160 people crushed to death at church while celebrating the appointment of new bishop

Scene at the collapsed Reigners Bible Church International 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) Police launched an investigation after the roof of a church collapsed while people were celebrating the appointment of a new bishop, police in Nigeria said.

Uyo police said that the incident unfolded on Saturday, at the Reigners Bible Church International.

A large group of people gathered at the church to celebrate the appointment of Bishop Akan Weeks. At some point, the metal roof collapsed.

Pieces of the roof fell on people in the church, causing 160 people to lose their lives. Hundreds more were injured.

People are angry as they believe the construction of the church was rushed and the integrity of the building was compromised.

8-year-old boy gets crushed to death after tombstone fell on him at church during birthday party

Cemetery (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A young boy died while his family was celebrating a loved one’s birthday at church, according to police in Arkansas.

Lynn police said that the 8-year-old boy was playing at the cemetery of the church while his family members were partying.

The boy was playing in the cemetery of the church when the tombstone toppled and crushed him. He was taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident unfolded on Saturday afternoon.

Investigators believe that the child’s death was an accident. Jeff Neely, who is the pastor of the church, vowed to help the family pay for the funeral.

Woman gives 3-month-old baby methadone to calm down the child

Jessica F. Nicholson 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman who wanted to calm down an irritable child, gave the baby methadone and caused the child to get sick, according to police in Virginia.

The Manassas City Police Department said that they have arrested 31-year-old Jessica F. Nicholson, after being accused of giving the 3-month-old baby methadone.

Nicholson has been charged with child abuse. According to the criminal complaint, on Saturday, the baby was admitted to the hospital after suffering respiratory distress.

Blood tests showed that the baby was under the influence of methadone. Investigators then learned that Nicholson gave the child methadone orally in an attempt to calm the child.

The child is expected to make a full recovery.

Air traffic controllers fall asleep and smoke marijuana while on the job

Airplanes taking off (illustration)  
By: Tanya Malhotra

Airplane pilots were horrified to learn that their lives were put in danger by several air traffic controllers who decided to sleep and smoke marijuana, according to police in Idaho.

The Boise Police Department said that they were called to the Boise Airport, after several pilots reported that they were unable to make contact with the air traffic controllers.

The pilots relied on other methods to make sure they don’t hit other planes landing or taking off.

Three police officers tried to make contact with the air traffic controllers, and when they were unable to reach anyone in the tower, they decided to check inside if anyone was there.

When police arrived, they met someone who identified himself as an air traffic controlled. The officers claimed that he smelled of marijuana.

When they arrived in the tower, they found an air traffic controller sleeping in his chair. No charges have been filed. The FAA has launched an investigation.

A spokesperson for the FAA said that both air traffic controllers were tested for drugs, and they were negative.

Woman is killed by train while chasing three men who stole her designer purse

Zhang Yao 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A young woman with a promising future was killed while chasing robbers who stole her designer purse.

20-year-old Zhang Yao of China, who was an aspiring fashion designer, went to live in Italy, so she can attend Rome's Academy of the Fine Arts.

One day, while Yao was on her way to renew her visa in Tor Sapienza, she was robbed by three men.

They stole her $1,000 designer purse. Yao called her friend, who was also her roommate, and told her that she was running after the thieves.

Her friend tried to discourage her, but Yao wanted her documents back. The friend called police after Yao did not answer her phone and she went missing.

Surveillance videos in the area showed that Yao was hit by a train while she was talking on the phone. She was hit by another train and she landed in a ditch.

Her brokenhearted father, businessman Zhang Yoa, said that he never imagined that on his visit to Rome, he would have to go to the morgue to meet her.

About 200 mourners commemorated the student as they laid flowers outside the train station.

Man smashes neighbor’s house and sets it on fire because his girlfriend did not visit him

Michael Lee 
By: Feng Qian

A man who was angry because his girlfriend did not visit him, decided to trash his neighbor's house, according to police in Florida.

Palm Beach police said that they have arrested 31-year-old Michael Lee, after being accused of drinking alcoholic beverages, taking drugs and setting his neighbor’s home on fire.

Lee has been charged with residential unoccupied burglary and arson. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail, and his bail has been set at $16,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Lee vandalized the house because his son's mother did not stop by to see him. Before heading out of his home, Lee took two Xanax pills and drank 18 beers.

He then went for a walk. Lee then took his anger out on the empty house next door to his home by breaking the windows with his right hand.

