TripAdvisor slapped with large fine for having fake reviews on their website

TripAdvisor illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A popular travel website received a large fine after investigators found fake reviews on their website.

Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) slapped a 500,000 euro ($609,575) fine on TripAdvisor for failing to warn consumers about the fake reviews.

TripAdvisor boasts that their reviews are authentic and the comments are real in order to convince consumers to believe the information written on its website.

However, AGCM investigators uncovered misleading information.

The AGCM had launched an investigation into the company after receiving complaints from consumers and owners of hotels and restaurants, saying that the review system was unfair and unclear because fraudulent comments were not flagged or removed.

The company has 30 days to pay the fine and 90 days to explain to the AGCM how it plans to ensure that future comments will be genuine.

Angry husband cuts up his wife’s bikinis for hooking up with a new boyfriend

Philip Gamble 
By: Wayne Morin

A husband cut up his wife’s bikinis and destroyed her home after she left him for a new man, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

59-year-old Philip Gamble ripped his wife’s tops and cut the crotch area of her bikinis before carefully putting the clothes back in her drawer, the Gloucester Crown Court heard.

The couple met when Gamble was 15 years old and his wife was just 11 years old.

The father of three children decided to take revenge against his wife of 38 years, after she left him for another man and moved out of the home they shared.

Gamble poured bleach on the window curtains, damaged a mattress and turned off the refrigerator. Gamble pleaded guilty to charges of robbery with intent to cause criminal damage and causing criminal damage.

He caused 5000 pounds ($7,766) in damages by destroying her clothes and 700 ($1,087) pounds in damages by smashing a TV. Gamble was sentenced to three months in jail, which was suspended for one year.

He was also ordered to pay court costs and a victim surcharge of 180 pounds ($279). Gamble and his wife have three children together.

Man burns down woman’s home for rejecting his friends request on Facebook (video)

Joanie Yount (left) and James Graham 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of arson after allegedly burning down the house of a woman for refusing his friends request on Facebook, police in Kentucky said.

The Frankfort Police Department said that 22-year-old Joanie Yount was being harassed by 37-year-old James Graham, after she refused to accept his friends request on Facebook.

Yount was not interested in a relationship with Graham, despite knowing him outside Facebook. After being rejected by Yount, Graham went to the victim’s home, where he found an open door.

He went inside and started a fire in the bedroom. Fortunately, Yount and her 3-year-old son were not home at the time. The house suffered smoke and water damages.

The single mother and her son were forced to find another place to stay. Yount has also applied for a second job to help pay for the items she lost in the fire.

Graham was charged with theft and arson.

Wife calls police after husband hits son for eating all his sausages

Robert J. Jones 
By: Tanya Malhotra

An angry wife called police to report that her husband assaulted her son for eating too many sausages, police in Ohio said.

The Canton Police Department said that 35-year-old Robert J. Jones was arrested on Tuesday, after being accused of hitting the head of his wife’s son.

Police were called to the family home, which is located at 418 Lincoln Avenue, around 9:00 p.m.

The child's mother had called police, saying that when she entered the kitchen, she saw her husband with his arm around her child's neck.

After she pushed her husband away from the boy, Jones continued yelling at the boy because he ate all the sausages. Jones then slammed shut the refrigerator door, knocking out some of the food.

When the boy went to clean up the mess, he pushed the child's head into the refrigerator. The child was taken to Mercy Medical Center, after suffering a non-fatal wound.

Jones was brought before the Canton Municipal Court, where he was charged with domestic violence. His bail was set at $51,000.

3 men face life in prison after admitting to being gay

Gay parade illustration 
By: Feng Qian

Three men were arrested on charges of committing homosexual acts after being caught going out with boyfriends, police in Gambia said.

Police said that the three homosexual men were arrested after undercover agents patrolled the city in order to locate gay men.

During questioning, the three suspects admitted to being gay.

"Our officers were on the streets looking for suspicious people, and during the course of the investigations, the three men were arrested,” a spokesperson for the police said.

