A judge has ordered Wells Fargo to pay a New Mexico family $3.2 million after the bank wrongfully foreclosed on a deceased man’s home despite an insurance policy he bought to pay off the remaining mortgage payments.
James Dollens, a worker at General Mills in Albuquerque, died suddenly 4 years ago after he fell off a catwalk. Prior to his death, Dollens had purchased an accidental death mortgage insurance policy from Wells Fargo. At the time of his death, Dollens owed $125,000 on his mortgage.
Immediately, Dollens’ death was reported to both Wells Fargo and the issuer Minnesota Life to make a claim. At that point, Wells Fargo should have attempted to get money from the insurance policy, but they instead sent notices that the mortgage was in default and that the home would be foreclosed on.
“Even though the family and the insurance company had asked Wells Fargo to hold off until the insurance was paid they completely ignored and went ahead and wrongfully foreclosed,” said Dollens family attorney Katy Duhigg-Kennedy. “Their actions were so bad that it justified a higher award basically to tell them to stop it."
In the end, the judge, who called the bank’s behavior “shocking,” ordered them to pay $3.2 million for damages, attorney’s fees, and court costs, as well as punitive damages worth $2.7 million for James Dollens’ estate. Wells Fargo says that they plan to appeal parts of the decision.
A Long Island man is facing shocking charges after authorities say he had sex with a dog and then beat it with a baseball bat.
26-year-old Steven Errante of Dix Hills has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, petit larceny, and sexual misconduct. The petit larceny charge has been presented because Errante allegedly stole the dog from a pen behind a church near his home.
The dog suffered a severe skull injury, among other serious ones, and sadly had to be euthanized days later.
Errante pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is being held on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. A psychiatric evaluation has also been ordered to see if the man is mentally unstable.
A woman and her alleged lover were stoned to death by the woman’s husband and an angry mob in the small Pakistani province of Balochistan, and now, the husband and others have been arrested.
According to reports, the woman’s husband approached a local cleric to ask him to approve the stoning. Once he gave them permission, the mob led by Hayat Bibi’s husband found her alleged lover Daraz Khan, 25, and took him to be stoned to death. Bibi, 27, who went into hiding when the affair was discovered a week earlier, finally came forward after learning that Khan had been captured.
Bibi was forced to watch Khan be brutally stoned to death before the rocks were thrown at her. In Pakistan, death by stoning is legal, but only if a federal or provincial court passes it. In this case, neither approved the stoning, so both are being considered murders rather than sentences for a crime.
“It is a shameful act and the people involved in stoning the man and the woman will be brought to justice,” said Sarfaraz Bugti, the interior minister for Balochistan.
Now, Bibi’s husband, the cleric, and four others that were involved have been arrested and charged with murder. All could face the death penalty for the charges, but reports say that it is unlikely that will actually happen.
After the death of 37-year-old JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive Ryan Crane earlier this month, many are beginning to wonder why there have been a string of untimely deaths in the financial world recently.
Crane was found dead in his Stanford, Connecticut home on February 3, and presently, toxicology results have not yet come back to determine the cause of death.
“Ryan was a beloved colleague who will be dearly missed,” said JPMorgan Chase spokesman Justin Perras of the late Harvard graduate. “Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends.”
Just a week prior to Crane’s death, four other higher-profile deaths in the financial world made headlines, including Deutsche Bank AG senior executive William Broeksmit in an apparent suicide, Karl Slym of Tata Motors in an apparent suicide, Gabriel Magee, another JPMorgan employee, in an apparent suicide, and Mike Dueker, chief economist for Russell Investments, in an apparent suicide.
Following the recent string of deaths in the financial world, reports say that many bigger companies have encouraged their employees to take extra time off to decrease stress levels.
On Monday, Opposing Views reported on the tragic wrong-way car crash that killed six people in Diamond Bar, California. Authorities initially determined that the driver, Olivia Carolee Culbreath, might have been drunk when she sped down California’s 60 Freeway in the wrong direction.
Now, police say that 21-year-old Culbreath had a history of driving offenses, including a DUI conviction at the young age of 16. According to reports, Culbreath had a slew of other offenses that earned her restrictions on her license, but just last week, all of those restrictions were supposedly lifted.
Police have now been able to identify the six victims who died in the crash. The two passengers in Culbreath’s car, 21-year-old Kristin Young and 24-year-old Maya Louise Culbreath, Olivia’s sister, were both killed in the accident. The car that was hit head on had four passengers inside, and all unfortunately died. That family of four included Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, Ester Delgado, Leticia Ibarra, 42, and Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20. Jessica Mejia was the daughter of Gregorio Mejia-Martinez and Leticia Ibarra, and Ester Delgado was Jessica’s grandmother.
“We are just in a lot of pain right now,” said an unknown member of Culbreath’s family. “We are just devastated for everyone else involved.”
Culbreath herself survived the accident and was taken to the hospital in stable condition after suffering a broken femur and a ruptured bladder. The 21-year-old is facing serious charges for her drunk driving wreck that killed six others.
Reports note that Maya Culbreath, Olivia’s sister who perished in the crash, also had a string of DUI convictions and had her license taken away last year. An investigation is still ongoing.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested after his 37-year-old mother was found dead in their Washington state home, and after initially saying that he discovered her dead when he got home from school, the teen has now admitted to beating her to death with a dumbbell.
Brad George initially played the part of a grieving son and said that he had no idea how the death happened. He was the one that called 911 and told police that it looked like someone had broken into their home.
“She has supported me my whole life. She always knew what was best for us. I don’t know who could have done this,” he said about his adopted mother Georgina Latshaw before being arrested. “This doesn’t feel real, this all feels fake.”
