Florida for-profit college faces shutdown after using strippers to recruit new students (video)

Dancers illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A for-profit college was slapped with a lawsuit after being accused of using strippers to recruit new students, the Florida Attorney General said.

According to the federal lawsuit filed in Miami, the college used exotic dancers as admissions officers, falsified documents and told students to lie on financial forms.

They fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in federal funding.

At least one of its seven campuses, FastTrain College, deliberately hired attractive women and sometimes exotic dancers, and encouraged them to dress provocatively while they recruited young men in the neighborhood.

The attorney general of Florida and the federal prosecutor in Miami announced Wednesday, that they were filing a joint lawsuit against FastTrain and former owner, 56-year-old Alejandro Amor.

Amor of Coral Gables, was charged with conspiracy and theft of government money. FastTrain and Amor, defrauded the Department of Education of the United States by millions of dollars.

The school is accused of forging high school diplomas for students.

Woman convicted of murdering her boyfriend blames her menstrual period

Susan Hughes 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A woman who was arrested, charged and convicted of murder, told a court that she suffered Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder when she stabbed her boyfriend, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the woman who stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Susan Hughes, 48, of Norrington Road in Northfield, was found guilty after a four week trial at the Birmingham Crown Court. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve at least 12 years in prison.

Barry Wilkins, 71, was stabbed eleven times, including injuries to his stomach and shoulder. Despite having extensive surgery, Barry did not recover and died at a hospital five weeks after the attack.

Susan was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but after his death, she was charged with murder.

During the trial, Hughes’ defense team claimed a loss of control and diminished responsibility, stating that she suffered from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. However the jury rejected the defense’s claims and unanimously found her guilty of murder.

Detective Sergeant Harry May, from the Homicide Case Progression Team, said: "Susan has shown no remorse since Barry’s death or during the trial. He was a generous man who gave Susan Hughes a roof over her head. She repaid him in this brutal way. In a drunken argument, she armed herself with a large kitchen knife and violently attacked Barry in the bedroom.”

Man fatally stabs woman he regularly had sex with while drunk after fight with her boyfriend

Helen Dillon and Justice Cruickshank 
By: Feng Qian

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after he fatally stabbed a woman he regularly had sex with while drunk, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Helen Dillon in Neasden.

Justice Cruickshank, 55, of Mandarin Court, NW10, was found guilty of the murder following a two week trial at the Isleworth Crown Court.

He will be required to serve a minimum of 22 years.

Detective Inspector Euan McKeeve said: "This was a horrific attack on Dillon in full view of the general public. Justice Cruickshank showed a total disregard for human life and executed Dillon in broad daylight. There can be no excuse for Cruickshank's behavior, and hopefully he'll now spend the rest of his life incarcerated and reflecting upon his actions on that night."

According to the police investigation, officers were called around 7:30 p.m., to reports of a woman stabbed in the street of Prout Grove, NW10.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service arrived at the scene, and the woman, later identified as 42-year-old Dillon, was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital, where she died shortly after arrival.

With her at the scene when officers arrived was a man, later identified as her 49-year-old estranged partner. He was initially arrested on suspicion of her murder, but when it became clear from his account that another suspect was responsible, he was released and became a witness.

Later on that evening, Brent Borough officers arrested Cruickshank at his home, not far from the murder scene.

During the investigation, detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command found that Cruickshank and Helen's estranged partner had known each other for more than 30 years, and Cruickshank knew Helen from the three years she had been with her former partner.

Around three months prior to the murder, Helen's former partner fell out with Cruickshank, because he found out that Helen and Cruickshank had a relationship while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

On the day of the murder, Helen returned to her estranged partner's home. Cruickshank was also at the home. This led to an altercation outside on Prout Street among the three, which eventually led to Helen being stabbed.

The murder weapon has never been recovered despite police searches. A post mortem examination gave Helen's cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest.

Stranger exposes cheating pregnant woman after texting her lover behind boyfriend’s back

The woman texting (right), the note and the Facebook post 
By: Feng Qian

A man witnessed a pregnant woman cheating on her boyfriend, and decided to expose her.

The woman was at a football game in Michigan, with her boyfriend when she was apparently caught texting a lover while her boyfriend sat beside her.

According to a post on Facebook written by the man who exposed her, the woman spent the majority of the time texting another man while her boyfriend watched the Detroit Lions game.

