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Move Over Ozark, Fortnite Used for Money Laundering

Who would ever have guessed that a video game could be used to launder money? Perhaps someone that's watched enough of Netflix's wildly popular series, Ozark. Jason Bateman, playing the lead character, always comes up with crazy ways to launder criminally earned money -- strip clubs, mortuaries, and downtrodden resorts. But video games? Interesting!

Police Seek Sexual Assault Suspect After Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

The recent story involving an Apache woman in a vegetative state who unexpectedly gave birth is disturbing on so many levels. Thankfully, law enforcement and health care workers are committing to solving this violating mystery. But that task could lead down a long and winding road.

Woman Accused of Stalking Sent 159K Texts to Former Date

This may be enough to scare you off online dating. Jacqueline Ades met a man on Luxy, an online dating app that calls itself the "leading luxury millionaire dating app for wealthy, successful, beautiful and attractive men and women." After only one date, Ades repeatedly sent unsolicited texts. 159,000 of them, some of which were physically threatening, and often totally over 500 per day. 

Apparently in the days after the date, reportedly with the CEO of a Scottsdale-based skincare company, Ades was found parked outside of his home in July 2017. She was escorted off of his property by police, and that's when the texts began. But wait, there's more.

Phony Realtor Arrested for Scheme to Steal From Celebrities

Taking the "real" out of "realtor", Benjamin Eitan Ackerman allegedly posed as a high end Los Angeles real estate agent in order to plot robberies, and may have a multi-million dollar stash to show for it. According to police, Ackerman had a thing for showing up at open houses driving high-end luxury cars and wearing designer clothes, signing in as a realtor or potential buyer under an alias, and scoping the place. He would come back later, often times let in by the selling agent, and somehow disengage, or otherwise tamper with, the home's security system. He would allegedly rob the home of hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewelry, shoes, electronics, and oddly, a lot of fine wine.

Homeowner Tricked Into Giving Burglar a Car Ride

A homeowner unknowingly drove the getaway car for the man that burglarized his house. It was a pretty smooth trick played by the burglar -- until he ended up caught.

'Possible Burglar' Captured After 2-Day Stay in Restaurant Vent

There's a reason Santa uses chimneys instead of grease vents. But some people have to learn the hard way. And this suspect might learn that when he does hard time.

Man Gets 15 Years for Ramming Cars While Fleeing Zombies

Call it a case of mistaken identity. Shaun Michael Stroud, from Kiln, Mississippi, thought that zombies were chasing him and that the apocalypse was upon him. So he hijacked a front-end loader from a local recycling center and smashed into at least four cars in a Walmart parking lot. Two of those cars had people inside. Mr. Stroud's wild ride finally came to an end when he ran into a palm tree, and the front-end loader blew a tire. As it turns out, Stroud was on drugs. Shocker. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, grand larceny, and malicious mischief, and was sentenced to fifteen years in jail.

According to a letter from Monsignor Michael Meyers to parents of students at Saint James Catholic School in Torrance, California, two nuns at the school -- one of them a retiring principal -- embezzled school funds for a decade and used the money to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas. While the exact figure is still being tabulated, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Chang could have siphoned off at least half a million dollars during that span.

And yet it looks like church officials are choosing the path of forgiveness, rather than criminal prosecution.

Teacher Arrested for Cutting Student's Hair in Class

Oh say did you see ... that video of a teacher chopping a student's hair while belting out the Star Spangled Banner?

Fellow students posted videos to social media showing a student at University Preparatory High School in Visalia, California, sitting in a chair in the front of the classroom as the chemistry teacher, Margaret Gieszinger, chops off sections of his hair. Gieszinger then tries to grab the long ponytail of another female student. That student evades Gieszinger, and then all of the students flee the classroom.

The robots were supposed to save us from ourselves. Artificial intelligence, in the form of self-driving cars, were designed to cut down on the millions of human error-caused auto accidents every year. These polite and rule-following autonomous automobiles were also going to reduce the number of road rage incidents. Alas, that didn't happen.

Recent incident reports from San Francisco, the cradle of self-driving civilization, detailed two separate attacks on autonomous vehicles, meaning no one, not even driverless cars, are safe from road rage. But is that still a crime if we're attacking a robot?