Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fire at Saudi wedding kills 23 women, children

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi media reports say a blaze that erupted inside a tent at a wedding in the country's east has killed at least 23 women and children. The media cite civil defense officials as saying that celebratory gunfire, common at weddings, brought down a power line that touched off the fire late Tuesday in the Eastern Province.

'Spiritual adviser' slain in Parkdale roominghouse

TORONTO - A former prostitute recently working as a "spiritual adviser" lay dead in her rented Parkdale room for more than a day before worried relatives discovered her body. Toronto Police homicide investigators on Tuesday identified Rita Adams as the victim in a Maynard Ave. roominghouse. Residents on the street in the King St.-Jameson Ave. area said she occupied a room vacated by Ricardo Morrison, when he was charged 16 months ago with second-degree murder and five counts of assault after a series of attacks on mentally disabled adults. Relatives of Adams, 59, went to her room just before 1 p.m. Monday because "they hadn't heard from her for a couple of days," Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said. Her death was declared a homicide after an autopsy a day later disclosed "multiple stab wounds" to her head and torso, Idsinga said.

Woman dies after she is savaged by her daughter's pack of dogs

A pensioner died after she went to feed her daughter's pet dogs only for the pack to savage her to death. Gloria Knowles, 71, was killed by five animals, which included mastiffs and bulldogs, in the back garden of her daughter’s house in Morden, south London. Neighbours in the street described how they heard terrible screams but assumed it was a child crying.

Killer who kicked random victim to death checked his pulse to see if he was still alive before finishing him off

A killer who stopped to take the pulse of his victim before kicking him to death, has been jailed for life. Gavin Mills, 26, stopped to check if unconscious Jerzy Dubiniec, 60, was still alive then continued his frenzied attack. Hard-working grandfather Mr Dubiniec was kicked so hard he had shoe marks all over his clothes and chest. A court heard Mills was high on cocaine and alcohol when he carried out the random attack on baker Mr Dubiniec who was on his way home from work.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Sometimes he would call his friend
Sometimes he would help others
Sometimes he would have the guts to ask her out
Sometimes he could care less

Sometimes he had the urge
Sometimes he thought about suicide
Sometimes he thought about killing
Sometimes it's best not to think about it
Sometimes you have to

Sometimes it's better to shut up
Sometimes it's better to scream
Sometimes he wishes he hadn't been born

California boy, 12, admits hanging his small dog ‘to see it die’

A 12-year-old California boy allegedly hanged his small dog on a door handle to "see it die" in a disturbing case of animal cruelty, police said. "I was mad at the dog, so I killed it," the unidentified juvenile casually told investigators after the Friday incident in Salinas, Calif., cops said. "I wanted to see it die," the boy purportedly boasted. Police found the canine corpse after he boy's 19-year-old sister called 911 and blurted out, "He's hurting the dog," before the dispatcher heard a struggle and the line hung up, a Salinas Police spokesman told the Daily News. "She was trying to intervene, and he battered her," Officer Miguel Cabrera told The News. "So she left the apartment with a second dog, trying to protect it."

Court told of tot's life of fear

Little JJ Lawrence died on a ripped and tatty bed with no mattress, in immense pain and allegedly at the hands of a man who terrified him. The 2-year-old had been struck so hard in the tummy that his liver and pancreas were forced into his spine and split in half. It has also been revealed that the toddler had either been given cannabis or inhaled it shortly before his death. JJ, whose full name is James Joseph Ruhe Lawrence, died last November at an Orakei house where he lived with his mother Josephine Lawrence and her partner Joel Loffley, 29. Police charged Loffley with murder in December and he went on trial in the High Court at Auckland yesterday. Details of the horrific injuries inflicted on JJ the day he died - and earlier alleged assaults while he was in Loffley's care including two broken arms - were revealed for the first time in court before Justice Patrick Keane.

Woman's decomposing body found in Denver apartment; husband, dog sitting nearby

DENVER - Officers responding to complaints of a foul smell in a south Denver apartment building made a gruesome yet bizarre discovery earlier this month -- the decomposing body of a woman with her husband and dog sitting nearby. Denver police were called to an apartment building at 1240 South Birch after neighbors complained about the smell. According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by 7NEWS, police entered the apartment using the manager's key and were immediately confronted by a Great Dane in the hallway. The officers also saw a man slumped in a chair blocking the doorway entrance to the living room, the affidavit said. One of the officers told the dog to "leave" and the dog "then turned and jumped on to the couch where officers observed an obvious deceased [woman] slumped on the couch," the affidavit said. When they asked the man how long the woman had been dead, he replied, "She's not dead. She's fine," according to the affidavit. The man appeared to be either intoxicated or "out of sorts," the affidavit said.

Felicia Boots admits killing her two babies

A mother who suffered postnatal depression has admitted killing her two children at their home. Felicia Boots, 35, killed Lily Boots, aged 14 months, and her 10-week-old brother Mason in Wandsworth, south-west London, in May. Her manslaughter plea on the grounds of diminished responsibility was accepted by the prosecution at the Old Bailey, and murder charges were dropped. She was ordered to be detained at a psychiatric hospital. The judge, Mr Justice Fulford, said the case was indescribably sad and what she did was a result of psychological forces beyond her control. A preliminary inquest hearing found the two children had been suffocated.

Mega church pastor beaten to death with electric guitar by man who rammed car into church

A North Texas congregation is reeling after an attacker rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor, and beat him to death with an electric guitar. Police told reporters they didn't know why the unidentified suspect attacked Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., founding pastor of the Greater Sweethome MIssionary Baptist Church. In a harrowing 911 call an unidentified church secretary said that some staff tried to fight him off but that Kirk was in desperate need of an ambulance. When police arrived they had to use a Taser to subdue the man, handcuffed him, and locked him in their patrol car. Sadly it was too late for Kirk who had already died. A maintenance worker who tried to help Kirk was also injured and taken to an area hospital but his condition is unknown. The assailant himself was found unresponsive shortly after being taken into custody and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Dennis told reporters police did not yet know if the suspect knew Kirk, attended the church, or what his motives were for attacking the pastor.

Learner driver who pretended he had passed his test killed best friend in car crash and then told victim's parents he was still ALIVE

A learner driver who left his friend to bleed to death in a car crash before callously telling the teenager’s parents that their son was safe, has been jailed. Uninsured Jay Gilbert, who was 17 at the time, shamefully fled the scene after ploughing his Suzuki Swift into a van as he pulled out of a junction - leaving witnesses to call an ambulance for his seriously injured friend. Joshua Reed, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later – but his family didn’t find out for two hours because of Gilbert’s lies.

Homes all along the East Coast are under 'six feet' of water, torn apart by winds or smashed by trees, leaving at least 16 dead

America is waking this morning to scenes of death and absolute devastation after its East Coast was hit with the full force of the biggest storm in U.S. history, leaving at least 16 people dead and almost 6.2million without power. As Sandy swept away, millions of people are now counting the cost of this natural disaster that has wrecked homes, infrastructure and the lives of those unlucky enough to be in its relentless and violent path. The people of Atlantic City have been badly hit, as it went under water after the ferocious winds hit its shores. Dozens of people have been rescued from the roofs of their properties because many areas are flooded with at least 6ft of seawater. Its historic boardwalk has been torn up and thrown around the city while startled residents have started to emerge from their hiding places to survey the disaster zone around them. Light is beginning to dawn on the damage along more than a thousand miles of coastline, which is likely to run into billions of dollars, and new photos show most areas have been crushed and are crumbling after being hit by the storm's lethal force. 2,000 residents in the towns of Moonachie, Little Ferry, and Carlstadt in New Jersey were forced to climb on top of their houses after they were inundated with up to five feet of water in just 10 minutes.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Cow kills butcher during Islamic Eid festival

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More than 70 other people have been injured during this year's Eid al-Adha in the Gaza Strip, either with knife wounds on injuries sustained from bolting animals, local health officials said. During the Festival of the Sacrifice, a four-day celebration that ends on Tuesday, Muslims butcher a sheep, goat or cow to commemorate the story of Abraham - the Islamic prophet Ibrahim - who was rewarded by God for his willingness to sacrifice his first-born son. In the blockaded Mediterranean enclave, where poverty and unemployment levels are high, many families save all year to buy an animal to slaughter.