The man sitting behind the couple during the game wrote on Facebook, that she kept hiding her phone every time he looked her way or when he placed his arm around her.

The witness went on to say that the woman was in the late stages of pregnancy. The woman was accused of texting a man named Jason and she wrote: “I wish I was with you all day. I will see you as soon as I'm done with him.”

The man decided to expose the cheating woman by telling the boyfriend to check the woman’s phone.

At the end of the game, he handed the boyfriend a note which read: “Hey bro, I don’t know you and you don’t know me. When you get home check your girl’s phone. She’s been texting “Jason” saying she wishes she was with him all day!”

On his Facebook page the man wrote: “I was at the Detroit Lions game today when I noticed this woman who looks 8 months pregnant in a seat in front of me texting a man messages like ‘I wish I was with you all day’ and ‘I will see you as soon as I'm done with him.’

“She kept hiding her phone every time her partner put his arm around her or reached in to talk to her. So being the man that I am I couldn't help it. I had to write him a little note on the way out. After the game was done, I simply waited for him to exit, and stopped him in front of his woman and handed him a piece of paper. I said: 'You don't know me and I don't know you, read this when you get home, trust men.'

“He looked at me confused and said 'Okay,' and that was it. I don't know what happened afterwards. It felt good. I hate fake people.”

Man who raped three women asks judge for death penalty (video)

Asofitu Fio 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A serial rapist cried in court as he asked a judge to give him the death penalty for raping three women.

The man pleaded guilty to assaulting three women in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Asofitu Fio, who admitted eight counts of sexual assault and three counts of kidnapping, told the judge through a translator that he does not deserve to live anymore and he wants to be put to death.

However, capital punishment has been outlawed in Hawaii, since 1957.

Fio, 30, apologized to the victims for the physical, mental and emotional harm he caused them before being sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Police in Hawaii, began investigating Fio, who is originally from Samoa, after several women were raped in a similar fashion and their description matched that of Fio.

After DNA confirmed that he was the wanted man, Fio admitted to the crime and said that he approached victims in front of their houses, dragged them inside and raped them.

Deputy City Prosecutor Rochelle Vidinha said that Fio also beat, strangled and suffocated his victims, and warned that he would kill them if they went to the police.

Man dies from asthma attack after police stop his car for speeding to the hospital

Casey Kressin with his girlfriend and daughter 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man died in front of his girlfriend and daughter after an officer stopped the car he was riding in, and refused to allow him to continue to the hospital.

29-year-old Casey Kressin of Wisconsin, was being rushed to the hospital while he was having an asthma attack.

His girlfriend, Leah Hryniewicki, who was driving the car, was speeding in order to get to the hospital faster.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy Stelter said that an officer pulled over the car, which was driven by Hryniewicki, because she ran a red light while she was rushing to the hospital.

When the officer made the traffic stop, the adult female driver and her male passenger got out of the car to tell the officer that it was an emergency, Stelter said.

“They shouted to the officer that the man was having an asthma attack and needed to get to the emergency room,” Stelter added.

Sadly, their daughter was in the car and witnessed the entire incident. The officer refused to allow the couple to continue on their way, saying that Hryniewicki was too distraught to drive with their daughter in the car.

The man knelt on the floor near the rear of the vehicle and said he needed his inhaler. The officer acknowledged that it was a medical emergency and immediately notified the Emergency Dispatch Center of Chippewa County, and requested EMS to respond.

According to Stelter, EMS arrived about six minutes later at 2:12 a.m. Kressin was only three miles from the hospital when the officer called an ambulance.

However, according to his girlfriend, the time lapse and the fact that he was sitting out in the cold, caused his lungs to collapse. When EMS arrived, the man was unresponsive and was pronounced dead after arriving at St. Joseph Hospital.

The police chief said it was “sad” that someone lost his life, but that the officer followed protocols. May he rest in peace.

Man struck and killed by own car after it was stolen

Photos of Dionel Ramirez at crime scene 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A family in New York, is distraught over the loss of their beloved father, who was known for helping people.

The married man and father of two girls of Long Island, was collecting food for a soup kitchen when he was killed when a car thief stole his vehicle outside a convenience store and ran him over, police said.

69-year-old Dionel Ramirez parked his car outside a 7-Eleven on Pine Aire Drive in North Bay Shore around 5:45 a.m. on Friday.

