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Video Shows Guy Skip TSA Security, Board Plane

Damarias Cockerham walked through an unused metal detector in Dallas

(Newser) - He didn't have a ticket, or even ID, yet a 25-year-old man was able to board a plane in Dallas last July. Authorities say Damarias Cockerham, caught on surveillance video , walked through a security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport "without being stopped by a TSA agent" and... More »

Cops: Man Tumbles Out of Moving Car to Extort Cash From Mom

Maybe he could've asked for an advance on his allowance instead?

(Newser) - In a scene resembling something out of a cheesy B-action movie, a man with his hands tied behind his back and a bag over his head fell out of a moving car on an Oregon highway over the weekend, the apparent victim of a kidnapping attempt. But investigators in Camas,... More »

Taxpayers Funding Robbery Suspect's Makeup Artist

Judge orders cover-up of Bayzle Morgan's swastika, 'Most Wanted' tattoos

(Newser) - Each morning this week, Bayzle Morgan will be transferred from the Clark County Detention Center to a Las Vegas courthouse where a makeup artist will spend two hours making his skin look unmarked and natural—and taxpayers are footing the bill. After numerous potential jurors said they couldn't give... More »

To Unlock a Dead Man's Phone, Police Turn to 3D Printing

Michigan State University professor Anil Jain is on the crime-busting case

(Newser) - An unsolved murder and a locked mobile phone led police to Michigan State University, with an unusual request: Could computer science professor Anil Jain whip up 3D-printed fingers of the victim? Doing so would give them manufactured fingerprints that could unlock his phone and perhaps glean clues about who killed... More »

Pain in the Grass: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an automobile passenger who was well accessorized but illegal

(Newser) - Read this week's crop of crazy crimes, then go cut your grass.
  • Single Mom Thrown in Jail for Overgrown Lawn : An Illinois woman with five kids was arrested July 7 and briefly thrown in jail for an offense that the town of Cahokia obviously feels strongly about: not mowing
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Fake Passenger, With Briefcase, Doesn't Fool Carpool Police

Long Island driver is busted in the fast lane

(Newser) - The briefcase and baseball cap were nice touches on her supposed passenger, but they weren't enough to keep a Long Island woman from getting a ticket for a carpool lane violation. Police in Suffolk County say Candice Breen-Warren, 61, arranged a bunch of clothes in the passenger seat—adorned... More »

Driver Pokemon-Goes Right Into Police Car: Cops

'That's what I get for playing this dumb-a-- game': distracted Baltimore driver

(Newser) - Even a Legendary may not be able to get a young man from Baltimore out of trouble after his SUV ran into a police car early Monday while he was allegedly playing Pokemon Go, the Baltimore Sun reports. USA Today notes body-camera video was released that shows a Toyota RAV4... More »

Flight Crew Narcs on Allegedly Drunk Pilots

The Canadian pilots face up to 2 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Two allegedly drunk Canadian pilots were arrested Monday at Glasgow Airport just before taking to the skies with hundreds of passengers in tow, Glasgow Live reports. According to CBC , the flight crew noticed there was something off about the pilots and went to authorities. "We saw five policemen get... More »

Man Uses Stolen Brain To Get High

And he called it Freddy

(Newser) - Joshua Lee Long's aunt was probably freaked out when she found the human brain in a Walmart bag while she was cleaning out a trailer near Newville, Pa. Chances are she was horrified when Long, in custody on burglary charges, allegedly told her what he did with it. During... More »

Single Mom Thrown in Jail for Overgrown Lawn

Ebony Conner's 5 kids waited at their Illinois home while she cleared things up

(Newser) - An Illinois woman with five kids was arrested July 7 and briefly thrown in jail for an offense that the town of Cahokia obviously feels strongly about: not mowing her lawn, the Week reports. Single mom Ebony Conner tells KMOV she was verbally warned by a municipal code-enforcement officer back... More »

Cops: Trio Owes More Than $130K for Unpaid Tolls

One allegedly failed to pay the toll again while fleeing arrest

(Newser) - Authorities in New York and New Jersey have arrested a trio of scofflaws for allegedly racking up more than $130,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, the New York Daily News reports. Denise Simien was the most recent suspect to be nabbed. Authorities say she took the Holland Tunnel more... More »

Bank Robbery Suspect Hails Uber as Getaway Car: Cops

Cops say Luis Mallett apparently needed the cash to settle a bar tab

(Newser) - If you're going to be a 21st-century bank robber, you have to use every modern convenience at your disposal, including flagging an Uber vehicle as your getaway car. CNET reports that a man identified as 29-year-old Luis Mallett allegedly robbed a Santander Bank in Weymouth, Mass., on Monday, giving... More »

Cops Use Potato to Crack Arson Case

Suspect allegedly stuffed it into a vehicle's tailpipe

(Newser) - Connecticut police knew they were dealing with arson. What they didn't know was who was responsible—until a DNA test on a potato provided a break in the case. Willow Martin, 19, was charged Tuesday with several crimes including arson and burglary after a September 2015 fire at a... More »

See the Calmest Way Possible to Foil an Armed Robbery

How does this New Zealand eatery owner stay so chill?!

(Newser) - The owner of a New Zealand kebab eatery kept calm and carried on as a robber-wannabe waved his gun and demanded money—as in, the owner carried on serving his customers while ignoring the gunman, the BBC reports. In a video posted by the Canterbury Police on Facebook , Said Ahmed... More »

Kidnapping Thwarted by Girl's Kung Fu Punch

'It hurt him,' says 8-year-old

(Newser) - A would-be kidnapper got more than he bargained for after snatching a girl from her bed Sunday. Authorities say a man broke into a home in El Cajon, Calif., through an unlocked window, then grabbed an 8-year-old girl from her upstairs bedroom. Unbeknownst to her attacker, the girl knew kung... More »

Judge's Sentence for Road-Rage Charge: You Will Knit

'It will not be a meager amount. You have committed a serious offense'

(Newser) - When Amanda McCabe was accused in court of assaulting another Scottish woman after a road-rage incident in Dundee, she had a most unusual reaction: She bragged about what a terrific knitter she was, noting she could whip up a sweater in just a few days, Mashable reports. Clare Smith alleged... More »

Driver Shuts Eyes to Pray, Crashes Into House

She's charged with reckless driving

(Newser) - Some might say a prayer in anticipation of a car crash. A Florida woman's prayer apparently caused one. The 28-year-old was driving in Mary Esther when she ran a stop sign, drove onto a yard, and crashed into a house, police tell the Northwest Florida Daily News . She then... More »

Alleged Bank Robbery Attempt Fails Spectacularly

And not just because the suspect crashed into a police car

(Newser) - Police say a would-be bank robber tried to pull a heist in Long Island, but pretty much everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Authorities say a man with a shotgun entered a Bank of America in Hempstead about noon Saturday and demanded cash, reports NBC New York . His... More »

Bonfire of the Cannabis: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a man who escaped jail and found his way to a bar

(Newser) - Pot on fire, pizza rolls that hurt more than your belly, and a man who doesn't want police to interview his would-be sexual partners factor into this week's craziest crimes.
  • Man Forced to Alert Cops Before Sex Plans Hunger Strike : Think it's ridiculous for someone to face
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Man Tries to Smuggle Himself Inside His Own Suitcase

More impressive: He's 6 feet tall

(Newser) - Border guards in Switzerland received quite a shock Monday as they watched a full-grown man emerge from inside a normal suitcase. The AP reports the 21-year-old man from Eritrea was trying to smuggle himself into Switzerland aboard a train from Italy. Guards boarded the train to check passenger documents and... More »

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