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People get cold feet all the time, and there are several ways to deal with it. You probably haven’t thought of this one, as reported by The Daily Mail:

A fiancé faked his own death by telephoning his partner and pretending to be his father breaking the bad news – so he could get out of his approaching wedding day, it was revealed today.

Wow. A real gentleman this one.

Bride-to-be Alex Lanchester, 23, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, received a phone call just months before her wedding claiming that Tucker Blandford, also 23, of Stamford, Connecticut, had died in a car accident.

She then rang the American’s parents to offer her condolences, but they told her he was alive and well – and Miss Lanchester quickly learned he had faked his death to avoid the wedding.

You can read A LOT more, and see photos of the couple, by clicking here.

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As criminal schemes go, this actually isn’t a bad one. So no slamming the victim today. As reported by per NJ.com:

According to Montclair Detective Lt. David O’Dowd, the “diversion-style” burglary hit a Fairview Place home at about 2 p.m. on August 8 when a man wearing beige work clothes and carrying a portable radio rang the doorbell.

It begins …

The man told the homeowner he was working on a water issue in the area, and she let him in to test some of her faucets, police said. After running the water, he led the woman outside to a garden hose, where the two stood for about 30 minutes, police said.

When a voice through the radio said “we’re good to go,” the man left through the yard, police said. When the woman went back inside, police said she found the house ransacked, and $1,000 in cash stolen.

Good to go! And what about the perps?

Police described the suspect who distracted the woman as a 5-feet-10-inch tall white man with brown hair in his 30s. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective L. McCarthy at 973-509-4725.

You’ll find the source here.

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Everyone has heard the old saying about real estate – location, location, location. If you didn’t think that this applies to tweeting, you will now. As reported by The Arab Times:

The Misdemeanor Court sentenced a Twitter user to two months in prison with hard labor and temporary compensation for insulting a poet. Attorney Hussein Al-Asfour, lawyer for the plaintiff, pointed out in court that the accused tweeted statements deemed offensive to the poet; especially since the tweets were about the latter’s personal life. The accused posted the offensive tweets again after the plaintiff announced his plan to contest the parliamentary elections. During investigations, the defendant refuted the allegation that he tweeted the offensive statements; claiming another person used his account. However, when the complaint was referred to the Electronic Crimes Department, it was found out the accused owns the account and he posted the insulting statements repeatedly. Taking these circumstances into consideration, Al-Asfour asked the court to impose the harshest penalty on the accused.

Yikes.

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Hey, I’m in jail already. So what’s one more little transgression. Well, as reported by WZVN (Ft. Myers, Florida):

25-year-old Crystal Stephens told deputies she stole a piece of paper belonging to her cell mate. On that piece of paper was her cell mate’s debit card number and expiration date.

You’re not going to believe what she did with that information.

Stephens then used that information to call a bail bondsman and bailed herself out of jail.

Bam! But that wasn’t all.

According to the report, Stephens also used the card number to buy a plane ticket. In all, she charged more than $1,700 to the card.

Seriously, did you think she wouldn’t notice? She did.

Her cell mate later noticed those charges after she was released from jail. Stephens is now charged with grand theft and fraud.

Here’s the source, including a mug shot.

 

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If you have issues with your neighbor, take them up with your neighbor (and do it in a civilized way!)  Leave the lawn guy alone! Unfortunately it did not go down that way, as reported at mysuncoast.com (WWSB):

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, deputies met with the victim, the owner of a lawn service business, at a residence in the 6400 block of Thorman Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim told deputies he was hired to mow the lawn at the residence and was in the process of doing so, when 71-year-old Patrick Botelho approached him.

Yes, Mr. Botelho has anger issues, hates his neighbor, or both.

The victim said that Botelho asked him why he wasn’t trimming the weeds from the flower beds. The man said he was not hired to do so, that the home owners had contracted with him to only trim the lawn. Botelho told the victim that the weeds were getting into his lawn and told the victim he had better trim the flower beds.

Or else what? Well …

When the victim declined, Botelho allegedly tried to pull the victim off the mower and grabbed him around the neck, choking him so that he was gasping for breath. Another worker who was nearby trimming around the house saw what was happening and ran toward the two. At that point, Botelho released the victim and went back to his own house

Botelho was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. He was being held on a $2,500 bond.

Not cool. You’ll find the story, and a mug shot, by clicking here.

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While you were trying to shoplift, the loss prevention officer was just doing his job, which sometimes, well, really bites. As reported by The New Hampshire Union Leader:

A city woman is facing a felony charge because she bit a loss prevention officer at Macy’s who caught her shoplifting items worth $800, police said.

Ouch!

Crystal Frechette, 34, of 28 Railroad Square, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with robbery, a Class B felony.

That’s right – a felony.

Had she not allegedly bitten the Macy’s employee, the charge would have been a misdemeanor.

And if you’re wondering what the difference in potential sentences is …

A Class B felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, while a misdemeanor carries a maximum 12-month jail sentence, both exclusive of fines.

Yikes. You’ll find the source, with a mug shot, here.

