Woman caught selling non-existent vacation packages on Facebook

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By: Feng Qian

A woman was arrested on charges of theft after allegedly selling non-existent vacation packages on Facebook, police in the United Kingdom said.

The 26-year-old woman of Walsall, has been arrested in connection with a series of online scams where innocent people have handed over cash for vacations, only to discover they had lost their money.

Police were informed that the woman had been advertising vacations in Rhyl and Devon, on Facebook, and was taking deposits for trip which never materialized.

Consumers contacted the woman and paid a deposit for the vacation via bank transfer, but then got nothing in return. The woman is believed to have defrauded numerous consumers.

On Thursday morning, police officers visited the woman’s home, where she was arrested on suspicion of fraud. She remains in police custody pending a bail hearing.

Man tried to smuggle 100 ecstasy pills into prison by sewing them into his underpants

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By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into prison after allegedly sewing 100 ecstasy pills into his underpants before entering a prison, police in the United Kingdom said.

The 26-year-old convicted gunman of Wolverhampton, tried smuggling the ecstasy tablets into jail by stitching them into the lining of his underpants, but his plan was foiled by police during a search of his prison bag.

The man was arrested at his home in All Saints, for breaching the terms of his prison release license by repeatedly ignoring a night-time curfew.

Officers found that the man had packed a suitcase for prison in preparation of West Midlands Police officers hauling him back behind bars.

When the prison staff examined the contents of the bag, they uncovered six tubes, each containing around 20 tablets, plus small bags of suspected cannabis stitched into the linings of his boxer shorts and trainers.

More tablets were found during a strip search hidden inside the waistband of his bottoms.

The man is now back behind bars and will only be released again if a parole board is satisfied that he poses no risk and will adhere to his release conditions.

Mother drugs young boys before using them for sex

Barbara Kirby 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested after she used boys for her own pleasure.

Barbara Kirby, 36, of Leesburg, Florida, was accused of having sex with two minors.

Kirby, who is a divorced woman and mother to a 9-year-old boy, allegedly told her victims that “age is just a number” before taking advantage of them.

She is also accused of threatening one of her victims, saying that she would kill him if he told anyone about the sexual abuse.

According to police, Kirby sexually assaulted two boys who are between the ages of 12 and 16. The alleged incidents took place on two different occasions.

In both incidents, the boys told police that Kirby invited them into her home and gave them a drink, which made them feel funny.

One child told police that after Kirby gave him the drink, he felt dizzy and fainted. When he awoke, he was undressed on her couch, and Kirby was performing sex acts on him.

The boy said that he was embarrassed. He got dressed and ran out of her home. He told his mother about the incident two days later. After meeting Kirby again, she threatened to kill him if he told anyone of the assault.

Kirby was arrested and charged with lewd battery on a minor and tampering with a victim. She is being held on $25,000 bail.

Mother bites off nose of woman at hotel in fight over a table

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By: Wayne Morin

A mother was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after biting off the nose of a woman during a fight over a table, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 29-year-old Tina Love of Dartford, faces a jail sentence after being convicted of the attack that occurred at Butlin’s resort in Bognor.

Love of Acacia Road, appeared at the Chichester Crown Court, where she was found guilty of the attack in which she bit off the nose of 47-year-old Julie McDonald’s.

According to the police investigation, Love was staying at the resort with her husband, three children and other family members, when they went to see a show in the Manhattan building.

During the performance, there was an altercation over a table which turned violent. At some point, Love approached McDonald’s and bit off a piece of her nose.

Barber kills his customer with scissors while arguing over price of headphone

Carl Richardson 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A barber flew into a rage after a customer asked him to pay for headphones, prosecutors in New York said.

Now, the barber was arrested, charged and convicted of manslaughter in connection with killing an innocent man with scissors.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 35-year-old Cedric N. Simpson of Queens, was found guilty of manslaughter in the stabbing death of his customer, who had sold the barber Bluetooth headphones.

Simpson of 210-16 115th Avenue in the Cambria Heights section of Queens, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter following a week-long jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder.

The defendant faces up to 25 years in prison.

According to the police investigation, the defendant purchased a pair of Bluetooth headphones from Carl Richardson, 19, a customer who’d stopped by Select Stylez Barbershop on Merrick Boulevard.

