03/12/15

Planet Fitness kicks out woman for complaining about a transgender woman in the locker room

Planet Fitness illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A woman in Michigan, had her gym membership canceled after complaining about a transgender woman who was allowed in the locker room.

A spokesperson for Planet Fitness said that the membership of Yvette Cormier was not canceled for simply raising an issue.

Rather, it was the way she expressed her concern with the transgender woman that led to the cancellation of her membership.

Cormier however, said that she has nothing against transgender women. She just felt unsafe with that woman around.

The mother of two said that she was acting out of concern for her safety and the privacy of other female members.

Cormier said that she became alarmed when a person who looked like a man, entered the locker room while she was changing.

The woman returned to the gym every day and told other women that the company allows men to enter the female locker rooms.

By the end of the week, Cormier was told that her membership was canceled.

LGBT activists applauded Planet Fitness’ policy, saying it was necessary to ensure the safety and privacy of transgender people.

Jealous boyfriend stabs man because he played video games with his girlfriend

Children playing video games illustration 
By: Feng Qian

A jealous boyfriend flew into a rage after he caught his girlfriend playing video games with another man, police in China said.

Putuo Police said that they arrested the boyfriend identified as Chen, after being accused of stabbing another man he believed was having an affair with his girlfriend.

According to the police investigation, Chen stabbed the victim after he caught him playing video games with his girlfriend identified as Yao.

After stabbing the man, Chen struck Yao with the handle of the knife and fled the scene. Friends of the wounded called an ambulance and they were taken to a hospital.

When Chen heard that the victim was taken to a hospital, he contacted his family members and asked them to pay 30,000 yuan ($4,800) to help cover his medical expenses.

He turned himself in to police, and he was charged with assault.

Gay man extorts his partner by threatening to publicize his nude photos unless he pays $20,000

Gay couple illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested on charges of extortion after threatening to publicize his partner’s nude photos if he does not pay him $20,000 police in China said.

Shanghai Police said that the suspect identified as Zhang, is accused of threatening to publish compromising pictures of his gay lover, who was identified as Chen, unless he was paid a total of 121,600 yuan ($19,400).

Investigators said that Chen agreed to pay the money because he did not want his family to discover that he was gay.

In May, a woman in Virginia, offered to sell herself for $200 - and pastor Chris Allen Phillips, 50, agreed.

However, Tonya Farnsworth hatched an evil plan. She set up cameras in her rented apartment, which recorded the two in the act.

She then called Phillips, who was a youth pastor at Mechanicsville Advent Christian Church, and threatened to release the sex videos if he did not give her money. Over the next three months, she called him and sent threatening text messages, demanding money.

The pastor paid her $85,000 from his own money, but she was not satisfied. Farnsworth wanted more money.

That is when the pastor started embezzling money from the church to pay off the woman. He was accused of taking over $87,000 from the church. She received a total of $176,432.12 - according to court documents.

The pastor was arrested and pleaded guilty to embezzlement. He will be sentenced later this year.

The woman was arrested after police found that all the stolen money went out of state to her boyfriend. They also saw her threatening messages. She was charged with extortion.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison with seven years suspended plus 30 years probation.

Man catches his wife having sex with her boss while their 4-year-old daughter watched

Lovers illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A woman filed for a restraining order against her husband after he caught her cheating with her boss while their 4-year-old daughter watched, according to court documents in Zimbabwe.

The husband told the Bulawayo Civil Court, that he caught his wife, Audrey Tsitsi Charamba, having sex with her boss Nyasha Matsvairo.

Trust Last Mufandaedza said that he learned about his wife’s affair through his friends. Mufandaedza and Charamba, who have been married for 13 years, have four children together.

The woman introduced her children to her boss and told them that he was their uncle.
Charamba asked the court for a restraining order against her husband as she believes that her life is in danger. Charamba said that ever since her husband caught her with her boss, he is threatening to harm her.

Charamba also confessed to having an affair with her boss, saying that her husband abandoned her. Mufandaedza denied threatening his wife, but the judge granted her an order of protection.

Woman files rape claim against boyfriend after he announced engagement to another woman on Facebook

Engaged couple illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman became extremely angry at her boyfriend after he announced his engagement to another woman on Facebook, police in India said.

Kozhikode Police said that the 29-year-old man who has written about his engagement in his Facebook page, ran into trouble because his former girlfriend filed a complaint against him for allegedly raping her on the pretext of marriage.

M. Shameer of Koorachundu, was arrested two days after the woman complained that she had been sexually exploited.

The woman told investigators that she was surprised to see the post in which Shameer had announced his engagement to another woman.

The woman went to Shameer’s house and yelled at her boyfriend. The man called police, who arrived at the scene and arrested Shameer after the woman claimed that she was raped.

