Get the dragnet
After long fight, Tokyo police land naked guy
A man was detained by Tokyo police after he went skinny dipping in the moat surrounding the Imperial Palace. After he stripped and jumped in the water, he started swimming. When police in a boat came after him, he started splashing and throwing rocks at them. This went on for almost an hour. The police in the boat chased him with a long stick — essentially, they were trying to gaff him — but they couldn't reel him in. He finally just gave up and got out. Police would not release his identity or say if he had been arrested. It is believed he was a British man in his 40s traveling with Spanish friends. A palace official said it is unlikely Emperor Akihito witnessed the antics.
Men caught with drugs in rugs
Abdul Khaliq, 45, and Yadegar Nazari, 40, tried to import some Afghan carpets from Pakistan to Britain. That transaction has led to Khaliq getting 20 years in prison and Nazari getting 16 because the carpets were made of 60 pounds of heroin. The rugs included plastic straws woven into the fabric, each straw filled with heroin. "This was an unusual and high-quality concealment that these two criminals clearly thought would go undetected," Detective Chief Inspector Peter Weinberg said in a statement. "The fact that it did not should serve as a warning to anyone thinking about concealing drugs for importation."
Mock the police at your own peril
New York's Newsday reports on an unauthorized car race that illustrates in many ways how not to run an unauthorized car race. First, don't do it on a high-traffic area of the Long Island Expressway. Second, don't have a vanity plate that says, HEYOFFCR. Third, don't put a sticker on your windshield that says "Place ticket here." Police don't find any of this humorous. Nassau County police arrested four drivers this week for racing at speeds of more than 100 mph. "We had the last laugh," Detective Sgt. Anthony Repalone said.
Funny tags make comeback in China
It is unlikely anyone will choose HEYOFFCR, but China began issuing vanity plates on Monday after a six-year hiatus. The government will retain the right to reject any plate for crude or politically incorrect messages, but the early run was on number combinations that sounded like lucky words in Chinese. One man waited three days so he could call dibs on "NV8888." In some Chinese languages, the number eight rhymes with the word for "prosper." China stopped issuing vanity plates in 2002 after reports of plates referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.