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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 »

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 »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an anti-drug mascot stuffed with ... drugs

(Newser) - A most unfortunate butt-dial and an altercation about meatballs are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Guy Butt-Dials 911, Gets Busted for Drugs : There's no need for phone-tapping when criminals call the police on themselves. That's what allegedly happened to Grant O'Connor, 25, when police
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Woman's Sloooow Getaway: Via Motorized Wheelchair

Shirley Mason, 46, accused of stealing motorized cart, clothes

(Newser) - A Michigan woman says she "didn't feel like walking" home after allegedly stealing $600 in clothing from Walmart, the Muskegon Chronicle reports. Shirley Mason's turtle-paced getaway on one of the store's motorized wheelchairs ended two miles down the road when police caught up with her. A... More »

Thief Tries to Steal ATM ... With Stolen Forklift

Jacksonville police say forklift stolen overnight from construction site

(Newser) - Stealing an ATM by scooping it up with a forklift probably seemed like a good idea at the time. But whoever tried to pull the stunt in Florida on Monday failed and is now the subject of a police investigation, First Coast News reports. The creative thief pilfered a 10,... More »

This Burglar Picked a Bad Time for a Nap

Florida man found on bed with bag of stolen jewelry

(Newser) - An alleged burglar in Sarasota County, Fla., was literally caught napping by deputies, who paused to take a few photos of the man snoozing next to a bag of jewelry before waking him up and taking him to jail. A maid called police when she discovered Dion Davis, 29, asleep... More »

Cops: Man Impersonated Dead Twin in Benefits Scam

Queens resident collected $581K

(Newser) - The Murphy twins were born in 1962, but Robert died a day after their birth. Decades later, brother Thomas resurrected him in a way by collecting nearly $600,000 in fake benefits in his name, reports the New York Post . The Queens trash collector allegedly posed as his long-dead twin... More »

Boy Charged for Mock Sex Act on Jesus Statue

Desecrating a venerated object doesn't go over well in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - You know what simulating a sex act in front of a Jesus statue and posting pictures of it online will get you? In western Pennsylvania, it'll get you criminal charges. A 14-year-old boy is learning that lesson the hard way after he was charged under a little-known Bedford County... More »

Guy Busted With DARE Lion Stuffed With Pot, LSD, Coke

Lions and drugs and more drugs, oh my!

(Newser) - The DARE lion "Darin" is in some trouble. To be more exact, the upstate New York man who cops charged with stuffing him full of pot, cocaine, and LSD is in some trouble. Police say Gregory Bolognese, 22, was caught Monday at a Greyhound bus station in Plattsburgh with... More »

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