Shopping center opens parking lot for dogs

Bayfair Shopping Centre dog parking lot 
By: Chan Yuan

Dog lovers are delighted to hear that a shopping center in New Zealand, opened a parking lot for pets.

The largest shopping center in The Western Bay of Plenty, Bayfair Shopping Centre, opened the dog parking lot, which provides its customers’ pets with shade and toys while their owners shop.

Bayfair Shopping Centre marketing manager Kylie McGregor, said that the facility had been very popular since it was opened last week.

There are collars with keys so that the dogs can be locked to prevent theft. The parking lot is also under constant surveillance and is in a high traffic area.

The dog park is located in the courtyard between the car parking lot and the Westpac, Kiwibank and Post Shop stores.

“There is no need to leave man’s best friend in your vehicle while you shop. You can park them in fresh air with shade and water,” the Bayfair Shopping Centre said in a statement.

Doctor pours boiling water on 16-year-old boy because he left her door open

Jane-Glad Ugba and Nwanga Chidiebere 
By: Wayne Morin

A doctor was arrested on a charge of assault for allegedly pouring boiling water on a 16-year-old boy because he left her door open, police in Nigeria said.

Abakaliki police said that they have arrested Jane-Glad Ugba, a doctor at the Federal Teaching Hospital, after being accused of burning Nwanga Chidiebere.

According to the police investigation, Chidiebere lives at the doctor’s home and works as a maid. On the day of the incident, Ugba found the door to her home wide open.

When she confronted Chidiebere, he said that her oldest son just left the home and left the door open. However, Ugba did not believe him and yelled at him.

As a form of punishment, Ugba took a hot pot of water and poured it over the boy. The boy ran out of the house and went to a nearby church, where he stayed overnight.

In the morning, a police officer noticed the burns on the child and took him to a nearby hospital. The boy told doctors what Ugba did to her and they filed a complaint with the police.

Ugba was arrested and charged with one count of assault.

Orphanage charity event disrupted after sex toy was found in cake

Chocolate cake illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Politicians in Scotland, were left red faced during a charity event for an orphanage after a sex toy was discovered inside a cake.

The incident unfolded at the Glasgow City Council office, which is located on John Street.

The cake sale was held to raise funds for the orphanage, which has the support of one of the city council members.

Investigators believe that the perpetrator had a malicious intent to disrupt the fundraiser as the cake sale was suspended and all the cakes had to be thrown away.

Police said that the sex toy was pushed into a chocolate cake around 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Police will review the surveillance cameras in order to identify the perpetrator.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Couple uses fishing rod to smuggle McDonald’s sandwich and bottle of vodka into prison

Karl Jensen and Lisa Mary Hutchinson 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to supply drugs after being caught using a fishing rod to throw contraband into prison, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 27-year-old Karl Jensen and 26-year-old Lisa Mary Hutchinson, both of London, have pleaded guilty to drug supply charges.

Jensen has been sentenced to serve two and a half years in prison. Hutchinson was placed on probation for 12 months.

According to the police investigation, the couple was seen with a fishing rod and contraband outside the Wormwood Scrubs prison in Shepherds Bush.

Prison staff saw Jensen tie a bag to the fishing line before launching it over the walls of the facility. The bag was taken by an inmate.

Prison guards tracked down the bag, which contained a knife, a watch, a cellphone, cannabis and cocaine. It also contained a McDonald's burger and a bottle of vodka.

Woman blows $20,000 college student loan on breast implants

Catherine Byrne 
By: Feng Qian

A woman in the United Kingdom, boasted how she spent her college student loan on cosmetic surgery rather than paying for tuition and books.

29-year-old Catherine Byrne of Essex, said that when she was 22 years old, she applied at the University of East London, but she had no intention of taking any classes or graduating.

Instead, she used her acceptance letter to apply for a student loan. When the money hit her bank, she had a breast enlargement procedure done.

She said that getting larger breasts did her more good than having a college degree as most graduates have a hard time finding work.

She said that she uses her great looks to secure modeling jobs, but she admitted to earning less than $25,000 per year. After failing her first year in college, she applied again and was approved.

Byrne then applied for another student loan, and used the money for more cosmetic surgery, including Botox and fillers.

Byrne said that she does not consider herself as a thief despite having no intention of repaying the loan because the money doesn’t belong to anyone.

Man burns his girlfriend alive because she refused his marriage proposal

Sonia Bibi 
By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested on a charge of murder after setting his girlfriend on fire because she refused to accept his marriage proposal, police in India said.

Punjab police said that they have arrested 24-year-old Latif Ahmed, after he was accused of killing 20-year-old Sonia Bibi.

According to the police investigation, Ahmed and Bibi were dating each other for several years. Recently, Bibi decided to move on and broke off the relationship.

Ahmed however, had other plans, and asked Bibi to marry him.

