Toys R Us cashier steals $56,000 worth of merchandise by using bogus coupon codes

Toys R Us store illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A cashier at Toys R Us, was arrested on charges of theft after stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the store, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that the cashier at the Toys R Us store in Rego Park, Queens, is alleged to have created more than 1,100 online orders using bogus coupon codes, which resulted in more than $56,000 worth of toys, clothes, electronics and other items to be shipped to her home and a family member’s address.

“The defendant is accused of going on a virtual shopping spree in which she is alleged to have accessed the store’s marketing system to create coupons and then order an array of merchandise, including baby formula, toys, games, clothing and video systems. The defendant is now facing significant jail time for her alleged actions,” District Attorney Brown said.

Shontia Jones, 24, of Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Deborah Stevens Modica on second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree falsifying business records.

Jones, who was granted supervised release, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

District Attorney Brown said that according to the criminal complaint, Jones was a cashier at the Toys R Us store in the Rego Center Mall, and she allegedly created fraudulent coupon codes in the system and bought thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

The coupon codes are meant to be used by customer service representatives and are given to customers who are unsatisfied with a purchase.

The codes can be used like cash on the Toys R Us website.

Jones allegedly created codes roughly twice a week, and bought baby formula, Disney toys, Xbox games, baby clothes, disposable diapers, Hot Wheels, beverages, board games and more.

Jones is alleged to have had more than $45,000 worth of products shipped to her Far Rockaway address and an additional $10,000 worth of items shipped to her sister’s address, also in Far Rockaway.

The defendant was caught when Toys R Us conducted an internal investigation and realized that an abnormal number of coupon codes had been generated at the Rego Park store.

At the time of her arrest, Jones, who has a 2-year-old son, allegedly told investigators that she didn’t sell any of the items and that she had given away some items to family members.

However, most of the merchandise were found in her home.

Woman sentenced to jail after helping ducks cross highway (video)

Emma Czornobaj 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of criminal negligence causing death after stopping on a highway and helping ducks cross the road, which caused a fatal accident, prosecutors in Canada said.

Now, 26-year-old Emma Czornobaj was sentenced to 90 days in jail for causing two deaths when she stopped her car on a highway in Quebec, to help a group of ducks cross the road.

Czornobaj was convicted of two counts each of criminal negligence and dangerous driving causing death. Czornobaj reportedly abruptly stopped her car in the passing lane of a highway south of Montreal, when he saw the ducks.

The vehicle behind her slammed into the back of her car, killing 50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie. Czornobaj sad that she stopped in order to collect all the ducks and put them in her car.

She acknowledged that her actions were wrong. She will be allowed to serve her time in prison over weekends. Czornobaj was also sentenced to 240 hours of community service, probation and was banned from driving for ten years.

Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of nine months, but the judge rejected their request.

Drunk Emergency Medical Technician fatally strikes tow truck driver with his car

Faapuna Mac Manu with his wife 
By: Tanya Malhotra

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) was arrested, charged and convicted of vehicular manslaughter after fatally striking a tow truck driver with his car, prosecutors in California said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that the 28-year-old man who was convicted of driving drunk and fatally striking the tow truck driver, was sentenced to serve time in state prison.

Raymond Burley III of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to a felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim sentenced Burley to four years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Vance Davis said that one early morning, the former EMT was driving home from a holiday party when he crashed into the tow truck operator servicing a disabled vehicle on the 405 Freeway.

The victim, Faapuna Mac Manu, 27, was killed upon impact. Immediately after the fatal collision, the defendant attempted to slash his wrists, according to court testimony.

Authorities arrived at the scene and arrested Burley in connection with the crash.

Evidence presented at a preliminary hearing established that the defendant was driving with a blood alcohol content level of .11 percent.

Family friend sodomizes 10-year-old girl in car while driving to restaurant to buy her food

Victor Martinez 
By: Feng Qian

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of sex offenses after sexually assaulting a young girl while driving her to a restaurant, prosecutors in California said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that 48-year-old Victor Martinez of Azusa, pleaded no contest to four felony counts, sodomy by use of force on a victim under 14 years old, sexual penetration by foreign object, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and lewd acts upon a child.

Judge Robert M. Martinez, who is not related to the defendant, scheduled the sentencing at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona, Department S.

