Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- This has got to hurt. Police say a streaker got caught up in some barbed wire. Authorities in Boise, Idaho, charge 23-year-old Grant Gardner was running naked through a park. Officers say they first spotted him early the other morning when he ran past their squad car. Officers say Gardner at first stopped when ordered, then ran way. According to police, he got entangled in barbed wire that topped a fence. He now faces a number of charges, including battery on an officer and public nudity.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Call them the gadget cops. The NYPD is sending undercover officers into the subways, armed with iPhones and other high-priced, high-tech gizmos. The officers are decoys, after thieves who are snatching gadgets like iPhones and Kindles. Officials report thefts in the New York subways are up by nearly a-quarter compared to last year. But police officials note people are carrying more electronic devices these days. Detectives are also going after the fences who sell stolen electronics.


VANDALIA, Ohio (AP) -- The guy made himself at home. But police say the trouble is -- it wasn't his home. Authorities charge Terry Trent entered a stranger's house in Vandalia, Ohio. According to police, Trent lighted some candles and was watching TV. Officers say he also hung a Christmas wreath on a back garage door. He was found by an 11-year-old, returning home from a pee-wee football game. Trent's been charged with burglary.


MILLBRAE, Calif. (AP) -- The designer purse and shoes didn't get very far. Authorities in the San Jose, California, area say a woman stole them from her neighbor, then tried to sell them back. The $1,400 purse and a pricey pair of shoes went missing after a FedEx delivery. The victim trolled Craigslist looking for her upscale items. Then the victim contacted police after arranging to meet the seller. Police tell the San Mateo County Times that Elizabeth Kidd was busted in a sting. She claims the stolen goods had been given to her.


BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is for tree lovers, too. The state has long used the slogan Virginia is for Lovers to promote tourism. Now, tree lovers can pre-order a specialty license plate. The Virginia Loves Trees plate features a city skyline enhanced by trees. Sales of the license tags will benefit the Virginia Tech urban forestry program and the group Trees Virginia. The Department of Motor Vehicles requires 450 orders before the plate actually goes into production.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Is stopping still driving? A California state appeals court says it is. There's a state law banning the use of handheld cellphones while driving. Carl Nelson received a $103 ticket for using his cellphone while stopped at a red light. He appealed, saying he wasn't "driving" at the time. The appeals court disagrees and says using a phone while stopped at a light is still a violation. Nelson's lawyer says they'll appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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