Female shoplifter dies after leaping from parking garage to flee security

Store security illustration  
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A woman died after running from security after shoplifting at a mall.

The woman who was accused of shoplifting at the mall in Rhode Island, lost her life when she jumped 25 feet to the ground in a failed attempt to flee from guards.

The 35-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was shopping at the Providence Place Mall around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.

A female security officer saw her taking clothes from a rack at Nordstrom, and taking the items to the register for a refund. The woman apparently made hundreds of dollars in cash in this scam, police said.

As the officer approached her, she fled through the garage and she attempted to escape by jumping over a railing barrier.

The suspect then fell 25 feet to the grass below and suffered serious injuries. She was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

77-year-old tollbooth worker fired after 29 years on job for paying driver's $5 toll

Vladislav 'Sam' Samsonov  
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A good-hearted elderly man was fired from his job for paying a driver’s toll.

The 77-year-old man was fired from his job at the tollbooth in Florida, after his superiors learned that he paid $5 in toll for a driver out of his own pocket.

Vladislav 'Sam' Samsonov of Boca Grande, loved his job where he worked for the past 29 years. He often gave sweet treats to children who passed his toll booth.

Samsonov said that throughout the 29 years working at the Boca Grande Causeway, he used his own money if a driver did not have enough cash or if there had been a mistake.

During this particular incident, Samsonov mistakenly undercharged the driver and used his own money to pay the difference when he realized his error.

Samsonov had previously been warned not to use his own money to help drivers in need. However, he was never officially written up.

As punishment for helping a driver with his own cash, the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority offered to reduce his work to two days a week instead of five days instead of being fired.

However, Samsonov declined the offer.

App to reunite lost dogs with their owners using facial recognition technology

Finding Rover 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Pet owners can sleep better at night, knowing that if their dogs get lost, they can be tracked down with an app, using facial recognition technology.

Finding Rover, which was developed by John Polimeno and the University of Utah, uses facial recognition technology to reunite lost dogs with their owners.

A team of facial recognition experts studied technology used in prisons and casinos to develop algorithms for pets, pinpointing their unique facial features.

The technology has an accuracy rate of up to 99 percent, and the app already helped more than 600 lost dogs. The app works by uploading a photo of the dog and its current location.

Animal shelters and other app users upload images of found dogs. The system then tries to match the images of lost and found dogs using facial recognition technology.

If a match is found, the app notifies the owner and the finder.

Finding Rover has over 100,000 users. The app also signed up over 100 animal shelters from around the world and several thousand veterinarians.

Currently, Finding Rover only helps find lost dogs, but cats will soon be added to the app.

Man robs girls at lemonade stand after they give him a drink for free

Santini Tate 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Two girls were left traumatized after they were robbed while selling lemonade.

The man of Riverside, California, was arrested Wednesday, after he robbed a lemonade stand in Rancho Cucamonga.

18-year-old Santini Tate was arrested for robbing the lemonade stand run by two 13-year-old girls.

When Tate walked passed the lemonade stand, he told the girls that he did not have money so they gave him lemonade for free.

He took the cup of lemonade and proceeded to flip over their stand before stealing $30 from them. The incident occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

As Tate escaped, the brother of one of the girls chased him and recovered the money box. Unfortunately, it was empty and Tate managed to escape.

The girls called police and reported the theft.

A police officer spotted Tate, and he was arrested on charges of theft. He allegedly committed other petty crimes earlier in the day.

Bear breaks into bakery and eats 24 cherry and apple pies

Bear illustration 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) The owners of a bakery were shocked to learn that a bear broke into their store and ate many pies.

The bear with a sweet tooth broke into the bakery in Colorado, and ate 24 pies and then took 2 to go.

The owners said that the bear ate the cherry and apple pies, but left the strawberry rhubarb pies behind.

The bear broke into the Colorado Cherry Company, located in the city of Lyon, through a window and climbed on top of the oven before eating about two dozen pies, cocoa and sugar.

Luckily, the bear did not get into the freezer as the owners had some more stored inside. One of the store owners found the mess inside and two boxes of pie on the patio.

Despite the disaster, the damage was minimal. The bear left claw marks and a broken window, which is how it entered the business.

Pastor makes congregants eat snakes by claiming they are chocolates

Mnguni feeding snakes to his congregants 
By: Wayne Morin

A pastor in South Africa, is making headlines after he told his congregants to eat snakes.