"The three have confessed that they have participated in inhuman acts,'' the spokesperson added.

During a press conference about the arrests, officials appealed to the public, especially parents, to report people who they suspect are gay, to the police in order to root out homosexual behavior in the country.

85-year-old woman survives on tap water for 6 days after getting stuck in bathtub

Bathtub illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

An elderly woman, is lucky to be alive after being stuck in her bathtub for six days, rescue workers in the France said.

The 85-year-old woman, who was identified as Huguette, who got stuck in her bathtub for six days, survived by drinking tap water.

The incident began when the woman entered the bathroom of her home and slipped into the bathtub. The woman of Dordogne, could not reach her emergency alarm or phone, and was stuck for six days.

After six days, a postal worker noticed something strange about the woman’s home.

The postal worker called police and said that she rang the bell for several minutes, but the homeowner failed to answer despite the fact that the windows of the home were wide open.

Police and paramedics responded to the scene, and entered the woman’s home. They found her alive and well in the bathtub.

The elderly woman asked for a glass of milk.

Man nearly chokes to death after drinking bottle of eggnog in 12 seconds for free gift card (video)

Ryan Roche at a hospital 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A man in Utah, was rushed to a hospital after having difficulty breathing following a drinking contest, doctors said.

The incident unfolded after Ryan Roche was declared the winner of the drinking contest for swallowing a quart of eggnog in just 12 seconds.

He entered the race to win a gift card for Ruth’s Chris Steak House. When he finished drinking the bottle, he was gasping for air and had a difficult time breathing.

Roche said that his breathing problems intensified later that day, and he began to feel weak and nauseous. Roche’s friend, who is in medical school, urged him to go to a hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with dry drowning.

Apparently, some eggnog dripped into his lungs, and the liquid was causing an infection. He was hooked up to intravenous and oxygen.

He was also given very strong antibiotics. Roche spent 24 hours in the hospital’s intensive care unit before being sent home following three days of observation.

Police sergeant jailed for having sex with young children

Nick Lidstone 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A police sergeant was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after raping several children, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

The former police sergeant of Cambridgeshire, pleaded guilty to a number of serious sexual offenses before being sentenced to serve 14 years in jail.

54-year-old Nick Lidstone pleaded guilty to 13 offenses at the Norwich Crown Court.

Lidstone pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by penetration, one count of sexual assault, one count of indecent assault and one count of taking indecent photographs of a child.

Lidstone was fired from the police department for gross misconduct. However, child advocates are shocked that the defendant wasn't fired when officials learned about the allegations.

This was not the first time that Lidstone was accused with sexual assault. The court heard that Lidstone caught taking indecent images of children with a spy camera at a Tesco store in Royston, Hertfordshire.

He was given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a minor crime. He was not included on the sex offender registry because he was not charged with a sexual offense.

He was allowed to keep his job because he agreed to counseling. Lidstone went on to rape several children.

80-year-old man jailed for pouring acid on his 19-year-old girlfriend for seeing another man (video)

(From left to right) Mohammed Rafiq, Steven Holmes,
and Shannon Heaps 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after pouring acid on his teen lover for seeing another man, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 80-year-old Mohammed Rafiq, was sentenced to serve 18 years in prison.

According to the police investigation, Rafiq hired 25-year-old Steven Holmes and 23-year-old Shannon Heaps, to throw acid on his 19-year-old former girlfriend after he became jealous of her growing independence.

Rafiq persuaded the two men to pour liquid over his young lover in exchange for 50 pounds ($77). Vikki Horsman suffered burns to her face, neck and chest after being doused with the acid during the horrific attack.

The incident unfolded while she was at the home of her new boyfriend. The friend also suffered burns after he escorted the teen to the door where she was suddenly assaulted.

Rafiq of Smethwick, West Midlands, who is 60 years her senior, was described by prosecutor Anthony Warner as “controlling.”

He said that after beginning a sexual relationship, Horsman converted to Islam and changed her name to Aleena Rafiq, to accommodate the elderly man.