Florida teen admits to killing his mom and her boyfriend

A Florida teenager is facing two charges of first-degree murder after he admitted to cops that he shot his mother and her live-in boyfriend. Benjamin K. Bishop, 18, pawned electronics to buy the shotgun he used to allegedly blow away Imari Shibata and Kelley M. Allen, both 49, Sunday in Oldsmar, WFTS-TV reported. Bishop, who is unemployed, told detectives he got into an argument with his mother Saturday. She wanted him to get a job so he could pay rent, and to take medication for unspecified mental health issues, he said. He also got into an argument with Allen about laundry. At around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, he shot Shibata and Allen in their bedroom, he confessed. After the murders, he called 911 to report them and surrendered to police when they arrived. Bishop reportedly had a friend buy the shotgun for him because he was on probation for a domestic battery incident against his mother last year.

Victims found at Amagasaki house were imprisoned on apartment balcony before death

HYOGO — Details have continued to emerge in the mysterious and disturbing case of Miyoko Sumida, the woman who is believed to be at the center of a case in which up to eight people are dead or missing in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. Sumida is believed to be responsible for the assault, confinement and deaths of several individuals in Hyogo Prefecture. Police have been questioning people in connection with the case after three bodies were found at a house in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture on Oct 14-15. Police say that several people have already testified about ongoing violence and coercion at the house. In the latest revelation, police on Sunday released information from an unnamed source who claims that the victims were confined on the balcony of a condominium owned by Sumida, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Man loses leg after crucifix he prayed before to cure wife's cancer falls on him... and now he's suing the church for $3MILLION

A cruel twist of fate cost David Jimenez his leg when the crucifix he prayed to every day when his wife was fighting cancer toppled over and crushed him. Mr Jimenez stopped every day to pray to the statue of Jesus on the cross outside Church of St Patrick in Newburgh, New York. When his wife, Delia, recovered from the cancer, the 45-year-old father of two offered to clean the crucifix as an act of faith and a goodwill gesture.

‘Our baby’s the devil’, say Colombian parents whose child can ‘walk at four weeks and breathes fire’

Black magic and evil spirits have captured the soul of a new-born baby in Colombia who can apparently already walk by himself and produce fire, his own mother has claimed. Ana Feria Santos gave birth to her son last month but says her joy quickly turned to fear when she noticed that he had 'several abnormalities' - leading to fears in her community that he is the 'devil in disguise'. She says the boy can already stand up and walk - quite a feat for a child of just four weeks. Much like the 1976 horror film The Omen, the mother-of-five says he frequently hides around the house, cackles in an 'adult' way for hours on end and has an 'intimidating' pair of eyes.

Woman raped in alley by stranger on night out was sexually assaulted AGAIN by passer-by as she lay helpless

A woman who was dragged into an alleyway and raped after a night out was subjected to a second horrifying ordeal by another man as she lay recovering from the attack. Mustafa Yussuf was the first to prey on the woman as she walked through Manchester city centre on New year's Eve, marching her into Church Street car park and raping her in a nearby lane. After the assault the then 20-year-old fled the scene, leaving the woman helpless. It was then that, instead of assisting her, another man pounced on the woman and raped her. The distressing details of the double rape emerged as Yussuf, now 21, from Manchester, was jailed for seven years for the attack.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Man wakes to find his girlfriend biting through his scrotum after falling asleep in the middle of an argument

One man has discovered first hand the old adage that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned - when his girlfriend woke him up in bed after an argument by biting straight through his scrotum. Tearing through the skin with her vicious bite, Linda Mendez, 40, was aggrieved after her 46-year-old unnamed boyfriend went to sleep before she had finished arguing with him. Walking to their bedroom at around 11.30 p.m. on Thursday, Mendez is said to have woken her sleeping partner by biting his scrotum and neck causing serious bleeding.

Teenager 'almost disembowelled' in stabbing

A 17-year-old was "almost disembowelled'' when he was knifed by another teenager at a party in Whangarei yesterday, police say. The alleged attacker was a 19-year-old "gate-crasher'' at the party on Kendon Place, Raumanga in the early hours of yesterday morning. When party hosts turned him away he allegedly "lunged at a 17-year-old party goer with a knife that cut across his stomach, almost disembowelling him,'' a police statement said.

Dallas woman shoots, kills burglary suspect

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a homeowner who walked in on three men burglarizing her home — including one with a handgun — opened fire on the suspects, killing one. Police say she shot two of the three suspects in the early morning hours of Saturday. Police say 19-year-old Larry Jurvotaie Williams fled and then collapsed behind a neighbor's house. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. The two other suspects fled as well and were then detained by officers at a convenience store parking lot. One was taken to the hospital. Police say they both have outstanding warrants and will be charged with burglary.

19-year-old arrested for forcing boy to jump to his death in river

CHIBA — A 19-year-old youth in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of forcing an 18-year-old boy to jump into a river in July, resulting in his death. According to police, the victim, who has been named as Ryota Makino, was forced to jump into the river where he drowned. The suspect, who is a minor, cannot be named. Police say that boys who knew the pair say the 19-year-old used to bully the victim, Fuji TV reported.

Man grabs woman from behind, cuts her hair

CHIBA — A woman was attacked by a man who cut her hair while she was walking home Sunday morning in Narashino City, Chiba Prefecture. According to police, the 28-year-old woman, who operates a bar, was on her way home at about 3:30 a.m., TBS reported. She told police that a man grabbed her hair from behind and started cutting strands off with a knife. After they struggled for a few minutes, he fled.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Heartbroken mother kills herself after all three of her children, her husband and her new partner die in separate tragedies

-Patricia Gibbs was shattered when her son died last year
-It was the 'tipping point,' after both her daughters, first husband and subsequent partner had died in separate incidents
-An inquest heard she felt 'alone' and suffered depression and panic attacks

When you're up against demons, you can always use some backup

"...The lie that has been inculcated  in a little child at it's mother's knee - is more dangerous to contend against than a creeping pestilence."    (Ragnar Redbeard, Might is Right)

These are apparently a demon's worst nightmare. Brynne Larson is 18 years old and enjoys horseback riding and shopping. Savannah Scherkenback is a 20-year-old university student who works part-time in retail, while her 18-year-old sister Tess spends two hours each day studying the piano. Together the girls from Phoenix, Ariz., are preacher Bob Larson's soldiers in a war raging between dark and the light. Brynne cast out her first demon at age 13, she recalls. And she'd like your child to follow her to the gates of Hell. The three young girls travel as exorcists -- performing rite after rite, sometimes night after night. "Evil is a reality -- everyone faces it," says Brynne. "We have a choice to face it and fight or turn our back." For Savannah, there are no doubts of demons. The things they see, she says: "Defy human nature. To see a five-foot woman move four men around. It's shocking and real." The atmosphere in a room is charged when a demon appears, the girls say. "There's almost a tangible presence of evil," Tess insists. They are Larson's holy teen trinity. "I am always present," cautions the preacher, who for 30 years has used public debates, radio and YouTube to spread his message of exorcising evil (i.e. Selling bullshit and lies).

Kentucky woman who shot her boyfriend in the face said she was giving him a ‘nose job’

The Kentucky woman who shot her boyfriend in the head and face multiple times said she was giving him “the nose job that he wanted,” detectives said. Investigators revealed a string of gruesome new details at a preliminary hearing Thursday for Shayna Hubers, 21, the Eastern Kentucky University student charged with murder in the slaying of on again-off again boyfriend Ryan Poston, 29. “She said she couldn’t stand to see him deformed [after shooting him in the face]. She said he was vain,” Highland Heights Detective Bill Birkenhauer said in a chilling testimony before the Campbell County District Court.

