Google uses camel to carry high-tech cameras for desert Street View (video)

Camel carrying Google Street View camera 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) After the Google car was unable to drive through deserts in the Middle East, the company hired a camel to carry its high-tech cameras in order to map the sandy terrain for the Google Street View application.

The camel became the first animal to carry the Trekker camera, which captures 360-degree images from streets.

Gingg with the camel called Raffia, was the best way to document the beautiful sandy areas of Liwa Oasis of Abu Dhabi.

The Liwa Oasis, which is 62 miles long, includes some of the largest sand dunes in the world. In April, two people were caught on Google Street View making out on the side of the road.

The couple in Australia, seemed to be looking for a nice and quiet place to do their thing. They stopped at the Dukes Highway near Keith in South Australia.

Unfortunately for them, a car passed just as they were “doing it,” and it was not just any car, it was the famous Google Street View car, which captured them in the act. Google of course, published it for the world to see. The photo has since been blurred out by Google.

The woman seemed utterly shocked and horrified as the car passed. The man however, was oblivious to what was happening as he seemed to be drinking a beer. Hopefully, he was not the one driving.

Couple and their two young children die after drowning in liquid cow manure

Cow on farm illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Five people were found dead on a farm after possibly drowning in liquid cow manure, police in Virginia said.

The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office said that exposure to methane gas killed four family members and their helper.

Investigators were unable to determine if they suffocated from the fumes or drowned in 18 inches of liquid cow manure. No autopsy was scheduled because police believe that the deaths were accidental.

The victims were identified as 34-year-old Scott Showalter, his wife Phyillis, 33, his daughters, Shayla, 11, Christina, 9, and 24-year-old Amous Stoltzfus.

According to the police investigation, Showalter entered a manure pit to unclog a pipe on Monday night, and was quickly overcome by methane gas.

Stoltzfus, who believed that Showalter had a heart attack, went after him and fainted as well. Another farm worker alerted Showalter's wife, who rushed to the pit followed by Shayla and Christina.

The victims had no warning about the deadly gas that had accumulated in the well. The victims were well known in their community.

The two surviving daughters were being cared for by family members, and friends tended to the animals of the family.

Man slapped with $2,000 fine for harassing black bear

Bear on tree illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A man was ordered to pay a large fine after he was found guilty of harassing a bear, prosecutors in Canada said.

57-year-old Romeo Leduc of Yukon, admitted to pouring water on the sleeping bear.

A court fined Leduc $2,000 - and ordered him to complete a course in ethics and education before he can obtain a new hunting license.

Leduc was charged with two counts of harassing wildlife in relation to the incident.

Judge Donald Luther heard that Leduc was angry with forest officials who ordered a buffer of 300 meters around the bear den where he wanted to collect wood.

Leduc publicized his frustrations, saying that this decision would cost him an additional $50,000. Leduc asked his friend to accompany him to the bear den, where he poured water on the bear.

Leduc brought along two buckets of 20 liters of water and poured it onto the den. The bear came out of the den and climbed a tree. After 20 minutes they both left.

British students urged to urinate while taking shower (video)

Woman in shower illustration 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) As part of a campaign to save water, British students are being urged to urinate while taking showers.

The “Go with the Flow” campaign was launched by students Torr Debs and Chris Dobson, who study at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.

They want 15,000 college students to take their first dump of the day while taking their morning shower. Dobson, 20, said that the idea would save enough water to fill 26 Olympic size pools.

The two want participants to pledge their allegiance on Facebook and Twitter, and have offered gift certificates to the first people who join the challenge.

“Imagine the impact if we could get everyone in East Anglia, to change their habits in the morning. We're trying to challenge conventional behavior,” the students said.

A university spokesperson said that the university supports students in their efforts on these initiatives.

Man stabs several veterinarians after his cat dies (video)

Cats illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A man who became extremely distraught when his cat died, went on a stabbing rampage, police in Washington said.

Bellingham Police said that they arrested 57-year-old Charles Anthony Smith, after he blamed the veterinarians for his pet's death.

The cat was treated at the Fountain Veterinary Hospital for urinary tract problems about a month ago.

Smith learned that another clinic in the city, Maplewood Animal Hospital, specializes in urinary problems so he started taking the cat there.

Earlier this week, the cat died. Smith entered the animal hospital located at 2869 W. Maplewood Avenue, around 8:15 a.m. on Thursday.

He pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed one of the veterinarians, a 20-year-old woman. She suffered a cut on one of her thumbs and a small wound on her upper chest, but did not need emergency treatment.

The vet grabbed away the knife from Smith, and ran to the rear of the building. Smith pulled out a second knife and swung it at desk clerks as he fled the building.

He got into his white van and left. About 10 minutes later, the same white van arrived at 2430 Meridian Street.

Smith walked into Fountain Veterinary Hospital, and stabbed one of the employees, a young woman, in the neck. When police arrived, Smith had already left.

Just before 9:00 a.m., a police officer stopped Smith on East Bakerview Road near James Street. He confessed to the stabbings and said that he had been on his way to the police station to surrender.

Smith faces two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon.

