerned when their kids log onto the Internet and hook up with strangers.

However, one mother went online to find a stranger, who was willing to drive her son to Florida, so she does not have to drive him their.

The mother of Georgia, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she planned to send her 9-year-old son to visit his grandparents in Florida, with a stranger.

Shelia Sherrie Joyner allegedly went to the online site Craigslist, where she answered an advertisement from a man looking to share expenses for a trip to Florida.

She did not know the man and she had no information about him, not even his last name. However, she agreed to pay the man to drive her son from Georgia to Florida.

When the man learned that his passenger will be an underage child without his parents’ supervision, he became concerned and called the police.

According to the arrest warrant, an undercover officer made arrangements to pick up the child on Friday, and went to the designated location to meet Joyner.

The mother did not bring her child to meet the man, instead, she sent him with a babysitter and lied to the babysitter saying that the driver was a friend.

Joyner was arrested on Friday afternoon, at her apartment and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her bail was set at $1,000.