Jurors say a Florida hotel dishwasher should get $21.5 million after her employer failed to honor her religious beliefs by repeatedly scheduling her to work on Sundays and eventually firing her.

The Sun Sentinel reports a federal jury in Miami found for 60-year-old Marie Jean Pierre on Tuesday. Her attorney says she will likely get about $500,000 because punitive damages are capped in federal court.

The former Conrad Miami hotel worker had sued in 2017 for violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Pierre is a member of a Catholic missionary group. The lawsuit says she told her managers she needed Sundays off when she was hired in 2006. She was fired in 2016 for missing work.

The hotel issued a statement saying it plans to appeal.


Denver, CO – A United Airlines pilot accused of indecent exposure says he did not willfully expose himself when he stood naked at the window to his 10th-floor hotel room at the Denver International Airport.

The Denver Post reports 54-year-old Capt. Andrew Collins pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge Wednesday in Denver County Court.

A police probable cause statement says Collins “knowingly and willfully” exposed his genitals to the general public at the Westin Hotel in September.

The Virginia man says he did not know people could see him when he opened the curtains to look at the landscape.

United Airlines spokeswoman Erin Benson said last month that the pilot had been suspended pending an internal review.

A trial has been scheduled for March.


CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A Clearwater man says three syringes removed during a strip search at the Pinellas County Jail do not belong to him.

Wesley Dasher Scott, 40, was arrested on a drug charge early Friday morning and was taken to the receiving area of the Pinellas County Jail.

While he was being strip searched, Scott removed three syringes from his rectum and gave them to a deputy, according to an arrest affidavit.

He allegedly told deputies that the syringes were not his.

Before he was transported to the jail, Scott was searched in a field where he was taken into custody. A deputy said he asked Scott if he had anything on him and if he knew what would happen if he brought anything hidden into the jail. The deputy said that Scott knew what the consequences would be.

Scott was charged with felony possession of contraband in a county detention facility, possession of drugs without a prescription with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, and possession of drugs without prescription.


Chinese employees crawled along a road as a punishment after they failed to achieve the target. Several members of staff kneel down and crawl along the side of a busy road with a man holding a flag walking at the front of them. According to reports, the employees failed to achieve the target at the end of the year and were punished to crawl on a public road. Police have criticized the organizer and the inappropriate action has been stopped immediately.


This is the shocking moment a middle-aged white man brutally punches a young black girl in the face in front of a horrified crowd of kids standing outside a shopping mall. The altercation involving 51-year-old David Steven Bell and the 11-year-old victim was captured on cellphone video around 7pm Saturday outside the Asheville Mall in North Carolina. Bell is seen in the footage bickering back and forth with the group of young girls. It’s unclear what transpired between Bell and the children before the video began. Bell was arrested after the incident and charged with assault on a female under the age of 12 and two counts of assault. He was booked to Buncombe County jail but released around 1am Sunday.


This dope got caught with dope — in a police department bathroom.

Florida man Samuel Alicea entered the Lakeland Police Department on Friday morning and went to a public bathroom, where an officer at the front desk reported hearing a loud thump.

Police tried to make contact but didn’t get an answer from the 35-year-old, and eventually found him unconscious lying on the floor after using a key to get inside.

Alicea was bleeding from the arm and had seemingly just injected himself using paraphernalia that was left on the sink.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment, and later charged with heroin and drug paraphernalia possession.


KEY WEST, Fl. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – A Florida man is facing additional charges for doing something a bit gross in the back of a police car.

Key West deputies arrested 37-year-old Melvin Stubbs for possession of cocaine on Thursday, after deputies say they discovered 40 grams of the drug on his person.

On his way to jail, deputies say Stubbs “chewed up or ate” the seat of the patrol car.


The mystery began in late December as investigators brought Graham, 31, of Fort Pierce, to the St. Lucie County jail on a robbery charge, according to an arrest affidavit.

Graham told officials she had no contraband on or in her.