Cops say man beat his year-old daughter to death, killed her mother with a machete and then set their Bronx apartment on fire

A 21-year-old man allegedly beat his month-old daughter to death and murdered her mother with a machete before setting their Bronx apartment on fire, police sources said Friday. Elgidio Lind was being grilled by detectives after firefighters found the bodies of his girlfriend, Louisa Rodriguez, 32, and their baby, Angela, stuffed under a smoldering mattress at her Kingsbridge pad Thursday night, the sources said. Rodriguez, who was naked and stabbed multiple times, appeared to have died from a massive head wound, sources said. The smoke eaters then found little Angela Rodriguez unconscious in an empty bathtub.

Ghastly Winter Demons Run Wild in the Alps

Halloween spooks are for wimps compared to the grisly Christmastime traditions of Europe's Alps, where demonic creatures come out to punish naughty children or to drive winter away each year. A gorgeous new photography book explores the many guises of these wild monsters, whose traditional rumpus harkens back to pagan rites.

Chinese man sues his wife for being ugly, and the court AGREES... awarding him £75,000

-Jian Feng was confused after his wife gave birth to an 'incredibly ugly' baby
-He accused her of cheating and she admitted to spending £62,000 on plastic surgery
-He then claimed she got him to marry her under false pretenses

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tormented 15-year-old Felicia Garcia jumped to death in front of train after bullying over sex with football players

The tormented Staten Island teenager who killed herself by jumping in the path of a train was bullied to death by classmates after she had sex with four football players, police sources said Thursday. Felicia Garcia, a 15-year-old freshman at Tottenville High School, was driven to her death when two classmates blabbed about the encounters — and she learned that it had been recorded. “Kids are saying she had sex with some guys from the football team at a party after the game,” said a friend of the doomed girl who asked not to be identified. “Later on they wouldn't leave her alone about it. They just kept bullying her and bullying her.” After the weekend, the bullying sent Felicia into the final tailspin in a long-troubled life.

Man's remains found in vinyl bag by river in Tokyo

TOKYO — Police said Friday that the remains of a man were found inside a black vinyl bag by a bank of the Arakawa River in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward. According to police, a man going fishing came across the bag at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. He noticed a foul odor coming from the bag and notified police, NTV reported. Police said the state of decay indicated that the body had been in the bag for several months. They said it was an adult male and was naked. The hands and feet were bound and there was another bag over the head, police were quoted as saying.

Burma death toll rises to 112

Up to 112 people have been killed in Burma as security forces used deadly force to break up the worst sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the country in years. The deaths have come in six days of unrest in western Burma, in violence between ethnic Buddhist Rakhines and Rohingya Muslims.

Sandy pounds Bahamas after killing 21 in Caribbean

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 21 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm and reach the U.S. East Coast as a super-storm next week.

Speeding driver killed father-of-three as he hit speeds of 155mph while 'showing off' in an attempt to win back his girlfriend

A speeding driver who killed a father-of-three driving at almost 155mph to win back his girlfriend has been jailed for seven years. Shehzad Munir, 25, was showing off when he cut across three lanes and smashed his 4.5 litre BMW 6 series into Sukhpreet ‘Suki’ Singh Chimber’s car – sending it hurling for more than 200 metres. The incident is believed to be one of the most high-speed fatal accidents ever dealt with on Britain’s roads.

Nanny suspected of killing 2 kids in NY home

NEW YORK (AP) — A nanny suspected of killing two young children she was looking after and then stabbing herself is in critical condition in a city hospital, as authorities continue to investigate a situation that is every parent's nightmare. The horror started for the children's mother, Marina Krim, when she and a third child returned to their apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side Thursday evening. Puzzled by the darkened home, she returned to the lobby to ask the doorman if the nanny had gone out with 1-year-old Leo, just learning to walk, and 6-year-old Lucia, known as LuLu, lover of "all things princess." She was told they hadn't left, so she returned upstairs. A search led to the bathroom, where the children's bodies were in the bathtub and the nanny lay wounded nearby. It's unclear how many times the children were stabbed.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fear ratcheted up with killing of woman

Five major stab wounds to her slain body. Why? What could this 55-year-old, night hotel cleaning supervisor have done to tick somebody off that much? At this early stage of the shocking murder investigation of Nighisti Semret, police have no clear idea. So far they don’t have a motive. They don’t know if it was random, targeted, domestic, professional or something stemming from mental health or narcotics issues on the street.

5 Shot, 3 Dead in Downey Shooting Spree, Gunman at Large

DOWNEY (KTLA) -- A gunman is at large Wednesday after opening fire on 5 members of the same family at 2 locations in Downey. When it was over, three people were dead and 2 others hospitalized in what police believe was a targeted attack.,0,3444079.story

Texas man receives lethal injection for strangling and stabbing a woman to death 21 years ago

Convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines was executed Wednesday for strangling and repeatedly stabbing a suburban Dallas woman at her apartment 21 years ago. Hines, 40, was 19 and on probation for burglary when he stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wendy Haupt 18 times and strangled her with a cord. Asked by a warden to make a final statement, Hines repeatedly asked for forgiveness.

Teenager jailed for killing her friend in car crash after driving back from Halloween party while high on ecstasy and cannabis

A teenager who killed a friend in a car crash following an all-night Halloween party said she will ‘never forgive herself’ as she was jailed today. Eleanor Coleman, 19, had taken ecstasy and cannabis while out celebrating with friends in Norwich town centre wearing fancy dress costumes. But as she drove home at around 5am her Fiat Punto veered off the road and crashed into the back of a parked lorry. The car burst into flames and lorry driver Peter Jolly managed to save Coleman’s life by dragging her out of the car moments before it exploded. He called to passers-by for help, who were able to pull other passengers out of the smashed car, a court heard. But front seat passenger Ellie Tweed, 18, was trapped inside the burning car and died, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Glowing zombies sculpted from pumpkins crawl out of the ground at Botanical Gardens

If you want a real fright this Halloween, take a look at these glowing zombies crawling out of the ground in front of trembling passers-by. The creepy undead figures have been carved out of giant pumpkins at New York's Botanical Gardens. An upright zombie pulls his decaying friend out of the ground in this terrifying display at the Haunted Pumpkin Garden.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Man who attacked his pregnant wife and cut out their unborn baby is charged with feticide

A man who allegedly stabbed his pregnant wife in the stomach and cut out their unborn child, has been charged with feticide and second degree attempted murder. The 28-year-old woman was seven months pregnant when she was attacked by her husband Jeffrey Reynolds, 31, who removed the child from her abdomen with a sharp object. The unborn baby died and the woman remains in hospital after the incident in Livingston, Louisiana.

Girl, 12, left with 68 pieces of shotgun shell embedded in her face after accidentally being shot by younger brother

It is common for brothers and sisters to play fight with each other when they are young. But when one pair in China let their sibling rivalry get the better of them, it had horrific consequences for this 12-year-old girl. Zhang Qin, from Liangping, was left with 68 pieces of shotgun shell embedded in her face after accidentally being shot by her brother.

Three-year-old girl crushed by delivery van

A three-year-old girl died on Tuesday in Wil, a small city in the canton of Saint Gallen, after a delivery van ran over her.

Alabama man raped his niece while her father watched, police officer testifies

Missing teen Brittney Wood's uncle allegedly raped a different family member, 13, while the victim's father watched. Sgt. Scott Congleton of Mobile, Ala., testified in Mobile County District Court that Dustin Alton Kent raped his niece, now 17, when she was only 13 years old in 2008. Congleton said that the victim's father, Donnie Holland, told her that they would travel to the pet store to purchase a hamster. But Holland allegedly picked up Kent at his workplace. Holland drove to a dark trail and allegedly allowed Kent to kiss his daughter. Then Holland parked the car and allegedly watched Kent remove his daughter's clothes and rape her.

