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Pair allegedly swindled old woman out of $450,000 meant for her cat

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Date: April 19th, 2014

suffolkTwo Brighton roommates allegedly concocted a brazen scheme to bilk an ailing, elderly neighbor of $450,000 by agreeing to use the money to care for the woman’s beloved cat as long as it lived.

But instead of safeguarding the assets for the pet, a tabby named Puddy Cat, the two women are accused of going on a spending spree, buying a $28,000 Mini Cooper car, an iPad, a Vitamix blender, and a Netflix subscription — all while the 74-year-old woman, who suffers from dementia, was in a nursing home.

They also siphoned off tens of thousands of dollars in cash, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Michele Granda said in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday.

The two roommates, Randi Berkowitz and Patricia DiGiacomo (picture), were arraigned on a 63-count indictment in what authorities called one of the most startling cases of elder exploitation they had seen in years.  More

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Hitchhiker picked up and then tossed off bridge

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Date: April 19th, 2014

hitchROWLETT, Texas – Mario Ottesen was at a rest area along Highway 66 trying to get a ride across Lake Ray Hubbard on Wednesday night when a van full of young men offered him a ride.

The 23-year-old accepted, but quickly regretted the decision.

“They started heading in that direction and it just got kind of quiet — I got that awkward feeling,” Ottesen told CBS Dallas-Forth Worth. “Immediately, they just slammed on the brakes and corralled me out.”

They tossed Ottesen over the side of the bridge on Lakeview Parkway and he landed in the mud. Ottesen wasn’t injured, but he couldn’t get himself free and was forced to call 911.   More

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Woman finds dead body under deck during Easter egg hunt with son

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Date: April 19th, 2014

deckKNOXVILLE, Tennessee – A Tennessee woman says she made a grisly discovery while hunting for Easter eggs in her back yard with her 3-year-old son: a dead body.

Tara Hanouskova said she had noticed a foul smell but didn’t find the source until Wednesday, when she noticed tennis shoes in the crawl space under her deck while hunting for eggs with her son.

 Her son didn’t notice the man’s body, and police investigated discreetly, she said.

“They were very respectful; they tread lightly,” Hanouskova said. “My son has no idea what happened.”

She said she doesn’t know how the man got there.  More

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Texts and social media posts from survivors trapped inside the stricken ferry fakes

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Date: April 19th, 2014

ferrySouth Korea – Disgust, anger and shock greeted official statements from South Korean authorities that texts and social media posts from survivors trapped inside the stricken ferry had been faked.

Messages such as “I am still alive… in the cafeteria please help me my battery is running out please believe me,” and “My phone is not working I am inside the boat I can’t see anything” were spreading on social media on Thursday — as late as over 24 hours after the incident.

The messages gave extra substance to hope at least some of the hundreds of missing passengers were alive and awaiting rescue.

News and rumors of the texts circulated around families of the missing. The purported texts contained so much detail, they made relatives “surprised and excited,” one mother said earlier this week.  More

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Woman sues over rejected ’8THEIST’ license plate

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Date: April 19th, 2014

8NEWARK, New Jersey – A New Jersey woman claims she was denied a license plate proclaiming herself to be an atheist because it might be considered offensive.

Shannon Morgan said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website rejected the plate reading “8THEIST.”

The Maurice River Township woman says she also asked for a plate reading “BAPTIST” as a test.

The website accepted it.   More

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Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom

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Date: April 19th, 2014

patrickYORK, Pennsylvania – A Pennsylvania high school student is in hot water for asking Miss America to prom during a question and answer session at school.

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Farves said he received three days of in-school suspension Thursday because he asked Nina Davuluri to prom.

The senior at Central York High School stood up and popped the prom question, then walked to the stage with a plastic flower.

Davuluri just laughed and the students cheered.   More

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Gun carried by Wyatt Earp sells for $225,000 at auction

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Date: April 18th, 2014

Wyatt EarpSCOTTSDALE, Arizona – A gun thought to have been carried by Wyatt Earp during the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone has sold for $225,000.

A telephone bidder in New Mexico made the winning bid for the Colt .45 revolver Thursday night.

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal officials say an auction of numerous items related to Earp and his family in Scottsdale, Ariz., brought in more than $445,000.

The auction house initially valued the Colt between $100,000 and $150,000.

