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Guy Who Told Kids Santa Isn't Real Arrested

For trespassing

(Newser) - A Texas man telling kids Santa Claus isn't real got his comeuppance Saturday when he got arrested. Aaron Urbanski, 31, and two other men were protesting outside St. Mark United Methodist Church of Cleburne during a Breakfast With Santa event; they were asked "multiple times" to leave church... More »

Court: Man Put Clothes on Stand-In Corpse for Scam

Minnesota man accused of $2M fraud

(Newser) - A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death seven years ago to collect a $2 million life insurance policy arranged for a stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes in Moldova, according to a judge's detention order. Igor Vorotinov, 54, also planted his identification on the body... More »

Teens Caught Joyriding —in a Stolen Plane

But first they stole a tractor, say police in Utah

(Newser) - It is not your ordinary teenage joyride. Police in Unitah County, Utah, say a pair of boys ages 14 and 15 stole a single-plane from an airport and took it for a spin before returning safely to the same airport. Both are being held in a youth detention center, reports... More »

Cops Find Evidence of Money Laundering in Most Obvious Place

Suspect busted after authorities in Amsterdam find $400K in cash crammed into washing machine

(Newser) - Maybe someone figured that a washing machine would be the last literal place that cops would check when sussing out a money-laundering scheme, but that someone may have placed the wrong bet. The AP and CNN report a 24-year-old man has been arrested in the Netherlands after police descended on... More »

Pilot in Hot Water After Giving Airport-Goers an Eyeful

Andrew Collins stood in front of his hotel room window in the buff

(Newser) - Capt. Andrew Collins doesn't deny he stood in his birthday suit in front of his hotel window at Denver International Airport in September. He just didn't think anyone could see him, he now tells the Denver Post . But the 54-year-old United Airlines pilot was definitely visible to a... More »

Cops: Mom Made Wrong Move After Son's Dentist Drama

Pennsylvania woman allegedly drove to police station with him on hood of car

(Newser) - There are multiple choices you could make when faced with the problem of a child refusing to go to the dentist, most of them not criminal. But that's not the way one Pennsylvania mom allegedly decided to go: Police say that after Shaurice Jones' 12-year-old son refused to walk... More »

Mayor on Village's Speeding Violations: 'It's Really Madness'

A village of 120 logged more than 58K infractions in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Just over 100 people live in the Northern Italian village of Acquetico, and they all seem to like to drive really fast. The numbers coming in just two weeks after the local mayor set up temporary speed cameras are somewhat mind-blowing: more than 58,000 speeding violations in the town... More »

Guess What Someone's Accused of Stealing From Red Lobster

If you guessed a lobster, you'd be correct

(Newser) - You may not make the news if you simply steal a lobster, but if you're accused of taking it from a place named after the crustacean, you could be guaranteed a place among the day's headlines. That's what happened in St. Petersburg, Fla., where a 42-year-old woman... More »

Crocs-Wearing Guy Jumps Into Croc Pond at Gator Farm

Yes, this story happened in Florida

(Newser) - Try saying this five times fast: A guy wearing Crocs jumped into the crocodile pond at an alligator farm. Namely, St. Augustine's Alligator Farm Zoological Park in, yes, Florida. A 23-year-old man was arrested after allegedly breaking into the park Monday night and deciding to take a swim in... More »

A Vegan's Mom Made Meat Sauce. It Didn't Go Over Well

Daughter accused of threatening to stab mother over meaty meal

(Newser) - Kids sometimes don't like the food their parents make, but a) this woman's picky-eater daughter is 48 years old, and b) most kids don't threaten to knife their parents over what's cooking. The New York Post reports on a story out of Italy, where local media... More »

Shamed School Pooper Admits Medical Issue

Thomas Tramaglini cites runner's diarrhea, plans to sue

(Newser) - Thomas Tramaglini calls it a one-time mistake : While running on a high school track early on April 30, the New Jersey school superintendent felt the need to defecate and went behind the bleachers to do his business. "What I did was wrong," yet "I've been portrayed... More »

