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Cops: On-Duty Bus Driver Ferried $3M in Drugs

Bronx man gets caught in federal sting

(Newser) - Passengers aboard a Bronx city bus last week might have been surprised to learn that a major drug deal was taking place in front of them. And as the Daily News reports, it was the driver himself who ended up in handcuffs. The tale of the unusual bust involving 8... More »

Colorado 4th-Graders Busted Over Pot Sales

School will deal with it internally, without formal police charges

(Newser) - A pair of enterprising fourth-graders in Colorado got caught dealing marijuana pilfered from home at their elementary school, reports ABC News . Officials at the school in Greeley originally got police involved, but they've decided to handle it internally with suspensions and with a message to grown-ups: "For crying... More »

Woman Busted Peddling Heroin —From Her Hospital Bed

She allegedly admits injecting it in own IV, too

(Newser) - Lori Sullenberger allegedly wasn't going to let anything get in the way of her drug dealing—not even a stay in intensive care. Police say the 38-year-old Pennsylvania woman went into the hospital April 14 for an unrelated medical problem, and hospital staff noticed, as a hospital spokesperson puts... More »

Cops: Man Holds Self for Ransom, Unsuccessfully

He's arrested after mom doesn't buy it

(Newser) - Maybe the only thing worse than faking your own kidnapping and calling your mom for a ransom is discovering that your mom won't pay. Police in Knox County, Tennessee, say 25-year-old Zachery Lodgson texted his mom to say that drug dealers were going to kill him if she didn'... More »

Tourist's Buddha Tattoo Gets Her Arrested

Sri Lanka will deport her over 'disrespectful' tattoo

(Newser) - A British woman learned the hard way that it's not a good idea to visit Sri Lanka if you have a visible Buddha tattoo. Tourist Naomi Michelle Coleman, 37, was arrested after arriving from India at Sri Lanka's main international airport yesterday; she was taken before a judge,... More »

Women Conspire to Scam Woman, Cat Out of $450K

By the time authorities intervened, victim had just $2.16 in bank account

(Newser) - An elderly Boston woman and her beloved tabby named Puddy Cat are out $450,000 in cash and property after making the wrong kind of friends. Randi Berkowitz, 63, and Patricia DiGiacomo, 58, are charged with more than 60 counts of embezzlement, larceny, and intimidation after they cleaned the 74-year-old... More »

Pittsburgh Man's Weapon of Choice: Easter Eggs

Decorating party goes quite awry

(Newser) - One minute you're decorating Easter eggs; the next, you're being pelted with the eggs as your boyfriend goes on a rampage ... and that's not even the craziest part of this story. Pittsburgh police say Aaron Goempel, 27, started throwing the hard-boiled eggs at the female victim after... More »

How a NYC Cabbie Evaded $28K in Tolls

Police say he was a skilled tailgater

(Newser) - How would a cabbie manage to cross the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge in New York City more than 3,000 times without paying a dime in tolls? Pretty easily, it turns out. Police say Rodolfo Sanchez figured out that if he tailgated the law-abiding, toll-paying car ahead of him closely... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including one that provides a valuable lesson for drug smugglers

(Newser) - A good deed with unintended consequences and a suspect who put in a little too much effort to get to court make the list:
  • Clerk's Good Deed Ends in Cop Chase, Bust : When her cellmate asks, "How'd you get arrested?" Florida's Christina Hines, 30, has good
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Guy Fails to Pay for 89-Cent Refill, Gets Fined $525

Christopher Lewis hit with federal charges, though VA later backs down

(Newser) - When a construction worker refilled his drink at the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston, SC, yesterday, he had no idea it was going to lead to federal charges and a fine of $525. Christopher Lewis was on his lunch hour when he went back for more soda without paying... More »

Clerk's Good Deed Ends in Cop Chase, Heroin Bust

Driver didn't realize she was being pursued for a good reason

(Newser) - When her cellmate asks, "How'd you get arrested?" Florida's Christina Hines, 30, has good reason to either laugh or cry. As WKMG reports, it all started when she accidentally left a $50 bill behind at a gas station. The clerk ran outside after her but was too... More »

Cops: Guy Steals Car ... to Get to Court

Authorities aren't sympathetic

(Newser) - On the bright side, James Manning made it to court on time for his hearing on a drug-possession charge. The problem is that police say he stole a car from a neighboring California county to do so, reports the Modesto Bee . The 49-year-old's trouble got rolling when a dealership... More »

Suspect's Giveaway: He Was 'Walking Awkwardly'

Police say they found heroin in man's underwear at JFK Airport

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to smuggle heroin in your underwear, try to walk like a normal person while doing so. Bernard Charles apparently couldn't manage that, so when Customs and Border Protection officers spotted him "walking awkwardly" at New York's JFK Airport on April 1,... More »

Guy Gets 18 Months for Peeing on the Alamo

Daniel Athens must also pay $4K in restitution

(Newser) - Daniel Athens is probably going to forever remember his decision to urinate on the Alamo back in April 2012. The El Paso resident has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for peeing on the San Antonio landmark during a visit to the city, KPRC reports. He'll also have... More »

Ohio Man's Sentence: Carry 'I'm A Bully' Sign

Edmond Aviv, 62, convicted of harassing his neighbors

(Newser) - A South Euclid, Ohio, man has been ordered by a judge to stand on a street corner this weekend and hold a sign, letting everyone passing by know that he's a bully. The unusual sentence was handed down this past week when 62-year-old Edmond Aviv was convicted of harassing... More »

Man Jailed 11 Years Late, Thanks to 'Clerical Error'

Mike Anderson was supposed to go to prison in 2002

(Newser) - Cornealious "Mike" Anderson was supposed to go to prison in 2002—but due to, he says, a "clerical error," the Missouri man just started serving his 13-year prison sentence nine months ago. Anderson was convicted in a 1999 armed robbery, and was supposed to go to prison... More »

Cops Catch Burglars Who Robbed Snarky Widow

Naomi Richmond was robbed while following her dying husband's ambulance

(Newser) - Imagine the worst day of your life. Now compare it to the night Naomi Richmond had in February, when her husband died and her house was burglarized while she followed his ambulance to the hospital. Richmond's case drew local media attention in part because of the snarky-yet-heartbreaking "thank... More »

Man Jailed for 6 Months Over Loud Sex

12 neighbors complained about the Italian man's romps with his girlfriend

(Newser) - There's a noisy romp between the sheets and then there's sex so loud it's considered "stalking" your neighbors. That was the charge an Italian man apparently faced in court, after a dozen of his neighbors filed a civil suit complaining of his loud lovemaking sessions. They... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including Smart-car tippers in San Francisco

(Newser) - Two unusual customer-service issues made their way onto the crime blotter this week:
  • What Not to Do When Angry With Pot Dealer : A woman in East Texas felt that her marijuana dealer sold her low-quality pot, so she decided to call the police and file a complaint. The responding officers
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Teen's Idea to Fund Prom Dress: Sell Pot Brownies

Saira Munoz now faces deportation

(Newser) - Saira Munoz needed to make enough money to buy a prom dress. What to do? The then-18-year-old high school student chose quite possibly the worst course of action: She baked pot brownies, then hired another student to sell them at her high school in Yuba City, California. When one of... More »

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