Where do you Pawn Bees?

What kind of weirdo would steal black bees? Yes I am talking about those flying, buzzing, stinging things.

Several thousand bees that were part a multi-million pound neuroscience research project have been stolen from a British university.

Police in the Scottish region of Tayside were appealing for information on Tuesday after four bee hives containing several thousand British black bees were stolen from a medical school in the city of Dundee.

“This theft will undoubtedly hamper our research,” said Dr Chris Connolly, the lead researcher on the Dundee project, who reported the bees missing on Sunday.

In a statement he described the bees as “very unique” and said they should be easy to identify if they are sold on.

The hives are a part of a 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project at the Centre for Neurosciences at the Dundee University’s medical school which is investigating the potential effect of pesticides on bee learning and health.

Police said there were keen to trace a white van and two men that were seen in the area at around 0900 GMT on May 8.

Another Drunk 911 Call

Here is another idiot!  It may be an emergency for some, but don’t dial 911.

A Bridgeport, Connecticut man learned the hard way after ringing the emergency line three times Sunday, and asking paramedics who responded to his home if they could buy him beer.

Police charged Raymond Roberge, 65, with misuse of the emergency system.

The Connecticut Post reported the man has called 911 with false alarms about 80 times.  This guy should be hospitalized.

Scary Warlock Rapist

This story made me shiver, this guy is creepy and sick!

A U.K. court heard Thursday that a gravedigger tricked girls into having sex with him by claiming he was a warlock who could grant them special powers.

Jurors heard that William Lambert, 74, lured girls to his church shed and raped one of them on a gravestone, British newspaper the Mirror reported.

The church shed was decorated in a mystical theme, and Lambert would light incense and hang a red sheet above the girls’ waists so they couldn’t see what he was doing, court heard.

“These young, vulnerable, impressionable girls were looking for attention and they were spellbound by his extraordinary claims about a spiritual world,” the Mirror reported prosecutor Gillian Etherton said. “He persuaded them he could give them special powers by way of sexual intercourse.”

Lambert faces four charges of rape and three of sexual assault in connection with the alleged rape and sexual assault of four girls between the ages of 11 and 15 in the 1980s.

Coin Rebuilding Scheme Cracked

Here is  a creative way of committing fraud!

An airline stewardess struggling to lift her bag at a German airport led to the discovery of a 6-million euro ($8.4 million) coin fraud.

The customs officer who stopped the stewardess in early 2010 found thousands of one and two euro coins in her bag, Bild newspaper reported in its Thursday edition.

The incident sparked an investigation that has uncovered a forgery ring stretching to China and potentially implicating employees of German airline Lufthansa, the paper said.

The Frankfurt prosecutors’ office said on Thursday it carried out dawn raids on offices and residences and arrested six people, four of whom are from China.

It suspects them of having smuggled coins that had been taken out of circulation or bits of those coins into Germany from China, where they had been sent as scrap metal.

The suspects then put the coins back together and exchanged them for a total of 6 million euros at the Bundesbank from 2007 to 2010, the prosecutors said.

Airline cabin crew do not have a weight limit on their baggage, prosecutors highlighted in a statement.

There was no suspicion of any wrongdoing on the part of Bundesbank employees, the prosecutors’ office added.

The Bundesbank said in a statement it was aware of the investigation into the use of scrapped coins. It also said that no Bundesbank employees were subject to the investigation.

A Lufthansa spokesman on Thursday said it was aware that individual employees were under investigation, but said the group could not comment on the investigation.

Old euro coins are taken out of circulation by removing the inner part of the coin from an outer ring and thus effectively turning them into scrap metal.

The investigators recovered around 3 tonnes of coin pieces as well as a machine for putting them back together, prosecutors said in the statement.

The Bundesbank is the only institute in Europe that exchanges damaged euro coins for free, replacing them with new ones of the same value.  People will think of anything to make an easy buck!

