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Here’s the plan: You build a homemade helicopter, fly it onto the jail roof, and bust me outta here. No, really. I’m serious. It’ll be easy.

​Jamal Shakir may have been in the gifted class when it came to running the Rollin’ 90 Crips, which reaped mayhem and murder from Nashville to Los Angeles. But when it comes to hatching escape plans, Shakir is strictly special ed…

Junior Gotti, second from left, and John Alite, second from right, in the days before they were glaring at each other in a Manhattan court room

​They used to be the best of friends. Junior Gotti was the best man at John Alite’s wedding. Alite was in the wedding party when Junior’s reality TV star sister Victoria got married. Together, they murdered and robbed their way across New York as members of the Gambino Family, which was run by Junior’s father John. But these days, Alite can be found in a Manhattan court room, ratting out Junior for multiple slayings committed over two decades… 

See updated story: Rev. Jonathan Ayers, Killed by Cops in Drug Bust Gone Bad, Was Apparently Having an Affair

No one really seems to know how Rev. Jonathan Ayers became ensnared in a Toccoa, Georgia drug sting, but here’s the police version:

Ayers was driving his car with an unnamed woman passenger who’s suspected of coke dealing. The pastor dropped the woman off and then went into a Shell station. Plain clothes officers followed and identified themselves as Ayers left the store (see surveillance video above)…

Reader has seen “more thoughtful looks pass across a dog’s face”

Reader “That Baby From YouTube” responds to “Haleigh Cummings Case: More Nasty News on Stepmom Misty Croslin.” She argues that Misty simply isn’t smart enough to elude police for all this time:

“So, you guys buy into the “Misty Croslin: Evil Criminal Mastermind”
scenario? Personally, I think she can barely manage to rub two thoughts
together. I have seen more thoughtful looks pass across a dog’s face.

“People like her “fall into” tragic circumstances; they aren’t usually
the ones who initiate it. Misty seems like more of a follower than a
leader. I don’t think she is conniving enough to orchestrate an
innocent child’s death, but I’ll buy into the idea that she is capable
of trying to cover up an accidental death by overdose. No doubt there
are others involved and that’s why she has had the, um, fortitude to
avoid cracking under police pressure thus far. If she were solely
responsible, I think she would have confessed by now.”

The latest in cat lodging for the devoted pothead

21-year-old Acea Schomaker of Lincoln, Nebraska noticed that his fiance’s six-month-old cat, Shadow, was acting hyper. So like any good pothead, he decided that a little herb was just the ticket.

Unfortunately, it’s pretty hard to convince cats to hit a bong. Maybe they’re just prude. Or maybe they struggle with the English language, creating an insurmountable language barrier. So Schomaker decided to stuff Shadow into his homemade bong, an inventive little box built from duct tape and tubing. Shadow, we must presume, was very appreciative, though she immediately expressed a hankering for off-brand potato chips.

Deputies discovered the cat in her new home after responding to a domestic call. Now Schomaker will have to do 90 days in the slam and pay $1,100 in restitution to the Humane Society.

Bill Sparkman was a Boy Scount director and substitute teacher

UPDATE: See Bill Sparkman’s Death Ruled a Suicide

Though police are releasing few details on the case of a Census worker found hanged in the Daniel Boone National Forest, the man who found him had plenty to say today. Jerry Weaver of Fairfield, Ohio was in Big Creek, Kentucky for a family reunion when he went to a cemetery to visit the graves of relatives. That’s when he discovered Bill Sparkman’s body.

Weaver says the 51-year-old substitute teacher and Boy Scouts director — who worked part-time for the Census — was hanged naked, gagged, with his feet bound by duct tape. “The only thing he had on was a
pair of socks,” Weaver told the AP. “And they had duct-taped his hands, his
wrists. He had duct tape over his eyes, and they gagged him with a red
rag or something.

“And they even had duct tape around his
neck. And they had like his identification tag on his neck. They had it
duct-taped to the side of his neck, on the right side, almost on his
right shoulder…”

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When deputies in Polk County, Florida raided a drug suspect’s house, they scoured the joint looking for evidence. What they missed was a video camera trained on the living room. And over the next nine hours, that camera captured 16 detectives playing Wii bowling when they were supposed to be searching the house. Check out the hilarious video above to see your tax dollars at work.

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The deputy and father of three was shot multiple times outside his house as he left for work.

The numbers alone are impressive: 1,200 cops from the LA Police to the DEA. 88 suspects. 44 arrests. All before you had your morning coffee.

Those are the numbers being reported by police in the massive 4 a.m. raid against the Avenues street gang, which has preyed on northwest Los Angeles dating back to the 1950s. The arrested face a buffet of racketeering charges, ranging from murder to extortion to drug dealing. 

But their most alarming crime came in August of 2008. The gang is accused of orchestrating the drive-by assassination of LA County Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. The father of three was shot multiple times outside his house as he left for work at the county jail.

The Avenues have faced raids before for drug dealing, their links to the Mexican Mafia prison gang, and even a series of hate crimes. But none of those were of the magnitude of today’s massive sweep…

Vincent Palermo has found new troubles in Houston

​In 1999 Vincent Palermo, acting boss of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante family, was looking at a slew of charges including the murder of an informant. So instead of spending his golden years in prison, he decided to rat.

Palermo’s testimony would wipe out the leadership of the family, which was the basis of The Sopranos. He served two years and disappeared into the witness protection program, never top be heard from again. But you apparently can’t teach an old mafioso new tricks.

Prior to his arrest, the admitted murderer and extortionist owned the Queens strip joint Wiggles, home to prostitution and drug dealing. Then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made it a focal point of his crackdown on New York strip joints. Now he’s reappeared in Houston as Vincent Cabella, and he’s exported his illicit expertise to Texas…

The Mardela Three get dangerous when they’re bored

What’s good for the safety and security of the country is not always good for Police Blunders of the Week. Last week, we told you about doped-up cops driving their SUVs into Starbucks, hiring inept hitmen to kill ex-wives, and moonlighting as bank robbers to earn a little walk around money.

Sadly, our boys in blue were little more restrained this week. So we had to cheat and add some firemen and a fake cop…

No. 5 Mardela Springs Firemen: Three Maryland volunteer firemen seem to really like watching stuff burn. So Kyle James Bradley, Joshua Bryant
Maddox, and Marcus Edward Whitelock decided to use road flares to set fire to a vacant home. Maddox was also charged with arson for burning another vacant home. The reason? “They admitted to … setting the fires because they were bored,” said a fire marshal.

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