An X-ray scan, however, helped reveal a “small object” in her pelvic region.

Given a change of clothes, Graham was scanned again.

“The same object was visible on the X-ray,” the affidavit states.

Graham was taken about 5 miles away to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute where investigators said she agreed to a body cavity search, which is a search of body cavities and a promising name for a heavy metal band.

Additional X-rays were taken before a doctor extracted from her vagina “a small glass smoking pipe, commonly used for smoking crack or other illegal drugs,” the affidavit said.

Mystery solved.

How the pipe got there wasn’t disclosed.

Graham was arrested on additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and the introduction of contraband into a detention facility.


EATONTON, Ga. — A 20-year-old Milledgeville man working as a jailer at the Putnam County Jail in Eatonton was arrested on felony criminal charges when he reported for work Tuesday night.

The man is accused of having sexual intercourse with a female inmate inside a jail cell, said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

The sheriff identified the man as Durell Malik Roberson, of the 100 block of Crestview Avenue S.W., Milledgeville.

Roberson was working as a certified juvenile corrections officer at the Youth Development Center in Milledgeville until he was hired as a jailer in Putnam County, was charged with three different crimes, according to Sills. He is charged with sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority, aggravated sodomy, and violation of oath by a public officer.

Roberson was confronted with the allegations shortly after he arrived for his shift Tuesday night.

“He admitted to it,” Sills said, noting that he and others involved in the internal investigation had irrefutable evidence against him. “Without going into great detail, let’s just say we have some video recordings.”

Roberson was immediately relieved of his duties as a jailer following his arrest, which was witnessed by Chief Deputy Russell Blink, Lt. Tracey Bowen and Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney T. Wright Barksdale, Sills said.

The former jailer is being held in an area county jail.

Roberson is scheduled to appear Friday morning for his first court hearing since charges were filed against him and he was arrested. The hearing, which will be held at the courtroom of the county jail, is set for 10 a.m. with Putnam County Chief Magistrate Dorothy Adams presiding.

“I anticipate that by the time this investigation is over with that some additional charges will be brought against him,” Sills said.

The sheriff said there may have been as many as four separate sexual-related incidents involving a jailed inmate.

The timeframe of those incidents was between November and sometime before Roberson was arrested, Sills said.

“At this point in time, we know of two women inmates who engaged in sexual acts with this man,” Sills added.

One of those inmates was jailed in Putnam County on drug charges for the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, while the other woman was jailed on charges of probation violation, criminal trespass, damage to property, and simple battery.

The last woman, whom the sheriff mentioned, “by her own admission, the sexual activity was consensual, and there was no threat or duress on the part of Mr. Roberson.”

Neither of the women is currently in the Putnam County Jail, Sills said.

The woman from Jones County is back in the custody of authorities, however, while the other woman was transferred to a jail in another county.

“The woman’s transfer back to Jones County had nothing to do with this case from that perspective,” Sills said. “We didn’t know about this until she was back in their jail. I was investigating this before she went back there.”

Sills said it didn’t matter if the women consented or not because it is against the law for anyone to engage in sexual activity with an inmate.

The sheriff said he believes his investigation could involve a third female inmate.

“I know there’s two and there be maybe three, but I’m not absolutely sure about a third one at this time,” Sills said. “I’m not comfortable enough to say there was three at this time.”

Asked how the investigation began, Sills said another person in custody told a jailer about it, who in turn reported the incident to his supervisor and to him and an internal investigation was launched.

If convicted on all or any one of the charges, Roberson could face substantial time in prison, Sills said.

“All of his references gave him a good recommendation,” Sills said told The Union-Recorder Wednesday. “His former supervisor at YDC said Roberson was very dependable, reliable and he was more than willing to work if called in at the last minute on any day.”

Sills said he drew the warrants against Roberson Tuesday afternoon from Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge William H. Prior Jr.


