Police in Connecticut said they snared a 47-year-old man who broke into a local church to play the drums. Police said Michael Smith, of Weston, was driving by the Holy Ghost Deliverance Church on Monday afternoon when he spotted a drum set through its window.
He was charged with criminal trespass and breach of peace after allegedly breaking into the church, where officers found him in a spirited solo after the church's alarm system went off.
Smith is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 5 in Bridgeport Superior Court. A telephone listing was not available for him. (AP)
Teen Trick-or-Treat Ban
The ghosts and goblins of Belleville, Ill., come under a little more scrutiny this year as the city has limited trick-or-treating to kids in eighth grade or below.
Mayor Mark W. Eckert signed the ordinance banning the tradition for older teens on Tuesday, saying homeowners complained about late-night door knocks on Halloween. He says the city's government also believes Halloween is for small children.
Exceptions will be made for special-needs kids and teens accompanying younger siblings.
Belleville Police Chief William Clay says he expects parents to enforce the new rules. He says officers will stop older trick-or-treaters and make them go home. If they don't, their parents can be fined $25. (AP)
Robbery Suspect Fingered by Severed Thumb
Police say a man suspected in an armed robbery at an alleged brothel in Washington, D.C. left a key piece of evidence at the scene — his thumb.
Police say 22-year-old Bryan Perez and an accomplice made off with hundreds of dollars in cash in the Oct. 11 raid. According to charging documents, one of the victims took control of Perez's silver machete and hacked off his right thumb.
About two hours after the robbery, a nine-fingered Perez went to an emergency room. Police caught up with him and brought the severed thumb to the hospital.
According to an arrest affidavit, a doctor told police the thumb "fits like a puzzle piece." Perez was transferred to a Baltimore hospital to have it reattached.
On Tuesday, a judge ordered the Hyattsville, Md., man held without bond. (AP)
The Purr-muda Triangle
Police in an England neighborhood are investigating an odd rash of unexplained cat disappearances within a few miles.
Over the past five years, felines in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, have vanished without a trace, and no bodies have ever been found. Cat lovers were relieved when the phenomenon seemingly ended in June 2007, but it began again this past May when “Gizmo” disappeared.
“There was a time when there were leaflets coming through the door every week,” said Cheryl Vine, an area cat owner. “People were just desperate to find their cats, but they never returned.”
Read more: Daily Mail
Golf Cart Getaway
A Utah sheriff's office has found that it shouldn't underestimate the golf cart as a getaway car.
A suspect in a souped-up cart managed to elude officers who pursued him last month through an alfalfa field — but only for a while. He was arrested the next day at his grandmother's house.
Officers started pursuing the driver after he was spotted spinning out in a city park in Morgan. He took off into an alfalfa field and jumped irrigation ditches that the sheriff's cruisers couldn't cross.
Morgan County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Peay suspects the cart was fitted with a car engine instead of the original electric motor. (AP)
Deliciously Suspicious Package
A bomb squad was summoned to a western Ohio college campus over a suspicious package that turned out to pose a danger only to dieters.
The package with no label but odd markings was found Monday afternoon in the ministry center at Cedarville University, a Baptist school 20 miles east of Dayton.
The university staff member who discovered the item notified campus security officers. They moved the package to a parking lot near the school's golf driving range.
University spokesman John Davis says while the university waited for the Dayton police bomb squad to arrive, a group of students came forward to reveal the package contained only chocolates and was part of treasure-hunt game.
The school has turned the investigation over to local authorities. (AP)
Read more: Dayton Daily News
Beauty Shop Robbery's a Drag
If he was going to rob a beauty parlor, he was going to blend in.
Police picked up 42-year-old Frederic M. Koetter outside the Curl and Style beauty shop after receiving a call about a robbery in progress. Koetter — sporting a blonde wig, women's clothing and high heels — confessed to the crime after he was identified as the robber by witnesses.
Remarkably, Koetter has been dressed almost exactly like the shop owner, from the hairstyle to floral print clothing.
Koetter claimed the resemblence was nothing but a coincidence.
Read more: MyFOXGulfCoast.com
Boxer Wraps Hands in Son's Used Diapers
Newly-crowned WBC champion Vitali Klitschko doesn’t pull any punches about the way he soothes his fists after a big fight.
The Ukrainian fighter, who won the title match Saturday after defeating Samuel Peter of Nigeria, admits that he wraps his hands with his 3-year-old son Max’s urine-infused diapers to reduce swelling. He says he got the idea from his grandmother.
"Baby wee is good because it's pure, doesn't contain toxins and doesn't smell," Klitschko told a German newspaper after Saturday’s bout.
Read more: Reuters
A Florida man was arrested at Tampa International Airport after officials there learned he had outstanding warrants for two charges: having a dog running at large and having no license for a dog.
Officials from Canada customs informed the airport about the warrants, and airport police say 64-year-old Robert Christianson was arrested Sunday afternoon when he got off a plane.
Christianson was later released on $326 bail. Both warrants were for misdemeanor charges. (AP)
Man Tries to Pay McDonald's Tab With Pot
A McDonald's cashier called 911 after a Vero Beach drive-thru customer allegedly offered to pay for his meal with marijuana. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office said the cashier called Monday with a description of the vehicle the suspect had been riding in.
A deputy spotted the vehicle, found marijuana in the car and arrested its occupant, 27-year-old Shawn Alexander Pannullo.
Pannullo was charged with possession of cannabis and posted $500 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
A Sheriff's report did not say what the suspect ordered at McDonald's or if he ultimately purchased the meal using something other than marijuana. (AP)
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Tom Durante.
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