When she refused, Ahmed became extremely angry. He doused Bibi with gasoline and set her on fire. Bibi suffered burns to 50 percent of her body, and she was transferred to Nishtar hospital in Multan.

At first, doctors believed that Bibi will survive, but she got an infection and died.

7-year-old boy dies of heart attack on vacation after eating bowl of noodles at restaurant

Cameron Wahid (center) 
By: Wayne Morin

A young boy from the United Kingdom, died during a vacation in Italy, after eating a bowl of noodles with his family at a restaurant.

7-year-old Cameron Wahid of East Grinstead, was enjoying a meal at the restaurant in Scala on Tuesday, before his heart stopped beating.

Wahid’s parents, Cassandra and Rizwan, said that their son was allergic to dairy and the noodles might have had exposure to milk.

After eating the bowl of pasta, Wahid returned to their tour bus, where he went into shock and his heart stopped. A doctor at the scene managed to revive him after 15 minutes, and Wahid was taken to a nearby hospital.

However, his condition deteriorated further, and he was airlifted to a children’s hospital in Naples. He died on Friday.

Police said that the mother explained to employees of the restaurant that her son suffered from allergies, but she might not have been clear enough or the workers did not understand what she was saying.

Man kills his wife and uploads photo of dead body to Facebook because she worshipped Satan

Derek Medina and Jennifer Alfonso 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly killing his wife and uploading a picture of her dead body on Facebook, police in Florida said.

Miami police said that they have arrested 33-year-old Derek Medina, after being accused of shooting 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso.

Medina admitted to killing his wife, but is claiming he did so in self defense as she was a drug addict and worshiped Satan.

Medina also claimed that his wife charged at him with a knife before he shot her with a gun about eight times. After killing his wife, Medina snapped a photo of the dead body and uploaded the picture on Facebook.

Investigators told a court that evidence at the scene showed that this was not a case of self defense as Alfonso was on her knees and used her hands to defend herself while being shot.

Medina was charged with first-degree murder. He was booked into jail and denied bail. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Public bus driver slams into elderly woman slicing her in half

Paul Roper 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A bus driver was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after allegedly slamming into an elderly woman, slicing her in half, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 48-year-old Paul Roper, an MTA bus driver, after being accused of killing 70-year-old Carol Bell in Brooklyn.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded Tuesday around 6:15 a.m., when Bell crossed Sackman Street at Fulton Street.

Roper, who was driving the B15 bus, slammed into Bell. After the incident, Roper drove away from the scene. Bell was found lying unconscious on the road and cut in half.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Roper was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.

Man kills his dog by tying its legs and setting it on fire

Arthur M. Vieira 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after tying up his dog and setting it on fire for no particular reason, police in Virginia said.

Now, 27-year-old Arthur M. Vieira of Virginia Beach, has pleaded guilty to torturing a companion animal, obstruction of justice and littering.

He was denied bail and faces up to seven years in prison.

According to the police investigation, Vieira tied up his dog’s legs and muzzle before setting it on fire. The dog died of the burns.

Vieira gave no reason why he killed his dog.

Firefighters found the charred remains of the dog named Sheeba, when they responded to a fire in the 1200 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard.

The dog's feet were tied with nylon rope. Investigators also found a can of lighter fluid nearby. A necropsy showed that the dog was alive when it was set on fire.

Tiger bites drunk woman’s hand after breaking into zoo and petting tiger

Jacqueline Eide 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on a charge of trespassing after allegedly breaking into a zoo to pet a tiger, police in Nebraska said.

The Omaha Police Department said that they have arrested 33-year-old Jacqueline Eide, after a tiger bit her hand while she was petting it at the Henry Doorly Zoo on Sunday.

Police were called to the Creighton University Medical Center, after she was very aggressive and uncooperative with doctors and nurses.

Police learned that Eide, who was drunk, broke into the zoo and went over to the tigers. She petted one tiger, and in response, the animal bit her left hand.

She suffered injuries to several fingers. A spokesperson for the hospital said that Eide is in good condition. Eide was charged with criminal trespass.

Husband kills his wife and her married lover while they were having sex in car

Jonelle Barker and Jerome Barrett 
By: Wayne Morin

An angry husband stabbed and killed his wife while she was having sex with her married lover in a car, police in New York said.

Now, 25-year-old Steve Whittingham of Brooklyn, was sentenced to serve at least 25 years in prison for killing 36-year-old Jonelle Barker and 35-year-old Jerome Barrett.

According to the police investigation, all three worked as baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Whittingham received a phone call, instructing him to drive to the corner of Louisiana and Seaview avenues, where he found his wife and Barrett having sex.

Whittingham stabbed his wife’s married lover in the chest several times after seeing them having sex in a parked car.

