IllinoisTimes - News Quirks http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-115-1-news-quirks.html Fri, 30 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Non-surprise of the week http://illinoistimes.com/article-15032-non-surprise-of-the-week.html Non-surprise of the week
 Curses, foiled again• Police said Eric Frey, 29, handed a pizza shop employee in Uniontown, Pa., a note written on toilet paper. “I have a gun,” it read. “Give me $300.” The worker hit...]]>
Flights of fancy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14989-flights-of-fancy.html Flights of fancy
Curses, foiled againPolice charged Kahlif Aleem Buggs, 32, with fraudulent use of debit cards after Tamara Thomas noticed a family “shopping like it was Christmas” at a Family Dollar store in DeKa...]]>
Slightest provocation http://illinoistimes.com/article-14971-slightest-provocation.html Slightest provocation
Curses, foiled again• Fugitive Jacob Moore, 25, tried to divert police attention from his home where officers were preparing to execute a warrant by calling in a bomb threat to an elementary school ...]]>
Can we all get along? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14930-can-we-all-get-along.html Can we all get along?
Curses, foiled againAfter police linked Ralik Hansen, 28, to a smash-and-grab robbery at a jewelry store in New York City, he eluded them for seven months until a FedEx delivery driver knocked on the ...]]>
Second thoughts about being first http://illinoistimes.com/article-14905-second-thoughts-about-being-first.html Second thoughts about being first
Curses, foiled againWhen Damontay Wright, 19, drove himself unaccompanied to a road test facility in Jonesboro, Ark., for his driver’s license, a police officer approached to ticket him for driving ...]]>
Caught stupid http://illinoistimes.com/article-14904-caught-stupid.html Caught stupid
Compiler’s note: Chronicling human folly gets harder every year because as foibles proliferate, the odd seems commonplace. These unbelievable-but-true news stories, however, stand out as the year’...]]>
Name games http://illinoistimes.com/article-14848-name-games.html Name games
Curses, foiled again• Police investigating a theft at a coin laundry in Great Falls, Mont., captured suspect Curtis Dear, 28, after following his footprints in the snow to a nearby residence. They f...]]>
Monumental boondoggle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14808-monumental-boondoggle.html Monumental boondoggle
Curses, foiled againOntario resident Kai Xu was charged with smuggling after border agents at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel discovered more than 50 turtles strapped to his body and hidden between his leg...]]>
Chairman mayo http://illinoistimes.com/article-14777-chairman-mayo.html Chairman mayo
 Curses, foiled again• After an employee confronted two burglars inside a business in Mulga, Ala., he chased them to a pontoon boat on a trailer hooked up to a pickup truck they had parked down...]]>
Not your father’s KKK http://illinoistimes.com/article-14748-not-your-father%25E2%2580%2599s-kkk.html Not your father’s KKK
Curses, foiled againAfter John Franklin Forbis, 72, was convicted of possessing 850 pounds of marijuana in Columbia County, N.Y. in 1992, he jumped bail and eluded police for 22 years. Authorities fin...]]>
Risky art http://illinoistimes.com/article-14729-risky-art.html Risky art
Curses, foiled again• Alan Knight, 47, denied robbing his neighbor in Swansea, Wales, and avoided prosecution by pretending to be “quadriplegic and in a comatose condition, bed-bound at home” af...]]>
Pot policy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14685-pot-policy.html Pot policy
Curses, foiled againFive beachgoers who were robbed at gunpoint in Dania Beach, Fla., identified Jonathan Warrenfeltz, 24, as one of two suspects by the word “Misunderstood” clearly tattooed on hi...]]>
Ebolamania http://illinoistimes.com/article-14667-ebolamania.html Ebolamania
Curses, foiled again• After police seeking Monica Hargrove, 34, for aggravated robbery in Columbus, Ohio, posted her photo on the department’s Facebook page, the suspect called and demanded the ph...]]>
Missing the point http://illinoistimes.com/article-14653-missing-the-point.html Missing the point
Curses, foiled again• Leslie Paul Ash, 39, broke into a recycling center in Somerset, England, and stole several scrap items. He remembered to wear a mask at the scene, but he put it on outside, dir...]]>
Crisis of the week http://illinoistimes.com/article-14617-crisis-of-the-week.html Crisis of the week
Curses, foiled again • Police got a good look at a burglary suspect who made off with $3,700 in Coral Gables, Fla., even though the man tried to hide his identity by repositioning surveillance camer...]]>
