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Suspect learns the hard way that spit is just full of DNA

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Suspect learns that spit is just full of DNA

Brian Scholl, who has apparently never watched a single episode of any crime-based television show, was arrested on a charge of stealing a safe that was bolted to the floor of the Sher-Bear Tavern in Campbell, Wis. CSI: Campbell was able to find a trail of chewing tobacco spit leading from the crime scene. With DNA technology able to identify perps by the end of this short commercial break, spitting tobacco juice right out of your mouth is just about the same as leaving a business card. Upon arresting Scholl, 21, police found evidence that led to the arrest of Joel Corps, an alleged accomplice.

Robber makes clear he's bloody sorry

The trend of repentant criminals has continued, and the bank robber in Victoria Point, Australia, seems like he was committed to the cause of making amends. The Queensland Courier Mail reports that the man, who was not identified, held up the Bendigo Bank using a fake explosive device. He got the cash and took off, but then got all penitent, and decided to make a run through the drive-through to apologize. But it was the way he apologized. Apparently lacking any other implements, he hacked himself open and wrote "I'm sorry" on his windshield ... in his own blood. That didn't get him off the hook at all, but made it easier for police to find him. They stopped in at the hospital on the way to jail.

Mother of the year

Mom goes through with classic threat

"If you kids don't stop fighting, I'm going to stop this car right now and leave you here!" Empty threat right? Not for a pair of preteen sisters in White Plains, N.Y. Madlyn Primoff, 45, a partner in a Manhattan law firm, pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of endangering a child. Police say that Primoff ordered the girls out of the car about 3 miles from home. They said that the 12-year-old caught up to the mother, but did not explain how. When Primoff got home, she called police to say her 10-year-old was missing. The police told her she was at the White Plains Police Department, and when Primoff showed up to pick the child up, Primoff was arrested.

It keeps going

There is still more Great Wall of China

Everyone knows the Great Wall of China is really, really long. But now it has been determined that it is even longer. A two-year government mapping study has uncovered an extra 180 miles of the monument. Chinese archaeologists say that the newly mapped portions of the now-3,900-mile wall have been reduced to "mounds of dirt" by sandstorms and could disappear within 20 years.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Suspect learns the hard way that spit is just full of DNA 04/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:17pm]
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