He then set several fires in the house that was put up for sale by the owner. Lee told police that he acted alone as he has no friends.

Lee also flooded the house by covering the drains in the kitchen and bathroom and leaving the water running.

Coordinator of ‘Shop With a Cop’ program steals $15,000 to buy sporting event tickets

Police Officer Michael Simmons 
By: Chan Yuan

(Scroll down for video) A police officer who was the coordinator of the “Shop With A Cop” program, stole thousands of dollars that was meant to go for children and used the cash for his personal expenses, according to police in Ohio.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that the former police officer must repay thousands of dollars that he stole from the Richfield Police Department's "Shop With a Cop" program.

During a sentencing hearing, Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty sentenced former Richfield Police Officer Michael Simmons, 42, of Stow, to repay $15,000 that he stole from the program.

Simmons, who also received an 18-month suspended sentence and two years of probation, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of grand theft.

Special agents with Attorney General DeWine's Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) began investigating Simmons, at the request of Richfield Police Chief Keith Morgan, who became aware of the unauthorized financial transactions.

BCI agents found that Simmons, who was the coordinator of the program that took children on shopping trips with law enforcement each year, improperly spent thousands of dollars in donations on personal expenses.

The improper spending included purchases of sporting event tickets, electronics, clothing, and tools. He also allegedly used gift cards purchased with program funds for his personal use.

According to the Richfield Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #66, the $15,000 will all be distributed to charities that benefit children in Summit County, as was originally intended when the money was collected.

All additional funds that were left over in Richfield's "Shop With a Cop" bank account will also be donated to five local charities to provide goods and services to kids.

Those charities are: Toys for Tots, Ronald McDonald House, Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties, WQMX Tree of Lights/Haven of Rest, and the Community Health Center Adolescent Program.

As part of a plea agreement negotiated by Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, Simmons must repay the entire $15,000 or the suspended prison sentence will be imposed.

As a result of his conviction, Simmons' peace officer certification was also permanently revoked.

Bald man steals hair growth products from drug stores and hides them in secret pockets

Andres W. Arias 
By: Wayne Morin

A bald man who stole hair growth products from drug stores, sold the merchandise instead of using them on his head, according to police in Ohio.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell announced that the Florida man has repaid $22,000 and has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing Rogaine and other merchandise from dozens of stores in southwest and northeast Ohio.

Andres W. Arias, 36, of Boca Raton, pleaded guilty in Warren County Common Pleas Court to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second degree felony.

He paid $22,000 in restitution and agreed to a two-year prison sentence.

According to the criminal complaint, Arias worked within a criminal network from Florida and New Jersey, to steal approximately $22,000 worth of merchandise from Walgreens stores in Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, Summit County, and Warren County, and from CVS stores in Summit County.

As part of the scheme, Arias flew to targeted cities in the United States, rented vehicles, and drove to targeted stores.

Once inside the stores, he concealed items, including Rogaine, Prevagen, and Alli, in false pockets in his pants and left without paying for them.

Then he shipped the stolen merchandise to associates in New Jersey, who deposited money into his bank account.

Santa Claus is left traumatized after terminally ill 5-year-old died in his arms

Eric Schmitt-Matzen and his wife as Santa and Mrs. Claus 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man, who works as Santa Claus, was left traumatized after a young boy died in his arms.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen, 60, of Texas, said that he came home from work as a mechanical engineer when he received a call from a nurse at a hospital.

The nurse asked Schmitt-Matzen if he can rush over to the hospital, where he has been bringing cheers to many sick children.

Schmitt-Matzen agreed and came immediately. He was escorted into the room of a 5-year-old boy. The boy, who was terminally ill, had one wish, to meet Santa.

The boy’s mother handed Schmitt-Matzen a wrapped gift, which had a toy from the popular children's show PAW Patrol, so Santa can hand it to her son.

Schmitt-Matzen, aka Santa Clause, walked to the boy’s bed in the Intensive Care Unit. He sat down next to the boy and spoke to him for a short time.

“What is this I hear about you are going to miss Christmas? There's no way you can miss Christmas, you are my number one elf,” he said.

The little boy looked up at Santa Claus happily, and asked “I am?”

Schmitt-Matzen assured the child that he was, and then gave him the toy. The boy slowly removed the wrapping paper and flashed a big smile when he saw the toy.

The boy and Santa exchanged a few more words before the
boy sat up and gave him a hug.

He then uttered his last words “Santa, can you help me?”

