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Alleged Cat-Shaver on the Loose in Virginia

Police are investigating

(Newser) - Someone is shaving cats in Virginia, and police and pet owners alike are at a loss. The Roanoke Times reports at least seven cats in a Waynesboro neighborhood have been shaved, apparently with some type of razor, since December. The cats are being shaved on their lower abdomens and groin... More »

Man's 'Poor Judgment' Outside Fire Leads to Arrest

He allegedly really wanted to save his beer

(Newser) - A South Dakota man was arrested outside a Sioux Falls house fire on Sunday, but the arrest had nothing to do with the blaze. Rather, police say the man tried to push past police and fire personnel in an attempt to reenter the home and "save" his beer. The... More »

Cops Approach DUI Suspect, Find a Drunk Chihuahua

Maxwell the pup was seen lapping up vodka

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man was charged with animal cruelty after his pet Chihuahua allegedly got drunk on vodka. Police took the pint-sized pooch to an emergency vet service after it was clear the animal had had too much to drink. CBS Pittsburgh reports it all started last Thursday afternoon when police... More »

He Died in 1972, Turned Up Alive and Well on Ancestry.com

Police investigating identity theft case in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - In 1996, prosecutors say a young man escaped a halfway house in Texas, went to a cemetery, picked the name of a person born close to his birth date, tracked down that person's birth certificate, and began a second life as Nathan Laskoski. The ruse worked spectacularly for two... More »

8-Year-Old Boy Drives Younger Sister to McDonald's

He taught himself to drive by watching YouTube videos

(Newser) - When an 8-year-old pulled up to the drive-thru window of an Ohio McDonald's on Sunday night, staff thought they were being pranked, the Morning Journal reports. But the boy and his 4-year-old sister just wanted a cheeseburger. Officer Jacob Koehler tells WFMJ the boy "looked up videos on... More »

Ohio Woman Charged With Raping Cab Driver

Brittany Carter indicted on two felony charges in alleged attack on 29-year-old

(Newser) - It's the story of a 4:25am taxi ride and an alleged rape, but one that doesn't go the way you might expect. A 23-year-old Ohio woman was last week charged with raping her male cab driver, who was allegedly being held at knifepoint by one of the... More »

Cops: Brothel's Effort to Hide Condoms Fails Miserably

Hundreds clogged sewer pipe by massage parlor in Austin, say police

(Newser) - Neighbors of Jade Massage Therapy in Austin, Texas, had their suspicions about the place, but it was a property manager's unusual find that helped bring about prostitution charges—a broken pipe linking the business to the sewer had been clogged by hundreds of used condoms, reports MySanAntonio . "It'... More »

Guy in 'Hold My Beer' Shirt Arrested for, Yep, Alleged DUI

He was arrested after crashing into a graveyard, police say

(Newser) - Connecticut police say a man wearing a T-shirt that said "Hold My Beer And Watch This" has been arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed into a graveyard, the AP reports. The Hartford Courant reports state police say 25-year-old Woodstock resident Harrison Wootton crashed his car into... More »

Act of Hoity-Toity Vandalism Is 'Most Cambridge Thing Ever'

Someone scrawled graffiti across new homes—in Latin

(Newser) - They're calling it "the most Cambridge thing ever": graffiti—written in Latin—scrawled across multiple million-dollar homes in the famed UK college town. The Press Association reports the graffiti, which reads "Locus in Domos Loci Populum," appeared Tuesday morning. The words were written on new luxury... More »

Guy in 'Drunk Lives Matter' Shirt Arrested for Alleged DUI

Not exactly shocking

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say they arrested a man wearing a "Drunk Lives Matter" shirt and charged him with, well, drunken driving, the AP reports. Police say 44-year-old Elwood Gutshall III's blood-alcohol content was about two and a half times the state's legal limit for drivers when he... More »

Court Rules Against Man Who Brandished Finger Gun

Attempted first-degree robbery conviction stands for Charles Smith

(Newser) - Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal , the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's... More »

iPhone Thief Gets Creative Inside a Target Store

Cops: She dressed as employee, stole $40K worth of iPhones

(Newser) - She wasn't a Target employee, but a woman who sure seemed like one allegedly made off with around $40,000 worth of iPhones from a Virginia store. NBC Washington reports Fairfax County cops are looking for the retail impostor, who they say donned attire resembling a worker's getup,... More »

Cocaine Transport Device: Fake Bananas

2 Spanish men have been arrested

(Newser) - Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas, the AP reports. Spain's civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas. Among the real bananas, police found... More »

Student Discovers Ride-Sharing With Gators Not Legal in Maine

Or keeping gators at all without a permit, as taxi passenger finds out

(Newser) - A cab driver transporting a college student in Maine discovered he had five other surprise passengers: a handful of baby alligators. Per CentralMaine.com , Frank Folsom says on Tuesday he picked up a 20-year-old IDed as Yifan Sun, a student from China who's studying at the University of Maine... More »

Guy Burning Books Ends Up Burning Down 10 Homes

Backyard Florida fire turns into 400-acre blaze

(Newser) - A man burning books in his Florida backyard sparked a wildfire that burned 400 acres and destroyed at least 10 homes in Nassau County, UPI reports. "It was an illegal burn. It was paper. It got away from him," says a Florida Fire Service rep. Dry, windy conditions... More »

Police: 83-Year-Old Man Stole Ambulance

He checked himself out of the hospital first

(Newser) - Authorities on Long Island say an 83-year-old man has been arrested after checking himself out of a hospital and stealing an ambulance, the AP reports. Police say Donald Winkler was upset with the quality of care he was receiving and checked himself out of New York's Nassau University Medical... More »

Pilot Busted With 230 Pounds of Pot After 3-Airport Sting: Cops

It wasn't easy for Texas authorities to get Wayne Brunet to come down from the sky

(Newser) - If you fly your small plane solo from Medford, Ore., to South Texas with only one stop to gas up during the 2,000-mile flight, you're either going for some sort of endurance record or you're trying to get to your destination as quickly as possible for …... More »

Spring Breaker Sees His 210 Beers Go Down the Drain

19-year-old was traveling with a whole lot of Natural Light: cops

(Newser) - While his buddies were partying in Destin, Fla., an Alabama teen spent the start of his spring break in jail. Police in Okaloosa County, Fla., say they pulled over 19-year-old University of Alabama student Alden Whiteside on suspicion of reckless driving on Friday but soon discovered his alleged need for... More »

Guy Found Passed Out in Drive-Thru Lane Gets DUI

Police were called to the restaurant around 1am

(Newser) - Police say a Delaware man was picked up on his third driving-under-the-influence arrest after he was found passed out in the drive-thru lane of a McDonald's restaurant, the AP reports. Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman, a Dover police spokesman, said in a news release that 21-year-old Octavio Lopez-Hernandez of Dover... More »

Cops Investigating Robbery Make a Very Easy Arrest

Suspect in France was stuck in a hole in the window

(Newser) - Arrests can't come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he'd made with a hammer in a shop window, per AP . The national gendarmerie on Sunday published a photo appearing to show the man half-in and half-out... More »

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