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What lengths would you go to in order to avoid a speeding ticket? Ladies, would you fire up the waterworks? Gents, would you throw yourself on the mercy of the officer? You won’t believe what this guy did. As reported by WFTV.com:

A man is accused of calling 911 to say that a murder was about to take place, but West Melbourne authorities said the caller was just trying to get out of a traffic stop.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Police said that Julius Lupowitz called 911 to report a murder in hopes that the officer who stopped him would respond to the priority call on Wingate Boulevard rather than write him a citation.

Lupowitz is heard in the call saying there was a man with a gun and that someone was going to get shot and then the call is disconnected.

“I see there’s a murder that’s going to happen, I swear, on Wingate, on Wingate. No, Wingate and Wickham. No, on Wingate and Hollywood, Wingate and Hollywood,” the man said in the call to 911. “I swear there’s going to be a murder any second. I swear there’s a man with a gun.  Please, I just called, it’s Wingate and Hollywood.”

The 911 operator received a second call from the same man, telling the same story. As the operator probed the caller for more information, he again disconnected the line.

But this lead-footed criminal genius was no match for the 911 dispatcher.

A quick-thinking Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher did a search for prior incidents associated with the telephone number the 911 calls came from to find the phone belonged to Lupowitz. West Melbourne Police Officer Ted Salem was on the traffic stop when the 911 calls were received.

As he attempted to quickly end the stop to respond to the priority call, he overheard the dispatcher relay over the air that Lupowitz was the telephone owner.

“When she broadcast that information, our officer was standing at the door of Mr. Lupowitz’ vehicle and realized it was the same person making the 911 calls,” said Richard Cordeau, with the West Melbourne Police Department.

Toast.

Police said Lupowitz would have only received a $209 speeding fine, but now, he faces a third-degree felony charge for misuse of the 911 system and he still received the citation. Police said that charge could land him in jail for up to five years if convicted.

Lupowitz was arrested later at his home without incident, police said.

“This incident needlessly tied up a critical component of public safety. The 911 system is intended for people who truly need help. In addition, these false calls created an unnecessary delay in our officers’ ability to respond to true emergencies,” said Lt. Cordeau of the West Melbourne Police Department.

He was turned over to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and given a $2,000 bail amount.

You’ll find the source, and a mug shot, if you click here.

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There are bad apples in every profession. Yes, there are even bad park rangers, but probably very few that are this bad. In fact, I’ll bet this guy isn’t even a park ranger! Per The San Francisco Chronicle:

Marin County authorities are warning hikers to beware of a man claiming to be a park ranger who in the past month has kicked dogs, taken photos of women with a cell phone and given out false information about dog rules.

The man twice misrepresented himself as a ranger for the Marin County Open Space District, according to county officials. Both incidents happened on a fire road in the Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve between Mill Valley and Corte Madera.

The man – described as white, “very fit” and in his 40s – identified himself as “Dave Stevenson” from “the department,” but he is not employed by the district, officials said. He is between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, has short salt-and-pepper hair and in both incidents was wearing black and silver biking clothing. He had a black mountain bike with him in both incidents.

Marin Open Space rangers always wear uniforms.

And they never kick dogs! Click here for the source.

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If you live in Britain, you have to know that cameras are everywhere.  And yes, that includes elevators too. And seriously, you couldn’t wait another minute or two? Per The Daily Post:

A man who defecated in a lift is being hunted by police as part of a crackdown on “shameless” passengers who use North Wales train stations as toilets.

Yes, you read that right. And the CCTV video can be found at the link at the end of this post.

Officers with British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a person they would like to speak to in connection with the incident at Prestatyn station on Friday, June 13. Human excrement was found in the lift when station staff turned up for work the following morning.

The force has urged those who urinate and defecate at stations to “clean up their act” or face the consequences, and will send officers out onto the region’s stations and trains to tackle the “revolting” problem over the coming weeks.

Sergeant Tony Stamp of British Transport Police said: “In recent months, we have seen an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour, particularly people urinating and defecating on station premises.

“This is very much about standards of behaviour and is often influenced by alcohol consumption.

No! Alcohol? Shocking.  So what happens if the miscreants are caught?

“Anyone committing such an offence could be banned from travelling on the rail network and will receive a criminal record, which may affect their employment.”

The Juice would suggest some community service too – cleaning up feces and urine of course. Here’s the source, with the video.

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No doubt this gent would rather have his ear back. Unfortunately, that is not an option.  As reported by the Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois):

Roger W. Harris, 21, alleged in a federal lawsuit that guards at the jail should have done more to protect him from other inmates. On May 11, 2012, inmate Teryun D. Jackson bit off Harris’ ear and another inmate, Marlon K. Jackson, flushed the ear down a toilet.

Ouch! What was the end result?

[Harris] received a $7,500 settlement from the county.

… The county admits no wrongdoing in the settlement, which was approved June 25. The News-Democrat received a copy of the settlement through a request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
Harris is serving his prison sentence at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro. He is eligible for parole in October.

You’ll find the source, and a fair amount more of the story, here.