Murphy slapped with lawsuit after bed folded up and crushed sleeping woman to death

Bed illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

The maker of the popular Murphy beds was slapped with a lawsuit after an elderly woman was crushed to death in her sleep, according to court documents in Oregon.

The Jackson County Circuit Court heard that 76-year-old Penelope C. Martens, was sleeping in her Murphy bed when it pulled away from the wall and hit her head and upper torso.

The mounting frame and mattress locked in the closed position, trapping Martens inside and crushing her to death.

The lawsuit also names Westcott Designs of California, alleging that it is to blame for the poor design of the bed. The lawsuit also lists Beds For Less, claiming it is responsible for incorrectly installing the bed at Martens’ home.

The family is seeking $7,500 for memorial expenses, and $850,000 for loss of companionship.

Woman caught stealing government disability benefits by publishing pictures showing her partying at bar

Joy Taylor partying at bar 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A woman was arrested on a charge of false representation to make gain after accepting government disability benefits despite being healthy, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 32-year-old Joy Taylor of Newton Aycliffe, has been sentenced to serve 14 months in jail, which was suspended for 1 year, after admitting to stealing government disability benefits.

According to the police investigation, Joy Taylor claimed that her mother, 64-year-old Linda Taylor, was her caretaker as she was disabled following a car accident.

Linda Taylor was sentenced to serve 12 months in jail, which was suspended for a year. The court heard that Joy Taylor accepted 95,000 pounds ($145,397) in benefits despite not being entitled to the cash.

Investigators found pictures on Joy Taylor’s Facebook page, which showed her wearing a short skirt in a bar. She was also seen attending festivals, proving that she was not disabled.

Young woman's abdomen explodes following an infection and emergency surgery

Woman’s abdomen illustration 
By: Feng Qian

A young woman is lucky to be alive after her abdomen exploded following an emergency surgery to treat an infection, doctors in the United Kingdom said.

21-year-old Chloe Meade of Caldicot, underwent emergency surgery when she developed an abscess in her intestine earlier this year.

A few weeks later, the wound became infected, and the 8-inch scar on her abdomen exploded, leaving her with a gaping hole.

It took weeks for her scar to heal. Meade said that after her abdomen exploded, she was able to see straight into her stomach.

Meade has suffered from Crohn's disease since she was 11 years old.

After suffering severe stomach pains earlier this year, doctors told her that she had an infected abscess and needed emergency surgery to save her life.

After the surgery, she was given steroids, which caused her body to swell and her scar to rip open.

Nigerian scammer swindles $22,000 from woman by promising to move to her country and marry her

Jude Amadi 
By: Chan Yuan

A young man was arrested on a charge of obtaining money by false pretenses after allegedly swindling thousands of dollars from a woman in Sweden, by promising to move to her country and marry her, police in Nigeria said.

Cross River State police said that they have arrested 30-year-old Jude Amadi, after being accused of persuading the woman to send him $22,000 by promising to love her.

According to the investigation conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Amadi called himself popular names on the Internet, including Richard Smith, Mike Anderson, Richard Darwin, Jackson Miller, and Morgan Abela.

He persuaded the victim to give him $22,000 so he could buy plane tickets and fly to her country in order to marry her. He never arrived in Sweden.

The suspect pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. Amadi was booked into prison and denied bail.

Man stabs lover at gay party after catching him in bed with another man

Gay party illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

Police are looking to arrest a man on a charge of assault after allegedly stabbing his lover because he slept with another man at a gay party, police in Nigeria said.

Edo State police said that the incident unfolded at a hotel located on Sapele Road.

According to the police investigation, the men attending the gay party dressed like women in order not to attract any unwanted attention from neighbors.

The party turned violent when the man identified as Ricky, was caught by his lover having sex with a guest. The two began hitting each other with bottles and chairs.

As a result of the fight, some of the guests suffered cuts and ripped clothes. The gay lovers escaped before police officers arrived at the scene.

Police questioned the management of the hotel, but so far, no arrests have been made.

Mother injects heroin into her 14-year-old daughter and boyfriend

Jessica Lynn Riffey 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A mother was arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly injecting heroin into her teenage daughter and boyfriend, police in Pennsylvania said.