Crematorium burns down after workers try to destroy 500-pound body (video)

Crematorium on fire 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A crematorium was put out of business after workers tried to burn an obese body, firefighters in Virginia said.

Investigators of the Henrico Fire Department said that the fire started when the oven used to cremate the body of the 500 pound man became too hot.

Jerry Hendrix, the manager at Southside Cremation located on the 1600 block of Crump Street, said that the fire was the result of the large body size.

Additional measures are usually taken to ensure the cremation process goes smoothly when handling obese bodies. Once the firefighters brought the fire under control, the 500-pound body was able to be fully processed.

The family members of the deceased were not present at the time of the incident. There were 3 other bodies at the scene of the cremation site at the time of the fire, but none of those were damaged.

60-year-old woman hangs herself after being abandoned by her 3 children who accused her of being a witch

Witch illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A middle-aged woman was found dead after complaining about being abandoned by her three children, police in Nigeria said.

Ondo State Police said that 60-year-old Deborah Lawani, was found hanging from a rope inside her house, which is located on Araromi Street.

According to the police investigation, the woman sneaked out of her bed in the middle of the night on Thursday, while her husband slept.

She headed to the stairwell, where she tied a rope around her neck and hanged herself. Friends of the woman said that she had been complaining about the abandonment by her three children.

The children said that they abandoned their mother because she used witchcraft to cast an evil spell on her husband, 65-year-old Olabamgbe Lawani. Investigators said that they do not suspect foul play.

Police officer found guilty of theft after stealing a bag of popcorn

Sergeant Eric Whitman with the stolen goods 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A long serving police officer was arrested, charged and convicted of theft.

Sergeant Eric Whitman was seen on surveillance video stealing a bag of popcorn from a Circle K gas station in Wheeling, Oregon.

The 52-year-old officer, who is a 24-year veteran of the Toledo Police Department, was suspended without pay after he was caught stealing a bag of popcorn at the value of $1.49.

On Thursday, Whitman was convicted for the theft and was sentenced to 180 days in prison, all of which has been suspended. He is now serving six months probation.

Surveillance video shows Sgt. Whitman paying for one bag of popcorn at the cash register and then walk out the store with two bags.

Police said that this was not the first time that Whitman has been caught on camera stealing an extra bag of popcorn.

Whitman pleaded no contest, but was found guilty.

12-year-old boy kills his sister and commits suicide with his dad’s gun

Ethan and Kadie Austin 
By: Wayne Morin

A family was left with many questions and with a big void after the sudden death of two children.

A 12-year-old boy of Washington, shot and killed his teenage sister with a gun before he turned the weapon on himself, investigators said.

Benton County Police ruled the deaths of Ethan Austin, 12, and his 16-year-old stepsister, Kadie, a murder-suicide.

Drew Austin, who is the father of Ethan and the stepfather of Kadie, found the two dead in a bedroom. The 16-year-old girl suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and head, while her little brother was found with a single gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Ethan, who was an avid hunter and a Boy Scout, used his father's gun to kill his sister and then himself, authorities said. The gun was kept in a safe, but the sixth grader had access to it.

Ethan loved to hunt with his father. The two often went on hunting trips together, and the child was allowed to handle firearms under the supervision of his parents, investigators said.

Ethan did not have any known mental health problem, the family attorney, Scott Johnson, said. The children did not have drugs or alcohol in their systems at the time of the incident, a toxicology report revealed.

Police do not know the motive for the murder-suicide. According to the family, the siblings getting along very well.

The children are survived by their parents, Cyndi and Drew, and their sister, Rachel. May they rest in peace.

Mob chops off man’s privates with meat cleaver after he was caught raping a girl

Suresh Kumar (center) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A community carried out street justice after catching a man raping a teenage girl.

40-year-old Suresh Kumar of India, was castrated with a meat cleaver after he was caught trying to rape a teenager.

Kumar was taken to a hospital in critical condition after locals of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, heard the girl crying for help.

They found Kumar without clothes, pinning the girl against a wall while trying to rape her. The community members held a brief meeting and decided to remove the man’s privates so he can no longer hurt women.

A group of men dragged Kumar to a butcher shop where he was beaten with sticks before he was castrated with a meat cleaver.

Then they abandoned the man with his severed part.

Aamir Dhawan, 30, said that no one wanted to help Kumar because they knew that he was being punished for committing a sex crime.

Dhawan said that there had been a lot of intolerable crimes against women in the country recently, with girls being raped, hanged, and abused, and it's time that the crimes against women and girls stop.

“This sends a very strong message to everyone that if you rape a woman you will be punished,” he added.

Police are asking those responsible for the street justice to come forward, saying that people cannot take the law into their own hands. So far, no arrests have been made.

Masked gunman kisses robbery victims after stealing $5,000 (video)

The thief hugging the victims 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A couple was left traumatized after being hugged and kissed by a man who robbed them at gunpoint.

The masked gunman entered a casino in Hagatna, Guam, and demanded money from workers.

The man, wearing a black ski mask and camouflage
cap, entered the Lucky Land casino in the village of Dededo. The man came into the game room, which was full of people and pointed a gun at two employees.

