As they say, truth is stranger than fiction. Here is your week in crazy news stories…
Teen Steals from Girl Scout
A South Florida teen has been placed on house arrest – accused of stealing from a Girl Scout. You read that right, a Girl Scout.
The 15-year-old recently went before a judge on grand theft charges but, prosecutors said they are looking into possibly reducing his charge to petty theft.
Surveillance video captured the teen walking up to a girl Scout Troop that was selling cookies outside a supermarket over the weekend and taking off with a cell phone belonging to one of the Girl Scouts.
You may have seen the original movie and maybe you haven’t but you’re amped to see the remake of RoboCop that’s already in theaters.
But we’re talking about a real-life version of RoboCop. A group of researchers and students at Florida International University in Miami is testing a prototype that they’re developing to make the way for disabled police and military personnel to be able to serve as patrol officers.
The “Telebot” stands six feet tall and weighs about 75 pounds and is controlled from a remote location; it would allow a disabled person to control the robot remotely, see everything the robot “sees” and interact with members of the public.
The project was started back in 2012 when U.S. Navy Reserves Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Robins donated $20,000 to the Discovery Lab to go towards developing the idea.
Former Student Returns to High School…and Starts Fight
An 18-year-old woman, and former student of Booker High was arrested and charged with battery and trespassing after she returned to her old high school and tackled a 15 year old female student in the cafeteria.
Apparently, the argument and subsequent fight began previously, with back-and-forth posts over Facebook.
Asia Odom, of Sarasota, was arrested Monday following the fight. Witnesses say she “walked swiftly” over to the victim and started arguing with her. When the other girl stood up, “Odom then moved into [the victim’s] personal space in an aggressive manner.”
Man Steals $342 in Cat Food
James Lawlor was caught stealing over $300 in cat food from a Walmart and told police that it wasn’t the first time he’s stolen large amounts of the pet chow. In part of his plan that he calls “hustling,” Lawlor said he sells the cat food for a profit to friends, one of whom has “over 300 cats.”
Man Calls 911 to Check on Tax Return
You guessed it, he was drunk.
James Mahoney called 911 while intoxicated and said he was “messed up.” When deputies arrived, he was still on the phone. When they asked why he had called 911, he said he wanted to check on his taz return.
The 51-year-old man was arrested and charged with making a false 911 call, which is a misdemeanor. James Mahoney, pleaded ‘no contest’ and was sentenced to two days in jail and released. Mahoney was also ordered to pay a $450 fine.
5 killed in wrong way crash in southwest Florida
More sad than crazy, a fiery crash on I-95 took the lives of 5 people. This story is crazy because it involves elements of University of South Florida college students – frat brothers – driving the wrong way on the interstate at high speeds before colliding head-on with another motorist, one of the five fatalities. Toxicology results are pending autopsy reports.
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