Coke Smuggled into USA in Dirty Diapers

This next story is more than a bit gross!  Apparently an East Boston woman attempted to smuggle in over 12 lbs. of cocaine in a bag full of dirty diapers.  Her excuse is that she had no idea what was in the bag and was being used as a mule.  She told authorities that a woman approached her at the airport in Mexico and paid her $300 USD to bring back a piece of luggage with gifts in it.  She was told a relative at the Boston airport by the name of Juan would approach her and pick up the luggage.

The 12 lbs. of coke were discovered when other passengers apparently complained of a foul smell emanating from this piece of carry-on luggage.  According to a police report, the luggage was opened by the accused, using a key and inside they found a plastic bag with 20 soiled diapers and 12 one pound bags of pure cocaine wrapped inside.

My guess is she will spend a lot of years in jail with her unbelievable story.

Dumb Move by Cop in India

This story is pretty stupid so I will just show a few sentences.

A policeman in India was recovering in hospital after he shot himself in a misguided attempt to win a bravery award, media reports said.

He claimed the men sped away in a car after the supposed attack on Sunday night.

Police said all the empty cartridges found at the scene belonged to Rajguru’s gun and that they had also found narcotic drugs in his living quarters.

Wow this guy is pretty dumb!

Another Law Suit – Beheading Trauma

This one I can almost agree with, I can’t imagine watching someone lose their head! Two passengers who were on a Greyhound bus when Vince Li killed Winnipegger Tim McLean Jr. have filed a civil lawsuit against the bus company, the RCMP, the federal government and Li himself.

The passengers, Debra Tucker and Kayli Shaw, filed statements of claim in Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday.

Both passengers are seeking general damages in the amount of $1 million, “nervous shock damages” of $1 million and $1 million in special damages.

Li, a schizophrenic, has been housed at the Selkirk Mental Health facility since March 2009 after being found not criminally responsible for the brutal killing and beheading of McLean aboard a Greyhound bus west of Portage la Prairie, Man., in July 2008.

The plaintiffs, who are both Ontario residents, fault RCMP for failing to remove Li from the bus for over five hours, a period during which he mutilated McLean’s body and displayed his “acts of deprivation” to passengers waiting outside the bus.

The claimants are targeting Greyhound Canada for what they say was the company’s failure to provide safe passage by ensuring adequate security and emergency response training and for failing to appropriately budget for passenger screening devices.

Li is named in the suit for committing the acts that led to the alleged psychological trauma and for failing to seek or continue with psychological treatment or counseling.

The federal government is named in the suit for failing in its duty to regulate safety on a form of ground transportation.

Both passengers say they have not been able to participate in their regular employment, recreational and social activities since the incident. They say they’ve been permanently disabled by the trauma and will continue to suffer loss of income in the future.

Statements of defense have not been filed. The allegations have not been proven in court.

A Really Dumb Thief

But are the cops smart enough to actually catch him? Forgetting his resume behind in a stolen car might put a thief’s job hunt in park should it lead police to his whereabouts.

Jason Lapointe says his online sleuthing, using clues left behind in his stolen 2005 Dodge Neon including the possible suspect’s resume, likely offers a lead to a thief.

The 36-year-old woke up Monday to an early-morning phone call from cops saying his car was stolen from outside his northwest home.

They said thieves attracted police attention after someone reported a car stuck in a back alley near the Chinook Centre shopping mall.

Lapointe said he was told the suspects bolted when police showed up.

But in taking off, the thief or thieves left behind some items in his car including a toque, Ozzy Osborne CD, hoodie, T-shirt, stick of Old Spice deodorant and resume.

Convinced the items belonging to what he dubbed “Canada’s dumbest criminal,” he gave them to police.

“I thought this guy is extremely stupid,” he said. “I think (police) have all the information they need … you’re busted.”

But despite giving cops what he deems to be viable evidence found in his impounded car – including a photo believed to be of the individual in the resume found on the Internet – Lapointe said he is disappointed they seemed slow to act.

“I was told ‘Thank you, very much they would be given to the investigating officers when they returned to duty on Saturday,'” he said.

Police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said there was an unfortunate misunderstanding and although the information will ultimately be given to investigating officers, the investigation is not stalled until then.

“In the meantime, we’ve got (other) investigators looking into possible leads,” Brookwell said.

