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Published July 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Curses, Foiled Again

Police accused Jeremiah Scales of selling synthetic marijuana from his girlfriend's house in Bloomington, Ind., after a nearby sign announcing "Drugs This Way" alerted them. "Our detectives did some surveillance, as well as some buys," police Sgt. Pam Gladish said, noting that comings and goings at all hours stood out in the otherwise quiet neighborhood. (Indianapolis's WTHR-TV)

Waste More, Tax More

The federal government spent more than $3 million to buy eight patrol boats for the Afghan police that were never delivered, according to the U.S Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, because U.S. and NATO forces decided they didn't need them. Four years later, the boats, which cost taxpayers $325,000 more each than similar boats sold in the United States, remain in storage at a Virginia naval base. (Washington Post)

Poop Scoop

Dennis Kneier resigned as mayor of San Marino, Calif., after surveillance video caught him tossing a bag of dog feces on the walkway of neighbor Philip Lao, a vocal critic of some of the mayor's proposals. In his letter of resignation, Kneier attributed his action to "a lapse of judgment." (Los Angeles's KCBS-TV)

Police arrested a Seattle woman who tossed cat feces, frozen chicken parts and a green liquid she identified as "a natural drink" from her fifth-floor apartment at participants and spectators for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The "hail of garbage" hit at least two people, said investigators, who reported that the unidentified woman told them "she had worked a long shift and was angry that the runners had woken her from her slumber." (Seattle Police Department)

Mensa Rejects of the Week

Four men driving outside Sulphur, La., found an 11-foot-long alligator blocking the road. They removed their shirts, threw them on the gator's head and approached from behind, intending to jump on it. Suddenly, according to Glen Bonin, "it spun around and grabbed my hand." Bonin needed 80 stitches but kept his arm. "I've always been the kind of guy who learns the hard way," he admitted, adding that he hopes "with therapy, I'll be able to straighten out my ring finger and pinky a little bit." Officials of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stressed that anyone coming in contact with an alligator should call the LDWF, not try to handle it themselves. (Lake Charles's KPLC-TV)

An unidentified man had to be hospitalized for road rash and fractures after he fell from a pickup truck onto an Interstate highway in Shreveport, La. He told police he was riding on top of a mattress and a box spring to hold them down because they weren't secured, but they suddenly flew out, taking him with them. Police pointed out that it's physically impossible for a human being to hold down a mattress if it goes airborne. (Shreveport's KSLA-TV)

Rescuers needed a stretcher to carry a tourist who hurt his ankle while climbing one of Scotland's highest mountains in his flip-flops. One of the injured man's companions was barefoot; the other was wearing sneakers. After the three men explained they wanted to reach the top of Aonach Mor to experience snow for the first time, John Stevenson, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue team, said, "We told them next time they come back to Scotland to stand on snow, they should wear something more appropriate." (BBC News)

Undercover Stories

German customs officials caught a man they described as "elderly" arriving from Luxembourg with four wads of cash, totaling 194,400 euros ($264,773), taped to his genitals. Travelers carrying more than 10,000 euros across borders within the European Union are required to declare the money. (Germany's Local)

Police arrested Nichole Reed, 30, after she was observed stuffing seven lobster tails down her pants at a supermarket in Deland, Fla., and leaving without paying. Reed told the arresting officer she was going to trade the lobster tails to a friend and possibly buy food at a Chinese buffet. (Orlando Sentinel)

Success Breeds Failure

City buses in Saint John, New Brunswick, stopped offering free wireless internet service to riders after it became so popular that the cost tripled. "There started to be a pattern of abuse develop, especially in the last six to eight months, where we had a lot of people streaming and downloading very extensive files, and the usage got very high," Frank McCarey, general manager of the Saint John Transit Commission, said, explaining that Wi-Fi costs jumped from $1,000 to $3,000 a month. "You like to offer things, just as long as they're not too expensive." (CBC News)

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Roland Sweet

Roland Sweet was the author of a syndicated column called "News Quirks," which appeared weekly in Seven Days.


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