Derin Vaverka Disguised His Voice To Scam His Grandmother Out Of $10,000


okA Cedar Rapids man is accused of tricking his own grandmother into sending him more than $10,000 over seven months, which he allegedly used to purchase drugs.

According to a Linn County Attorney’s Office criminal complaint, between January and July 2014, 30-year-old Derin J. Vaverka called his grandmother numerous times. On those occasions, Vaverka allegedly masked his voice with an accent and convinced his grandmother to send him checks.

The amount of those checks totaled more than $10,000, which Vaverka used to purchase drugs, according to the Linn County Attorney’s Office.

Vaverka has been charged with first-degree theft, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Canadian family lived with man’s dead body for six months as they prayed for resurrection … BTW, it didn’t work



This is a story about one family’s unshakable faith in the Lord, and how it lead to a woman and her children living with a dead body for six months.

The Wald family was a law-abiding, God-fearing, religion-preaching family in Hamilton, Canada.

Peter Wald and his wife Kaling had six children, and they lived in a modest home in the appropriately named Saint Matthews Avenue.

The family drove around town in a van covered in religious messages – as was their home – and they even scratched crosses on the van’s headlights so it would beam the glorious symbol on the road in front of them.

They handed out food to the homeless and would perform little plays and skits – religiously themed, of course – in the backyard of their home for homeless folk in the neighbourhood.

But the Lord, in his infinite wisdom, decided to afflict 52-year-old Peter with diabetes. Thinking that perhaps it was one of God’s tests, Peter refused to get medical treatment – believing instead that the Yahwey would cure him.

Eventually Peter fell into a coma and died in the family home around March 20 last year. Instead of calling the authorities and beginning funeral arrangements, Kaling and five of the six children living in the house decided that they would pray for Peter’s resurrection.

And prayed they did – hard!

Kaling covered Peter’s body with two blankets, shut the bedroom door and padlocked it. She sealed with window, door, and all vents with duct tape – and then went downstairs to await his inevitable rise from the dead.

Neighbours had asked Kaling about Peter’s whereabouts but she simply replied that he was ‘in God’s hands’.

On September 17, almost six months later, the local sheriff visited the house to serve an eviction notice – they had defaulted on mortgage payments.

The Walds knew they were going to be evicted, and had already packed their belongings – including Peter’s – when the sheriff arrived.

Court reports do not record the sheriff’s reaction when Kaling unlocked the padlock and cracked open the upstairs bedroom door to reveal the still-unresurrected Peter – but it was undoubtedly one of the all-time most horrified facial expressions.

Peter was badly decomposed – and the neighbourhood’s rats had not been dissuaded by a bit of duct tape and a couple of blankets. If Peter was coming back now, he would be coming back in a bad way.

On Monday, 50-year-old Kaling pleaded guilty to failing to notify police or the coroner that her husband had died due to an illness that was not being treated by a doctor. It’s the first known conviction of its kind in Canada.

She was given 18 months of probation and ordered to seek counselling over the ‘public health’ implications of the incident

Kaling, who has moved her family to Fort Erie, Canada, reassuringly told a reporter for the Hamilton Spectator after her court case: ‘It was unusual, yes. It was certainly not normal. And we won’t do that again… laws exist and we know that now.’

Things not to leave behind on a train … like a $1.25 million artwork from the 13th century


1417436307_artwork.lost.train.dauphine.Lib (1)Francesco Plateroti had more reason than most to visit the lost property section at a train station.

The Franco-Italian art collector left a 13th century Chinese scroll “Le banquet des immortels à la terrasse de Jade” (“The banquet of immortals on the terrace of Jade”) by Wang Zhenpeng, estimated to be worth around €1 million ($1.25M), on the TGV train he was travelling on on November 21st.

After presenting the work of art, which dates from the Yuan dynasty (1280 – 1329) in the French capital, Plateroti took the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Geneva line and got off at Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, a town close to the border with Switzerland and the final stop before Geneva.

Plateroti, who gives lectures on art around the world, didn’t realize immediately that he didn’t have the scroll with him. By the time a panicked Plateroti noticed that something was missing, the train had already left for Geneva.

“I was crushed when I realized I didn’t have it with me,” Plateroti told The Local. “It was a massive shock”.

He immediately alerted staff, who contacted colleagues in Geneva. The train was searched, but unfortunately nothing was found.

All lost property items are sent to a central office in the Swiss city of Berne, but so far no million-euro painting has been handed in.

Father Accused Of Killing Infant Son By Kneeling On Baby’s Chest


Cornelio-Rodriguez-GonzalezPolice have charged 23-year-old Cornelio Rodriguez-Gonzalez with one count of murder by child abuse after admitting he killed his 7-month-old son, Raymond, by kneeling on him.

Last Tuesday, police responded to a call of an unresponsive baby at the home of Rodriguez-Gonzalez that he shared with his girlfriend, Raymond, and his girlfriend’s two other children.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez was at home watching the children while their mother, Amy Elliot, was at work. She said that on her lunch break she called home and argued with Rodriguez-Gonzalez of his caring for Raymond.

