Restaurant reports sharp increase in profits after banning children under 7 years old

Flynn's Restaurant 
By: Wayne Morin

A restaurant in Australia, reported its most profitable weekend in 14 years after banning children under 7 years old from its premises.

44-year-old Liam Flynn, the owner of Flynn's Restaurant in Yungaburra, said that he experienced a sharp increase in earnings after couples flocked to the restaurant due to its new no children policy.

Several customers left positive reviews on TripAdvisor, since the ban has been in place. They called the restaurant relaxed and serene.

Flynn said that people spent big on food and expensive wine.

One customer who complained about the no children policy, was told to take the children to McDonald’s. Despite banning children under seven years old, Flynn said that people are welcome to bring their dogs.

This has infuriated some customers, who called the policies a double standard. They also complained that dogs make the restaurant dirty and unhygienic.

Flynn said that he decided to ban children out of respect for other diners following an incident in which a crying child interrupted the experience of other guests.

Flynn has been running the business for 14 years.

Man steals thousands of cigarettes to fund his gambling addiction

Koichiro Nishiyama 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly stealing thousands of cigarettes in order to fund his gambling addiction, police in Japan said.

Tokyo police said that they have arrested 48-year-old Koichiro Nishiyama, after being accused of stealing packs of cigarettes from more than 150 businesses.

According to the police investigation, Nishiyama used a crowbar to break a glass window of a shop in Chofu. The suspect entered the premises and took 55 cartons of cigarettes worth 233,000 yen ($1,944).

Investigators believe that Nishiyama has been behind more than 150 similar robberies in Tokyo. During the robbery spree, Nishiyama has stolen cigarettes worth about 10 million yen ($83,450).

During question, Nishiyama told police that he sold the stolen cigarettes and used the proceeds to fund his gambling addiction.

Man spends 4 months in jail after police mistake salt for crystal meth

Salt illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A man was arrested on a charge of drug possession after police officers found what appeared to be crystal meth in his possession, police in Australia said.

The man of Maryborough, Queensland, remained in jail for four months until police realized that the material that was found in the possession of the suspect was really salt.

The incident began during a traffic stop. Police asked the suspect, who has a long criminal history, for permission to search the vehicle.

During the vehicle search, police found the salt, which they mistook for crystal meth. The man was remanded into custody after being denied bail.

After four months behind bars, police received the results of laboratory testing, which showed that the substance was Epsom salt.

The judge who presided over the case, slammed the police department for keeping an innocent man behind bars for four months.

City sells out bus cards containing photos of porn stars in a few hours

Yui Hatano 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A city in Taiwan, managed to sell out its entire stash of bus cards in a few hours, after placing pictures of porn stars on them.

The angels and demons bus cards, show porn stars of Japan, including 27-year-old Yui Hatano.

EasyCard Corp. said on its website that it sold all 15,000 cards were sold by 4:00 a.m., after telephone orders began at midnight on Tuesday.

Hatano appeared in the limited edition charity EasyCards, which allow users to buy tickets at subway and bus stations and purchase items at convenience stores.

EasyCards will issue new Yui Hatano cards starting today, the company said in a statement. By the 15th of the month, the company will issue new angels cards, depending on input received by customers.

Critics slammed the bus cards, saying that the images lack respect for women, and they are sending inappropriate messages to children.

4 people plunge into sinkhole that opened at city bus stop

Sinkhole at city bus stop 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Several commuters who were waiting for a bus at a city bus stop, plunged into a sinkhole that opened on a street in China, according to a video uploaded to the Internet.

4 people in Harbin, have been injured after they fell into the giant sinkhole that suddenly appeared on the sidewalk in Guxiang Avenue.

The hole measured 10 square meters (107 square feet) and was two meters deep (6 feet).

Some people managed to escape uninjured, while others were helped by passersby before being taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The sudden collapse of the pavement was recorded by the surveillance camera of a nearby noodle shop. Police launched an investigation into the incident.

Female doctor fired after taking selfie with nude woman during childbirth

Doctor taking selfie with woman during childbirth 
By: Wayne Morin

A female doctor in Malaysia, was fired from a hospital after she was caught taking a selfie with a nude woman during childbirth.

The doctor came under fire after the image went viral on social media websites.