The defendant did not have the cash at that time to pay for the headset, so the victim returned a couple of days later to collect his payment.

The barber and the teen argued about the price of the device and eventually, they started fighting.

The defendant ran back into the barber shop, grabbed a pair of scissors from his workstation and confronted the victim again.

The victim managed to get the defendant in a bear hug, pinning Simpson’s arms to his side.

People from the shop intervened and pulled both men apart.

That’s when the defendant started swinging the scissors, slashing the victim in the neck and upper back before stabbing him in the center of his chest.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Man punches police officer for touching his girlfriend at supermarket (video)

New York police officer illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly punching a police officer for touching his girlfriend at a supermarket, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 27-year-old Tommie D. Williams of Jamaica, Queens, has been charged with assaulting an off-duty police officer earlier this week in a St. Albans supermarket parking lot, following an alleged minor dispute minutes earlier in the store that involved
the defendant’s girlfriend.

“The defendant is accused of allowing a relatively minor bumping incident in a supermarket - to which he was not even directly involved - to rapidly escalate into a violent assault that resulted in him causing serious physical injury to his victim,” District Attorney Brown said.

Williams of 140-33 173rd Street in Jamaica, is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

If convicted, Williams faces up to seven years in prison.

According to the police investigation, a 42-year-old off-duty New York City Police Officer was shopping at the Pathmark supermarket located at 134-40 Springfield Boulevard on Monday, when he accidentally bumped into Williams’ girlfriend.

Williams verbally confronted him. Williams then told the officer that he would be waiting outside for him. The officer finished shopping and was walking to his car in the parking lot approximately five minutes later.

Williams approached the officer and punched him in the face with a closed fist, causing the officer to fall to the ground. Williams walked away and entered a vehicle.

As the officer approached the vehicle and tried to take a photograph of it with his cellphone, Williams exited the vehicle and again punched officer in the face, causing him to again fall to the ground, before fleeing in the vehicle.

The officer suffered three fractures to his face, which required hospitalization and the surgical implantation of a metal plate. Metal wires also had to be placed in his face.

Man creates game that gives children points for doing sexual acts on the Internet

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By: Feng Qian

A man was arrested on charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child after allegedly creating a game that awards children who perform sexual acts on the Internet, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 24-year-old Jorel Fowler, has been indicted on charges of engaging a young Oklahoma girl over the Internet.

The defendant was allegedly days away from traveling to see the teenager in person for sex when he was arrested for allegedly luring other children to play “The Game,” a program created by the defendant, which he used on the website Omegle, in which youngsters were awarded points for performing various activities online, including sexual acts.

Points could be earned for something as simple as a smile. The defendant was previously indicted for charges stemming from these actions.

Fowler of 98-38 57 Avenue in Corona, Queens, was originally arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, on a criminal complaint accusing him of engaging seven young girls over the Internet to participate in what he allegedly called “The Game.”

Fowler, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bond or $750,000 cash bail, was subsequently indicted on 44 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and 44 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.

The investigation was launched after the Oklahoma girl’s mother, who reported that her 13-year-old daughter had been chatting with someone in Queens, New York.

Police went to the defendant’s home in Corona, and with Fowler’s permission, removed his Asus laptop computer and an iPhone5.

Fowler was arrested following a forensic examination of the laptop’s hard drive after experts found seven videos titled Sarah, Tiffany & Britney, Katelyn, Julia, Gabrielle, Ashley and Alex.

The videos allegedly include text and video conversations between Fowler and different girls, all under 16 years of age.

The defendant had made arrangements to go to Altus, Oklahoma, to meet with the 13-year-old girl.

The victim had continued to have contact with Fowler between the time her mother first reported finding his photo on her daughter’s phone and the time of his arrest.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Cat to undergo gender reassignment surgery (video)

Colleen Clarke-Murphy with Mittens 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A cat in Canada, named Mittens, will undergo gender reassignment surgery after it was born with both male and female organs.

Mittens of Newfoundland, may seem like an ordinary house cat, but it is not.

Mittens was born a hermaphrodite, meaning it has both male and female organs.

Colleen Clarke-Murphy, the owner of the cat, said that her daughter brought home Mittens one day, thinking that it was a sick stray cat that had been abandoned by its owner.