7-Eleven gives Ramirez their excess food to give to the homeless. As he ran inside the store, Ramirez left the car running with the door open, police said.

A man jumped into the car and started to drive away. When Ramirez tried to block the man, the thief ran him over, police said. Ramirez was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His car was later found abandoned, and the thief was nowhere to be found. Investigators are still looking for the suspect.

Man sentenced to 40 years prison for raping two young girls

Jeremiah Donald Potter 
By: Wayne Morin

A man was jailed for raping young girls.

Jeremiah Donald Potter, 32, of Fernandina Beach City, Florida, pleaded guilty to seven counts of Custodial Sexual Battery, three counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation, and one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

Potter was sentenced to 40 mandatory years in prison, followed by a lifetime sex offender probation. Potter was also registered as a Dangerous Sexual Felony Offender.

Potter was arrested after his victim, who is now 13 years old, disclosed to her father a history of sexual abuse that had occurred between her and Potter.

The victim’s father then reported the abuse to the authorities. The investigation revealed that the defendant forced the child to perform sexual acts on him multiple times.

The victim also identified a second victim. The second victim, now 11 years old, confirmed that Potter had also sexually abused her since she was 4 years old.

Potter pleaded guilty to the charges and will spend 40 years in prison.

Mother caught eating her newborn baby at hospital

Baby illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman was caught eating her baby’s arm at a hospital.

Now, the mother has been accused of cannibalism after she was found biting both hands of her newborn baby.

The woman of Shenzhen, China, who was identified as 24-year-old Li Zhenghua, was found trying to eat the child while in the hospital after giving birth.

A nurse spotted the woman with the teeth closed around her baby’s hand and called for help. Someone took photos of the baby’s injuries and uploaded it to the Internet.

The nurse named Liu Tianlun, attempted to force the woman off the baby, but the mother refused to let go of her son’s arm.

A hospital spokesperson said: “It was really shocking. The baby’s arm was badly injured. He not only suffered heavy bruising, but also bleeding as a result of the bites.”

Doctors were able to place something in the woman’s mouth and then pried her jaws apart. She was then given a sedative and took the baby to safety.

The mother has reportedly been living on the street after being thrown out of her mother-in-law’s home, where she lived, despite the fact that she was pregnant.

She is believed to have been surviving on the streets for several weeks, before going into labor.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident and social workers will decided whether it is safe to return the baby to the woman.

Property managers steal $5.5 million in rent and utility payments to live in luxury

Gerald Porter (left) and Gibrilla Kamara 
By: Chan Yuan

Several property managers were arrested, charged and convicted for stealing million of dollars in rent to finance their luxury lifestyles, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

A property manager from Wimbledon, who spent $5.5 million of stolen tenants’ rent and utility payments on donations to rugby clubs, private education for his children and trips around the world for his family and friends, has been jailed for five years and banned from being a company director for 10 years.

Gerald Porter, 52, of Dunsford Road, Wimbledon, was convicted of theft, but his wife, Jacqui Porter, 50, of Abingdon Close, Uxbridge, Middlesex, was found not guilty of concealing or converting the proceeds of a crime at the Southwark Crown Court.

A second man, Gibrilla Kamara, 38, of Crane House, Grummant Road, SE15, who was employed by Gerald Porter as a bookkeeper, had previously been jailed for three years and banned from being a company director for seven years at the Southwark Crown Court, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.

In 2004, Gerald Porter was employed as director of Greenfield Property Management Limited (GPML), which is part of Comer Group. GPLM oversaw North London Business Park in Barnet.

He was on a $94,000 per year salary, and his role included collecting rents, utilities and service payments for the offices. However, over six years, instead of paying the money to Comer Group, he used it to pay for a lavish lifestyle.

He went on luxury vacations, such trips to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., with family and friends. He also bought expensive new clothes for his friends.

Gerald Porter sometimes traveled by helicopter, and held lavish garden parties.

He sponsored the Wasps and London Scottish Rugby Club. Gerald Porter - an avid rugby fan - donated money to players and towards awards ceremonies.

He spent for private schooling for his four children at St. Benedict’s in Ealing. He owned luxury cars including a Bentley and Range Rover.

The MPS Fraud Squad started to investigate him after Comer Group discovered Gerald Porter’s criminality and reported it to the police.