The self-proclaimed prophet at the End of Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve, Tshwane, told his congregants that the snakes taste like chocolates.

Photos of the incident, were posted on the website of the Church, showing the pastor holding the snakes while his followers swallowed them.

The website states: “We have the authority to change everything into anything. Everything will obey because of our authority and God's powers.”

Pastor Penuel Mnguni said that he has saved many people from evil spirits. He also said that he does not keep the snakes in his home, but he catches them when he needs and turns them into chocolate.

However, Mnguni is now in trouble, and is being investigated for animal abuse.

Since the photos of people eating the sanks went viral, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and police began an investigation.

Inspectors from the SPCA and the nature conservation department accompanied by the Metro police, went to the home and church of Mnguni to search for animals that might be endangered.

“We'll continue to take action. It's our duty to prevent the abuse of animals,” SPCA inspector Meshack Matlou said.

Father and daughter do pole dancing together (video)

The father and daughter team 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A father and daughter became a strong pole dancing team.

The first father and daughter team won a national competition in the United Kingdom, with their unconventional acts.

Dave Roberts, 50, and Hazel, 24, of England, both took the hobby of pole dancing independently around three years ago without knowing about the other.

Once they realized that they shared a love of pole dancing, they decided to do it together. The father and daughter agree that the decision brought them closer.

The two of Swindon, Wiltshire, perform individually as well as with each other. In competitions, they sometimes perform together on one pole.

They recently won first prize at a national championship. The father of five children, admitted that he initially worried that pole dancing with his daughter would be strange.

However, he explained that they are a close family and this just brought them even closer.

Man falls from third floor of building while trying to spit on police officers below

Police car illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A man is in critical condition after falling from a balcony while attempting to spit on police officers below.

The man of France, was trying to impress his friends by spitting at police from the balcony.

However, he ended up falling to the ground from a height of 30 feet.

The 27-year-old man was seriously injured after inviting his friends to his home in the city of Colmar for a party. He was standing on his balcony around 2:00 a.m., when he saw a police car coming down the street.

He leaned over, preparing to spit on the officers, but as he leaned forward he fell over the balcony railings.

The man was taken to a hospital with a head injury and multiple fractures.

While police questioned his friends, officers realized that one of them was a wanted man who had been on the run for several months. He was arrested and taken to jail.

Police are appealing to public for help in locating stolen beach towel

The police posting 
By: Feng Qian

Police in the United Kingdom, took to social media to ask people for help in finding a thief who stole a beach towel.

The beach towel was stolen in North Tyneside, England.

After the Northumbria police released details about the theft at the Longsands Beach, it provoked a range of responses from members of the public on Facebook and Twitter.

Police wrote: “The theft happened on Sunday, between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. at the Tynemouth Longsands beach. A dark blue towel with the word ‘DRYROBE’ written on the front in red and white.

“Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference number 43728L/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

News of the incident quickly spread on social media and provoked many strong reactions.

Darren Gray posted: “A towel! Come on it’s the seagulls they will eat anything, or the wind and sea took it!”

Clare Stephenson added: “I cannot believe that the police have nothing better to do.”

After many people made fun of the police, they tweeted: “We had some interesting feedback regarding the towel. We take all crime seriously, no matter the crime.

“We didn't expect quite so much interest. We will continue to find the ways to use social media to generate interest and information to help solve crimes.”

Elderly man shoots his son after mistaking him for robber when he crawled into home through window

Window illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A father is devastated after shooting his son when he crawled into their home through a window and mistaking him for robber, police in Austria said.

The 70-year-old man is facing charges of aggravated assault after shooting in the direction of his son when he heard a noise coming from the window of his bedroom in middle of the night.

According to the police investigation, the suspect’s 40-year-old son, who still lives at home with his father, returned home late at night, only to realize that he had forgotten his keys.

Instead of knocking on the door, he decided to crawl through the bedroom window. The father, who has a habit of sleeping with a gun under his pillow, woke up after hearing strange noises near the window.

Without looking to see what was making the noise, he fired two shots. One bullet grazed the cheek of his son. A neighbor heard his screams and came to his aid.

The son was transported to a nearby hospital where he is being treated. The father was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault.

