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Why Drive 91mph in a Snowstorm? Not for This

Anastacia Hocking is now charged with reckless driving

(Newser) - When you feel the need to blast some tunes, apparently even a snowstorm won’t stand in your way. New Hampshire State Police say they clocked a woman driving 91mph through snow and slush on Interstate 93 during a snowstorm Wednesday morning. Anastacia Hocking's response: she was late for... More »

Know This Man in a Beer Bottle Getup? Call the Cops

Suspect in Wales proves beer and pizza don't always go together

(Newser) - If you follow South Wales Police's Twitter account, you may have seen an odd picture fly down your feed early Wednesday, per ITV . "Recognise this guy?" the police posted , showing a photo of someone who looked less like a guy and more like a giant Heineken bottle. That'... More »

Burglars Stole Boy's Ashes, Demanded $5K Ransom

Parents handed over cash for 6-year-old's remains

(Newser) - It would be an insult to the bottom-feeders of the animal kingdom to compare them to burglars police are seeking in Humboldt County, Calif. Police say they're investigating the theft of an urn containing the ashes of Ryan Wagner, a 6-year-old boy who died from cancer in 2011, the... More »

The Weird Story of a Cup That Led Cops to Robbery Suspect

Homeowner found it in trash bin instead of recycling bin

(Newser) - A paper coffee cup that should have been in a home's recycling bin was instead in its trash basket—and that seemingly minor point ended up unraveling a bank robbery case in Woodstock, Vt. Valley News has the complicated story, which began on Jan. 4, 2016, when a man... More »

Jailed Over Kitty Litter: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a man who got a 22-year sentence for stealing a remote

(Newser) - There's a WTF flavor to this week's crazy crimes, from a man jailed over kitty litter to another who got a ticket for trying to warm up his car.
  • Guy Goes to Jail Over Kitty Litter Mistaken for Meth : A December traffic stop in Texas led to deputies
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Customs Busts 53-Pound Snail Statue Stuffed With Meth

'Mexican stone crafts'? Um, no

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection officials say officers in Cincinnati intercepted more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine that was concealed inside a statue of a snail, reports the AP . Authorities say the package, sent from Mexico and labeled "Mexican stone crafts," contained a decorative snail statue that exhibited "... More »

Suspected Bank Robber Leaves Half His Haul Around City

Police say suspect left money in taxi, bus station bathroom

(Newser) - Authorities have captured a man who allegedly robbed a New York bank of almost $110,000—though he also allegedly left about $53,000 scattered around the city before he was caught. Police say Joseph Peeples III asked for a manager at a Chase Bank in Rochester Thursday morning and... More »

Man Gets 22 Years in Prison After Stealing TV Remote

Eric Bramwell 'repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law': state's attorney

(Newser) - If 22 years in prison seems harsh for stealing a TV remote control, Eric Bramwell probably agrees—but, based on his past criminal history, authorities in Illinois say it's a well-deserved sentence. Per the Chicago Tribune , the 35-year-old Melrose Park man was handed his fate on Wednesday by DuPage... More »

Man Gets $128 Ticket for Warming Up Car

Nick Taylor says he left car running for a few minutes

(Newser) - A Michigan man is fuming after he left his car running in a driveway—and got a ticket. "Every person warms up their car," Nick Taylor tells WDIV . "We live in Michigan!" Taylor, 24, left the car idling unlocked at his girlfriend's house on a... More »

'Hollyweed' Prankster Gives Himself Up

Surrenders to police on trespassing charge

(Newser) - The alleged Hollyweed prankster has been apprehended. Zachary Cole Fernandez, 30, turned himself in to Los Angeles Police Department detectives Monday on suspicion of trespassing in the wee hours of New Year's Day in order to alter the iconic Hollywood sign to read "Hollyweed," reports the Los ... More »

'Lowlife ... Bee Rustlers' Steal $90K Worth of Honeybees

Suspects are still at large

(Newser) - Last month, Texas thieves made off with $90,000 worth of ... bees. A Danbury beekeeper says he discovered 300 of his honey bee colonies were missing from a cattle ranch on Dec. 17, the Houston Chronicle reports. Randy Verhoek's bees are typically unattended as they spend the winter on... More »

Authorities Find $20M Hidden Under Mattress

While investigating an international pyramid scheme

(Newser) - You'd think that much cold, hard cash would make for an uncomfortable night's sleep. The AP reports a 28-year-old Brazilian man was arrested this week in Massachusetts after authorities found about $20 million hidden in a box spring. The arrest of Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha is connected to... More »

Guy Goes to Jail Over Kitty Litter Mistaken for Meth

Ross LeBeau of Texas wants an apology

(Newser) - A December traffic stop in Texas led to deputies discovering what they thought was nearly half a pound of methamphetamine. Houston 24-year-old Ross LeBeau was arrested and spent three days in jail ... at which time he was promptly released, and the case against him dismissed, because a forensic lab showed... More »

Daddy Is Displeased: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a woman who chose to drink a beer in a most unusual situation

(Newser) - From a set of parents who aren't looking for mercy for their girl to the story of a waitress who was just trying to save the day, these are the craziest crimes of the week:
  • Parents Want Teen Daughter Hit With Felony Fraud Charge : There's tough love, and
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Bank Robber Used His Own Debit Card

Before warning the teller, 'Don't make a mistake'

(Newser) - A man entered a San Diego bank on May 13 and demanded money from a teller, saying, "You're being robbed. Don't make a mistake." He's probably kicking himself over his own gaffe, which helped send him to prison for three years and 10 months as... More »

Woman Drives Into River, Drinks Beer: Cops

It all began when she allegedly blew by a stop sign

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania were scratching their heads after a motorist they were chasing allegedly drove her SUV into a river, ignored their entreaties, and drank a beer. The York Daily Record reports the odd incident unfolded Monday afternoon when the woman blew through a stop sign in York County. Police... More »

Parents Want Teen Daughter Hit With Felony Fraud Charge

She allegedly used dad's info to buy $1,200 flight to Germany

(Newser) - There's tough love, and then there's pushing for felony charges against your teenage daughter. Michigan Live reports an area dad received notification Sunday about a possibly fraudulent charge on his credit card. It was determined that the man's 18-year-old daughter had allegedly used his information to get... More »

Cops: 'Alexa, Help Solve This Murder'

Ark. police think Amazon gadget might have heard something the night man died

(Newser) - In November 2015, police found 47-year-old Victor Collins dead in a hot tub on the back patio of 31-year-old James Bates' Arkansas home. More than a year later, Bates is charged with Collins' murder, and Bentonville police think the data from his Amazon Echo could help them solve the case.... More »

Sisters Allegedly Try Internet Scam on Nigerian Billionaire

And yes we recognize the irony

(Newser) - Someone alert Alanis Morissette because a Nigerian billionaire is apparently on the receiving end of an alleged internet scam. The Toronto Star reports the ironic situation is unfolding around two sisters from Toronto—Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo—recently arrested in Lagos, Nigeria. The sisters Matharoo were "fixtures in the... More »

DUI Charge Dropped Against Caffeinated California Driver

DA's office still insists it's 'highly likely' Joseph Schwab was on another drug, despite tests indicating otherwise

(Newser) - He was busted for driving while intoxicated , and now, 16 months later, Joseph Schwab has had his DUI charge dropped. The California man had been pulled over in Solano County in August 2015 after it was reported he was driving erratically, and he was arrested for DUI, although later tests... More »

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