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Friday, April 18th, 2014

Apr 18, 2014 -- 4:42am

 TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    James Manning and Teresa Castillo, a California couple who were arrested for stealing a car to get to their court date.
    The pair were originally facing charges of possessing a controlled substance.
    Needing a ride, they stole a car from a local dealership without knowing there was a GPS tracker in the vehicle.
    Police tracked the car to the courthouse and confronted Manning and Castillo, who claimed they purchased the car earlier that morning.
    Knowing the truth, cops arrested them both and filed additional charges after finding marijuana in the vehicle.


AND THEN THERE'S .....

    Leon Lynch, 51, an Arizona man who was busted after posting photos on Facebook of some items he stole.
    Following a series of burglaries, Lynch announced a garage sale on Facebook.
    One victim spotted her stolen wedding dress in one of his photos and contacted police.
    After an undercover deputy bought the dress at the sale deputies searched the home and found other stolen goods, including a motorcycle missing since 2010.
    Lynch was arrested on suspicion of theft, wrongful taking or disposing of property and marijuana possession.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    Tanner Bradshaw, 18, a Florida teen who was arrested for robbing a store where he was a regular customer.
     When a burglar stole $2,000 worth of merchandise from Florida E-Cigs and Vapes, the owner turned to his surveillance video for help.
     He quickly recognized Bradshaw and was even able to show cops a photo of Bradshaw's driver's license because they were friends on Instagram.
     Bradshaw was still in possession of the stolen products when cops found him.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Apr 17, 2014 -- 4:39am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    30-year-old Christina Hines, who left behind a $50 bill on the counter of a convenience store then ended up leading police on a high speed chase. The clerk tried to tell Hines she left behind the money, but she had already driven away. About that time a sheriff’s deputy arrived. He offered to go after the woman and return the money himself. However, when the deputy caught up with Hines, he learned her license had been suspended. He put on his lights and sirens and she sped off. She managed to evade police even after her tires were shredded from spike strips. When the arrest was made police found heroin and hypodermic needles in her car. She ended up arrested all because she had forgotten $50 at a gas station.       


AND THEN THERE'S .....
    Ian Dishon Isabel, 29, who might have gotten away with placing covert video cameras in an elementary school girls' restroom, but his ID badge was seen on the video and now he's been arrested. Isabel was in charge of the Stepping Stones after-school program at the elementary school. Investigators said the cameras were operating when they were put into place. They not only captured images of the victims, but the man who placed the cameras. Although the man's face is not visible, his identification card can be seen hanging from a lanyard on his neck. The school principal identified that man as Isabel.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....
    A Renton, Washington man, who thought he could fool police by putting a hat on the headrest and then use the “carpool” lane. He didn’t fool anyone and was fined $124. In the past commuters have used cardboard cutouts and inflatable dolls. The unidentified motorist lacked imagination and simply stuck a hat on the headrest and hoped for the best.
      


OKAY, ONE MORE .....
    Middle school teacher Dru Dehart, who was fired after she ordered a hit on a seventh-grader. Seventh-grader Radravious Williams told Dehart that he “wished he could curse out teachers someday.” Dehart apparently didn’t like what she heard and asked six eighth graders to attack Williams to “teach him a lesson." According to reports, the boys picked up Williams by the neck and made him forcibly apologize to the teacher. David Miklas, a school district representative, said "(She) made a very poor decision that day."

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Apr 16, 2014 -- 4:27am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    Indiana University student Julian Batts, who managed to lose on "Wheel of Fortune" with all the puzzle letters already revealed.
    Batts solved the puzzle, but he couldn't pronounce the term, "Mythological hero Achilles" so he was ruled incorrect.
    The mispronunciation cost him a chance for a car, a trip to Jamaica and a million dollars.


AND THEN THERE'S .....

     US Airways, who Tweeted a photo of a naked woman to a customer.
     The airline was responding to a Twitter complaint when they sent what they say was supposed to be a link to a page on their website.
     They instead sent a link to a photo of a naked woman performing oral sex on an airplane.   The link went into the US Airways’ Twitter feed and stayed there for at least an hour, before the airline got wise to its error and deleted it.
     They've since issued an apology and claimed they were hacked.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    The IRS, who failed to upgrade 53% of their Windows XP-based computers before Microsoft retired the system last week.   The IRS will have to pay Microsoft so its computers can continue receiving security patches until the remaining 58,000 computers can be upgraded.
    By some estimates, this will cost the IRS $11.6 million per year.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....

    The Cumberland County (New Jersey) Clerk of Courts, who issued a juror summons to a dog.   Barrett Griner was confused when he opened a summons addressed to IV Griner, his 5-year-old German Shepherd dog.
    He contacted the Judiciary Coordinator who said the jury notices are computer generated and often contain errors.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 -- 4:45am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    A 14-year-old girl named Sarah, who nearly got arrested after tweeting a terrorist threat to American Airlines. She tweeted, "hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaeda and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big... bye."American Airlines swiftly responded: Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.  Sarah tweeted an apology but the tweet went viral and she gained ten thousand new followers before being forced to delete her account.  A spokesman for the FBI said she is still being investigated at this time.


AND THEN THERE'S .....
    A Pennsylvania man, who is kicking himself after he accidentally discarded 25 lottery tickets worth $1.25 million.  The unnamed man lived a couple of blocks from the convenience store where he purchased the tickets.  Lottery officials say he bought 25 Quinto lottery tickets that won $50,000 each.  The man says he never claimed them because he misread the tickets.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....
    Nahshon Shelton, 36, a Chicago man who was arrested after pulling out a sub machine gun over a 22-cent sales tax.  Shelton didn’t have to cash to pay the 22-cent sales tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi, so he pulled out the .22 caliber gun to avoid paying it.  The cashier let him go but quickly called police who charged him on five counts, including felony unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault and having an invalid ID card.  Shelton told police, "This is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!”
    Apparently not.


OKAY, ONE MORE .....
    James Colin Ready, 46, who was arrested after threatening to blow up a Florida tax collector’s office because he couldn't renew his auto tags.  A clerk denied Ready's attempt to renew his car tags because his licensed had been suspended. Ready responded by vowing to make a pipe bomb and blow up the office.
The clerk went in the back and called Sheriff’s deputies, who charged him with battery on an officer and threatening to discharge a destructive device.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Apr 14, 2014 -- 4:57am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .

    25-year-old Dominika Johnson and Kendra Hill, 28, who were arrested for shoplifting items and immediately trying to return them for store credit.
    Employees at a San Francisco department store recognized the pair as having returned items from the store three times over the past two weeks and called police.
    Johnson was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and several outstanding warrants.
    Hill was arrested on suspicion of burglary and cited for leaving her child in the car outside the store during the alleged burglary.


AND THEN THERE'S .....

    Shaun Dibsdale, 17, a British teen who needed firemen to free him from a children's swing after he wedged himself in as a joke.
    After squeezing in to smoke a cigarette, Dibsdale got stuck and needed a friend to call for assistance.
    He was treated for thigh injuries by paramedics before being taken home.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    Pakistani Police, who charged a 9 month old boy with attempted murder after he threw rocks at police.
    The problem started when officials from a local power company went into the boy's neighborhood to disconnect illegal cables that allowed people to steal electricity.
    Villagers began pelting the workers with rocks before police stepped in and arrested several people, including the boy.
    After taking weeks of criticism over the inequities of their criminal justice system, Pakistan finally dropped charges against the boy yesterday (Sunday).

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