Happiest Jailbird: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a man whose drone flying did him in
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2017 5:09 AM CST
Updated Mar 3, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Happiest Jailbird: 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Bucket list, check!   (Facebook/Politie Nijmegen-Zuid)

Some of the unusual things to land people behind bars this week: bad drone flying, laughter, a bucket list:

  • 99-Year-Old Woman Gets Arrested Intentionally: Cops handcuffed and arrested a 99-year-old grandmother who's never committed a crime, and yet there were no protests or outraged blog posts. That's because Annie, who lives in the Netherlands, had an unusual bucket list item that police in the town of Nijmegen-Zuid happily helped her out with.
  • White Sox Player Ate His Passport on a Plane: Some people snack on the peanuts offered on airline flights; Jose Abreu scarfs down beer and pieces of his passport. That's what the first baseman for the Chicago White Sox testified Wednesday in Miami at a trial for a baseball agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the US. The 30-year-old Abreu—who isn't being charged with anything—explained that his path to the US, and a $68 million White Sox contract, involved a phony passport and a Heineken.

  • Mom Laughs During Daughter's Hearing, Gets Sent to Jail: A Michigan mom who laughed during her daughter's sentencing hearing for killing a man while driving drunk ended up in jail herself. Wayne County Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard scolded the family of 25-year-old Amanda Kosal for giggling while the dead man's sister gave a victim impact statement last week, and had tough words for mom Donna Kosal.
  • Guy's Drone Hits Woman, He Goes to Jail: In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a 38-year-old man has been sentenced to time behind bars because he lost control of his drone. Paul Skinner, who owns an aerial photography business in Washington state, was found guilty of reckless endangerment in January and handed a $500 fine plus 30 days in jail over an incident involving a woman that happened during Seattle's Pride Parade in 2015.
  • Soccer Fans' Mistake Just Cost Their Own Team $50K: Fans of a British soccer club in the Premier League may need to take their zeal down a notch after an incident over the weekend that reportedly ended up costing their own team nearly $50,000. Crystal Palace devotees determined to make a literal mark on rival team Middlesbrough the night before the two teams faced off descended upon what they believed to be the Middlesbrough bus. What they spray-painted on it didn't have the desired punch.
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