Category Crime

High Speed Chase Ends With Civilians Apprehending Suspect

After he smashes into their cars:

News anchors in Texas were left absolutely stunned while covering a car chase on Wednesday afternoon.

KXAS-TV’s helicopter was following a robbery suspect in Dallas who was attempting to flee the scene in an allegedly stolen white Dodge Challenger. When the car suddenly crashed into two others, the suspect tried to get out of the car — but to little avail, as passengers from those vehicles stormed out and angrily confronted the suspect. They appeared to be yelling at him as he was stumbling to get out of the car.

Teen Charged With Murder After Taking Selfie With Victim’s Corpse

From Engadget:

In what’s probably the most extreme look at selfie culture yet, a Pittsburgh teen has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting a classmate and then taking a selfie with the corpse. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 16-year-old Maxwell Marion Morton sent the incriminating photo to a friend via Snapchat, who ended up taking a screenshot before it was automatically deleted. Morton also reportedly sent several texts that incriminated him further. He’s now being charged as an adult after confessing to the police following a search of his home.

Indiana Couple Arrested After Filming Baby Putting Gun in Mouth

From The Guardian which has the disturbing video:

Police in Evansville, Indiana, arrested the the mother of a one-year-old baby and her boyfriend after they discovered a video of the child playing with a 40-caliber handgun, police said in a statement.

Police found the video on a cellphone owned by Michael Barnes, a 19-year-old robbery suspect who was arrested on Thursday night after selling a handgun to an undercover officer. Police said they searched Barnes’ phone after his arrest and found the video, which shows the child playing with the weapon. The boy is seen putting the muzzle in his mouth as Barnes instructs the child to say “pow”.

Police said they determined that Barnes’ girlfriend, Toni Wilson, 22, was present while Barnes filmed the boy playing with the gun. Police said that when they questioned the woman on Friday, she claimed the weapon shown in the video was a pellet gun.

Zimmerman Arrested Again on Domestic Violence Charges

Anybody surprised?

SANFORD — A Seminole County judge has set $5,000 bond for George Zimmerman, who was arrested Friday night in Lake Mary.

The 31-year-old was booked around 9:45 p.m. for aggravated assault — domestic violence with a weapon. According to Don West, Zimmerman’s attorney, his client threw a wine bottle during the incident.

Zimmerman is prohibited from contacting the victim, returning to her home or entering Volusia County. He must surrender all firearms by Tuesday, but will not have to wear a GPS monitoring device.

He is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in front of Judge Donna McIntosh.

This was Zimmerman’s third arrest in recent years.


I binge-listened to Serial, the podcast that was spun off of This American Life over the holiday break and found it absolutely riveting. The only bad part about having to play catch up on a series that is over and had such a following is that you have to tip toe the internet spoiler minefield and quickly close out of any links that even mention it. Once I did finish it, I found that not everybody was pleased with it.

Housekeeper Who Stole a Bag of Frozen Meatballs Facing As Much Jail Time As Steubenville Rapist

From Alternet:

A housekeeper at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point is facing two years in jail for allegedly stealing a bag of meatballs. Estelle Casimir, 56, who had been working for West Point’s food service company, Watson Services, for 28 years, was purportedly seen carrying the bag in an area where she doesn’t work. According to an affidavit, when supervisors approached Casimir and questioned her about the bag she was carrying, she told them she was throwing it in the garbage. Casimir was reportedly only responsible for cleaning the latrines in the mess hall, not disposing of food, and according to supervisors, could have thrown the bag in a closer garbage instead of the downstairs dumpster she said she was headed to.

McDonalds Monopoly Fraud

From Wikipedia:

In 2000, the US promotion was halted after fraud was uncovered. A subcontracting company called Simon Marketing (a then-subsidiary of Cyrk), which had been hired by McDonald’s to organize and promote the game, failed to recognize a flaw in its procedures, and the chief of security, Jerome P. Jacobson,[1] was able to remove the “most expensive” game pieces, which he then passed to associates who would redeem them and share the proceeds. The associates “won” almost all of the top prizes between 1995 and 2000, including McDonald’s giveaways that did not have the Monopoly theme. The associates “netted” over $24 million. The scheme was uncovered when one of the participants informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation on its ringleaders. While the fraud was perpetrated without McDonald’s knowledge, the McDonald’s Corporation voluntarily attempted to rectify the situation by issuing payouts to new (legitimate) winners, awarding five $1 million annuity prizes, and fifty $100,000 prizes over a five-day period.

(via Reddit)

Merry Christmas! Sheriff Joe Makes Inmates Sing For Decent Food

From Talking Points Memo:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has his own way of getting in the Christmas spirit: he has inmates perform Christmas carols for him “American Idol”-style and serves the winner a “full turkey dinner with all the real trimmings” as opposed to the usual gruel, which the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says “vaguely resembles an average Christmas meal” and costs 14 cents.

A press release from Arpaio’s office says the man who describes himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” would be holding a caroling contest for pre-trial inmates in “a move likely to make Ebenezer Scrooge smile.”

(emphasis mine)

Man Arrested for Tattooing 1-Year-Old

Today in WTF:

LOUISVILLE, Ohio – A Stark County man is facing a felony child endangering charge for allegedly tattooing a 1-year-old girl, Fox 8 News reports.

Lee Deitrick, 20, is accused of putting the non-removable tattoo on the child’s backside while she was visiting his house with a female relative in November. Deitrick is not the girl’s father.

Louisville Police Chief Andy Turowski tells Fox 8 News that Deitrick was taken to the Stark County Jail under a probation hold. If he’s convicted for the third-degree felony, he could get up to five years behind bars.

Ohio inmate ODs on pills hours before execution

From The AP:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Ted Strickland on Monday postponed the execution of a convicted killer who managed to take an overdose of pills in his death row cell and was found unconscious just hours before he was to be driven to his execution.

Lawrence Reynolds Jr., 43, who was sentenced to die for killing his neighbor in 1994, was found unconscious around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, prisons spokeswoman Julie Walburn said.

Reynolds, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday, was showing signs of consciousness Monday at a Youngstown hospital, but medical staff weren’t prepared to release him, Walburn said. He was upgraded from serious to stable condition.

(via J-Walk)

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