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Lawyers: Elderly Bank Robber Just Wanted to Go to Prison

Tommy Ray McAdoo, 78, didn't want to be homeless, they say

(Newser) - Public defenders are pleading for leniency for a 78-year-old, lifelong criminal who admitted robbing a Reno bank with a steak knife so he could return to prison instead of spending his last years homeless, cold, and sick. Tommy Ray McAdoo faces 25 years in prison or more when he's... More »

It Wasn't Mice Making Noises in Va. Woman's Attic

Va. woman was stunned to learn a homeless man had moved in

(Newser) - A Virginia woman was surprised to learn the nocturnal noises coming from the attic weren't from the expected sources. It wasn't critters creaking the floorboards, or even her landlord, who uses the space. When police investigated, they found a homeless man had set up camp. The drama began... More »

Bride-to-Be Invites Homeless to Her Canceled Wedding

She turned a $30K disappointment into an act of charity

(Newser) - A young bride-to-be in Indiana turned what was supposed to be her fantasy wedding over the weekend into an act of charity. Sarah Cummins, a 25-year-old pharmacy student at Purdue University, was set to marry Logan Araujo at the Ritz Charles event venue in Carmel on Saturday, but after the... More »

Court Rules Against Man Who Brandished Finger Gun

Attempted first-degree robbery conviction stands for Charles Smith

(Newser) - Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal , the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's... More »

To Catch Killer, Vegas Cops Set Up a Sleeping Mannequin

Following the deaths of 2 homeless men at the same intersection

(Newser) - One Las Vegas intersection has been the site of three violent deaths over the last two months—the first two, of homeless men; the third, of a mannequin. The latter was intentionally placed there as a decoy by police who feared there might be a "thrill" killer afoot, and... More »

7 States With Most Unsheltered Homeless

California has double the national average

(Newser) - An estimated 31% of the 549,928 homeless people in the US last year were living without a roof over their heads, meaning they did not stay in shelters or other housing programs, reports 24/7 Wall St . But the percentage in California, home to 21% of all homeless people in... More »

Student Allegedly Burned Cash Near Homeless Man

'Abhorrent and repugnant,' says Cambridge University group

(Newser) - He wore a white tie and tails, but the actions he's accused of exhibit zero class. The Telegraph reports that Cambridge University student Ronald Coyne, the communications officer of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, was allegedly intoxicated and filmed in formalwear burning a 20-pound note (equal to about $25)... More »

City Pushes Back After Man Leases Land for Homeless

Locals are worried about sanitation, safety

(Newser) - Nearly three months ago, Joel Castle invited the homeless of Chico, Calif., to stay on a patch of land he's leasing in an industrial neighborhood. The dozens of people who took him up on the offer share tents and a garden, but others in the city aren't happy... More »

Third of Schoolchildren Near Silicon Valley Are Homeless

Their families are being pushed out of their homes by the area's ballooning wealth

(Newser) - The Guardian has revealed a shocking statistic about schoolchildren living near the extreme affluence of Silicon Valley: more than one-third of them are homeless. That's 1,147 kids in the Ravenswood City school district, which encompasses East Palo Alto. These children live in RVs, shelters, and other families' homes... More »

Homeless Florida Man Is Wealthy Oil Heir

William Tavoulareas arrested for stealing parking device

(Newser) - William Tavoulareas is a multimillionaire oil heir—but he's homeless and, to the chagrin of his relatives, apparently wants to stay that way. The 56-year-old Palm Beach man's story captured attention after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a parking boot last week. The Palm Beach Daily News... More »

Woman With Skull on Stick Leads Cops to Body

Cops spotted her on Sacramento street

(Newser) - It sounds like a Halloween prank, but police in Sacramento, Calif., say it was all too real. Authorities say a homeless woman led them to a decomposed body after she was seen walking down the street with a human skull on a stick, the AP reports. Police tell KTXL that... More »

That Bomb-Filled Bag Turned Homeless NJ Man's Life Around

GoFundMe campaign raised more than $20K

(Newser) - A backpack full of pipe bombs intended to cause terror and carnage ended up turning a homeless man's life around instead. Lee Parker and his friend Ivan White alerted police after they found the backpack in a garbage can in Elizabeth, NJ, Sunday night. Authorities say the bomb was... More »

Homeless Woman, 80, Finally Gets $100K Owed to Her by US

Wander Witter tried to prove her case for years

(Newser) - For years Wanda Witter, an 80-year-old retired machinist wandered the streets of Washington, DC, with three suitcases crammed full of Social Security paperwork that she insisted proved the government owed her a lot of money. People called her crazy and a hoarder, especially because she slept in shelters or on... More »

One Year Later, Mayor's Idea for Homeless Shows Promise

'There's a better way' puts Albuquerque's panhandlers to work

(Newser) - An Albuquerque program that hires the homeless to beautify the city is being hailed as a success on its first birthday, the Washington Post reports. Republican Mayor Richard Berry said he launched the effort after spotting a man holding a sign on the street: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.... More »

Homeless Get Day at Beach, Pizza —on the Pope

Francis is treating dozens to a taste of normalcy this summer

(Newser) - Pope Francis this summer is treating dozens of Rome's homeless to a day at the beach and dinner in a pizzeria on the way back, reports the AP . The pontiff's almsgiver, Polish monsignor Konrad Krajewski, told the La Stampa daily that he drives a van with 10 people... More »

Homeless but Determined, Teen Pitched Tent Outside College

Georgia's Fred Barley biked 6 hours to campus on child-size bike

(Newser) - When police received a report over the weekend of a tent pitched outside of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga., they headed over and asked the occupant to come out with hands in sight, the Herald-Gazette reports. Fred Barley, 19, emerged, and he had an amazing story to tell—and... More »

Suspect Arrested in San Diego Homeless Attacks

He's been charged with murder, arson

(Newser) - Relief in San Diego: A suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with a sickening series of attacks on homeless people that left two men dead and another two seriously injured, CNN reports. Police say they believe Anthony Alexander Padgett, 36, is the suspect captured on video at a convenience store... More »

San Diego Attacker Claims 4th Homeless Victim

Man set on fire is not expected to survive

(Newser) - Another San Diego homeless man was set on fire and seriously injured Wednesday by an attacker police say struck while the man was asleep, the latest in a spate of attacks on transients that have left two dead. Police say the 23-year-old victim is not expected to survive upper-body injuries,... More »

Cops: Killer Is Targeting San Diego's Homeless

City on edge after 2 killed, 1 gravely injured

(Newser) - A murder early on Sunday appears to have been the start of a sickening rampage targeting homeless people in San Diego, police say. Investigators believe the same suspect is behind at least two murders and a third attack that left a homeless man fighting for his life, the San Diego ... More »

Cops: Man Kills Boy, 11, Walking Home From School

Suspect Che Calhoun is still at large

(Newser) - Josue Flores, 11, dreamed of being a doctor so he could help others. Sadly, doctors couldn't help him Tuesday when he was stabbed in an "unprovoked" attack on a Houston street, per CBS News . Police say Josue was walking home from school, about two blocks from his home,... More »

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