The picture shows the doctor caring for a woman in labor. The doctor placed one hand on the woman’s private parts and with the other hand, she flashed a victory sign.

Although the doctor did not take the photo herself, the picture has been criticized as inappropriate. This is believed to be the first case that a doctor has faced an investigation for a violation of medical ethics due to a selfie.

The doctor has been identified as working at the Johor Bahru hospital. Police are still trying to track down the person who took the photo.

Man sells computer containing child pornography images and videos

Jonathan Grunwald 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of child pornography possession after allegedly selling a computer that contained child porn images and videos, police in Canada said.

Abbotsford police said that they have arrested 52-year-old Jonathan Grunwald, after allegedly sexually assaulting a child under the age of 16.

Grunwald was charged with sexual assault of a person under 16 years of age, sexual interference, invitation to sexual contact, making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

The police launched an investigation after the person who bought the computer from Grunwald, found disturbing images on it and showed them to the police.

Police checked the computer and found images of child pornography, some of which were made by Grunwald. So far, one of the child victims was identified.

Serial rapist beaten with golf clubs after being released from prison

Niklas Lindgren 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A serial rapist was beaten to near death by three thugs after being released from prison following his conviction of rape, police in Sweden said.

Overtornea police said that they have arrested the three suspects, all about 20 years old, after being accused of beating 43-year-old Niklas Lindgren with golf clubs.

According to the police investigation, Lindgren was beaten in the head outside his home on Saturday. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors were able to save his life.

The suspects all deny the alleged assault.

The suspects are well known to the police and have been previously convicted of various offenses, including assault, car theft, drunk driving and possession of weapons and drugs.

Lindgren was jailed for 9 years after being convicted of raping several women. In two of the offenses, he also tried to kill his victims.

Lindgren was arrested after police found DNA evidence on one of the women. He was released on parole last month. Lindgren was ordered to attend weekly meetings as part of a formal rehabilitation program for sex offenders.

He was also ordered to stay in close contact with his probation officer.

19-year-old super-thin model banned from catwalk for being too fat

Agnes Hedengard 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A super-thin teen model of Sweden, was banned from the catwalk by several agencies because she is said to be too fat.

19-year-old Agnes Hedengard has been in the modeling industry for five years, and even reached third place on Swedish Next Top Model.

Hedengard complained that she had to take a second job in the retail industry because nobody wants to hire her for modeling.

Hedengard revealed that agencies criticized her behind and hips, saying they were too big for the catwalk. Her BMI is at 17.5, which is officially classified as underweight.

A BMI of 18.5 to 24.99 is classified as healthy weight.

She is constantly in contact with large agencies and clients who really want to work with her, but as soon as they get a hold of her measurements, they get cold feet.

Some agencies tell her to contact them when she loses weight.

Hedengard said that modeling became a part-time job for her because of her lack of bookings. She said that she tried to keep up with the industry standards, but found herself struggling with anorexic thoughts.

Young man kills senior citizen with hot frying pan because he urged him to give up drugs

Danei Washington Gordon 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A young man was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly using a hot frying pan to kill a senior citizen, police in Florida said.

Hartford, Connecticut, police said that they have arrested 21-year-old Danei Washington Gordon, after being accused of cracking open the head of 73-year-old Neville Smith, who urged him to give up drugs.

Miami police said that they have requested that Gordon be extradited to the state to face a charge of second degree murder.

Smith was a taxi driver for most of his life, and he lived in the Miami area for more than 30 years.

According to the police investigation, Everton Blake returned to his home in the 14200 block of Northeast Second Court, and found Smith lying in a pool of blood on the bathroom floor.

Blake, who lived in the house with Gordon and Smith, told police that the two men were alone at home when he went to work early in the morning.

Gordon had been living with Smith since he arrived illegally from Jamaica. Investigators believe that Gordon killed Smith because he urged him to give up on drugs.

Mother leaves baby on sidewalk to drink alcohol at bar

Antonio Nieves and Amy Schafer 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A woman and her partner were arrested on a charge of child neglect after leaving her baby on a sidewalk while drinking alcohol at a bar, police in Florida said.

Margate police said that they have arrested 28-year-old Antonio Nieves and 27-year-old Amy Schafer, after the 3-month-old child was left in the street while they were drinking at the bar.

According to the police investigation, around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the couple walked into the bar along with their baby.