Warner also said that Horsman had lost her mother and father and “came to rely” on Rafiq.

Rafiq became upset with her increasing independence and was “obsessed” with her movements, even going through her personal possessions.

Horsman had enough of his insecurities. She left the 80-year-old man and changed her name back. That is when Rafiq sought revenge.

Rafiq, Heaps and Holmes were all convicted of assault.

Rafiq was sentenced to serve 18 years in prison while Holmes was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison. Heaps was sentenced to serve just 12 years in prison.

Horsman’s sister, 26-year-old Ceri Parkes, was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison for perverting the course of justice. Parkes blamed three innocent people for the attack on her sister.

They were arrested, but were released after police determined they were not connected to the attack.

Teacher breaks ruler on 6-year-old student’s head for giving wrong answer to math question

Rina Khan 
By: Feng Qian

A teacher was arrested on charges of assault after breaking a ruler on her student's head for giving a wrong answer to a math question, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

41-year-old Rina Khan of Birmingham, lost her temper and called the 6-year-old student a "Muppet" after getting the answer wrong, a court has heard.

Khan, who teaches at a school located on Milton Road, has denied charges of child cruelty and assault. The incident unfolded while Khan was teaching math along with an assistant in the classroom.

Khan was standing behind the boy’s desk and noticed the student’s incorrect answer. Khan became upset. She then took her plastic ruler and hit the boy on top of the head.

The ruler broke from the impact. The boy told investigators that he felt sad and scared. Khan said that she had not intended to hit him so hard. She also claimed that the boy had poked another student with a pencil.

The principal was notified and police were called.

45-year-old woman stabbed to death in fight over parking spot

Alison Morrison 
By: Chan Yuan

A woman was murdered by her neighbor after a dispute over a parking space turned violent, police in the United Kingdom aid.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MET) said that 45-year-old Alison Morrison, was found with multiple stab wounds, not far from her home in Harrow, London, early on Thursday.

Neighbors of the victim said that the woman had been embroiled in a long dispute with her neighbor over a shared driveway.

Witnesses said that the victim had been on her way to work when she was attacked by 48-year-old Trevor Gibbon, who was armed with a large knife.

The woman was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, but died later that morning.

The attacker fled from the scene in his car, but was later arrested by the police and was being questioned in connection with the murder.

Elderly maid kills her 90-year-old millionaire boss because he decided to take her out of his will and replace her with younger woman

Maid illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A maid was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing her millionaire boss because he decided to take her out of his will, prosecutors in Norway said.

Now, a court in Oslo, upheld a lower court ruling, sentencing the 62-year-old maid to serve 13 years in prison.

According to the police investigation, 90-year-old Pal Stener Johannessen, was found dead in his apartment.

Investigators immediately suspected the maid after learning that she had been set to inherit his 15 million kroner ($2,457,000) fortune.

However, before his death, Johannessen had been planning to change his will and leave his money to another staff member, a 36-year-old woman.

The court said that the defendant had left the apartment after caring for Johannessen, but had returned later. She locked herself inside his room and smothered him in his bed, probably using a pillow or some other type of fabric.

An autopsy revealed injuries consistent with asphyxia, but police said that they were unable to determine exactly how the victim died.

The defendant had denied killing her boss, but the jury convict her after just two hours of deliberations. The younger maid was awarded her Boss’ inheritance.

Homeless man making headlines over the way he spent $100 donation (video)

Josh Paler Lin with Thomas 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A homeless man had restored faith in humanity to many people who watched his act of kindness.

Josh Paler Lin wanted to see what a homeless man would do with a large cash donation.

He recorded giving a homeless man $100 and uploaded the video to the Internet.

The actions of the homeless man caused the video to go viral.

Paler Lin gave the man named Thomas, $100. His cameraman recorded the homeless man as he walked into a local liquor store.

He, like many who watch the video, thought that the man would buy alcohol and get drunk. However, that was not the case.

Thomas took the bags of food he bought and handed it out to other homeless people in the neighborhood. Paler Lin was so touched by the actions of Thomas that he handed him another $100.

