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Arrested 'Bride': That Isn't a Wedding Dress

But Marana, Ariz., police say Amber Young told them otherwise

(Newser) - A woman photographed by police wearing what appeared to be a wedding dress during her arrest on a charge of impaired driving in southern Arizona is disputing police claims that she was taken into custody as she was headed to her wedding. The image of Amber Young being put into... More »

Cops: Alleged Car Thief Drives Stolen Car to Court

And voila, new charges

(Newser) - Bad habits: Police say a man answering to a stolen-car charge drove a stolen car to court in Connecticut. Authorities say 25-year-old Jonathan Rivera was at Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday to appear before a judge on a charge of first-degree larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle from February.... More »

He Tried to Flee From Cops. He Forgot One Thing

Headshaking incident happened in Virginia

(Newser) - A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself, the AP reports. Fairfax County Police released dashboard video of Tuesday's incident in which 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu is seen getting out of his... More »

Toddler's Request for Movie Popcorn Ends in Charges

Cops say woman dumped container on the child's head because she was talking

(Newser) - A two-month police investigation involving popcorn, a toddler, a movie theater, and The Last Jedi has resulted in child endangerment charges for a Long Island woman and her father. Police say Keri Karman, 28, got angry when a 2-year-old girl near her at the movies asked her mom for popcorn,... More »

Red Sauce Leads to Downfall of Alleged Meatball Thief

Neighbor says he saw the 'damning' evidence

(Newser) - Police say a damning clue led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man charged with stealing a pot of meatballs—red sauce smeared on his face and clothes. Authorities in Luzerne County have charged 48-year-old Leahman Glenn Robert Potter with burglary, criminal trespass, and theft by unlawful taking for allegedly... More »

Cops Pull Over Man Riding Horse on California Freeway

The man was charged with a DUI

(Newser) - A man was reportedly pulled over on a California freeway, where police say they found him riding a horse. According to the California Highway Patrol, Luis Perez was discovered on the white steed in Bellflower, where he was stopped. The Placentia man was administered a field sobriety test, which officers... More »

Self-Service Checkout Scheme Lands Shopper in Jail

Man tried to pass off veal as fruit, is fined $256K in Germany

(Newser) - Veal liver costs considerably more than fruit ... but trying to pass it off as fruit cost a German man considerably more than it would have to just pay full price for the meat. The 58-year-old businessman, who makes nearly $30,000 a month, scanned $58 worth of veal liver at... More »

Famous Acrobat 'Heartbroken' Over Theft of $25K Unicycle

Rong Niu, aka the 'Red Panda Acrobat,' has had that unicycle for 30 years

(Newser) - Someone at the San Francisco International Airport stole a 7-foot unicycle used by the "Red Panda Acrobat" for her plate-juggling routine, and the legendary performer is offering a $2,000 reward to get it back, the AP reports. KTVU-TV reports that police on Wednesday released surveillance photos from Jan.... More »

Cops: Doughnut-Eating Champ Robbed Doughnut Store

NC man was arrested after winning 2014 contest

(Newser) - Doughnuts and arrests appear to be inextricably linked in the life of North Carolina man Bradley Hardison. The 27-year-old—who was arrested in 2014 after he won the doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime event, helping officers who'd been seeking him... More »

Suspect's Social Security Number Tattooed on Forehead

Houston robbery suspect may not be hard to spot

(Newser) - If a performance artist did it, people might consider it a bold choice. On a robbery suspect, however, "bold" might not be the word. Police in Houston say 40-year-old Robert Wooten has his Social Security Number tattooed on his forehead, reports KPRC . The "why" is not clear, but... More »

Woman Accused of Causing $300K in Damage on First Date

Lindy Lou Layman allegedly got drunk, trashed lawyer's art collection

(Newser) - Authorities say an intoxicated Dallas woman on a first date with a prominent Houston trial lawyer caused at least $300,000 in damage to his art collection, including two Andy Warhol paintings. Lindy Lou Layman was arrested Saturday on criminal mischief charges after her date with Anthony Buzbee, the AP... More »

Wife Thought He Was 'Normal.' Then Cops Say He Set a Trap

Michael Wilson allegedly rigged front door to electrocute his pregnant wife

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff calls it "one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career." The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports a Florida man allegedly rigged a "booby trap" capable of electrocuting his pregnant wife if she unlocked the front door of their home... More »

Homeowner Gets Creative Revenge on a Real-Life Grinch

San Antonio man mounts photos of thief, plays surveillance video on projector

(Newser) - There's catching a thief on surveillance camera, and then there's this bizarre incident out of San Antonio, Texas. Homeowner Kan Lamkin woke on Christmas morning to discover that somebody had stolen his 16-foot inflatable reindeer-themed decoration, reports WFAA . The problem for the still-unidentified thief is that the whole... More »

He Wanted a Quick Buzz. He Left Looking 'Stooge'-Like

Cops: Barber cited for giving customer bad haircut, snipping his ear with scissors

(Newser) - A young man who went for a pre-Christmas haircut got a disorderly one, while his barber got slammed for disorderly conduct, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Per Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain, the 22-year-old patron headed over to Ruby's Salon on Friday and asked for an inch off the... More »

Cops Plead for Help in Tracking Down $30K Worth of Veal

Meat was stolen in Toronto

(Newser) - Cops in Toronto are pleading with the public to help them solve a hefty Christmas Day heist. The Daily Meal reports on the theft of an "extremely large quantity" of veal, as it's worded in a police release . The meat (and the 48-foot refrigerated trailer it was being... More »

Cops: Customers Waited in Church Lot for Unholy Delivery

California couple arrested for allegedly delivering drugs via drone

(Newser) - "Well it's new for us, at least." Such is the pronouncement of an officer with California's Riverside Police Department following the arrest of a couple who allegedly used a drone to transport drugs to waiting customers in a church parking lot. Neighbors say once the drugs... More »

Cops: Man Beat Up ATM That 'Gave Too Much Cash'

He told police he didn't know what to do

(Newser) - 'Tis the season to be generous—but not if you're an ATM, and especially not if you're dealing with Michael Joseph Oleksik. Police in Florida say the 23-year-old Merritt Island man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief over an attack that caused at least $5,000... More »

Man Claims Father-in-Law Has Terrorized Him With a Toupee

Yes, that headline means what you think

(Newser) - A New York City man who says he has a fear of the Tasmanian Devil claims his father-in-law repeatedly scared him with a toupee that looks like the cartoon character. The New York Post reports Yunes Doleh was arrested in November for violating a restraining order filed by his son-in-law,... More »

Cops: Wife's Wild Murder Cover-Up Foiled by Soup

India's Swati Reddy was allegedly inspired by a movie

(Newser) - It's a tale of murder fit for the movies—which is just where Swati Reddy allegedly got her inspiration. Police in southern India say the 27-year-old nurse killed her husband, then poured acid on the face of her lover in an effort to pass him off as her spouse.... More »

Guy Settles on Not-So-Great Way to Get Coffee Discount

Mark Stetter allegedly impersonates a police officer in Buffalo

(Newser) - A guy who didn't want to pay full price for a cup of coffee struck upon an extraordinarily bad idea to remedy that, police say. Gary Stetter, 48, allegedly walked into a Buffalo Starbucks, flashed a fake badge and gun, falsely claimed to be a detective, and demanded a... More »

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