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Police Blotter of the Century: For suspect, gun is a .38-caliber pain in the …

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Authorities believe Michael Ward concealed this .38-caliber revolver by hiding it where the sun don't shine. (WITN-TV)

A man pulled who was pulled over for a traffic violation in North Carolina was found this week with a gun in his jail cell — a big gun that authorities believe he hid in his rectum.

Deputies said the man — who claimed he was disabled and couldn’t walk — was searched and strip-searched both at a hosital and at the Onslow County, N.C., jail before he was placed into a holding cell. Jailers even made him perform what they call a “squat and cough” procedure.

No gun.

Only later did the .38-caliber revolver — 10 inches long, with a 4½-inch barrel — turn up.

Ward was taken back to the hospital Friday for examination of “possible injuries that may have occurred” to his rectum.

Full story (M. Alex Johnson/msnbc.com with WITN-TV and WNCN-TV)

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January 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Memo to shoplifters: Don’t pick ‘Shop With a Cop’ night. (Police Blotter of the Day)

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A shoplifting suspect who picked Wednesday night to try and steal a DVD player didn’t realize it was also Shop With A Cop Night at the Gretna, NE. Walmart.

More than 24 Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department deputies were in the store at the time. …

“It really set the tone for the weekend coming up for us, for Christmas and what Christmas is supposed to be about,” said Sarpy County Lt. Kevin Griger.

Full story (WOWT-TV of Omaha, Neb.)

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December 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

Police Blotter of the Day: ‘Can I have my weed back?’

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Jeter asked for a preliminary hearing in Beaver County Court, and public defender Mitchell Shaheen tried Monday to convince Judge William Livingston that the marijuana could have belonged to any of four men in the car. He recounted Jeter’s comment to police that he intended to purchase the marijuana, but had not yet consummated the deal.

Shaheen, however, had no defense for Jeter’s question to officers as he was released from police custody in May.

“Mr. Jeter asked if he could have his weed back,” officer Bruce Clark testified Monday in court.

Full story (Beaver County, Pa., Times)

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December 13, 2011 at 9:32 am

Police Blotter of the Day: Give me all your money or my penguin will explode

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Andri Jeffers via Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Andri Jeffers (via Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

News release from the Yavapai County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office:

On November 23, 2011, at approximately 6:15 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported robbery at the Chevron Station in the 2700 block of Highway 69, Dewey-Humboldt. The Chevron employee stated that a female entered the mini-mart with her right hand concealed under her sweater, claiming she had a bomb, and demanding cash from the register. The clerk explained the store was closing and the register was empty. The suspect threatened to blow up the clerk if he did not comply. She then walked behind the counter, grabbed a bag, and demanded the clerk place cash in the bag. The clerk refused to cooperate and the suspect eventually fled the store.

The clerk was able to obtain a license plate number from the suspect’s dark colored Chrysler Pacifica vehicle as it fled north on Highway 69 toward Prescott Valley.

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November 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

Police Blotter of the Day: Man breaks into Sox GM’s home, defrosts lobster

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A Chicago man was arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams’ house. …

[Wayne L.] Field apparently made himself at home. Police found him wearing Williams’ clothes and the GM’s 2005 World Series ring. He also apparently defrosted a lobster. …

Williams confirmed the incident and said the man drank his beer, ate frozen pizza, surfed the internet and kicked his shoes off on the bed.

Full story (WMAQ-TV of Chicago)

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November 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

Police Blotter of the Day: Carlisle man charged again for smuggling ribs in his pants

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After going three months without getting in trouble, a Carlisle man was back in police custody Sunday afternoon after trying to steal a rack or ribs by sticking them in his pants.

Carlisle police said Donald Noone, 65, attempted to pull the same stunt on May 22 at the Giant on South Spring Garden Street.

Both times, Noone was found to be “highly intoxicated” when he tried to steal the meat, police said.

Full story (Carlisle, Pa., Sentinel)

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August 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: You have the right to remain … zzzzz

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While conducting the search officers heard a noise coming from on top of a large refrigeration unit. Officer located Israel Cortes age 35 of Ewing sleeping on top of the unit in the basement. Cortes had been hiding when he fell asleep. As he slept he began to snore which drew the officer’s attention.

Full police statement (South Brunswick Towbnship, N.J., Police Department)

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August 16, 2011 at 8:59 am