Signature Bank employee arrested for stealing $80,000 from customer accounts to pay her bills

Signature Bank 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A bank employee was arrested on charges of theft for stealing cash from customer accounts to pay her bills, police in New York said.

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, announced that a former Brooklyn bank teller has been charged with using her position to funnel more than $80,000 out of numerous customer accounts to pay her family’s bills.

District Attorney Thompson said: “Within just weeks of being hired as a teller, this defendant allegedly stole money from the bank accounts of customers to pay her own bills. Now she could face imprisonment for this major betrayal of trust.”

“This case was brought by my new Cybercrimes Unit, a team of prosecutors capable of fighting 21st-century crimes such as this defendant’s alleged computer-based thievery. The Unit focuses on fraud such as identity theft, hacking, e-scams and schemes relating to online payments. It will also assist investigations involving the seizure and analysis of emails and digital equipment,” Thompson said.

Thompson identified the defendant as Janese Ferguson, 27, of 146 Beach 59th Street in the Arverne section of Queens.

She was arraigned last night in Brooklyn Criminal Court on a complaint in which she is charged with second-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and first-degree identity theft.

She was released without bail. The defendant faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. District Attorney Thompson said that according to the complaint, Ferguson had been hired as a teller at the Signature Bank branch at 26 Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Between December 2012 and April 2014, Ferguson allegedly made 58 unauthorized transactions from 13 different Signature Bank accounts totaling $80,235.38.

According to the complaint, Ferguson made the transactions—mostly electronic transfers--to benefit herself, her husband, Randell Ferguson, and her mother, Darlene Brown.

Some of the unauthorized transactions included money transfers to pay Ferguson’s student loan bills and her mother’s credit card bills, and to make Western Union wire transfers in Randell Ferguson’s name.

According to the complaint, Ferguson also allegedly created counterfeit checks using Signature Bank clients’ accounts and routing numbers, and used the checks to make payments to collection agencies on behalf of her husband.

Israeli soldier wounded after being hit by gunfire shot from Syria

Injured Israeli soldier arrives at hospital 
By: Anika Rao

An Israeli soldier was injured after being shot by gunfire from Syria, rescue workers in Israel said.

The IDF soldier was injured on Monday night, while patrolling the border area in the Golan Heights.

The soldier was shot in the leg while heavy fighting was reported in nearby Quneitra, Syria. The soldier was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

In August, an Israeli soldier was hospitalized after being wounded from a rocket that was shot from Syria into Israel, the Tazpit News Agency reported. The Israeli officer was stationed in the Golan Heights, when he was injured on Wednesday morning, by stray fire coming from Syria.

Shortly before 12:00 p.m., the IDF officer serving in an observation post in the area was injured by mortar fire. The officer was evacuated to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was reported to be in moderate condition.

Israel and the United States successfully shoot down long range test missile fired at Israel (video)

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By: Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for video) Israel and the United States carried out a test on a new missile defense system designed to shoot down long range missiles, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted an intercept test of the Arrow 2 interceptor missile on Tuesday morning.

The test, which took place over the Mediterranean Sea, oversaw the capabilities of the Arrow 2, the latest version of the air defense system designed to stop long-range missile threats, alongside the Iron Dome.

“An Arrow 2 missile was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned. The results are being analyzed by program engineers,” the Israel Defense Ministry released in a statement.

A senior official at the Ministry of Defense stated that a Rafael-produced Sparrow missile had been fired from the Mediterranean Sea at Israel, and the system detected and successfully intercepted the missile. “At the correct time, it fired an Arrow 2 interceptor,” the official said.

Israeli media reported that Ashdod residents witnessed the test operation, which simulated a rocket attack from Iran on southern Israel.

In January, the Defense Ministry together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency held successful trial of the Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system, aimed to intercept missiles outside the earth’s atmosphere.

According to designers, the Arrow 3, which will be completed in 2016, would be able to shoot down incoming Iranian rockets over Iraq, way before they reached Israeli or Jordanian-controlled airspace.

The primary contractor for the integration and the development of the Arrow Weapon System is the Israel Aerospace Industries, in conjunction with Boeing, Elta, and Elbit-Elisra.


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Muslim rioters attempt to blow up gas station in Jerusalem (video)

 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A group of Muslim rioters tried unsuccessfully, to blow up a gas station in Jerusalem, Israel Police said.

