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Weird National Briefs (12/27/2017)

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Under where?

MERIDIAN, Idaho - Police in southwestern Idaho say they are searching for a male intruder who has allegedly left women’s underwear on the front porches of his victim’s houses.

Officials with the Meridian Police said Friday a family notified officers earlier this week that an unknown intruder had entered their home but ran away after a family member went downstairs once their dogs started barking.

The family told police that they’ve had women’s underwear left on their porch four separate times since November, including on the day of the break in. The family didn’t notify police until Monday because they thought it was a prank.

On Thursday, Meridian Police then responded to an attempted burglary where a woman told officers she had found a pair of women’s underwear on her door knob the day before.

Police are currently investigating and ask the public to report any similar incidents.

TME – Someone has fundamentally misunderstood the notion of panty raids.

Taking crap

MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis man put his dog’s excrement in an old iPhone box and placed the packaged box on his porch to teach the neighborhood thieves a lesson.

The package was stolen off his property within two days, so the man decided to replicate the prank. The packages of dog feces were stolen faster as the holidays approached.

The Star Tribune reports that the Minneapolis man first sought his foul revenge after neighborhood kids stole an envelope containing a $10 watchband from his front porch. He caught the theft on his home surveillance video camera.

As he continued to set up his surprise packages, he found that adults were inspecting neighborhoods in search of packages too.

He says he wasn’t trying to be a crusader, but that the pranks took on a life of their own.

TME – Who wouldn’t want an iPoo?

Weed whoopsie

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado man landed in jail after offering to trade illegal homegrown marijuana for an SUV listed on Craigslist - a vehicle that happened to be owned by a sheriff.

The Gazette reports that Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell recently received a text from a 39-year-old Vail man offering to buy his SUV.

The man sent photos of the product, and Mikesell says he showed the texts to detectives. A meet up was scheduled in Woodland Park in late November.

The man and a 41-year-old woman arrived for the swap and were arrested. Authorities say they found about 4 pounds of illegal marijuana in the duo’s car.

The man and woman were charged with possession with intent to sell.

Mikesell says he won’t relist the SUV on Craigslist.

TME – Know your audience, man.

Candy is dandy

READING, Pa. - Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman stabbed her roommate during a dispute over candy.

Police in Reading say charges against 54-year-old Tracy Mitchell include aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

According to a police affidavit, the victim claims Mitchell was holding a pocket knife in one hand and a picture frame in the other as they argued in their apartment early Monday morning. She says Mitchell tried to strike her with the picture frame as they both fell to the floor.

The woman says she tried to hold Mitchell on the ground, but Mitchell stabbed her once in the leg. Mitchell left the apartment shortly afterward.

The Reading Eagle reported Mitchell was taken to prison on $1,000 bail. It was unclear Tuesday if she had retained an attorney.

TME – Stabbing is serious, but it sounds like she may have been framed.

A true emergency

BYRAM, Miss. - A 5-year-old Mississippi boy called 911 to report that the Grinch was trying to steal Christmas.

The Clarion Ledger reports that it happened Saturday in the Jackson suburb of Byram. An officer went to TyLon Pittman’s home to assure him that the green creature wouldn’t take anyone’s gifts.

TyLon had been watching videos online when he became alarmed about the Grinch. He told his mom, Teresa Pittman, that he dialed 911, but she says she didn’t quite believe him until an officer knocked on the door.

The officer, Lauren Develle, says she grew up loving the character created by children’s author Dr. Seuss.

TyLon says has a plan in case the Grinch does appear: he says he will wrestle him and hold him until the police show up.

TME – Stick to Whoville, Grinch – TyLon is having none of your nonsense.

The air in there

BALTIMORE - There was so much drinking at a frat party in Maryland that police say even the air tested positive for alcohol. Montgomery County Police wrote in charging documents that an officer who tested the air in the Bethesda home with a breathalyzer got a reading of .01. Because of that, officers had to test dozens of mostly underage partygoers outside.

The Nov. 14 party was first reported by WJLA-TV.

Police were called to the house for reports of a loud party.

Police say six men who lived at the house, all 20, were each charged with more than 100 counts of providing alcohol to minors.

Court documents show residents said most of the partygoers were students at American University in Washington.

TME – Talk about creating a party atmosphere.

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