Future friend http://illinoistimes.com/article-14578-future-friend.html Future friend
Curses, foiled againSecurity guards at a Seattle department store had no trouble spotting a shoplifter. She was carrying 23 purses and handbags. When confronted, the woman dropped the items and ran. P...]]>
Euphemistically speaking http://illinoistimes.com/article-14560-euphemistically-speaking.html Euphemistically speaking
Curses, foiled again• British police released surveillance video of a hooded man who entered a Manchester store armed with a machete and demanded cash. As the robber emptied the register, his pants ...]]>
Music hath charms http://illinoistimes.com/article-14544-music-hath-charms.html Music hath charms
Curses, foiled againPolice accused Ryan Mullins, 22, of breaking into a pharmacy in Swansboro, N.C., and stealing a safe containing prescription drugs. He made his getaway by tying a rope around the 1...]]>
Indoctrination nation http://illinoistimes.com/article-14502-indoctrination-nation.html Indoctrination nation
Curses, foiled again• Bradley Hardison, 24, managed to elude authorities for nearly nine months before they nabbed him after a local paper published his photo for winning a doughnut-eating contest a...]]>
Unclear on the concept http://illinoistimes.com/article-14460-unclear-on-the-concept.html Unclear on the concept
Curses, foiled againShantoria Valentine, 23, robbed a bank in Omaha, Neb., but while fleeing, she collapsed after only a few blocks, according to police. One witness noticed the suspect would “shuff...]]>
Tax dollars at work http://illinoistimes.com/article-14438-tax-dollars-at-work.html Tax dollars at work
Curses, foiled again• Police charged Arthur Avery, 30, with setting fire to an apartment building in South Daytona, Fla., after they located the arson suspect at a hospital where he was being treate...]]>
We’re all homos, not all sapiens http://illinoistimes.com/article-14410-we%25E2%2580%2599re-all-homos-not-all-sapiens.html We’re all homos, not all sapiens
Curses, foiled againA man who won $13,000 in Las Vegas told police, brothers Christopher Robert Bendotti, 30, and Joseph Charles Bendotti, 27, lured him to a motel in Phoenix, Ariz., and tried to rob ...]]>
Life lessons http://illinoistimes.com/article-14384-life-lessons.html Life lessons
Curses, foiled again• Police charged Danielle Saxton, 27, with shoplifting from a boutique in West Frankfort, Ill., after investigators saw pictures of her wearing the stolen clothing and jewelry th...]]>
Getting to be a habit http://illinoistimes.com/article-14350-getting-to-be-a-habit.html Getting to be a habit
Curses, foiled againPolice in Bloomsburg, Pa., arrested Jacob Close, 25, for jumping bail after he took part in the local newspaper’s “Your Opinion” feature and allowed his photo to be published...]]>
Board games http://illinoistimes.com/article-14306-board-games.html Board games
Curses, foiled again• An armed woman entered a store in Oklahoma City and started beating clerk Lein Nguyen, 70, with her gun, demanding money. Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said Nguyen responded by ...]]>
Dummy prize http://illinoistimes.com/article-14275-dummy-prize.html Dummy prize
Curses, foiled againPolice investigating a burglary in Lakewood, Wash., found a plaque on the front lawn of the home naming Alfred J. Shropshire III, 49, as a local car dealer’s “Salesperson of th...]]>
Speed kills meaning http://illinoistimes.com/article-14259-speed-kills-meaning.html Speed kills meaning
 Curses, foiled again• After a camera was found secretly recording in the women’s locker room at a fitness gym in Seekonk, Mass., police examined the video and named a club member as their su...]]>
Snooze, you lose http://illinoistimes.com/article-14214-snooze-you-lose.html Snooze, you lose
Curses, foiled againAfter a 17-year-old baby sitter reported a home invasion and robbery, police in Ferndale, Wash., wound up arresting the sitter, her 16-year-old boyfriend and another male suspect b...]]>
College of electoral knowledge http://illinoistimes.com/article-14194-college-of-electoral-knowledge.html College of electoral knowledge
Curses, foiled again• Three Seattle teenagers tried to steal a woman’s car at gunpoint but failed because none of them could operate a manual transmission. “I got a five-speed in there,” victi...]]>
Waste more, tax more http://illinoistimes.com/article-14167-waste-more-tax-more.html Waste more, tax more
Curses, foiled againPolice accused Jeremiah Scales of selling synthetic marijuana from his girlfriend’s house in Bloomington, Ind., after a nearby sign announcing “Drugs This Way” alerted them. ...]]>