One Prison's 'Snickergate'

You could say that it wasn't like taking candy from a baby.

Four Cedar Rapids, Iowa, deputies were suspended by the sheriff for stealing an inmate's sweets, according to local KCRG News.

The prisoner had ordered the candy and then been released before receiving it. The suspended deputies ate the candy — but the Snickers hit the fan when the former inmate called up looking for it.

The $30 theft resulted in hearings involving the sheriff and an assistant Linn County attorney.

According to KCRG News, one of the sticky-fingered deputies, Ray Brecht, answered "No" to the attorney question: "At the time you ate this KitKat bar, did you perceive you were doing anything differently than what had gone on in years past?"

Another of the accused, deputy Brian Randall, told the hearing, "I said, sure, I'll take two. He tossed me two candy bars to me from the bag across the control center."

— Thanks to Out There reader Lisa B.

Would-Be Carjacker Beaned

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Police in Bluffton are looking for a suspect with coffee stains.

A carjacking attempt Wednesday morning was foiled with the help of a hot cup of coffee. Police said the suspect tapped on a car window with a gun.

The driver, who had just bought the coffee, slammed the car door into the carjacker's legs, threw the coffee at his neck and face and wrestled him to the ground.

Police said the driver managed to get the gun during the scramble. A shot was fired, but no one was hit.

Police said the suspect ran into nearby woods.

— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.

They'd Probably Rather Get a Parking Ticket

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — A 40-year-old man faces charges accusing him of placing photographs of his genitalia on the cars of women who parked at shopping centers.

The criminal complaint filed Thursday against Jeffrey J. Hein of Hartford said he told investigators he placed the photos on their cars because he thought they "would find it funny."

Hein was charged Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court with eight counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and five counts of disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

The complaint alleges Hein placed the photographs on cars seven different times, with the first occurring on Aug. 25 at a ShopKo store in West Bend and the most recent Tuesday at Hobby Lobby in West Bend.

Other episodes allegedly occurred at Paradise Golf, a Wal-Mart, a Kmart and a Sally Beauty Supply Store, all in West Bend, according to the complaint.

Assistant District Attorney Holly Bunch told Circuit Judge Annette Ziegler during a hearing Thursday at which bail was set at $3,000 that at least 14 additional charges would be filed Friday against Hein.

Other charges could also be filed in other counties, Bunch said.

The criminal complaint said Hein told investigators he was inspired by a pornographic Web site to photograph his private parts and then sell the pictures to the Web site.

But, when he was unable to do that, he "came up with the idea to play a joke on strangers" by putting the photographs in envelopes and attaching them to cars belonging to women, whom he picked at random whenever he went shopping, the complaint said.

Authorities said the vehicles belonged to women ranging in age from their teens to the mid-40s.

Investigators said Hein told them some of the women laughed when they looked at the photos.

If convicted on all counts filed Thursday, Hein could be imprisoned up to five years and nine months and fined up to $85,000. His next court appearance is scheduled Wednesday.

— Thanks to Out There reader Amber B.

Woman Finds Bullet in Pork Casserole

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Was the pig a victim of a drive-by shooting?

That's one theory to explain how a bullet wound up in Diane Johnson's pork loin casserole. She said there was no mistaking the projectile's distinct shape in the pork loin she bought at a Publix grocery store.

All meat is scanned with a metal detector before reaching Publix shelves, said Dwaine Stevens, spokesman for the company in Florida.

It's not clear how the scanners missed the bullet — or how the bullet got in the pork loin in the first place.

Stevens said someone may have fired into a herd of grazing livestock.

According to the Wisconsin Pork Association, professional slaughterhouses don't shoot animals, for employee safety and meat quality concerns.

Johnson, 74, said she was satisfied with a $10 dollar refund and another fresh pork loin from Publix.

She said she didn't plan to sue because no one got hurt.

Island Washes Up in Backyard

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A rare floating island in a pond here broke free during last weekend's storm and was beached in nearby backyard.

The 10,000 square-foot land mass had been floating in Island Pond, but last week's heavy rains shifted the island "over my fence, crushing it, and onto my property," said Andrew Renna.

"It remains impaled on the fence, roots out of the water," he said.

The island last tore free in 2001. It became lodged in a narrow cove and remained there for almost two years before it was towed back to its normal position.

The pond and the island are owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, which operates a neighboring high school. Diocese spokesman Mark Dupont said church officials are exploring their options, which include towing the island again.

"It worked the first time," he said.

Experts say there are only a few floating islands in North America.

Compiled by's Andrew Hard.

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