The Jerusalem Police Department said that the riots intensified with mobs attacking cars, the Jerusalem Light Rail and the gas station located in the French Hill.

The increase in violence was recorded after a Muslim teen who was injured last week by police, died. The teenager was hit by a sponge bullet used by police during a riot.

The teen was wounded in the leg, but fell on his head while trying to flee from police. Employees at the gas station said that the facility was severely damaged.

While fleeing from the scene, the employees were attacked with stones and Molotov cocktails.

Police said that they arrested three Muslim teens for throwing stones at police officers outside Herod’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

New York village slapped with lawsuit after preventing Satmar Jews from living among them

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By: Devansh Dutt

A New York town was slapped with a lawsuit after they allegedly prevented Satmar Jews from living among them, according to court documents filed in New York.

Hasidic Jews seeking to build and operate at least 396 units and a private religious school in Bloomingburg, filed the lawsuit on Monday.

They are seeking $25 million for religious discrimination, accusing town officials of conspiring to block a massive influx of Satmar Hasidic families to the small village of approximately 420 inhabitants.

The village is part of the town of Mamakating, which is also one of the defendants being accused of anti-Semitism.

"The people and the city are trying to use their political power, economic pressures, zoning laws, and sheer intimidation to prevent a certain type of people from joining their community," the lawsuit alleges.

"This kind of intolerance may sound like the Civil Rights era in the South. It is currently developing in a municipality just 75 miles from New York City," the lawsuit also alleges.

Town officials said that they voted to approve a new gated community of 125 luxury homes with a golf course, tennis courts and swimming pools that village residents could use.

However, the original developer sold the property, and 396 apartment units were built. “So they told us that a resort will be built, and then changed their plan once they got the approval,” an official said.

11 Shariah Police officers arrested in Germany after raiding local bars and threatening young Muslim drinking alcohol (video)

Shariah Police in Germany 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) Eleven Shariah Police officers were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly after allegedly raiding bars in search of Muslims who were drinking alcohol, police in Germany said.

Wuppertal Police announced that they are cracking down on radical Islamists, who have patrolled local bars and casinos.

The group is trying to enforce aspects of strict Islamic law. Officers detained the group of 11 men on Wednesday. Some wore orange vests bearing the words "Sharia Police," in violation of the law.

The group has been confronting youth in drinking establishments and urged them to refrain from activities that are considered unholy in Islam.

Police said that talks are underway with local Islamic leaders to address the situation.

However, the Shariah Police remained defiant, writing on their Facebook page that people should be more outraged about children buying illegal drugs than with efforts to stop them.

The police presence in the city center has been strengthened and they have urged citizens to report sightings of the group. Meanwhile, the Sharia Police has vowed to expand its activities throughout Germany.

Man calls police and threatens to behead his wife so that officers rescue his trapped cat

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By: Anika Rao

A man called police and told then that he was going to behead his wife in order for them to come and rescue his trapped cat, Israel Police said.

The Ashkelon Police Department said that the incident in which the man tricked police to come to his house, occurred on Sunday.

The man’s cat became trapped in a locked room. Desperate to get his cat out quickly, he called police and threatened to slit his wife’s throat.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they realized that the call was a hoax and the suspect was arrested. The man told investigators that his landlord threw him and his wife out from the apartment, and changed the locks.

His cat remained inside. He called police, and he was told that since it was a civil matter he should go to court. A short time later, he called again and threatened to behead his wife if the police do not arrive quickly.

When police officers arrived they found the husband and wife laying on a bench and laughing. The husband was arrested on charges of making threats.

The cat remained in the apartment.

Judge who is tough on drinking while driving was arrested for hit and run while intoxicated

Don’t drink and drive sign illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A judge is on the wrong side of the law after he hit a bus full of people and fled the scene.

Judge Dean L. Wilson of Perry County, Ohio, got into a car accident while drunk and was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase.

Judge Wilson was charged with a DUI. Interestingly, Wilson is well known in his community for being tough on drunk drivers.

In an attempt to cut down on drunk driving, the judge set up a “court room” in local schools where he carries out judicial processes for drunk driving cases so that students see that their are consequences to their actions, and that people who drive drunk may hurt others and will be prosecuted.

