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Guy Applies for Job, Sends Naked Pics to HR: Cops

He did not get the job

(Newser) - An Illinois job applicant either has terrible follow-up skills or terrible texting skills, but either way, he's out of a new gig. Elmhurst police say they took in a report on Aug. 14 from the HR manager of a St. Charles company that alleged one of the candidates for... More »

Man's Selfie Ends With Car in Tree, Friends in Hospital

Jordan Toner, 29, due in court for distracted driving

(Newser) - Add this to the looong list of ill-advised selfies: Maine police say Hampden native Jordan Toner, 29, was driving in Orient on Saturday when he decided to snap a selfie with his seven passengers. But when he leaned over to take the photo with his cellphone, his car veered off... More »

Cops: Would-Be Do-Gooder Kidnapped a Guy

When Good Samaritans go bad

(Newser) - Oh, but the line between charity and kidnapping is a fine one. A man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking a 77-year-old man home and forcing him to eat meat because he thought the victim was homeless, NBC Connecticut reports. Police say David Pope noticed the victim pushing a cart... More »

Bad Speller: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a suspect in need of spelling lessons and a red-light revelation

(Newser) - A dumb drone idea and traffic-light bandit of sorts are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • We're Pretty Sure This Isn't What Drones Are For : Someone inside Maryland's Western Correctional Institution will be waiting a long time for his special delivery. Two men became the
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Police Question Girls Named 'Destiny' in Bid to Solve Case

No luck

(Newser) - In May, Idaho police discovered the message "Destiny, Prom?" painted in large pink and blue letters on the side of the Black Cliffs, a popular rock-climbing spot, east of Boise. The invitation has been painted over, but the Romeo behind it has thus far eluded police. And so they... More »

Man Films Self Tampering With Traffic Cameras

Needless to say, it does not end well for him

(Newser) - A man accused of driving around Long Island and tampering with red-light cameras was arrested after police were tipped off about a YouTube video he made documenting his exploits, the New York Daily News reports. In the video posted yesterday, 42-year-old Stephen Ruth admits to getting ticketed by red-light cameras... More »

'Obsessed' Man Eyed in Stolen Corpse Case

Police say there isn't enough evidence to make an arrest

(Newser) - San Antonio police haven't been able to recover Julie Mott's body —stolen from a chapel hours after her funeral on Aug. 15—but they do have a potential suspect in the case. Police say the last man to leave the chapel that day was a male in... More »

Confronted by Cops, Man Swings Dog at Them

Kansas man is charged with animal cruelty after nighttime stroll takes a bad turn

(Newser) - A suspicious man was reported Sunday night wandering with his dog through people's backyards in Park City, Kansas, and responding police say he wasn't especially cooperative, KSN reports. That man was 26-year-old Michael Rush, who a responding officer says reacted by swinging the poor pup on its leash... More »

This Woman's Alleged Crimes: Keying Cars, Bad Spelling

Shannon Csapilla keyed 'wore' into friend's car in jealous rage: cops

(Newser) - There's no time to consult a dictionary in the midst of a jealous rage, apparently. Police in Connecticut say they charged a 20-year-old woman with criminal mischief on Thursday after she allegedly keyed the cars of her ex and a former friend but misspelled a key word in the... More »

Cops Bust Drone Delivery of Porn DVDs, Drugs to Prison

2 men face charges; charges also expected against an inmate

(Newser) - Someone inside Maryland's Western Correctional Institution will be waiting a long time for his porn delivery. Officials say two men have become the first in the state to be charged with attempting to deliver contraband items to a prison via drone after they were found with a Yuneec Typhoon... More »

Bed Sheets Seen Hanging From Jail Cell Window

Felon caught in the act at Spokane County Jail

(Newser) - Staffers at a jail in eastern Washington state foiled an escape attempt by spotting a long trail of knotted bed sheets hanging from the window of a cell housing a suspect in a murder-for-hire plot. They saw the rope of sheets that nearly reached the ground around 4:30am Thursday... More »

Reward Offered for Stolen Corpse in Texas

Body of young woman goes missing after her funeral

(Newser) - Police are seeking clues to the whereabouts of the corpse of a 25-year-old woman stolen from a casket after her funeral at a San Antonio chapel last week. Mission Park Funeral Chapel North is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to those who took Julie Mott's body... More »

In Weird Case, a Parrot Gets Detained by Police

Elderly woman says stepson trained bird to insult her

(Newser) - It seems that a parrot in India may have grounds for a lawsuit after police detained it without evidence for allegedly "hurling obscenities" at an 85-year-old woman. Over the past two years, the woman claims she has been subjected to "bad language and foul words" from the parrot... More »

Florida Woman Lies to Skip Work, Gets Arrested for It

Beverly F. Brooks faked kidnapping to avoid returning to night shift: cops

(Newser) - A Florida woman is accused of making up a lie about being kidnapped so she wouldn't have to return to her job as a night shift nursing assistant. The Panama City Police Department says its officers and other agencies spent several hours Monday morning looking for Beverly F. Brooks,... More »

Strange Brew: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an enormous waste of brew and a ninja burglary attempt

(Newser) - A father-son fracas from beyond the grave and an eyebrow threader-turned-fake doctor play a role in the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Cops: Kentucky Man Tried to Dig Up His Dead Dad : In something we can see very few people getting in trouble for other than the Costanzas on
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Cops: Kentucky Man Tried to Dig Up His Dead Dad

Michael May's father died decades ago

(Newser) - In something we can see very few people getting in trouble for other than the Costanzas on Seinfeld, a 44-year-old Kentucky man has been arrested for trying to dig up his departed dad from a cemetery—so that, according to KMOV , he could finish an argument with him. Lincoln County... More »

2 Ninja-Robbers Get Out-Ninjaed

They run into a sword-wielding clerk

(Newser) - Two ninja-clad teens armed with a machete and expecting an easy robbery at a Pittsburgh convenience store got quite a shock when a cashier pulled out a sword and started chasing them. Surveillance video shows the teens entering Perry Market on Friday night. One goes behind the counter with his... More »

Thieves Break in Store, Uncap 1.2K Beers

And yet drink not one

(Newser) - Police in western Germany are looking for thieves who broke into a store selling alcohol and stole the caps off 1,200 bottles of beer—presumably to collect points for a prize contest—yet left the suds themselves untouched. Essen police said the thieves broke into the shop in Muelheim... More »

Papa John's Beloved Camaro Stolen, Recovered

It was dumped in the driveway of an abandoned home

(Newser) - Thieves stole a Chevy Camaro from a classic-car show in Detroit over the weekend, but the problem is that it happened to belong to a man named John Schnatter, aka Papa John of the national pizza chain. That led to a $10,000 reward to find the culprits and huge... More »

Man Allegedly Treated Scores of Patients as Fake Doctor

Suspicions grew when he kept bumming rides

(Newser) - A New York man charged with treating up to 100 patients while pretending to be a clinical psychologist and physician over the past three years was done in by his penchant for bumming rides from patients and cooking them meals, CBS New York reports. Donald Lee-Edwards, 43, was charged this... More »

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