Father charged in rape of 2 daughters

January 11, 2007

A 39-year-old Apopka man was arrested Tuesday night and charged with raping his 12- and 8-year-old daughters for the past several years, Orange County deputy sheriffs said. The case came to light Jan. 4 when the older daughter reported the abuse to a school counselor, who notified the Florida Department of Children & Families and later deputies. The girl then told detectives she was raped and sodomized daily at 4 a.m. before her father went to work, sheriff's sex-crimes Sgt. Rich Mankewich said.

10-month-old girl fatally abused despite warnings given to mother

According to police, the woman, identified as Keiko Iwai, has admitted to the charge. She was quoted as saying that she beat her daughter Aika about the head several times between Oct 1 and 3 because she wouldn’t stop crying, NTV reported. Aika’s condition worsened on Oct 6 and her father called an ambulance. However, the baby was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. The hospital then notified police.

Man admits to Sydney suitcase murder

A Sydney man has pleaded guilty to murdering an Indian student whose body was found in a suitcase. Tosha Thakkar's body was found in a suitcase near the Parramatta River at Meadowbank last year. The suitcase was found by construction workers. Police say the 24-year-old student had been raped and strangled. Burwood Local Court has heard her neighbour, Daniel Stani-Reginald, has pleaded guilty to her murder. The 21-year-old lived in the same unit block at Croydon in the inner-west. He will be sentenced next month.

Surfer killed in shark attack off California beach where teen was bitten to death by Great White in 2010

A California surfer was killed Tuesday by a shark off a beach at coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base, authorities said. The attack was reported by another surfer just before 11am off the coast of Surf Beach in Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Woman sentenced to death in Yemen for shooting dead a male relative 'who tried to rape her'

A court in Yemen has sentenced a woman to death after she opened fire on a male relative who 'climbed up the wall of her house in an attempt to rape her'. Raja Hakimi was originally sentenced to two years in jail for the 'murder' of of her unnamed relative - but human rights groups both in the country and abroad say the Court of Appeal raised the sentence due to influences from the deceased's family members. Groups such as Women Journalists Without Chains say the woman acted in self-defence, calling it an 'unjust ruling, which violates all legislation and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights', Al Arabiya News reported. WJWC said that Hakimi was 'only defending herself' against the armed man, who allegedly decided to exploit the absence of the woman’s husband and rape her.

Moment innocent baby is carried from home where mother and two toddlers were slaughtered

-Children's father discovered the bodies at the California home
-Six-month-old baby found unharmed and crying in a back room
-Police said even veteran officers were shocked by the horrific violence

Man in full clown makeup 'sexually abused children and shared pictures on internet'

A 31-year-old man who dresses up as a scary clown and calls himself Vlad has been arrested and charged with both sexual child abuse and producing child pornography to share on the internet. Martin Evanick, 31, from Illinois, is said to have taken inappropriate pictures of himself engaged in a sex act with a child. Officials believe he has abused the child several times since June of 2010. Evanick portrays himself as a maniacal clown on his Facebook page, which says he’s a drummer in the band The Core of Your Nightmares.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Husband who shot wife's lover in head in 'act of passion' after he was texted a photo of them having sex is jailed for just 15 years

A man who shot his estranged wife's lover in the head after he received a picture of them engaged in a sex act was sentenced to 15 years in jail after the defense argued he acted in 'sudden passion'. Mark Lynn Milligan, 47, of Garland, Dallas, was convicted of murdering tattoo artist Jesus Dominguez, 36, in October 2011. He was facing a sentence of 25 years to life but his punishment range was downgraded after the defense argued it was an act of passion.

Schizophrenic murderer 'who thinks he's the immortal Prince of God' to be executed in Florida tonight

A schizophrenic mass murderer who believes he is the 'Prince of God' will be executed in Florida tonight after an appeals court lifted a last-minute stay that was based on his mental illness. John Errol Ferguson, 64, will be put to death by lethal injection at Florida State Prison at 6pm on Tuesday, a State Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed. Ferguson has spent more than three decades on death row for eight brutal killings, including those of a teenage couple, in 1977 and 1978. He was originally due to be executed on October 16, but it was delayed for a state judge to determine whether Ferguson was mentally competent to be put to death.

Suicide leap at high rise near New York University Woman, 50, is killed in jump

A woman leapt to her death from a building near New York University Monday. The victim leapt about 11:50 a.m. from a building on University Place near 13th St. and landed on the sidewalk. She died at the scene. Witnesses said the jumper appeared to be in her 50s.

At least 12 killed in hospital fire in Taiwan

At least 12 people were killed and 60 injured when a blaze tore through a hospital in southern Taiwan on Tuesday, health authorities said. The fire started in the early hours in a nursing facility housing mainly bed-bound senior patients in Tainan city and more than 100 patients were evacuated during the incident, a local health official said.

Man Attacked with Molotov Cocktail

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- Police have released terrifying surveillance video of a Molotov cocktail attack on a man who was waiting outside a market in Long Beach. The attack happened about 7 p.m. Friday at Ranch Market in the 200 block of W. Pacific Coast Highway. Police say a 54-year-old man was waiting for his father outside the store when a man in his 20s stepped out from an alley and tossed a bottle filled with an explosive liquid at his feet. The Molotov cocktail exploded, covering the victim in flames while the suspect fled the scene. "It's a serious crime," said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. "It's a crime that I haven't seen in my time as a law enforcement officer." "It's just unbelievable that someone would use that type of weapon against somebody," Eaton added. Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. He is expected to recover.,0,5514524.story

Four found dead in S.F. over the weekend

(10-22) 12:33 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Four people were killed in separate incidents over the weekend, San Francisco police said.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Afghan police say man killed wife for wanting job

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A man in a western Afghan city has confessed to stabbing his wife to death to prevent her from taking a job outside the home, police said Monday. Mohammad Anwar, who was arrested in the provincial capital for the murder, said he killed his wife during an argument over whether she should work at private company in the city, Herat province police spokesman Noor Khan Nekzad said. The woman's relatives disputed the account, saying her husband was a drug addict who killed his wife because she refused to give him money. The killing comes less than two weeks after a woman was beheaded in the same city for refusing alleged demands by her in-laws to engage in prostitution.

'Bullied' chef stabs three waitresses

Staff at the Olivier restaurant in Castres, near Toulouse, were preparing for lunchtime when one of the chefs took a knife and stabbed three of the waitress on Thursday, newspaper Le Parisien reported. One waitress, 22, died from her injuries, while another, 18, is in a critical condition in hospital, and the third is being treated for a stab wound to the shoulder. The young man was immediately arrested and taken into custody, where he told police he was the victim of bullying in the restaurant. He said his colleagues were mocking him and calling him names, which spurred on the violent attack.

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Girl, nine, in Halloween costume shot by relative after being mistaken for a SKUNK

A nine-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk. The child was over a hillside and wearing a black dress and a black hat with a white tassel, according to police in western Pennsylvania. Chief Ronald Leindecker says a male relative mistook her for a skunk and fired a shotgun, hitting her in the shoulder on Saturday night.

Dundonald teenagers 'beaten by carloads of men'

Two teenage boys are recovering after being attacked by a group of men in Dundonald. It happened as the boys, aged 13 and 14, walked home from the Ice Bowl along the East Link Road on Saturday night. A father of one of the victims - who wanted to remain anonymous - said three carloads of men pulled up and attacked them at about 22:00 BST. He said his son remembers being knocked to the ground and then kicked and punched. "They got out of the car, about 10 of them, one of them came across in his face and said 'I've been a boxer for 16 years'", he said. "Then one of the guys standing to the side of him punched him clean into the neck which put him down. "Then he said he can't remember how many, he just remembers people punching and kicking at him, that's all he can remember." He said his son did not want to leave his home to go to hospital after the attack, but said he had injuries that needed to be treated. He said he told him the attackers were aged in their mid-20s or early 30s. "I can't work them out, to me they're disgusting, they're yellow - I mean to take on children. I've just contempt for these men," he said.

