Etta Mae Lopez wanted to quit smoking, so she did the usual: waited patiently outside a sheriff’s office until a deputy came out and then slapped him across the face. And, ta-da, now she’s in a smoke-free jail for 63 days! The 31-year-old Californian explained to the confused deputy that she wanted to get locked up to kick the habit, so she pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery of a peace officer. She figured “that the only way to quit smoking was to go to jail because they don’t allow tobacco in the jail.”
These suspects are accused of running a prostitution ring out of their apartments, using cocaine and passing out in the halls. The building in question? It’s a senior citizen housing complex in New Jersey, and the two main suspects who were arrested after a drug and prostitution sting are 75 and 66 years old! James Parham and neighbor Cheryl Chaney are suspected of being behind the recent increase in crime; a third suspect, 54, was also arrested on drug charges. Residents started complaining many were scared to leave their apartments. An undercover investigation and police surveillance ultimately led to Parham and Chaney—who are, not surprisingly, being evicted.
A Florida man was bowling at Jupiter Lanes at 7:30 p.m. one evening when he incurred a gunshot wound to his leg! Witnesses said the man was carrying a revolver in the pocket of his shorts and the weapon fired off a round when he struck himself in the leg with his bowling ball. That’s right…bowling with a loaded revolver in his pants pocket! The man’s injuries were not considered life-threatening, but he was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center as a precaution, police said.