A Wisconsin babysitter is facing a first-degree murder charge after authorities said that a 2-month-old infant died of blunt force trauma while in her care and that she then tried to hide the death by returning the boy to his mother wrapped in a snowsuit and strapped into a car seat with a hat pulled over his eyes, according to a criminal complaint about the incident in October.

The mother told authorities that she believed her son was sleeping and took him to a laundromat. She discovered that he wasn’t breathing and that he was cold to the touch when she tried removing him from the car seat. She began administering CPR on the child while her sister called 911, according to the complaint.

The babysitter, Marissa Tietsort was ordered on Friday to remain in police custody -— where she has been held since October — pending a $500,000 cash bond, according to the Wausau Daily Herald newspaper.

It was unclear from the complaint whether Tietsort has entered a plea to the charge. Calls to the Marathon County District Attorney’s office and to the state public defender’s office in Wausau were not immediately returned. Numerous attempts to reach Tietsort’s relatives by phone and email were unsuccessful as well.

Authorities said that the mother dropped the child off at Tietsort’s home around 3:30 or 4 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2018, according to the complaint. About two hours later, the mother received a text from Tietsort in which she told the mother that she was listed in a local news outlet as having been charged with child abuse in an unrelated case.

Tietsort allegedly told the mother that as a result, she was not allowed to be in contact with children, and asked the mother not to tell anyone she was caring for the woman’s infant son and another child.

The mother came to pick up the two children shortly after 9 p.m, according to the complaint.

She “thought [the baby] was sleeping, as he would normally be sleeping at that time of the day,” an investigator wrote in the complaint. When she went to remove the baby from the car seat, “his legs were rigid and remained bent at the knee.”

Authorities tracked Tietsort down at an area hotel at 4:15 a.m, where she allegedly told detectives that the child died in her care and that she didn’t “check for a pulse, she did not reach out for help and she did not perform any resuscitation efforts.”

“Tietsort admitted that she put the [baby’s] lifeless body on the floor in the hallway of her home, dressed him in the snowsuit and then placed his body in the car seat with his blankets,” according to the investigator’s account.


Odessa, Fla. — A man was arrested after deputies say he got into a drunken altercation over a sandwich.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies say, Joseph Lagana, 27, got upset after getting a sesame seed bun on a Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Deputies said Lagana began arguing with the cashier and then got into a fight with a man who deputies say didn’t want to press charges for battery.

When talking with Lagana, deputies say he was being loud and argumentative with people at the flea market on Gunn Highway. Deputies said he appeared heavily intoxicated because of his slurred speech.

The owner of the flea market told deputies Lagana’s behavior was causing a public disturbance.

Lagana was charged with disorderly intoxication.


POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Polk County stripper has been charged with threatening a mass shooting.

Lakeland Police say 31-year-old Brien Basarich posted about her homicidal urges on social media under the username “taking-lives.”

According to an arrest affidavit, she said she had a vision of a bar or club with only one entrance and exit and that she planned to purchase an AR-15 “soonish.”

News outlets are reporting that she described herself as a great admirer of serial killers and mass murderers.

She was charged this week with written threat to kill or injure and arrested at home.

Online jail records show she was released from the county jail on a $5,000 bond.

It’s unclear if she had retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.


A Phoenix woman accused of stalking a man and sending him more than 65,000 text messages apparently sent far more.

Jacqueline Ades sent a man she met on a dating site more than 159,000 text messages — some of which were threatening — over the course of nearly 10 months, according to police documents obtained via a public records request.

Police say Ades began threatening the man after Paradise Valley officers escorted her off his property in July 2017. One text read: “I’d wear ur fascia n the top of ur skull n ur hands n feet,” referring to the connective tissue that encloses muscles and organs.

And another said: “I’d make sushi outta ur kidneys n chopsticks outta ur hand bones.”

Arrest records completed by officers listed Ades as showing signs of mental illness.

Ades, who is being held in a Maricopa County jail without bond, has pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking and criminal trespassing. Her trial is scheduled to begin next month.

