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The homeless man whose story raised $400,000 was sentenced for taking part in the hoax
A homeless Philadelphia man who was found guilty of helping to scam GoFundMe donors out of nearly $400,000 was sentenced for conspiracy to commit theft by deception in New Jersey on Friday.
Johnny Bobbitt Jr. was sentenced to a five-year special probation period for participating in what turned out to be a viral hoax.
He pleaded guilty to the charge in March.
According to the story that was presented in 2017, New Jersey resident Kate McClure ran out of gas and was stranded on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. A homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., supposedly saw her and gave her his last $20 for gas.
This pastor allegedly drugged & brutally raped two men before going home to his wife
Police in Michigan are accusing a pastor of using drugs to lure two young men into his home and office and then sexually assaulted them.
Christopher Cox, 41, is the pastor of Long Lake Church in Traverse City. He was arraigned yesterday and told that he was being charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault and one drug trafficking count.
One of the victims, who is 19 and homeless, said that several weeks ago Cox was looking for a “drug buddy” and told the victim to come home with him for drugs and sex with women.
The victim said that he smoked meth with Cox and took CBD shots, and Cox gave him GHB. The probable cause statement says that he was incapacitated for several hours, during which Cox raped him repeatedly.
This Republican pled guilty to paying two young boys for sex multiple times. Now he denies it all.
Police say 2-year-old boy died after man sat on him
Iowa police say a 2-year-old boy died after a man sat on the child for allegedly taking his cellphone.
Pottawattamie County court records show 31-year-old Larry Murphy is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. He's jailed on more than $1 million bail.
After 9-Year-Old Girl Was Found Dead in Duffel Bag on Calif. Trail, Her Mom Is Charged With Murder
As 3-Year-Old Daughter Died in Hot Patrol Car, Miss. Cop Had Sex With Her Supervisor
Homeless veteran will get the $400,000 owed to him from GoFundMe campaign
Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless Philadelphia ex-Marine, will get the money owed to him from a GoFundMe campaign that raised more than $400,000 for him, his attorney Chris Fallon tells CNN.
"We reached an agreement today with GoFundMe and they have agreed to make sure he will be made whole," Fallon says.
In a statement, the company said it would back the money raised:
"...Our platform is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors and beneficiaries are protected."
Judge orders couple accused of blowing money meant for Good Samaritan homeless vet to appear in court
A judge Wednesday ordered a New Jersey couple who raised more than $400,000 in donations for a homeless veteran to appear in court to explain what happened to the money.
Judge Paula Dow of Burlington County Superior Court also expressed concern that Kate McClure and boyfriend Mark D'Amico, who were once considered good Samaritans for raising the money through a GoFundMe account for the destitute military vet Johnny Bobbitt Jr., will attempt to flee her jurisdiction.
Judge orders couple to hand over remainder of $400K they raised for a homeless veteran
A New Jersey judge ordered the couple that raised more than $400,000 on a GoFundMe campaign for a homeless veteran to return the remainder of the funds to him.
Attorneys representing Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., a 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran who gained national attention last year after giving Kate McClure, 28, his last $20 when her car broke down on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, 39, claiming that the couple has spent much of the money they raised for him for their own personal benefit.
Bobbitt's attorneys appeared in a New Jersey Superior Court Thursday requesting a temporary restraining order that would bar the couple from spending any more money that was supposed to help Bobbitt "get through the rest of his life." Bobbitt has since returned to living on the streets.
"If the money goes, it goes," Christopher Fallon, one of Bobbitt's attorneys, said in court.
HOMELESS MAN WHOSE STORY WENT VIRAL FOR HELPING STRANDED WOMAN CLAIMS HE CAN’T ACCESS GOFUNDME ACCOUNT CREATED BY COUPLE
A homeless man who helped a woman who was stranded by filling up her gas tank is now claiming he cannot access the money that was raised for him on a GoFundMe account.
Johnny Bobbitt went viral on social media for his good deed of giving his last $20 to help Kate McClure get back home in November. McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico created a GoFundMe account for Bobbitt as a thank you to him, but now Bobbitt has said he is having difficulties accessing his account, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Bobbitt told the publication that he can’t access the remaining $200,000 in the GoFundMe account McClure created, which had raised over $400,000. He said he is now homeless again and does not live in a camper or a car anymore.
Two-thirds of black LGBT people face racism within LGBT community
Almost two-thirds of black people who identify as LGBT say they face racism from within the LGBT community.
According to new research by UK charity Stonewall, 51% of black and minority ethnic LGBT people said they have faced discrimination based on their race from within the queer community.
This number jumps to 61% when broken down to just black people.
The research is based on YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBT people.
