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Weird National Briefs (01/15/2020)

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Hairy hold-up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The FBI is asking the public's help in catching a so-called “bad wig bandit” who's been robbing banks in North Carolina.

The FBI said in a statement on Thursday that the suspect wore a different wig during each heist in the Charlotte area.

One wig was blonde. Another was black. The third was red.

The FBI said he robbed a BB&T in Huntersville on Dec. 13. He then robbed two banks on Jan. 7. The first was a New Horizon Bank in Belmont. The second was a Wells Fargo in Gastonia.

TME – The challenges on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are getting INTENSE.

Pantsless prowler

CLAYTON, N.C. - Police in North Carolina say they've arrested a man who they say had been walking through people's yards without any pants on.

WRAL reported Thursday that Carlos Antonio Soto, 18, was arrested in Johnston County, which is outside of Raleigh. He was charged with indecent exposure. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Police said social media helped them identify Soto. Clayton Police Chief Blair Myhand said the he appreciated the community's help “in bringing this disturbing case to close.”

Residents in one neighborhood began to complain about the sightings of the alleged prowler in early December.

Clayton police said the prowler was seen “walking directly across driveways near front doors.” In some security camera footage, police said the man “is clearly not wearing shorts and can be seen crouching down near a backyard grill.”

TME – Sometimes, you just want to throw caution (and your whatnot) to the wind.

Sign of the times

PINE KNOT, Ky. - Drivers traveling along a Kentucky highway didn't have to check their direct messages to receive the infamous sexting request: send nudes.

An electronic road sign that was hacked early Thursday morning asked drivers on Highway 92 in Pine Knot to “send nudes,” news outlets reported.

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said someone had hacked through the password-protected system. The sign belonged to a contractor doing construction work on the Ky. 92 realignment project through McCreary and Whitley counties, near the Tennessee border.

Driver Tevon Stephens told news outlets he noticed the “clearly hacked” sign while going to work.

“But seriously, we needed to bring awareness to it so the road departments would add cameras or add locks to the equipment to keep from distracting the drivers,” Stephens said.

It's unclear how long the message was on the screen. The contractor said none of their employees were involved in the prank.

TME – Once again, no nudes is good news.

Kernel chaos

CRYSTAL, Minn. - Bushels and bushels of corn spilled from a freight train and formed a smooth, yellow path for more than a third of a mile on railroad tracks in a northern Minneapolis suburb.

The spill happened in Crystal, Minnesota, on the Canadian Pacific line. The Star Tribune reports the corn stretched for about 2,000 feet (609.6 meters). Assuming the corn was about 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) deep the entire way, the Tribune estimates the spill would amount to about 900 bushels. That's about $3,400 worth of corn on Tuesday's prices at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Crews are working to clean up the spilled corn, Canadian Pacific Railway spokesman Andy Cummings told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

TME – Minny crashed corn? I don’t care.

This week in criminal masterminds

FLOWOOD, Miss. - Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it.

Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday and charged with offenses including uttering counterfeit instrument over $1,000.

The state lottery commission called Flowood police about the fake ticket earlier that morning, Sgt. Adam Nelson said. Officers were told the suspects presented an altered $100,000 ticket that appeared to have the winning numbers glued onto it.

The men, both of Columbus, were set to appear in court Tuesday. It's unclear if they have lawyers.

TME – They’re in a lotto trouble.

Chains of love

LANCASTER, Ky. - Authorities in Kentucky say they've arrested a man who wanted to go to jail to support his jailed girlfriend.

Raymond Pace, 47, was charged with offenses including possession of methamphetamine, heroin and drug paraphernalia, news outlets report.

Pace called authorities Saturday to report a stolen laptop, according to a statement by Garrard County police. Officer Steven Debord arrived to find an intoxicated Pace requesting to be jailed for several months to support his girlfriend, who Pace said was serving five months in jail, according to the statement. Pace explained that he needed to be jailed with her so she would not be stressed, police said.

Pace shoved the officer in an attempt to be arrested, but the officer demurred until Pace pulled out a bundle of drug paraphernalia, police said.

It's unclear if Pace has a lawyer or if he has been able to see his girlfriend. The woman's identity was not immediately made public.

TME – It’s like hillbilly Shakespeare.

Taco theft

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Taco Bell wasn't open on Christmas Day but a burglar in Georgia decided he wanted a festive feast anyway - and to take a nap while he was at it.

Police have asked for the public's help in identifying the man who broke into the restaurant, prepared food and fell asleep early Christmas morning.

At around 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 25, a man approached a Taco Bell in unincorporated Lawrenceville and entered through the drive-thru window. Surveillance video showed him using the fryers to make himself a meal. After eating, he proceeded to take a nap on the restaurant floor. Prior to leaving about three hours later, the suspect stole a laptop and tablet, investigators said.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing black sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt, and black sneakers. Anyone with information in this case, was urged to contact police at 770-513-5300.

TME – Easily the best experience anyone has ever had at Taco Bell.

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:30

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