George had been adopted 10 years earlier by Latshaw and has reportedly suffered from mental illness for some time. Police realized that he may not be telling the truth when they discovered the dumbbell and bloodstained clothes in his bedroom.
The teenager is being held on $500,000 bail and will reportedly be charged as an adult for the murder.
An Idaho police officer was caught on his dashboard camera fatally shooting a dog in its owner’s yard while responding to a call, and now, the police department is defending the officer’s actions.
Officer Tarek Hassani responded to a complaint that there were loose dogs at the home of Rick Clubb. When he arrived at Clubb’s home, he discovered that there were, in fact, three dogs running around the property. The video shows Hassani walk up to one of the dogs and kick it while yelling at them to get out of the way. He then takes out his gun, points it at Clubb’s service dog, Hooch, and shoots it right in the yard.
“He didn’t have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog,” said Clubb. “It was right outside my son’s bedroom. What if it had ricocheted through the window?”
Clubb was in the house when the fatal shot was fired because the family was celebrating their 9-year-old son’s birthday. When Clubb answered Hassani’s knock at the door, an argument broke out. Hassani threatened to take Clubb to jail if Clubb refused to cooperate with Hassani.
Through it all, Hassani said he felt bad that he shot the dog but defended his actions because, as he claimed, he thought he was going to get bitten. He says a past experience getting bitten by a dog at a call is why he felt he had to shoot it.
"It got to the point where he felt that the dog was too much of a danger, and it was aggressing him too much, and he decided that he didn't want to get bit, and for his own safety shot the dog and put it down," said Filer Chief of Police Tim Reeves. “The officer does not have to get bit before he could defend himself against the dog.”
Hooch was reportedly a service dog for Clubb, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and was seven years old.
9-Year-Old Omaree Varela Kicked to Death By Mother After Calling 911 To Report Abuse Six Months Earlier (Video)
The disturbing death of a young boy in Albuquerque, New Mexico has many calling for more people to be held accountable.
In June of last year, 9-year-old Omaree Varela called 911 and let operators hear what was happening in his home. In the troubling recording, two adults voices are clearly heard berating and verbally abusing the young boy as he cries.
"You make everybody sick around you, Omaree. Everybody,” said the unidentified man. “You make me and your mom fucking sick, man. I f*cking can't stand you Omaree, my Lord.”
A woman, believed to be Omaree’s mother Synthia Varela-Casaus, can also be heard screaming and yelling at the boy, calling him names and making him cry.
According to reports, authorities were dispatched to the home following the 911 call, but no police report was filed.
Six months later, Omaree Varela was found dead at the very home that police went to earlier. His mother Synthia was arrested and has now been charged with one count of child abuse resulting in death, five counts of child abuse, and one count of tampering with evidence. Authorities say that the mother repeatedly kicked Omaree to death, which she claims was an accident.
Now, many people are angry that nothing was done to prevent this from happening back in June when the initial 911 call was made. Activist groups in the area are calling for the firings of the two original responding officers and of the Children Youth and Families Department secretary.
In the meantime, Albuquerque police say that the two responding officers have been placed on paid leave while an investigation is launched.
“As of February 4 the two officers who were dispatched on the call have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation,” said Albuquerque Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry. “There are many aspects of this call which are extremely troubling. “If it is determined by the internal affairs investigation that officers involved did not respond in accordance with proper procedures, swift action will be taken to hold those individuals accountable.”
Omaree reportedly told school officials about abuse in his home a year before he died.
A newlywed couple decided to go on a BASE jump at Zion Park in Utah, but tragically, the husband watched his brand new wife jump to her death.
Clayton Butler, 29, went with his 28-year-old wife of two weeks Amber Marie Bellows to Zion National Park to attempt the jump. The two were both experienced with BASE jumping, but doing the extreme activity is actually not allowed at Zion.
Bellows jumped first, and sadly, her parachute failed to open. The new bride fell 2,000 feet to her death right in front of her husband’s eyes.
"It is just really sad and our condolences go out to her family and friends," said park superintendent Jim Milestone. "BASE jumping is so dangerous. Even for those that are experienced, like Amber Bellows. That is one of the reasons it is not allowed in the park."
The tragic death is currently being investigated, but early reports have not indicated foul play of any kind. BASE jumping is different from skydiving because instead of jumping from an airplane, participants jump from a fixed object.
Two very similar car wrecks happened over the weekend, and both sadly resulted in multiple fatalities.
The first happened in California when 21-year-old Olivia Carolee Culbreath crashed head on into another vehicle while driving the wrong way down the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, California. Police say they found evidence of alcohol in the vehicle after responding to the crash.
Culbreath was injured in the crash but did make it out alive. Six people died from the wreck, including two of Culbreath’s passengers as well as the family of four that they collided with.
“The officers had sufficient evidence and believe that she was impaired at the time,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.
“Not only are the parties who are involved affected by this, but the family members of the parties,” continued Jimenez. “As an emergency personnel, this is something that we never want to see. We train for this but never actually have to want to use that training.”
Four people died on the scene, and two others died later on at the hospital. Culbreath suffered a broken femur and a ruptured bladder and was listed in stable condition. She already faces criminal charges for the fatal crash.
Around the same time, another wrong way crash happened in Florida that left the driver and four promising college students dead. The driver was speeding the wrong way down the center lane of Interstate 275 in Tampa around 2 a.m. Sunday morning when he collided head-on with a car full of young students. All four students were between 20 and 22 years old and were killed instantly. The driver who caused the crash was also killed.
The Florida crash was caught on camera by someone on the other side of the highway. It is deeply disturbing and clearly shows the cars collide and burst into flames. Watch that video below.
WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT