Wed, 01/09/2010 - 09:21 by Prince damin
Florence, Italy -- A purse-snatcher's escape went awry Tuesday when he ducked into a building only to realize it was a police station, bemused police officials said.
The alleged thief, described as a young Romanian, apparently thought he was running into a post office where he may have intended to blend into the crowd, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. Instead, he looked up to see himself among police officers.
The man's victims showed up shortly after and the man was arrested.
"It was like something out of 'I Soliti Ignoti,'" an onlooker told ANSA, referring to the 1958 Italian comedy starring Marcello Mastroianni in the story of a band of small-time crooks who try to burgle a government-owned pawn shop.
Wed, 01/09/2010 - 02:36 by Prince damin
Kennesaw, Ga. -- Police in Georgia said students were evacuated from a university building after a pair of Civil War-era cannonballs were found in a rarely used room.
Authorities said a Kennesaw State University staff member called police Monday and reported the cannonballs were found in a display case in a rarely used room and no one seemed to know whether they were still live, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.
Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police said the building was evacuated and morning classes were canceled while the bomb squad removed the cannonballs from the facility.
Pierce said the cannonballs were detonated using explosives at an isolated location. He said there was no way to tell whether the items were live.
Wed, 01/09/2010 - 02:33 by Prince damin
South Brunswick, N.J. -- Police in New Jersey said a woman's car was engulfed in flames when she tried and failed to flick a still-burning cigarette out her window.
South Brunswick police said the 19-year-old Rocky Hill woman, whose name was not released, was driving through South Brunswick Monday morning when the inside of her 1998 Honda Civic was ignited by the cigarette, The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Tuesday.
The woman was able to escape the vehicle without injury but the car was destroyed by the flames. The fire was put out by South Brunswick's Monmouth Junction Fire Department.
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Wed, 01/09/2010 - 02:10 by Prince damin
Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Police in California said a teenager's bike was stolen while he was being arrested for allegedly trying to sell a stolen violin.
Santa Cruz police said a pair of 17-year-olds allegedly tried to sell the violin, reported stolen from a car burglary Thursday night, at a Mission Street music store Friday and employees called police, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Tuesday.
Police said the boys left their bikes outside and one of them was stolen while they were being arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property.
Investigators said the violin was returned to its owner. The stolen bike was not located.
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Wed, 01/09/2010 - 02:08 by Prince damin
Gettysburg, S.D. -- Police in South Dakota said two men are lucky to be alive after driving under a stalled semi and flatbed in a pickup truck.
Potter County Sheriff Alan McClain said Shane Hanson, 29, of Clearwater, Minn., was driving on U.S. 212, about 5 miles west of Gettysburg, at about 6:15 a.m.
Saturday with Chad Fobbe, 36, of Monticello, Minn., when they drove under the semi and its empty flatbed, which was stuck with its wheels off the road, the Aberdeen (S.D.) American News reported Tuesday.
"They ran straight under the trailer," McClain said. "They couldn't see it."
McClain said both men were able to exit the vehicle.
"I'm amazed because they should have been decapitated," he said.
Wed, 01/09/2010 - 01:51 by Prince damin
North Charleston, S.C. -- Police in South Carolina said a burglary suspect was stuck in a grease vent at a restaurant for more than six hours.
North Charleston police said a worker at Shoney's restaurant called 911 at about 4:47 a.m. Monday and said she heard cries for help upon entering the closed eatery, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier reported Tuesday.
Police said they discovered Kevin Michael Harley, 23, stuck vertically in a vent above a stove.
Harley, who police said was wearing socks on his hands to avoid leaving fingerprints, told officers he had become stuck in the vent at about 10 p.m. the previous night.
Wed, 01/09/2010 - 01:37 by Prince damin
Louisville, Ky. -- Police were searching for a 27-year-old man indicted in the death of Leshawn "Sugar Shizz" Talbert, who inspired the dance "The Shizz," Louisville police said.
Kenneth Brown was indicted on a murder charge Monday by a Jefferson County, Ky., grand jury, as well as several counts of wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a felon, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported.
Talbert was shot Aug. 18 in the Okolona neighborhood of Louisville, fleeing what police said they thought was a drug transaction that went awry, Lt. Barry Wilkerson, Louisville Metro Police homicide unit commander, said during a news conference Monday.
Tue, 31/08/2010 - 02:15 by Prince damin
Flint, Mich. -- Police in Michigan said a man posing as an officer took a gun, $500 and 12 cannabis plants from the home of a medical marijuana user.
Flint police said the victim told them the man, described as about 65-years-old, and two men who appeared to be about 19-years-old arrived at his home in two cars about 2 p.m. Friday and initially asked to see a woman who does not live in the home, The Flint Journal reported Monday.
The victim closed the door, but the older man knocked again and identified himself as a police officer. The three men came inside the home and the victim told the suspect he had a gun. The suspect confiscated the gun and $500 cash.
Tue, 31/08/2010 - 02:01 by Prince damin
Las Vegas -- Heiress and U.S. socialite Paris Hilton was charged with felony cocaine possession following her weekend arrest in Las Vegas, police documents indicate.
The officer's arresting report indicated the officer observed a substance "I believed to be cocaine in a clear baggy begin to fall from (Hilton's) purse and into my hand," People magazine reported Monday.
Hilton was removing a lip balm from her purse while being detained in a holding room at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel when the 0.8 grams of cocaine were spotted, the official said.
Sat, 28/08/2010 - 02:27 by Prince damin
Jeffersontown, Ky. -- Police in Jeffersontown, Ky., say a man charged with burglary robbed a woman he befriended on Facebook who posted the news she was going to a concert.
Shaun South, 31, of New Albany, Ind., was arrested Wednesday, the Jeffersonville (Ind.) Evening News reported. He faces charges that include burglary and theft.
Keri McMullen of New Albany said she and South, who lived in the same neighborhood as children, had been Facebook friends for about six months before the burglary in March. After she posted the information she and her fiancee planned to attend a concert March 21, two men broke in and removed their television, computers and other electronic equipment.
Sat, 28/08/2010 - 02:26 by Prince damin
Philadelphia-- A torpedo discovered Friday at a Philadelphia construction site turned out to be a harmless replica, police said.
Archaeologists working on the site near the Delaware River noticed the torpedo when they arrived about 7 a.m., The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Two men sitting on the replica -- and drinking beer -- said they and a third companion discovered it in the river off Port Richmond and moved it to the area under Interstate 95, hoping they could sell it for scrap.
Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said the bomb squad quickly realized the torpedo, which weighed 800 to 1,000 pounds, contained no explosives. He said a more thorough examination determined it to be a fake.
Thu, 26/08/2010 - 04:09 by Prince damin
Salt Lake City -- Police in Salt Lake City said they arrested a mortgage company employee alleged to have drunkenly opened fire on his company's computer server.
Investigators said RANLife Home Loans employee Joshua Lee Campbell, 23, allegedly used his .45-caliber automatic to open fire on the company's $100,000 computer server while drunk Aug. 12, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.
Campbell called police and told officers the damage was done by someone who stole his gun.
However, police said acquaintances of Campbell told investigators he had been talking earlier in the evening about wanting to shoot the server.