Intruder Meets Match in Boy Meets World Actor

William Daniels, 91, who played Mr. Feeny on hit sitcom, scared off would-be burglar at Calif. home

(Newser) - An elderly alum of Boy Meets World foiled an intruder Saturday night, illuminating the suspect both literally and (hopefully) metaphorically. Entertainment Weekly reports that William Daniels, 91, who played Mr. Feeny on the hit sitcom, was at the San Fernando Valley, Calif., home he shares with his wife, 89-year-old actress... More »

Store Owner Tells Robbers to Come Back Later. They Did

Belgian buffoons came back twice; the second time, the cops were there

(Newser) - They're either the world's most accommodating criminals, the greediest, the most optimistic, or the dumbest—or maybe all of the above. The BBC reports on 15 tense minutes Saturday for a Belgian e-cigarette shop owner, identified simply as Didier, when a half-dozen wannabe armed robbers showed up midafternoon... More »

Cops Say Man Stole 7 Right Foot Shoes and Ironic Sweater

The odd crime involved a shirt that says 'Call My Lawyer'

(Newser) - A Virginia store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year. Per the AP , the Roanoke Times reports Roanoke County police arrested 21-year-old Manuel Carlos Ramirez-Godoy in Sunday's burglary of Clean Soles, seizing seven right-foot Nike Air Jordans and a sweatshirt printed with... More »

Sheriff Accused of Embezzling Donations Meant for Schools

Authorities say he was passing them out to help his campaign

(Newser) - In another case of alleged embezzlement by a public official, an Oklahoma sheriff is accused of stealing some $6,000 worth of school supplies to be used to bolster his campaign, Tulsa World reports. Nowata County Sheriff Kenny David Freeman was arrested Wednesday on one charge of embezzlement. The 43-year-old... More »

Supposedly Dead Guy Found Alive, Living in Castle

Ukrainian suspect was arrested earlier this month

(Newser) - A supposedly dead Ukrainian fugitive was found earlier this month living like a king, literally. French police detained the man—law enforcement authorities say he is a "high-profile" person but identified him only as "King of the Castle"—on Oct. 5 near Dijon, where he had been... More »

Cops: He Went After Son With Chainsaw, Lost His Own Leg

Douglas Ferguson, 76, was arrested after 3 months of medical care

(Newser) - A Tennessee man who finished three months of treatment following the amputation of his leg was arrested Tuesday in connection with the June 28 event that cost him his limb. The Kingsport Times-News reports police arrived at a home in Bristol three months ago and learned that Douglas Ferguson, 76,... More »

Crooked Researcher Avoids Jail, but Must Play the Piano

Alexander Neumeister gets community service for stealing research funds

(Newser) - A former prominent neurological researcher at Yale and New York University avoided prison time Wednesday for stealing research funds, but a judge said he must play piano for indigent elderly people in Connecticut to make amends, per the AP . The unusual sentence for Dr. Alexander Neumeister was handed out Wednesday... More »

A Dirty Dancing Re-enactment in Wine Store Ends Poorly

Florida woman arrested

(Newser) - Bust out your best put-baby-in-a-corner jokes. A Florida woman has been arrested after police say she tried to re-enact a scene from Dirty Dancing with a friend in a wine store, reports TCPalm . Tragically, the police report doesn't specify which scene, though the Smoking Gun guesses that it's... More »

Wannabe Burglar Hurls Brick, the Brick Hits Back

He's being called the 'Bad Luck Bandit'

(Newser) - Either he didn't know he was facing bulletproof glass, or he didn't quite know what happens when you throw something at bulletproof glass. Either way, a guy who broke into a Maryland takeout restaurant on Sept. 20 was likely nursing a nasty head bump the next day. NBC... More »

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