They put the child on a stool at the bar, but the manager told them that the baby could not stay inside. They sat the baby down on the sidewalk, and went back into the bar to drink.

The bar manager told police that the couple began arguing and ended up leaving the bar. The child was taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families.

Basketball player and his 2 friends drug girlfriend before gang raping her

Derrick Rose 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A basketball player was slapped with a lawsuit for rape after drugging and gang raping his girlfriend, according to court documents in California.

Derrick Rose of Los Angeles, is being sued by the woman identified only as Jane Doe, claiming that the NBA player and two of his friends drugged and gang raped her.

The woman told the court that she and Rose dated for two years. During that time, Rose urged her to pleasure herself in front of him while he had sex with her friends.

He also pressured her to participate in sexual acts with strangers. The woman refused all the requests. One day, when Rose was with his two friends identified as Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, a drug was slipped into her drink.

The woman managed to escape before passing out. Later that night, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was incapacitated.

The woman said that she does not remember the incident, but is sure that she was raped. She waited two years to file the rape complaint because she was ashamed.

Rose denied the allegations.

Customer pulls out McDonald's worker from drive-thru window by her hair

The McDonald’s worker before the incident 
By: Feng Qian

A McDonald’s workers was violently pulled out of the store through the drive-thru window.

A video was uploaded to the Internet, showing what appears to be a female driver getting into an argument with the worker.

The video shows the McDonald's worker being dragged out of the drive-thru window by her hair, during a heated argument with the customer.

The images, which seems to have been taken on a cellphone, shows the painful moment the worker's head hits the side of the vehicle before getting thrown on the ground.

The customer and the McDonald's worker seem to be arguing before the customer stood on the driver’s seat of her car and launching her attack.

The two women exchanged some more words before the customer grabbed the female worker by her hair and dragged her out of the service window.

The worker hit the side of the car before falling to the ground.

The worker did not appear again for the remaining few seconds of the video. Another person was heard yelling: “Get out, Quita. Get out. Open the door!” Before the video stopped.

The video appeared to be taken by someone in the back seat of the customer’s car.

Gay man proposes to boyfriend in church despite not being able to marry there

The proposal 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A man was invited to speak at a church about his faith, and he decided to use the opportunity to propose to his boyfriend.

The man of Texas, got down on one knee in front of the whole congregation of the United Methodist Church, and they received a standing ovation.

Trevor Harper, 36, and Davis Covin, 30, who live in Austin, began dating about 9 years ago. They have been active members of the church for the past two years.

When Harper decided to propose in front of his church, he got the help and blessing from his pastor, Reverend John Wright.

Harper admitted that Covin does not like public attention so he was overwhelmed by the public nature of the proposal, but he accepted.

The couple hopes that by next year, when they want to get married, the church will be more open to allowing them to hold their ceremony on the premises.

Walmart cashier steals customer's phone and deletes photos and contacts

Markeisha Lashay Burwell 
By: Wayne Morin

A Walmart cashier was arrested for stealing a customer's phone.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies arrested the woman at the Walmart on Southwest College Road, after she was accused of trying to keep a cellphone that was accidentally left behind by a customer.

22-year-old Markeisha Lashay Burwell, was booked into the Marion County Jail on Saturday night, on one count of grand theft.

As reported by the Sheriff's Office, Rosi Calzada of Ocala, left her Samsung Galaxy phone on the checkout counter.

When she returned home, she realized that her phone was missing. She contacted a loss prevention agent in the store. After reviewing surveillance video footage of the store, it was discovered that Burwell took the phone.

When officers arrived, Burwell said that she was not sure if she had the phone, but if she did, it would be in her vehicle.

Officers searched her car and found the phone under the driver's seat. Calzada identified the phone as hers, but her photos and contacts were deleted.

Deputy Nicholas Austin said that Burwell, later admitted to cleaning the phone of the photos and contacts and hide it in her car with the intention of keeping it.

She was charged with grand theft of an item less the $300. Her bail was set at $2,000.

Men hide in restaurant freezer after police were called for getting into an argument

Michael Allen Higginbotham 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Police in Florida, said that they found 2 men hiding in a freezer at a restaurant.

According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to The Crazy Gator, when 2 men got into a fight outside the restaurant on Wednesday night.

