More than 4,000 Swedes have willingly had microchips implanted in their hands to replace credit cards and cash. The chips also help people monitor their health. They can be programmed to allow access into buildings. Jowan Osterlund, a former body piercer who pioneered the chips, says the technology is safe. But British scientist Ben Libberton, who is based in Sweden, said he worries that people aren’t considering the potential dangers, including the unwitting dissemination of data about a person. “Do I get a letter from my insurance company saying premiums are going up before I know I’m ill?” he wondered.
Drug Mule Crashes Into Cop Car
Police in Sydney, Australia, had an unexpected drug bust when a man slammed a van loaded with 600 pounds of methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a suburban police station. The patrol car was unoccupied at the time of the collision. The van sped away from the scene, but police caught up with the driver an hour later and charged him with drug supply and negligent driving. The drugs had an estimated street value of about $140 million.
It’s Raining Meth
Rapper, sports agent and self-proclaimed “Mr. Alabama” Kelvin James Dark of Talladega, Ala., was arrested in Atlanta, Ga., after allegedly throwing several kilograms of methamphetamine off a high-rise balcony onto a street below. In a press release titled “It’s Raining Meth,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said its agents were searching the property as part of a smuggling investigation when the drugs went overboard. Agents were able to recover the drugs, valued at an estimated $250,000. They also found two semi-automatic rifles, a handgun, marijuana valued at $60,000 and a “substantial” amount of cash. Dark and Tiffany Peterson of Atlanta were arrested for trafficking meth and marijuana, among other charges.
Tapes Your Crimes; Post The Videos
A man in southern Spain has a long history of mocking recycling efforts. He was recently fined 45,000 euros ($50,000) and ordered to retrieve a refrigerator he tossed down a hillside. Spain’s Guardia Civil identified the man from a Twitter video he posted of the refrigerator incident with the truck he used, and its license plate, clearly visible. He could also be seen in a different video throwing a washing machine into the ravine in the same area. The truck was registered to a house-clearing company in Almeria, from which the man was promptly fired. In a tit for tat, officers later posted video of the man struggling to bring the refrigerator back up the hill.
Grandma’s Become A Real Homebody
Police in Seguin, Texas, arrested Delissa Navonne Crayton, 47, in her home after finding her mother’s skeletal remains lying on the floor in one of the home’s bedrooms. Investigators believe that Jacqueline Louise Crayton died in 2016 a few days after falling in her room and hitting her head. She would have been 71 at the time of the fall. Officials believe her daughter did not “provide adequate assistance,” resulting in the woman’s death. The younger Crayton and her daughter, who at the time was under 15, lived in other rooms of the house for three years while the body deteriorated. Crayton was charged with “injury to a child under 15 through recklessly, by omission, causing a serious mental deficiency, impairment or injury.” Seguin police and Texas Rangers expect other charges to be filed.
I’m Not Your Mama
Alice Coleman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hopped out of bed to check on a fire alarm that was blaring outside her apartment. When she opened her door, Fitzroy Morton confronted her, brandishing a big butcher knife. Morton told her, “No, mama. Everything gon’ be all right.” Coleman set him straight: “Everything’s not going to be all right. I’m not your mama. I don’t know who you are. Get out of my house.” Then she bit him. “And I didn’t even have my teeth in my mouth like now,” she explained. Coleman ran out of the apartment, which Morton locked himself into, and called police from a neighbor’s apartment. Morton was charged with three felonies. Coleman is vowing to be more cautious: “I’ll open my door with my Taser because I have one.”
It’s Too Darn Hot
— It’s been a hot summer in Europe. Among those suffering was a 66-year-old military veteran in the small southeastern French town of Les Arcs-sur-Argens, who had been complaining for several weeks to his landlady, Maryse Malin, 71, about the lack of air conditioning in his villa. That may have been why, he said, he shot the “sweet, kind and caring lady” three times, killing her. Malin had agreed to install air conditioning but told the tenant it couldn’t be done until October.
— Two men in Antwerp, Belgium, accidentally got locked in a shipping container full of cocaine. That day, temperatures reached a record high of 104 degrees, stifling the 24- and 25-year-old, who had entered the container “to remove drugs,” according to prosecutors. As the mercury rose, they desperately called a police emergency number. When police finally found them two hours later, they gratefully gave themselves up. Port workers were videoed pouring water over the pair to try to lower their body temperatures.
When You Suddenly Decide To End Terrorism
A Delta Airlines flight from Puerto Rico to New York was forced to return to San Juan after Carlos Ramirez “became unruly,” passengers reported. “I am God!” Ramirez shouted, according to Puerto Rican police. “San Juan is going to disappear tomorrow. I came to save the world, and I am going to end terrorism.” Flight attendants and passengers restrained the man until the plane could land. Then Puerto Rico police took him into custody. The cockpit remained secure during the fracas.
— In southwest London, as a man sunbathed in his backyard, he was startled by the body of another man that apparently fell from an airplane, landing just three feet away in his garden. Police believe the body was that of a stowaway on a Kenya Airways flight, who fell out as the plane lowered its wheels on the approach to Heathrow Airport, some 10 miles away. The resident “didn’t even realize what it was to begin with. He was asleep and then there was a huge impact,” a neighbor said. A Kenya Airways spokesperson said the 4,250-mile flight from Nairobi takes about nine hours, and upon arrival at Heathrow, workers found a bag, water and food in the plane’s landing gear compartment.
The Gimp Got Loose Again
Women — and men — in Claverham, Somerset, England, are watching their backs as they walk at night, thanks to a man wearing a rubbery “gimp suit” who has been approaching and chasing people. A woman said she was “walking along with my torch and looked up to see someone charging at me in a full black rubbery suit.” She pushed and screamed at the man, who turned and ran in the other direction. Avon and Somerset police have increased patrols in the area in order to identify the man responsible.
The Drug Rug
If you’re trying to smuggle a half-kilo of cocaine through airport security, you might want to try harder than a middle-aged man from Colombia, who was detained at Barcelona-El Prat airport in Spain. The man arrived at the airport on a flight from Bogota and seemed nervous. He was wearing a comically “oversized toupee” under his hat, Reuters reported. Spanish police searched him and found a bundle of cocaine, worth $34,000, taped to his head.