Urban Outfitters asks employees to work for free

Volunteers illustration 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Employees at Urban Outfitters, were shocked to see a notice in which the company asked employees to volunteer at one of their locations in Pennsylvania.

To keep up with the increased seasonal demand, the parent company of Urban Outfitters, which also owns Anthropologie and Free People, sent an email to employees, asking them to volunteer.

Urban Outfitters of Philadelphia, asked its employees to participate in a team-building activity by picking, packing and preparing packages for shipment.

The company wants their employees to work for free to help out at the fulfillment center in Gap, Pennsylvania.

October will be a very active month for the center, and additional assistance is needed to ensure timely delivery of orders, the company said.

The company urged volunteers to wear comfortable sneakers and clothes.

Police officers fired after calling black people monkeys

Police officer in London illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Two police officers lost their jobs after being caught calling black people c***s and monkeys, police in the United Kingdom said.

One of the officers, George Cooper, worked at the SO6 unit, which guards government offices in Downing Street.

The second officer, Stephen Newbury, worked in London. The officer's racist text messages were discovered during an unrelated investigation.

When investigators reviewed the officers’ cellphones, they discovered racist and discriminatory messages, a disciplinary tribunal heard.

One of the messages included references to blacks as monkeys.

One officer suggested that since blacks act like monkeys they should go live in the forest.

Newbury wrote at least 24 messages with improper content to other officers, while Cooper wrote eight inappropriate messages.

Both officers were fired after being found guilty of serious misconduct.

Young woman blackmails 20 men after persuading them to perform sex acts on Skype

Young woman illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Police are looking to arrest a young woman on a charge of blackmail after allegedly persuading men to perform sex acts on Skype before asking for money in exchange for not publicizing videos of their chats, police in the United Kingdom said.

The attractive woman, who was not identified, forced more than 20 men, aged between 17 and 36, to hand over 500 pounds ($766) by threatening to reveal their videos to friends and family members.

Most of the victims were students living in Welwyn Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Police said that all the men had been contacted by the young and attractive woman on social media sites.

The woman then encouraged the men to chat with her through Skype, and eventually persuaded them to perform sexual acts on camera.

After the encounters, the victims were contacted and notified that everything has been recorded and would be publicized on the Internet unless they paid up.

2-year-old boy drowns in lake while his mother was busy with Facebook

Claire Barnett 
By: Feng Qian

A mother was arrested on a charge of child cruelty after her 2-year-old son drowned in a lake while she was busy with Facebook, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 31-year-old Claire Barnett of East Yorkshire, has been sentenced to serve 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to child cruelty.

According to the police investigation, Josh Barnett died after falling into a lake while playing outside his house. The court heard that Claire Barnett is a danger to any child for whom she is responsible.

Claire Barnett was looking at her phone at the time of the child's death. After the child was in the lake, Claire Barnett tried to save him, but he died in a hospital later that day.

The court also heard how Claire Barnett let her child play on the road. Neighbors who saw the child playing in middle of the road, contacted social services after he was nearly hit by a car.

Barnett pleaded guilty to four counts of child cruelty. The judge warned Claire Barnett that if she has more children, they will be taken away from her.

Burglar calls police after getting trapped inside supermarket while stealing items

Supermarket illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A burglar called police after getting trapped inside a closed supermarket while stealing items early in the morning, police in the United Kingdom said.

Essex police said that the incident unfolded early on Saturday morning at the Asda supermarket in Basildon.

The 40-year-old thief, who was not identified, was forced to call police for help after getting trapped by a safety device of the supermarket gas station.

Police said that they also received calls from people who heard the thief screaming for help from inside the building. Police officers who arrived at the scene for the thief stuck inside the building.

Firefighters were called to the scene, and they freed the man around 4:30 a.m. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated before being arrested on charge of theft.

Boss chops off employee’s arm because she complained about the lack of food

Kasturi Munirathinam 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Police launched an investigation into an alleged assault on a housemaid in Saudi Arabia, after government officials in India, expressed concern about the welfare of the woman.

55-year-old Kasturi Munirathinam claims that her employer in Riyadh, chopped off her arm after she was caught trying to escape from her employer's home.

Munirathinam’s family members have alleged that she was being tortured by her boss.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj if India, said that he spoke with officials in Saudi Arabia, telling them that he is disturbed by the incident of chopping off the woman's arm.

