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Woman Held in Jail for Weeks Over SpaghettiOs

Georgia cop thought sauce residue was meth

(Newser) - When Ashley Gabrielle Huff was pulled over by a police officer in Gainesville, Ga., on July 2 for a tag light violation, the officer immediately became suspicious of her appearance and demeanor. After finding a spoon in her car with residue on it (and supposedly field-testing it), the officer was... More »

Cops: Guy Unloaded Gun— by Firing at House Next Door

George Byrd says he didn't know how else to unload

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say a convicted felon accused of shooting a bullet through a neighbor's window told a judge he fired the gun because it was the only way he knew how to unload it. Middletown Detective Patrick Nicastro tells the Bucks County Courier Times that 31-year-old George Byrd... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a man who broke into the worst place he possibly could

(Newser) - A taco truck that served up an unusual side dish and a home invasion with oddly dressed perpetrators are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • TSA Busts Woman in Creative Smuggling Scheme : What to pack for that dream trip to Barbados? The TSA says Canadian woman Nyesha McPherson
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NY Parking Cop Swiped $89K —in Coins

Jeffrey Daday could see 15 years in prison

(Newser) - Jeffrey Daday apparently liked to dip his hand into the cash register. Or more specifically, into parking meters. The New York man worked as a parking enforcement officer for five years in the village of Mount Kisco and stole $89,000 in coins over that time, police tell the Journal ... More »

Walmart Texts Made Paranoid Killer Confess

He thought someone knew his secret after 17 years

(Newser) - Matthew Gibson killed a woman in Arizona 17 years ago and he would have gotten away with it ... if it wasn't for Walmart. The 55-year-old—who drove from North Carolina to Arizona to confess —told police that he thought somebody knew about the crime after he started receiving... More »

Cops: Mom Stashes Baby in Trunk to Avoid Ticket

Baby spoils plot by crying

(Newser) - A Florida woman who feared getting a ticket for driving without a car seat hatched a scheme to hide the infant in the trunk that landed her in far worse trouble, say police. When deputies in Broward County tried to pull over 19-year-old Breona Watkins for a traffic violation yesterday,... More »

TSA Busts Woman Pretending to Fly With Cat Litter

The box, and many more containers, actually hid pot

(Newser) - What to pack for that dream trip to Barbados? The TSA says one Canadian woman was short on bikinis and long on a multitude of no-nos that included two handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition, and "58 bricks of marijuana totaling 33 pounds, all artfully concealed in the boxes, tubs,... More »

Food Truck Sold Tacos With Side of Meth: Authorities

55 pounds seized, 17 indicted in one of Colorado's biggest meth stings ever

(Newser) - Tacos with a side of salsa, guac, and—meth? Seventeen members of an alleged international drug ring have been busted and indicted, the state's attorney general's office announced yesterday, revealing that one sales venue was a taco truck parked on the streets of Denver, the Denver Post reports.... More »

Man Breaks Into Police Station— Accidentally

John Dettor thought he was breaking into a school, cops say

(Newser) - Police say a man who thought he was breaking into a Vermont school actually got into the local police station. Police say the man, identified as 59-year-old John Dettor, used a traffic cone to break the glass to get into the police station in Shelburne just before midnight on Thursday,... More »

Cops: Wash. Man Posed as Policeman ... for 25 Years

Jim Bailey never graduated from police academy he went to a quarter-century ago

(Newser) - Something seemed amiss to police officers in Oak Harbor, Wash., who responded to an Aug. 6 call about an altercation in which a fellow officer required assistance. When they arrived on the scene, they found a man and woman who had been fighting and 69-year-old Jim Bailey, the supposed retired... More »

Ninja Sister-Wives Busted in Crazy Home Invasion

They were ultimately defeated by guy with a Samurai sword, natch

(Newser) - "I went to the bottom of the stairs and saw a couple of ninjas coming down." So begins the crazy tale out of Utah from Thursday night. As the Salt Lake Tribune tells it, two women—variously described as either sister wives or in a polygamous relationship with... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a woman who found something unexpected in her trunk

(Newser) - A church that can't seem to keep it down and a really horrific first date are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Pastor Jailed Over Noisy Church Services : "I can't believe it, jail time, for serving God." Such was the take of the wife
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Teen Sets House on Fire to Protest Arranged Marriage

It works: Wedding is off, and she avoids jail in Michigan

(Newser) - A Michigan teen is going to avoid jail after explaining to a judge the unusual circumstances that led her to set her own house on fire while her parents were sleeping, reports the Lansing State Journal . It seems that the Albanian parents of Arlinda Latifi told her they had arranged... More »

Armpit Hair Fire Triggers Car Crash

A prank on a driver goes very wrong in Boise, Idaho

(Newser) - Police say five teenagers are lucky to be alive after an early Sunday rollover crash in Boise, Idaho. The cause? Burning armpit hair. Three boys and two girls, aged 15 to 18, suffered non-life-threatening injuries—a fortunate feat as police say none were wearing seat belts and two were thrown... More »

First Date Ends With Man Dead, Woman in Hospital

Alcohol, and a whole lot of crazy, was involved

(Newser) - There are infinite reasons to not go on a second date, but this tale of romance gone awry contains every single one of them: It seems that 53-year-old Leon Shaw of Washington state and his unnamed 47-year-old date went to a house party. Great. Alcohol was consumed. No problem. Enough... More »

Man Drives Across US, Confesses to 1997 Homicide

Matthew Gibson wouldn't have been caught otherwise, prosecutor says

(Newser) - A cold-case homicide has been solved after a man, apparently racked with guilt, drove across the country to confess killing an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago. Matthew Gibson has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after driving from North Carolina to Arizona to turn... More »

Man Ordered to Pay $5K for Taking Woman's Virginity

China court rules in favor of Chen

(Newser) - A Chinese woman's virginity is worth $5,000, at least in this instance. A woman referred to only by her surname Chen was awarded that amount yesterday by a Chinese court after she sued a man she was dating (and later learned was married) for "violating her right... More »

Lawsuit: Female Nurse Had Sex With Medicated Patient

Man says he was awaiting heart transplant surgery at the time

(Newser) - A man who was in the ICU on medication and awaiting a heart transplant says a nurse came into his room and had sex with him against his wishes, reports CBS Chicago . A lawsuit filed by the man and his wife says the incident, "including intercourse," took place... More »

Pastor Jailed Over Noisy Church Services

Neighbors complained in South Carolina

(Newser) - A pastor in Columbia, SC, is spending two weeks in jail because neighbors complained that his church services were too loud, reports WLTX . Johnnie Clark's Rehoboth United Assemblies Church has been around for 25 years, but recent downtown development has led to conflict with neighbors in newly built homes... More »

9-Year-Old on Go-Kart Foils Thief

Suspect allegedly stole bikes from garage, while owner worked 50 feet away

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Nicolas Ferran may have a future as a superhero. Last week in Utah, Nicolas alerted his father when a man allegedly stole two of his dad's expensive bikes (value: $11,000) from the open garage. "He just said, 'Hey Dad, is someone borrowing your bikes today?'... More »

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