Weird Criminal Law Stories # 525: Zoom Zoom…

NEBRASKA: ZOOM, ZOOM! Call in air support. Nebraska State Highway Patrol Troopers in Omaha, after clocking a 28-year-old motorcyclist going 146 mph, radioed a nearby State patrol airplane, whose pilot helped troopers on the ground to stop and arrest the daredevil, police report.


NEVADA: Do not grow your pot in the windows. Lawrence Arellianes was arrested after Las Vega police spotted marijuana plants on display in his window, officials said. Arellianes did not have a medical-marijuana card, which could have made the plants legal to possess. Police seized 15 pounds of marijuana, a shotgun, a revolver, and two scales.


NEW MEXICO: Nothing like cinema verité! A TV news crew was shooting footage for a story about a spike in crime – and became the victims of crime themselves. The local station KOB was filming in downtown Albuquerque when a thief sped off with the crew’s SUV, according to a police report. Police found the vehicle abandoned 30 minutes later – and the station featured its own theft in the segment.


OHIO: Runny egg ire…. Police in South Euclid arrested a 20-year-old man in a Steak and Shake restaurant after he allegedly threatened to kill employees because the egg on his sandwich was runny. Yes, he was arrested for aggravated menacing.


OREGON: Moron Mom? A woman used her car to tow her three children in a red wagon. Alana Donahue, 27, believed it would be a fun time to take her children, ages, 2, 4 and 8, for a slow spin in wagon on a busy rod in the city of Springfield one Wednesday in July. When she was arrested by police, she allegedly claimed she “didn’t understand what the problem was.”


PENNSYLVANIA: Crime did not pay well for him. Recently, police in Lancaster County, arrested Joseph Bishop, a 25-year-old from Mechanicville, NY, for allegedly breaking onto more than a dozen cars in one night. Among the items he allegedly tool: $29.94 in loose change, dog treats, three packs of Tic Tacs, two key rings without keys and a pack of plastic cups.


WISCONSIN:  He certainly made himself at home. We learn that police in the town of Appleton, charged a man with breaking into a house, drinking whisky he found there, eating a muffin and then falling asleep naked in a bed. Police suspect that the accused burglar, Bradley Braxton, 40, an Oshkosh resident was high on crystal meth.


WISCONSIN:  The headline read: “Diaper crooks pinned in prison.” Two men accused of stealing 100,000 diapers from a charity have been sentenced to jail time.  Jason Havel was sentenced to nine months in jail in July for stealing the diapers from Fox Cities Diaper Bank in the town of Fox Crossing, a town 100 miles northwest of Milwaukee. His codefendant, John Forbes, was given the same sentence in June. The two men must pay a total of about $30,000 in restitution. The thefts had occurred at a warehouse in January and February. Authorities said the men hoped to make money off the stolen goods.


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