Munirathinam of Chennai, said that her employer had been furious after she complained of the harassment she faced in the house, where she had started working three months ago.

Munirathinam complained that her mother was prohibited from talking to her on the phone, and she was not given an adequate amount of food.

She also forced to work long hours. When she tried to escape the harassment and torture, her right arm was cut off by the employer.

Her spinal cord was also injured. Munirathinam has been taken to a hospital in Riyadh, and is said to be in serious condition.

Officials in India, want the employer to be charged with attempted murder.

Teacher stands on her desk and removes her clothes for better visual during science class

Debby Heerkens 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A teacher is stirring up emotions on the Internet, after she striped in front of her students to give them a visual of her lesson.

The biology teacher of the Netherlands, surely got the attention of her students by undressing in front of them.

The innovative teacher works at the Groene Hart Rijnwoude school.

Debby Heerkens stood on her desk as she removed several layers of clothes to reveal a tight skin color lycra suit, showing all the muscle structures of a human body.

She then removed that body suit, exposing another body suit, which showed the human skeleton.

After uploading the images and video to the school’s Facebook page, they went viral. Heerkens was praised for using a creative way to teach children about the human anatomy.

Man wearing wig shocks lawyer with cattle prod between her legs

Christopher Hall 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A man was arrested on a charge of attempted kidnapping after allegedly attacking a woman with a cattle prod in an attempt to kidnap her, police in Maine said.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said that they arrested 48-year-old Christopher Hall, after being accused of shocking the woman on Thursday night, as she was on her way to meet a client.

Hall was charged with assault and attempted kidnapping.

He was booked into the York County Jail, and her bail was set at $15,000.

According to the police investigation, the woman, who works as an attorney and a professional mediator for the state court system, was on her way to a client’s house when Hall assaulted her.

Hall shocked her with the cattle prod between her legs and put his hands over her mouth. She fought back and pulled off his wig.

Hall fled to his car and drove off. The woman was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released. The attorney had worked in a child custody case involving Hall.

Police searched Hall’s home, where they found the cattle prod and the wig.

Air Force health clinic employee fired for being a witch and bringing demons to work

Deborah Schoenfeld 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A former Air Force health clinic employee in Maryland, complains that she was fired because of her Hindu background and for not being a Christian.

Former Air Force contractor Deborah Schoenfeld, who worked at the Epes Dental Clinic in Fort Meade, said that she was accused of being a witch and bringing demons into the office while listening to Hindu music and meditating.

The dental clinic claims that the dental technician was fired for using profanity in the office against one of her coworkers.

Schoenfeld claims that the clinic never identified the worker she allegedly offended. Schoenfeld said that she was the target of religious harassment due to her Hindu background.

She was accused of witchcraft and bringing demons into the office. Schoenfeld was criticized for practicing yoga and meditation, and for being uninterested in participating in Christian rituals.

Schoenfeld was allegedly banned from listening to Indian music in the workplace. Two of her former coworkers, admitted that the woman had been referred to as a Hindu witch by workers of the clinic.

Beauty queen uses 4-year-old relative to produce child pornography

Meghan Breanna Alt 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A beauty queen was arrested on a charge of producing and distributing child pornography after allegedly using a relative for child pornography, police in California said.

Orange County police said that they have arrested 25-year-old Meghan Breanna Alt, after using her 4-year-old relative in child pornography images

According to the police investigation, Alt sent sexually explicit images of the victim to a U.S. Marine in exchange for money and gifts.

Alt is also accused of having sex with men in front of her children in exchange for money. Alt was crowned Miss Orange County last year, and was a competitor in the 2014 contest for Miss California.

Alt is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Clemente and Irvine. She also works with young children as a volunteer.

Alt was booked into the Central Women’s Jail, and her bail was set at $100,000.


Woman’s eyes gets shut after good Samaritan put super glue in her eyes instead of eye drops

Katherine Gaydos 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A woman’s eyes were shut closed after a good Samaritan in Florida, poured glue into her eyes instead of eye drops.

28-year-old Katherine Gaydos, a mother of two children in Lantana, said that she has no money to pay for costly surgery to save her eyesight.

The incident began when dirt from a leaf blower got into her eyes. She felt her eyes burn and shouted for someone to use the eye drops in her bag.

Instead, the good Samaritan poured super glue her eyes. She screamed, and the person, who was not identified, called the police.