The cat was taken to a local veterinarian, and after an examination, Clarke-Murphy received the bizarre diagnosis. Clarke-Murphy said her veterinarian recommended turning Mittens into a male cat.

The vet will perform reconstructive surgery once it is assigned a gender. The procedure will cost around $1,500.

Landlord prohibits male tenants from urinating while standing

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By: Wayne Morin

Several tenants have filed a lawsuit against their landlord after he prohibited them from urinating while standing, according to court documents filed in Germany.

Now, a court in Duesseldorf, has ruled that the tenants of the rented apartment can stand while urinating in their own bathroom and not worry about the damage their actions might cause.

The District Court ruled in favor of the tenants suing the owner of the apartments for a full refund of their 3,000 euro ($3,370) deposits.

The owner wanted to keep the deposits, claiming that the marble floors of the bathrooms was permanently stained with urine due to the tenants standing while urinating instead of sitting down.

The judge agreed with the report of an expert who claimed that the urine had destroyed the marble, but said that standing while urinating is to be expected.

15-year-old girl drowns chicken and throws it on neighbor’s car

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By: Mahesh Sarin

A teen was arrested on charges of torturing an animal after she allegedly drowned a chicken and threw it at her neighbor's car, police in Michigan said.

The Argentine Township Police Department said that they have arrested four teenagers and a mother after an alcohol fueled party left a (the) chicken dead.

According to the police investigation, officers were called to a home on Knob Hill Drive, to investigate a complaint of destruction of property.

When police arrived, they met with the owners of the home, who showed them the damage they discovered when they awoke in the morning.

Police found scratches on vehicles, including a threatening message and a torn off mirror. Officers also observed urine and feces on the porch of the house, and a damaged mailbox.

Police found a dead chicken on the hood of a car belonging to a male family member of the house. It appeared that the chicken had been drowned and then stabbed several times before being placed on the car.

A few days later, three 15-year-old girls surrendered to police for their involvement in the incident. They were all arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced.

Later, police arrested 35-year-old Melissa Chavez-Marquez of Linden and another 15-year-old girl.

Chavez-Marquez and the teen girl allegedly went to a store and bought toilet paper, which the police found on the property of the victims.

The 15-year-old girl also faces charges of torturing an animal and destruction of property for drowning the chicken and throwing it at the victim's car.

Chavez-Marquez of Linden, appeared at the Genesee County District Court, and pleaded not guilty to four charges. She was released after posting $100,000 bail.

If convicted, Chavez-Marquez can face up to four years in prison. The 15-year-old girl appeared in Family Court.

Drunk man seen dancing on trains while wearing watermelon that covered his entire head (video)

Watermelon brother riding train in Beijing 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) Passengers on trains in China, are freaking out after a drunk man was seen wearing a watermelon on his head, which covered his entire face, according to photos uploaded on the Internet.

The Beijing Metro Police said that they questioned the man who was seen riding the 1, 2, and 5 lines while wearing a watermelon on his head.

Commuters have been referring to the drunk passenger as “watermelon brother,” and some described their scary encounters with him.

One commuter said that one night, he encountered the watermelon man on the train, and he seemed extremely intoxicated.

He held a beer bottle in one hand and another type of alcoholic average in the other. Another passenger saw the watermelon man dancing, and recorded the incident on his cellphone.

After several commuters complained about the watermelon man to transportation officials, they notified the police. Officers located the watermelon man on a train and arrested him for questioning. So far, no charges have been filed.

Mother tries to kill her 8-year-old son because she wanted to join him in heaven

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By: Feng Qian

A mother was arrested on charges of attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill her son because she wanted to join him in heaven, police in Japan said.

Aichi Police said that they arrested 33-year-old Aki Amano on Wednesday night, after choking her 8-year-old son until he fell unconscious.

According to the police investigation, Amano choked her son until he lost consciousness at her home around 9:30 p.m., while her husband was home.

54-year-old Toshio Amano called emergency services around 11:00 p.m., to report that his son is laying consciousness. The child was rushed to a hospital and remains in an intensive care unit.

Hospital staff saw bruises and red marks on the boy's neck, indicating that someone had choked him, and called the police.

The boy’s mother was arrested at the hospital. During questioning, the mother told police that she cannot raise her son any longer and wanted to go to heaven with him.