Three dead and four hurt in spa mass shooting: Gunman opens fire at salon before killing himself after wife got restraining order

-Gunman found dead inside spa after opening fire on patrons on Sunday
-Identified as Radcliffe Haughton, 45 Target was shooter's estranged wife, who was given a court order of protection against her ex just three days before the shooting
-Three confirmed dead, four others in non-critical condition at hospital

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Bus crash in southwest Nigeria kills at least 12

Traffic wardens say a bus carrying women in southwest Nigeria crashed and plunged off a bridge into a river, killing at least 12 people.

'Ghost driver' kills self and four others in crash

Five people died early Sunday morning after a car travelling the wrong way up a motorway in western Germany hit another vehicle head-on. Police said on Sunday that getting into the wreckage was proving difficult.

Pregnant Brooklyn bride stabbed to death day before wedding

A pregnant Brooklyn woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment one day before her wedding — and cops were grilling her groom-to-be. Vindalee Smith, 38, just two weeks away from giving birth, was discovered Saturday on the floor of her blood-spattered East Flatbush home with a gaping knife wound to her neck, sources said. Her unborn baby boy did not survive. There was no sign of forced entry, and no weapon was discovered in the E. 94th St. basement where the mother of four lived alone, sources said.

LAPD Probing Manson Family Link to 12 Unsolved Homicides

LOS ANGELES -- The LAPD said has opened investigations into a dozen unsolved homicides that occurred near places where the Manson family operated during its slew of murders four decades ago. The revelation came amid a legal battle to obtain hours of audio tapes recorded in 1969 between Charles Manson follower Charles "Tex" Watson and his attorney. The LAPD has said detectives believe tapes could shed more light on the activities of Manson's group, but Watson has been fighting to limit their access.,0,3190998.story

At least 2 dead after 30-car pileup in N China

SHIJIAZHUANG - About 30 vehicles piled up one upon another due to heavy fog on an expressway in North China's Hebei province Saturday morning, triggering fires among many of them, local authorities said.

Gun violence claims 2 lives, leaves another 11 injured since Friday

Two men have been killed and another 11 people wounded in gun violence throughout Chicago since Friday afternoon.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Father stunned to find the face of Jesus emerge in damp behind his FRIDGE

People discover religion in all different ways. But one atheist father found Jesus in very dirty circumstances - on a mouldy wall behind his fridge. Atheist Kenny Iddenden, 27, was shocked when he moved his fridge and discovered the face of Christ staring back at him. Mr Iddenden, from Herne Bay, Kent, had been trying to chuck out his old refrigerator with the help of his uncle Andy when he made the 'holy mouldy' discovery.

Bus crash in Iran kills 26 schoolgirls

DUBAI (Reuters) - A passenger bus in southwestern Iran overturned on Friday evening, killing 26 female high school students on board, Iranian media reported on Saturday. Eighteen others were injured when the bus, carrying students from the town of Borujen, flipped on the Izeh-Lordegan road, about 700 km (435 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iranian media reported.

Man arrested after stabbing 5 people at Hakata train station

TOKYO — Police on Saturday arrested a man who allegedly stabbed five people at a railway station in southwest Japan, Kyodo news agency reported. The five victims—all men—were taken to hospital but their injuries did not seem to be life-threatening, the agency said, quoting firefighters. A passerby alerted the fire department to the early morning attack at Hakata railway station in Fukuoka City. Police said they had arrested a man believed to be the attacker, who was quoted as saying he “wanted to stab people,” Kyodo reported.

Six police poisoned, shot dead by colleagues

Six Afghan policemen have been shot dead after being poisoned by colleagues in southern Afghanistan. The shooting, which is the latest in a series by Afghan security personnel targeting their local and foreign colleagues, occurred in Gereshk district of volatile Helmand province on Thursday. "A cook and a policeman first food-poisoned their colleagues in their post, and after they fell unconscious they were shot dead," provincial spokesman Ahmad Zeerak said. He said the policeman involved in the shooting had been arrested but the cook was still at large. Farid Ahmad Farhang, a provincial police spokesman, confirmed the incident. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to purported spokesman Yousif Ahmadi, who said eight policemen were killed and their weapons seized.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Crazed teenager 'wore gruesome mask of Saw killer as he butchered his 82-year-old landlady'

The gruesome mask of serial killer from the blood-drenched horror film 'Saw' has become exhibit A in the murder trial of a deranged teenager in Germany. It was placed upon a tailor's dummy which sat in the judge's seat for lawyers to view before being moved to the well of the court. Before it lay the murder weapon. Fabian Kramer, 19, killed his 82-year-old landlady wearing the sinister mask out of 'pure murderous lust,' according to prosecutors at his trial in the British army garrison town of Bielefeld. 'To this day no-one really knows why he did it,' said his lawyer Andreas Chlosta. He rang police after the crime to say; 'Come quickly. Someone is bleeding to death.' When police arrived they found Kramer kneeling by the side of his victim pretending he was attempting to save her life, telling them: 'I am an ambulance man. I am just doing my best to save her.'

Dismembered body found in 24-year-old's backseat is confirmed as missing mother

The dismembered body found in the back seat of a 24-year-old's car has been identified as being his missing mother. Ari Misha Liggett, 24, of Centennial, Denver, was arrested two days after he and his 56-year-old mother Beverly were reported missing by concerned family members. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson could only confirm yesterday that the body parts in Liggett's gold Honda CR-V was his mother, a registered nurse.

Roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan kills 15, wounds 18 en route to wedding

KABUL, Afghanistan — An explosion from a roadside bomb tore into a minibus carrying people to a wedding in northern Afghanistan on Friday, leaving 15 dead and 18 wounded, police said. Spokesman Shir Jan Durani said the group was traveling to Dawlat Abad district, about 450 kilometers (270 miles) northwest of the capital, Kabul. District police commander Bismullah Muslimyar said six children and seven women were among the dead in the blast, which occurred at 6 a.m. after a nighttime police patrol.

3 shot to death, 1 wounded, at Florida hair salon; gunman kills self at nearby home

A lovesick gunman stormed a central Florida hair salon early Thursday and shot four women, killing three of them, before driving to a nearby house and committing suicide, police and relatives said.

Boy Scouts Release 20 Years of 'Perversion Files'

PORTLAND, Ore. -- More than 20,000 confidential Boy Scout documents were released Thursday identifying more than 1,000 leaders and volunteers banned from the group after being accused of sexual or inappropriate conduct with boys. The public release of the Scouts' 1,247 "ineligible volunteer files" from 1965 to 1985 do not contain the identities of the boy victims and witnesses. The national files are being distributed with the approval of the Oregon Supreme Court by a law firm that won an $18.5 million judgment in 2010 against the Boy Scouts in a case where a Scoutmaster sexually abused a boy.,0,6253869.story

At least 4 dead in central China bus accident

CHANGSHA - A bus loaded with 48 people fell off a cliff in the city of Yongzhou in central China's Hunan province Thursday afternoon, leaving at least four people dead, local authorities said.

Canon Gordon Rideout to face sex abuse trial

A retired Church of England priest from East Sussex has denied committing 38 sexual offences against 18 children and young teenagers. Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, is accused of committing offences between 1962 and 1973 in Crawley, London and Hampshire. He pleaded not guilty at Lewes Crown Court to 36 counts of indecent assault and two counts of attempted rape. Mr Rideout was remanded in custody to face trial at a later date. A total of 31 of the 38 offences are alleged to have been committed at a property in Crawley, West Sussex, and one in Barkingside, east London, between 1962 and 1968. A further four indecent assaults are alleged to have taken place in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, between 1971 and 1973. The other two allegations are of attempted unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl in Crawley between 1962 and 1966. Mr Rideout was charged in June following an investigation by Sussex Police.

Father found guilty of beating 10-year-old stepson to death with rolling pin after he fell behind on HOMEWORK

School is NOT important, schooling yourself is.