Gay Star News
Keiynan Lonsdale perfectly responds to troll telling him to stop wearing dresses
Cyndi Lauper unveils report on LGBTQ youth homelessness
Gay dating app corrects survey after ageism complaint
Jackie Chan's lesbian daughter homeless due to 'homophobic parents'
The lesbian daughter of Hollywood superstar, Jackie Chan, has been homeless for a month due to ‘homophobic parents’.
Etta Ng, 18, came out in October last year.
Over the weekend, she posted a heartbreaking video on YouTube saying she and her girlfriend are homeless and desperate. Her girlfriend, Andi Autumn, 30 is also in the video looking visibly upset.
The couple said they have tried everything to get off the streets but have not received help. That’s why they made the video to plead to the public for assistance.
‘We’ve been homeless for a month, due to homophobic parents.We’ve pretty much slept other a bridge and other things,’ Ng said reading from a bit of paper.
‘I don’t even understand what is going on because we’ve gone to the police, we’ve gone to the hospital, the food banks, LGBTQ community shelters, and all of them just don’t give a shit.
‘So that’s why we’re making this video, because we don’t know what to do at this point.’
Gay Star News
Why Queer People Need Chosen Families
For the 39 percent of LGBTQ adults who have experienced rejection from a family member or friends, or the whopping 40 percent of homeless youth who identify as queer, Thanksgiving might mean not seeing one’s biological family at all. The statistics are a stark reminder that many LGBTQ people, despite enjoying more rights and visibility than ever before, still deal with overwhelming amounts of personal homophobia and abuse.
But in the face of rejection from one’s family or friends, queer people have built chosen families since time immemorial: families we construct by hand and heart, in an effort to seek out the support and love one’s biological or legal family might not be able to provide.
Was a teacher fired for coming out as bisexual on Instagram to help LGBT students?
Nicholas Breiner taught chorus at JB McNabb Middle School beginning in fall 2014, and said after the post he was called into a meeting with with the principal of the school, Paula Stafford, and Montgomery County Deputy Superintendent Rick Culross. His sexual orientation was discussed, Breiner said, and he was told, “We live in a small town.”
Following the meeting, his teaching contract was not renewed. He said he was not given a reason for the decision, and noted that this is allowed in Kentucky, provided the teacher has not reached tenure, which Breiner had not.
School officials denied the decision was based on Breiner’s sexual orientation but refused to give more information, citing “confidentiality.”
This is why these gay people are on the streets pleading for food, shelter and medical care
'LGBTIs are also humans'
Young gay people are being forced onto the streets, starving and in need of shelter after being denied basic human needs in Kenya.
These refugees are from Uganda and say they have been denied medical care and food. However, they are also banned from working legally.
If they did return to Uganda, they fear being killed by mob violence or arrested for homosexuality.
Last year, interior minister Joseph Nkaissery announced the government’s intentions to close the world’s largest refugee camp. Many of the people living there are from Somalia.
While NGOs have attempted to help as much as possible, these homeless youths have said many are now saying Trump’s temporary ban on refugees will have a long-lasting effect especially if other countries follow suit. For if they cannot relocate to a country that will help them to begin new lives, and the country they’re in cannot afford to care for them, the future looks bleak.
Gay Star News
Lady Gaga surprised homeless LGBT teens because not everything sucks.
Lady Gaga surprised teens living at Harlem's Ali Forney Center, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, by dropping by unannounced to distribute armfuls of gifts and lots of hugs. Gaga, a longtime LGBT advocate and bisexual woman herself, invited Today along for the surprise to raise awareness for the #ShareKindness campaign, which hopes to inspire one million random acts of kindness by the end of the year.
Foster kids say couple ditched them after getting ‘Extreme Makeover’ digs
Bring back the bus!
A pair of foster kids who used to live with a North Carolina couple who were featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” claims their parents put on a show for the producers — and then kicked out all five of their adopted children once the cameras stopped rolling.
“What they did to us was just wrong,” explained Chris Friday, one of the youngsters who is now grown.
“[They] threw us all out,” he told WSOC Charlotte. “I know it was all about the money. From the first day, it was all about the money.”
In 2011, Devonda and James Friday, of Lincolnton, both made it on “Extreme Makeover” after producers learned of their seven kids and nonprofit organization called House of Hope.
Five of the children were adopted, including Chris and his biological sister Kamaya, who was 14 years old.
San Antonio police officer Matthew Luckhurst fired for trying to give homeless man sandwich with feces
SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio police officer has been fired after an internal investigation determined he tried to give a homeless man a sandwich with feces inside it.
Police Chief William McManus said in a statement Friday that former officer Matthew Luckhurst deserved to be fired.
“This was a vile and disgusting act that violates our guiding principles of “treating all with integrity, compassion, fairness and respect’,” McManus said. “The fact that his fellow officers were so disgusted with his actions that they reported him to Internal Affairs demonstrates that this type of behavior will never be tolerated.”