Before dying, Barrett was able to climb out of the car without any clothes on, stumble to the door of a building on Louisiana Avenue and ask for help.

When police opened the trunk of the vehicle, they found the naked body of Barker inside.

Man uses gun stolen from cop to try to commit suicide after killing wife while she was with her lover

Amauri Perdomo 
By: Wayne Morin

A man was arrested following a failed attempt to kill himself after allegedly killing his wife while she was with another man.

31-year-old Amauri Perdomo of the Bronx, New York, who is accused of killing his wife, tried to shoot himself with a gun, which was stolen from the home of a police officer.

Perdomo’s brother, who is a New York Police Department (NYPD) Auxiliary cop, took him to a police station to surrender.

Perdomo is the main suspect in the murder of his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer Ortiz. He allegedly shot his wife after seeing her in a car with another man on Morris Avenue in Fordham Heights around 7:35 a.m.

While his brother Angel Perdomo and sister Alexandra Perdomo were taking him to the police station, he pulled a 0.9 mm Glock and tried to shoot himself in the head.

The incident occurred near Webster Avenue and East 201 Street. Alexandra jumped on her brother to prevent him from shooting himself, police said. He fired a shot, but missed, and no one was injured.

Angel Perdomo called police, who took his brother into custody. Perdomo was charged with murder for the death of his wife.

The gun he used was allegedly stolen from the home of a Bronx police officer during a robbery. It was not immediately clear whether the weapon was also used to kill Ortiz.

City and union lawyers refusing to represent police officer who stole women's nude photos

Pamela Held 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A police officer will have to pay for his own lawyer after both the city and union said that they will not represent him in a lawsuit.

Officer Sean Christian of New York, is being sued by 28-year-old Pamela Held, after he stole nude photos from her phone during a traffic stop.

Christian was with the 104th Precinct of the New York Police Department (NYPD), when Held was pulled over because her car did not have an inspection sticker.

While searching the car, police found prescription drugs. Held was arrested on a misdemeanor drug charge, which was later dropped.

During questioning, Held of Long Island, gave a female police officer the code to unlock her iPhone so she could display text messages to prove her whereabouts.

Police officers kept the cellphone while a desk appearance ticket was written for her.

After Held finally got her phone back, she realized that 20 nude photos and videos of herself were sent to a number she did not recognize.

Her lawyer, Richard Soleymanzadeh, traced the phone number to Officer Christian. The officer told investigators that he never received the images, but Soleymanzadeh said that iPhone showed that the text messages went through.

Christian, who is now assigned to the 70th Precinct, was disciplined for his actions internally. He lost 45 vacation days and was placed on probation for one year.

Both the city and the union are refusing to represent the officer because the case was “not a situation in the performance of his duty as a police office.”

Female juror causes mistrial for thief by posting case on Facebook because she was bored in court

Kimberly Ellis 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman in New York, was fined for causing a mistrial by posting details of a case on her Facebook page.

Kimberly Ellis a of Kew Gardens, Queens, was serving on a jury when she decided to take her opinion of the case to the public on social media.

One of Ellis’ Facebook friends happened to be a former federal and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office prosecutor, and she informed the court about the violation.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Ira Margulis punished Ellis by giving her a $1,000 fine. The judge also told Ellis that she cost the taxpayers thousands of dollars in addition to the anguish she caused the victim in this case.
Ellis was on jury duty when a case was heard of a man who robbed a home. The victim was so traumatized about the home invasion, that she moved out of the state.

The victim came back to New York, to see justice being served. However, the judge had no choice but to declare a mistrial over Ellis’ actions.

Ellis, who said on Facebook that she was “dying of boredom” in court, also wrote: “The other jurors don’t trust the police and want to outright dismiss the confessions as well as the majority of the evidence. Tomorrow is going to be a very difficult day.”

Ellis apologized for her actions. She also said that she is a single mother of 2 children, who has been working for JPMorgan Chase for 19 years. She said: “I am absolutely scared I'll lose my job over this.”

“My former husband is disabled and I raise my two children. I fear that this will have an impact on them. I am very scared,” she added.

Woman finds animal tail in package of frozen vegetables

Melissa Gordon holding the tail 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A mother was horrified to find a furry thing in a package of vegetables.

Melissa Gordon of South Gloucestershire, England, said that she was preparing dinner for her 3-year-old daughter, Aaliyah King, and her daughter’s friend on Sunday, when she found “something strange” in a bag of frozen vegetables.

Gordon said that she bought the vegetables two weeks ago at an Iceland supermarket in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Gordon said that when she opened the bag and poured half of it in a pan to cook, she saw a long furry tail in it. “I have a phobia of that kind of thing, honestly, it's disgusting,” she said.

After filing a complaint, Melissa received an apology from Iceland, and she was asked to return the package so that they can investigate the incident.