Ali-Mohamed Mohamud was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder for beating to death his 10-year-old stepson. Homicide detectives and prosecutors in Buffalo, New York, said the case was one of the worst they had ever seen. After duct-taping a sock in the boy’s mouth and binding his hands with electrical cord, the stepfather savagely beat the boy so bad he separated his head from the spinal cord, crushing the back of his head and exposing his brain, according to court testimony.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Afghan girl 'beheaded for refusing prostitution'

Mah Gul, 20, was beheaded after her mother-in-law attempted to make her sleep with a man in her house in Herat province last week, provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada told AFP. "We have arrested her mother-in-law, father-in-law, her husband and the man who killed her," he said. Gul was married to her husband four months ago and her mother-in-law had tried to force her into prostitution several times in the past, Sayedzada said. The suspect, Najibullah, was paraded by police at a press conference where he said the mother-in-law lured him into killing Gul by telling him that she was a prostitute. "It was around 2am when Gul's husband left for his bakery. I came down and with the help of her mother-in-law killed her with a knife," he said.

Nepal hunts man-eating leopard that has killed five people

Police in Nepal's remote western region have launched a hunt for a wild leopard that has killed five people in the last month, local officers said on Thursday.

Minnesota16-year-old shot with arrow by friend dies

Friends and classmates are mourning a 16-year-old high school student in Minnesota who died after his friend reportedly shot him in the head with an arrow by accident. Spencer Swanson and his 16-year-old friend were riding bikes near their homes in Chaska, near Minneapolis, about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when the shooting occurred, Police Chief Scott Knight told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The exact circumstances weren’t immediately clear, but the unidentified friend was carrying an arrow with an aluminum shaft, according to Marsh Halberg, an attorney for the friend, called it a “tragic accident.”

2 Men Charged With Repeatedly Raping 9-year old Girl

BARSTOW, Calif. -- Two men pleaded no contest Tuesday to repeatedly raping a 9-year-old girl during the summer of 2010. Steven Spradlin, 28, faces 30-years in prison for three counts of forcible lewd and lascivious acts with the child. The girl and her three younger siblings were living with Spradlin in his one-bedroom motel room at the Sands Motel in Barstow during the summer of 2010. During that summer, prosecutors say Spradlin forcibly raped the girl frequently, as did Lockridge, who was 17 at the time. Police also believe Spradlin performed oral copulation with the young victim and showed her disturbing pornography.,0,7839208.story

Franklin woman accused of illegally shooting moose

EASTBROOK, Maine — A Franklin woman has been summoned on a charge of illegally shooting a moose on Saturday evening, according to officials. Veronica Verburgt, 37, is accused of shooting a cow moose when her permit was only for taking an antlered moose, according to Sgt. Ralph Hosford of Maine Warden Service.

Father's pride after daughter, 21, shoots dead 'just one intruder' after duo kicked in her door

A 21-year-old woman resting in her parents house was startled when she heard two men barging through her front door and managed to shot and kill one of the suspected burglars. Police say Charles Brown's daughter, who has not been identified, killed one of two men that were trying to rob her in the family's Dallas home. The shooting occurred just after 11:30am when the woman was alone. 'I just hate that she didn’t get both of them,' Mr Brown said.

Boyfriend tells police how he 'lost control and beat his high school sweetheart to death with a curling iron'

A 21-year-old New York man told police he 'just snapped' and beat his high school sweetheart to death with a curling iron while visiting her college dorm last month. Clayton Whittemore of New Hartford, New York told a Monroe County police officer that he and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Alexandra Kogut, started shoving each other during an argument about 'stupid stuff' in her dorm room at the State University of New York College at Brockport. Whittemore said as the shoving match escalated, he could hear Kogut's breathing sounded irregular, so he grabbed a curling iron and beat his girlfriend of a year to death with it because 'he loved her and didn't want her to suffer,' according to the Associated Press.

Toddler dies from horrific burns after climbing safety guard fitted by council-run family centre and falling in gas fire

A toddler died from horrific burns after she tumbled onto a gas fire at her home from a badly fitted safety guard, an inquest heard. Hawwa Khan suffered 60 per cent burns when she clambered on to the wire mesh guard and lost her balance at her home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, last December. She was just 23 months old.

Atheist schoolboy, 11, is banned from the Scouts as he refuses to pledge allegiance to God and Queen

-George Pratt, 11, cannot join the Scouts because he objected to a reference to God in the traditional Scout Promise
-The organisation says it welcomes all faiths but the 'Duty to God' part of the promise is a fundamental part of its ethos
-George's father brands the century-old movement 'intolerant'

Thug beat his girlfriend so savagely that the word 'DAD' was left imprinted on her forehead by his ring

A mother-of-four was beaten by her ex-boyfriend so badly that he left the indent of his ‘DAD’ sovereign ring on her face after the 30 minute attack. Gemma Ford was left with a broken nose, bruising to her neck and jaw plus two black eyes when boyfriend Richard Mullen tried to strangle her and then beat her. When the police caught up with Mullen, 37, the following day, they found an axe and a balaclava in the back of his car.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

30 people killed in central Nigeria village attack

JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police say that at least 30 people have been killed in an attack on a Christian village by Muslim herdsmen in central Nigeria. The attacks happened in Benue state, where the herdsmen burned a village of the Christian Tiv people. Benue police spokesman Daniel Ezeala said the attack occurred Sunday morning and blamed the killings on land disputes between the two groups.

Kidnapped teen escapes four-night rape ordeal

A man with a long history of sexual violence was arrested in northern Germany after a teenage girl he had kidnapped and repeatedly raped managed to escape and raise the alarm. The 17-year-old girl identified only as Rebecca, had been walking home from a bar in Rostock on Friday night when, regional paper Express said, 28-year-old Mario B. grabbed her and threatened her with a knife. He allegedly raped her on the street before taking her back to his house and tying her up. There, police believe he assaulted and raped her several more times over the following three days. Officers said Rebecca survived her ordeal with enough wits about her to escape the house on Tuesday morning when Mario B. briefly left on an errand. She was able to identify him to police who tracked him down via his mobile phone and arrested him in the city centre. He has already admitted kidnap, the paper said, although he will likely face charges of sexual assault, false imprisonment and aggravated battery. He has spent around a decade in prison for various sexual and violent attacks since he was convicted of sexual assault aged just 14, and sent to a juvenile detention centre.

Teenager stabs family members, commits suicide

OSAKA — A teenager in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, stabbed three members of his family, killing one, before taking his own life, police said Tuesday. According to police, 21-year-old Arisa Kurota was stabbed and killed at her home at around 10:15 p.m. on Monday night. Her grandparents were also stabbed and seriously injured in the attack, Sankei Shimbun reported. While in hospital, the 74-year-old grandmother reportedly told officers that their attacker was her grandson. Police searched for the 16-year-old and found the body of a boy fitting his description in a storehouse early Tuesday morning. He had apparently hanged himself, police said.

Ipswich priest Haley Dossor's sex abuse of boys

A retired priest from Suffolk has admitted he carried out several sex assaults on teenage boys. Father Haley Dossor, 71, of Kirton near Felixstowe, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to six charges of indecent assault against boys aged 13 to 17. He retired as a priest at St Mary-at-the-Elms church, Ipswich in 2007. The abuse happened between 1990 and 2004.

Horror as boy, 10, shoots his teenage sister multiple times before turning gun on himself

A 10-year-old boy shot and critically wounded his teenage sister multiple times before turning the gun on himself. Coby Tucker fired multiple shots at his 15-year-old sister Ashley striking her in the body. He then pointed the gun at his head and pulled the trigger. Both children were airlifted to hospital where Coby died from his wound. His sister remains in a critical condition.

Father punishes infant daughter for being fussy by burning more than 40 per cent of her body

Pennsylvania man Jorge Colon is facing multiple felony charges after police say he scalded his infant daughter for being fussy in her bath. 'I have been a police officer for 38 years, this is one of the worst cases of child abuse I have ever seen in Chester County,' Oxford Police Chief John Slauch told reporters. Colon, 20, of Oxford was arrested after his infant daughter was treated at a local hospital Saturday for first and second degree burns covering over 40 per cent of her body.

