Cocaine falls from man's hat in court
Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge.
The Vail Daily reported Wednesday that 43-year-old Juan Jose Vidrio Bibriesca was standing next to two other defendants at an Eagle County District Court podium when he took his hat off and a square of folded paper fell out. A police officer watched the paper filled with cocaine fall to the floor, and after reviewing surveillance footage, authorities determined it fell from Bibriesca's hat.
Bibriesca was then walked to the county jail. He was charged with narcotics possession and another bond violation.
Booking documents don't indicate if he has hired an attorney.
Man's gas ends police interrogation
A police interrogation of a Kansas City man charged with drug and gun offences ended prematurely when an investigator was driven from the room by the suspect's excessive flatulence.
A detective reported that when asked for his address, 24-year-old Sean Sykes Jr. "leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering."
The Kansas City Star reports that Sykes "continued to be flatulent", and the detective was forced to quickly end the interview.
Sykes, who appeared in court last Monday, was charged with being a felon in possession of three firearms and possession with intent to sell cocaine. The charges stem from police traffic stops this month and in September in Kansas City, Missouri.
The federal public defender's office hasn't responded to an Associated Press email seeking comment Friday.
Big African cat gets loose
Police captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of a Pennsylvania city.
Reports about the spotted feline started coming in on November 3 in Reading, about 60 miles (97 kilometres) northwest of Philadelphia. When officers tracked it down, they initially thought they'd found a cheetah.
The Animal Rescue League of Berks County says they got a call from the city's police department about the big cat on Saturday.
When staff responded, they found a cat called an African serval. The cats are illegal to own in Pennsylvania without a licence, and the state's game commission says no one in Berks County has such a licence.
The animal was declawed and very friendly, leading animal workers to presume it had been a pet, raised in a home since it was a kitten.
The animal could be worth between US$20,000 and US$30,000 on the black market, said Tom Hubric, the animal rescue league's interim executive director.
Robber gives victims doughnuts
A suspect robbing a Houston doughnuts shop handed out doughnuts to customers whose cell phones he stole.
The Star-Telegram reports that the robbery happened at 3 p.m. on October 16 at a Shipley's Do-Nuts. Police released surveillance video this week that shows three men wearing hoodies and bandannas robbing the store.
While two of the men were behind the counter demanding the cash from the registers, the third took the cell phones of the two customers in the store. He then jumped over the counter, exchanged words with the customers and picked out two crullers, which he handed to them in waxed paper.
The suspects then left the store. Police are searching for them