“We are very sorry to hear that you had found something unpleasant in our mixed vegetables. We can understand the disappointment this has caused and we are sorry,” they wrote.

“To find the reasons for this problem, we need the original packaging and the object found in the product, so we can fully investigate the vendor. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention,” they added.

Man leaves 5-year-old granddaughter alone in desert with loaded gun while he went to bar

Paul Rater 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man left his young granddaughter in a desert with a loaded handgun for 5 hours, while he was at a bar to drink and eat a cheeseburger.

Paul Rater of Buckeye, Arizona, was arrested after his granddaughter was found alone in the desert with the loaded gun.

Rater, 53, left his 5-year-old granddaughter alone in the desert after taking her for a ride in his new truck. Rater told the court that his truck got stuck during the ride so he went to call for help.

He said that he did not have his cellphone with him so he went to look for help, but when the girl was too tired to continue walking, he just left her under a tree.

When the man reached a bar, he decided to get something to eat and drink as he was hungry and dehydrated. He then called his wife to let her know that the girl was left behind in the desert.

The family called police, who used a helicopter to search for the child. Meanwhile, a family member found the girl alone with the .45 caliber handgun that had been cocked and in a position ready to fire.

Rater was located and arrested at the bar, and he admitted to abandoning his grandson in the desert, officials said.

Rater has been charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of child endangerment. His bail was set at $25,000. He was also ordered to stay away from his granddaughter.

The girl was returned to her mother, and the Department of Child Safety was notified about the incident.

Man kills his brother by shoving potatoes down his throat during argument

Potato illustration 
By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of violence causing death in the death of his brother.

According to court documents, the 55-year-old man of Denmark, killed his brother by shoving 2 potatoes down his throat.

The incident occurred after the brothers, who were drunk, got into an argument. The fight between the two brothers of Jutland, ended with the older brother dead.

The 55-year-old brother was acquitted of murder, but he was convicted of violence causing death.

Prosecutors said that the younger man killed his 57-year-old brother by pushing potatoes down his throat. The suspect also punched his brother repeatedly in the head and neck.

The 55-year-old man called an ambulance, saying that his brother was unconscious at the home they shared. Rescue personnel arrived to find the older brother dead with a potato lodged in his windpipe.

The younger brother was arrested shortly thereafter. Jurors at the Hjorring District Court, disagreed about the charges against the suspect.

Three jurors believed that there was sufficient evidence to convict the man of murder, while three other thought that the man had no intention of killing his brother.

They pointed to the fact that he had tried to take the potatoes out of his brother’s throat before calling an ambulance. With the hung jury, the man was convicted of the lesser charge of violence causing death.

The 55-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Father sells his house and business to travel the world with 2-year-old daughter

Zhu Chunxiao with his daughter 
By: Wayne Morin

A father decided to sell all of his possessions in order to spend quality time with his young daughter.

30-year-old Zhu Chunxiao of China, said that he and his wife had long discussions before making the decision to sell his big house and all the shares of the company in exchange for a mobile home and funds to travel.

The loving father, who started his own company 10 years ago, said that he wanted to be around to enjoy his daughter before she grew up.

Chunxiao said: “If I do not spend time with her now, I will lose the opportunity to do so after she grows up.”

The family of three left Shanghai, and they are not planning on returning for another five years. The family will travel throughout China, before preparing for a journey of several years around the world.

The parents said that they have been stopping in many cities to allow their young daughter to experience different customs, cultures and food.

Chunxiao admitted that many people questioned his decision, saying that the child is too young and that she may not remember the trip later in life, but he said that spending time with his daughter is very special.

“In the eyes of a child, there is nothing more important than having the father around during childhood,” he said.

Despite giving up the comforts of his former home in Shanghai, Chunxiao believes that the enriching experiences of their trip will be worth it in the end.

75-year-old McDonald’s worker still eats at the restaurant every day

Muriel Haggerty 
By: Mahesh Sarin

An elderly woman spoke about her love for McDonald’s and their food.

Muriel Haggerty is the oldest female McDonald’s worker in the United Kingdom, and she is still loving it.

Haggerty of Concord, Sunderland, has recently celebrated her 75th birthday. She said that she and seven of her family members work at the fast-food chain.

Haggerty, who is a great grandmother, said that she still eats the fast food every day. On her days off, she goes to McDonald’s to get her food.

Haggerty started working at the restaurant when she was 60 years old because she hated doing nothing.

Haggerty explained that after leaving her job in a factory and being bored, she decided to apply as a customer service manager at the restaurant, and she has been there for the past 15 years.

The oldest McDonald’s worker in Europe is believed to be 90-year-old Bill Dudley, who works at the restaurant in Mold, Flintshire.

Store owner Jasper Maudsley, who operates 10 restaurants in the area, said: “each of our restaurants have at least one staff member who is over 60 years old. Some have been with us for years and some have just started.”