Canadian border agent fighting for her life after being shot in the neck as gunman kills himself

A Canadian boarder agent is struggling for her life after being shot in the neck at the Peace Arch Border Crossing. Canadian authorities are reeling from the assault, which they say is the first time in memory that a Canadian Border Services Agency guard has been shot on duty.


Her assailant, an unidentified man driving into Canada from Washington in a newer-model white Ford Econovan, shot himself in the head and died at the scene.

Boy, 5, dies after 165-pound TV set falls on top of him

A five-year-old boy died after a television weighing 165 pounds fell on top of him at his home on Monday afternoon. Isaiah Hernandez died at his Phoenix home while he was watching TV on an older tube-style set which was sitting on a nightstand smaller than the TV itself. Phoenix police Sgt Trent Crump said: 'When family members went to check on Isaiah as it was about lunchtime, they found the television had fallen off the nightstand and Isaiah was underneath it.'

Girl, 15, lashed 60 times for ‘speaking to men in the street’

A teenaged girl received 60 lashes in Timbuktu after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street. The girl, believed to be 15 years old, was allegedly caught speaking with men by Ansar Dine, the militant Islamist group who control Timbuktu and much of northern Mali. One resident claimed the girl was warned repeatedly by the Islamists to stop what she was doing, but persisted in talking to men in public.

Five people found dead in 'arson-homicide' at Denver bar

Five people were found dead inside an east Denver bar by firefighters responding to an early-morning fire, authorities said. Police are calling the blaze an arson-homicide. Denver Police Chief Robert White says the fire at Fero's Bar & Grill in east Denver was reported at about 2am Wednesday. Speaking at an impromptu early-morning news conference, Chief White said that the four women and a man also appeared to have suffered other injuries. ‘It appears there was some trauma to the bodies, it also appears to be arson,’ he said, according to the Denver Post. He added did not know if the deaths occurred before or after the bar was closed.

Boy tied to tree and burned alive on his eighth birthday names his 'attacker' 13 years later in chilling death-bed video

-Robbie Middleton was doused in gasoline and set on fire on his eighth birthday in 1998
-He died 13 years later from cancer caused by the burns covering his body
-In a video recorded on his deathbed he accused his alleged attacker Don Collins of raping him two weeks before he was set on fire
-Don Collins, now 27, is to be charged with felony murder

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Teenager accidentally shot dead by brother

The police were called out to a fourth-floor family apartment in the town just after midnight last night, newspaper Le Parisien reports. A 17-year-old boy was found shot in the living room, but his brother was missing. It is thought the boys stayed up late after the rest of their family had gone to bed, and were playing with a 9mm handgun. One of the boys accidentally fired the gun at his brother, then fled the scene. Police found him at the bottom of the building, disorientated and asking after his brother. He and a third brother were taken into custody for questioning.

Elephant tramples zookeeper to death in Japan

An elephant trampled its keeper to death at a Japanese zoo on Tuesday as he tried to stop the gigantic animal from attacking its newborn calf, police and reports said.

Indian baby suffers horrendous burns in shocking dowry dispute

The case has shocked India, a country where people have become use to reports of bride burnings and dowry murders - there are more than 8,000 women killed every year because their husbands' and in-laws' demands for lavish dowry payments are not met. What is particularly alarming is the attempted murder of a daughter and grand-daughter whose first birthday they had celebrated just weeks earlier. In Delhi's Safdarjung hospital, 13-month-old Idika's eyes peer fearfully out from her heavily bandaged face as she fights for her life, after suffering 55 per cent burns. Her mother Pravartika Gupta, a 25 year-old technology graduate, died in the hospital on Sunday shortly after making a statement to a magistrate. She told the magistrate that as they were sleeping in their room on October 6, a fire broke out just in front of their bedroom door and noone came to their rescue. Her father-in-law suffered minor burns in the fire, but ran away from the hospital before police could arrest him. Both he and Pravartika's husband are now on the run after police said they would be charged with murder, attempted murder and making illegal dowry demands.

Man killed and partially eaten by brown bear in Alaska

A man was killed and partially eaten by a brown bear on an island near the southeast Alaskan city of Sitka, local police and state officials said Monday. His body was discovered over the weekend.

Man jailed for cutting off girlfriend's tongue

A man has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years' jail for severing a woman's tongue. Mohammed Tasleem Tahir was in a relationship with Catherine Skinner in Adelaide, and when she moved to the Gold Coast, he followed her. The Southport District Court heard in November 2010, the then 21-year-old attacked Ms Skinner in her apartment. The Crown prosecutor told the court Tahir smashed an empty bottle over the 20-year-old's head several times, fracturing her eye socket. Tahir then dragged a knife across her face, cutting her mouth and severing her tongue, the court heard. Judge Katherine McGinness sentenced Tahir to eight-and-a-half years' jail. She ordered he be eligible for parole after serving a third of his sentence. A woman in the public gallery gasped when the judge explained that, due to time already served, Tahir could be released in September next year.

Man who claimed an African curse made him kill his ex-lover pleads guilty to murder

A Senegalese immigrant who claimed to be under an evil African spell has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing an Italian college student in her New York City apartment. Bakary Camara, 42, admitted on Monday to raping and murdering 36-year-old Rita Morelli, his former lover, last November. The native of Italy's Spoltore region attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College and worked as a waitress. Her body was found by her boyfriend. Police say Camara was traced to his Bronx home after he made a cryptic 911 call about the body. Authorities say Camara stabbed himself in the stomach as police officers approached and directed them to a note describing his failed relationship with Miss Morelli. Camara faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced October 30. During his trial, he attempted to call a witch doctor to stand as an expert witness in the trial -- a bizarre move that prosecutors have branded 'clearly irrelevant' as they fight against it.

Crazed drinker stabbed friend 11 times in chest and stomach in row over game of darts

A thug who stabbed his friend 11 times and left him for dead after a row over a game of darts has been jailed for eight years. Peter Roberts, 46, from Northampton, launched a 'frenzied and determined' attack on Shane Reeves, 22, after they fell out on July 5 this year. Roberts plunged a kitchen knife into his friend's chest, abdomen, shoulder and arm before dumping him on a landing.

Baby girl dies after she was burned by boiling soup

An 11-month baby was buried last Friday after she suffered burns over 30 percent of her body when a pot of soup fell from the stove. A Hartford, Connecticut woman was cooking soup on the stove of a first-floor unit of multifamily home last Saturday night when somehow the pot of boiling soup fell off the stove and onto the young baby. She was taken to Children's Medical Center and later was flown to a Boston hospital where she died from her injuries two days later, police said.

Student, 17, 'stabs his girlfriend of three years in the neck then turns knife on himself' in parking lot of Florida school

A school in Florida is in shock today after a 17-year-old student allegedly stabbed his girlfriend before stabbing himself. Investigators say Antonio Acevedo, 17, stabbed his girlfriend of three years, also 17, in the neck with a pocket knife in the parking lot of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando. He has now been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery.