He told her that Raymond had fallen earlier but was in bed asleep. While still on the phone with Elliot, Rodriguez-Gonzalez went to check on Raymond and found him unresponsive. Elliot told him to call 911.

Raymond was rushed to University Medical Center. Rodriguez-Gonzalez told Elliot he would take the other two children to a friend’s house and would meet her at the hospital. Rodriguez-Gonzalez never showed up.

Raymond would end up dying from some serious injuries at the hospital, including bruises to his face and hip, scrapes on the back of his head, a previous rib fracture, and a lacerated liver. The latter injury being the probable cause of death, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Two days later, Rodriguez-Gonzalez turned himself in to police. He admitted that he’d lied about Raymond falling and that he had gotten angry with the infant over him being fussy. He told them he knelt on Raymond, putting his full weight onto his son’s chest.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez was arrested and charged, and is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

Turns out this isn’t the first time Rodriguez-Gonzalez has gotten into a little trouble involving his care of children. In 2012, he was investigated by CPS after one of his step sons suffered a broken collar-bone.

Dad Attacked Man For Allegedly Pimping Out His 12-Year-Old Daughter


A 12-year-old girl was saved from prostitution by her own father. The man accused of pimping her out is behind bars on rape of a child and trafficking charges.

Brian-JonesAccording to police, the young girl was forced into prostitution. And when her dad figured out where she was, he went after her alleged pimp with a baseball bat.

Brian Jones is now locked up on a $200,000 bond, accused of holding a 12-year-old girl against her will.

“It’s shocking though, when I heard he did that,” said Curtis Nelson Jr., who lives next door. “He was a person always trying to demand women around and stuff, but I didn’t know he was that type of person, but I guess you can’t trust nobody out here.”

According to a police affidavit, the girl’s father struggled with Jones because he wouldn’t let her go.
Jones eventually called police, claiming someone was trying to lock him in a van. Before police got to the scene, they were flagged down by the 12-year-old girl’s father.

The little girl’s dad told police Jones forced her to have sex against her will with several men inside his apartment. The affidavit of complaint says Jones told police he did allow someone to bring the 12-year-old to his apartment; he also said he was aware she was involved in sexual activity in one of his bedrooms.

Even though Jones was booked into jail, the men who police say had sex with the girl are not yet under arrest.

“Yeah, they need to catch them,” Nelson said. “Give all of them 50 plus. Life without the possibility of parole.”

Apparently duct-tape is good for almost anything.. except mailing tortoises to Scotland in cereal boxes


grr_aca_300714tortoise_01A MAN ordered a tortoise online – and it arrived duct taped inside a cereal box.

It spent 18 hours in transit after he bought it from a dealer in London on the Gumtree website.

The new owner, from Wormit, Fife, said: “ I was shocked that an animal could be treated in this way.

“There was duct tape all over him and he couldn’t move.

“Everyone knows tortoises are slow, but they need exercise when in transit.

“I paid extra to ensure that it was packaged correctly. I was expecting a proper polystyrene box to keep the heat in, straw bedding for it to sleep in, eat and keep comfortable.

“There wasn’t even a sticker on the package telling the postie there was a live animal in the box.”

The man, who did not want to be named, paid £100 for the tortoise to keep on he already has company.

He said: “I immediately phoned the Scottish SPCA because I was shocked that anyone would treat an animal in this way.

“The fact that someone could be so cruel is unbelievable.”

European law states that when moving animals, you must transport them in a way you won’t unnecessary suffering or injury.

A Scottish SPCA spokesman said: “An incident such as this would cause an animal unnecessary suffering.

“This is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can face a fine of up to £20,000, up to 12 months in prison or both.”

Kansas Woman Dies One Week After Being Raped, Set On Fire


Wichita police confirm the woman who was raped, beaten and set on fire last week at a northeast Wichita park has died.

The 36-year-old woman was attacked in Fairmount Park on November 14. She was pronounced dead around 9:40 Saturday morning. Her name hasn’t been released.

Cornell-McNealCornell McNeal, 26, is charged with attempted capital murder, rape and arson. Police did not mention any possible amendment to the attempted murder charge.

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The man accused of beating, raping and setting a woman on fire at a northeast Wichita park last week has been charged with attempted capital murder.

Cornell Antoine McNeal, 26, made his first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court Friday afternoon. He was charged with attempted capital murder, or in the alternative, attempted first degree murder. He was also charged with rape and two counts of arson. One count of arson is relating to the attack. The second accuses McNeal of setting a garage on fire the same night, just a few blocks away from the park.

The charges stem from the attack of a 36-year-old woman at Fairmount Park on Nov. 14th late at night. Police said the suspect and victim had a ‘random encounter’ at the park before the attack occurred.

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition, and has been unable to speak with investigators.

Interim Wichita Police Chief Nelson Mosely said earlier this week that investigators were able to link the suspect through evidence obtained by forensic nurses. McNeal was arrested hours later on Nov. 20.

McNeal requested a court-appointed attorney, and is scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing on December 4. His bond is set at $250,000