The boy's grandmother said that her daughter had been receiving psychiatric treatment at a mental institution.

7 men beat driver to death because his friend accidentally scratched a car

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By: Chan Yuan

A driver was beaten to death after his friend accidentally scratched another person's car, police in China said.

Pudong Police said that a group of 7 men beat the 34-year-old man identified as Fang, after his friend allegedly bumped into a car that was driving in front of him on Thursday morning.

The incident unfolded near Shangnan Road and Yongtai Road.

According to the police investigation, Fang had been driving behind his 29-year-old friend identified as Yang, shortly after 12:00 a.m.

Yang was in collision with another car and Fang stopped to help his friend.

While Yang and Fang spoke with the other driver identified as 44-year-old Han, he grew angry and called six friends to the scene.

They arrived around 1:00 a.m., and the argument turned violent. The 7 men brutally attacked Fang and Yang, using their fists and baseball bats.

Fang died at the scene due to blood loss. Yang suffered injuries to his legs, and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is expected to recover.

Police officers who arrived at the scene, arrested the group of seven men on charges of assault.

Camel kills man by clamping its teeth around his head

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By: Wayne Morin

A man was attacked and killed by a camel after walking too close to the animal.

Govind Trivedi, 45, was attacked by the camel in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Trivedi died after he went too close to the animal and was bit on the head. Trivedi was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack.

Phoola Mena, who had been responsible for guarding the camel, was also injured after he was bitten in the leg while trying to free Trivedi from the camel’s mouth.

According to witnesses, the incident occurred on Sunday night, while the camel was tied next to a roadside market.

Police said that they are investigating Lalisinh Rajput, the owner of the camel, to determine if there had been any negligence on his part.

According to the initial police investigation, Rajput tied his pet off the main road while he went to a nearby market. Mena was paid to care for the animal, but was asleep when Trivedi arrived.

Trivedi was described by neighbors as an alcoholic. It is believed that Trivedi went too close to the camel. The animal apparently became irritated and attacked Trivedi, sinking its teeth over his head.

His screams woke up Mena and other neighbors, but by the time he rushed to help, it was too late.

Mena was beaten by local villagers after the camel killed Trivedi. Police took Mena to a hospital to treat his injuries.

A police spokesperson said that the death was ruled accidental.

Mother of 9 children pulls her own twins from her tummy during Caesarean delivery

Gerri Wolfe during the birth 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman was determined to deliver her own babies, and when she had a Cesarean section, she reached into her tummy and pulled out her babies.

The woman gave birth to twins, who are number 10 and 11 in her family.

Gerri Wolfe, 41, is now a mother of 11 children. Her oldest child is 19 years old.

Wolfe gave birth to her two daughters, Matilda and Violet, in a very unusual procedure at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New South Wales.

This was the fifth birth during which Wolfe underwent Caesarean section, but this was a bit different because she was determined to deliver her own babies.

“My other Cesareans were very sterile, very surgical and very impersonal,” she said. So when the mother read online about a mother assisted Caesarean section, she decided to go for it.

Mother assisted Caesarean sections is a typical Cesarean section performed by doctors. The only difference is that the mother reaches into her belly and lifts the baby out rather than having the doctor remove the newborn.

Her obstetrician was not convinced, but Wolfe said: “It's my body, my birth and my babies.”

The doctor did some research before agreeing to her request.

Family learns they are living with fugitive child rapist

Shawn Anderson 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A family rented a room in their home to a man, who turned out to be a wanted fugitive.

Jess Quilling of Wisconsin, stumbled upon a Facebook post about a wanted fugitive, who lived in their family home.

Shawn Anderson, 31, who lived with the family for one month, began receiving mail under different aliases.

Quilling suspected that something was not right about Anderson, who had rented a room in her house.

She began to do research on him online, using his different aliases. Quilling was horrified to discover that their new tenant was in fact a fugitive wanted for sex crimes.

The post revealed that Anderson was from Alexandria, Indiana. The police department had posted a description of Anderson on Facebook, explaining that he was wanted for sexually abusing children and for incest.

Quilling and her husband called the police, and Anderson was arrested.

University opens gender neutral bathrooms for transgender students

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By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A university is causing controversy after it has announced the opening of its gender neutral bathrooms.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga received government funds for a new library, and they decided to add a gender neutral bathroom.