Shameer was charged with rape and was remanded into custody for 14 days.

Man jumps in front of cars and rolls in dog feces

Car illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A man who was detained for public intoxication, rolled in dog feces in order to avoid being handcuffed by police officers, police in Pennsylvania said.

Wilkes-Barre Police officers who were on patrol in the area of ​​Academy Street and Carey Avenue around 6:00 p.m. on Monday, said that they saw 45-year-old Maurice Franklin, jump from the curb and into moving vehicles.

The officers spoke with Franklin and found that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Franklin had difficulty speaking and could not stand without swaying.

As officers spoke to Franklin, he told them that he was walking around dog feces on the sidewalk. Franklin was advised that he was under arrest and was told to put his hands behind his back.

At that time, Franklin fell down and started rolling in the dog feces. He then triumphantly declared that officers could not arrested him because he was covered in s***.

Franklin was taken into custody and held until he became sober.

Prostitute extorts $3 million from businessman after threatening to tell police about their threesome with underage girl

Prostitute illustration 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A prostitute and her parents were arrested on charges of extortion after blackmailing a businessman who had a threesome with an underage girl, police in Michigan said.

The prostitute and her parents of Westland, were involved in a scheme to extort almost $3 million from a retired software executive by threatening to tell the police about a threesome involving her and her teenage cousin.

The executive was identified as 52-year-old Paul Vagnozzi of Orchard Lake. He retired after selling his company for $8.7 million.

The plot was led by 52-year-old Terry Tackett his wife Kimberly Tackett, 53, and their daughter Jessica Tackett, 25, who prosecutors said was a stripper and prostitute.

Terry Tackett threatened to beat Vagnozzi, if he does not pay millions of dollars to keep the threesome a secret. Vagnozzi gave Terry Tackett more than $2.6 million in cash and checks.

Jessica Tackett and her mother also filed a false rape complaint against Vagnozzi. Jessica Tackett was released from jail after posting $10,000 bail.

Her mother faces up to five years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Terry Tackett faces 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, tax evasion, money laundering and bank crimes.

Man defecates on 19 parked cars

Man defecating on car 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest a man on charges of vandalism after allegedly defecating on parked cars, police in Ohio said.

Akron Police said that the vandal has so far defecated on 19 parked cars in the past three years.

This week, a resident took a picture of the man defecating on a car in the 2900 block of Cory Avenue. Police are working to identify the suspect.

The suspect has targeted residents of the Castle Homes area. Owners of vehicles filed complaints with the police after finding feces on the hoods and door handles.

When the car doors were left unlocked, the man defecated in the passenger seats. Some residents said that they found feces in their cars several times.

A 19-year-old man told police that someone defecated on the hood of his car and on the handles of his Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the 2800 block of Cory Avenue.

A 30-year-old man reported that someone defecated on the hood of his Chevrolet Camaro and smeared feces across the hood and passenger side mirror.

The car was parked in the 800 block of Carnegie Avenue.

A 16-year-old girl reported that someone defecated in her car for the third time. The car was parked in the 1000 block of Carnegie Avenue.

Man kills his 4-year-old son and slits his throat while sleepwalking

Blake Mitchell 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on charges of murder after killing his son in middle of the night, prosecutors in North Carolina said.

However, Joseph Mitchell was found not guilty by a jury after claiming that he was sleepwalking during the attack.

In court, Mitchell blamed automatism in connection with the strangulation death of his 4-year-old son Blake. He also attacked his two other children and his wife in their home in Durham.

After attacking his family, Mitchell locked himself inside a bathroom, where he stabbed himself and cut his throat. Prosecutors argued that Mitchell was angry with his family because of tension caused by financial problems.

Mitchell rejected a plea deal with prosecutors, which called on him to plead guilty to second-degree murder and receive a 43 year prison sentence.

Mitchell chose to fight the charges using the automatism defense.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Corvin said that Mitchell was probably suffering from a sleep disorder that caused him to perform random acts.

Corvin said that lack of sleep and stress of unemployment may have led to the condition.

Woman who ran over motorcyclist with her car claims that God ordered her to let go of the wheel and let him drive

Prionda Hill 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A woman who blamed God for running her car into a motorcycle, was arrested on charges of failing to stop an accident, police in Indiana said.

Fort Wayne Police said that 25-year-old Prionda Hill, ran over 47-year-old Anthony Oliveri, leaving him with serious injuries.

Hill also struck the back of a Ford truck with her Pontiac Grand Prix before landing outside a restaurant. The incident unfolded around 9:45 p.m.

She was charged with failing to stop an accident, criminal recklessness and two counts of criminal conduct.

Hill said that she was driving normally on Jefferson Boulevard near Jackson Street, when suddenly God told her that she should let go of the wheel as he will be taking over from here.