The items belonged to the estate of Glenn Boyer, an author of several books on Earp. Boyer died in February 2013.  More

 

 

 

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Transgender left ‘gutted’ after lodger loots corsets and suspender belts

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Date: April 18th, 2014

transvUK – A retired transgender security guard from Thamesmead has been left “gutted” after her lodger made off with three of her corsets.

Roxanne Yeatman, who lives in a ground floor bedsit in Ricardo Path, says she let the 44-year-old alcoholic stay for a week so she could escape her abusive, drug-taking boyfriend.

But the woman allegedly repaid this generosity by making off with four black suspender belts and three corsets, leaving her with just one.

Roxanne, 65, told News Shopper: “It’s left me gutted.  More

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‘Patriot Party’ gathers at Bundy’s Nevada ranch – Reid: “domestic terrorists”

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Date: April 18th, 2014

ranchNevada – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation.

“Those people who hold themselves out to be patriots are not. They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Mr. Reid in remarks at a luncheon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which sponsored the event. “… I repeat: What went on up there was domestic terrorism.”

The Nevada Democrat was referring to the hundreds of Bundy backers — some armed, some from out of state — who congregated at the ranch last week in a show of support as the Bureau of Land Management began seizing the family’s cattle in a dispute over grazing fees.

No shots were fired, although Ammon Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s adult son, was shot by a Taser last week during an argument with federal agents.  More

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Cleric names library after Usama bin Laden

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Date: April 18th, 2014

osamaISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Most didn’t notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan’s capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: “Library of Usama bin Laden, the Martyr.”

Cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, a radical preacher who runs the Jamia Hafsa madrassa, wanted to honor the memory of the al Qaeda leader, killed in a May 2011 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on his hiding place in Abbottabad, a garrison town about 75 miles north of the capital, Islamabad.

But while the library’s name has garnered attention across Pakistan, a country where public opinion remains strongly anti-American and religious students today still idolize the man behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, his image increasingly has faded from public view in recent years.

As Pakistan has seen thousands killed in its own war against its local Taliban, a public that once named its own children after the Saudi millionaire has grown increasingly angry with militant violence.  More

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Judge Loses Cool, Tells Convicted Killer: ‘I Hope You Die In Prison’

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Date: April 18th, 2014

Camia GametA Michigan judge lost his cool when a woman convicted of killing her boyfriend interrupted a family member of the victim who was speaking to the court during sentencing.

“Is that it?” Camia Gamet, the convicted killer, asked.

That’s when Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain delivered the type of rant rarely heard in a courtroom.

“You’re going to shut your mouth or I’m going to have some duct tape put on it,” he said. “You gutted him like a fish… you were relentless.”

As Gamet appeared to grin and smirk, the judge really let loose.  More

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Man smothered crying son to play video games

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Date: April 18th, 2014

codyA Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV, sheriff’s deputies said Friday.

Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect. He was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail.

Sixteen-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn’t breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday morning. The child pronounced dead at a hospital, investigators said.

“It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son — it just baffles the mind,” Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said.  ”Our only sense of relief now comes from knowing that we did exactly what we needed to do to bring justice to him swiftly.  More

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Man ate pot candy before shooting his wife

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Date: April 17th, 2014

pot cookiesDENVER - Authorities say a Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher ate marijuana-infused candy before the attack.

Search warrants released Thursday said 44-year-old Kristine Kirk told dispatchers her husband bought and ate the candy before he started hallucinating and frightening the couple’s three children.

Police say 47-year-old Richard Kirk (picture) also may have taken prescription pain medication before he began acting erratically.

Authorities say Richard Kirk shot his wife in the head about 12 minutes into her call with 911.  More

 

 

 

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Man saves kids after their mom drives van into river

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Date: April 17th, 2014

DarnellFLORENCE TOWNSHIP, New Jersey – A woman tried to drown her three teenage children by driving a van into a river, police said, but all four of them were rescued by a man who said he heard screaming from the partially submerged vehicle.

Joann Smith, 49, of Florence Township, was charged with three counts of attempted murder and child endangerment. She was being held on $600,000 bail.

 Authorities said Smith drove the van onto a boat ramp and into the Delaware River in Florence minutes after the four had ice cream at a nearby store, about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia, around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Darnell Taylor (picture) said he and his wife were driving by when he noticed the van in the river. He told WCAU-TV that he got out of his car, heard screaming and jumped in the water.  More

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Miner allegedly phoned in bomb threat due to lack of baby sitter

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Date: April 17th, 2014

bombWAYNESBURG, Pennsylvania – A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn’t find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.

