The family of a Vietnam war veteran who died after a stranger turned off his life support is suing a Florida hospital for neglecting to check the man’s identity.
By claiming to be a relation, Richard Leclair was able to pull the plug on his 'friend' Roger MacKinnon and ultimately cash in his life savings.
In May of 2011, MacKinnon began suffering chest pains and was admitted to Florida Hospital Deland. One month later, in June, his wife authorized doctors to put him on life support.
Recently, MacKinnon went under exploratory surgery when he his heart suddenly stopped and he slipped into a coma. Two days later, Leclair signed forms indicating his false relation to MacKinnon, who later died alone.
Immediately after MacKinnon’s death, Leclair claimed the $106,000 in the man’s bank account and removed thousands of dollars of furniture and appliances from Mackinnon’s home.
Though the case was thrown out on a technicality last month, the family’s attorney has asked the court to reconsider the case.
It seems like a problem ripe for science-fiction: whether or not to mandate a permanent “kill switch” in mobile devices to stop the statistically high number of smartphone thefts in California. A bill was finally unveiled by State Sen. Mark Leno and District Attorney George Gascon of San Francisco that, if passed, will require all phones sold in California to have the ability by 2015.
According to RT.com, thefts of mobile phones “account for almost one in three U.S. robberies” and the instances are even higher in California. The proposed law would require the installation of a mechanism that could permanently disable the device, ending all potential for the phone to be reactivated in America or abroad.
Given that Americans currently spend about $7.8 billion in phone insurance, San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr told the Associated Press, “I can’t imagine someone would vote against” this proposed law. However, CTIA, a trade group for wireless providers, disputes the assertion that phone insurance is its only worry.
The main concern about a permanent kill switch embedded in smartphones is that, like any device connected to the internet, it is susceptible to hacking. A recent NBC News report about hacking in Sochi, Russia is but one example of how vulnerable our data really can be. Government officials or public profile individuals who use smartphones could face an extra risk of attack from hackers looking to exploit the kill switch.
Phone insurance is both aggressively pushed by wireless providers and not a terrible idea for consumers who are purchasing very expensive pieces of technology. Shattered screens, broken buttons, and myriad other problems that can affect the phone make the insurance a product consumers want. It seems as if California lawmakers are treating a side-effect and not the disease. There are other ways to reduce this specific criminal problem than by placing restrictions on citizens and private companies.
A cafeteria worker has recently been accused of stealing from the North Springs High School in north Fulton County. And this is no case of petty theft: having spent five years stealing at an estimated rate of $500 a day, former cafeteria manager Brenda Watts has allegedly pocketed up to 1 million dollars of students’ lunch money.
The story first surfaced last spring, when it became known that the manager was running a “cash-only line for which there were no records.” Footage from the cafeteria revealed information that supported the cafeteria worker’s claim: of the cafeteria’s five food lines, four had a cash register that kept track of incoming money. The fifth line led up to a blue cart that never had a register, and sold items for cash only.
Last spring, when former cafeteria worker Beth Walsh was asked how long the a-la-carte line had been running, her response was startling. “At least 15 years. Maybe 20,” she said. Walsh has since been fired, but says she doesn’t regret turning in her former boss. Watts had worked for the school system for 26 years before retiring last June. She announced her retirement one day after the story’s details first emerged.
Assuming that the police estimate of $500 per day holds true, Watts was making out with some $90,000 in a school year. Over the course of the 15 years she worked the cart, her total comes out to an astonishing 1.3 million dollars. Police have dubbed the case a “long-running and extremely profitable theft scheme.” Ten arrest warrants have been issued for Watts. When investigative reporter Richard Belcher showed up at her home for comment on this story, his presence went seemingly unacknowledged.
However, only moments later, a Mercedes pulled out of the garage and sped away. One is left to wonder how such a sum could have gone missing unnoticed from a school cafeteria, and why no one ever questioned the cash-only cart’s presence before. Perhaps Watts’ five-bedroom, 5,400 square-foot home should also have raised some questions concerning the truth behind what kind of income the cafeteria worker was bringing in.
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A Philadelphia woman was walking with her mother when two robbers stopped them and demanded they give them money. One wanted to take 26-year-old Amber Long’s $14 purse, according to her mother Stephanie, but the young woman refused. Tragically, Amber Long was shot and killed right there in front of her mother.
"One of them grabbed my purse and got away. The other one tried to grab her purse and she resisted," said Stephanie Long of the incident. "He shot her; he just shot her at pointblank range. He shot her in the chest and he shot to kill. It went right in the heart."
Amber was rushed to a local hospital, but was unfortunately pronounced dead not long after.
Long was an architect and had a promising future in Philadelphia.
"She moved here to go to school and when she came here for school, she loved the city and she stayed," said her Troy, Amber’s father. "She wanted to get a job here, so she got a got a job here. She stayed. She loves Philly."
Philadelphia police say they have interviewed multiple people for possible connections to the case and are hoping that they will soon be able to apprehend the two suspects.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to make an arrest soon," said Capt. James Clark. "We're still putting some pieces of the puzzle together."
When a Riverside, California woman found out through mutual friends that a terminally ill girl’s dream was to have a pug puppy, she was deeply moved and decided that she would purchase one for her.
Shawna Hamon, 45, set up to have the pug, named Mu Shu, delivered to the 8-year-old girl with leukemia in Sacramento through an acquaintance she knew from dog rescue work. The dog never made it to the young girl, however, as the woman entrusted to deliver the dog decided to keep it for herself.
“We looked to get her one for Christmas to make her Christmas dream come true – because she was terminally ill,” said Hamon.