The defendant is expected to be sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Babette Huley, who prosecuted the case, said that Martinez was a friend of the 10-year-old victim’s family.

The victim went with Martinez in his car to get some food. During the car ride, Martinez took the girl to a parking lot and sexually molested her.

After the attack, Martinez ordered the girl not to tell anyone what happened, the prosecutor said. Two days later, the girl told her mother about the sexual assault and the police were called.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned that Martinez had previously molested the girl, the prosecutor added.

Soon after, law enforcement located the defendant and he was arrested and held on $1.2 million bail.

Thieves fatally struck by lightning minutes after stealing from church (video)

Getaway car destroyed by lightning 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Several thieves were killed after they were struck by lightning while fleeing from a church, according to a video uploaded to the Internet.

The video, which has since gone viral on the Internet, shows the getaway car speeding down a road, while leading police on a high-speed chase.

The group of men stole cash from a church in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday. However, the chase ended when lightning destroyed the vehicle and killed all the passengers inside.

According to police, another car was also damaged after hitting the getaway vehicle. The footage was recorded by a police dashcam video.

In September, a man died after being electrocuted while stealing a transformer, police said.

Lagos State Police said that when the residents of the area woke up on Monday morning, they found the man next to the transformer belonging to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.

According to the police investigation, the man was electrocuted while he tried to remove the transformer from the wires.

Health and safety inspector dies after falling into gravy maker while inspecting food factory

Food factory machines illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A health and safety inspector died while inspecting a food factory by falling into a gravy maker, a court in the United Kingdom has heard.

46-year-old Nigel Chester fell 13 feet into the machine after passing through a door at Premier Foods in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Chester had been checking the machines and used a master key that the staff had given him to open all the doors. Chester used the key to open a door, which had been installed by a porch that had not yet been built.

The door had a large poster, warning the public not to use it. Chester died after suffering horrific injuries, a paramedic who responded to the scene said.

Chester had severe head injuries. The inspector’s death was ruled an accident by a jury.

Premier Foods took steps to make their facility more safe following the accident. They have since got rid of the master key, put a barrier around the door and installed extra locks on it.

Inmate serving a life sentence escapes from prison and stabs chef at pub before fleeing with bottle of alcohol

Paul Frankou 
By: Mahesh Sarin

An inmate, who was serving a life sentence, was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after escaping from prison and stabbing a chef at a pub, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the prisoner was sentenced to serve an additional 7 years in jail after going on the run and attacking the chef with a knife at an East Herts pub.

According to the police investigation, 49-year-old Paul Frankou left Salah Touati, with permanent scars to his hands when he confronted him late at night at the Sow and Pigs pub in Thundridge, near Ware.

He demanded money, but got away with just a bottle of alcohol. He was also accused of causing thousands of dollars worth of damage, the St. Albans Crown Court heard.

Frankou was serving a life sentence for attempted robbery and firearms offenses when he walked out of the Hollesley Bay jail in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Prosecutor Helen Guest said that just after midnight, he broke into the Sow and Pigs pub. Surveillance video from the pub showed how Frankou brandishing a knife in front of Touati, who was upstairs.

He demanded money and during a struggle, the chef suffered cuts to his hands. Blood left at the scene linked Frankou to the break-in and he was arrested while driving a stolen Ford Focus.

Frankou appeared for sentencing after having pleaded guilty to escape, handling stolen goods and aggravated burglary. He also pleaded guilty to driving with no insurance and driving a vehicle taken without consent.

Frankou was sentenced to a total of 7 years in prison. He was also banned from driving for 18 months.

2 women arrested after writing fantasies about sleeping with young boys on social media sites

Susan Barnett, Kevin Barnett, and Nikita Moore 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Two women were arrested, charged and convicted of sex crimes against children after writing about sleeping with young boys on social media sites, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

The two women and a man of Barrow, have been found guilty following a trial at the Preston Crown Court.

Kevin Barnett and Nikita Moore were convicted of conspiracy to commit child sexual offenses. Susan Barnett was convicted of arranging or facilitating the commission of child sexual offenses.

According to the police investigation, the three defendants sent texts and social media messages to one another, planning sexual offenses against two children.

Susan Barnett, Kevin Barnett, and Nikita Moore, previously pleaded guilty to possession of extreme images, while Nikita Moore previously pleaded guilty to taking and distribution of indecent images.

