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Inmate Climbed Into Ceiling. It Didn't End Well

Ohio inmate's prison escape plan foiled after ceiling gives way

(Newser) - WOIO calls it a botched prison escape in Ohio that ended in "embarrassing fashion." ABC7 calls it an "epic fail"—or should it be "epic fall"? It was all of these things for Jessica Boomershine, who was caught on surveillance camera determinedly trying... More »

Cops: Man Made Woman Watch Roots to Confront Her 'Racism'

Robert Noye allegedly threatened the woman in his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa man was arrested Monday after being accused of employing an unusual attempt to school a woman on prejudice and discrimination. The Gazette reports that 52-year-old Robert Lee Noye is facing charges of first-degree harassment and false imprisonment after he allegedly forced a woman at his Cedar Rapids home... More »

Thieves Stole $1K Worth of Super Smelly Fruit

Hawaii police looking for thieves who took durian, other types of fruit

(Newser) - You might be able to smell these thieves coming: Police in Hawaii are investigating the theft of fruit valued at about $1,000, and the haul includes durian, which is known for its powerful odor. Two men entered a property in Hilo on the Big Island and removed 18 durian... More »

Cops: It Wasn't Smell of Booze That Gave Drunk Driver Away

Police in Germany say they found man suspected of DUI thanks to 'cloud of perfume'

(Newser) - He just didn't smell right. German police say they nabbed a drunk driver who tried to flee a traffic stop after finding him hiding behind a hedge "in a cloud of perfume," per the AP . Police in the southwestern town of Speyer said Saturday that officers saw... More »

Fraudster Hid for Years Among Nuns. Then One Got Wise

Fake sister couldn't keep her story straight: cops

(Newser) - A convicted fraudster convinced nuns that she was a kind sister in need of help during two years on the run, according to police in Italy. The 47-year-old woman, who has not been named, fled Sicily after she was convicted of fraud, impersonation, and theft and sentenced in absentia to... More »

Alleged Thief's Mistake: Using Daughter's Journal

Prosecutors say dropped item contained hit list, identifying information

(Newser) - Authorities in Tennessee say they busted a well-organized burglar after he allegedly dropped a notebook during a break-in that contained a list of other places he planned to target. Robert Shull Goddard, 49, is accused of smashing a glass door and breaking into a Nashville area home on Jan. 29,... More »

Fearing Family Would Discover His Lie, He Tried to Kill Them

Satya Thakor stabbed his wife, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law

(Newser) - A British man failed the exams he needed to pass to become a doctor—nearly a decade ago. But Satya Thakor apparently spent the next seven years pretending to his family that he actually was one, and then tried to kill them to keep them from discovering the lie. The... More »

Postal Carrier Felt Overworked, Came Up With a Plan

Jason Delacruz pleads guilty to delay of mail after dumping it into a storage unit

(Newser) - Jason Delacruz didn't have time to deliver all the mail on his route, so ... he put it in a storage locker. The United States Postal Service employee pleaded guilty to delay of mail after more than 200 pieces of first- and second-class mail were found in a storage unit... More »

Couple Gets Robbed Twice, Comes Up With Ill-Advised Plan

They ended up being the ones arrested after bike-bait scheme

(Newser) - A California couple who say they were sick of getting robbed after moving into their new home ended up behind bars when they decided to get revenge. Corey Curnutt, 25, and Savannah Grillot, 29, say that a burglar broke into their car the very first night they spent in their... More »

Police: Man Choked Girlfriend Who Griped About Smelly Farts

Christopher Ragsdale has been charged with assault

(Newser) - A Texas man accused of choking and headbutting his girlfriend because she complained about the smell of his flatulence has been jailed on an assault charge, police said. Officers in Wichita Falls, Texas, responded to a home on Sunday afternoon following a report that Christopher Ragsdale had assaulted his girlfriend,... More »

Live Bedbugs Released in Pennsylvania Walmart

State police are seeking the culprit

(Newser) - Walmart managers may not be sleeping tight tonight: Somebody released live bedbugs in a Pennsylvania store and police are now investigating. State police say they were contacted by the manager of the Edinboro store Thursday after staff members found a pill bottle in a boy's jacket with live bedbugs... More »

Enraged Prof Puts Colleague in Hospital With Broken Bones: Police

Rie Hachiyanagi has been charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - An art professor has been arrested for allegedly attacking a colleague with a poker, garden shears, and a rock—over unrequited love, no less. Rie Hachiyanagi, 49, who teaches art at Mount Holyoke College, was charged with attempted murder Friday after the gruesome Christmas Eve incident, Fox News reports. The... More »

Naked Man Bites Dog. Yes, in Florida

And yes, police say there was meth involved

(Newser) - If your idea of a good time involves meth, mangled attempts at bird calls, running around in your birthday suit until the law gets called, and then becoming an old headline-writing cliche, well, we bring you the case of Donald Watts, who, yes, is from Florida. As Action News Jax... More »

Guy in Convenience Store: 'Keep My Bags' for $100

But he left the Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags anyway

(Newser) - Louisiana authorities are perplexed over why a man left apparent designer bags holding drugs, a gun, cash, and a digital scale in a convenience store, the AP reports. The man went into the store early Thursday and put the Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags on a chair, according to a... More »

It Was His First Time Flying. His 'Good Luck' Coins Backfired

Lu Chao fined $17K for throwing coins in plane's engine before Lucky Air flight in China

(Newser) - Throwing coins into a fountain is often considered lucky; tossing them anywhere else could get dicey. Lu Chao of China found that out quickly after the first-time flier threw a handful of yuan coins into the engine of his Lucky Air plane in February of last year as he was... More »

Cops: 'OK 2020, It Only Took You 4.5 Hours to Get Weird'

Oklahoma police say man, goat taken on terrifying 3-state drive

(Newser) - A man stole a pickup truck with a sleeping passenger and a goat inside it and drove it all the way from Missouri to Oklahoma before releasing the terrified victim and animal and eventually being arrested, authorities say. According to an arrest report, two men in the truck parked outside... More »

Brick Wall Couldn't Stop Inmate. His Dad Finally Did

Jace Martin Laws' Texas prison escape didn't last long after his father spotted him

(Newser) - A Texas inmate who authorities say carved his way through a brick wall to escape prison has been recaptured. Per KLTV , the Gregg County Sheriff's Office first made the announcement Thursday on 34-year-old Jace Martin Laws' prison break from the county's South Jail in Longview. In a Facebook... More »

This Is How You Rob a Bank at Christmas

You could start tossing wads of cash in the air and screaming 'Merry Christmas!'

(Newser) - If you're going to rob a bank around Christmas, you might as well resemble Santa, flee your targeted bank tossing wads of cash in the air while screaming "Merry Christmas!," then quietly head to a nearby Starbucks to await the proper authorities. Gentle reader, KKTV brings you... More »

Cops: She Got Hired by Subway, Wanted to Party. Her BF Didn't

Kathy Jones accused of trying to set beau on fire because he wouldn't celebrate with her

(Newser) - Getting a new job is certainly worthy of celebration, but one Arizona woman's alleged response to a lukewarm reaction from her live-in boyfriend appears to have crossed the line. Court documents cited by KHOU and KPHO note that 46-year-old Kathy Jones was charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage... More »

Pizza Hut's Door Meets Robber's Face

That face-plant proved key in helping police nab a suspect in New Mexico

(Newser) - A locked door in a New Mexico Pizza Hut may have helped bust an armed robber who pulled off two crimes in one day back in June. The Las Cruces Sun-News has video from June 25, showing a man trying to run out of the Las Cruces restaurant about 10:... More »

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