Father shoots his son for saying he knows English and Spanish better than him

By: Mahesh Sarin

A father was arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly shooting his own son for saying that he knows English and Spanish better than him, police in New Mexico said.

Espanola police said that they have arrested 51-year-old Robert Chavez on Friday, after being accused of shooting his son during an alcohol-fueled fight.

According to the police investigation, the argument began when the suspect’s 23-year-old son said that his English and Spanish is better.

After the discussion became heated, Chavez went to his room to get his gun. He then shot his son in the right shoulder.

Chavez is also accused of throwing a cellphone at his son’s face. The victim was taken to the Presbyterian Espanola Hospital, where he was treated for his injury and released.

Chavez was arrested and charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

Restaurant owner places hidden camera in bathroom and records 6 women using the toilet

Kyle Muehlhauser 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A restaurant owner was arrested, charged and convicted of visual surveillance with prurient intent after placing a hidden camera in the bathroom, which recorded 6 women using the toilet, prosecutors in Maryland said.

Now, 37-year-old Kyle Muehlhauser of Savage, has been sentenced to serve 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent.

According to the police investigation, the camera was discovered when a woman was eating lunch at the Rams Head Tavern.

She went into the bathroom and noticed that something fell to the ground. She picked up the device and handed it over to the police.

A detective examined the device determined that it was placed under the sink of the bathroom. It pointed to the toilet, and it recorded six women using the bathroom.

Muehlhauser told the court that he was embarrassed and humiliated before sentencing.

Women tricked into having sex with 22 men at once by being promised $12,000 which they never got

Prostitute illustration 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested on a charge of fraud after promising up to $12,000 to women to have sex with men, but they never paid them, police in Massachusetts said.

The Worcester Police Department said that they detained a total of 29 people after being caught in a hotel room in various states of undress and engaging in sexual acts.

45-year-old Jon Lowell and 39-year-old Courtney Nicholopoulos, were arrested after being accused of organizing the illegal party.

Police launched their investigation after an undercover officer found an advertisement on Backpage, seeking women to participate in sex acts with men.

A female undercover police officer responded to the ad, which promised women $5,000 to $12,000 in cash to participate.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police entered a room at the Holiday Inn Express and found about 27 people, 22 men and 5 women, nude and engaging in sexual acts.

The men were between 20 and 60 years old.

Lowell and Nicholopoulos were dressed and watching the party. The men said that they donated $60 to $100 to charity to be allowed to participate in the party.

The women were never paid and police found just $1,500 in cash on Lowell and Nicholopoulos, significantly less that the $55,000 they promised the women.

4-year-old girl suffering from cancer marries her favorite nurse

Matt Hickling with Abby 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A little girl in New York, who is suffering from cancer, got to marry her favorite nurse in a festive ceremony at a hospital.

The 4-year-old girl who suffers from leukemia, wore a white dress, black tights and a veil.

She also carried a bouquet of pink and purple flowers. The groom wore a tuxedo and had to get down on one knee to take pictures with his bride.

The wedding unfolded at the Melodies Center of the Albany Medical Center.

The wedding was prepared after Abby told her mother last week, that she wanted to marry Matt Hickling, who is her favorite nurse.

Abby’s mother told Hickling about her daughter's plans, and he agreed to marry her. Hickling said that with the help of hospital staff, he was able to get married.

He married his patient in the presence of the hospital staff, her mother and other patients. Abby said that it was the best day of her life.

The ceremony included a wedding cake, flowers and a toy car with the words "Just Married" written on it.

Awareness of an awesome nurse and childhood cancer...

Posted by Amazing Abby on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Senior citizens warned to stop accepting food donations or face eviction from their homes

Prepared food illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

Numerous elderly residents in Florida, were warned to stop accepting food donation from charitable organizations or face eviction from their homes.

As many as 28 residents at the Carlyn Estates in Manatee County, have been threatened with eviction for accepting food from a food pantry.

81-year-old Pearl Jones said that she received a letter from the manager of the Carlyn Estates Mobile Home Park, ordering her to stop accepting food deliveries or she would face eviction.

Jones said that she agreed to stop accepting food deliveries to her home. The manager of the mobile home said that residents are well off and they don’t need to accept free food.

Jones, who has cancer and diabetes, lives on $883 a month from Social Security. She spends $405 for rent, $80 for electricity, $23 for water, $34 for phone and about $50 a month for car insurance.

