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Youth protection takes 10 children among followers of 'guru'

Marcel Pontbriand
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Marcel Pontbriand, a self-styled guru, has been called a 'charismatic figure' with followers in Arizona.
Youth protection officials from Quebec's Montérégie region have taken custody of 10 children who had allegedly been living with followers of a self-styled prophet of the apocalypse in Arizona.

Marcel Pontbriand, a former businessman from Beloeil, Que, who claims he can heal the sick and perform exorcisms, has been living in Marana, Ariz., with his followers and some children.

He moved to the Marana area after facing a slew of accusations stemming from an illegal investment scheme he masterminded while living in Quebec.

Border services officials intercepted the children in Vancouver on Monday. The children, who were accompanied by two adults, were heading into Canada from the U.S.

It is unclear why the children and the two adults were crossing the border.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Maryse Davreux, the director of the Montérégie youth protection services, confirmed that 10 children between the ages of two and seven were brought to Montreal while two others remained in British Columbia with their father.

"We took care of the 10 children we have right now, we do not currently have contact with the parents, we are waiting for the parents to contact us. We do not know where they are," she said.

Quebec provincial police had issued a warrant to warn U.S. officials of the presence of 14 children they believe resided with Pontbriand.

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Zurich, Switzerland to build drive-in 'sex boxes' for prostitutes and clients

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The Zurich, Switzerland city council has approved a plan to build 'sex boxes,' which will resemble garages, where prostitutes and their clients can meet discreetly.

Located in an industrial area of Zurich, the garage-like boxes will have roofs and walls for privacy and easy access for cars, reports the Daily Mail.

Prostitutes will also have to take out medical insurance, buy a license and pay five Swiss francs into a machine each night.

Prostitution will be outlawed in certain areas of Zurich where it has led to local complaints, and will be confined to the booths and two other zones after they open in August.


Programmed to Kill? Dark Knight gunman: 'Evil therapist programmed me to commit mass slaughter at Aurora cinema'


Holmes reportedly told fellow inmate Steven Unruh that he had carried out the massacre after being 'programmed' by an 'evil therapist'

James Holmes
The man accused of shooting dead 12 people during a screening of the latest Batman movie said he was programmed to commit the gun rampage by an 'evil therapist,' a former prison inmate has claimed.

James Holmes, 24, has been charged with carrying out the killings - and injuring at least 58 others - on July 20, when he allegedly opened fire at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, that was showing The Dark Knight Rises.

Steven Unruh who claims to have been a fellow inmate at the detention centre where Holmes is being held said he told him that he was 'programmed' to carry out the massacre during psychotherapy he had been receiving.

Thirty eight-year-old Mr Unruh said he was in the booking area of the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility in Colorado when Holmes was first brought in.

He said he communicated with Holmes from a nearby cell and that he told him that 'he felt like he was in a video game' during the shooting and that 'he wasn't on his meds' and 'nobody would help him,' reports Infowars.com - the website of the Alex Jones radio show.

Comment: Does this sound outlandish to you? Then watch this:

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World gone wrong: Shocking video catches Oklahoma police officer using taser on woman in handcuffs

An Oklahoma woman is suing her local police station after an officer attacked her with his taser while she was handcuffed in jail - and it was all caught on tape. The shocking video shows City of McAlester police officer Sterling Taylor-Santino stunning Nakina Williams in the chest at point-blank range while she is restrained inside Pittsburgh County Jail.

He continues to use the weapon on the woman, who had been arrested for drunken behaviour, for what seems like minutes as she runs around the booking area, attempting to get away from the taser.

Better Earth

Violent crime takes a holiday in New York City

New York City
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Pedestrians walk along Lexington Avenue past a steam vent in New York, November 28, 2012.
New York City passed a day without a single report of a person being shot, stabbed or subject to other sorts of violent crime for the first time in recent memory, police said on Wednesday.

The rare day occurred on Monday, near the end of a year when the city's murder rate is on target to hit its lowest point since 1960, according to New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne.

Browne said it was "first time in memory" the city's police force had experienced such a peaceful day.

