How To Prepare For A Successful Long Road Trip

Car on long road trip (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Going on a long road trip can be a very exciting adventure.

Here are few tips to make your long road trip more pleasurable.

When planning your trip, make an appointment to you primary care physician to get a health checkup.

This will ensure that your trip is not abruptly halted due to a sudden trip to an emergency room for a medical issue or for lack of prescription medications.

Cars for trips need to be affordable, ensuring low gas mileage, to lower the cost of your adventure.

It is also a good idea to prepare a car for a trip. Take the car to your mechanic, even if your vehicle did not give you any trouble. This will give you peace of mind, knowing that your vehicle is in perfect working order.

If your mechanic finds something wrong with your vehicle, make sure they use top of the line quality parts so it lasts for the long road trip.

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When that's done, it's time to get your car cleaned and smelling fresh. This will enhance you experience and the time you spend in the vehicle while traveling.

A day before the trip, call your loved ones and let them know about your plans. This way they won't have to call while you drive, and will allow you to relax and enjoy the surroundings and scenery.

Before you leave, set up automatic bill pay through your credit card company or bank so that you don’t come home to a nasty surprise of shut off utilities notices.

Make sure to empty the bag from your garbage can so crawling insects don’t inhabit your home while you are away.

Before heading out, download good music or buy a new CD for the long road trip to get you in the best mood possible.

Philippines President admits personally murdering multiple suspected criminals

President Rodrigo Duterte 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) The president of the Philippines, made a shocking admission during a business forum.

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte told people gathered at the Wallace Business Forum in Manila, that while he was mayor in Davao, he executed suspected criminals by himself.

He boasted that he drove around the city with a big bike looking for trouble. When he met suspected criminals, he shot and killed them.

He told the group that he is making the admission so that ordinary citizens would learn from him and execute suspected criminals.

After he won the recent election, On Saturday, Duterte, 71, gave a speech in Davao, where he called on citizens to use their guns to get rid of drug dealers who refuse to hand themselves over to police.

The crowd cheered as Duterte promised to reward citizens who fight crime. The president said that drastic action is needed since high-ranking police officials are involved in the drug trade.

If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be taken to a police station, he can be killed, the president said. He also promised to give the shooter a medal for this service.

Interior ministry administrator fired after taking naked pictures of herself in office and posting them on Twitter

Woman lying on kitchen counter (illustration) 
By: Feng Qian

Employees of the Ministry of the Interior in Belgium, were shocked to see naked photos of an administrator on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the ministry said that the employee was fired after the naked photos went viral on Twitter.

The female administrator, who was not identified, worked for the ministry for 10 years. Earlier this week, the woman took naked photos of herself that were snapped in the ministry's elevator and executive office.

She then posted those photos on Twitter, and shared with her colleagues. The administrator was suspended following a thorough investigation.

Her badge and government computer have been seized. The woman protested the decision, saying that her private life is not the government’s concern.

Coles supermarket ordered to pay woman $90,000 for slipping on grape

Sangeeta Guru 
By: Chan Yuan

A supermarket will have to pay a woman thousands of dollars because she slipped on a grape in the fruits and vegetables aisle, according to court documents in Australia.

40-year-old Sangeeta Guru of Sydney, said that she slipped and fell while shopping at the Coles supermarket in the city.

She told a NSW District Court judge that Coles was negligent by not picking up the fallen grapes that were on the floor of the produce aisle.

Guru slipped on the grape while shopping, and as a result, she injured her knees and back. When she looked at the ground, she saw squashed pieces of grape.

An employee of the store apologized to Guru, saying that she had been on a break and did not have the time to clean the floor.

Guru told the court that since the slip and fall, she became an unhappy person and is suffering sleepless nights. Guru asked a judge to award her $1 million for economic loss and out-of-pocket expenses, but she was only given $90,000.

Man uses gun to assault 2 Comcast employees because he was not happy with his cable service

James Frederick Eichelburger 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A man who was not happy with his cable service, took his anger out on two Comcast employees, according to police in Michigan.

Clinton Township police said that they have arrested 21-year-old James Frederick Eichelburger, after being accused of threatening the Comcast employees last month.