Teenager pleads guilty to raping his friend’s mother at knifepoint

Illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A teenager was arrested and pleaded guilty to charges of raping a woman while pointing a knife at her.

The 18-year-old man raped the mother of his friend after she innocently invited him to her home in Sydney, Australia.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, knocked on the door of his friend's home and was greeted by his mother.

His friend was not home so his 62-year-old mother invited the 18-year-old man in to wait until her son arrives.

According to the documents filed at the Parramatta District Court, the teen exposed his private parts in front of the older woman and said: “I have always wondered what it would be like to have sex with an older woman. You want some of this?” He asked his friend’s mother.

The woman replied: “Don’t be silly, I'm old enough to be your grandmother.”

However, the young man grabbed the woman, held a knife to her throat and ripped open her shirt. He threatened to kill the woman’s daughter and her son before raping her in the bedroom.

He then ordered the woman to take a shower while he watched.

When she came out of the shower, she realized that her underwear, towels and clothes had disappeared.

Liverpool detectives were alerted by the woman's son after he came home and asked about scratches on his mother’s face.

DNA evidence collected from the woman matched that of the teenager. The teenager pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault, and will be sentenced at a later date.

3 men stab autistic boy because he looked at them (video)

The three suspects chasing their victim 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest three men after they allegedly stabbed an autistic boy because he looked at them, police in the United Kingdom said.

Detectives are appealing for the public’s help to identify the three males who attacked the autistic teenager in Westminster.

Video surveillance has been released of the moment the boy was chased and slashed across his neck, narrowly missing his main artery.

About 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the 16-year-old victim was walking alone to a local youth centre. He is usually driven there, but on this occasion, he walked.

As he walked, he was approached by the three males. One of them asked the victim: :”What you looking at?” Feeling freighted, the teenager ran away from the suspects, but was chased a short distance along Regency Street, close to the junction with Causton Street, where he was slashed across the neck with an unknown weapon.

He went to a hospital for treatment and was discharged a short time later.

The suspects were described by the victim as black and / or Hispanic males. One was wearing a blue Addidas top and another was described as being approximately 16 years old.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Dave Bolton of Westminster, said: "The victim is a vulnerable young person and this was one of only a few times he has walked anywhere alone. For some unknown reason, the three suspects have attacked him with no provocation and for no known reason. It is sheer luck that the weapon missed his artery and he was not more severely injured.”

Parents beat their 13-month-old daughter to death

Illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Parents were arrested, charged and convicted of child neglect after beating their little daughter to death, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

A father and a mother, who neglected their one-year-old child prior to her death, have been found guilty following a trial at the Woolwich Crown Court.

The parents - a man, 43, and a woman, 36 - were found guilty on Friday of child neglect.

The court heard how the London Ambulance Service were called to an address on Bracondale Road, SE2, approximately 1:20 p.m., by the girl's father.

The girl - 13 months old - was not responsive and was transported to a south London hospital, but was pronounced dead there at 1:47 p.m.

A post-mortem examination was carried out at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which revealed that the child suffered 70 separate fractures on her body. A doctor examining the young child found injuries to her ribs, legs, arms and shoulder.

Both parents were arrested, but refused to answer any questions about their child's injuries during an interview.

Police said that the mother had taken the child to see a doctor, but had never mentioned the injuries. This was despite speaking to friends about the child suffering from pain when she tried to move her arm or shoulder.

Man working as ‘house father’ in children’s home sexually assaults numerous children

John 'Jock' Cowan 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after sexually assaulting numerous children at a group home, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

The former children's home worker, who was convicted of sexually abusing six children more than 40 years ago, has been jailed for eight years.

72-year-old John 'Jock' Cowan of Littlebourne, Hither Green, Lewisham, SE13, was found guilty at the Harrow Crown Court of 10 counts of historic indecent assault and one count of gross indecency, committed between 1971 and 1973.

He was found guilty on Thursday, and was sentenced on Friday.

The offenses took place at a children's home in Ealing, where Cowan worked as what was known as a “house father” for two years before he left in 1973.

An investigation began when a woman walked into the Shepherds Bush police station to report an allegation of sexual assault against Cowan that happened when she was about seven or eight years old.

She told police that she believed Cowan had abused more children in his care.

Detectives identified more victims from the children's home, five women aged between five and 10 at the time and a man aged six at the time.