He also started an Indiegogo page for donations to Thomas, and so far, he raised more than $53,000.

In the YouTube description to the video, Paler Lin wrote:

“I was not expecting to get this kind of footage. To be honest, I thought this video would be about exposing homeless people.

“However, I am so glad that I could witness and capture such a beautiful moment. This has to be one of the most amazing experiences so far on this channel.

“I did not only just help a homeless man, but I actually met an incredible human being and a friend. We were following him for a couple of miles for almost an hour or so. Later that day, we took him out to eat and got him a hotel room where he could stay. The more I talk to him, the more I sense how genuine he is. I gave him my number and told him to call me when he needs help.

“This again is proof that not all the homeless people are bad people. Never judge a book by its cover.”

Teen arrested while attempting to alter his appearance by shaving his head

Codi James Antoniello 
By: Feng Qian

Police in Michigan, have released a mugshot of a man who was wanted for assault.

Codi James Antoniello, 19, was arrested while he was in the process of shaving his head in an apparent attempt to alter his appearance to avoid being caught by police.

Two teenagers are facing felony charges for assaulting a homeowner in Holland Township, with baseball bats and pick axes.

Captain Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office said that Antoniello along with his 16-year-old friend entered the house, attacked the homeowner and then fled the scene.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries. He is now recovering at home.

Police arrested both suspects and charged them with first-degree home invasion and felonious assault. Antoniello was booked into the Ottawa County Jail, and the 16-year-old was booked into the Ottawa County youth home.

Detectives said that one of the teenagers had been in communication with the victim through Facebook, and the crime appears to have originated over a relationship that involves a woman. Investigators said that the victim is now dating the former girlfriend of the suspect.

Father of three kids commits suicide after being accused of raping young niece

Fence illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A father of three children jumped to his death after being accused of raping his niece.

The man was found hanging from the sharp ends of a steel fence, which surrounds a Hostel in Clermont, KwaDabeka, South Africa.

Residents are asking police to take action and have the fence removed because this is the sixth person who committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of the hostel onto the deadly fence.

According to local residents, unemployed, depressed and troubled people commit suicide by jumping onto the spikes of the fence.

A family member said that the man was depressed after receiving death threats from other family members for raping his 9-year-old niece earlier this month.

The man denied the rape accusations, but the family refused to believe that he did not rape his niece.

“Now, we will never know what really happened to the child. The whole family is devastated,” a family member said.

Muziwakhe Makhaye, a spokesperson for the hostel, said that it was sad that the fence, which was meant for protection, became dangerous.

Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that the KwaDabeka Police Station is investigating the incident.

Teen kills pregnant woman to steal her baby after having an abortion

Pregnant woman illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A teenager was arrested after she killed a woman to steal her unborn baby.

The jealous teenager of Tamaulipas, Mexico, allegedly killed the pregnant woman and cut the fetus from her womb because she regretted having an abortion.

20-year-old Nathaly Cartas Leon, befriended the teen on Facebook. After chatting online, the eight-month pregnant woman went to meet the teen at her home.

Guadalupe Salinas Hernandez, 17, attacked the victim by hitting her in the head with a blunt object, and stabbed her several times.

Leon died instantly and her baby was then apparently taken from her womb. Sadly, the baby also died during the incident.

Although Nathaly had been reported missing, it was only when Hernandez went to a hospital claiming that the baby was stillborn that her alleged involvement in the crime came to light.

Doctors quickly realized that she was not the mother of the child. They also revealed that the baby did not die of natural causes, but had suffocated in the womb after the death of the mother.

Hernandez was interviewed by police. She confessed that the baby belonged to a woman who died several days earlier.

The officers later discovered the mutilated body of Leon, at the home of Hernandez.

Grand Theft Auto fan calls ambulance after shooting character on video game

David Helens 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Emergency workers were sent to a home after a man reported a shooting.

When emergency crews arrived at the home in the United Kingdom, they learned that the victim shot a Grand Theft Auto character in a video game.