“It’s not like it’s sitting in a room somewhere waiting – we are currently following up on a possible suspect based on articles found in the vehicle turned over to police by the owner.”

He is not aware of any arrests made in the case.

So far, Lapointe is out nearly $1,000 due to the theft – the car’s steering column was destroyed, he was forced to take a day off work, pay for a car rental and told the $106 paid for his wheels to be impounded will only be reimbursed if a culprit is caught and found guilty of the crime. He is also missing iPod accessories and a $200 pair of sunglasses.

As for the resume and its job-garnering potential, Lapointe isn’t optimistic the author who “is just fresh out of high school,” has much experience although, “I think he worked on cars.”

He hasn’t received a reply to messages he e-mailed to the author of the resume. Maybe he is setting up some ex-friend of his, that is why it is taking so long for the cops to catch this person?

Condom Robbery in Malaysia

Malaysian police say they are investigating the disappearance of more than 700,000 ultrathin condoms which went missing in transit between Malaysia and Japan.

Sagami Rubber Industries, Japan’s first condom maker, said last week that the shipment was loaded into a container at its factory in northern Malaysia, but that it was empty with the locks replaced when it arrived in Tokyo.

“We take the matter of the missing condoms very seriously… we are investigating the matter,” a Malaysian police spokesman told AFP.

Sato Koji, manager of the Sagami rubber factory in Malaysia’s Perak state, said they had lodged a police report over the loss of the shipment.

“We are unhappy over the incident. This is the first time such a thing has happened since our Malaysian production started in 1997,” he told AFP.

Officials at Sagami’s head office have said that the prophylactics, which it bills as being 14 percent thinner than conventional ones, are worth 1.5 million dollars at Japanese retail prices.

Freight forwarders say goods being shipped out of Malaysia go missing routinely and that many cases are inside jobs.

“There are locks, seals and checklists provided by freight forwarders and shipping lines for every part of the journey from factory to destination so it is very easy to find out where and when they were tampered with or changed,” said Air Freight Forwarders Association of Malaysia head Walter Cullas.  Let’s hope we don’t see a big rise in the birth rate because of lack of condom availability!

No More Fantasy Role-Playing While in the Dungeon

Nerds behind prison bars take a big hit.  No more fantasy lives for them when a U.S. court of appeal has upheld a ruling that bans Dungeons and Dragons, a popular role-playing game, from a Wisconsin prison.

Kevin Singer, an inmate in a Wisconsin’s Waupun Correctional Institution, had been a fan of the fantasy game since childhood.

Since he was incarcerated in 2002, he had amassed a significant collection of books and paraphernalia centred around the game. But in 2004, an anonymous note alerted prison officials to the sub-culture that can form between avid players.

“The letter expressed concern that Singer and three other inmates were forming a D&D gang and were trying to recruit others to join by passing around their D&D publications and touting the ‘rush’ they got from playing the game,” the ruling reads.

Shortly thereafter, prison officials raided his cell and confiscated everything related to the game they could find, including 21 books, 14 magazines and a 96-page handwritten manuscript that Singer produced himself.

All inmates were henceforth “prohibited … from engaging in all types of fantasy games.” When Singer protested by filing a complaint through the prison complaint system, it was dismissed.

But Singer persisted, filing a civil rights complaint in federal court, alleging his rights to free speech and due process had been violated.

While Singer produced evidence from D&D experts as well as several inmates arguing that no gang activity was taking place, nor had D&D ever led to gang activity in the past, prison officials countered with arguments that co-operative games can mimic the organizational structure of gangs, and prison security is paramount.

“The question is not whether D&D has led to gang behaviour in the past; the prison official concede that it has not,” the judge wrote. “The question is whether the prison officials are rational in their belief that, if left unchecked, D&D could lead to gang behaviour among inmates and undermine prison security in the future.”

As such, the ban was upheld in a Jan. 25 ruling. Other games — including Risk, Stratego, Chess and Checkers — remain on the prison’s allowed list of games.

Singer is serving a life sentence for stabbing his sister’s boyfriend. Being in prison sucks and now for these guys I guess it will suck a bit more.  They will have to spend their time bulking up in the gym.