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Kid Writes Story About Killing a Dinosaur, Gets Arrested

Mom: 'We don't have dinosaurs anymore'

(Newser) - A high school freshman in South Carolina wrote a story for a class assignment about his neighbor's pet dinosaur. Problem is, he also wrote that he killed that dinosaur using a gun, and teachers were so alarmed they called the cops, at which point the boy was arrested and... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an arrest related to an 85-year-old grandfather

(Newser) - An alleged kilt-wearing criminal and a taker in the ice bucket challenge make appearances in the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Guy Charged With Using His Kilt ... to Shoplift : A toy helicopter, audio car charger, and computer mouse are just a few of the small items that an Oregon
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Sleeping Mom Busted After Toddler Escapes House

Stephanie Pool was taking a nap, daughter was unhurt

(Newser) - The nap Stephanie Pool, 33, took on Aug. 20 got her into serious trouble—because during it, her 2-year-old daughter left the family's Canandaigua, NY, home through a back door and ended up on a neighbor's porch, WHAM reports. Police say the child was found around 11:45am,... More »

Plane Hopper Sprung From Jail, Arrested Again

Marilyn Hartman caught loitering at Phoenix Sky Harbor

(Newser) - Serial stowaway Marilyn Hartman was arrested and sentenced to jail after hitching a ride—sans ticket—on a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles, then violating her probation by showing up at LAX after she'd been banned. But that didn't last long: Because of overcrowding, the 62-year-old... More »

Cops: Man, 85, Tried to Sneak Pot to Jailed Grandson

Grandpa faces 7 years in prison himself

(Newser) - You've got your high-tech methods of smuggling drugs into prison: via drones . You've got your imaginative methods: via a tossed football . And now you've allegedly got this: via grandpa. Police in Ohio arrested an 85-year-old man and charged him with trying to smuggle pot into the Warren... More »

Miley's Homeless VMAs Date Is Wanted by Cops

Apparently he violated probation in Oregon, then skipped town

(Newser) - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Jesse Helt, 22, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and burglary in 2010. According to court records, he broke into the apartment of a... More »

Cops Arrest Fugitive Thanks to Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Omaha man nabbed after his Facebook post

(Newser) - In the grand tradition of those sought by the law making ill-advised Facebook posts comes this arrest from Omaha featuring, of course, an ice bucket challenge. Jesean Morris took part in the challenge and proudly posted his results, reports NBC News . The problem is that a tipster saw the post,... More »

Woman Molested Child ... When She Was a Man

Susan Elizabeth Rye pleads guilty to 1990 crime

(Newser) - Susan Elizabeth Rye was writing a book when she was arrested in Utah in January—"a fictional book about incest and the sexual abuse of children," says the Duchesne County prosecutor. Fast forward to yesterday, when Rye, 61, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse for molesting... More »

Guy Charged With Using His Kilt to ... Shoplift

Police say Daniel Ducret stuffed electronics into pouch

(Newser) - It's the ultimate mystery—what is underneath a Scot's kilt? Turns out the answer might be a purloined toy helicopter. That's what Daniel Ducret, 37, of Portland is accused of putting in his kilt, among other small items from a Fry's Electronics, reports the Oregonian . Store... More »

Woman Busted Entering Maternity Ward—With a Doll

Cops fear she wanted to trade it for real baby

(Newser) - A woman has been arrested for trespassing after she apparently tried to use baby dolls as her ticket to a maternity ward. Accompanied by an unidentified man, Tonya Whitney tried on two separate occasions to get into Mercy Medical Center Merced's area for newborns, police say, via the San ... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including the arrest of 'affluenza' dad

(Newser) - A fitting name on the police blotter and an ill-advised call to 911 are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Guess Why Paul Stoner Got Arrested : The jokes are only going to get worse for the Stoner clan of Virginia. Police arrested 42-year-old Paul Stoner on, yes, marijuana
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Kid, 7, Narcs on Mom for Cooking Meth in Car

Why, yes, Florida was involved

(Newser) - Today, in Criminal Masterminds Who Could Use a Lesson in Discretion: We present one Briana Buchanan, a 27-year-old single mom who maybe should have thought about getting a babysitter while she was allegedly cooking meth out of the trunk of her car. Seems her 7-year-old son was bothered by "... More »

Guess Why Paul Stoner Got Arrested

Yes, you're correct

(Newser) - The jokes are only going to get worse for the Stoner clan of Virginia. Police arrested 42-year-old Paul Stoner on, yes, marijuana charges, reports NBC 29 . Investigators say they seized $10,500 worth of pot plants from his home in Orange County, along with "loose marijuana, drug paraphernalia, prescription... More »

Stripper Denies a Guy Sex, He Calls 911

William McDaniel was arrested for soliciting prostitution

(Newser) - There are some incidents that don't warrant a 911 call. One of those is when a stripper won't turn a lap dance into sex. William McDaniel, 53, learned this Saturday night, when he paid $350 for a private dance at Sagebrush Sam’s Exotic Dance Club in Butte,... More »

Dad of 'Affluenza' Teen Accused of Posing as a Cop

Fred Couch even flashed a badge to another officer

(Newser) - Another strange turn for the family linked to the infamous "affluenza" defense . The father of the teen who killed four people while driving drunk but got off with only probation has been charged with impersonating a police officer in Texas, reports DallasNews.com . Police say that when they showed... More »

How Not to Get to a Meeting With Your Probation Officer

New Mexico man admits stealing scooter from Walmart

(Newser) - On the bright side, 18-year-old Michael Johnson of Albuquerque made it to a meeting with his probation officer on time. Unfortunately, as KOAT-TV reports, he did so by zipping over in a stolen electric shopping cart. When Johnson's probation officer asked about the unusual ride, the teen admitted taking... More »

Norway Legalizes Segways, Quickly Makes First DUI Arrest

Oslo cops fear more will follow

(Newser) - Norway legalized Segways last month, hoping they would "revolutionize traffic patterns," reports the BBC . But before the revolution comes this: Cops busted a suspected drunken Segway driver who witnesses say was struggling to keep his contraption upright. Police are awaiting blood tests and fearing it won't be... More »

Woman Sets Husband on Fire ... to Get His Attention

Toddi Bork mad that he sprayed poison on weeds

(Newser) - An Oregon woman accused of setting her husband on fire because of an argument over weed killer is in jail on an attempted murder charge. KPTV reports an officer on patrol Friday evening saw the couple outside their Mount Angel home and initially thought there had been an accident with... More »

Guy's Jail Attire: T-Shirt With His Own Mugshot

Says 'sponsored by Bud Light' after DUI

(Newser) - A 19-year-old managed to turn his two-day stint in jail into a comedy routine. Bobby Burt, who was arrested for drunk driving in Maine in June, arrived to serve his sentence earlier this month wearing a shirt featuring his own mugshot, the AP reports The shirt's text, per the... More »

Naked Guy With a Sword Subdued After Threats

The man allegedly charged at people while screaming

(Newser) - Here's something you don't see every day: a man screaming at people in a parking lot and waving a 3-foot-long sword … while naked. The incident took place at an apartment complex in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Saturday; one witness tells WAWS the man charged at passersby. Luckily, a... More »

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