One date, 159,000 texts
The alleged victim, whom police have not named, is the CEO of a Scottsdale-based company that sells skincare and spa products. Ades is a licensed esthetician from Florida and reported herself as being self-employed.

During a televised jailhouse interview in May, Ades said she met the man on Luxy, an online dating service that caters to millionaires.

The site advertises that one-third of its active members earn more than $500,000 and “is not a place for seeking a Sugar Baby and Sugar Daddy relationship or any arrangement.”

Police reports say Ades and the man communicated through the site for a few days before going on a single date. The records don’t specify when the date occurred.

The man told police that Ades continued to text him after the date, despite telling her he didn’t want to see or hear from her again. He later called the police when he found Ades parked outside his house in July 2017.

Police say Ades’ texts to the man became threatening shortly thereafter.

The man reported that Ades had returned to his home in December 2017, but officers couldn’t find her once they arrived.

A break in and a bath
Court documents say Ades’ alleged victim was out of the country when he called police in April 2018 to report that surveillance video showed her inside his home.

Paradise Valley police officers found Ades at the house, taking a bath. Blurred body-camera footage shows officers handcuffing and arresting Ades after locating some of her discarded clothes.


A Rochester man on the run from police for more than a year was arrested after participating in a television interview.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office says that Anthony Lamarca was facing third-degree grand larceny charges and was on the run for more than a year.

The 39-year-old was located after he was interviewed on the morning show Good Day Rochester, where he was shown working as a bartender at a Lawrence Street bar in Rochester.

Lamarca was taken into custody on Friday and will answer the charges at a later date in Ontario County Court.


It was just a few hours into the New Year and police in Dallas were investigating their first murder of 2019. A man was killed in a parking lot near a northwest Dallas strip club.

It was just before 3:00 a.m. when a fight outside the XTC Cabaret, on Stemmons Freeway near Mockingbird, ended with gunfire.

After the shooting, investigators determined an argument, involving a 34-year-old man, had gotten the attention of several unarmed and armed security officers.

When the guards, who worked at the neighboring nightclub, attempted to stop the victim from leaving he ignored their commands and proceeded to try and drive away.

After ignoring their commands, security officers Daterrious Haggard and Eric Hansen opened fire on the victim’s truck. The victim was shot several times and crashed into several cars parked in the lot. The 34-year-old, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say security Officers Haggard and Hansen were interviewed by Dallas police and both admitted firing their weapon at the victim.

Detectives also reviewed a video circulating on social media that captured a significant portion of the incident, after which both guards were arrested and will be charged with murder.


Florida man arrested for having sex with his family’s pit bull more than 100 times. Bradley Hubbard, 23, moved in with his dad and his dad’s girlfriend in Pensacola three years ago. The family had a pit bull named “Baby Girl.”

A family member who lived in the home says she saw Hubbard bringing Baby Girl back to his room. She says she could see the action through a hole in the door. At first, she would hear the pit bull whimper and cry out. When asked what was going on, Hubbard would say the dog was in heat. Eventually, the dog stopped making noises. Click below to watch video..


A pervy Louisiana cop has been busted for having sex with an animal and then recording the trysts.

Terry Yetman of the Bossier City Police Department was arrested Wednesday and charged with 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals by performing sexual acts with an unidentified critter and 20 counts of sexual abuse of animals by filming sexual acts with an animal, state police said.

A special investigation into Yetman’s activities commenced in August, according to a release from Louisiana State Police.

Cops allege during a search that evidence indicating possession of pornography involving sexual acts with an animal was found on devices belonging to Yetman, according to the Shreveport Times.

He’s being held at the Bossier Maximum Correctional Center on a $350,000 bond, reported The Times-Picayune.

Bossier City Police Department spokeswoman Tracy Landry confirmed Yetman has been employed since 2014 and was assigned as an officer in the patrol division. Bossier City is located in northwest Louisiana.

