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Cops Bust HOV Cheater— With 'Most Interesting Man'

Washington traffic stop yields one stiff passenger

(Newser) - If you're going to circumvent HOV-lane rules, go interesting or go home. That was apparently the goal of one driver in Fife, Wash., who was pulled over by a trooper Monday afternoon after the officer noticed the guy's passenger seemed a little stiff, KOMO reports. "The trooper... More »

Man Hiding From Cops Foiled by Own Snapchat Post

He reveals location, quickly gets arrested

(Newser) - Someday, maybe, there will be a story about a fugitive taunting the police via social media that ends differently, but until then ... meet Christopher Wallace. As police were searching for him inside his home in Fairfield, Maine, the 24-year-old burglary suspect posted a message to Snapchat boasting that he was... More »

Cops: Dine-and-Dash Ended in Hit-and-Run

Cops say car ran over waitress who tried to stop them in parking lot

(Newser) - The saying usually goes "Tip your waitress," not "Run out the door without paying, then run her down in the parking lot with your Volkswagen when she tries to remind you that's not legal and/or nice." Yet, as ABC 7 reports, we have the case... More »

Father Shoots Son After They Run Out of Orange Juice: Cops

Eldridge Dukes booked on attempted manslaughter count

(Newser) - Police in Baton Rouge, La., say a man is facing a charge of attempted manslaughter after he confessed to shooting his 18-year-old son during an argument over orange juice. Police tell the Advocate 58-year-old Eldridge Dukes and his son were fighting yesterday morning about the lack of orange juice. Investigators... More »

Before Screech's Bar Fight, Smirnoff Ice Drama

Dustin Diamond tried to 'ice' someone, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Wondering what in the world got Dustin Diamond, aka Screech from Saved by the Bell, so mad the night he allegedly got into a crazy bar fight ? Apparently, Smirnoff Ice started it all. That's the drink that prosecutors say Diamond bought for a fellow patron at Wisconsin's... More »

Revved-Up Riot: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a 'regifted' Xmas present and ... a chainsaw fight

(Newser) - A terrible subterfuge strategy and a Breaking Bad-style Walmart are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Cops: Guy Takes Unappreciated Xmas Gift Into His Own Hands (Literally) : Police say Alfred Joseph Guercio decided his Minnesota neighbor "did not appreciate" a knife set he had gifted to her
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Montana Fight Includes ... Chainsaw

Big Sandy street feud also included knives and a stolen car

(Newser) - When Big Sandy, Mont., has a street fight, it has a street fight. Residents in the farming town's commercial district watched Monday as a brawl broke out between three men in a sedan and two men and two women in a pickup truck—complete with a knife fight, at... More »

Lawyer Appears in Court, Drops Bag of Weed

'We need to talk to you,' says marshal

(Newser) - Tuesday was just another day appearing in court for Connecticut lawyer Vincent Fazzone—until the 2-oz. bag of weed dropped out of his pocket and fell on the floor, police say. Then it got awkward. "When he got up with his client it fell out of his back pocket,... More »

Cops: Guy Gave Neighbor Gift, Regifted It—to Himself

That'll be one charge of felony burglary

(Newser) - You know how you thought it was so nice your neighbor gave you that Christmas gift, even though you really had no use for it and just stuck it on top of the fridge? Well, there's a slight difference between a fruitcake and a knife set, and a more... More »

Cops: Woman High on Meth Accidentally Kills Husband

Pennsylvania woman may not have recognized him

(Newser) - Couples that do meth together, don't stay together—in at least one instance. Police in Pennsylvania have charged 31-year-old Trista Zickefoose in the shooting death of her husband, reports WJAC . The AP reports that they had smoked meth Sunday night, then argued; about 11:40pm she heard a noise... More »

Cops: Criminal Mastermind's Disguise 'Ineffective'

Police somehow saw through Jose Espinoza's attempt at hiding

(Newser) - Pro tip: When the law is after you and you'd like to alter your appearance so as to avoid speaking with the aforementioned law, maybe try a fat suit or dyeing your hair. Probably what you don't want to do is spraypaint your face black, which is what... More »

Attention Walmart Shoppers, Restroom Is Not a Meth Lab

Police discover one inside a store in Indiana

(Newser) - A restroom at a Walmart in Indiana has been closed for the time being after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside. The worker got suspicious after seeing a man enter the restroom about 11:30pm Thursday with a backpack and leave without it, say police. As the Star ... More »

A Naughty Dare: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Including a most distasteful burglary and a clue left in the snow

(Newser) - A dare gone wrong and a music video that was the last straw are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:
  • Woman's Dunkin' Donuts Dare Ends Badly : A Palm Beach woman better hope she makes the dance team after an apparent dare from the unnamed group landed her
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Slipknot Guitarist's Brother Stabs Him in Head: Cops

Surprise: Alcohol was involved

(Newser) - Life has apparently imitated art for Slipknot, a heavy-metal band known for its scary costumes and violent imagery. Police say the guitarist, Mick Thomson, got into a drunken fight with his brother Andrew early yesterday at a home in Iowa. Both were allegedly armed with knives, and Andrew allegedly stabbed... More »

Cops: Man Rolls in Dog Poop to Avoid Arrest

He did not avoid arrest

(Newser) - It probably made all the sense in the world to him at the time: When informed he was under arrest, a man in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., dove to the ground and began rolling around in dog feces, reports the Times Leader . Then he played his trump card: You can't arrest... More »

Mom Loses It as Primus Video Plays, Shoots Up TV

Blessed silence, charges ensue

(Newser) - You know how Primus music makes you want to totally shoot up the 50-inch flatscreen your kids are watching? You don't? Jennifer Ullery might be able to explain it to you. As the Northwest Herald reports, the 40-year-old Illinois mom apparently lost it as her three kids were watching... More »

Woman's Dunkin' Donuts Dare Ends Badly

Apparently Shakara Martin really wanted to join a dance team

(Newser) - A Palm Beach woman better hope she makes the dance team after an apparent dare from the unnamed group landed her in jail. Shakara Monik Martin was spotted sitting naked outside a Dunkin' Donuts on Sunday, yet rebuffed numerous offers of clothes, the Palm Beach Post reports. By the time... More »

Cops: Man Attacked Brother With 'Jesus' Vanity Plate

'Turn the other cheek' probably wouldn't have helped here

(Newser) - State police say a man threw a "Jesus" vanity license plate at his older brother during a fight in Pennsylvania, cutting him badly enough to require treatment by paramedics. Forty-five-year-old James Wiles, of Springhill Township, is charged with simple assault and harassment over the argument with his 47-year-old brother... More »

Ex Arrested After 'My Wife Is a Cheater' House Explodes

William Lindauer stood unresponsive as house burned: neighbor

(Newser) - A Colorado house with "My wife is a cheater" scrawled twice on it exploded early yesterday in what was perhaps unsurprisingly deemed to be arson. Possibly even less surprising: who was arrested in connection with the incident. William Eugene Lindauer III, 31, a resident of the home who was... More »

Massachusetts Snow Gave Police Clue They Needed

'I guess we can thank the snow on this one'

(Newser) - Snow has been the scourge of Massachusetts this winter, but for Lakeville Police Detective Sgt. Sean Joyce, it proved to be a bit of a blessing. He was on the scene of a home break-in when he spotted a very weather-dependent clue: the readable impression of a license plate in... More »

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