Muslim who married a second wife in secret sharia ceremony stabbed her to death in row over their unborn baby

A British Muslim, who married his second wife in a secret Sharia ceremony, has been sentenced to life in jail for stabbing her to death in a ‘merciless’ attack. Siraj Arif, 31, knifed Saiba Khatoon – who was 19-weeks pregnant – with such ferocity that two of the three kitchen knives he used snapped under the force of the blows in the row over their unborn baby. Ms Khatoon’s seven-year-old son Farris, from a previous marriage, was woken by the noise and found his mother covered in blood, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Dog owner slashed another man in the face with an AXE after their pets had play fight in street

A father-of-two was slashed across the face with an axe after his pet began play fighting with another dog in the street, a judge heard. Michael Gaskell, 45, was confronted by a gang just minutes after another dog walker became angry that his Japanese Akita was not on a lead. After an argument, Michael Parr, 46, warned the self-employed plumber: 'You don’t know what I’m capable of', before he returned, produced an axe from his jacket and swung it at the victim’s head.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Zimbabwean 'taken to village court for failing to give husband best chicken pieces'

Nomusa Sibanda, 24, gave her husband the gizzard, wings and one drumstick and ate the chicken breast and second drumstick herself, according to local newspaper, The Sunday News. Jabulani Ncube, 40 was incensed and beat up his wife who fled to her grandmother's house. The next day, he forced her to attend the village court where he complained to the traditional leaders in the Nkayi Communal Land, 100 miles north east of Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo, that his wife was "uncultured and disrespectful". He warned that he would seek a divorce if she again failed to give him the drumsticks and breast which in traditional culture are due to the man of the house. Mrs Sibanda was unrepentant and told the court: "How long shall I slaughter chickens and not taste the back portion?" She was found guilty of ignoring custom and fined a chicken, as was her grandmother Gogo MaDawu for failing to teach her granddaughter "how to treat her husband and dish out meals".

Elderly Utah woman savagely stabbed 111 times by grandson

An 84-year-old Utah woman was found stabbed 111 times, with her grandson standing over her body. Zachary Cole Weston, 21, could get the death penalty after he told cops he slashed up Joyce "Honey" Dexter, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. He was covered in blood and still brandishing a knife when officers arrived at their Salt Lake City home Oct. 3. She had been stabbed nine times in the heart alone, and some of her organs had been hacked out. Weston later told police that he had sliced up his grandmother’s "belly, her jugular and her heart." He was charged Friday with aggravated murder due to what prosecutors called the "especially heinous" nature of the grisly slaying. The charge carries the possibility of a death sentence.

Alabama boy, 15, accidentally shot in head during prank

A northern Alabama teen is fighting for his life after he was accidentally shot in the head with a handgun during a prank gone awry, police said. Jesse Rainey, 15, went with seven male friends early Saturday to an unoccupied Tuscumbia home belonging to the grandmother of one of the boys, according to They decided to spend the night there after a football game. “One of the young men cut the lights to the house, then a few of the other guys snuck back inside, wanting their friends to believe there was an intruder,” Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May told ABC News. Rainey reportedly hid in one of the closets, and decided to jump out and scare one of his friends. Authorities say the other boy, who was carrying a .38 caliber handgun, was spooked and fired at Rainey.

Texas man stung to death by bees while mowing his lawn

A 65-year-old Texas man died after his riding lawnmower riled up a hive of bees that swarmed and stung him. Juan Urrita was stung so many times last Thursday that his airway closed up, his niece Leticia Arceneaux told KHOU-TV. By the time paramedics arrived at his Bexar County home, he had stopped breathing.

3 bodies found under house in Hyogo

HYOGO — Police said Sunday they have found the remains of three people under a house belonging to a woman who was arrested for murder last year in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. Miyoko Sumida, 64, was arrested and charged with beating to death 66-year-old Kazuko Oe and encasing her body in concrete inside a metal drum which was found in a warehouse last year. Responding to reports that a series of people in the local area had gone missing and that other bodies may have been hidden at Sumida’s home, police searched the property Sunday and discovered two bodies in the earth underneath the house, Fuji TV reported.

5 dead, 25 wounded in weekend shootings

Five people were killed and at least 25 people were wounded in separate shootings since Friday night.

Horror as children, 8 and 6, wake up to find parents dead after their 'father shot dead their mother and turned the gun on himself' in bed

Two young Tennessee children are being held in custody by child services today after finding their parents shot to death in their bed at home on Saturday morning. The deceased Guyanese couple, Adytia Ramotar, 37 and Sharon Forbes, 35 were found by their 8-year-old son after what Smyrna police believe was a murder-suicide killing by Mr Ramotar who shot his ex-wife before turning the gun on himself. According to a neighbour, the boy came to his doorstep at around 6.40am holding the weapon and explaining that his parents were both dead.

Mexican teen killed by U.S. border agents was shot SEVEN times in the back after throwing rocks across border

A teenage boy apparently killed after throwing rocks at U.S. Border Patrol agents last week, was hit seven times by gunfire and died on a sidewalk just across the Arizona-Mexico border. Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, from Nogales, Sonora, was found dead at the border from gunshot wounds about midnight last Wednesday. An unnamed Mexican official with direct knowledge of the investigation said the teenager was shot multiple times in the back. The mayor of Nogales, Ramon Guzman Munoz said Rodriguez was killed in a 'hail of bullets'. He has described the episode as 'deplorable' and urged a thorough investigation by both U.S. and Mexican authorities.

Doctor's wife and her four young children die in house fire - and a fifth taken to hospital - as police confirm early hours blaze as suspicious

-Firefighters were called to the house in Harlow, Essex, at 1.45am and they think fuel may have been used to start the blaze
-Two boys and a girl died along with their mother and a fourth child was declared dead this morning
-Police and firefighters have launched investigation into the cause of the blaze which 'began downstairs'
-They found a silver Ford Focus alight 50 yards from the home and are treating this as suspected arson

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bronx middle school teacher disciplined for ordering her students to pray to Jesus

A God-fearing city teacher earned a slap on the wrist for ordering her students to kneel and pray to Jesus, education officials said. Michelle Schindelheim, of Bronx Middle School 301, drew the attention of investigators in March 2011, after students complained that she was forcing them to pray to God instead of teaching them to read. Students told investigators that just before Christmas 2010 the English as a Second Language instructor stopped class and told students “they were going to talk to God.” Then Schindelheim, who is 47 and earns $80,000, ordered students to “sit in a circle and sing and pray to God,” making the kids recite The Lord’s Prayer in their native Spanish. She even whipped out her cell phone and put her priest on speakerphone, so he could listen to her class’s prayers, investigators said.

Lone gunman shoots man and woman at Bronx motel

A jilted lover stalked and shot his ex-girlfriend and her new beau, ignoring the woman’s desperate pleas for mercy early Saturday outside a seedy Bronx motel. The killer was waiting when the couple emerged from the Holiday Motel around 3:10 a.m., and he blasted more than two dozen bullets at the helpless duo, witnesses and police said. “Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” wailed Tracy Bennett, 38, before the shooter gunned down the twosome in the parking lot. The slain woman had an order of protection against her killer, police sources said. Bennett and her boyfriend, Wayne Hamilton, 50, were about to leave in her white Toyota Camry when the gunman sprinted out of the darkness and opened fire, the sources said.

Wild mushrooms kill 6 in SW China

GUIYANG - Six members of a family in Southwest China's Yunnan province have died after consuming poisonous wild mushrooms, doctors said Saturday. A nine-member family from Zhenxiong county collected poisonous mushrooms from a nearby mountain on September 28, according to doctors at the People's Hospital in Guizhou Province (PHGP), where the three surviving family members are being treated.

Horror as worker is COOKED ALIVE in industrial oven at Bumble Bee tuna plant

In what plant officials are calling a 'horrendous tragedy' Bumble Bee tuna plant worker Jose Melena died Thursday when he was cooked in an industrial oven. Officials say it's still unclear how Melena, 62, ended up in the Santa Fe California plant's cooking device. Coroner's documents referred to it as a 'steamer machine.' Police were reportedly called to the plant at 7 a.m. Thursday morning regarding an industrial accident. They found Melena in the oven and pronounced him dead at the scene.

'Beaten with leather straps, raped, and killed': Former students speak of horrors of now-defunct boys' reform school as up to 18 unmarked graves found on site

At first glance, a cemetery on the grounds of a former boys’ reform school is nothing more than what it appears, marking graves of former students who died during influenza outbreaks and fires with simple metal crosses. But now investigators believe that there may be more bodies near the site where 31 white crosses mark where bodies of students of the Florida School for Boys were laid to rest. Though the school was shuttered last year and a 2009 investigation cleared the school of any criminal wrongdoing with the 31 unidentified boys, the bodies of up to 50 other students have not been accounted for.