When police arrived, the men ran to the back of the restaurant. Police went to the freezer, where they discovered Jesse Strickland and Michael Allen Higginbotham of Mount Dora.

Strickland had a bloody nose. Strickland and Higginbotham admitted to drinking in the restaurant before getting into a fight.

The two men, who are friends, spent time together at the restaurant before they decided to take a taxi home. While waiting outside, the two men got into an argument and Higginbotham punched his friend in the face.

Strickland said that after hearing the police sirens, he ran to the freezer because he did not want Higginbotham to get in trouble.

Higginbotham was arrested and charged with battery. His bail was set at $50,000.

Mother kills 2-year-old twins because nobody loved her kids

Mireya Alejandra Lopez 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on charges of murder after she killed her twin boys and attempted to kill another child.

According to police in Arizona, the woman told investigators that she drowned her 2-year-old twins and tried to kill her 3-year-old stepbrother because she and her kids were not loved.

22-year-old Mireya Alejandra Lopez, who takes medication for depression, schizophrenia and psychosis, did not want her children to suffer like she does.

Daniel Marino, who identified himself as the stepfather of Lopez, said that she was recently released from a mental health facility, where she was treated.

Lopez is accused of drowning her children in a bathtub on Sunday in Avondale, and then wrap them in a blanket.

The deaths were discovered by the mother of Lopez, who thought that the twins were asleep, but eventually realized that they were not breathing.

The grandmother screamed for help and together with another person who was in the house, tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate them.

While the rescue measures were carried out, that grandmother heard Lopez in the bathroom, where she was found trying to drown her stepbrother.

Lopez's mother managed to get the child to a safe place. The 3-year-old child was not injured.

Lopez was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and attempted murder. Her bail was set at $2 million.

Car full of people crashes into tree after driver takes selfie while driving

Car crashed into tree illustration 
By: Feng Qian

Several people were injured after their driver got distracted while taking a selfie.

The State Police in Maine, said that the driver who attempted to take a selfie, caused a car accident that left several people injured.

The accident happened on Saturday in Deering Lake Road located in Orient.

Police said that 29-year-old Jordan Toner, was driving with seven passengers when he leaned over to take a selfie with the other passengers.

While doing so, he ran off the road and crashed into a tree.
Among the wounded were two women, who were sitting in the front seat.

Police said that one of the women suffered a broken nose and cut above her eyes. The second woman suffered a neck injury and possibly back injuries.

They were transported to Houlton Regional Hospital for treatment. Sgt. Chadwick H. Fuller said that neither of the women were wearing seat belts.

Two male passengers also suffered injuries, including cuts near their eyes.

Maine State Police have identified the passengers as Adam Toner, 35, Jesse Toner, 31, Chris Dean, 29, Elizabeth Toner, 28, Katharine Ferrill, 28, Kyle Ferrill, 28, and Meaghan Brown, 28.

Toner was cited for failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle due to distraction.

Woman severely injured after turning down marriage proposal

Michael Turvey 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she turning down a marriage proposal.

A man of Arizona, was arrested for stabbing his girlfriend multiple times in her apartment complex when she rejected his marriage proposal.

34-year-old Michael Turvey was arrested for stabbing his girlfriend after the two arranged to meet.

The victim dropped off her son at her mother’s home to break up with her boyfriend, but he had other plans. Turvey proposed to her.

When she said “no,” he stabbed her several times throughout the body and then drove off.

Turvey was found in a Greyhound station in California, and he had a bus ticket to travel to Oregon.

The victim suffered severe internal injuries.

Turvey is facing charges of aggravated assault and unlawful means of transportation.

Teenager drowns toddler to make room for pregnant girlfriend’s unborn baby

Mason Cuttler (left) Bobby Woods
By: Wayne Morin

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for killing a young boy to make room for his unborn baby.

Police in Texas, said that the teenager confessed to drowning his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew by pushing him into a pond to accommodate her unborn child.

Police arrested Bobby Woods, Jr., after he drowned the boy in the pond outside the family’s home.

The boy trusted Woods, who lived in the home, and followed him to the water's edge while playing.

Once there, Woods pushed Mason Cuttler into the water before turning back as the boy screamed for help, police said.

Woods knew that the boy cannot swim. Woods later helped search for the missing boy, whose body was found in the pond a day later.

Woods is facing charges of capital murder of a person under the age of six.