A Ping-Pong Problem: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a cop who likes to get down
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2017 5:22 AM CST
Updated Feb 10, 2017 7:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Ping-Pong, a cigarette lit in church, and a pacemaker that allegedly gave up its owner factor into this week's crazy crimes.

  • Mob Boss Files $10M Prison Ping-Pong Lawsuit: Former mob boss Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli wants $10 million from the federal government over a Ping-Pong injury. Gioeli, once a high-ranking member of the Colombo crime family, is suing over an injury he suffered during a game at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn in 2013. He says he slipped on a wet floor while playing a game and fractured a kneecap. His suit argues that the prison is negligent; here's why.
  • Cop Sent to Bust Up Fight Busts a Move Instead: Attention all units, officer (getting) down. Constable Jarrod Singh of Toronto's Durham Regional Police Service was called to the scene of a fight Sunday night. He arrived to find eight people surrounding another person. Singh says he can see how someone mistook it for a fight, but the person in the center of the crowd was actually break dancing. And it turns out the officer had impressive dancing experience.

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  • Man Charged in Burning His Home Busted by Pacemaker: Ross Compton told authorities that when he saw a fire Sept. 19 inside his Middletown, Ohio, home, he packed belongings in a suitcase and bags, broke a window with his cane, and threw the items through the window before carrying them to his car. He also said he had a cardiac pacemaker. Court records show police got a search warrant to retrieve electronic data stored on the device, then used that data to file charges. Here's what a cardiologist determined.
  • Judge Bans Teen From Sex Before Marriage: An Idaho judge has ordered a 19-year-old man not to have sex with anyone before he marries as part of his sentencing for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. Judge Randy Stoker sentenced Cody Duane Scott Herrera of Twin Falls to five to 15 years in prison, but he suspended the sentence for a one-year rider program. If the unmarried Herrera completes the program, he'll be released on probation, but there's a celibacy requirement.
  • Church Cigarette Stunt May Mean Jail for Russian Woman: A young woman in western Russia picked the wrong time to be "insulting," as a controversial law approved by President Vladimir Putin in 2013 describes it. Her crime? She posted a photo of herself lighting a cigarette with a candle in a Russian Orthodox church in the city of Belgorod. For that, she has been charged with "insulting the feelings of religious believers" and faces some hard time.
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