While crime is up 3 percent overall, including a 9 percent surge in grand larceny police attribute to a rash of smart phone thefts, murder is down 23 percent over last year, the NYPD said.

As for a day without violent crime, experts said they could not recall that happening in recent memory. "In a city of 8 million people, this is extremely rare," said Tom Repetto, author of 'American Police, 1949-2012.'

Bad Guys

Bullies William Bailey and son Joseph mock girl with cerebral palsy

William Bailey was sentenced to one month in jail after he was recorded (video below) with his nine-year-old son Joseph mocking 10-year-old Hope Holcomb, who has cerebral palsy.

Every day after school at the bus stop, William and Joseph mocked the disabled girl, who repeatedly ask them to stop, reports the Daily Mail.

The girl's grandmother videotaped William and Joseph hobbling to the school bus in Pike Township, Ohio, and gave the video to police.

William plead no contest to reduced misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and aggravated menacing.

Tricia Knight, Hope's mother, told Fox News: "It started last year we had trouble on the bus, she was miserable she didn't want to ride the bus, cried every morning. He treats her like crap, and most recently the dad got involved. We just want the bullying and the ridiculous behavior from the kids and the adults to stop."


Man shoots boy dead in parking lot because he wouldn't turn his music down

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A Brevard County man remained in jail late Tuesday, accused of shooting a teenager dead in an argument over loud music.

Michael David Dunn, 45, and his girlfriend were in Jacksonville Friday for Dunn's son's wedding when they stopped at a convenience store, Jacksonville sheriff's Lt. Rob Schoonover said.

Jordan Russell Davis, 17, and several other teenagers were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music, Schoonover said.

Jordan and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice, Schoonover said. Jordan was sitting in the back seat. No one else was hurt.

Comment: This is utterly insane. It's not like they were neighbours and Dunn couldn't escape whatever noise was annoying him. But even that would not call for such an extreme reprisal.

Heart - Black

Samsung production line staff 'forced to work 16 hours a day and are given just one day off a month'

Samsung has come under fire after it was claimed that employees at one of its suppliers are made to work up to 16 hours a day, with only one day's rest a month. The claim will pile pressure on the South Korean electronics giant to address working practices after it admitted excessive overtime and fines for employees in China.

Samsung, which is the world's largest maker of cell phones and televisions, said on Monday that a review of 105 of its Chinese suppliers - involving more than 65,000 employees - found illegal work practices, but said the companies involved would be given two more years to change their ways. Now New York-based China Labor Watch (CLW) said employees at one of Samsung's suppliers sometimes worked up to 16 hours a day, and were given just one day off each month.
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Work forced: Employees at Samsung's Chinese suppliers are made to work 16 hours a day, it is claimed (file picture)


Robert Gleason Jr. opts for electric chair, first time since 2010

Robert Gleason Jr., a Virginia prisoner who strangled two inmates in prison, has promised to keep killing unless he is put to death in the electric chair on January 16, 2013.

Gleason has killed a total of three people and waived all state and federal appeals. He would be the first prisoner to die in the electric chair, nicknamed 'Old Sparky,' since 2010.

Gleason told the Associated Press:
"I did the crime and this is the punishment. It is what it is. I ain't going to go kill a bunch of people and say 'Oh, don't do that to me.'"
Inmates in Virginia get to choose between electrocution or lethal injection, reports the Daily Mail.

Heart - Black

Defense attorney Steve Taylor compares 11-year-old gang-rape victim to "spider" luring men into "web"

Defense attorney Steve Taylor recently compared an unidentified 11-year-old gang-rape victim to a "spider" who lured 20 men into her "web."

Taylor is defending 20-year-old Jared Cruse (pictured), one of 20 men who allegedly gang-raped the child, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Cruse was identified as a suspect after the father of the girl was sent sexually explicit pictures of his daughter on his cell phone in November of 2010.

Cruse is already serving an eight-year sentence for aggravated robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Police say the 11 year old was raped repeatedly between September 15, 2010 and December 3, 2010 by a gang of 20 boys aged between 14 and 27 in an abandoned cabin and trailer in Cleveland, Texas, reports the Daily Mail.