Why officer, are you here for business ... or pleasure?
A sheriff's office in Virginia is in the hot seat after allegations that undercover detectives have been having sex when they bust massage parlors for prostitution, according to local NBC12 News.
Sheriff Howard Smith of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office said the detectives are only doing what has to be done in order to put a case together and nail down a conviction — adding that there's nothing new or illegal about it.
However, County Supervisor Henry Connors Jr. said it's time to put a stop to on-the-clock tickle time.
"The bottom line is, while we want to shut down places of ill repute, I don't think we want to promote ill moral behavior among our law enforcement officials," he said.
Many analysts have expressed shock at the sheriff's defense of the "necessary" kneading.
"I can't believe the sheriff is still defending this policy, I promise you, he won't be defending it much longer," NBC12 legal analyst Steven Benjamin said.
Stressing that only unwed detectives take part, Smith said police have successfully shut down several "special" massage parlors using the "undercover" rubdowns.
"If I thought we could get the conviction without that, we wouldn't allow it," Smith told The Washington Post. "If you want to make them, this has to be done."
County detectives let women at the Moon Spa provide them with their illegal sexy services four times last month, once leaving a juicy $350 tip, according to court documents.
Several departments across the U.S. have tried out the undercover rubdown method, several police officials and legal observers told NBC12 — adding that none still permit sexual contact with suspects during an open prostitution probe.
— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon P.
Wow, She Sure Can Jam on Those Toes!
Betty Bell loves to whistle when she performs — but sometimes she gets cold feet.
Bell wows crowds by whistling with her toes in her mouth, according to The Associated Press.
The toe jammin' began when Bell was trying to learn how to whistle when she was 14, she said.
"And I said I wonder if can whistle with them because I wasn't having any luck with my fingers and so I tried it and it worked!" Bell told the AP.
Bell, who has scooped up $1,000 in a mall contest, is set to compete against five people for a chance to appear on David Letterman's "Late Show" in the stupid human tricks segment.
— Click in the video box above or click here to see a video on some serious toe jam!
Putting the 'Ow' in Elbow
GOLDEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man was shot and injured when his hunting partner mistook his elbow for a squirrel, authorities said.
State Police said George Arthur Sikkenga, 64, of Muskegon, was wounded Sunday morning in Oceana County's Golden Township, in the west-central Lower Peninsula.
Troopers said Sikkenga and Gregory Scott Wood, 44, of Muskegon, split up while hunting.
Sikkenga was wearing camouflage clothing except for an orange hat, which he had covered with a hood after sitting down behind a tree, The Muskegon Chronicle reported.
His clothed elbow was all that was visible when Wood approached from behind the tree and fired his weapon, which the Ludington Daily News described as a .17-caliber rifle.
Sikkenga was treated and released at a nearby hospital. Police were investigating the shooting.
— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.
C'mon Officer, I Know You Got the Good Stuff
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota State University student is facing charges after allegedly trying to buy marijuana at the police station.
Saturday's incident was "about the craziest thing I've ever come across," Officer Ken Zeeb said. "This is something that you couldn't even make up."
The 20-year-old woman called the police station about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, asking where she could buy marijuana, authorities said. The dispatcher, after repeatedly telling the woman it was illegal to sell and possess marijuana, then told her that police had some of the drug in the station's evidence locker.
Zeeb had arrived for his 4 a.m. shift about 15 minutes early and was in the evidence locker room when the woman arrived.
"The dispatcher got on the intercom and said, 'You know what? She's here. She just handed me $3 for marijuana,'" Zeeb said.
The woman was arrested on charges of criminal attempt and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"She didn't seem like she was really under the influence of drugs or alcohol," Zeeb said. "She understood what was going on and articulated herself well."
— Thanks to Out There readers Susan A. and Gary S.
He Just Couldn't Wait to Start His 'Trip'
ATLANTA (AP) — A passenger on a Delta jet was injured Tuesday when he opened the catering door after his plane landed and jumped to the tarmac below.
The man, whose identity was not released, leaped out of a door on the right side of the Boeing 767 jet at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to Transportation Security Administration spokesman Christopher White. The man fell about 20 feet to the ground.
He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was in fair condition, White said. He said he did not know what kind of injuries the man sustained.
Flight 1047, which had just arrived from Orlando, was at a gate on the E Concourse and was not moving when the passenger jumped at around 8:30 a.m., White said.
The man's behavior had come to the attention of the flight attendants, who had to calm him down while the plane was still in the air.
"He was agitated during the flight, but complied with the flight attendants," White said.
— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.
Bet I Can Disappear
BASIN, Wyo. (AP) — A man staged his own disappearance in the Bighorn Mountains after losing $40,000 on a Super Bowl bet, authorities said.
Marvin Hackworth, 46, of Gillette, was reported missing Feb. 6, the day after the Super Bowl, according to the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office.
Search and rescue teams spent two days looking for him in the Bighorn Mountains, where he had told his wife he was headed to "clear his head" after losing the money, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Hackworth's pickup and a trailer were found. One of two snowmobiles was missing from the trailer.
The search was suspended because of a lack of clues about Hackworth's whereabouts.
Police said they received a call Friday from a woman identifying herself as Hackworth's daughter, who said she received a message from her father saying he was OK. They traced the call to Chadron, Neb., which is about 200 miles southeast of Gillette, where they found Hackworth.
Hackworth apparently had stashed a new truck in the mountains before the Super Bowl in order to "disappear for a while" in case he lost the bet, police said.
Big Horn County Sheriff Dave Mattis said he has not decided whether he will seek restitution for the expense of the search and rescue operation.
— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.
Love Takes Time
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — Willard Mason and Ilah Ost are giving new meaning to the phrase: "Love is patient." More than 60 years ago, the couple were engaged to be married, but life's circumstances got in the way.
Now, after they each married others, raised families and their spouses died, the two are together again.
"Ilah was my first girlfriend," Mason told The Daily Telegram. "I first met her when I was a sophomore at Blissfield High School."
The two began dating and got engaged.
But in 1941, Mason moved to Ypsilanti to work at the Willow Run bomber plant. There, he met a woman named Helvi, and broke his engagement to Ost. He married Helvi in 1942.
Ost later married her husband, Marvin, and had three children before he died in 1974.
Mason's wife died in 2003, and by chance, he ran into Ost's brother in Blissfield in 2004, and he encouraged Mason to call Ost.
The two started dating, with Mason driving from his home near Houghton Lake to Adrian, where Ost lived.
On one of his trips to Adrian, Mason blacked out and struck a tree with his car. Tests showed he needed a new pacemaker, Mason said.
He then moved to near Adrian and invited Ost to move in with him.
"We get along perfectly," Mason said. "We've never had an argument. She's a great cook, and she takes care of me."
Mason and Ost spend much of their time with friends and family, and Mason marvels at how the two have gotten back together after so many years.
"You don't know how our lives might have turned out if we'd gotten married in 1941," Mason said. "But now, she has a wonderful family and so do I."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Andrew Hard.
Got a good "Out There" story in your hometown? We'd like to know about it. Send an e-mail with a Web link (we need to authenticate these things) to email@example.com.