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THE NEW NORMAL Wednesday, August 20
The ubiquitous "sexting" phenomenon continues to flourish. A Washington state agency suspended the license of anesthesiologist Arthur Zilberstein in June after finding that he exchanged sexually explicit text messages — during surgeries. When he …
OOPS … DAMN Wednesday, July 30
Moshood Itabiyi, 22, was arrested in a traffic stop in July shortly after allegedly robbing Barnum, Minnesota's Northview Bank. His dream of a quick getaway vanished when he saw that he'd locked his keys in the car. He burglarized a nearby house for …
ROAD RAGE? ROAD MURDER Wednesday, August 27
German truck driver Michael Harry K., 58, went to trial in August in Wuerzburg, Bavaria, charged with firing a gun toward drivers more than 700 times in five years, displeased with their poor road habits. He never actually hit anyone (but police …
OOPSIE Wednesday, September 24
Nick Olivas, 24, is a rare American. At age 14 (an age that, in Arizona, makes him legally incapable of consenting to sex), he fathered a daughter with a 20-year-old woman — paternity he learned of only two years ago. The mother filed against Olivas for child support that now totals $15,000. Olivas is rare in that most states exempt rape victims from child-support orders — except that, since Olivas never made a police report of the incident, Arizona Child Support Services will not exempt him, and instead has obtained an order garnisheeing his wages at $380 a month.
OOPS … DAMN PT. II Wednesday, July 30
Three teens, ages 13, 14 and 15, were charged with attempted burglary in St. Petersburg, Florida, in July when, as they were serial-testing parked cars' doors to find an unlocked one, they happened to inattentively open the door of an unmarked …
IMMATURE Wednesday, August 27
Princeton University professor John Mulvey, 67 (who teaches financial engineering applications), was charged in July with stealing 21 yard signs around the town of Princeton — signs for a computer repair business owned by a man with whom he was …
ALL THAT AND CASH, TOO Wednesday, September 24
According to legal scholars consulted by the Associated Press, it’s conceivable that Nicole Diggs, of Yonkers, N.Y., even if convicted of negligent homicide in the upcoming trial in the death of her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter, could nevertheless inherit the remains of the child’s $2 million trust fund originally established for her care.
SMALL CHANGE Wednesday, July 30
The surveillance video in evidence in England's Wolverhampton Crown Court in July captured the entire caper of two young men failing to open a parking lot's ATM five months earlier. Wearing hoods, they tried to batter the secure machine open, then …
FORE! Wednesday, August 27
Nathan McCoy, 21, sought by police near Boise, Idaho, in July on a probation violation, took off running, forcing officers to chase him onto the Eagle Hills Golf Course. McCoy sought "refuge" in a pond, standing waist-deep as deputies tried to coax …
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Wednesday, September 24
Clearwater police pulled over a “suspicious” car on July 24 and ultimately arrested the driver and his passenger. The back seat was loaded with potted plants — in fact, potted pot plants, so crowded that the leaves and branches of some plants were sticking out of the car’s windows.
 
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