As soon as she let go of the wheel, her Pontiac crashed into the back of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Oliveri. Oliveri said that he was traveling about 20 miles per hour when the car hit him from behind.

Oliveri was left with several broken ribs, lacerated spleen and kidney bleeding. He also suffered severe abrasions to the skin. Hill tested negative for alcohol.

The woman admitted that she has a prescription for pain medication. She also said that there was nothing mechanically wrong with her car.

The driver of the Ford truck was not injured.

Boyfriend kidnaps and rapes his girlfriend because she refused to marry him

Viri Benitez 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Police are looking to arrest a man on charges of rape and kidnapping after allegedly kidnapping and raping his girlfriend because she refused to marry him, police in Mexico said.

23-year-old Viri Benitez of Chiapas, decided to dump her boyfriend, Fred Munoz Nataren, because he was violent and their relationship worsened as time went by.

After she told him that she had no plans to marry him, Nataren became angry. One day, Nataren showed up at her house unannounced, claiming that he just wanted to see her.

Benitez opened the door, and Nataren grabbed her by the hair and threw her in the back seat of his car. Benitez stated that she was taken to what looked like a garage , where she was beaten.

After the beating, Nataren raped her.

Benitez told investigators that during the beating, Nataren told her that he was going to destroy her face so no one would want to be with her.

She begged him to stop, but he just hit her harder. Luckily, Benitez managed to escape to a nearby restaurant. Nataren also fled, and police are still searching for him.

Politician strips naked for election posters in hopes of getting votes

Yolanda Couceiro Morin 
By: Feng Qian

A female politician in Spain, decided to strip naked for election posters in order to draw additional votes.

Yolanda Couceiro Morin is trying to become the next mayor of Portugalete.

Morin, whose campaign is failing to attract voters, has decided to strip naked for election posters in order to increase her popularity.

On the posters, Morin covered her private parts with the words “other politicians have left us naked.” Morin is a member of the far-right Freedom Party, which promises to clean up politics.

Morin hopes that her nude posters will grab the attention of people and establish her party as the alternative to the leftist parties.

Morin is the sole candidate of her party in Portugalete.

Man who has 14 wives rapes young girl

Sad girl illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A man who is married to 14 women, was arrested on charges of raping a young girl.

Despite the fact that Isaac Jesto of Zimbabwe, is married to 14 women, he found time and the need to rape the young girl.

The 42-year-old man who lives with his 14 wives at Plot 10 Southhill Farm in Hwendedzo near Masvingo, lured the victim into his truck while she was on her way home from school.

According to prosecutors Jesto drove the 14-year-old girl to a secluded area and asked her to have sex with him behind bushes.

When she refused his advances, Jesto forcibly undressed the girl and raped her.

Jesto was brought to the Masvingo Provincial Courts before Magistrate Sibonginkosi Mkhandla, where he was ordered to be held without bail.

Woman forces 7-year-old boy to jump from second story window at gunpoint

Michelle Vail 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A woman is accused of forcing her young son to jump out of a window while she was holding a shotgun.

The woman of Florida, who was identified as 32-year-old Michelle Vail, also jumped out of the window and landed on top of her son.

Oscar Vail suffered injuries to his head, and had bruises on the hand and abdomen. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

According to police, Vail will be charged with aggravated child abuse for the incident, which occurred in an apartment in the 300 block of 7th Avenue North.

Police said that they have received a call from the distraught woman around 6:30 a.m., saying that her former boyfriend was trying to get into her apartment.

When police arrived, the woman would not let them in, saying that they were not real police officers.

Officials said that the woman was incoherent. They were forced to break into her home when they heard the child screaming and they saw the woman was armed with a shotgun.

Officials said that they could hear the woman encouraging her son to “flee” by jumping out the window.

By the time officers broke down the door to enter the apartment, the woman and her son had already jumped out the second story window.

Child protective services will likely take custody of the child once he is released from the hospital.

2 sisters beat woman and smash her windshield for honking at them

Jena Elizabeth and Paige Nicole Legrone 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Two women were arrested for beating another woman during a road rage incident.

The sisters of Florida, were arrested Saturday, after they allegedly smashed the windshield of a car because she had honked at them in traffic.

Jena Elizabeth Legrone, 25, of Hobe Sound, and Paige Nicole Legrone, 23, of Port St. Lucie, were charged with assault, battery and burglary.

Paige Nicole Legrone was also charged with criminal mischief.

They were released from the St. Lucie County jail after posting bail.

Bail for Jena Elizabeth Legrone was set at $31,125 while bail for Paige Nicole Legrone was set at $31,875.

The 35-year-old victim told police that she honked her horn twice when she saw Legrone driving erratically behind her in traffic.

