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Boy, 7, Mistaken for Intruder, Shot by Grandma

Grandmother not arrested, boy in critical condition

(Newser) - A Tampa grandmother allegedly fired a .22 caliber pistol into the dark this morning, shooting not the intruder she feared but her 7-year-old grandson, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The boy, Tyler Maddox, is now in critical but stable condition in the hospital. Hillsborough County deputies say Linda Maddox, 63,... More »

Naked Guy With a Sword Subdued After Threats

The man allegedly charged at people while screaming

(Newser) - Here's something you don't see every day: a man screaming at people in a parking lot and waving a 3-foot-long sword … while naked. The incident took place at an apartment complex in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Saturday; one witness tells WAWS the man charged at passersby. Luckily, a... More »

To Get Jailed With Beau, Woman Stole $4 Wine: Cops

If nothing else, it's an inventive solution for separated lovers

(Newser) - Move over, Romeo and Juliet: Texas brings us the tale of star-crossed lover Alicia Walicke, whose boyfriend the AP reports is the current resident of one of the nation's fine penal institutions. Her solution to their separation, as per the cops who busted her Wednesday? Steal a bottle of... More »

Woman Hops in Giraffe Pen, Gets Kicked in the Face

Wally the giraffe was not overjoyed to see her

(Newser) - Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure... More »

Mom Arrested for Swearing in Front of Kids

Danielle Wolf upset fellow shopper with her alleged language

(Newser) - Danielle Wolf was not having a good night at the Kroger grocery store in North Augusta, SC, where she moved with her family just three weeks ago. She says her husband kept squishing the bread in their cart by putting frozen pizzas on top of it, and Wolf expressed her... More »

Woman Stole $60K Worth of LEGO Sets: Cops

Gloria Haas wanted to sell them on eBay, detectives say

(Newser) - A New York woman is charged with stealing 800 LEGO sets worth almost $60,000 and trying to sell them on eBay. Gloria Haas, of Island Park, was arraigned yesterday on charges of grand larceny. Nassau County detectives say the 53-year-old woman lifted the toy sets from a storage facility... More »

Teacher Arrested, Accused of Teaching While Drunk

She admits imbibing in classroom

(Newser) - It must be a particularly rough school year: A week after a teacher got charged with being drunk (and pants-challenged) at school, another has been charged with getting drunk in her own classroom. As KTVK reports, a student in Kathleen Jardine's math class in San Tan Valley, Ariz., called... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a Maserati owner who apparently likes the look of police cars

(Newser) - A low-tech gold heist and an ironic twist for a TV news crew make the list of odd police-blotter items:
  • Cops: Laborers Steal $1.2M in Gold : A secret stash of gold coins and bars is the stuff of fantasies. And when three construction workers found $1.2 million worth
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Cops: Drunken Driver Was 13 Years Old

Girl in Wisconsin allegedly took friends out for joyride, sans headlights

(Newser) - It's not usual for a driver charged with drunken driving to be released into the custody of her mother, but nor is it usual for an accused driver to be 13 years old. Police say an officer making a traffic stop in eastern Wisconsin yesterday found the intoxicated teen... More »

Woman Who Boarded Plane Sans Ticket Gets 6 Months

Marilyn Hartman shouldn't have returned to LAX

(Newser) - Marilyn Hartman's sneaky plane hopping days are over—at least for the next six months. Just last week, Hartman, 62, successfully boarded a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles … without a ticket. Even though she was arrested, put on a two-year probation, and told to stay off... More »

Town Sues Its Own Voters for 'Fatally Flawed' Election

Colorado lawsuit aims to sort out controversial April Fools' Day election

(Newser) - If they had just elected a dog for mayor , none of this would have happened. At least that's what 61 registered voters in Montezuma, Colo., must be thinking after they received notice their own town is suing each and every one of them to appear in court to figure... More »

TV News Crew Robbed on Story About 'Sketchy' Neighborhoods

Someone broke into their van as they interviewed residents

(Newser) - A TV news crew out of DC that set out to determine whether a local neighborhood was indeed as "sketchy" as a new app suggested ended up becoming crime victims, reports Mediabistro . As the three-person crew from WUSA-TV interviewed residents of the Petworth neighborhood to see how they felt... More »

Guy Asked Siri for Help Hiding a Body: Cops

Pedro Bravo accused of poisoning, strangling roommate over ex

(Newser) - You know how people like to ask Siri jokey questions, like how to hide a body ? Apparently Pedro Bravo, now on trial in Florida for the strangulation death of 18-year-old roommate Christian Aguilar, didn't get the memo, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Police say that on Sept. 20, 2012,... More »

Cops Unamused by Man's 'Police Maserati'

Driver charged with impersonating police officer

(Newser) - A Massachusetts driver with a Maserati painted like a police car was stopped by a police officer who realized that even the cops in Monaco don't drive Maseratis. The Braintree driver, who was charged with impersonating a police officer, had made the $100,000 luxury Italian car look like... More »

Man Beats Girlfriend Who 'Cheated' in His Dreams

Carlos Gascon allegedly beat her all day Friday

(Newser) - A Florida man allegedly imprisoned his girlfriend in his house all day Friday and beat her savagely—because he dreamed she had cheated on him, CBS Local reports. She finally called for help when her boyfriend, Carlos Gascon, 27, passed out around 7pm at her Summerland Key home. The sheriff'... More »

78-Year-Old Busted at Airport With $41K in Bra, Girdle

She initially claimed to have only $200

(Newser) - A 78-year-old woman may lose nearly $41,000 earned from selling her home because she tried to smuggle it through Detroit Metro Airport—in her carry-on luggage, bra, and girdle, reports the Detroit Free Press . Customs officials became suspicious when Victoria Faren, traveling with her daughter in April, kept changing... More »

Cops: Laborers Steal $1.2M in Hidden Gold

They found it buried at construction site in France, police say

(Newser) - A secret stash of gold coins and bars is the stuff of fantasies. And when three construction workers found $1.2 million worth on the job in Normandy, police say stealing it from the landowner proved too tempting to resist. Several days into their work leveling land, the laborers found... More »

Fugitive's Mistake? He Wins Police Doughnut Contest

Burglary suspect arrested after victory appears in newspaper

(Newser) - When you're on the lam from police, it might be best to avoid entering doughnut-eating contests sponsored by the aforementioned police. Because you just might win, get written up in the local paper, and then not be on the lam anymore. Such is the strange fate of Bradley Hardison... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a woman happy to pose with a stolen credit card

(Newser) - Lessons in how not to make a good first impression in your new job and in how not to act in a cemetery highlight the week's list:
  • Teacher Shows Up Drunk on First Day—Without Pants : As far as back-to-school outfits go, Lorie Ann Hill's was an ill-advised
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Teacher Shows Up Drunk on First Day—Without Pants

Lorie Ann Hill arrested for public intoxication

(Newser) - As far as back-to-school outfits go, Lorie Ann Hill's was an ill-advised one. Oklahoma police say the Wagoner Public Schools teacher allegedly showed up to the job on Monday drunk—and then removed her pants. Police fielded a 9am call from school officials who had found Hill "in... More »

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