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Archived Since:March 4, 2010

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Police: Fake Cop Pulls Over a Real One

A man accused of impersonating a police officer had the bad luck to pull over an actual police officer, reports WUSA-TV. An off-duty cop in Dumfries, Va., says he pulled over when the Crown Vic behind him turned a spotlight on his car about 1am yesterday. When the Crown Vic...

The Creepy Ties Between This Killer, Dead Utah Family

Cult leader and convicted killer Dan Lafferty didn't just develop a relationship with Utah couple Benjamin and Kristi Strack, found dead in September along with their three children. Lafferty—whose philosophy states the world is run by the devil and the apocalypse is imminent—says his ideology influenced their murder-suicide...

Zimmerman's Ex Recants Assault Story

Authorities say they are dropping their aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman after his ex-girlfriend stopped cooperating with authorities. State Attorney Phil Archer said today that he wouldn't file a formal charge against Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was arrested earlier...

Bad Ideas Behind the Wheel: 5 Craziest Crimes of Week

Some bizarre traveling choices highlight this week's list of crazy crimes: HOV-Lane Stop Leads to Kidnapping Bust : If you're traveling in an SUV with two men you've allegedly kidnapped in the backseat, don't count them toward your HOV-lane total. After a 26-year-old New Jersey man was pulled over because an...

Suge Knight Accused of Fatal Hit-and-Run

Suge Knight is preparing to surrender to police in Los Angeles County after allegedly killing a man with his car, a lawyer for the Death Row records founder says. The lawyer tells ABC 7 Knight was behind the wheel in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, where he tried to get...

Former DC-Area Cabbie on Terror Most-Wanted List

Nobody knows a city as well as a taxi driver, which is why the FBI says it is very worried about the latest addition to its most-wanted terror list. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, is a Somali-born US citizen who was driving a cab in Washington, DC's northern Virginia suburbs until...

Shoplifting Suspect Caught Thanks to His Own 911 Call

In the annals of misguided 911 calls comes this entry from Buford, Ga., where a shoplifting suspect managed to summon the police officers who arrested him. It goes like this: Two security officers at the local Walmart followed Alfonso Aguilar into the parking lot because they say he had stolen...

'Good, Absurd' News for Woman Jailed Over Warning Shot

Initially sentenced to 20 years behind bars, Marissa Alexander is out after three. The Florida mother of three—who fired what she said was a warning shot at her estranged husband during a fight in 2010—was released Tuesday as part of a November plea deal. She pleaded guilty to...

'Gruesome' Suitcase of Body Parts Left on Busy SF Street

Police responding to a call about a suspicious package on a downtown San Francisco street yesterday found what a spokeswoman calls "an extremely gruesome crime scene." Next to a pile of garbage and debris, a rolling suitcase held dismembered human body parts, police say, per the San Francisco Chronicle. In...

'You're Not Eric Holder, Are You?'

President Obama's pick to be the next attorney general has wrapped up a daylong confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, and the AP writes that Loretta Lynch's day can be summed up in one question posed to her by Republican Sen. John Cornyn. “You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” Cornyn asked...

Girl Found in Cornfield 35 Years Ago Finally Identified

A headstone in an upstate New York cemetery currently reads, "Lest we forget the unidentified girl." After 35 years, that girl is finally getting a name: Tammy Jo Alexander. As the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, Alexander was a Florida teen who went missing between 1977 and 1979 and whose...

What Not to Ask a Cop: 'Hey, Let Me Use Your Gun'

When you're in need, it sometimes makes sense to go to the police. When you're in need of a gun to shoot people you're mad at, not so much. Police in Boynton Beach, Florida, say 38-year-old Deondrae Hall shouted to an officer entering the station, "Hey, let me use your...

3 Executions on Hold Until Supreme Court Hears Case

Three death-row inmates in Oklahoma now have a much better chance of living long enough to see whether their court challenge to lethal injection is successful. The Supreme Court today ordered Oklahoma to put the executions on hold until the court hears their case in late April, reports NBC News...

'One of Most Intelligent Fugitives Sought' Is Found

A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said today. The US Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton and...

Friendship Nine's 1961 Convictions Are Scrapped

In what CNN calls a "poetic twist," the nephew of the judge who convicted nine South Carolina black men who took a seat at a whites-only lunch counter in 1961 today tossed those trespassing and protesting convictions. Eight of the so-called Friendship Nine appeared in court today—the ninth died...

Stanford Swimmer Charged in Rape of Passed-Out Woman

A former freshman swimmer at Stanford University has been barred from the campus and is facing felony charges after allegedly raping a woman as she lay unconscious on campus. Early on Sunday, Jan. 18, two male cyclists saw the woman on the ground and a man on top of her;...

Man Charged With Murder of Craigslist Car Buyers

A tragic end for the Georgia couple who vanished after while trying to buy a car on Craigslist. Police say two bodies found in the woods outside McRae, near where the couple's 2003 GMC Envoy was discovered submerged in a lake, are indeed those of Bud Runion, 69, and his...

'Apocalyptic Beliefs' Behind Utah Family Murder-Suicide

Benjamin and Kristi Strack had spoken of escaping "impending doom," relatives told investigators after the Utah couple and their three children were found dead in September —but they thought they were talking about moving somewhere like Montana and living off the grid. Instead, the Stracks killed themselves and their three...

Ex-Vanderbilt Students Guilty on All Counts in Rape Trial

One stared stoically ahead today as the other mouthed "No." A jury had just found two former Vanderbilt football players guilty on all counts in a shocking rape trial that included video and images of the assault, the AP reports. Cory Batey, 21, and Brandon Vandenburg, 21, each face decades-long...

Thieves Grab Gold Nuggets From Wells Fargo

Talk about brazen: Masked thieves smashed a stolen SUV into the site of Wells Fargo's original bank in San Francisco early this morning and made off with historic gold ore and nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Wearing hoodies and ski masks, they broke into display cases at the Wells...

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