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Suspected robber wore "Crime Pays" t-shirt

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This gentleman dressed for the occasion of robbing a Baltimore pizza shop, wearing a "Crime Pays" t-shirt. It didn't though.

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States with the worst rape kit backlogs

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The U.S. government estimates that hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits languish in police and crime lab storage facilities. The EndTheBacklog project illustrates that there's "more we do NOT know about the backlog than we do know."

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Police officer has strong words for robber of local restaurant

"The Sheriff likes Stelly's restaurant. And so do I. The food here is good. And the folks are friendly. We're going to identify you, arrest you, and put you in a small cell. After that, I'm going to have a cheeseburger here, with fries and a coke."

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Human corpse in street turns out to be brisket

Brisket Tina Lin, compiling local police reports for The Andover Townsman of Massachussets, reports that "A caller from North Main Street reported at 12:38 p.m. that there was an item on the side of the road that looked like a torso."

Fortunately, Lin adds, 'The responding officer reported that “it was a brisket.”'

Less fortunate, however, was a local resident who reported that "someone is beeping a horn when they drive by her house.”

Police Log [via Arbroath]

Police refuse to launch hunt for sandwich-stealing seagull

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After a sandwich was callously stolen by a seagull in Somerset, England, police not only refused to investigate but told the victim he was WASTING their time. Avon and Somerset Police's lackadaisical attitude to law enforcement doesn't end there, reports the Daily Mirror: an entire spate of serious crimes remains completely ignored by the force.

Another woman rang the police to complain about the airport losing her luggage and delivering it to her neighbours who were out.

And another caller reported the owner of a guest house where she was staying for refusing to cook breakfast.

Sad to see such grotesque indifference to human suffering from the very authorities we hold responsible for keeping us safe.

Perfect sorry-not-sorry from woman who killed her husband

Florence Pinkney, 48, facing a judge in 1955 after being convicted of manslaughter for shooting her husband: "I'm sorry. It won't happen again."

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Florida mom abandons 3 kids in Waffle House to go drinking at nearby bar

“Waffle Nights,” Ahmed Hashim, Flickr.


“Waffle Nights,” Ahmed Hashim, on Flickr.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Florida mom Rhiannon Gentry abandoned three children at a 24-hour Waffle House, so that she could go booze it up at the classily-named bar Wild Wings Cafe across the street.

Two of the children were 12, one was 11. Police were summoned to the Waffle House after other diners began complaining that they could hear children crying in the parking lot. A Waffle House waitress told cops that Ms. Gentry left her kids alone for an hour and a half, with money to order food and beverages. When the kids realized they didn’t have enough money to pay for their meal and mom was nowhere to be found, they started crying. Gentry didn't return to check on them.

The Augusta, Georgia Waffle House location where this sad story went down has great reviews, and looks like a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal with your kids. Or, you know, abandon them to go drinking.

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From the Augusta Chronicle:

Gentry, 38, of Dade City, Fla., returned to Waffle House and found police with the children. Gentry told police she left the children to go to Wild Wings to pay for drinks she had had earlier. She said she had not been gone long.

Two of the chidren were Ms. Gentry's, and the other belonged to a woman she'd met earlier at a nearby hotel: "The mother told police she met Gentry and her children earlier that day at the hotel pool and had allowed her daughter to go eat with the children, but was not aware they would be unsupervised."

Georgia police arrested Gentry. She is charged with three accounts of deprivation of a minor.

A quick google reveals that this isn't her first time at the boozy rodeo. Alcohol is a hell of a drug, and hopefully she finds her way to some help.

[source: Augusta Chronicle]

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Florida man dislikes sea turtles, shoots a volunteer protecting their nest

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A 72-year-old Marine veteran who volunteered to protect a sea turtle nest got beaten and shot in the butt for his troubles. Turtle-hater Michael Q. McAuliffe was arrested.

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Carjacker too tall to fit in car

carEarly in the morning in Omaha, Nebraska, a would-be thief accosted a driver at gunpoint and demanded her vehicle. After she complied, he found himself unable to squeeze into the 4'9" woman's customized seat and fled on foot after getting "only a few feet" in the vehicle. [Nebraska Radio Network via Arbroath]

With stolen iPhone, burglar accidentally posts selfie video online

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Los Angeles police are searching for the identity of this burglar, who accidentally shot and published a selfie with his victim's iPhone.

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UK schools' "anti-radicalisation" software lets hackers spy on kids


The spyware that Impero supplies to UK schools -- which searches kids' Internet use for "jihadi" terms -- uses "password" as its default password, and the company has threatened brutal legal reprisals against the researcher who repeatedly demonstrated their total security negligence.

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Somebody stole the skull of Nosferatu director FW Murnau

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The skull of FW Murnau, the director of the classic vampire film Nosferatu (1922), has been stolen from his grave in Stahnsdorf, Germany.

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Reward of $1 million for Dorothy's stolen ruby slippers

Have you seen these ruby slippers? Someone swiped them from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn and an anonymous individual is offering $1 million reward for their return. From the Washington Post:

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Every year, the once-sparkling shoes were lent to the museum by their owner, collector Michael Shaw. When the museum told him it wanted to put the slippers in a safe every night, Shaw wouldn’t have it.

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Tom Selleck accused of stealing water from fire hydrant

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Tom Selleck, best known as Magnum P.I., has apparently settled, at least tentatively, with the Ventura County water district after the actor was accused of stealing water from a fire hydrant and trucking it to their 60-acre ranch.

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Guns don't kill criminals as often as criminals use guns to kill innocent people

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There is one justifiable use of a privately owned gun to kill a criminal for every 34 murders committed with a firearm in America. Looking at the horrible gun death statistics recently shared by the Violence Policy Center, I can only shake my head and wonder what it'll take to reform America's love of guns.

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California nudist resort owners charged with water theft from creek

Police charged Glyn Stout, 77, and Lori Kay Stout, 53, owners of Lupin Lodge, a nudist resort in the Santa Cruz Mountains, with diverting water from a creek to keep their water tank and pool filled during the drought.

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Anti-corruption journalist immolated by cops, allegedly under orders from minister


Jagendra Singh reported on corruption in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on his Facebook account, which allegedly prompted Ram Murti Singh Verma, a ruling party politician, to send police to his house to burn him alive; he died a week later of his injuries.

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