However, on Sunday night, Wilson was driving home and crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a bus. He continued to drive away from the scene.

He became involved in a high-speed chase with police, which eventually ended when a police helicopter followed him and tracked down his vehicle.

The judge refused to take a breathalyzer test and therefore, his license was revoked. The judge is facing misdemeanor charges punishable by up to one year in jail.

7-year-old boy ordered to appear in court after receiving $270 ticket for driving golf cart on his birthday (video)

Clayton Knight with the ticket  
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A young boy’s birthday party was ruined by a police officer who gave him a ticket.

The boy of Texas, went to look for treasures near Galveston beach with his mother.

Clayton Knight was having a nice time with his mother on his birthday before he was stopped by the police officer.

Clayton Knight and his mother, Amanda, were riding near the beach, which was empty with no other people around. The mother allowed her 7-year-old boy to drive a golf cart.

However, a police officer noticed to boy at the wheel and decided to give him a ticket. Amanda was shocked when the officer cited her son, as she thought she would be the one getting the ticket rather than her young child.

Clayton Knight said that he was scared when the officers ordered him to sign the ticket, which obligates him to go to court.

In Galveston, one must have a driver’s license in order to operate a golf cart in designated areas. However, Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto, agrees that the mother should have gotten the ticket not the 7-year-old boy.

Porretto said that he will work with the judge and with the family to straighten out the matter.

Man arrested after placing 2-year-old boy inside dryer before turning it on

Adam Morton insert 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A father of four children, is furious after his former girlfriend’s new man burned his son by throwing him inside a dryer.

27-year-old Adam Morton from New Hampshire, is accused of placing the 2-year-old boy in the clothes dryer.

According to court documents, the child was taken to a hospital with second degree burns and blisters to his back, arms and feet.

Morton, who recently moved in with his girlfriend and her four children in Bangor, Maine, was watching the children, while their mother was at work.

Morton told police that he did not know exactly how the boy was injured, but said it happened while he was in the shower.

However, a report by Dr. Lawrence Ricci, who conducted a forensic examination of the boy, said that it was clear that the child was injured while being inside of a clothes dryer.

The report also said that the child was likely in the working dryer for an extended period of time.

According to police, Morton admitted to detectives that he placed the 2-year-old boy in the dryer and turned it on, but said that the boy was not in the dryer too long.

Police arrested Morton on charges of aggravated assault, and he is being held on $2,500 bail at the Penobscot County Jail.

Teens enter stranger’s home to have sex in homeowner’s bedroom

Allison Riddle and Evan Jones 
By: Hydar Tomar

Two high school students were arrested after entering a stranger’s home to have sex.

Rather than paying for a hotel room, the Florida lovebirds decided to use the stranger's bedroom.

Police were called to a home in Bradenton, after a neighbor saw the two entering the home. The neighbor knew that the homeowner resides in Michigan, and were not at the vacation home at that time.

Police arrested Allison Riddle and Evan Jones, both 18 years old. The couple told police that they entered the home after they were given the security code to the garage by a friend of Jones, who mows the lawn for the homeowner.

When police arrived, the couple came out of the room with their hands in the air. Riddle and Jones allegedly told the police that they did not intend to steal anything, but had only gone to the residence to have sex.

Police noted that nothing was out of place and the couple did not have any of the homeowner’s possessions.

The teens were arrested and charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and were released after posting $7,500 bail.

Man sentenced to 10 months jail after calling and texting former lover more than 21,800 times

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By: Hydar Tomar

“Love is blind” took on a new meaning for a 33-year-old man.

The man of France, is behind bars after reportedly calling and texting his former girlfriend 21,807 times.

The 33-year-old man, who has not been identified, was sentenced to 10 months in jail, six of which were suspended, for harassing his former girlfriend.

The man was also fined $1,300 and was ordered to stay away from the woman.

According to court documents, the man flooded his former girlfriend with the text messages and calls over a period of 10 months, after the two broke up.

The man reportedly said that he had been trying to contact his former girlfriend because he was seeking compensation or recognition for the work he had done in her apartment.

The man admitted that he was wrong, but said that at the time, all he wanted is either money or at least a thank you for all the work he has done.

The man reportedly called his former girlfriend on average 73 times a day.