42-year-old John Paul Perkins, of Fairmont, W.Va. is charged with using a convenience store pay phone to call in the threat against the Emerald Mine in Greene County last Friday.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter says the mine was shut down for a time due to the threat, which cost the company more than $96,000.  More

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Robber, 74, who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

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Date: April 17th, 2014

Walter UnbehaunCHICAGO –  Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it’s not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

The 74-year-old high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman probably isn’t the first long-term convict to find he prefers being barked at by guards to life on the outside, which has its own demands. But living alone and feeling unhappy, Unbehaun decided to change his situation by committing a crime in order to get caught.

On Feb. 9 of last year, he entered a Chicago-area bank with a cane but no disguise, displayed a revolver in his waistband to a teller and told her softly over and over, “I don’t want to hurt you.” With $4,178 in loot, he then drove to a nearby motel and waited for police to arrive.  More

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School Gives Most Idiotic Advice Ever to Deal with Bullies

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Date: April 17th, 2014

school bullyLincoln, Nebraska – Zeman Elementary School fifth-graders were recently sent home with a flyer to help teach them how to act if they’re being bullied.  It’s more shi**y than you can possibly ever imagine. Here’s just a few of the highlights:

Rule  #7: Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their  victims, is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime (theft  of something valuable) has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we  tattled on them?

Rule #8: Don’t be a sore loser.

Rule #9: Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs. Make a joke out of it or agree with the put-down. For example: “If you think I’m ugly, you should see my sister!”  More

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Iran Murder Victim’s Mother Stops Hanging

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Date: April 17th, 2014

iranIran – The 18-year-old victim’s parents were expected to kick away the chair supporting the condemned man, named as Balal, at the public execution and send him to his death.

But once he was blindfolded and the noose put around his neck, she instead slapped his face and said she forgave him.

As she climbed up to the gallows, Samereh Alinejad asked the large crowd that had gathered to watch the execution whether they knew “how difficult it is to live in an empty house”.

The father of the victim, Abdolghani Hozzeinzad, then removed the noose from around the man’s neck as the convict’s own mother ran up to embrace the woman who had saved her son.  More

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Federal ‘theft of government property’ charge after man does not pay for soda refill

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Date: April 17th, 2014

soda refillCHARLESTON, South Carolina – A South Carolina construction worker who didn’t pay 89 cents to refill his soda is now out $525 and a job.

After Christopher Lewis refilled his soda at the VA Medical Center in Charleston without paying, he was hit with federal theft charges.

“As I was filling my cup up, I turned to walk off and a fella grabbed me by the arm and asked me was I going to pay for that, and I told him I wasn’t aware that I had to pay for that,” Lewis told WIS TV. “I never had an option to make right what I had done wrong.”

Refilling the soda without paying for it, which a hospital spokesperson called a “theft of government property,” resulted in Lewis being given a $525 ticket for shoplifting. He was also told not to come back to the property.  More   Update: VA hospital backs down after slapping man with $525 fine over soda refill

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Rapper Cuts Off Penis, Attempts Suicide by Jumping from Second Story Balcony

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Date: April 17th, 2014

cut offAndre Johnson, a Los Angeles-based rapper affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan, is critically injured after jumping off a two-story balcony in what appears to be a suicide attempt after reportedly cutting off his own penis.

According to TMZ, Johnson, aka Christ Bearer, was found by law enforcement on the sidewalk outside a North Hollywood apartment at around 1 a.m. early this morning.

He was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center upon his discovery.

Johnson is a part of Northstar, a hip-hop duo that was discovered by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA in 1998.  More

 

 

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Manhunt for 2 more suspects in kidnapping of prosecutor’s dad

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Date: April 17th, 2014

kidnapNorth Carolina – The FBI has launched an all-out manhunt for two additional suspects in the abduction of a North Carolina assistant prosecutor’s father nearly two weeks ago, offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to their arrests.

Six people have been arrested and charged in the case, but two suspects, Jakym “Jak” Camel Tibbs and Quantavious Thompson – also known as “Kirkwood Quan” or “Quan” – remain on the run, Fox affiliate WRAL-TV reported.

Tibbs and Thompson, both of whom are considered armed and dangerous, were charged Friday with conspiracy to kidnap in the April 5 abduction of Frank Arthur Janssen, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Janssen was taken from his Wake Forest, N.C., home and rescued last Wednesday during a late-night raid by the FBI at an Atlanta apartment complex.  More

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