When Hamon discovered that the dog never made it to Sacramento, she attempted to contact the woman she trusted to deliver it. At first, the woman tried to avoid Hamon’s calls, but eventually, after Hamon sent an attorney and an animal deliver service to the woman’s house, she refused to give Mu Shu up.
After Hamon filed a report and a search warrant was served, the dog was not found at the woman’s residence when authorities arrived. Eventually, Mu Shu was found at the woman’s neighbor’s house.
“Yesterday, he called me on his way back and said, ‘I’ve got your baby sitting in my lap',” said Hamon of the moment when Riverside police officer Anthony Watkins told her he had found the pug. “She’s doing very well.”
“It was just a blessing,” said Hamon of the police efforts. “I’m so blessed that they went and above beyond to make this little girl’s dream come true.”
Riverside Police Sgt. Kevin Townsend called the dog thief a “crazy woman” as they plan to charge her with felony theft.
Hamon says she will personally deliver the dog to the sick 8-year-old girl, who is currently being treated at a hospital in Philadelphia.
A rowdy twerk mob descended on a Texas convenience store on Saturday night and stole over $200 worth of snacks.
The group, comprised of 30-40 teenagers, was caught on surveillance tape running in and out of the store for around 20 minutes while two store clerks were left overwhelmed. Outside, some of the teens were seen dancing, twerking, and doing the splits.
19-year-old Chevron clerk Terry Polsgrove was present for the whole thing. He spoke to Texas-based newspaper The Eagle about what it was like dealing with the crowd.
“Within a matter of 20 minutes, I was overwhelmed by kids ages 8 to 17, I mean it was crazy,” he said. “I've never seen anything as crazy as that.”
Polesgrove said the teens told him they’d been out at a teen night at Club Nice across the street before making their way into the convenience store.
Bryan police department chief Kelly McKethan said the department is investigating the event. No charges have been filed at this time.
Watch this video to see the whole bizarre event:
In 2006, 15-year-old Travion Blount was given the longest prison sentence ever given to a teenager for a crime other than murder. He was sentenced to an incredible six life sentences plus an additional 118 years (you know, just in case he outlived the first six lifers) in prison for his role in a 2006 house theft.
In the theft, 15-year-old Blount and two 18 year old accomplices stole cell phones, cash, and marijuana from a local house party. The boys were quickly detained by police and charged with their crimes.
The 18 year olds accepted plea deals that landed them only 10 and 13 years in jail. Blount rejected his plea deal at the time, and as a result the judge handed him an infinitely more harsh sentence.
Blount has been serving time in Wallens Ridge State Prison since 2007. Now, almost seven years later, Blount and his attorney are appealing his sentence. They are arguing that his punishment is far more severe than the crime, especially given that the other two teens who committed the crime with him are serving only a fraction of the time Blount is. The appeal is being sent to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in hopes that he will pardon Blount before leaving office.
“There is no arguing that the crime committed was trivial,” the appeal reads. “What is arguable is the fact that, out of the three individuals who committed the crime, only one person will die in prison.”
The letter adds that the young Blount was “naive and unduly influenced by the boys.”
Virginia governors are allowed to grant conditional pardons to prisoners. As part of Blount’s conditional pardon appeal, he agrees to meet any conditions Gov. McDonnell sees fit. Prior to being incarcerated for theft, Blount was convicted of unauthorized use of a vehicle, robbery, attempted robbery, and malicious wounding.
When asked for a comment on Blount’s appeal, Gov. McDonnell’s office only said the request is “working its way through the normal process."
Massachusetts police began searching for an interesting thief Sunday, after they discovered footage of a man carrying a 250-pound safe out of a Weymouth restaurant.
Kevin Hynes, owner of Stockholders Restaurant and victim of theft, said a man walked out of his restaurant Sunday hauling the large safe.
Video surveillance footage showed the man entering a side door in the back of the restaurant, heading down the stairs and returning with a large object in a trash bag.
Hynes has not suggested how much money might be in the vault, but he is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone with information leading to the thief’s arrest.
Hynes has since purchased a heavier vault and bolted it to the concrete floor.
No arrests have yet been made.
A 12-year-old boy in India was brutally beaten to death by residents in his small village after he and another boy allegedly stole a box of biscuits from a store.
According to reports, Chhotu Kumar was stripped, hung upside down, and beaten to death by villagers in front of his parents. The young boy's parents tried to plead with the attackers to grant him forgiveness, but they refused.
The "judges" said that they would stop beating Chhotu if the parents paid 10,000 rupees (the equivalent of about $182) up front, but the parents said they were poor and couldn’t get the money for two days.
The other boy, 13-year-old Pintu Kumar, was also badly beaten, but he just barely survived. Police are now actively searching for eight people they believe are responsible for the heinous act.
"The incident is quite serious as the villagers have taken law into their hands," said local police superintendent Ajit Kumar Satyarthi. "We are not going to spare any of them."
An unusual home invasion in Los Angeles quickly turned from robbery to hostage situation, ending in the apprehension of all four armed suspects.
In the early morning hours on Saturday, four armed robbers broke into a home in Lincoln Heights. The resident home at the time allegedly saw the suspects on the home surveillance system and called police around 2:40 a.m.
As the SWAT team and K-9 units arrived at the home, two of the suspects fled. The other two held the resident hostage inside the home for a reported total of two and a half hours. At one point, the suspects convinced the hostage to try and pass them off as hostages as well. That plan, however, didn’t work out well.
"At some point, the victim walked out of the house with the two suspects in trail, pretending that they were victims as well. The police didn't fall for that," said Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department. "They were able to take all those people into custody, figure out who was who, and ultimately arrest those two suspects."
The two suspects that fled were eventually caught. One of them was actually found hiding in the home’s backyard.