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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Apr 23, 2014 -- 9:36am

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

    Zachery Logsdon, 23, a Knoxville, TN man who faked his own kidnapping to scam his mother for cash.
    Logsdon texted his mom that he was being held by a drug dealer who would kill him if he didn't pay $200.
    His mother repeatedly asked if he was telling the truth, because he had done this before. 
    Instead of sending him the cash, she called 911.
    Investigators set up a meeting to drop off the money, but when Logsdon came to get the cash, he saw investigators and ran.
    He was arrested after a short chase, and charged with filing a false report and resisting arrest.



AND THEN THERE'S .....

    News producers for WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee, who put two bunnies on the anchors desk during a live Easter-themed segment, that then began to have sex.
    During the segment, the three anchors watched in horror and amusement as the bunnies had a little booty-call on live television.
    When the camera quickly cut away, the anchors took their chance to make good-natured jokes about the situation.
    But after producers cut back to the news desk, only one bunny was left on screen. 
    Link contains YouTube video.


OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    TSA personnel at San Jose International Airport, who allowed a teen to sneak onto the tarmac and climb into the wheel well of a jet headed for Maui.
    The stowaway flew in the jet's wheel well for five freezing hours to Hawaii.
    He passed out in the air and didn't regain consciousness until an hour after the plane landed in Hawaii.
    When he came to, he climbed out of the wheel well and was immediately seen by airport personnel who escorted him inside to get interviewed by the FBI.
    Authorities are trying to determine how the boy slipped through multiple layers of security, including wide-ranging video surveillance, German shepherds and Segway-riding police officers.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Apr 22, 2014 -- 4:33am

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

    An unidentified 59-year-old man, who was arrested after stopping by an Austrian police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation.
    It turns out he was wanted on four counts of fraud and embezzlement and was arrested on the spot.
    Although the man was the subject of a Vienna arrest warrant, police say he was unlikely to have been apprehended if he hadn’t gone to the police station.



AND THEN THERE'S .....

    Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal and an aide, who were almost struck by a train while talking about… commuter rail safety.
    As Blumenthal was saying, “Safety as you know it is paramount …” an Amtrak train whizzed by near him, briefly pausing the conference.
    The video shows Blumenthal standing on the platform's yellow warning strip, while his assistant, holding a visual aid, was closer to the tracks and almost hit by the speeding train.



OR HOW 'BOUT .....

    Kevin Hughes, 36, who confused crystal meth for ecstasy, and ended up naked in a South Carolina Walmart.
    An employee called police after Hughes walked into Walmart in the middle of the night, wearing nothing but black shoes.
    Police found Hughes in the electronics section.
    After getting arrested for disorderly conduct. Hughes said, “I’ve had a problem with drugs in the past. I still like to do Ecstasy once in a while. I accidentally got methamphetamine instead and it really made me crazy.”

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Apr 21, 2014 -- 4:23am

TODAY'S GENIUS AWARD GOES TO . . . . . . .
    42-year-old John Paul Perkins, a West Virginia man who phoned in a bomb threat to the mine where he worked because he couldn’t find a baby sitter for his 8-year-old daughter.   After striking out in his quest for a sitter, Perkins used a convenience store pay phone to call in the threat against the Emerald Mine.   The mine was shut down while police could search it and the stunt cost the company more than $96,000 in productivity.   At the conclusion of the search police traced the call back to the convenience store and confirmed it was Perkins voice on the call. Perkins faces a preliminary hearing on April 24.


AND THEN THERE'S .....
    Jason and Jeremy Holden, two Washington twins who staged a fake kidnapping to draw traffic to their prank website. Police are investigating the video, which shows a van pull up to a playground and two masked men abduct a child.  After parents called police, the brothers returned to the park to say the stunt was part of “kidnapping awareness.”  Attorney Craig Ritchie said the people behind the video did call the police a few minutes earlier about their intentions, but there was no chance to respond. He added, "We’re taking a look at whether or not there is a crime. You just really can’t anticipate all the ways people can be stupid."


OR HOW 'BOUT .....
    A Florida homeowner, who led police to his Marijuana growing plant by calling the power company to report a short.  The power company was investigating an electrical short in the man's home when they noticed the lines had been tampered with.  Upon further investigation they saw the man was running illegal power lines to a separate structure that was shorting his power.
    Police found more than 100 pot plants and said there was so much marijuana in the home, that there was very little living space. Apparently the short happened as the man was remodeling the back room into more grow space.

OKAY, ONE MORE .....
    A 19-year old, who was videotaped urinating into the Portland, Oregon city drinking water reservoir, and prompted the city to flush away millions of gallons of treated water. 38 million gallons of already treated water had to be discarded thanks to the teen in the videotape.The teen was one of three individuals arrested by police for trespassing. He was also cited for public urination.

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."

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