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Guy With License Yanked 41 Times Busted Again

Jason Brown is not confidence-inspiring behind the wheel

(Newser) - The state of New York has suspended Jason Brown's driver's license an impressive 41 times in his 36 years, and it might not be done yet: Cops on Long Island pulled Brown over yesterday afternoon, reports Newsday , after observing him drive erratically; they say they found pot in... More »

Driver Withdraws From Race: His Car Got Stolen

NASCAR's Travis Kvapil can't compete this weekend in Atlanta

(Newser) - When Travis Kvapil got the call today, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. "They said there was trouble with the car," Kvapil said. "I thought we could figure it out when we got in the garage area. They're like, 'No,... More »

Would-Be Car Thief Knocks Himself Out

Concrete block bounces off window, hits him

(Newser) - Three strikes and you're out, literally in this case. CCTV footage in County Louth, Ireland, shows a would-be car thief hurling a piece of concrete at a car window, only to have it bounce back, hit him in the head, and knock him out cold, reports the Irish Examiner ... More »

Woman Knocked Out by 'Drive-By Egging'

Police still looking for suspects

(Newser) - A woman standing outside a Seattle bar early Tuesday was knocked unconscious by, quite possibly, one of the last things you might expect. Someone in a pickup driving by "let loose a volley of eggs," police tell Q13 Fox , and at least two people were hit by said... More »

In Deep Doo-Doo: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including another classic butt-dial

(Newser) - A judge in overdrive and a ruined birthday party are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Floating Strip Club Has Toilet Troubles : The latest legal tangle for a crabbing boat converted into a floating strip club off of Alaska's Kodiak Island: allegations it's been dumping human
... More »

Judge Spotted Driving Tycoon's Seized Porsche

Brazil judge says he was just looking after it

(Newser) - Eike Batista used to be Brazil's richest man; now he's a billion dollars in debt and a judge is driving his Porsche. Reporters spotted the judge overseeing Batista's insider-trading trial driving the luxury vehicle in Rio de Janeiro earlier this week after a tipoff from the tycoon'... More »

Floating Strip Club in Legal Doo-Doo Over Actual Doo-Doo

Owners indicted, charged with illegally dumping sewage

(Newser) - The latest legal tangle for a crabbing boat converted into a floating strip club off of Alaska's Kodiak Island: allegations that it's been dumping human waste. Darren Byler and Kimberly Riedel-Byler have been indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts. According to the Feb. 18 indictment,... More »

Partygoers Busted After One Butt-Dials 911

Whoops

(Newser) - Today's entry in the annals of " When Butt-Dials Go Wrong ": A Wisconsin teen's cellphone dialed 911 accidentally, and when police responded at 3:49am yesterday, they found an "underage drinking party" going on at a house in Rothschild, the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Five women... More »

Cops Called Over 'IS' Birthday Balloons

It was a strange 21st birthday, Swedish woman says

(Newser) - Police turned up at a Swedish woman's house after a vigilant passer-by spotted balloons that appeared to spell out "IS" for Islamic State—also known as ISIS—in her window. After speaking to her boyfriend, officers quickly determined that the balloons were to celebrate student Sarah Ericsson's... More »

Alleged Crime: Attempt to Bite Guy's Penis Off

Assault said to have followed an alcohol-fueled argument

(Newser) - In Tulsa, a man has narrowly avoided the brutal loss of a key appendage, KJRH reports. Amber Ellis, 32, and her boyfriend were feuding "about how needy she had become" last week after they had been drinking, according to a police report. At home afterward, they slept separately. The... More »

Stop Punching Yourself: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including an allegedly appliance-attacking appliance executive

(Newser) - A made-up blind twin and rapper Vanilla Ice under (police) pressure are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Guy Gets Beat Up in Police Custody, But ... : He was brought in for police questioning and endured punches to the face, but when Aleksander Tomaszewski filed a complaint against the
... More »

Beloved Clown Found in Sex Offender's Home

It disappeared from amusement park years ago

(Newser) - If you're not from Wichita, Kan., Louie the mechanical clown may seem a little creepy—but where he was discovered is a lot creepier. The life-size clown, who played the Wurlitzer organ at the city's now-closed Joyland amusement park for decades, was found this week in the home... More »

Vanilla Ice: Arrest a 'Misunderstanding'

Rapper wishes world would focus on the 'good things'

(Newser) - Vanilla Ice wishes the world "would focus on all the good things I've done" ( like this , probably) rather than on the allegations that he's a burglar. The 47-year-old rapper-turned-home-renovator, real name Robert Van Winkle, was booked into a Florida jail yesterday and then released; he's... More »

Vanilla Ice Charged With Grand Theft

He allegedly took stuff from home under foreclosure

(Newser) - Vanilla Ice is accused of ripping somebody off again, but this time it doesn't involve musical hooks. Police in Lantana, Fla., have charged Ice—real name Robert Van Winkle—with stealing furniture, bikes, and even a pool heater from a home, reports WPTV . Ice is currently the host of... More »

Man Gets Beat Up in Police Custody*

*Video reveals assailant: It was the inmate himself

(Newser) - He was brought in for police questioning and endured dozens of punches to the face, but when Aleksander Tomaszewski filed a complaint against the detectives in the case, he ran into a big problem: Surveillance video of his holding cell reveals that the 33-year-old beat himself up, reports OregonLive . When... More »

Man Jailed for Months for Possession of ... Vitamins

Lab tests finally clear him, just before trial

(Newser) - Joey Burrell got pulled over on Nov. 14 because he was driving out of a supermarket parking lot without his lights on. Then his luck got worse: Police in Mankato, Minn., found a bag of powder in his car, and a field test suggested it might be meth, reports KMSP-TV... More »

Cops: Guy Attempted an Icy DUI Coverup

Bryan Byers and pal charged after cops say they tried to create black ice

(Newser) - New Jersey police say a man poured water on a freezing road to try to fool officers into thinking the cause of his drunken car crash was black ice. Twenty-year-old Bryan Byers, of Sparta, was arrested Saturday and charged with drunken driving and other offenses. Authorities say he hit a... More »

LG Exec Allegedly Broke Rival's Washing Machines

Jo Seong-jin indicted for alleged vandalism

(Newser) - Jo Seong-jin, a top exec for LG Electronics, has been accused of vandalizing washing machines made by rival company Samsung. He and two other LG executives have been indicted over the incident, an LG spokesperson tells the Wall Street Journal . Before a trade show in Germany last September, Samsung said... More »

Lawyer: 'Sincere Love' Behind Hoax Kidnapping

Family was only trying to help 6-year-old, he says

(Newser) - The family that staged a terrifying hoax kidnapping to teach a 6-year-old boy to beware of strangers was doing so out of an "intense and sincere love for the child," a lawyer for two of the suspects says, though he admits that their judgment was "extremely poor.... More »

Cops: Man Invents Fake, Blind Twin to Avoid Tickets

Masterful plot yields more charges

(Newser) - Authorities say a northern New Jersey man posed as his fictitious, blind twin brother in a bid to delay court hearings on several motor vehicle summonses. Olawale Agoro, of Hackensack, now faces charges of hindering apprehension, false swearing, and resisting arrest. Rochelle Park police tell the Record that Agoro received... More »

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