West Caln Township police said that they have arrested 34-year-old Jessica Lynn Riffey, after being accused of injecting heroin into her 14-year-old daughter and 16-year-old boyfriend on multiple occasions.

She was charged with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, and drug delivery. She was booked into the Chester County Prison, and her bail was set at $50,000.

Riffey was arrested on Thursday, after police were called to her home, which is located on Telegraph Road, for a welfare check on the 14-year-old girl.

Both the girl and the 16-year-old boy told police that Riffey had injected them with heroin. The 16-year-old boy admitted that he brought the heroin to the home.

He has been separately charged with drug trafficking.

Drunk student beats restaurant manager after being refused Mac and Cheese dish

Luke V. Gatti assaulting Uconn restaurant manager 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A student of the University of Connecticut, was arrested on a charge of trespassing after allegedly beating a manager of the Uconn Union Street Market, for being reused Bacon Jalapeno Mac and Cheese, police said.

Uconn police said that they have arrested 19-year-old Luke V. Gatti of Bayville, New York, after being verbally and physically abusive towards restaurant employees.

A video of the incident, which went viral on the Internet, shows Gatti trying to buy macaroni and cheese while arguing with the manager of the Union Street Market.

The manager refused the student’s order because he openly carried an alcoholic beverage. The incident unfolded around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night.

He was charged with breach of peace and criminal trespass.

According to the police investigation, after being told to leave several times, Gatti refused and became verbally and physically abusive to staff.

Gatti pushed the manager several times before being detained by staff. As police escorted him out of the restaurant, Gatti spit at the manager.

Gatti was once a student at the University of Massachusetts, and was twice arrested on charges of disorderly conduct.

Construction worker shocked to find woman hiding in portable toilet after lifting up lid to urinate

Treasure Dawn Shockey 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A construction worker was shocked to find a woman hiding from the police under the lid of a portable toilet, police in Oregon said.

Eugene police said that they have arrested 27-year-old Treasure Dawn Shockey, after being accused of identity theft.

The incident unfolded on Saturday morning around 11:15 a.m., near Coburg Road and Chad Drive. Shockey ran when police tried to talk to her.

Officers followed her, but she disappeared into a nearby neighborhood.

A woman told the police that she saw the woman running through her yard and climbing a fence into the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club.

About 20 minutes later, a construction worker told an officer who was looking for Shockey, that when he lifted the lid of a portable toilet, he was surprised to see the woman inside.

The construction worker led police to the toilet, and Shockey was arrested.

Man claims it felt good to kill his mother and remove her heart

Omar and Nailah Pettigen 
By: Chan Yuan

A man of California, was arrested and charged with murder after killing his mother.

31-year-old Omar Pettigen, who brutally murdered his mother with an ax and hammer before cutting out her heart, told police that killing felt good, police said.

The mother, who was a retired high school teacher, has been identified as 64-year-old Nailah Pettigen. She was found dead in her apartment in Fremont, which she shared with her son.

The woman’s former husband called police for a welfare check after he was unable to reach her or her son.

His son Omar, was arrested a few days later, and was arraigned on charges of murder and desecration of a corpse.

The 31-year-old man told detectives that he attacked his mother with a hammer and an ax before he took a gun from the closet and shot her in the back several times before removing her heart, according to court documents.

Pettigen is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, without bail.

800-pound man kicked out of hospital for ordering pizza

Steven Assanti 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A 33-year-old obese man was kicked out of a hospital for ordering pizza because he violated hospital rules.

33-year-old Steven Assanti recently spent 80 days at the Rhode Island Hospital, in an effort to lose weight. He entered the hospital weighing a whopping 778 pounds.

The plan was for him to lose about 228 pounds and then have gastric bypass surgery to get him to a healthy weight.

In the 80 days, he lost 20 pounds. However, when Assanti was caught with a pizza, he was ordered to leave the hospital.

Now, the man’s father is desperately looking for someone to save his son from eating himself to death.

The 800-pound man of Cranston, was loaded into the trunk of his father’s SUV after the hospital ordered him to leave.

The man’s father said that taking his son home would be a death sentence as he will go back to his old eating habits.

The desperate father, who refuses to take his son home, said that he will drive around with his son in the truck until he gets the help he needs.

Mother shaves boy’s head and dresses him as a girl in Walmart to shame him

Girl illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A mother of South Carolina, is causing controversy over the form of punishment of her son.

