SENIORÂ SMUGGLER: A 66-year-old passenger who arrived at Barcelona airport in a wheelchair and with a leg cast made entirely of cocaine was arrested on Friday as he tried to get through customs.
The man, flying from Santiago, Chile, also had cocaine stashed in six cans of beer and two folding stools in his luggage, the Interior Ministry said. Police confiscated nearly five kilogramsÂ of the drug in total.
Police believe the man, or his accomplices, may have broken the leg on purpose so as not to arouse the suspicions of customs officials. Spain is the primary entry point for cocaine into Europe and is the largest consumer of the drug in the European Union. â€” Reuters.
DOPE CAKE: Butte County Superior Court Judge Robert Glusman issued the probation order Wednesday after 32-year-old Madeline McChesney of Chico pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour child endangerment charge. The case had previously resulted in a hung jury.
The single mother claimed the brownie (chocolate cake) belonged to her roommates, who had baked the batch for medical purposes. She said she didnâ€™t realise the brownie contained pot.
Staff members at the girlâ€™s school said she reported feeling sick and was taken to a hospital, where traces of marijuana were detected in her system. â€”Sfgate.
ALLIGATOR ARSON: A four-foot-long alligator is accused of starting a fire at an abandoned school in western Pennsylvania.
North Beaver Township officials say the owner of the former elementary school that burned near New Castle, about 65 kilometres northwest of Pittsburgh, was living with a menagerie of animals in the building. That included an alligator, about 70 rabbits and unspecified â€œaquatic animalsâ€.
The owner believes the alligator knocked over a portable heater onto some papers, starting the blaze Thursday afternoon, Fire Chief Paul Henry said. â€” Msnbc.
SLOSHED: Horns started honking as a sport-utility vehicle sat through six green lights at a south-central Pennsylvania intersection, police said.
Officers arrived to investigate the SUV that seemed to be parked in the intersection, and found the driver asleep at the wheel, with his foot on the brake and a beer in the console.
Officers yelled to wake the man, then had to quickly halt the vehicle when his foot came off the brake and it drifted into the intersection last Saturday night in Carroll Township, about 20 kilometres west of Harrisburg.
The 41-year-old was charged with driving under the influence. â€“â€“ Msnbc.
SHOE-KEEPER: A former bookkeeper embezzled US$9,9 million, forcing her company to make layoffs as she bought 400 pairs of shoes that she kept in a room-sized closet decorated with a crystal chandelier and a plasma television, authorities claim.
Annette Yeomans (51) surrendered at the Vista jail on Friday and was booked for investigation of grand theft and embezzlement. She was being held last Saturday at the San Diego County jail in lieu of US$10 million bail.
She spent at least US$240 000 on 400 pairs of shoes, US$300 000 on designer clothing and 160 purses valued at US$2 000 each, investigators allege. She also remodelled a bedroom into a closet with the chandelier and a 32-inch TV, they said. â€” Sfgate.
NABBED :Â An escaped prisoner has been arrested in the US after guards caught him trying to sneak back into the jail. Harry Jackson (25) was spotted trying to slip back into the prison with 14 packs of cigarettes allegedly stolen from a nearby shop, authorities said. â€” Ananova.