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June 2015 Archives

Let's drink some beers and fire some guns. Doesn't that sounds like a great idea?

Soon, Florida gun enthusiasts may be able to drink alcohol and shoot guns all in one place!

Butt Grabbers Abound in Florida

Be careful ladies. There's a serial butt grabber out there.

The Florida International University (FIU) Police Department are on the hunt for a butt grabber who has attacked multiple women since June of last year.

Police are unsure if this is the work of one man or several men.

What's a nudist resort without a pool, and what's a pool without water?

Glyn Stout and his wife Lori Kay Stout, owners of a California nudist resort, have been arrested for stealing water from a nearby creek to supplement their water supply during the state's long standing drought. If convicted, each defendant could face up to three years in prison.

Can Your Yard Be Too Gay?

In a simmering battle in a Baltimore suburb, we may find out just how gay a yard can be.

Julie Baker received an anonymous letter warning that her yard was "becoming Relentlessly Gay." So she did what any normal American in 2015 would do: she started an online fundraising campaign and raised $26,000 to make her yard even more gay and more relentless.

Normally when a DUI suspect arrives at the local police station, it's cuffed in the back of a cruiser. Not so for Christopher L. Stewart, who showed up in the Hopkinsville Police Department parking lot behind the wheel of his own truck, albeit after entering through the exit side and nearly clipping a cop car.

Was this a contrite criminal, turning himself in? Or did a wrong turn land him right in law enforcement's lap?

It's not racism because I'm a minority too. It's not sexist because I'm a woman too. It's not a hate crime because I'm gay too?

On Cinco de Mayo, two gay men were beaten during a brawl. The victims claim it was a hate crime. The defendant claims he's gay too, so it's not a hate crime. Is being gay a defense to a gay hate crime?

What do you do when the police arrest you? Get your mom to sue!

Actress Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart, a rising star in feminist theater and star of Slut: The Play, was 17-years-old when she was arrested last August for disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol by a minor and a forged instrument (identification).

Now, she's claiming that police violated her constitutional rights, planted false evidence in her purse, and wrongfully arrested her.

Is it Illegal to Own a Fox?

Most people are dog or cat people, but some people want something a little more exotic, like a oh, we don't know, a monkey, or a parrot, or hey, how about a fox?

Is it legal to own a fox as a pet?

People have tried almost every trick in the book to get out of jury duty.

But, dressing up as a prisoner to get dismissed from jury duty is definitely a novel idea. James Lowe, of Barnet, Vermont, was summoned for jury duty on Tuesday. Unlike most people, he showed up wearing a prisoner costume! He had on a black and white striped jumpsuit and matching beanie.

We don't know if he did so hoping to get out of jury duty, but, apparently, it worked.

Unless its Halloween, it's probably not a good idea to dress up as a police officer.

A Glendale, California man was arrested recently for allegedly impersonating a Los Angeles Police Department Officer. Witnesses called Ventura police after they saw four suspicious men standing around a police car. When officers arrived, they found Oliver James dressed in full LAPD uniform with a badge, name plate, a patrol duty belt, and gun. The police car James was standing next to turned out to be sold by the LAPD three years ago and is currently unregistered.

James told police that he was an LAPD officer, but investigation into the claim showed that James was never an LAPD officer or an officer anywhere else. James was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and carrying a firearm.

Every year, school officials request that family members hold their cheers and applause until after all graduating students' names have been called. Every year, nobody listens.

This year, one school Superintendent got serious. He pressed criminal charges against one student's family members for cheering.

That was not a typo.

"I'm going to cut your hair, give you an atomic wedgie, and steal your lunch money! Haha. JK. Smiley face. Smiley face." Did the "JK" and smiley faces make the comment less of a threat?

California judges don't think so. A threat is a threat regardless of smiling emojis.

All those protestors against Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act can put this news in their pipe and smoke it: the IRS has granted tax exempt status to the First Church of Cannabis.

The church had already been recognized as a religious corporation by the state of Indiana and plans its first services for July 1, the day the state's RFRA goes into effect. So will the new law protect toking up in a state that currently bans all marijuana possession and use?

What's the best way to protest the police? Civil defecation!

In Shelby Township, Michigan, Daisy was arrested and thrown into the backseat of a police car. She was so angry that she decided to get a little revenge. By pooping all over the back seat!

Did we mention that Daisy is a pig?

Be careful who you let into your home.

Have you ever been wary of a stranger asking to use your cell phone? What's to stop them from running off with it? If that worries you, you should be extra careful when someone asks to use your bathroom.