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Group of Clowns Allegedly Stab Skateboarder

The victim had knife wounds to his cheek, abdomen, and shoulder

(Newser) - Yes, menacing clowns are apparently still hanging around, and now they're getting stabby. A man tells police he was stabbed by a group of men dressed as clowns shortly before 9pm Friday near San Diego State University, KGTV reports. The man was riding a skateboard when he got into... More »

Miss. County Bans Clown Costumes for Halloween

Under punishment of a $150 fine.

(Newser) - A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween, the AP reports. Kemper County supervisors this week banned people from wearing any clown costume, mask, or makeup in public. The local law carries a $150 penalty, and it will be lifted Nov. 1.... More »

Creepy Clowns Are Making Life Hard for Ronald

The McDonald's mascot is lying low for the time being

(Newser) - Likely hoping to avoid scaring children or being shot at , Ronald McDonald will be keeping a "low profile" until this international creepy clown epidemic is sorted out, the AP reports. In a statement released Tuesday, McDonald's says it will be "thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's... More »

Parents' Clown Stunt Leads to Child's Removal From Home

Cops say 4-year-old was left alone

(Newser) - News of a "creepy clown" arrest isn't so unusual these days. But this one in Menasha, Wis., involves possible child neglect charges and the removal of a 4-year-old girl from her home. Police caught two men ages 20 and 29 wearing clown costumes about 4am Friday after getting... More »

Creepy Clowns Spread to the UK

Police say there have been multiple sightings

(Newser) - British police have warned about people in clown outfits acting suspiciously and sometimes wielding knives as they follow people. The warning Saturday follows a string of incidents in recent days in an apparent effort to copy clown-related threats in the United States, the AP reports. Police in Gloucestershire said there... More »

Utah Cops: You Can't Just Shoot Clowns

Law is the same as for non-clowns

(Newser) - With the recent spate of clown sightings, clown hoaxes, and assorted weirdness sweeping the US, police in a Utah town have felt it necessary to clarify the law on shooting them. "Can I shoot or take action against someone that is dressed up like a clown?" is "not... More »

Cops: Woman Late for Work Invented Knife-Wielding Clown

But then apparently forgot to appear unnerved by fake incident

(Newser) - Police say an 18-year-old Ohio woman lied about being attacked by a knife-wielding clown as an excuse for being late for her job at McDonald's, reports WCPO-TV . Police in the Cincinnati suburb of Reading say 18-year-old Alexsandra Conley said someone dressed like a clown jumped a fence Saturday, waved... More »

Cops: Girl Brings Knife to School to Fend Off Clowns

The 11-year-old was arrested Friday

(Newser) - In what's either a prudent safety measure or an excellent example of media-induced hysteria, an 11-year-old girl in Georgia was arrested Friday for allegedly bringing a knife to school to protect her from clowns, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. "She said that the reason she had the knife was... More »

Alabama Schools Locked Down Due to Clowns on Social Media

Multiple threats reported Thursday and Friday

(Newser) - Schools across an Hale County in Alabama were on lock down Friday due to "recent threats from clowns on social media," WBRC reports. And they don't mean clowns in the pejorative sense, either. Clowns—pancake makeup, colorful hair, generally terrifying— have been causing concern and increased patrols... More »

NC Cops: Those Clown Sightings Were Fake

One arrested for filing false clown report

(Newser) - Those afraid of clowns can sleep a little easier in North Carolina, where authorities say at least two reports of suspicious clown sightings in Winston-Salem were fabricated. Residents first reported that a clown was trying to lure kids into woods with treats on Sept. 4. However, police say surveillance footage... More »

Cops Step Up Patrols After More Carolina Clown Sightings

Kids say clown tried to lure them with treats

(Newser) - Cops are seeking a suspect with white overalls, red shoes, red bushy hair, a white face, and a red nose after the latest in a string of disturbing clown sightings in the Carolinas. In the latest incident, police in Winston-Salem, NC, say the suspect tried to lure kids into woods... More »

Sheriff Vows to Arrest Creepy Clowns

Sightings continue in Greenville, South Carolina

(Newser) - More sightings of people dressed in clown makeup and wigs have led police in Greenville, SC, to warn that anyone doing so will be arrested. "It's illegal. It's dangerous. It's inappropriate, and it's creating community concern so it needs to stop," says Police... More »

Kids: Clowns Are Trying to Lure Us Into SC Woods

Police have so far uncovered nothing suspicious

(Newser) - Residents of Greenville, South Carolina, say a person (or people) dressed as a clown has been trying to lure children into the woods near an apartment complex, WSPA reports. On Aug. 21, a woman called authorities to report that her son had seen "clowns in the woods." Another... More »

Viral Stunt or Genuinely Creepy? Scary Clown Strolls

With black balloons, no less, in Green Bay

(Newser) - Coulrophobes might want to steer clear of Wisconsin for a while. Some creeped-out people in Green Bay have been calling police about a clown wandering around with a bouquet of black balloons, reports USA Today . The clown was spotted at 2am Monday, though it's unclear whether he's surfaced... More »

'Doo Doo' the Clown Saves 2 From Deranged Attacker

There was plenty of space in Doo Doo's car

(Newser) - Two Toronto women fleeing a deranged attacker were saved by a clown who had more than enough room in his car. Doo Doo the Clown tells the Toronto Star that he was still in full clown costume Sunday afternoon when he spotted an apparently disturbed man jumping on cars and... More »

Beloved Clown Found in Sex Offender's Home

It disappeared from amusement park years ago

(Newser) - If you're not from Wichita, Kan., Louie the mechanical clown may seem a little creepy—but where he was discovered is a lot creepier. The life-size clown, who played the Wurlitzer organ at the city's now-closed Joyland amusement park for decades, was found this week in the home... More »

Evil Clowns Run Amok in France

Rash of violence blamed on people dressed as clowns

(Newser) - A rash of violence by a bunch of decidedly sinister clowns is turning France into a nation of coulrophobes: Cops arrested a gang of 14 teenagers dressed as clowns outside a high school in southern France on Saturday, reports the Guardian ; the teens were carrying pistols, knives, and baseball bats.... More »

'Wasco Clown' Terrorizing California ... Kind Of

Clown posting on social media inspires rash of apparent prank calls

(Newser) - For the past week or so, authorities in California's Central Valley have been fielding calls about clowns supposedly terrorizing locals. On Wednesday, a clown with orange hair was reportedly chasing people with a club, for example, but when sheriff's deputies responded, there was no evidence of a clown... More »

Clown Canned for Shouting Insults at Black Family

At fair, he called mom 'nappy head,' 'unbeweaveable'

(Newser) - If you're a clown in a dunk tank at a carnival, part of your job is to gently egg on attendees so that they'll hand over a couple of bucks and try to sink you. But a Tennessee family says one performer crossed the line at the Delta... More »

Uh-Oh: Clown Shortage Looms in US

It's no laughing matter, say clown organizations

(Newser) - Good news, coulrophobes : A "national clown shortage" may soon be upon us, the New York Daily News reports. It seems as older clowns are dying, not nearly as many younger clowns are joining the ranks to replace them—leading to a drastic decrease in membership at the country's... More »

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