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Florida Citizen Pulls Over Cop for Speeding

'Um, I don’t know how fast I was going'

(Newser) - It is the best pulled-over-for-speeding story you'll read in a long, long time. It's out of Florida, of course, where CBS Miami reports that a woman spotted a police cruiser flying down the highway without its emergency lights on and decided to pursue. "He passed me with... More »

What a Name: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

It's the return of Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop

(Newser) - A sexy cop and some gullible Burger King workers play a role in the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Only in Florida Do Citizens Pull Over the Cops : When Claudia Castillo spotted a police cruiser flying down a Florida highway without its emergency lights on, she decided to pursue.
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Prank Caller Gets Burger King Workers to Trash the Place

Fake gas leak leads to $35,000 in damage

(Newser) - Employees at a California Burger King responded less than ideally to a prank call Saturday night, causing $35,000 in damage to the restaurant, KSBY reports. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune , someone called the Burger King in Morro Bay pretending to be with the fire department. They told... More »

Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop in Legal Hot Water Again

Try saying that 5 times fast

(Newser) - Pro tip: Don't change your name to Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop unless you're prepared for your every alleged misdeed to make headlines. A Washington state 34-year-old who was born Jeffrey Drew Wilschke apparently legally changed his name to just that back in 2011, and since then, he's made... More »

Her Sister's DWI Leads to DWI of Her Own

Minnesota woman just couldn't wait to spring her sis

(Newser) - There's sisterly devotion, and then there's "your sister would've understood if you'd waited till morning." Erica Stang apparently couldn't wait to go pick up her sibling from jail, though, so the 32-year-old Minnesota woman set out to make the trip to Stearns County... More »

Cops: Man Tries to Hawk Drugs While in Court

Pennsylvania man's plan didn't pan out

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man who showed up in a Pittsburgh traffic courtroom Monday to face charges of driving under suspension was apparently feeling either very reckless or more or less invincible (and invisible). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Christopher Durkin had wrapped up his hearing and was heading out of the... More »

'Oh, Are You the Stripogram?' Women Ask Cop

He was not

(Newser) - Police community officer Mike Ober was on foot patrol in Wiltshire, England, on Saturday when he admits having to "beat a hasty retreat." But he didn't skedaddle because he was outnumbered by a gang of criminals. Ober was instead outnumbered by a group of women gathered at... More »

Teen Illegally Scales Egypt's Great Pyramid

Andrej Ciesielski has the photos to prove it, though cops tried to delete them

(Newser) - "I can't describe it in words … It was really unbelievable for me. It was absolutely amazing." That's how 18-year-old Andrej Ciesielski describes his incredible, yet illegal, climb to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza in broad daylight on Jan. 18. The German tourist,... More »

Hands Off My Phone: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including tomatoes for Trump

(Newser) - An uncomfortable-sounding smuggling attempt and a really bad singer make this week's list:
  • Stoned Drug Traffickers Do Exactly What You'd Expect They'd Do : Leland Ayala-Doliente and Holland Sward were hauling pot from Las Vegas to Montana when cops in Rexburg, Idaho, got a tip they had entered
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Man Tries to Sing Opera, Has Police Called on Him

The 'nocturnal nightingale' has his door bashed in

(Newser) - Cringe: Police in Amsterdam responding to what UPI terms "screams of agony" kicked in a home's door, only to find the resident alone and perfectly fine. Turns out the man was listening to opera, with headphones on, and had been trying to sing along, reports NL Times . In... More »

Man Allegedly Smuggled Live Birds in His Pants

Authorities say he had a few more in a fanny pack

(Newser) - We would have been concerned about birds' well-documented taste for worms, but to each their own. A traveler arriving from Cuba was caught trying to smuggle nine live birds—three of them in the "groin area" of his pants—Jan. 9 at Miami International Airport, according to US Customs... More »

Cops: Man Threw Tomatoes at Trump During Iowa Speech

That's some old-school disapproval

(Newser) - A 28-year-old Iowa man got old-school in his disapproval of Donald Trump on Tuesday, allegedly tossing two tomatoes at the Republican frontrunner during a campaign stop at the University of Iowa, KCRG reports. Andrew Alemao was arrested by University of Iowa police and the Secret Service on suspicion of disorderly... More »

Someone Is Stealing a Lot of Cheese in Wisconsin

$160K went missing in 2 separate heists

(Newser) - Canada has its maple syrup thefts , California its walnut capers , and now Wisconsin joins the ranks with not one, but two cheese heists. The first happened two weeks ago in Marshfield, when bandits made off with $90,000 worth of Parmesan from a storage facility, reports CBS58 . Then on Friday,... More »

Stoned Drug Traffickers Call 911 on Themselves

They were hauling 20 pounds of pot

(Newser) - It was an unusual 911 call that tipped off police in Rexburg, Idaho, that Leland Ayala-Doliente and Holland Sward had entered the state with 20 pounds of marijuana—because Ayala-Doliente is the one who placed it. As the East Idaho News reports, court documents show that Ayala-Doliente, 22, and Sward,... More »

Snow Kidding: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including men with 'outrageous' moves and a can't-be-bothered Canadian

(Newser) - A fouled-up gas-stealing attempt and car that drew double-takes are among the weirdest stories of the week:
  • Worst Clearing-Snow-Off-a-Car Attempt Ever : If you happened to be driving around Brussels, Ontario, this week and saw what appeared to be a small igloo driving around, you may have witnessed an 80-year-old man
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Brilliant Thieves Suck Bus Fuel— Er, No, Sewage

Mmmppfpfffpfpf

(Newser) - Turns out that stealing gas from a tour bus is more nuanced than one might think, as demonstrated by a would-be thief or set of thieves earlier this month in Australia. In what the Mirror refers to as a simple case of "mixing up poo and petrol," Laverton... More »

Fired Burger King Worker Takes It Out on Uniform: Cops

Things got heated at Florida restaurant

(Newser) - A Burger King worker apparently wanted to have it his way as he was fired from the Florida restaurant where he worked—so he allegedly flame-broiled his uniform. That's what 24-year-old Timothy Alejandro Ortiz is accused of doing after he was terminated from a Palencia location last week, the... More »

Charges: Man Intentionally Caused 22 Car Crashes

He collected $56K in insurance money over 6 years

(Newser) - A Utah man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly getting into nearly two dozen car accidents on purpose in order to collect the insurance money, KSL reports. Navid Monjazeb is accused of causing 22 crashes in and around Salt Lake City between 2010 and 2015, collecting $56,000 in... More »

80-Year-Old Charged for Driving This

Canada man said he was too old and weak to clean snow off car

(Newser) - An 80-year-old man was charged after driving a car that was almost completely covered in snow with only a portion of the driver's side windshield cleared for vision, police said. Ontario Provincial Police said Wednesday the man received a $110 ticket after an officer spotted a car resembling a... More »

Warrants Issued for Uniformed Men Dancing 'Outrageously'

UAE is taking this pretty seriously

(Newser) - Two newly issued arrest warrants in the United Arab Emirates are making headlines given the unusual nature of the crime: some crazy dancing. More specifically, the two men were "making outrageous physical movements" while dressed in military uniform, reports the BBC . Sadly, the video posted by the duo does... More »

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