5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Rob Ford makes an appearance, or at least his car does
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2014 5:39 AM CDT
Updated May 23, 2014 8:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – An arrest in Texas that prompted a lot of head-scratching and several in Iran that prompted even more make this week's list:

  • Teen Faces Life Sentence Over Pot Brownies: A Texas teen is facing five years to life in prison for allegedly making and selling pot brownies because of the particulars of the state's drug laws—and his recipe. Jacob Lavoro’s fateful mistake was allegedly adding hash oil to his batch, which allowed Texas officials to use an unusual calculation.

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  • Iran Arrests 6 for Being 'Happy': A joyful homemade video of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" resulted in arrest and public humiliation for six young Iranians. Authorities called it "vulgar" and made the offenders apologize on state TV before releasing them. Pharrell himself wasn't too happy about it.
  • Rob Ford's SUV Apparently Cannot Be Driven Sober: A person has been charged with driving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Cadillac Escalade while under the influence, and that person is not Rob Ford. Rather, the driver has been identified by cops as 36-year-old Lee Anne McRobb, who was also recently enjoying a stay at the same rehab center as Ford. How did she end up driving Ford's car? She's cagey about that.
  • Cops: Man Tried to Have Sex With ATM: This may be the holy grail of weird sex crime stories: Police last Friday arrested a Murfreesboro, Tenn., man who was allegedly trying to have intercourse with a bar's ATM machine. And that wasn't the only inanimate object 49-year old Lonnie Jackson Hutton allegedly tried to have his way with.
  • Mom Banned From Ranting About Kids on Facebook: Lots of people go on Facebook to blow off steam—but one New Jersey mom embroiled in a nasty custody dispute took things too far, and has now been banned from using the social network to rant about "Camelot."
Click to read about more weird crime stories, including one about a bread truck theft with a twist. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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