Man divorces wife for not closing car door


Islam forbids Muslims from divorcing out of anger or for petty reasons, but this injunction did not stop a Saudi man from leaving his wife because she refused to close their car door, according to recent reports in local media and on social networking sites.

SAUDI-women-carThe couple reportedly went out on a picnic and when they returned home, the wife got out, helped their children to do so and then moved to go into their house.

Her husband then called out for her to close the door, but she refused, saying he should do so because he was closer to it. Incensed at her reply, the husband reportedly said: “You are forbidden to me and should not enter my home if you do not close the door.”

The woman then reportedly left and returned to her father’s house. Many people have tried to reconcile the couple, but the woman has rejected all attempts, saying that she does not want to remain married to such an “irresponsible” man Arab News spoke to well-known Saudi Sheikh Asim Al-Hakim on the matter, who said that the divorce is valid based on the man’s actions.

Al-Hakim explained that there are direct and indirect divorces. Direct divorce can occur even if a person jokes about it. Indirect divorce is based on intent.

“Intention is very important in such cases, but such behavior is irresponsible.” He said Islam has given men a great deal of responsibility to act correctly under these circumstances. “So a man should be very careful about his actions,” he said.

He said a judge can issue a final verdict in such cases. He warned that people should not act hastily and in anger.

According to a study conducted by Aleqtesadiah newspaper, there are 2.5 divorce cases for every 1,000 men above the age of 15.

There were 30,000 divorces in 2012, averaging 82 a day, or three an hour. In earlier reports, the Ministry of Economy and Planning confirmed that while courts and marriage officials register around 70,000 marriage contracts annually, they also process more than 13,000 divorces.

The study also showed that the Kingdom ranked second among Gulf Cooperation Council countries in terms of divorces after Bahrain, where the rate is 2.7 for every 1,000 people. The same study showed an upward trend in divorce cases in 2012 compared with 2010, when there were 75 a day.

51 turtles found in man’s pants at U.S.-Canada border


Fifty-one turtles found in a man’s sweat pants may have a brighter future after he was caught trying to cross from Detroit into Canada, authorities said.

imagesKai Xu was charged with federal smuggling crimes for trying to return to Windsor with the live reptiles tucked in baggies around his legs, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Before he was stopped Aug. 5, investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report watching Xu pick up a box labeled “live fish keep cool” from the UPS Customer Center on Hoover Street near 8 Mile Road, according to the complaint filed Tuesday and later unsealed. The box was from Alabama, which experts say is a popular area for turtle breeders.

Asked why anyone would smuggle turtles out of the United States, Gavin Shire with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which investigated the case against Xu, said it has to do with demand for turtles in Asia. And not necessarily for pets.

“There’s now a burgeoning Asian market,” he said, adding that there’s “a lot of both illegal and unregulated turtle consumption.”

The criminal complaint against Xu doesn’t indicate whether he gave a reason for taking the turtles.

It indicates that while he was at UPS, he went to his car and opened the box. Moments later, he was seen carrying a pair of scissors and a plastic grocery bag that appeared “weighted” with baggies and tape to an area between two UPS semi-trailers, according to the complaint.

Ten minutes later, he returned to his car with the scissors but no bag. Bulges were seen on his legs beneath his pants, the complaint reports.

“Xu returned to the back of his (Ford) Escape and wiped his hands with a paper towel, which he discarded on the ground,” according to the complaint.

He left UPS at about 5:30 p.m., and they followed him to the Windsor tunnel. Moments later, he was stopped trying to enter Windsor, and the turtles — pet-type breeds of eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins — were found during a search, according to the complaint.

Xu faces three charges, including smuggling goods from the United States, trading in specimens illegally, and exporting fish or wildlife illegally, according to the complaint.

Donnie Cook, owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, said the pet-reptile industry is well aware of the demand for turtles abroad.

“A lot of the turtle-breeding farms here in the United States ship most of their turtles overseas for food,” he said. “They make food out of them.”

Cook said it takes five to 10 years for a turtle to reach adulthood, which could explain the Asian shortage. He’s never had someone ask to buy a turtle to eat; but if he was, he would refuse to sell.

“We’re definitely sensitive to it, and it’s not only from a business standpoint, like it’s frustrating sometimes because we can’t get turtles,” he said. “And the emotional aspect kind of causes a little distress. It’s less invasive than having dog and cat on the menu over in Asia, but it’s similar.”