Gaydos was treated by a doctor, but postponed a scheduled surgery until she can find a way to pay for it. The woman does not have a job, insurance or money.

Gaydos said that she will check herself into a hospital to receive help.

Teen sets live chicken on fire and uploads video of his act on Facebook

Man set live chicken on fire 
By: Wayne Morin

Police are looking to arrest a teen on a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly setting a live chicken on fire before uploading the video of his act on Facebook, police in the U.S. Virgin Islands said.

The Virgin Islands Police Department said that they are looking for the help of the public to identify the boy who set the chicken on fire and uploaded the video to social media sites.

On Tuesday, investigators were notified of the video that was posted on Facebook. The incident occurred on Saturday around 6:30 p.m.

The video was posted by a user who goes by the name Blacks Lee. The video has also been uploaded to the Facebook Community page titled What's going on in St. Thomas.

After watching the 47-second clip, investigators learned that the incident took place at the Mutual Homes Housing Community located in Frederiksted.

The video shows the man holding a lighter near the chicken in an attempt to set it on fire. Moments later, the chicken went up in flames and runs a short distance to a road before dying.

Voices could be heard laughing in the background. One teen called it fried chicken. So far, no arrests have been made.

Man hacks into webcams to watch friends having sex

Stefan Rigo 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A man was arrested on a charge of voyeurism after hacking into his friends’ webcams and watching them having sex, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 34-year-old Stefan Rigo of Leeds, has been sentenced to 20 weeks in jail, which was suspended, after pleading guilty to one count of voyeurism.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for seven years and complete 200 of community service within the next year.

According to the police investigation, Rigo hacked into numerous webcams by remotely accessing their computers.

Police identified 14 people as his victims, including seven friends. Rigo used BlackShades, a program that allows controlling the victim's computer.

After infecting his victims’ computers, Rigo watched them having sex from his home computer.

Man arrested after being spotted with Hello Kitty backpack

Dinzel Gabriel 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Police in Florida, stopped a man after he was spotted wearing a Hello Kitty backpack.

Police were called to the 600 block of 58th Avenue Drive East in Bradenton, after a woman came home and found that her house had been burglarized.

As she entered the home, the thief walked out the back door. Several items were missing from the house, including a Hello Kitty backpack, a laptop, several watches and wallets.

Police drove around the neighborhood and noticed the man wearing the woman’s pink Hello Kitty backpack.

The man went into a nearby residence and ran out the back door without the backpack. After a brief foot chase, 21-year-old Dinzel Gabriel was arrested.

The Hello Kitty bag was found inside the residence. It contained some of the stolen items.

Police said that Gabriel, was wearing one of the stolen watches. He was charged with theft and trespassing an unoccupied residence.

Teenager pretending to run big business steals identity and urine from 30 job applicants

Gerald Washington 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A teenager of Florida, caused many people to be without a job after promising them employment at a business that did not exist.

Police have arrested the teenager who pretended to be running a big business that was hiring people so that he can steal their identity.

19-year-old Gerald Washington rented space in an office building and posted advertisements for job openings.

The advertisement stated that Howard Enterprises, was looking to hire 1,100 people in the Tallahassee area.

Police said that Washington, invited the applicants for interviews at which time he took their social security numbers, bank account information for direct deposit, and urine samples.

Many of the victims quit their current jobs after Washington “hired” them and gave them a date when they needed to start their new job, which did not exist.

These people later learned that they have been scammed by Washington, and that they were victims of an elaborate identity theft scheme.

The Department of Economic Opportunity tracked Washington to Pensacola, where investigators said he was a candidate to become the Escambia County school superintendent.

Woman shoots pregnant woman killing her unborn baby during fight over social media comment

Virginia Denise Wyche 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A pregnant woman was shot after she confronted another woman over an argument which began on Facebook.

Police in Florida, said that the pregnant woman went to the home of 36-year-old Virginia Denise Wyche, to talk about the argument they had on Facebook the night before.

While the victim and Wyche were having a verbal argument, Wyche pulled out a gun and shot her once in the stomach.

The victim, who was six months pregnant at the time of the incident, was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent surgery.

The victim later recovered from her injuries. However, her unborn child did not survive. The victim said that she was expecting a baby girl and was going to name her Peyton.

Wyche was sentenced on Tuesday, to a total of 50 years in prison for one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Pregnant woman clings to hood of car as former boyfriend drives away with another woman

Jessica Alvarado 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A heavily pregnant woman put her life in danger during a fight with her former boyfriend.