Kevin Barnett previously pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children.

“Susan Barnett, Kevin Barnett, and Nikita Moore, have been found guilty of extremely alarming offenses whereby they planned among themselves the sexual abuse of vulnerable young children. They sent shockingly explicit messages to one another, including photographs of the children they planned to abuse over a prolonged period of ten days. The messages shown during the trial proved that the abuse was intended to be made real and would have been put into action once the opportunity arose,” Charles Brown, Senior Crown Advocate for CPS North West, said.

“All three defendants denied they intended to carry out the abuse they had discussed and attempted to explain it away as general talk about sexual fantasies. However, after carefully considering all the evidence against them, the jury has found them guilty of all the repugnant offenses they committed,” Brown added.

Husband poisons his wife with sleeping pills and strangles her in bed after she hooking up with new boyfriend

Andrew Leigh and Luan Leigh 
By: Feng Qian

A husband was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing his wife because she asked for a divorce, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

According to the police investigation, the husband drugged and then strangled his wife at their home in Erdington, Birmingham.

A jury at the Birmingham Crown Court heard how 42-year-old Luan Leigh and 43-year-old Andrew Leigh, had been in a relationship for 22 years, before she wanted to divorce.

Andrew Leigh was unable to accept this and tried on a number of occasions to reconcile with his wife, but to no avail. One day, Andrew Leigh purchased some sleeping tablets and then visited the family home.

Having administered the sleeping pills to incapacitate his wife, he later strangled her in bed. He then waited several hours before calling an ambulance, telling them that she had passed out in her sleep.

When paramedics arrived at the house, they found the body of Luan Leigh in the bedroom. Suspecting foul play, they called the police and Leigh was arrested at the scene.

He was charged with murder.

“Andrew Leigh's motivation for murdering Luan was jealousy. She had rejected his efforts to reconcile and he heard that she had met a new partner. He decided to take revenge,” Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said.

During the police investigation and prosecution of the case, the defendant lied repeatedly in order to cover up the crime that he had committed.

He initially maintained that his wife had died of natural causes, but later changed his account by saying that her death had been an accident.

The jury rejected his explanations and found him guilty of murdering Luan. Andrew Leigh has been sentenced to serve at least 25 years in prison.

Man threatens to eat woman alive while waving rubber chicken

Rubber ducks illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

Police are looking to arrest a man on charges of making threats after allegedly threatening to eat a woman alive while waving a rubber chicken, police in the United Kingdom said.

Somerset Police said that the man was in possession of a long-barreled gun and the fake chicken when he approached the woman and made the threat.

He then ran to a house, banged on the door and broke a window, but left after he was unable to gain entry. Police were called to the scene by the victim.

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the incident, and officers are appealing for information.

The man, who is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident, is described as white, about 20 years old and wearing black color clothes.

Police stressed that the streets remain safe, and residents should continue with their normal activities.

Naked and drunk man detained by police for driving bicycle without a helmet

Man riding bicycle illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A police officer gave a naked and drunk man a ticket for driving a bicycle without a helmet, police in New Zealand said.

The incident unfolded in Timaru on Sunday afternoon about 3:30 p.m., when he spotted the naked cyclist driving on the city streets without clothes and a helmet.

It is illegal to drive a bicycle in the country without a helmet, but being nude can be legal in some situations.

Police said that the man did not receive a fine for indecent exposure because he didn't deliberately expose his private parts in public.

Although the cyclist was under the influence of alcohol as well, he was not charged with driving under the influence as there is no against driving a bike while drunk.

Taxi driver beats pregnant woman into a coma after she grabbed his private parts

Taxi illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A pregnant woman was rushed to a hospital after being beaten into a coma by a taxi driver, police in Nigeria said.

The Lagos State Police said that the driver beat the woman, who is seven-months pregnant, on the Lagos-Badagry expressway.

According to the police investigation, the woman approached the driver and asked to be taken to a certain location. The two agreed on a price, and the woman got into the man’s vehicle.

The woman, identified as Feyisara, told investigators that the driver told her to get out of his vehicle before reaching her destination.

Feyisara got into an argument with the driver and when the man tried to push her out of the vehicle, she held onto to his clothes.

