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Woman's Entire Cabin Gets Stolen

She was building it in the Yukon

(Newser) - It's not too often that your house isn't where you left it. But that was the case for Josie-Anne Pilotte, who spent three weeks building a cabin in the Yukon. Earlier this month, Pilotte headed to the building site to transfer the 200-square-foot cabin to her friends' property,... More »

Drunk Driver Thought This Jail Was a Bar

Cops are now holding her in that very jail

(Newser) - A woman in Van Buren County, Mich., didn't have far to go after she was arrested for drunk driving. The 39-year-old is being held in the very jail whose parking lot she pulled into early yesterday, Michigan Live reports; she told police she thought the lot belonged to a... More »

Cops: Woman Tries to Break Into Ex's House, Gets Stuck

Firefighters rescue Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa from chimney

(Newser) - Here's a tip for would-be home invaders: You might want to consider attempting to break in via a window or a door ... instead of, say, the chimney. Authorities say that's the route Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa decided to take early yesterday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and things went very wrong,... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a great-grandma smackdown

(Newser) - A drug suspect with an almost-genius getaway plan and a woman thrown in the clink for a messy yard are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Why Were These Great-Grandmothers Brawling? : Family gatherings aren't always harmonious, even when a new baby is involved. Or maybe especially when
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$100K Drug Bust Made Thanks to Wrong Address

Houston trio nailed for pot, coke, meth, heroin, LSD, pain pills, hashish—and guns

(Newser) - If you're going to have someone ship you a package of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine via FedEx, make sure the sender has the correct address. Three Houston residents are likely cursing the person who mislabeled just such a package after it arrived at the wrong residence and the owner... More »

Robber Drops ID Card, Gets 12 Years

Police in Arkansas had an easy time figuring this one out

(Newser) - It was the perfect crime, except for the part where Malcolm Thomas tripped on his way out of the gas station he had just robbed while running with the register tray. A witness saw him fall, and when police searched the spot, the Southwest Times Record details what they found:... More »

Tennessee Woman Jailed for Messy Yard

Karen Holloway gets 6 hours behind bars for ignoring citations

(Newser) - Kids who won't do yardwork might get detention; a Lenoir City, Tenn., woman got jail time instead. After Karen Holloway ignored multiple citations for code violations, including multiple bushes, she was sentenced to five days in jail. A judge reduced that to six hours, which she served on Tuesday,... More »

Woman in Labor Speeds by Cops, Gets Held at Gunpoint

Police use tire spikes to stop car, unaware why husband was racing; all ends well

(Newser) - You know that scene in the movies, where the husband drives his wife to the hospital in the nick of time to deliver their baby? Try this for a plot twist, from Iowa's WHO-TV : Cop follows speeding car with lights flashing, but husband doesn't pull over because wife... More »

Florida Teen Busted for Humping Toy at Walmart

Police report is pretty disgusting

(Newser) - Warning: This one gets a little graphic. A 19-year-old in Florida was arrested after he humped a toy in Walmart to the point of orgasm yesterday, the Smoking Gun reports. Sean Johnson took a stuffed horse off a shelf and headed to the housewares section of the Brooksville store, where... More »

87-Year-Old Who Doesn't Drive Gets $1.5K in Tickets

California's Joyce Silva doesn't even own the Acura that got ticketed

(Newser) - Joyce S. Silva of Manteca, Calif., doesn't drive, nor does she own a white Acura. So it's understandable why the 87-year-old woman with arthritis was scratching her head after receiving a total of 18 traffic tickets costing $1,475 for a white Acura, CBS Sacramento reports. For the... More »

Man Fleeing Cops Joins Chicago Marathon

Officers tackled him at Mile 12

(Newser) - A drug suspect fleeing cops in Chicago didn't get very far into what could have been a 14-mile run for it. Police say Bryan Duffy, 29, was seen acting suspiciously among spectators around Mile 12 of the Chicago Marathon route on Sunday and took off when he saw police,... More »

Great-Grandmothers Come to Blows as Twins Born

Shirley Irvin has been charged with assault and harassment, police say

(Newser) - Family gatherings aren't always harmonious, even those involving great-grandmothers in hospital maternity wards. In an Aug. 31 incident in Brighton Township, Pa., now coming to light, the grandmother (Shirley Irvin) of a father-to-be apparently overheard the great-grandmother (Carole Alberts) of the mother-to-be say something about hoping the twin babies... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including one of the most frivolous 911 calls of all time

(Newser) - An incredibly vain criminal and a couple who couldn't resist their carnal urges in the back of a cop car are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Couple Pulled Over for DUI Got Busy in Police Cruiser : A Wisconsin couple were being taken to the Oconto County
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Tar-Covered Guy Gives Cops 3 Bad Excuses

He was just visiting family on that store rooftop at 3am

(Newser) - There are all kinds of innocent reasons why a guy might find himself on the rooftop of a convenience store at 3am, Joshue Holoman tried to explain to suspicious police officers earlier this week. The tar-covered Florida man, who had allegedly pried open the Sunoco's air-conditioning shaft, at first... More »

90-Year-Old in Sweden Busted Growing Marijuana

She tells cops they were 'just nice plants'

(Newser) - This excuse might not work unless you're 90: A woman in Sweden of that age who had her home raided by police explained away her multiple marijuana plants by saying, "I thought they were just nice plants," reports the Local . Another news site out of the EU... More »

Couple Pulled Over for DUI Had Sex in Cop Car

Judge at sentencing says behavior of Travis Husnik, Heather Basten was 'outlandish'

(Newser) - Most people who get pulled over for drunk driving and hauled away in a squad car probably keep their pants on (just a guess). Then again, most people aren't Travis Husnik and Heather Basten. The Wisconsin couple, ages 33 and 29 respectively, were being taken to the Oconto County... More »

Woman Arrested Thanks to 'Unflattering' Facebook Pic

Monica Hargrove asked Columbus police to take it off their Facebook page

(Newser) - Ahh, vanity: It gets us every time. A 34-year-old Ohio woman was hit with robbery, aggravated-robbery, and kidnapping charges all thanks, in part, to an unflattering Facebook photo. Monica Hargrove drove a friend to pick up a prescription on Aug. 30, only to allegedly pull a gun on her, rob... More »

Woman Who Thought She Was Dying Stole $644K

Cancer patient Shirley Player ended up bouncing back—but not from her crime

(Newser) - A British woman who was quite sure her cancer would kill her sooner rather than later decided to steal nearly $644,000 from her employer—but she ended up beating the disease and is now going to prison to serve a four-year sentence. Shirley Player, 61, stole about $92,000... More »

Church's 3K-Pound Gargoyles Go Missing

No one in Worcester, Mass., has a clue where the giant historic statues could be

(Newser) - A 119-year-old Massachusetts church that had been slated for demolition almost 10 years ago was saved by a local preservation society—but now no one can find the 1.5-ton gargoyles that used to grace its exterior. Officials for Preservation Worcester, the city's Historical Commission, and Liberty Church are... More »

Woman Deals With Scratched CDs in Unwise Fashion

Glastonbury, Conn., police say she called 911—and that wasn't the only time

(Newser) - The Florida man who called 911 seven times over spilled beer ? Pshaw! That's child's play compared to Shaila Hegde's alleged penchant for dialing emergency services. Glastonbury police say the Connecticut woman has called 911 some 162 times in the last 7 years. In 2014 alone, she... More »

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