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12 People Shot, 5 Fatally, in One Day in Baltimore

Baltimore has found no link in the homicides

(Newser) - Twelve people were shot in a series of separate acts of violence in one day in Baltimore. Five of them died. The shootings began about 2:30am Saturday and ended after 10pm, the Sun reports. "It goes without saying that the level of violence in the city yesterday was... More »

Look Out for the '2020' Check Scam

Be careful how you write that date, police say

(Newser) - Uneasy about the new decade? Well, it already has is own possible scam—about writing the date on checks. Media stories are warning people not to abbreviate the year "2020" as "20" in case crooks alter the number to look like an earlier or later year, Slate reports.... More »

On These Beaches, Cops Hand Out 'Robbery Kits'

Barcelona beaches have a crime problem—and a solution

(Newser) - Going to the beaches of Barcelona? The bad news is that bathers are finding their clothes have been stolen while they're swimming. The good news: Police are handing out so-called "robbery kits" containing a metro ticket, flip-flops, and a pair of shorts to people who find themselves exposed,... More »

Guy Charged With 10 Felonies Over 30 Minutes in 1 Block

Rodney Edward King Jr, 29, went on a shocking crime spree

(Newser) - An alleged felon is making headlines after he was charged with 10 felonies and 2 misdemeanors over less than 30 minutes in a one-block radius, the Daily News reports. Rodney Edward King Jr, 29, is accused of committing crimes against seven people in Columbus, Ohio, one morning last week. "... More »

Utah Suspect Asked Contractor to Build a Soundproof Room

Request for hooks in walls raised suspicion

(Newser) - The man charged in the slaying of a University of Utah student wanted a contractor to build a soundproof room in his house, no matter the cost, with a thumb lock, hooks on the walls and a secret entrance. "I don’t know what he wanted it for,"... More »

Barr Declares Emergency Over Violence in Alaska

New funding will add police officers in rural areas

(Newser) - The Trump administration has declared a public-safety emergency in rural Alaska. US Attorney General William Barr, who visited Alaska last month, made the announcement , Reuters reports. “I witnessed firsthand the complex, unique, and dire law enforcement challenges the State of Alaska and its remote Alaska Native communities are facing,... More »

At Least $10K Awaits Criminals Who Want to Move From Here

Mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., is ponying up his own cash to clear the city of criminal element

(Newser) - Live in Clarksdale, Miss., but want to relocate? Ever dealt drugs, belonged to a gang, or aspired to do any of the above? The city's mayor has a deal for you. FOX13 reports on Clarksdale's "five-point crime-fighting plan," and one of those points is telling criminals... More »

Woman Found Dead, Nearly Decapitated, in Possible Ax Attack

Another woman was injured; man faces murder charges

(Newser) - A woman was found dead and partially decapitated in a Brooklyn apartment, after apparently being attacked with an ax in what police say was a "brutal, vicious attack." A man in custody faces murder charges, WNBC reports, and a 4-year-old girl in the apartment was unharmed. An Uber... More »

New York, Feds Pay to Test Rape Kits Around the Nation

Funding has helped bring hundreds of convictions

(Newser) - Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring more than 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officials say. It's estimated that another 155,000... More »

Fugitives Taunt Police, Who Are Up to the Challenge

After 'Do ya job' post, three wanted women are arrested

(Newser) - Three women wanted in thefts around Atlanta allegedly taunted police online, telling officers on Instagram to "Do ya job." Now they're in jail. They were arrested Sunday after a brief chase when an Indiana trooper spotted a speeding car, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Police in Georgia... More »

Cops: Bank Robbers Were Girls, Ages 14 and 15

14-year-old demanded money or she'd 'blow everything up,' police say

(Newser) - Two Massachusetts girls, ages 14 and 15, are being held in the armed robbery of a bank, police say. Bay Coast Bank in Fall River was robbed Wednesday when, police say, the 14-year-old walked into Bay Coast Bank and gave a teller a note demanding cash or she “would... More »

Experts Say Prosecutor Can't Seek Execution in 1973 Killing

After an arrest, district attorney said he could ask for the death penalty

(Newser) - A prosecutor has announced he might seek the death penalty in the case of an 11-year-old girl sexually assaulted and slain more than four decades ago, NBC reports. But Linda O'Keefe was killed in Newport Beach in 1973, in a period when California didn't have the death penalty—... More »

'Fingerprint Implants' Helped Fugitive Stay On the Run

Spanish police say the 'sophisticated process' included cutting and burning skin

(Newser) - It turns out you can change your fingerprints, but it sounds painful. A Spanish fugitive dodged arrest for 15 years by cutting and burning the skin of his fingertips, then replacing it with micro-implants, the Guardian reports. The man, who was not named by police, was arrested Tuesday on drug... More »

SWAT Officer Channels Bing Crosby to End Standoff

He sings "White Christmas"

(Newser) - Authorities say an armed man who held off SWAT members for 10 hours surrendered after one of them sang him a Christmas carol, the AP reports. Nathaniel Lewis of Chester County, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody in East Vincent Township early on Dec. 26. The Reading Eagle reports the 34-year-old... More »

Manhunt Underway for Suspect in Cop's Slaying

Officer Ronil Singh leaves behind a wife and young son

(Newser) - Authorities launched a manhunt Wednesday after a gunman shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in a small California town, the AP reports. In an alert, the California Highway Patrol said the suspect, whose name was not known, is considered to be armed and dangerous. Newman Police... More »

Court: Man Put Clothes on Stand-In Corpse for Scam

Minnesota man accused of $2M fraud

(Newser) - A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death seven years ago to collect a $2 million life insurance policy arranged for a stand-in corpse to be dressed in his clothes in Moldova, according to a judge's detention order. Igor Vorotinov, 54, also planted his identification on the body... More »

Boy Was 13 When He Killed Toddler Siblings: Cops

The two deaths were separate incidents

(Newser) - A teenage boy in Indiana arrested in connection to the deaths of his two young siblings reportedly told authorities that he had to "set them free from this hell." The boy, who was taken to a juvenile detention center last month, was 13 years old when he allegedly... More »

Mom Pushed Onto Train Tracks; Daughter Risks Life to Save Her

28-year-old Katie Wenszell was seriously injured

(Newser) - The husband of a woman who was pushed in front of an oncoming train in Atlanta says his wife would be dead if his daughter had not jumped on the tracks to keep her mother from getting run over, the AP reports. Jerry Wenszell tells WSB-TV that Sue Wenszell "... More »

Honeymoon in Northern Ireland Ends With American's Arrest

South Carolina man faces attempted murder charges

(Newser) - A South Carolina man honeymooning in Northern Ireland has been charged with three counts of attempted murder following a fight outside of a bar in the village of Ballycarry, DublinLive reports. Nicholas Keith Warner, 31, an electrical engineer who lives in Summerville, allegedly used a knife to stab three men... More »

Hunt for Suspect in Doctor's Slaying Ends in Suicide

Officers confronted Joseph James Pappas

(Newser) - The suspected killer of Mark Hausknecht—former cardiologist to President George HW Bush—has taken his own life. "This is our suspect. The suspect's deceased," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said during a Friday press conference, NBC reports. Police say Joseph James Pappas shot himself in the... More »

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