He demanded the workers open the door to the office.
23-year-old Genevie Santos was working at the casino at the time of the incident.

Because of a recent robbery, her boyfriend, Jhun Olivarez, 24, was there with her in order for her not to be alone. Olivarez also works in the game room, but was not on duty at the time, the couple said.

Shortly after 10:00 p.m., the masked gunman entered the shop. “He opened the door, pointed the gun and told all our guests to drop on the ground or be shot,” Santos said.

About seven people were in the casino playing games at the time. All managed to escape unharmed.

Santos said that the man demanded all their money. Surveillance video shows them throwing cash through the customer service window and the masked man placed the money in a black bag.

The suspect then demanded the couple to open the office door or he will shoot them. The man can be seen entering the employees’ room and collecting about $5,000 in cash. He then found the wallet that belonged to Olivarez.

He took about $200 in cash and the driver’s license from the wallet. Santos said that she was crying and told the thief that he took all their money and if he takes the driver’s license they will have no money to renew it.

The suspect then apologized, returned the driver’s license and hugged the couple. The surveillance video shows the suspect hugging both of them, and kissing Olivarez on the neck and Santos on the forehead before leaving.

The gesture did not calm Santos. “I was even more terrified,” she said.

According to the victims, the suspect said that he had just gotten out of jail. “I have no choice. Nobody wants to hire me, I am sorry that you had to be the ones working tonight,” the suspect said.

Police are looking for the suspect, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Man shot moments after walking free from prison after serving 15 years behind bars

Edgar Wilson (left) and Jerome Mack 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man in New York, was shot by an old rival only minutes after being released from prison.

For the past 15 years, Devon Simmons, 33, called prison his home.

On the day he was released, he was shot by a man who wanted to settle an old fight, which occurred between him and Simmons in prison years ago.

Simmons had intended to catch a train home from prison in Otisville, to his home in New York City on Thursday morning.

Instead, a man offered him a ride home, which he accepted. However, Simmons had no idea that there was another man hiding in the trunk of the car.

Jerome Mack, who knew Simmons from prison, was armed with a gun. During the trip, the driver pulled over and said that he had to relieve himself.

As he stepped out of the car, Mack came out of the trunk and shot Simmons, who was out of prison only 15 minutes.

The suspects fled, leaving Simmons bleeding on the side of the road. He managed to stumble to a nearby train station to get help.

Simmons, who had been sentenced for assault, sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon, was able to identify his attackers before being hospitalized for treatment. Simmons is expected to make a full recovery.

Police arrested the driver, Edgar Wilson, and Mack, both 35, in their apartment in New York City on Thursday morning.

They were charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. They are both being held in jail without bail.

Man arrested for robbing and raping 100-year-old woman

Kasey Nesbitt 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A 100-year-old woman managed to escape from her home after being raped by a thief.

Police in Kansas, have arrested one of the suspects for raping the woman during a robbery in her home.

Wichita Police have arrested 35-year-old Kasey Nesbitt, on Friday. He was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of rape and aggravated robbery.

The 100-year-old woman, who lives alone, told police that she was awakened by two intruders. The men entered her home through a back door and raped her.

She later managed to get out of her home and went to a neighbor's house around 7:15 a.m. She told her neighbor that the men were still in her home.

Police took DNA samples and began an investigation, which led them to the 35-year-old suspect.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show that Nesbitt has been in and out of jail since 2000, with multiple convictions for burglary and theft. He was released in January 2013.

The victim is doing well, and is now living with family members.

Two teens rape 11-year-old girl and post the video to Instagram

By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Students at a school in Pennsylvania, were shocked to find a video of their classmate being raped on Instagram.

A few students told their principal about the video, which had gone viral.

The video showed an 11-year-old girl of Philadelphia, having sex with two teenage boys, who attend the same school as the victim.

According to the initial police investigation, the girl was blackmailed into having sex with the two teenage boys after they were dismissed from school early.

The children are all students of Tilden High School in Philadelphia. The principal called the police after being informed by the students that the video of the incident was posted on Instagram.

The school has suspended the two male students who were seen in the video assaulting the girl. Both boys are 13 years old.

Police said that they are investigating the case, and that the victim is being interviewed. Police believe that a third boy may be involved. So far, no arrests have been made.

Pastor confesses to sleeping with congregants despite knowing he has AIDS

Juan Demetrius McFarland 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) What started out as a regular Sunday sermon turned into chaos and anger after a pastor confessed to his sins.

The pastor of the church in Alabama, has admitted to sleeping with members of the congregation without revealing that he has AIDS.

Standing on his pulpit, Juan Demetrius McFarland, confessed to many sins. He told his followers at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, that he also used drugs and mismanaged church funds.

At first, people wanted to support the pastor, who served them for the past 21 years. However, when they learned that he participated in adultery inside the church building with the female members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church while knowing that he has AIDS, they were unable to do so, a church member said.

McFarland was fired from the church after saying that he slept with his followers despite knowing that had been HIV positive since 2003 and has had AIDS since 2008.

Some members are calling for police to arrest the pastor. The fact that he didn't tell women that he has AIDS before sleeping with them, is a crime.