When the woman blocked his number, he called to her parents’ home and to her workplace, according to Manuella Spee, the plaintiff's attorney.

Teen girl punches black school girl in the face for acting too white

Teen girl at bus stop illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A teen girl was rushed to a hospital after being assaulted by a black girl for acting too white, police in South Carolina said.

Rock Hill Police said that the 16-year-old teen was bullied on a school bus.

When she stepped off the bus, another girl told her that she was acting like a white person. She was hit several times in the face before the female assailant fled.

Witnesses at the scene confirmed the victim’s story. The victim suffered injuries to the head, shoulders and above her right eye.

She was taken by ambulance for medical treatment. The victim told police that she has been having problems with the suspect for the past year.

She always tries to pick fights with her because she is a light-skinned black woman. The police tried to locate the suspect on Thursday, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Mother involved in bitter custody battle strangles her 2 young children because she was stressed out (video)

Sonya Katarina Spoon 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly strangling her two young children, police in Maryland said.

Prince George County Police said that they arrested 24-year-old Sonya Katarina Spoon, after being accused of choking 1-year-old Ayden Spoon and 3-year-old Kayla Thompson, over the weekend.

Rescue workers rushed the children to a nearby hospital where they died. Police said that they found plastic bags near the two children.


Spoon told police exactly how her children died. She was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

Spoon’s mother said that her daughter has been dealing with a stressful issue of custody, and has been under extreme psychological and mental anguish.

Woman arrested after getting married to her third husband

Tia Chappell 
By: Aarav Sen

A woman was arrested on charges of bigamy after she allegedly married three men, police in North Carolina said.

McDowell County Police said that they arrested 33-year-old Tia Chappell of Old Fort, after being accused of lying to court officials.

While obtaining her third marriage license she claimed that her most recent marriage was the first. Investigators discovered that she had tied the knot twice before, and never divorced.

Chappell is married to another two men in Cabarrus County.

The McDowell County Register of Deeds alerted the authorities of the marriages after which Chappell was arrested and charged with perjury and bigamy.

Chappell was booked into jail and is being held on $10,000 bail.

Man arrested for burning child by putting him into clothes dryer

Adam Morton 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of aggravated assault after he allegedly placed a boy into a hot clothes dryer, police in Maine said.

Bangor Police said that they arrested 27-year-old Adam Morton, after being accused of burning the 2-year-old boy.

The child was taken to a hospital with burns to his back and arms. Morton was watching the boy along with the other children of his girlfriend while she was at work.

Morton told police in Berlin, New Hampshire, where he recently moved, that he did not know how the boy was injured, and said that it happened while he was in shower.

However, investigators determined that the child was injured by being placed into a hot clothes dryer. Police also said that the child was likely in the dryer for an extended period of time.

When Morton was questioned by police a second time, he admitted that he put the child into the clothes dryer and turned it on because he snapped.

However, he said that the boy was not in the dryer too long. Morton was booked into jail and is being held on $2,500 bail.

Woman breaks into home and bites homeowner’s face as part of Zombie Game

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By: Anika Rao

A woman who was accused of breaking into a home and biting the homeowner’s face, told police that she was just playing the “Zombie Game,” police in Oregon said.

37-year-old Erica Tate, told police that the woman broke into her home, pushed her down the stairs, pulled her hair, and bit her in the face.

Coos County Police said that they arrested 27-year-old Jessica Rocha, on charges of assault for breaking into the house early Monday morning.

The woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the incident. Rocha was in possession of a sticker referring to a video game featuring zombies.

Rocha was booked into jail and is being held on $77,500 bail. She was charged with criminal mischief, assault, unlawful entry, harassment and attempted burglary.

Married woman shocked to find sperm in her high heel shoes after leaving them outside her home overnight

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By: Devansh Dutt

A woman filed a police complaint after discovering sperm inside her high heel shoes, police in Turkey said.

Now, police officers are comparing the DNA sample to those on their database of convicted sex offenders.

The 31-year-old woman of Bursa, discovered that her high heel shoes, which were left at the front door of her apartment were full of sperm in the morning.

The woman identified as T.H., wore the high heel shoes during a wedding ceremony, and she wanted to air them out before storing them in her closet.

The mother of two children and her husband, decided to file charges against the unidentified suspect. Bursa Police launched an investigation and are reviewing security camera footage in the area.