“I wrapped my arms around him. Before I could say anything, he died right there,” a heartbroken Schmitt-Matzen said.

The boy's mother, who was watching from outside, saw what happened and she came running inside while screaming.

Schmitt-Matzen said that he spent four years in the Army with the 75th Rangers, and he has seen his share of stuff, but this incident left him crying and unable to function properly as he thinks about the young boy all the time.

The 60-year-old man said that was so shaken by the experience that he considered hanging up his Santa suit for good. However, he made the decision to force himself to continue bringing cheers and make kids happy.

Man is killed by robber while attending a memorial service for friend who was killed 24 hours before

Crime scene (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

Friends of a deceased man in the United kingdom, gathered to mourn the loss of a man who was stabbed to death.

Sadly, they were left heartbroken once again, when another friend was stabbed to death by a thief.

The mourning began when 27-year-old Martin Maughan, was found with a stab wound at a home in Nottingham, at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.

He was pronounced dead a short time later. His friends decided to get together for a memorial celebration.

During the celebration, someone stole a cellphone that belonged to Junior Fuller, 38, and he fled from the scene.

Fuller began chasing the man in order to get his phone back. Sadly, the thief pulled out a knife and stabbed Fuller three times, and he died.

Nottinghamshire police said that the two murder scenes are just half a mile apart.

Police have arrested a 43-year-old man in connection with Maughan’s death. They are now looking for the suspect who killed Fuller.

Married school administrator busted for using district's credit card to pay for his affair with his mistress

Israel Canales 
By: Wayne Morin

A married man who wanted hide his affair from his wife, used his employer’s credit card instead of his own.

However, he was busted when school officials found a charge for a hotel on the credit card.

54-year-old Israel Canales was having an affair with 38-year-old Cristy Cofer, who is also a married woman.

She worked as the school district community liaison for families who have children in the juvenile justice system.

It was discovered that Canales used the district's credit card on two occasions to conceal his affair.

One time, he used the credit card to reserve a room at the Westin Fort Lauderdale for a one-night stay. The hotel placed a hold of $120.99 for the room.

Canales actually paid in cash and the credit card was reimbursed.

According to police, when he was questioned by a coworker who received the bill, Canales initially said he accidentally gave his son the wrong credit card to reserve a hotel for his graduation party.

However, he later admitted that he had used the card to hold the room, even though he later paid cash.

Among other things, Canales also gave his lover a prime parking space that she was not entitled to. He is now facing disciplinary actions and he may lose his job.

Overweight woman hides lighter in her body fat before using it to set toilet paper on fire in jail cell

Amber Koestler 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A woman of Florida, managed to bring a cigarette lighter into her jail cell by hiding it in her body fat.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said that the woman was charged with arson after she lit a roll of toilet paper on fire with the lighter.

37-year-old Amber Koestler was arrested for assaulting her girlfriend at a home on Scranton Street near Fort Walton Beach.

Deputies said that as they were heading to the booking facility, Koestler was combative. She was punching and kicking the door inside the patrol car.

She managed to slip out of her handcuffs, and when deputies opened the door to restrain her, she grabbed the cuffs as if she was going to use them as a weapon, police said.

When officers placed her in handcuffs again, Koestler continued to be combative and attempted to bite a deputy.

A short time after she was escorted to a holding cell, officers smelled smoke and thought it could be the result of an electrical fire.

They began to evacuate the prisoners. They soon discovered that Koestler had set a roll of toilet paper on fire inside her holding cell.

Video surveillance revealed that Koestler had concealed the lighter in the body fat of her buttocks. She retrieved it and then used the lighter to start the fire.

Koestler was charged with felony domestic battery, resisting arrest and arson.

Teenager kills his friend after learning he was dating his mother

Lucas Bigley and Matthew Wilson 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A teenager of the United Kingdom, was furious when he learned that his mother fell in love with his friend.

South Yorkshire police said that 18-year-old Lucas Bigley, stabbed his friend, 19-year-old Matthew Wilson.

The Hull Crown Court heard how Bigley became outraged when he learned that his mother was romantically involved with Wilson.

His “anger and frustration” boiled over and he repeatedly stabbed the victim.

Bigley was found guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 22 years before being eligible for parole.

Wilson’s family said that they are happy with the sentence for their son’s killer.

“We too have been handed a life sentence,” they said about the loss of their son. “While we regard the sentence as fair, no sentence will ever bring Matt back to us,” they added.


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