Eichelburger has been charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. In a separate incident, Eichelburger is accused of shooting a teenager in the chest.

He was charged with assault with intent to commit murder and a firearm offense. He was booked into jail, and his bail has been set at $1 million.

According to the criminal complaint, Eichelburger came out of his home when he saw two Comcast workers. He approached them and complained about his service.

He then pointed a gun at them and made threats. In the second incident, Eichelburger approached a car full of people and fired a shot in the air.

A 19-year-old man ran out of the car to get away from Eichelburger. Eichelburger fired another shot, and the teen was hit in the chest.

The teen was taken to the McLaren Macomb Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

86-year-old woman thrown in jail for stealing diamond necklace from store

Doris Payne 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) An elderly carrier criminal is behind bars again after being accused of swiping a diamond necklace from a store, according to police in Georgia.

Atlanta police said that they have arrested 86-year-old Doris Payne, after being accused of stealing a diamond necklace from a department store at a shopping mall.

Payne has been charged with one count of theft by shoplifting.

She was booked into the DeKalb County Jail, pending a bail hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, on Tuesday, Payne entered the Von Maur store in the Perimeter Mall, where she looked at jewelry.

She swiped a diamond necklace around 5:30 p.m., when employees were distracted and busy with other customers.

Payne hid the $2,000 necklace in her back pocket and tried to leave the store without paying for the item. She was detained by security guards and held until police arrived at the scene to arrest her.

Payne has a long history of stealing jewelry. She served many stints in prison after stealing $2 million in jewelry. Payne said that she doesn't regret stealing jewelry, and she does not like getting caught.

Refugee from Somalia rapes woman near her sleeping daughter while riding on public bus in Minnesota

Mohamed Ayanle 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man who recently came to the United States from Somalia, is accused of raping a woman on a public bus, according to police in Minnesota.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 22-year-old Mohamed Ayanle, after being accused of raping the woman while riding on a Jefferson Lines bus.

Ayanle has been charged with first and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $5,000.

He was banned from leaving the state. If convicted, Ayanle faces up to 30 years in prison. According to the criminal complaint, around 6:00 p.m. on Friday, police received a 911 call from a Jefferson Lines bus.

The victim reported that Ayanle forced her to have sex with him. She also reported that the suspect threatened her with a knife.

Police were waiting for the bus at the next stop. Only 4 passengers were on the bus at the time of the attack. Ayanle boarded the bus in Minneapolis, and he asked her to come to the back of the bus to watch a movie on his cellphone.

She left her 7-year-old daughter, who was sleeping, while she went to the back of the bus, where she was raped. He then told her to go back to the front of the bus because she was too fat.

Ayanle claimed that the sex was consensual.

Police engage in long high-speed chase with 4 suspicious donkeys that were loitering

Police chasing donkeys 
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) People called police after they saw multiple donkeys wandering around behind a residence, according to police in New Jersey.

The Mount Laurel Police Department said that they were called around 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, to investigate the report of a group of suspicious donkeys loitering behind a residence on the 200 block of Mount Laurel Road.

When officers arrived, they located four unruly donkeys that had escaped from their enclosure. Upon seeing the officers, the donkeys fled towards Memorial Field and a pursuit ensued.

“After a long chase, the gang of burros were ultimately corralled and temporarily detained. While in custody, the donkeys refused to provide their names and addresses, but a thorough investigation revealed where they reside,” the police said on Facebook.

The donkeys were eventually returned to their home unharmed. Police posted a video of the chase on Facebook, where it went viral.

Thirsty man breaks store window to steal sports drink

Sports drink (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

A man who was very thirsty, decided to break the front window of a store and steal a drink, according to police in Washington.

The Seattle Police Department said that officers arrested the man on Monday morning, after he broke a store window and stole some items before being caught just several feet from the crime scene.

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Pike St. at 4:00 a.m., when a caller witnessed the suspect using a rock to break the window of the business.

The witness said the man entered the store and was still inside.

Officers arrived and found the 21-year-old suspect, who matched the description that the caller gave. The suspect was drinking a sports drink just feet from the broken window.

Officers interviewed the suspect who said that he broke the window because he owned the business and was thirsty.

