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Ecoterrorist Served His Time, Finally Admits Doing the Crime

Animal rights activist Rodney Coronado now says he committed 1992 crime

(Newser) - In 1995, Rodney Coronado pleaded guilty to a fiery act of ecoterrorism: breaking into the office of Michigan State University researcher Richard Aulerich, erecting a makeshift firebomb, and obliterating some 32 years of animal research. Except Coronado swore police had the wrong man. Now, 25 years after the Feb. 28,... More »

Soccer Fans' Mistake Just Cost Their Own Team $50K

They thought Crystal Palace bus was rival Middlesbrough's bus, vandalized it

(Newser) - Fans of a British soccer club in the Premier League may need to take their zeal down a notch after an incident over the weekend that reportedly ended up costing their own team nearly $50,000, reports the Telegraph . Crystal Palace devotees determined to make a literal mark on rival... More »

An Uber Nightmare: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a bunker with a big secret

(Newser) - This week kicks off with two crimes allegedly involving 20-something women and vehicles:
  • Cops: Uber Ride Turned Into Nightmare for Colo. Driver : A Colorado Uber driver got a raw deal over the weekend, but so did a retaining wall, a tree, and his car after one of his passengers was
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Cops: Virgin Saint Hid a Secret—Until She Leaked It

Trail of fuel leads cops to altar in Mexico used for smuggling

(Newser) - Altars to the Virgin of Guadalupe are ubiquitous at businesses across Mexico. Now federal police say one has even been used in a gasoline-smuggling racket in the central state of Puebla, reports the AP . Police said Tuesday that a trail of fuel leaking into the street in San Martin Texmelucan... More »

Cops Raid Nuclear Bunker, Find a Giant Pot Farm

20-room complex was built decades ago in England

(Newser) - The 20-room nuclear bunker was originally intended to protect government officials in case of bombs. Instead, six men were allegedly using it to fill bongs, reports the BBC . During a Wednesday raid on the 1980s bunker known as RGHQ Chilmark in Wiltshire, England, police uncovered a massive marijuana operation with... More »

Cops: Uber Ride Turned Into Nightmare for Colo. Driver

One of his passengers is said to have stolen his car, rammed into tree

(Newser) - A Colorado Uber driver got a raw deal over the weekend, but so did a retaining wall, a tree, and his car after one of his passengers was accused of stealing it following a fight. Sheriff's deputies say it started at close to 3am Saturday in Fort Collins, when... More »

Restaurant Fined for Pretending Tilapia Was Much Fancier Fish

It has now been fined, must make restitution

(Newser) - For a year and a half, customers at a high-end Bay Area restaurant were duped into thinking they were eating fancy fish when they were actually eating tilapia. A suspicious customer finally complained to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office in early 2016, accusing the restaurant of using... More »

Bad Move: Cartwheels During Sobriety Test

Bryelle Marshall charged with DWI in New Mexico

(Newser) - Bryelle Marshall didn't walk in a straight line during a field sobriety test in Albuquerque, NM, on Friday—but she did do cartwheels. After receiving a report about a reckless driver, officers say they found the 23-year-old asleep in the driver's seat of her car, parked partially on... More »

3 Guys Busted in Theft of 200K Diapers

They were worth about $90K

(Newser) - Perhaps they wanted to start a daycare? Authorities in Rhode Island have made a third arrest in the case of 200,000 stolen diapers, reports ABC6 . According to police, a truck driver was to deliver 2,000 boxes of diapers, worth $90,000, to an Amazon distribution facility on Feb.... More »

Girl Scout Gets Her Due: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

When drones become peeping drones

(Newser) - From a Mission Impossible-esque heist to the latest moves of a "top 10 impostor," these are the craziest crimes of the week:
  • Girl Scout Robbed at Gunpoint, Then Cops Do Something Great : Thanks to a mass act of kindness by Union City police officers, the story of a
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Cops: Florida Man Had Bizarre Plan to Tank Target Stock

Mark Charles Barnett allegedly planned East Coast bombing campaign

(Newser) - A Florida man is in custody charged with plotting a bombing campaign as part of a bizarre investment strategy. Investigators say Mark Charles Barnett, 48, planned to put at least 10 bombs disguised as food items on the shelves of Target stores along the East Coast, NBC News reports. Court... More »

Peeping Drone Spies on Utah Residents, 2 Arrested

Aaron Foote has had voyeurism legal issues before

(Newser) - The community of Orem, Utah, first got a clue something was up via a December Facebook post from the local police department. "Are you missing a quadcopter?" the quirky seven-question survey asked, adding, "Have you been convicted of Voyeurism in the past?" and "Would you like to... More »

Cops Stop Erratic Drivers, Hear an Awesome Excuse

'Under the influence of the aurora'

(Newser) - It turns out the northern lights can be hazardous to humans. Police in Iceland pulled over two different drivers near the airport in Keflavík because they were swerving between lanes, reports Iceland Magazine . Police thought for sure they'd made DWI stops until the drivers, both foreign tourists, explained:... More »

Cops: Murder Plot Involved Priest, Cyanide, Suitcase

Georgian Orthodox Church official charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - It sounds like an odd espionage thriller, but it's all too true in the Republic of Georgia: Police busted a priest traveling with cyanide and say he meant to kill a high-ranking member of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Father Georgi Mamaladze, who runs the church's property department, was... More »

Teens' Punishment for 'White Power' Graffiti: Book Reports

They vandalized black schoolhouse; now they have to read tomes about oppression

(Newser) - Some say don't judge a book by its cover, but a Virginia attorney's office will be judging the progress of a group of teenagers by their book reports. The five teens pleaded guilty to vandalizing the Ashburn Colored School, a historic black schoolhouse, by spray-painting it with swastikas... More »

A Ping-Pong Problem: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a cop who likes to get down

(Newser) - Ping-Pong, a cigarette lit in church, and a pacemaker that allegedly gave up its owner factor into this week's crazy crimes.
  • Mob Boss Files $10M Prison Ping-Pong Lawsuit : Former mob boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli wants $10 million from the federal government over a Ping-Pong injury. Gioeli, once
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Suspect Who Let Partner Drown Nabbed 5 Years Later: Cops

'F--- you!' robbery suspect Juan Lahera allegedly yelled at accomplice in canal

(Newser) - More than five years ago, a man's body was found floating in a Florida canal, thousands of dollars crammed into his pockets. That man was 27-year-old Samuel Howell, a robbery suspect who, along with his partner, had allegedly ripped off the home of a Sunrise resident in July 2011,... More »

After Loss, Bus Driver Leaves Team Stranded

She's charged with driving drunk in Saint Louis University's bus

(Newser) - Members of Saint Louis University's men's basketball team probably thought their night couldn't get worse after a loss Wednesday at St. Bonaventure University in New York. Then they lost their bus. When the Billikens left the arena to head to the airport, they found their bus had... More »

Customs Discovered Limes Weren't Actually Limes

It was $790K worth of pot

(Newser) - If Harry Nilsson had put these limes in the coconut, someone would've ended up with more than a bellyache. US Customs and Border Protection officials in Pharr, Texas, near the border with Mexico, intercepted a truck Jan. 30 that appeared to be holding more than 34,000 Key limes,... More »

Man Charged in Burning His Home Busted by Pacemaker

Ross Compton's story 'highly improbable' due to his medical conditions: cardiologist

(Newser) - A man charged with arson based partly on data collected from his pacemaker pleaded not guilty Tuesday to setting his Ohio home on fire and insurance fraud charges, the AP reports. Authorities have said gasoline was found on Ross Compton's clothing and that the fire started in multiple places,... More »

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