They also collected fingerprints, which will be analyzed.

Financial advisor files lawsuit against police officer who charged him for defecating in the woods

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By: Aarav Sen

A man who was charged with disorderly conduct for defecating in public, decided to sue the police officer behind his citation, according to court documents in Florida.

Elvan Moore II of Lake Mary, claims that he was harassed and humiliated by officer Jeremy Alexander of Mount Dora.

He is also suing the city of Mount Dora. He is looking to receive at $15,000 in compensation. The incident began when Alexander saw Moore, across a bar in a wooded area.

Alexander said that he followed the man and saw him squatting in the woods with his pants down near a disabled vehicle. Alexander noticed that the man had a handful of white napkins and the area smelled like feces.

Moore told the officer that he has an upset stomach due to a new vitamin supplement he was taking. “I don’t want to mess up the bar’s bathroom,” Moore told the police officer at the scene.

He also said that his girlfriend was creating drama inside the bar so it is better for him to stay out. The officer charged Moore with disorderly conduct and ordered him to clean up the area.

Moore said that he did not defecate. Eventually, the charges have been dropped.

However, Moore said that since the incident is on public record. He was fired from his $55,000 a year as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Man arrested after raping woman on Greyhound bus while passengers watched the act

Timothy Leon Smith insert 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Police were called to a bus stop after a woman was allegedly raped on a Greyhound bus.

The woman, who is from Alabama, told police that she was sitting on the bus next to the man, who forced her to have sex with him.

The bus was traveling through Bradley County, Tennessee, when the alleged incident took place.

48-year-old Timothy Leon Smith of Dublin, Georgia, was arrested after the woman told police that she sat next to him in the back seat of the bus when she was raped.

The victim said that after chatting with Smith for about an hour on the bus, he unzipped her pants and then pulled her on top of him. During the assault, Smith allegedly warned her not to say anything to other passengers.

According to police, passengers witnessed the two having sex, but thought that the two were a couple. Smith denied raping the woman and said that any sexual contact between the two was consensual.

Smith was arrested when the bus stopped in Chattanooga.
Smith was booked into the Bradley County Jail on a charge of rape.

Man becomes Youtube sensation after recording himself being stopped by police many times for no reason

Nate Fisher stopped by police 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A man has been stopped and detained by police in racial profiling so many times that he turned it into a comedy act.

Nate Fisher is no stranger to police harassment. He has literally been stopped and detained dozens of times for no reason.

In one incident, the man was walking from the gym to a movie theater and was stopped “because he looked like the suspect” police were looking for.

However, when Fisher saw the photo of the wanted man, he said that he looked nothing like the man police were looking for.

Due to excessive police harassment, Fisher decided to record every single one of his interactions with police.

“I have a policy to record all the police officers who stop me to avoid being brutally beaten and arrested for no reason,” he said.

Fisher began posting the videos to his YouTube channel, NateFlicks, where they have been viewed by many people.

New York City ordered to pay for arresting men after mistaking Jolly Rancher candies for meth rocks

IT’SUGAR candy store illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

Three men were arrested and later released after a police officer accused them of having meth rocks.

In the settlement of a civil rights lawsuit, the City of New York, was ordered to pay the three men of Brooklyn, a total of $33,000 in connection with their arrest.

The unfortunate incident took place when two men bought Jolly Rancher candies at the “It'Sugar” candy store in Coney Island.

Police officers approached 26-year-old Love Olatunjiojo, and Omar Ferriera, 23, and searched the two. Officers placed the men in handcuffs and arrested them for possessing meth rocks.

In the police report, the officers wrote that they conducted field tests on pieces of Jolly Rancher and it tested positive for methamphetamine.The red and blue candies were taken as evidence.

After the two were arrested, their friend, Jimmy Santos, 27, who was nearby, protested their arrest and explained that the two had just bought the candy.

Rather than listening to the man and investigating the claim, officer arrested him as well in front of his 3-year-old daughter. He was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest.

The city later admitted to the plaintiffs' attorney, Kenneth Smith, that no field test was carried out.

The three men were held for 24 hours before an NYPD lab determined that Jolly Ranchers were not made of crystal meth.

Now, the men won their lawsuit for being falsely arrested, and will be paid $33,000.


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