Yetman was placed on administrative leave by the Bossier City Police Department in November when the department was notified of the investigation.

He previously had been honored for championing the protective rights of domestic violence victims and their families, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Under a new state law, anyone convicted of sexual abuse of an animal can face up to a five-year prison term and a maximum fine of $2,000.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Florida woman is accused of pointing a gun at someone and then chasing another person around with a Christmas tree during a pre-holiday domestic disturbance.

The bizarre episode unfolded about 11:45 p.m. Dec. 22 following repeated arguments between Jacklyn Jordon and another person at an unspecified Jacksonville home, according to a police report.

A witness told investigators the argument escalated when Jordon, 28, grabbed a gun from a vehicle, raised the weapon toward one of the victims and then fired off a shot inside the home.

Once the gun was secured, Jordon picked up a Christmas tree and started chasing a second victim around the home, swatting at him with the tree, the victims told police.

The incident was over by the time police arrived. The arresting officer noted that Jordon resisted efforts to detain her and maintained her innocence, saying she “didn’t do nothing.”

Duval County jail logs show Jordan was booked on charges of aggravated domestic assault, domestic battery, child abuse and resisting an officer. She remains in custody in lieu of $110,000 bail.


SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — 19-year-old Murad Mansurovich Kurbanov is facing charges after being arrested for stealing a U-Haul truck and fleeing from police.

The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake responded to calls about a man in a U-Haul van driving recklessly. When officers attempted to pull the U-Haul over, the driver fled through a red light, police say.

“The driver started to get nervous, and when they lit him up, went to pull him over for a stop, he fled and he blew the light,” Sgt. Nicholas Roberts of Unified Police’s Millcreek Division said.

Later, police received reports of the same vehicle and were able to set up a perimeter and arrest Kurbanov. He is charged with felony theft of a rental vehicle, felony failure to stop or respond at the command of police and a misdemeanor reckless driving.


The Florida Highway Patrol says they arrested a man who took extreme measures to avoid paying Florida tolls.

WFTV in Orlando reports that Joshua Concepcion-West, 27, installed a device on his car that shielded his license plate with the push of a button on a remote control.

Troopers caught Concepcion-West dropping the “curtain” over his tag on the east-west expressway at Conway Road in Orlando, right before he went through the toll plaza.

“After he cleared the tool booth, the tag cover came back up and the tag was exposed again,” said FHP Sgt. Kim Montes.

“Because the tag was obscured, we don’t know yet how many times this vehicle has run the toll, so we don’t know how much money he’s stolen from the state,” said Montes.


DAYTONA BEACH — A man accused of setting fire to his home had been rambling and having mental issues earlier in the day, according to a police report.

Daytona Beach police arrested Melvin Weaver, 64, and charged him with arson and aggravated battery Monday after his home at 604 Cassin Ave. burned to the ground Sunday night. By Monday morning, a judge ordered Weaver undergo an involuntary mental evaluation, according to court records.


MARATHON, Fla. – A 29-year-old Florida man was arrested for allegedly beating up his girlfriend when she wouldn’t share her drugs with him.

Tommy Orlando Alo was arrested for battery.

Deputies were called to the hospital on Marathon in October when a 37-year-old woman showed up with bruises and cuts. One cut on the back of her head required stitches, deputies said.

he woman told law enforcement that she goes to her boyfriend’s house, Alo, to do drugs. She said she was preparing to “shoot up” in the bathroom when Alo came crashing through the locked door.

The woman told deputies Alo was angry because she was not “properly sharing her drugs with him.”

The woman said Alo slammed her to the floor and then slapped and hit her multiple times.

She ran from the home and waved down a passing driver who took her to the hospital.

Deputies said they tried to confront Alo at his home on Manor Lane, but was told they wouldn’t be allowed inside the house due to advice from a lawyer. Deputies said they heard a gun being loaded and left without speaking to Alo.

A warrant was issued for his arrest but Alo wasn’t taken into custody until Dec. 20.