The suspect does not own the business.

Officers recognized the suspect as the same man who is suspected of breaking a window at the Seattle Police West Precinct last month.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for burglary.

Police officer pulls over women to ask them out on dates

Police car (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A police officer is accused of abusing his position by asking women out on dates or for their phone numbers during traffic stops, according to police in New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Police said that they have arrested 37-year-old Marquice Prather of Linden, after being accused of falsifying police logs to cover up his abuse.

Prather has been charged with third-degree tampering with public records and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records.

He was released from custody without bail.

According to the criminal complaint, the State Police Office of Professional Standards began investigating Prather, after getting complaints from several women.

Prather was observed pulling over young women between the ages of 20 and 35, and asking them out on dates. He would also ask for their phone numbers.

Prather is accused of turning off his wireless microphone during his encounters with the women and falsely reporting that it had malfunctioned.

He is also accused of lying about the gender of motorists on the police logs.

77-year-old man slaps woman across the face during road rage incident because she was a bad driver

Leonard Coon 
By: Chan Yuan

An elderly man in Florida, was arrested for slapping another driver across the face.

77-year-old Leonard Coon of Summerfield, was arrested on Monday, for hitting the woman in the face in a road rage incident.

Coon was charged with battery, and he was booked into the Marion County jail.

The 52-year-old woman told Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy Vincent Redding, that she was driving north on US 301 when Coon, who was behind her car, was driving very aggressive and he was trying to pass her.

The woman stopped at a gas station at Southeast 119th Place and Coon followed her. The woman drove to a nearby driveway and waited a bit before returning to the gas station.

The woman said that when she got out of her vehicle at the gas station, Coon was still there and yelled profanities at her.

He then got out of his vehicle and pushed her. As the woman tried to write down his license plate number, Coon got back into his car and backed up, touching her with his car.

The irritated man then got out of his car again and slapped her across the face. The woman called 911 and handed police the man’s license plate number.

The officer went to the man’s home and spoke to Coon. He told police that he hit her because “he was mad at her because of her driving.”

Coon was released from jail after posting $500 bond.

Teenager pleasures himself at his bedroom window in front of neighbors

Dominic Amarante 
By: Wayne Morin

A teenager was arrested after a woman saw him pleasuring himself at his bedroom window.

19-year-old Dominic Amarante of Florida, was arrested for allegedly performing a lascivious act in front of neighbors.

Police were reportedly called to the apartment located at the Raintree complex in Clermont.

The victim told officers that she was getting out of her car when she saw Aramante, who was naked, touching himself next to an open window in his apartment.

She said that Aramante looked directly at her while doing so. Officer found Aramante alone at home in his bedroom.

At the time of his arrest, Aramante was on parole for an unrelated charge. He was taken to the Lake County jail, where he is being held without bail for a violation of probation.

Mother publicly warns kids not to sample too many ice creams so they don't look like obese worker who served them

Justine Elwood 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A teenager was left humiliated when a mother fat-shamed her in front of customers at an ice cream parlor.

19-year-old Justine Elwood of Utah, was working her shift at Cold Stone Creamery in Layton, when a woman came in with her children.

The children couldn’t decide what flavor ice cream they wanted so Elwood gave them some to taste.

After tasting a few different flavors, the mother turned to her young children and said: “If you eat too much ice cream, you'll look like her,” while pointing at Elwood.

To make matters worse, the next day, the woman took to Yelp, where she called Elwood “disgustingly obese.”

The woman, who identified herself as Elane S., wrote: “Coldstone has been one of our favorite places to go as a family and enjoy quality ice cream, specifically the Layton location.

“Unfortunately, I have had a specifically unsatisfying experience the last few times we have come into the store.

“One of their female employees Jessie? Jennifer? J something, is disgustingly obese, and each time we come in, although she does her job and is very polite, instantly makes my appetite disappear.”

Elwood’s mother was furious over the woman’s actions. She took to Facebook to write about the experience and she asked people to help them identify Elane S., so that they can stop the bullying.

Meanwhile, people on social media have shown their support for the teen, and some customers came into the store and brought roses, balloons and notes of encouragement for Elwood during her shift.