The decision came after a transgender student was verbally assaulted for trying to use a bathroom in the old library.

The university would not say how many transgender students attend the UTC. However, they said that the goal was to make transgender students feel “safe and comfortable.”

The first ever gender-neutral bathroom in the new library has gotten lots of attention. Some people just stop to take selfies next to the sign on the door that states gender-neutral restroom and has a photo of both a man and a woman.

However, others are very angry with the bathroom and feel that it is inappropriate.

Retired State Representative Richard Floyd voiced his outrage over the bathroom. He called it perverted. Floyd said that he regrets voting for legislation to fund the library.

The university received $48 million in government funding for the library, which now houses the gender neutral bathroom.

Floyd said: “Is it something we should be proud of? No, no, one thousand times no.”

UTC said that two more gender-neutral bathrooms are being built.

Two older women arrested for prostitution

Sang Soon Almer and Yung C. Bibb 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Two women in Georgia, were arrested for offering prostitution services to an undercover police officer.

The women were arrested on prostitution charges after a four-month investigation by the Dalton Police Department.

69-year-old Yung C. Bibb and Sang Soon Almer, 53, were accused of offering their sexual services to an undercover police officer at the in GQ Spa on the 2,000 block of Chattanooga Road, police said.

Police spokesperson Bruce Frazier said that the department received complaints of unlawful sexual activity at the spa and started an investigation.

After an undercover officer was offered the services, police raided the business and arrested the two women. The women were the only two employees at the spa.

Almer was charged with prostitution, keeping a place of prostitution and masturbation for hire. Bibb was charged with prostitution and keeping a place of prostitution.

Bail for Almer was set at $3,500 while bail for Bibb was set at $2,500.

5-year-old girl sets herself on fire after being left alone to supervise dinner on coal stove

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By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A young girl who was left home alone while dinner was cooking on the stove, set herself on fire.

5-year-old Su Xiao Xue of Henan, China, accidentally set herself on fire after her father told her to keep an eye on the family’s dinner.

Xue is the eldest of three siblings. She and her father were preparing the family dinner one night in a coal stove when he asked her to look after the food while he cared for her two younger siblings.

Xue's father is a single parent. His wife died last year, leaving him alone with three small children. He divides his time between his children and his work, but does not earn much.

After a few minutes of looking after the food, the young girl caught on fire and ran outside of her home. Neighbors heard her screams and ran outside to douse the flames.

Xue was rushed to a hospital, where she remains unconscious. She suffered 3rd degree burns over 55 percent of her body and three of her fingers on one hand were badly burned.

Doctors speculate that the 5-year-old girl picked up a hot coal from the oven, which burned her hand before her clothes caught on fire.

The girl’s father said that he is struggling to divided his time between caring for his two children, working and spending time to visit Xue at the hospital.

The father said that villagers had stepped up and offered clothes and food to help the family, but he does not have enough money to cover the medical expenses for his daughter.

Couple covers themselves with coat to hide sex acts during flight

Airplane illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A couple was arrested after a flight attendant saw them exposed during a flight.

The couple of Canada, were on a flight from Toronto to Halifax.

A flight attendant testified in court that the couple tried to hide their sex acts during the flight by placing a coat over their laps.

Jason George Chase, 39, and Alicia Elizabeth Lander, 25, were each charged with indecent acts after the alleged incident on Air Canada.

It is unclear if the two knew each other before meeting on the plane. John Dunn, director of service on the Air Canada flight, gave graphic testimony of the encounter in court on Wednesday.

Dunn testified that halfway through the flight, he saw the woman covering their laps with the coat while Lander's hand was on the man’s lap as she made an up and down gestures.

He also said that Lander had her breasts exposed and her pants were down around her ankles, exposing her pink thong.

Dunn demanded Lander to get dressed. Once she pulled up her pants, Dunn separated the couple for the rest of the flight.

When the captain learned of the lover’s antics, he called police. When police tried to escort Lander through the airport to an interview room, she became violent, Constable James Curran said.

She hit a police officer and knocked holes in the walls. According to police, she also reeked of alcohol.

Lander is facing charges of indecent exposure, assaulting a police officer, committing an act of mischief and causing a disturbance.