David Helens, 25, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, called emergency services to report that his friend had been shot.

Helens had been playing a long session of the violent video game when he called emergency services, saying that his friend “Max” was bleeding badly.

He told emergency operators that Max is going in and out of consciousness after being shot. He then said that he thought Max was dead.

Helens cried and screamed after his favorite character was shot, causing the dispatcher to send two ambulances to his home.

Helens was arrested and pleaded guilty to making a false call, which lasted for 12 minutes. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order.

He was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work, and he will be subject to a supervision requirement for 18 months. He must also pay $225 in costs and a victim surcharge.

Woman ordered to pay bullies who egged her home after she chased them away aggressively

Zoe Edwards and her home 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A woman was surprised when she was found guilty of a crime and ordered to pay teenagers who egged her home.

The woman of England, was angry when a group of boys tried to bully her son.

38-year-old Zoe Edwards, who got into her car wearing her pajamas, chased the gang of teens.

Edwards reportedly chased the group of 15 teenagers who egged her house in an attempt to intimidate her son. During the chase, she reportedly fired a BB gun at them.

The Manchester Magistrate’s Court heard that the woman fired the BB gun, which hit one victim on the back and another on his backpack.

Edwards, a mother of two children, was found guilty of using threatening or abusive words and behavior with intent to cause fear and two counts of assault after confronting them and firing the BB gun.

Lee Bonner, Edwards’ lawyer, told the court that he believed the teens should not receive compensation as they egged her home, causing her to react.

“The idea that these teens benefit financially from their own actions is a suggestion I find distasteful,” Bonner said.

However, Judge Mark Hadfield said that Edwards’ actions were not appropriate in the situation.

“Her actions on that night were totally disproportionate to what happened to him,” judge Hadfield said.

Fortunately, no serious injuries were caused to either of the teens.

Edwards was ordered to pay almost $100 to each of the two teens who were hit by the BB gun, and almost $900 in court costs. She was also ordered to perform 150 hours in community service.

Woman tries to sell her daughter to save her husband's life

Ni Qiong tries to sell her baby 
By: Feng Qian

A woman was seen desperately trying to sell her daughter in order to help her sick husband, who was in a hospital.

The woman has been found trying to sell her baby daughter on the streets of China, to pay $10,000 in medical bills.

Ni Qiong was photographed in Fuzhou, with a written notice, begging pedestrians to buy her one-year-old daughter.

She and her husband, Zhou Xinggui, are immigrant workers. Her husband was taken to the hospital for surgery after falling from a scaffold while working as a builder.

Doctors refused to perform the much needed surgery until the couple paid a $15,000 fee. With no assets to her name and no way to come up with the money, the mother of three children decided to sell her youngest daughter.

Despite remaining in the street for four hours, no one wanted to buy her daughter, but passersby gave her money.

The woman reportedly received over $200,000 in donations and donated about $90,000 to poor people and organizations that help the less fortunate.

Man drugs his wife so that his friend can rape and impregnate her

Couple in bed illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A woman was horrified when she awoke to find her husband’s friend having sex with her without consent.

The woman of Anhui, China, divorced her husband after learning that he was behind the rape attack.

The couple, who was identified as Mr. and Mrs. He, had been happily married for 5 years and desperately tried to have children.

The couple went to a fertility specialist to seek treatment. The doctor told the couple that the husband was suffering from a low sperm count and the wife had a slight swelling in her uterus.

He explained that the woman’s issue can be treated with medication. However, there was nothing he could do for the low sperm count.

Still desperate for a child, Mr. He asked his wife if she would consider having sex with a stranger so that she can get pregnant. She refused.

One night, Mr. He drugged his wife and invited a male coworker to rape his unconscious wife. The woman awoke in middle of the rape.

Horrified, violated and angry, she left her husband and returned to her parents' home. Her husband tried contacting her to apologize and convince her to forgive him, but she refused to speak with him.

The husband finally took his wife to court and the two got divorced.