Woman with Down syndrome runs her own successful cookie business after bakers refused to hire her

Collette Devitto 
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A woman with Down syndrome became a successful business owner after being rejected for jobs as a baker.

26-year-old Collette Devitto of Boston, Massachusetts, loves to be in the kitchen and whip up good treats.

Devitto decided that working in a bakery would be the perfect job for herself. However, due to her disability, her applications were rejected by business owners.

Devitto did not give up. She started her own baking business, selling cookies. At first, she began by selling her baked goods in one grocery store.

However, when people heard about her story, she received a lot of support and orders from around the country.

She then set up a website named, where she takes orders for her chocolate chip cinnamon cookies at $18 per dozen.

Woman dies after falling into mixer of chocolate cake at factory while trying to retrieve her phone

Svetlana Roslina (left) 
By: Feng Qian

A woman of Russia, died during work when she fell into a tank that was mixing chocolate.

The mother of two young children of Moscow, died after she fell into industrial mixing equipment at a confectionery plant, where she worked.

Witnesses told police that 24-year-old Svetlana Roslina, dropped her cellphone into the tank of molten chocolate, and as she tried to retrieve it, she fell into the mixer and she was unable to get out.

“She was minced, only her legs were left,” said a coworker at the Sergiev-Posad confectionery plant.

Another witness said that Roslina, fell into the machine while emptying a sack of ingredients into it.

Roslina left behind her husband Vladimir and their two children, who are under the age of five.

Woman cuts boyfriend with knife for not buying her beauty treatment package she wanted as birthday gift

Crystal Garlin 
By: Chan Yuan

A woman became angry when her boyfriend refused to buy her a beauty package that she wanted as a birthday gift.

Crystal Garlin of Florida, wanted to be pampered on her birthday, so she asked her boyfriend to buy her a beauty treatment package by having her hair and nails done for her 32nd birthday.

However, the boyfriend, who has not been named, refused to buy it for her.

The two got into a heated argument and Garlin grabbed a knife. When the boyfriend attempted to take the knife away from her, he was cut with it.

The man called the Fort Myers Police Department at 9:00 p.m., saying that he had been cut with a knife by his girlfriend during an argument.

Garlin was arrested and charged with battery causing great bodily harm. She was released after posting $10,000 bond.

Man hits four different vehicles with female drivers because he had a ‘bad day’

Anthony Coleman 
By: Wayne Morin

Police in Florida, were called by four different women to report hit and run incidents.

All four female drivers provided similar stories about a driver of a dark pickup truck who revved the engine and then hit their rear bumper, according to an affidavit of arrest.

The women said that the driver shouted and waved his arms. When the victims pulled over to assess the damages, the pickup truck sped off.

One victim followed the suspect and got his license plate number and she took pictures of his vehicle as he continued to drive erratically.

Deputies identified the driver as 36-year-old Anthony Coleman. He was driving through Leesburg at around 3:00 a.m., when he hit the cars.

Police arrived to Coleman’s home and found that his truck had damage that was consistent with the women's accounts of the story.

Before he was arrested, Coleman told the deputies that he was having a “bad day because some people in the park were picking on him.”

Coleman was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Man shaves off girlfriend’s hair and eyebrows as punishment for cheating on him

Man shaves girlfriend's hair 
By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) A man in Brazil, invited his friends to watch as he shaved off the hair of his girlfriend, who he accused of cheating on him.

The friends took videos of the act and posted them to the Internet for everyone to see.

In the video, the man was seen shaving the woman’s hair before ordering her to squat. He completely shaved off her long beautiful black hair.

People were heard in the background laughing and making fun of the woman while she sat quietly and seemed to have accepted her fate.

After removing all the hair from the head, the man’s friends told him to shave both of the woman’s eyebrows, and he did.

When he was done, the man grabbed a handful of the freshly cut hair and mockingly placed them on her bald head.

Another friend took the woman’s cellphone and dialed a number before handing her the phone and forcing her to talk to the person on the other end, who she thought was the man she had cheated with.

Experts said that this kind of punishment is common in drug cartels across Brazil, to publicly embarrass anyone who broke the rules.