Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Court Order: May 15, 2008

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Court Order: May 15, 2008

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If you need proof that some people are just too stupid to breathe, read on.

It was probably one of the easiest cases to solve that Bensalem, Pa., police have ever encountered.

It starts with our subject, Andre Smith, mugging for the camera for a group of women at a bachelorette party in a local taproom.

The party revelers were taking photos, so Smith got into the act by jumping in front of the camera, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

His presence may have been less than welcome, because Smith was later ejected from the bar for allegedly harassing customers.

Two women from the party went to a nearby convenience store where, they claimed, Smith stole their handbags.

They gave police a copy of the photo that included Smith, who was located later by a detective at an apartment complex.

Smith was charged with robbery and theft.

Tasty, but they pack a sting

Call it assault by chocolate.

A Des Moines, Iowa, college student has been charged with assaulting an officer with a strange weapon: M&Ms.

Drake University security personnel were questioning a man about a hit-and-run accident at a convenience store when they noticed M&Ms raining down around one officer. As he turned, a police report states, the officer saw one of the candies hit his shoulder.

Sean McGuire, who the report quotes as claiming he threw the M&Ms because he was "sticking up for his friend," was jailed and later released on a $1,000 bond.

Yelling is less ouchy, too

A Salt Lake City police officer having difficulty catching up to a 32-year-old suspect had what turned out to be a brilliant idea, yelling "Taser, Taser, Taser!" at the fleeing man.

According to police, the suspect threw himself to the ground and surrendered, with not a single electrified dart released.

Police had been watching a house when they noticed the man coming out of another dwelling. …

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