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Sleepy Judge Keeps Falling Asleep During Trial

A German court had to start the whole trial over

(Newser) - A judge was apparently none too impressed by the alleged criminal exploits of a couple German ne'er-do-wells as he repeatedly fell asleep during the trial, the AP reports. The sleepy judge was part of a five-judge panel presiding over the trial of two men suspected of robbing a grocery... More »

Cops: Mom Nursed Baby 12 Hours After Using Cocaine

'These are excellent parents,' says lawyer of ex-reporters whose daughter tested positive

(Newser) - An Arizona couple has gone from reporting the news to becoming the news after their 4-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine. Oro Valley police say former Tucson TV reporters Krystin and Somchai Lisaius took their baby to a hospital on May 15 as she was "unable to wake up"... More »

Tables Turn on Bat-Wielding Burglary Suspect

First a hug, then a beating

(Newser) - A man accused of breaking into a home in Sarasota County, Fla., probably won't have the urge to head to the batting range anytime soon. North Port police say 33-year-old Noah Jess Dassat broke into the home of a married couple with three kids last week, and he was... More »

Bikini Bandit? 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a big sentence for a graffiti artist

(Newser) - It's hot out West, and an alleged criminal dressing accordingly was among the strangest police-blotter items of the week:
  • Police Hunt for Bikini-Clad Suspect : "An individual wanted for questioning" is how the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office describes her, but it's the unusual outfit grabbing everyone'
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Thirsty Thieves Steal 78K Bottles of Beer

The beer was worth about $90K

(Newser) - Maybe they were planning an epic party? Police in Atlanta say thieves stole two refrigerated trucks carrying 3,272 cases of beer—or about 78,500 bottles worth $90,000—from a craft brewery on Tuesday. By the time officers tracked down the trucks, both were empty, reports the Atlanta ... More »

Man Collapses, Dies Next to $12M Worth of Pot

Marijuana mystery in Georgia

(Newser) - When police received a report Monday that a man was slumped over next to a white van and tractor-trailer in Norcross, Ga., they were likely more focused on the man than on the van. And it turned out the man, 31-year-old Johnny Taylor of Bridgeport, Conn., was dead, apparently of... More »

Calif. Police Hunting for This Bikini-Clad Woman

'For questioning'

(Newser) - "An individual wanted for questioning" is how a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office press release describes her. But the "unusual outfit" that a petite woman in her late 30s wore while possibly carrying out crimes near Santa Clarita Valley is what's grabbing everyone's attention, KTLA... More »

Cops: Man's Party Van Simply Too Righteous

'I know it’s illegal, but it’s the weekend'

(Newser) - There's a line where a dope sound system crosses over into the realm of illegality, and it's probably somewhere around speaker number 40. NBC New York reports police received multiple calls complaining about "exorbitantly loud" music coming from a white van a little before 11pm Saturday in... More »

Woman Banned From 524M Acres of Public Land

Casey Nocket gets 2 years' probation for tagging national parks in 2014

(Newser) - Casey Nocket left her mark on national parks across the West, but she won't be able to go back and reminisce—at least not while she's on probation. The 23-year-old San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to defacing rock formations in seven parks, and for the next... More »

Fart Most Foul: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including two women who know how to vogue for the camera

(Newser) - It may be Father's Day weekend, but this week's crop of crazy crimes features a daughter who allegedly went the distance for mom.
  • Cause of Brawl at Florida Bar: a Fart : "The argument was due to someone farting." That's what police were told after responding
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Yellowstone Tourist Fined $1K for Leaving Boardwalk

And collecting water from a hot spring

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered, "What's the worst thing that could happen if I stray from the boardwalk at Yellowstone?", well, the worst thing that could happen is you could be killed in a thermal hot spring . But, among the lesser-but-still-unfortunate consequences, you could be fined $1,000... More »

New Zealand's Weird Crime Wave: Avocado Theft

Shortage sends prices soaring to $5 each

(Newser) - Thieves have sparked a crime wave in New Zealand targeting … avocados. There have been at least 40 large-scale thefts of avocados since January, with thieves stealing onto farms in the middle of the night, raking trees, and loading vehicles with the fruit to be sold at road-side stalls and... More »

'Arrested' in India for 3 Deaths: 18 of These Lions

Officials in Gujarat state are checking paw prints and feces for clues leading to the killer

(Newser) - Three people are dead from vicious attacks in India's Gujarat state, and police have detained 18 suspects: lions from an animal sanctuary, the BBC reports. The "arrested" lions have been gathered from the forests of Gir National Park over the past two months and are now being held... More »

Woman Dresses Up Like Old Lady to Take Mom's Driving Test

But at least she knows she can't pass for 73

(Newser) - An instructor in Ontario was supposed to be giving a driving test to a 73-year-old woman last Thursday, CBC reports. But the woman who showed up that day looked quite a bit younger. The woman was wearing glasses, a wig, and "clothing suited to an older person." The... More »

Women Ham It Up for Mugshots After Alleged Assault

Facebook users aren't impressed

(Newser) - Mary Jordan was charged with assault and child endangerment last week in Bellevue, Ohio—but you wouldn't know it from her smiling mugshot. Police say Jordan and friends Ashley England and Sammie Whaley attacked a McDonald's worker in a restaurant parking lot on June 8 because they thought... More »

Cause of Brawl at Florida Bar: a Fart

It's not clear exactly what happened, but someone definitely farted

(Newser) - "The argument was due to someone farting." That's what police were told after responding to a fight between two couples at Key West's Sloppy Joe's bar last Monday, the Miami Herald reports. It's not clear who farted or how exactly the fart set off... More »

A Parrot's Phrase: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including thieves who put on a uniform

(Newser) - A vulgar priest and a vulgar parrot factor into the craziest crime stories of the week:
  • Family Says Parrot Is Key Witness in Man's Murder : Can a foul-mouthed parrot act as a witness to a murder? That's the question Martin Duram's family wants answered after Duram was
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Thieves Dressed as Employees Terrorize NYC Apple Stores

They've made off with nearly 100 iPhones since February

(Newser) - Thieves have stolen more than $55,000 worth of iPhones from New York City Apple Stores over the past four months by dressing as employees. The New York Post reports it started in February when a woman dressed like an Apple employee grabbed eight iPhones from an Apple Store on... More »

Guy Announces He's Suing Cops, Gets Arrested

Chicago police say he killed a man less than 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - If Dominiq Greer didn't know there was a warrant out for his arrest at the start of a press conference on his lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, he did at the end of it: The 25-year-old was arrested on a murder warrant as soon as he walked out... More »

Unlucky Robbers Hit McDonald's Where Special Forces Are Eating

11 diners were 'among the most effective anti-terror forces in Europe'

(Newser) - There's having bad luck, and then there's having whatever the two men who allegedly tried to rob a McDonald's last Sunday in France have. The Telegraph reports that—unaware to the robbers—11 of the 40 or so diners in the McDonald's were off-duty members of... More »

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