The man described how on more than one occasion, Cowan had taken him from his bed, saying he had to go to the toilet. Once inside the bathroom, Cowan sexually assaulted him.

Cowan worked in a number of children's homes in Essex, London, and Scotland, from the 1970s onwards. It is highly likely that there are other victims who perhaps have felt too scared to come forward or thought there was little point in filing a complaint given the passage of time, police said.

The jury heard that Cowan has 24 previous convictions for sexual offenses against children. He was jailed for 12-and-a-half years in 1994, on 16 counts and is on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Man jailed for making 400 prank calls to police

Illustration 
By: Feng Qian

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of misusing the police telephone system after making hundreds of prank calls to the police, prosecutors in New York said.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that the defendant was sentenced to jail for repeatedly making fake 911 calls.

“By repeatedly making fake 911 calls, the defendant caused police officers to respond to his bogus claims, putting the lives and safety of people with real emergencies in jeopardy. This is no joke and he will now pay the price for his dangerous conduct,” Thompson said.

The defendant, Louis Segna, 53, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was convicted of one count of first-degree falsely reporting an incident and two counts of third-degree falsely reporting an incident.

He was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice William Harrington, to six months in jail and five years probation.

Brooklyn Police said that the angry homeowner, who lived on one of the most fashionable streets, was so annoyed by the noise made by his neighbors that he placed hundreds of calls, reporting incidents including a train station explosion in order to bring police officers to the scene.

22-year-old man kills 14-year-old girl after erroneously believing that she was pregnant with his child (video)

Shaniesha Forbes 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing a teen girl because he believed she was pregnant with his child, prosecutors in New York said.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that Christian Ferdinand, 22 of Limestone, Maine, was convicted of suffocating a 14-year-old girl to death and attempting to burn her body because he believed she was pregnant.

Ferdinand was convicted of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence, following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Neil Firetog.

The defendant faces 25 years to life in prison.

According to the police investigation, the defendant and the victim, Shaniesha Forbes, who he had met on Facebook, had an argument over whether to terminate an alleged pregnancy.

The defendant was angered that the victim refused to have an abortion. The defendant demanded she “kill it” and the victim refused.

The defendant then placed a pillow over her face until she stopped moving.

He removed her body to an area where it was ultimately found, the southern end of Gerristen Avenue, where he attempted to burn her body.

The Medical Examiner confirmed that the victim was not pregnant.

Woman arrested for promising to remove evil spirits and bad luck before swiping her victims’ cash (video)

Xue Fang Zhou 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on charges of grand larceny after promising to remove evil spirits before swiping her victims’ cash and valuables, prosecutors in New York said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said that Xue Fang Zhou, 61, was charged for stealing approximately $60,000 in cash and valuables from the victim of her scam, involving a so-called blessing ritual that the defendant claimed to perform in order to dispel supposed bad luck from the victim’s family.

Zhou was charged in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree.

“Preying on a person’s love for his or her family is a common tactic employed by scam artists,” said District Attorney Vance.

“In this case, the defendant allegedly deceived her victim into believing that a spiritual ritual would get rid of bad luck plaguing the victim’s family and convinced her to entrust the defendant with cash and valuables for the ritual. Versions of this scheme have cropped up across the country, and I encourage all New Yorkers to be vigilant against similar scams,” Vance said.

According to the indictment, two unapprehended individuals approached the 65-year-old victim near 190 Hester Street, striking up a conversation.

After being introduced by the associates, Zhou informed the victim that her son was cursed with bad luck and would be at risk unless Zhou was able to perform a “blessing ritual” over the victim’s money and jewelry.

The defendant instructed the victim to bring money and valuables to an agreed upon meeting location where Zhou performed the so-called blessing ritual.

However, soon after leaving the ritual, the victim discovered that her bag of valuables, which had contained approximately $60,000 in cash and jewelry, had been switched with one containing only water bottles.

Variations of this scam, which is commonly known as the “Evil Spirits” or “Chinese Blessing” scam, have appeared in New York and across the country, and typically involve elderly individuals who are targeted by strangers advertising the ability to banish evil spirits and impart spiritual blessings.

In most cases, perpetrators of the scam will instruct victims to provide a bag of valuables for the ritual and then attempt to distract the victim while the valuables are transferred or hidden inside a different bag.