A video of the incident shows the woman, who is in the 8th month of pregnancy, clinging to the hood of the car driven by the father of her baby.

31-year-old Jessica Alvarado was dragged along a highway in Texas, for a mile before falling from the vehicle.

Alvarado survived without serious injuries to herself or her unborn child. Police said that the woman got into a fight with former lover Anthony Escobedo, after he showed up at a motel room where she was staying.

Escobedo, 33, stole the keys to the 2015 Kia Sorento, which she had borrowed from a friend. The mother-to-be tracked him down at a Shell gas station, and she found another woman in the vehicle.

After a confrontation, the woman tried to stop Escobedo from driving off by grabbing the windshield wiper.

Escobedo began driving on the Gulf Freeway in Houston, with the pregnant woman clinging to the hood of the car, police said.

She clung to life as Escobedo reached speeds of 25 to 30 miles per hour before she fell off the vehicle about a mile later.

She was picked up by a passing driver and was treated by paramedics for cuts and scratches on the hands and feet.

The ordeal took place in broad daylight around 1:00 p.m. Escobedo was arrested shortly afterwards and charged with misdemeanor assault of a family member.

2 brothers force woman to tie up her girlfriend before raping them

Donald (left) and James Dickerson 
By: Feng Qian

Two brothers of were sentenced to 9 life terms in prison for sexually assaulting 2 women in Florida.

The brothers were arrested after officers responded to the Motel 6 on Dix Ellis Trail in Jacksonville, on a report of a fire.

When police arrived, they found three injured victims, one of whom had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

People said that two women came to hang out with Donald Jerome Dickerson, 34, at the motel room.

At some point, his brother, James Lamont Dickerson, 32, arrived at the motel room, pulled a gun and ordered the two female victims to take their clothes off.

He forced one of the victims to tie up the other with bedsheets before he tied her up and raped both of the women multiple times. During the crime, Donald assisted his brother with the assault.

When a man showed up to hang out at the motel room, he was forced inside at gunpoint, tied up and ordered not to move while the brothers continued raping the female victims.

When one of the victims tried to fight back. She was shot in the head. The defendants then stole $400 and car keys, set the room on fire and fled the scene in one of the victims’ vehicles.

The male victim along with the help of a good Samaritan, managed to save the two female victims and brought them to safety.

The female victim who sustained the gunshot wound, survived the shooting, but she is now blind.

Donald and James were both sentenced on Thursday, to nine life terms in prison plus ten years in prison for their convictions of two counts of attempted murder, attempted manslaughter, kidnapping with a weapon, sexual battery with great force, armed robbery and arson.

Police officer shoots 4-year-old girl after coming to her home to help her mother

Ava Ellis 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A young girl was terrified about dying after being shot by a police officer at her home.

The police officer in Ohio, shot 4-year-old Ava Ellis, while responding to an emergency inside the home.

The incident took place after the girl’s mother, Andrea Ellis, cut her arm on a piece of broken glass in her home near Columbus. Her sister, who was at the home, called 911 for help.

When the police officer approached the house about 3:00 p.m., the family pet ran directly at the officer, police said.

The police fired his gun, but missed the dog, a boxer-terrier mix named Patches, and shot the girl instead.

The 4-year-old girl was hit in the right leg, shattering her bone. A neighbor who witnessed the shooting, called police.

Ava was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery. Andrea said that while they were on the way to the hospital, Ava asked several times, “Mommy, am I going to die?”

Ava was left with a large scar on her leg. She was released from the hospital and is recovering from her injury.

Columbus police said that they are investigating the incident.

Man seen walking with wife’s decapitated head after having affair with her son-in-law

Ramchandra Sheu Chavan 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) Police in India, were called after a man was seen walking with his wife’s head in his hand.

Someone took video of the husband walking down the street with the severed head of his wife after he beheaded her at their home.

According to police, 60-year-old Ramchandra Sheu Chavan said that he killed his wife because he suspected her of having an affair with their son-in-law.

In the video, Chavan was seen walking with 2 people while he was holding the woman’s head in one hand and the ax used in the attack on the other.

The video of the incident also shows several passersby apparently unaware of the horror nearby. However, the two men who were walking beside the suspect seemed to nervously glance in his direction.

The short clip was recorded in the city of Pune, and it sent shock waves through the local community. The 45-year-old husband was arrested on charges of murder.