Massachusetts men misjudge strength of ramp meant to lift car

By Ben Hooper

Jan. 12 (UPI) — A group of Massachusetts men were filmed attempting to load a disabled car onto a truck — and failing spectacularly.

A video filmed earlier this month in Wakefield shows the men pushing the disabled car down a declining road toward a ramp made of scaffolding bars.

The intention was to get the car onto the back of a truck, but the car instead crashes right through the weak bars and into the back of the truck.

“I saw my cousin, my partner, and a friend trying to make a ramp from scaffolding bars to get a car onto the pickup. I knew it wasn’t going to work. The ending result was priceless,” the uploader wrote.

Pair sought for stealing credit card at Pa. Walmart, scurrying away on scooters

By John Luciew

Police in Wayne County, Pa., are seeking information about two people who allegedly stole a woman’s credit card at Walmart, then scurried away on scooters.

Pa. state police have released store surveillance images of the pair, who are pictured on the electric scooters at Walmart.

WNEP-TV reports the two allegedly took a woman’s credit cards and some cash after she lost her purse in the Honesdale Walmart on January 4.

Several purchases were then made using the credit card, including at another Walmart where the surveillance images were captured.

An image of the pair’s car, Subaru station wagon, also was captured when the used the credit card at the Honesdale Sunoco in Wayne County, police told WNEP.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Honesdale at 570-253-7126.

Police arrest intoxicated, sleeping driver blocking Holland Tunnel traffic

Joe Torres has more after a drunk driver was arrested for falling asleep at the wheel, blocking traffic to the Holland Tunnel.

Port Authority Police arrested an intoxicated driver who was sleeping in his car and blocking Holland Tunnel traffic.

The officer was exiting the tunnel when he encountered a traffic jam at Manila and 14th Street. After investigating, the officer saw the man asleep at the wheel of a 2003 Ford Explorer. The keys were in the ignition, the motor was running and the car was in gear.

The driver had the smell of alcohol on his breath, and there was an open bottle of wine on the floor on the passenger’s side of the car.

The suspect failed a field sobriety test. He was arrested, and his car was impounded.

Robbers try residents for lift to escape their crime

Robbers knocked on the door of a Hamilton woman’s home asking for a ride to escape their crime.

But the move didn’t get them far. Police officers responded and nabbed two thirds of the trio on Saturday night.

Around 6pm they entered the Massey Foodmarket, otherwise known as Dee Jay dairy, in Frankton armed with a hammer, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Simon Cherry said.

They stole cash and cigarettes and in the process struck the store worker in the head with the weapon, he said.

The trio fled the store and about five minutes down the road, knocked on someone’s door.

Cherry said the culprits were trying to wrangle a lift to another part of Hamilton.

“They were still wearing their masks. We managed to stop them and arrested two of the three.”

One of the offenders was still outstanding, and police were making inquiries to locate them, he said.

Anyone who has information can call Hamilton police on 07 858 6200. Information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Alleged burglar detained after falling asleep at crime scene


Police in central Germany have arrested a man who allegedly broke into a house, ransacked the property and then fell asleep on the sofa. Officers have said drugs were likely the cause of the mid-theft drowsiness.

A family from Erfurt in central Germany got a nasty shock on Sunday when they returned home to find a would-be burglar asleep on their couch.

Local police said the alleged offender forced his way into the house overnight and collected the valuables he was apparently intending to steal.

But instead of making a speedy getaway with the booty, he curled up on the sofa in the yoga room and took a nap.

A statement from police said the 40-year-old suspect was spending Sunday night in custody “in order to prevent health-endangering sleep deprivation.”

They alleged he was under the influence when he fell asleep mid-burglary.

CHP nabs carpool lane cheater with Chucky doll in passenger seat, takes jab at new Raiders coach


By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE

California Highway Patrol officers nabbed a lone driver in a Contra Costa County carpool lane Thursday. Sitting in the passenger seat was a Chucky doll, the antagonist of the cult horror film series “Child’s Play.”

Either the driver was incredibly desperate or was hoping to thoroughly spook the CHP so as not to get issued a ticket.

That plan failed on all accounts, according to a tweet by the agency.

“We know JON GRUDEN is back, and we love it too,” the statement said, “but this will definitely not work as your carpool passenger! But hilarious! A for effort,… and here’s your carpool ticket.”

Wanted Man Applies For Job With Police, Gets Arrested During Interview


by Nick Kangadis

Here’s a question: if you were a suspect accused of stealing from a bank, where is the last place you would go? If you chose police station, you’re absolutely correct!

Sorry, I don’t have any prizes for you.

In the latest installment of World’s Dumbest Criminals, a 32-year-old Phoenix man was arrested last week on suspicion theft while he worked at a Bank of America.

According to KPHO 5 – Phoenix:

In October of 2016, Bank of America told the Cottonwood Police Department that they suspected their employee, 32-year-old Alberto Saavedra Lopez, had stolen $5,000 from the bank over a three-month period. Lopez then quit his job at the bank, moved to Phoenix and refused to answer any calls or questions pertaining to the theft allegations, police said.

Here’s where Lopez’s case of stupid comes in.

After avoiding police for about a year, Lopez decided it would be a good idea to apply for a dispatcher job with the Cottonwood Police Department.