Drunk police officer shoots his friend and drives him to hospital

NYPD car illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A police officer was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after shooting his friend and driving drunk, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that former New York City Police Detective Jay Poggi, 57, was sentenced after pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and reckless assault.

Poggi appeared before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ernest Hart, who sentenced the defendant to participate in a Victim Impact Panel, have an ignition interlock device placed on any vehicles registered in his name and pay a $500 fine.

The defendant had already completed an intensive 12-week alcohol treatment program that was also a required part of his plea bargain agreement.

The defendant’s driving privileges have been suspended. The defendant pleaded guilty to Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and third-degree assault.

According to the police investigation, Poggi was involved in an incident, during which the defendant took out his Smith and Wesson revolver and while showing the weapon’s hammer to his partner, Detective Matthew Sullivan, the weapon discharged, causing Detective Sullivan to sustain a gunshot wound to his right wrist.

Poggi then drove Detective Sullivan to Jamaica Hospital. While at the hospital, Poggi was observed to have bloodshot eyes.

A field sobriety test administered to the defendant resulted in a .113 percent blood alcohol content reading – above the legal limit of .08 percent.

Poggi later refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test at the 112th Precinct.

Based on the recommendation of the Office of the NYPD Trial Commissioner that Poggi be terminated, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton signed an order of dismissal for Detective Poggi.

7 John F. Kennedy Airport baggage handlers caught stealing valuables from luggage (video)

John F. Kennedy International Airport 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) Seven baggage handlers at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, were arrested on charges of theft after stealing valuables from travelers’ luggage, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and Port Authority Chief Security Officer Joseph P. Dunne announced that the seven baggage handlers have been charged with stealing numerous electronic items, such as cell phones, iPads and laptops, as well as jewelry and other items from travelers’ checked luggage.

“The defendants, who were hired to handle the baggage of those traveling in and out of Kennedy Airport, are alleged to have stolen computers, cell phones and other items from checked luggage with many of them selling the pilfered items to a pawn shop or to an undercover police officer. The defendants have been caught red-handed and will now face the consequences of their alleged illegal acts,” Brown said.

The defendants were identified as Khaleed Maynard, 28, Sheldon Theodore, 22, and Ryan Phillips, 35, who worked for Swissport at Terminal 4.

Levi Miller, 47, Romero Hendricks, 30, and Tihafade Esdaile, 29, who were employed by Aircraft Services International Group at Terminal 4, were also arrested.

Keston Austin, 31, who worked for G.S.I. at Terminal 7, was charged with theft. The defendants face charges of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property in Queens Criminal Court.

If convicted, defendants Theodore, Phillips, Miller, Hendricks and Esdaile, face up to 4 years in prison, while defendants Maynard and Austin face up to 7 years in prison.

According to the police investigation, the defendants stole Apple iPads, iPhones and MacBook computers, as well as Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, Dell, Toshiba and ASUS laptops, and other electronic items.

They also stole a pair of two carat diamond and gold earrings. The items were allegedly taken from the checked luggage of passengers. All but two of the defendants are alleged to have contacted an undercover police officer.

Victims included travelers from Japan, Hawaii, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Italy. The value of the stolen electronics and jewelry is alleged to have totaled in excess of $20,000.

2 young children locked out by babysitters for not finding remote control

Leslie Parks and Leonard Joseph Parks 
By: Chan Yuan

Police were called when two young children were found sitting on the street, close to midnight.

Police arrested a married couple in Salisbury, Maryland, on charges of endangerment for allegedly kicking out the two children, who were left in their care.

Leslie Parks, 42, and Leonard Joseph Parks, 62, were arrested after officers found a 9-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl sitting outside a convenience store around 11:15 p.m.

The children said that the couple who was babysitting them, forced them out of the home after they were ordered to find the couple’s TV remote.

The children were given 15 minutes to find the remote, but when they failed to find it they were pushed out of the couple's home.


Police said that the family is homeless. Their mother, who does not have a cell phone, left the children with the couple while she went to look for a place to spend the night.

The children who were hungry, told police that they had been sitting outside for about two hours. The children were fed and Social Services were contacted.

Leslie Parks was charged with two counts of neglecting a minor and two counts of contributing to the condition of a child.

Leslie Parks was charged with two counts of conspiring to neglect a minor and two counts of conspiring to contribute to the condition of a child.

They were booked into the Wicomico County Detention Center, and were later released after posting $30,000 bond.