The mother shaved her son’s head and dressed her son in girls’ clothing, including a tutu. The mother also wrote the word “BAD” in black marker on the back of the boy’s head.

The mother then marched the boy, whose age has not been released, through Walmart on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, while he was dressed as a girl.

When confronted by police, the mother said that she did so in an attempt to embarrass him, according to a police report.

According to police, the woman told officers that she was punishing her son for fighting and make homophobic remarks in school.

She told police that her son was having behavioral problems and corporal punishment was ineffective so she tried to embarrass him to change his behavior.

So far, no charges have been filed against the mother. Rock Hill police notified the department of social services about the incident and they are investigating the family.

Man killed by arrow while on his morning walk

Bow and arrow illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A man of Canada, went out for his morning walk, but never returned home after he was hit by an arrow.

Police in Waterloo, Ontario, are investigating a suspicious death, which took place on Monday about 7:00 a.m. in the area of ​​Margaret Avenue.

Police were called after the man suffered life-threatening injuries of an arrow in the chest. The emergency service personnel transported the man to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Police have notified the family of the victim, and have identified him as 60-year-old Michael F. Gibbon. His family said that Gibbon was out on his usual morning walk when he was shot with the arrow.

The police said that his death is being treated as a homicide as the injuries were not self inflicted. Police have released a sketch of the man they are looking for in connection with the suspicious death.

The suspect is described as six feet tall, with a muscular build, olive complexion and dark eyes.

“These types of incidents bring trepidation and uncertainty,” Chief Bryan Larkin said.

He added that officers are doing a thorough investigation and they are committed to restoring a sense of calm in the community.

80-year-old man asks store to unlock SD card containing child pornoghraphy

Frank Prendergast 
By: Feng Qian

An elderly man was arrested after he took his SD card to a photo store.

Police in California, were called to a camera store in Campbell, on a report of possible possession of child pornography by the elderly man.

Employees contacted the police after 80-years-old Frank Prendergast of San Jose, brought the secure digital (SD) memory card and asked for help in recovering photographs.

Officers confirmed that the digital photographs were in fact child pornography. When Prendergast returned to retrieve the SD card, he was arrested.

He allegedly admitted to possessing more pornographic photos at home.

During the search of the elderly man’s home, police seized several computers along with hundreds of VHS tapes.

Detectives are reviewing the evidence and working to determine how Prendergast came into possession of these images.

Prendergast was arrested and booked on charges of child pornography and was later released on his own recognizance.

22-year-old woman holds hotel maid hostage after her date did not show up

Feng being arrested 
By: Chan Yuan

Police in China, arrested an angry woman after she took a hotel maid hostage.

The woman was very angry after her man did not show up for their prearranged date.

She vented her anger by holding the hotel maid hostage at knifepoint.

The suspect, who was identified as Feng, 22, was arrested by a SWAT team after a 90-minute standoff in the hotel in Zhengzhou.

The hostage was eventually rescued and was not injured. Police said that Feng had booked a room on the seventh floor of the Shanshui Hotel, and waited for her date.

However, when he failed to show up, the woman called room service and asked staff for some toiletries.

When the hotel maid, who was identified as Xue, came to restock the room, Feng suddenly pulled a knife and pointed it at her throat.

The SWAT team eventually stormed into the hotel room to rescue the hostage and Feng was arrested.

Woman faces jail for releasing video of her husband kissing and groping maid

The husband kissing the maid 
By: Wayne Morin

A woman can be jailed for posting a video on the Internet, showing her husband sexually assaulting a woman.

The woman of Saudi Arabia, is facing up to one year in jail for posting the video of her husband forcibly kissing and groping their maid in the kitchen.

The unidentified woman, who suspected her husband of cheating, secretly recorded him with a cellphone.

She then posted the video to social media sites and wrote: “The minimum punishment for this husband is to scandalize him.” The video went viral.

However, a lawyer said that the woman could now be jailed for up to one year for defamation.

She faces up to a year in prison or a fine of SR500,000 (about $133,000) for defaming her husband.

This law includes harsh penalties for anyone using electronic devices to defame others.

Mother orders killing of her daughter for being gang raped by 3 men

Rokstan M. and her father and brother 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Police in Germany, are looking for a man who allegedly followed his wife’s orders to kill their daughter.

