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Female Teacher, Aide Get Into Classroom Brawl

They had apparently been arguing about a male teacher first

(Newser) - A brawl broke out in a middle school classroom in Georgia last week—not between students, but between a teacher and a staff member. Students say the two women were arguing about a male teacher for a few minutes before things got physical. "Everyone was screaming like stop, stop,... More »

Woman Caused $350K in Damage at Ex's House: Cops

Ana Rockman charged in very expensive break-in at former husband's NY home

(Newser) - There are bitter breakups, and then there's the case of Ana Rockman: State police have charged the 61-year-old New York woman with causing more than $350,000 in damage to artwork, antiques, and other personal property at her ex-husband's home. Troopers say Rockman, of Long Island's Elmont,... More »

Man Made Up Like Evil Clown Accused in Fatal Stabbing

Fatal attack happened outside a Torchy's Tacos in Denver

(Newser) - An altercation outside a Denver taco eatery ended in death, between a man CBS Denver describes as a "well-known transient" and a suspect who was allegedly made up like a clown and tried to flee on a scooter. KUSA reports that police found an unresponsive Brian Lucero, one stab... More »

Indy 500 Racer Robbed at Taco Bell Drive-Thru

Scott Dixon is a victim just hours after winning the pole position

(Newser) - Safe to say that race-car driver Scott Dixon had one of the most memorable days of his life on Sunday. Hours after he won the pole position for this weekend's Indianapolis 500, he got robbed in a Taco Bell drive-thru, reports the Indianapolis Star . Police say that Dixon, wife... More »

Simple Act of Littering Leads Police to Weapons Stash

2 people have been charged in Minneapolis

(Newser) - Minneapolis police say they've uncovered a stash of weapons and possible bomb-making materials—all because a resident saw people littering. Police say a man spotted two occupants of a parked car throwing food wrappers on the ground in north Minneapolis around 5pm Thursday, per Minnesota Public Radio . When the... More »

$170K in Stolen Bees Recovered in 'Sting'

Bee theft is 'kind of new to us,' says Calif. official

(Newser) - A Montana beekeeper has recovered hives that were stolen from him in California, thanks to what the AP is calling an agricultural "sting" operation. Lloyd Cunniff of Choteau reported 488 hives stolen in January, after he had transported them to California for the almond pollination season. A tip led... More »

Drunk Woman Breaks Into Home, Goes to Sleep: Cops

Homeowner says she almost had a heart attack

(Newser) - The good news is Allison Plusquellic chose to walk home, rather than drive, after a night of drinking in Lower Burrell, Pa., on Friday. The bad news, according to police, is the home she reached—and fell asleep in—wasn’t her own. Police say that after first failing to... More »

Florida Deputy Does Denzel Washington Impression, Is Fired

'I am not a rogue, reckless, dangerous, insane guy'

(Newser) - A Florida deputy was fired last month for impersonating one of the most famous corrupt cops in movie history. The Orlando Sentinel reports Deputy Dean Zipes was outside a sheriff's substation in Lake County around 4am last February with a police trainee and other deputies when he started quoting... More »

Alleged Cat-Shaver on the Loose in Virginia

Police are investigating

(Newser) - Someone is shaving cats in Virginia, and police and pet owners alike are at a loss. The Roanoke Times reports at least seven cats in a Waynesboro neighborhood have been shaved, apparently with some type of razor, since December. The cats are being shaved on their lower abdomens and groin... More »

Man's 'Poor Judgment' Outside Fire Leads to Arrest

He allegedly really wanted to save his beer

(Newser) - A South Dakota man was arrested outside a Sioux Falls house fire on Sunday, but the arrest had nothing to do with the blaze. Rather, police say the man tried to push past police and fire personnel in an attempt to reenter the home and "save" his beer. The... More »

Cops Approach DUI Suspect, Find a Drunk Chihuahua

Maxwell the pup was seen lapping up vodka

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man was charged with animal cruelty after his pet Chihuahua allegedly got drunk on vodka. Police took the pint-sized pooch to an emergency vet service after it was clear the animal had had too much to drink. CBS Pittsburgh reports it all started last Thursday afternoon when police... More »

He Died in 1972, Turned Up Alive and Well on Ancestry.com

Police investigating identity theft case in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - In 1996, prosecutors say a young man escaped a halfway house in Texas, went to a cemetery, picked the name of a person born close to his birth date, tracked down that person's birth certificate, and began a second life as Nathan Laskoski. The ruse worked spectacularly for two... More »

8-Year-Old Boy Drives Younger Sister to McDonald's

He taught himself to drive by watching YouTube videos

(Newser) - When an 8-year-old pulled up to the drive-thru window of an Ohio McDonald's on Sunday night, staff thought they were being pranked, the Morning Journal reports. But the boy and his 4-year-old sister just wanted a cheeseburger. Officer Jacob Koehler tells WFMJ the boy "looked up videos on... More »

Ohio Woman Charged With Raping Cab Driver

Brittany Carter indicted on two felony charges in alleged attack on 29-year-old

(Newser) - It's the story of a 4:25am taxi ride and an alleged rape, but one that doesn't go the way you might expect. A 23-year-old Ohio woman was last week charged with raping her male cab driver, who was allegedly being held at knifepoint by one of the... More »

Cops: Brothel's Effort to Hide Condoms Fails Miserably

Hundreds clogged sewer pipe by massage parlor in Austin, say police

(Newser) - Neighbors of Jade Massage Therapy in Austin, Texas, had their suspicions about the place, but it was a property manager's unusual find that helped bring about prostitution charges—a broken pipe linking the business to the sewer had been clogged by hundreds of used condoms, reports MySanAntonio . "It'... More »

Guy in 'Hold My Beer' Shirt Arrested for, Yep, Alleged DUI

He was arrested after crashing into a graveyard, police say

(Newser) - Connecticut police say a man wearing a T-shirt that said "Hold My Beer And Watch This" has been arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed into a graveyard, the AP reports. The Hartford Courant reports state police say 25-year-old Woodstock resident Harrison Wootton crashed his car into... More »

Act of Hoity-Toity Vandalism Is 'Most Cambridge Thing Ever'

Someone scrawled graffiti across new homes—in Latin

(Newser) - They're calling it "the most Cambridge thing ever": graffiti—written in Latin—scrawled across multiple million-dollar homes in the famed UK college town. The Press Association reports the graffiti, which reads "Locus in Domos Loci Populum," appeared Tuesday morning. The words were written on new luxury... More »

Guy in 'Drunk Lives Matter' Shirt Arrested for Alleged DUI

Not exactly shocking

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say they arrested a man wearing a "Drunk Lives Matter" shirt and charged him with, well, drunken driving, the AP reports. Police say 44-year-old Elwood Gutshall III's blood-alcohol content was about two and a half times the state's legal limit for drivers when he... More »

Court Rules Against Man Who Brandished Finger Gun

Attempted first-degree robbery conviction stands for Charles Smith

(Newser) - Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal , the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's... More »

iPhone Thief Gets Creative Inside a Target Store

Cops: She dressed as employee, stole $40K worth of iPhones

(Newser) - She wasn't a Target employee, but a woman who sure seemed like one allegedly made off with around $40,000 worth of iPhones from a Virginia store. NBC Washington reports Fairfax County cops are looking for the retail impostor, who they say donned attire resembling a worker's getup,... More »

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