Society's Child


Ohio man collapses, dies outside courtroom after judge issues sentence for molesting 14-year old

© Pacificlegal
The 51-year-old man who died outside a Cleveland courtroom Wednesday told a judge that the 14-year-old girl he victimized had feelings for him.

Miguel Aybar's remark outraged Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Michelle Denise Earley who issued a sharp rebuke in the form of a 60-day jail sentence. Aybar pleaded no contest to unlawful restraint and was found guilty, a court spokesman said

Earley ordered Aybar out of court. He collapsed outside the courtroom and died.

The West Side resident was accused of restraining his teen victim and of "kissing her in the mouth with his tongue," according to a court document.

Courtroom video shows Aybar apologize to his victim and to the girl's mother minutes before his death.
Alarm Clock

Grandson charged after body of grandma found in minivan outside Florida nudist home

Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt's 18-year-old grandson, Brandon Machetto, was charged Monday with her murder after authorities say he was found driving her body away from her nudist community home in Lutz, Florida.

© Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Hours after 74-year-old Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt, left, was reported missing from her nudist community home in Florida on Monday, her grandson, Brandon Machetto, 18, right, was arrested and charged with her murder.
A silver alert for a missing 74-year-old woman ended in tragedy Monday when her body was allegedly found in the back of her minivan outside her nudist home in Florida.

Sylvia Rosalie Schmitt's 18-year-old grandson, Brandon Machetto, has been charged with her murder after he was found driving her body away from her home in Lutz, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a press conference.

Supreme Court rules abortion clinic 'buffer zones' infringe on protesters' free speech

© Shutterstock
Justices side with seven Massachusetts anti-abortion protesters who said 35-foot buffer zone infringed on free speech

The US supreme court struck down a Massachusetts law ensuring a 35-foot protective "buffer zone" outside abortion clinics, ruling that it violated the first amendment by preventing the free speech of anti-abortion protesters.

In a unanimous decision, the court said the zone was too sweeping, intruding onto public sidewalks where free debate and leafletting traditionally take place.

The decision, which was relatively narrow, allows the state an opportunity to enact a new, less restrictive law. It did not overturn a previous supreme court decision in 2000, which upheld a buffer zone in Colorado.

The 2007 law was aimed at keeping protesters at least 35 feet from the entrance to prevent clashes between opponents and advocates of abortion rights that were occurring outside healthcare clinics.

Close call as many escape Texas collapse with minor injuries

More than 30 people in Texas were taken to area hospitals after a two-story building collapsed during a celebration - an accident that could have been far worse, authorities said.

The collapse of the second floor of a two-story garage in west Harris County at around 1 p.m. sent 36 people to area hospitals, but most suffered only minor to moderate injuries, Houston Fire Department Senior Captain Ruy Lozano told NBC News.

Klu Klux Klan member claims he was fired from neighborhood watch for 'religious belief' in white superiority

© Facebook
A former member of the Tacony Town Watch in Philadelphia is claiming that he was removed from the watch because of his "religious belief" in the superiority of the white race.

William Walters, the Grand Dragon of Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire, told Philadelphia that the organization is "a Christian group," and on his Facebook page, he regularly argues that his racist beliefs are religious in origin:

Post by William Walters.

Walters said he plans on suing the Town Watch and the 65th Ward for his dismissal as soon as he finds a lawyer who will take his case. The American Civil Liberties Union already rejected him, and he has yet to hear back from the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Massachusetts governor signs bill raising minimum wage to $11 per hour

Demonstrators protest outside a Burger King restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2014.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday signed into law a measure raising the minimum wage to the highest of any U.S. state, $11 per hour, by 2017.

The move comes as U.S. Democrats nationally are trying to make the minimum wage a key issue ahead of midterm congressional elections in November, framing the effort as a quest of conscience on behalf of the millions of Americans living on wages that have not kept up with rising costs of living.

"Raising the minimum wage brings a little relief to the working poor, many of whom do jobs we could not live without and who recycle money right back into the economy," Patrick said in a statement announcing the signing.

The law will raise the state's minimum wage in stages from its current level of $8 per hour and follows similar moves by neighboring Connecticut and Vermont.

NRA challenging proposed law that would prevent convicted stalkers and domestic abusers from purchasing firearms

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is challenging a proposed law that would prevent individuals convicted of stalking from purchasing firearms and expand the definition of "intimate partner."

The NRA sent letters imploring senators to oppose the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013, which Minnesota Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar wrote to expand the definition of "intimate partner" to include "dating partners" and prohibit firearm sales to individuals who have been convicted of stalking.

"As a former prosecutor, I know how domestic violence and stalking can take lives and tear apart families," Sen. Klobuchar told the Huffington Post. "This is a commonsense bill that would protect victims and keep our families safe, and I will continue to work to move this legislation forward."

In the letter, the NRA argued that the legislation "manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as 'domestic violence' and 'stalking' simply to cast as wide a net as possible for firearm prohibitions."

New Yorkers gather over 53,000 signatures to force probe into WTC 7 collapse

Conspiracy theorists have gathered more than 53,000 signatures to place a 9/11 "truther" measure on the ballot.

The nonprofit group NYC Coalition for Accountably Now wants voters to decide whether New York City's Department of Buildings should investigate the collapse of any building taller than 20 stories dating back to Sept. 11, 2001, reported Crain's New York Business.

The measure does not include the Twin Towers, so only the collapse of 7 World Trade Center would fit the description laid out by activists, who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in their campaign to force an investigation.

The group's executive director insists his organization wants only to find out why 7 WTC collapsed and prevent future building collapses.
Heart - Black

South Dakota teen forced to wear 'Gaytard' name tag by fast food restaurant manager

A South Dakota teen said his manager forced him to wear a demeaning nametag while working at his fast food job.

Tyler Brandt said his boss had been verbally abusive to him since the 16-year-old began working at a Mexican restaurant in Yankton, reported KELO-TV.

"I've been very vulnerable, and I've been allowing him to say things to me that shouldn't be said, and after a while I was just worried about being terminated from my position at Taco John's," the teen said.

The verbal abuse escalated, the teen said, and the manager pulled him into his office and gave Brandt a nametag that read "Gaytard."

"I put it on because I didn't want to upset him, and I felt that if I did do anything to upset him, it would cause me to lose my job because he'd be looking for ways to fire me," Brandt said.

Devastated mother comes home to find her children gunned down in apparent murder-suicide by son

A mother in Stafford, Texas came home to find her daughter and her two sons shot to death in an apparent murder suicide. According to the Houston Chronicle, the victims were 23-year-old Faheem Mughal, 18-year-old Fahad Mughal and their 15-year-old sister, Rebecca Mughal.

Police told the Chronicle that they received a frantic 911 call around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday from a woman who was screaming that her baby was dead. When officers arrived at the residence, the woman was outside. She told police that two of her children were dead.

Inside the house, however, officers found three bodies. Police said they removed multiple handguns and rifles from the scene and are conducting ballistics tests to determine which ones were used in the killings.