The suspect then forcefully took of the woman’s hands from his clothes. At that point, the woman grabbed his private parts. In response the driver punched her in the face, and she fell unconscious.

Police launched an investigation into the incident, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Woman arrested for paying man $900 to impersonate her for exam

Kaiwen Qian 
By: Feng Qian

A woman was arrested for her elaborate scheme to cheat on her exam.

20-year-old Kaiwen Qian was a student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, when she decided to hire a man to take her exam.

Qiun hired 21-year-old Longhua Wang, who is a student at the York University, to take the exam for her. She reportedly paid Wang $900 to take the exam on her behalf.

Nick Manning, a spokesperson for the school, said that they were tipped off to the possibility that one or more students may be cheating during the math exam.

The school implemented measures to detect the cheating, and that is how they discovered that a student from a different university was paid to come and take the test instead of one of their students.

Manning said that the school is investigating as to how Wang came into possession of a false Waterloo student ID card, containing his photo with Qian’s name on it.

Qian was arrested on charges related to impersonation and brandishing a forged document. She was released on $3,000 bail. Wang was arrested on similar charges.

Qian, who is an international exchange student, may be deported if she is found guilty of the charges.

Grief-stricken husband wears deceased wife's bra and shoes on public bus (video)

The man in a bra 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A grief stricken husband finds comfort in wearing his deceased wife’s clothing in public.

The man of China, was seen on video boarding a bus before dressing in women's high-heel shoes and a bra. He then placed two apples in the bra cups.

The video has been uploaded to the Internet, and has since gone viral. The man, who also wore a tight pair of leggings, is said to be a regular on public transportation in Zhengzhou, Henan.

Friends of the man said that he is depressed since his wife died two years ago. He began wearing her clothes for comfort. Relatives said that they have discussed the issue with him and they thought that he had stopped doing so.

However, he did not stop. Instead, he seems to have been hiding the behavior from his family, and puts the clothing on once he is on the public bus.

A spokesperson for the bus company in the city said that they are aware of the man’s conduct. However, he never causes any harm to others.

The bus driver who reportedly leaked the video to the public, said that he did so because he believes that the man needs psychological help.

Sheriff's deputy accused of assaulting mother-in-law

Steven Armstrong 
By: Wayne Morin

A sheriff's deputy is under investigation for assaulting his mother in law.

Steven Armstrong of Arizona, faces three counts of misdemeanor domestic violence after his mother-in-law accused him of assaulting her.

Janet Reed, 60, contacted police after the assault. Even though she lives in Fort Mohave, she called the Bullhead City Police Department because her son-in-law is a deputy at the Mohave County sheriff’s Office.

Reed claimed that she had been assaulted by Officer Armstrong at his home.


Armstrong, 35, told officers that his estranged wife, 34-year-old Kimberly, came to the residence to collect some personal belongings. When the two began arguing, Reed entered the house and was allegedly assaulted by her son-in-law.

The Bullhead City Police Department notified the sheriff's office of the incident and Armstrong was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Police said no one has been arrested at this time, but summonses were issued to all parties.

Armstrong faces a charge of assault by domestic violence and two counts of disorderly conduct by domestic violence. His mother-in-law and estranged wife each face a charge of disorderly conduct by domestic violence.

Armstrong has been with the sheriff's office since 2008.

Woman arrested for setting up her own kidnapping and demanding ransom from boyfriend

Illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A man was terrified after listening to his girlfriend being kidnapped while he was on the phone with her.

Daniel Zwane of South Africa, who is the boyfriend of the 24-year-old woman who claimed to have been kidnapped, said that he was talking to his girlfriend on the phone when he heard men in the background.

“While she was on the phone, I heard two men talking in the background. Then I heard my girlfriend screaming,” he said.

Zwane said that he soon received a call demanding R500 (about $43.00). “They told me I had to pay the money if I wanted to see my girlfriend again,” he said.

Zwane was very scared and reported the incident to the police. Sergeant Styles Maome of the Primrose Police Station, said that police launched an investigation and found that the ransom call was made by the “kidnapped” woman, who was found to be safe and in no danger.

The woman was arrested for faking her own kidnapping and charged with perjury, Maome said.

14-year-old boy sentenced to 10 years prison for killing his father

Illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A young boy will spend the next 10 years behind bars after he shot and killed his father.