Man Hits Literal Jackpot To Pay Fine Moments Before Cops Set To Arrest Him


A gambler in Germany has been saved from prison by a one-armed bandit.

n-CARTOON-SLOT-MACHINE-large570Police said Thursday that two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant.

He had been ordered to pay a 710-euro ($910) fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident.

Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a 1,000-euro ($1,270) jackpot.

The man paid his fine on the spot – in cash.

Student Passes Out Pot-Laced Lollipops To Classmates: Cops


n-LOLLIPOP-large570A police chief in Connecticut says a girl handed out marijuana-laced lollipops to classmates at her high school, and one student was hospitalized.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza tells the Journal Inquirer that the Enfield High student acknowledged sharing the tainted lollipops, which were laced with THC, an active ingredient in marijuana. She said she received the candy in the mail from California.

The police chief says a 16-year-old girl was hospitalized overnight Monday after consuming one of the lollipops. But he says the student who brought the tainted lollipops to school denied giving any to her.

Because the student is being charged is a juvenile, she will not be arrested. Sferrazza says she’ll instead be referred to juvenile court.

Mom Beat Neighbor Busted For Child Porn


A mother of two children was arrested after she entered the apartment of a neighbor and punched him in the face because she was incensed that he returned to the Massachusetts residence after being arrested for possession of child pornography.

pelletier092512Nicole Pelletier, a Navy veteran, was busted Monday evening after allegedly attacking Gary Spring, 61, inside his condominium in Danvers, a town 20 miles north of Boston. Pelletier, a licensed clinical social worker, was charged with assault and battery and breaking and entering.

According to a court filing, the 41-year-old Pelletier entered Spring’s apartment through the unlocked front door around midnight and confronted him as he was getting out of bed. “Before he could react she struck him in the face with her hand,” police noted. Spring, a former Merrimack College professor, lives directly below Pelletier and her children, a 13-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy.

Upon arriving at the condo complex, a cop spotted Pelletier walking down the stairs “crying and visibly upset.” She had blood on her hands and right arm. “I went into his apartment and hit him,” Pelletier reportedly confessed. Spring, who suffered a bloody nose, declined medical treatment.

Pelletier, pictured above, herself called 911 to report the assault, telling a police operator that she wanted to kill Spring, cops reported.

Pelletier confronted Spring hours after he was released on $30,000 bond from federal custody. Spring was arrested by FBI agents following a two-month probe that began after Merrimack College officials detected child porn images on a laptop provided to Spring.

A law enforcement review of the computer yielded more than 300 illicit images stored on the machine. During subsequent interviews with agents, Spring admitted to possessing large amounts of child pornography and said that he “freaked out” and began destroying evidence after first being contacted by a detective. Spring’s apartment and office were searched by FBI agents on September 19, the day of his arrest (which received local media coverage).

“Spring stated that he took two thumb drives, totaling 6 gigabytes, which were full of child pornography and threw them in the trash at his home,” according to an FBI affidavit, which noted that Spring (seen at left) “admitted being sexually aroused by child pornography, and masturbating to images of child pornography.”

spring092514After spending last weekend in jail, Spring posted bond Monday and was released from custody that night. Federal prosecutors in Boston sought Spring’s pretrial detention, but his release was ordered by a magistrate judge.

As a condition of his release, Spring was placed on home detention, which allowed him to only leave his Danvers condo for court appearances, medical or legal appointments, religious services, and “job search as approved by Pretrial Services.” His travel was restricted to New England and Skidmore College (court records do not detail Spring’s connection to the New York school). Spring was recently fired from Merrimack College.

While Judge David Hennessy additionally ordered Spring to have “no contact with children under the age of 18 unless accompanied and supervised by an adult,”the defendant is allowed to live in the same condo complex where children reside. He is also barred from coming within 100 feet of parks, schools, playgrounds, arcades, and other places where minors congregate.

Police Offer To Return Harvested Pot Plants If Rightful Owner Just Gives Them A Call


seizedpotAfter harvesting a small crop of marijuana plants found growing in a field, beneficent Pennsylvania police have offered to return the pot once its rightful owner contacts them.

Officers in York County reported finding the plants in Dover Township near Colonial Road. “If they are yours and you can prove ownership…please call to claim them,” investigators offered.

Police can be reached at (717) 292-3647. As of 4:20 PM Wednesday, the pot has yet to be claimed from the Northern York County Regional Police, according to Lt. David Lash.