The 20-year-old woman from Syria fled to Germany, after being gang raped by 3 men.

Police believe that she was murdered in an alleged honor killing that was ordered by her own mother.

Police are looking for the 20-year-old victim’s father and brother, who they believe killed the woman identified as Rokstan M., because her family accused her of bringing shame to them through the sexual assault.

Shortly before her death, Rokstan M. wrote in her WhatsApp profile, “I am awaiting death. However, I am too young to die.”

Rokstan lived in Germany for two years, before she was killed.

Author Mark Kruger, who hired Rokstan to translate interviews with refugees for a book, said that Rokstan told him about her terrible fate.

She said that she was kidnapped and raped by 3 men, and when she told her mother about the incident, her family considered her unclean. Her mother and brothers began mistreating her and said that she “deserves to die.”

Police are searching for the father and brother of Rokstan, but they believe that the men already fled Germany and may be in Turkey or Syria.

Kruger said that the victim told him that her mother once tried to hire a hit man to kill her. He believes that the mother ordered the family to kill her daughter.

Neighborhood watch member shoots himself dead after firing shot to scare away thieves

Gun illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A member of a neighborhood watch group is dead after he fired a shot to scare away thieves who were approaching his street, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos State police said that Ogundare Ekundayo, fire a shot in the air to scare away thieves, but the bullet hit an object, bounced back at him and wounded him in his head.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was keeping an eye out for thieves on Osholanke Street around 4:00 a.m., when the incident unfolded.

There were, however, two of them in service on the fateful day.

His partner, Fatai Raimi, was arrested on a charge of gun possession. Police said that the victim was not properly trained in the use of a firearm and did not have a license to carry a weapon.

Police are also investigating whether Raimi was behind the death of his colleague.

Raimi denied the allegations, saying that he worked for Ekundayo, who recruited him to the neighborhood watch group.

Teacher kills her husband with BMW while her 2 daughters were sitting in the back seat

Angela and Dan Luke with their children 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A teacher was arrested on a charge of vehicular homicide after allegedly driving over her husband with a BMW as her children were sitting in the back seat, police in Ohio said.

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 40-year-old Angela Luke, a teacher at the Tussing Elementary in Pickerington, after being accused of killing her husband during a domestic dispute.

Luke was charged with vehicular homicide and reckless homicide. Luke was booked into jail and released on bail. The school has placed Luke on unpaid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the case.

According to the police investigation, the couple’s 12-year-old daughter saw her father getting violent while he was arguing with her mother.

She told investigators that her mother was thrown to the ground a few times, and her arm was broken.

The girl was on the phone with a police dispatcher when her mom tried to get away from home with her and her younger sister.

The girl said that her father clung to the window of the car before he was hit. 42-year-old Dan Luke was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Husband beats his wife with crutches because she gave him the wrong birthday cake

James Clarke 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A man who became angry that his wife gave him the wrong birthday cake, decided to beat her with crutches, police in Florida said.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 48-year-old James Clarke, after being accused of hitting his wife because he didn't approve her choice of birthday cake.

According to the police investigation, Clarke was upset about the cake she bought for him and threw it into the woods outside his home.

He then took his wife crutches and threw it at her several times.

Clarke told police that his wife was drunk and she followed him outside where she attacked him. Police observed a small scratch on his face.

Police said that a witness told them that Clarke pushed his wife to the ground and kick her when she tried to get up. The witness also said that he threw her crutches at her.

He was booked into the Flagler County Jail, and released on $1,000 bail.

Boy flushes mother’s rent money down toilet because she refused to watch movie with him

Danielle Whipple 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A mother was arrested on a charge of child abuse after allegedly slapping her son for flushing her rent money down the toilet of their home, police in Florida said.

Orange County police said that they have arrested 24-year-old Danielle Whipple, after being accused of hitting her son because he flushed $720 down the toilet.

Police officers who arrived at the scene around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, found that the boy had a black eye and a hand print on the side of his face.

The Department of Children and Families gave Whipple’s boyfriend temporary custody of the child.

Whipple has been investigated twice before on accusations of child abuse. The child admitted to flushing the money down the toilet because his mother refused to watch a movie with him.

Whipple was booked into Orange County Jail, and she was released on bail.


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