The 14-year-old boy from Denver, Colorado, admitted to shooting his father before calling his father’s boss and saying that his father was too sick to go work.

Kai Kelly, who was 13 years old at the time of the murder, called his father’s boss for five days to say that his father was ill before the boss became suspicious and called police.

Police went to the home where the father and son lived, and found the man’s body in the home. The father, Joseph Kelly, 50, has reportedly been dead for 6 days before his body was found.

He was found with two gunshot wounds to the head, which was fired from a .22 caliber rifle.

The boy’s mother, who is divorced from her husband, did not live at the residence, according to police.

Kai Kelly was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he
pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and criminal extortion attempt, Eagle County District Attorney Bruce Brown said in a statement.

Under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, the boy will serve 7 years in juvenile detention for the murder and three years in adult prison for the extortion charge.

Teen babysitter kills 5-year-old cousin and claims he was kidnapped

Kenneth White 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A teenager in New York, was arrested and charged with the murder of her 5-year-old cousin.

Tiffany VanAlstyne, 19, claimed that two masked men broke into her trailer, threw her to the ground and snatched 5-years-old Kenneth White.

Police launched a manhunt for the boy and the kidnappers, but later found the boy’s body in a pile of snow behind teen’s home, Albany County sheriff Craig Apple said.

Tiffany VanAlstyne was babysitting the boy at the time of his death. She was charged with murder after police found that the child had been strangled.

Police said that the teen killed the boy and then called her mother Brenda VanAlstyne, saying that two men kidnapped him.

Her mother then called police and relayed the story along with a description of the suspects and the getaway car.

Tiffany VanAlstyne was charged with second-degree murder, and was arraigned at the Knox Town Court, where she pleaded not guilty. She was sent to the Albany County Jail, where she is being held without bail.

In court, Brenda VanAlystne cried while her daughter was being arraigned for murder. When asked if the teen took any medication the mother revealed that her daughter has bipolar disorder.

Brenda VanAlystne also said that Tiffany always took care of the victim. She bought gifts for him and she loved him very much.

Kenneth White had been living with Brenda VanAlstyne, who is his legal guardian. The boy's mother lives in Amsterdam, New York, and his father lives in Massachusetts.

Police originally thought that the kidnapping might have had something to do with the ongoing child custody case between the parents.

Authorities are now investigating Brenda VanAlstyne, after her trailer was found to be an “unsafe environment” for children. The 5-year-old boy lived with Brenda VanAlstyne, her twin sister and a 4-year-old child for about one year.

May he rest in peace.



Man sentenced to 5 years prison after co-worker finds child pornography on his iPod

Xavier Barac Lopez 
By: Wayne Morin

A man in Texas, was jailed after his co-worker found child pornography on his iPod and reported it to the police.

Now, Xavier Barac Lopez was sentenced to five years in prison after he owned an iPod that contained 33 images of child pornography.

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office said that a co-worker found the iPod in a bathroom at work.

Lopez,23, worked at Dairy Queen in Brownsville, where he left his iPod in the bathroom. A co-worker found the iPod, and in an attempt to see who it belonged to, the co-worker discovered child pornography.

According to the prosecutor's office, Lopez had at least 33 images of child pornography on the iPod, which was labeled “Xavier.”

The images showed children younger than the age of 18, engaging in sexual conduct.

Lopez was charged and convicted on all 33 counts of child pornography.

State District Judge Ronaldo Olvera sentenced the man to five years in prison.

“Children cannot willingly consent to such behavior, and its short and long-term effects consist of scarring a child for life,” said District Attorney Luis V. Saenz.

Teenager arrested for raping 9-year-old boy for 4 years

Ivan Jesus Roquis 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Police in Texas, arrested a man for sexually abusing a young boy.

Now, the teenager is behind bars after being accused of sexually abusing the young child, police confirmed.

Ivan Jesus Roquis was arrested by the Brownsville Police, earlier this week.

The 17-year-old boy was charged with the sexual abuse of a 9-year-old child.

According to the Brownsville Police Department, the sexual abuse allegedly occurred over a period of four years.

Roquis is likely going to be charged as an adult as he is above the age of 17.

If convicted of the charges, Roquis faces between 5 and 99 years behind bars. He appeared before a judge, who set his bail at $200,000.