When she slowed down in the middle lane, the sisters began yelling racial slurs at her. They then got out of their car, beat her and broke the windshield.

The woman suffered minor injuries to the mouth, police said.

15-year-old boy kidnaps toddler before being stopped by 8 and 10-year-old siblings (video)

The teen holding the kidnapped toddler 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A teenage boy was arrested after he was caught on surveillance video kidnapping a young child.

The 15-year-old of Sprague, Washington, was arrested by the Sheriff of Lincoln County after a 72 hour investigation following the dramatic kidnapping attempt.

The children were playing unsupervised in a park near the home of their babysitter, when the teenager grabbed 22-month-old Owen Wright and fled.

The boy’s 8-year-old sister and her 10-year-old brother began chasing the suspect, while screaming loudly for help.

Passersby who heard the screams, chased the kidnapper. The suspect soon dropped the child and fled the area.

The boy’s father Michael Wright, is proud of his son Brendan and daughter Delicia, for helping to save their younger brother.


Michael Wright said that the children were supposed to be supervised at the babysitter’s home while he was at work.

The 15-year-old suspect was booked into a juvenile detention center and he is facing charges of kidnapping.

Man gets shot after walking into his own home to find cop partying with his girlfriend

Kevin Patrick McClernon 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man was angry when he found his girlfriend drunk and partying with a police officer.

51-year-old Officer Kevin Patrick McClernon of Florida, was off duty, but he was wearing his uniform and he had his gun with him when he went to the woman’s home.

According to police, the Broward Sheriff's deputy shot the woman’s boyfriend when he entered the home to find him partying with the girlfriend.

The boyfriend allegedly confronted McClernon, who was drunk, when the officer pulled his gun and shot the man. McClernon turned himself in to police after the incident.

McClernon faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm under the influence of alcohol and neglect.

“McClernon was not acting in a law enforcement capacity when he fired his gun. His behavior was criminal,” Sheriff Scott Israel said in a statement.

Husband sues wife for recording him snoring and posting the video on the Internet

Snoring man illustration 
By: Feng Qian

A man is angry after he learned that his wife uploaded a video of his snoring to the Internet.

The man of Taoyuan City, China, filed for divorce after his wife secretly recorded him while he slept because his snoring was very loud.

The woman wanted her friends and family to see what she was going through on a daily basis with his snoring.

She then uploaded the video to social media sites and shared it with friends and family. The caption read: “I'm not exaggerating. It is impossible to sleep next to a construction site.”

When one of the husband’s friends showed him the video, the angry husband took his wife to court.

He sued her for violation of privacy and wanted approximately $9,500 in compensation.

However, his wife told the judge that she did not have malicious intent. She said that she had only shared it with close friends and some family members.

After reviewing the video and seeing the number of views the video received, the judge threw out the case and told the husband that he was overreacting.

After losing the case, the husband, who felt betrayed by his wife, refused to forgive her and filed for divorce.

Man finds huge python rolled up in corn flakes box (video)

Python in box of corn flakes 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A man was horrified to find a snake rather than cereal in his box of corn flakes.

22-year-old Jarred Smith of Sydney, Australia, was getting ready to eat his breakfast when he grabbed the box of corn flakes.

He then went to take milk from the refrigerator. When he returned to the table, he saw something strange sticking out of the corn flakes box.

Smith said that he watched the box for about 15 seconds before realizing that it contained a diamond python snake.

Smith said that he then opened the cereal box and the snake’s head came out.

He said that he dropped his food, ran out of the kitchen and screamed for his father. “Dad, there's a snake in the kitchen,” he said.

When his father entered the kitchen, the snake maneuvered itself further into the box. That is when Smith grabbed his camera and took a video.

Smith called the New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).

A snake handler went to the home to retrieve the python, which was estimated to be about a half meter long.

The snake handler said that diamond pythons are known to be very shy and are harmless unless it is attacked.

News reporter robbed at gunpoint while reporting on live television (video)

The thieves behind the reporter 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A television news reporter in South Africa, was robbed at gunpoint while he was reporting live.

Vuyo Mvoko of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was mugged during a live broadcast at the Milpark hospital in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

The two thugs can be seen in view of the cameras demanding a cellphone from the reporter.

The two have no masks, and their faces were clearly seen on television, which will make it easier for police to identify them.

Mvoko said that the thugs asked for his phone, and when he refused to hand it over, one of the men pulled out a gun.

The armed robbers then took his phone and the phones of other crew members as well as their computer.

Luckily, no one was hurt during the incident. The reporter and his crew were able to flag down police officers.

They filed a report, and officers drove around the area, but did not find the thieves.

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba said that police would do everything possible to ensure that the suspects are brought to justice.



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