This leaves her with little money for food.

Wife pours acid on neighbor's face to disfigure her because husband had sex with her

Next door neighbor illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman was arrested on a charge of assault after allegedly pouring acid on her neighbor’s face in order to disfigure her, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos state police said that they have arrested 27-year-old Rukayat Adesina, after being accused of pouring acid on Taiwo Olajide during a fight.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded in the house that the two women share. Olajide exited the bathroom with only a towel wrapped around her body when Adesina attacked her with the acid.

As a result of the attack, the skin peeled off her body. During questioning, Adesina told police that she attacked Olajide because her husband was having sex with her.

Adesina aimed to disfigure her neighbor so that her husband won’t be interested in her anymore. The victim was taken to General Hospital, where she is said to be in critical condition.

In court, Adesina pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault. Her bail was set at N100,000 ($502).

Student drugs her dates with chocolates before robbing them

Midori Kohama 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A student was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly drugging her dates before robbing them of their credit cards and cash, police in Japan said.

Sendai police said that they arrested 23-year-old Midori Kohama, a medical student, after being accused of drugging men while having dinner with them in order to steal their cash.

According to the police investigation, Kohama met a 52-year-old unidentified man on a dating site, where she agreed to meet in person before going to dinner.

Kohama, a medical student, brought along a box of chocolates, which she laced with drugs. She urged her date to taste the chocolates, and he agreed.

After several minutes, the victim passed out. While he was unconscious, she stole his ATM cards from his wallet and left.

When the victim woke up and he realized that he was robbed, he called the police. Police were able to track down the suspect and arrested her.

Police said that Kohama was arrested last month for pulling of the same scam, making off with about $8,000.

Manager blames poor bikini quality after 70 men strip 20 girls naked at crowded water park

Water park illustration 
By: Feng Qian

Parents in Vietnam, are concerned after 20 girls were stripped naked and sexually assaulted at a crowded water park last week.

The incident unfolded after the water park offered free admission to the public.

However, the promotion became a nightmare for at least 20 girls who were physically assaulted. According to the police investigation, the Ho Tay in Hanoi, attracted unprecedented crowds, filling it to capacity.

At that point, the park’s staff closes the doors. 70 to 80 men attacked several girls, splashing them with water and pushing their heads underwater.

Some girls even had their bikinis ripped off and they were sexually abused. At least 20 girls were sexually assaulted. One girl told investigators that she was in the pool of the park when a large group of men approached her.

Her head was pushed underwater and her bikini was stripped.

Then she felt her private parts being grabbed and her hair was pulled. Instead of helping, people were taking video of the assault using their cellphones.

Another girl told investigators that several men pleasured themselves on her and her boyfriend as she was swimming in the pool.

The manager of the park denied the allegations, saying that there were no complaints of sexual assault. He also blamed the girls for wearing cheap bikinis, which left them vulnerable to being stripped.

Doctor takes selfie with woman during labor and posts the picture on Instagram

Newborn baby illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A doctor in Venezuela, was fired from a hospital after allegedly uploading a photo on Instagram, showing him posing with a woman in labor.

Daniel Sanchez posted the photo to his Instagram account with the caption: "Lady. You can give birth, but first let me take a selfie."

The photo showed the doctor and the woman giving birth.

Sanchez also boated that he is able to reconstruct the woman’s private parts after giving birth to “make her like new.” After being slammed for the photo, Sanchez changed his Instagram account setting to private.

After the photo of the doctor went viral, a petition was launched to hold the doctor criminally liable for breach of trust.

More than 5,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Teacher buys shoes for entire school after winning thousands of dollars on television game show

Shoes illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

A good-hearted teacher in Australia, has decided to use the winnings from a television game show to buy shoes for all the students at her school.

32-year-old Bri Dredge of Ballarat, won $20,000 during her appearance on the television show Millionaire Hot Seat on Thursday night.

Dredge, who is employed at the Yuille Park Community College, said that when she arrived at school on Friday, the students gave her hugs and said “thank you.”

Dredge said that the students’ smiles was worth more than the money she had won on the game show. A total of 200 students will receive a pair of leather shoes.

Millionaire Hot Seat, also known as Hot Seat, is modeled after Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. There have been 12 different versions of Millionaire Hot Seat around the world.