Don’t adjust your computer screen. You read that correctly. A man who was wanted in connection to a theft investigation thought it was a great idea to apply to work at a police department.

Of course, much like any law enforcement job, the Cottonwood Police did a background check on Lopez. Sure enough, the warrant for Lopez came up in their system, so authorities decided to make their job super easy by scheduling an interview with him. Little did Lopez know that the cops only set up the interview to make the arrest.

The USA Today reported that Cottonwood Police said that Lopez was “out of the running for employment with the police department.”

I’ve heard of people turning themselves into authorities. Sometimes, the guilt is just too much. But to apply for a job in the very business that’s already looking for you on criminal charges? That level of stupidity is — priceless.

Burglar who injured genitals during shop break in sues shopkeeper


by Alexandra Richards

A shopkeeper in Ireland is allegedly being sued by a burglar who injured himself while breaking into his shop.

The shop in Kingscourt, Cavan, was broken into by three men in November 2015 who used a sledgehammer to gain entry.

As the men attempted to get away, they were arrested by armed Gardaí arriving at the scene.

The men were given suspended sentences for their roles in the burglary.

It has since been discovered that one of the the men sustained injuries in his haste to get away.

The shopkeeper called Kevin told broadcaster Joe Duffy that the burglar ran into a shelf as he was trying to leave and injured his genitals.

Speaking to RTÉ’s liveline, Kevin said: “It was probably dark in the store and I think he injured himself on a shelf or a unit… He had a cut to his scrotum,

“Reading the medical report on it, he didn’t get a stitch to it. He had one of those [steri] strips and was brought back to the Garda Station.” He said.

Kevin explained how after the incident he received a letter.

“I got a letter from his solicitor asking me to take all responsibility for the accident,” Kevin said.

“My solicitor advised me to wait and see. We didn’t do anything. His solicitor then, obviously lodged it with PIAB (Personal Injuries Assessment Board) and we then got the letter from PIAB. If we wanted to take part it would cost us €600,” he continued.

The shopkeeper said that he has had to replace the door at the back of his shop and that the burglars destroyed CCTV evidence of the incident.

3-year-old girl, 1-year-old brother left alone in dirty home with unsecured gun, 3 dogs


VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A Volusia County woman is accused of leaving her two young children home alone with a shotgun and ammunition within arm’s reach.

Yajaira Tirado, 26, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of child neglect without great harm

Deputies said a 3-year-old girl in the Oak Hill home, even though she couldn’t speak clearly to the dispatcher, was able to call 911 for help.

In the eight-minute 911 call, dogs can be heard in the background as the dispatcher kept the girl on the phone until deputies arrived.

When a deputy arrived at the home, the child was still on the phone with the dispatcher.

The deputy said a 1-year-old boy was in a playpen and both children were in soiled diapers.

A dog was running loose in the home and two others were caged in the kitchen, according to a report.

The deputy noted the home was unkempt with dog feces on the floor and barely any food in the kitchen.

Read: Child, 55 dogs found living in filth in Ocala home

The deputy was told by the trailer park manager that Tirado watches the children and sometimes goes to a nearby store in a golf cart.

A neighbor said Tirado had left in the golf cart about 7:30 a.m.

When she was found about two hours later, she told the deputy she had gone to get groceries from a friend and knew the children were home alone but it was only for about five minutes, the report said.

She then told the deputy she asked a neighbor to watch the children and had checked on them at 8:50 a.m.

The deputy told her he had been to the home and that’s when Tirado said she wasn’t being truthful, according to the report.

The report said that Tirado told the deputy she knew there was an unsecured firearm in the trailer but she thought the weapon was broken.

The children were placed with a family member while the Department of Children and Families investigates.

Tirado was released from jail after posting $5,000 bail.

Ohio teacher accused of telling black student he might be lynched


By Cliff Pinckard,

MASON, Ohio — The mother of a young black student is upset after a white teacher told him he might be lynched if he did not focus on classwork, reports say.

According to WLWT Channel 5, Tanish Agee-Bell says the teacher at Mason Middle School, Renee Thole, admitted that she told her 13-year-old son, Mason, “If you don’t get back on task, your friends are going to form an angry mob and lynch you.”

Agee-Bell tells WXIX Channel 19 that she thought her son made a mistake and must have misunderstood what Thole said.

“I was just taken aback because I said, ‘What you said is actually worse than what he said you said,'” Agee-Bell tells WXIX. “He had told her, ‘That’s racist.'”

Agee-Bell says her son might have been distracted or talking too much, but she say’s Thole’s comments crossed a line. Nathan has been removed from the teacher’s class.

A Mason School District spokesperson confirmed to that the exchange between Thole and Mason occurred in December.

“As educators, sometimes we mess up. And clearly that happened here,” Mason Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson said. The district credited Mason for challenging Thole’s reference to lynching.

Thole did apologize to her class, which is mostly white students, and said her intentions were not harmful, reports.

The district has not said if Thole will be disciplined but has said she will receive training, WLWT reports.

Agee-Bell tells she is not happy with the district’s response.

“I believe Mason is a community that is OK with the way it is,” Agee-Bell said.

“I want the district to take ownership of this and to work to make the environment better for all students,” Agee-Bell tells WXIX. “They said they want to have a safe nurturing environment for all students. My son doesn’t feel safe and that’s not OK.”

Mason is located just northeast of Cincinnati.