Mad Minute for March 30th, 2015 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Mad Minute for March 30th, 2015

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An ingenious con man with a gift for mimicry awaits sentencing after he used a smuggled-in cellphone to create a fake British government email account, which he then used to persuade prison officials to set him free, according to court and Internet domain records.

Neil Moore, 28, of Ilford, northeast of London, was in Wandsworth prison awaiting trial on fraud charges in March of 2014. That's when he set in motion what Prosecutor Ian Paton acknowledged was a scheme of "extraordinary criminal inventiveness, deviousness and creativity," which he described in court last week:

Using a cellphone, which prisoners aren't allowed to have, Moore used an Internet domain registration service to create a fake Web address closely resembling that of Britain's Royal Courts of Justice, Paton told the court, according to the BBC and Britain's Press Association. Once he had the email account, Moore posed as a court clerk and sent an email telling Wandsworth managers that he'd been granted bail.

The prison duly released him on March 10 of last year, court records show. But three or four days later, he had a change of heart, his lawyer told the Press Association, and he turned himself in.

Moore pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and one count of escape from lawful custody and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 20, court records show.

The domain record shows that Moore used a kind of online fraud called "typosquatting," in which someone takes a well-known domain name (the main part of a web address), changes a letter or two and registers that as a new site.

Audaciously, Moore, perhaps as an inside joke, registered the fake domain under the name Chris Soole - the detective inspector in charge of investigating his case. And according to his hometown paper, Moore's original fraud escapades were just as audacious.

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Pizza Hut will have to pay up after a Roane County man sued them for serving "excessively hard croutons."

Evertt Chatman sued the pizza chain after he broke his partial denture after biting into a crouton at the restaurant, claiming its negligence caused him personal injury and personal property loss.

A Roane County judge awarded Chatman $2,400 in the case, plus interest and trial costs.

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A Canton woman is behind bars after police say she stabbed her boyfriend when he ate all her salsa. 

On Sunday, police say the 61-year-old victim said he was eating chips and salsa with his girlfriend, 50-year-old Phyllis D. Jefferson, when they got into an argument over who was eating all of the salsa. Police say Jefferson then stabbed him in the pelvis area with a pen. Next, she walked over to the television to knock it onto the floor. As he grabbed it, she walked into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, then stabbed him in the stomach. Officers say Jefferson drove off before police arrived.

Police say they later stopped Jackson on the highway and arrested her. They booked her into jail on charges of assault and criminal damaging. 

Her boyfriends injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

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Police in St. Paul Minnesota say a pizzeria and ice cream parlor was making more dough from marijuana, than from food. Officers say the shop was actually a front for a pot trafficking business. 

Police say Papa Dimitri's Classic Pizza and Ice Cream was rarely open and didn't seem to do much actual business. According to the criminal complaint, the employees there complained about a lack of heat, even though it had a pizza oven, and typically ate at nearby burger restaurant instead of at the pizzeria.

On Friday, Ramsey County authorities charged the owner, 32-year-old Ryan Dimitri Brooks Sr., his 61-year-old mother, his 82-year-old grandmother and his 24-year-old girlfriend with drug and firearms offenses.

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Fast-food giant McDonald's is making an early step toward extending breakfast hours to all-day long.

The chain plans to test all-day breakfast in the San Diego area starting next month.

Big chains such as McDonald's usually test an item in a limited number of locations to work out the kinks before deciding whether to roll out it nationally.

Typically, locations stop serving breakfast after 10:30 a.m. during the week and as late as 11 a.m. on the weekends.

Analysts say testing 24/7 breakfast makes sense because customers generally want to see McDonald's offer breakfast items all day.

In the past, McDonald's has stressed how limited grill space hampers its ability to serve all-day breakfast.

McDonald's plan to test 24/7 breakfast comes amid increased pressure in morning sales from Taco Bell's breakfast menu, which launched last year. As part of its domestic turnaround effort, McDonald's has doubled down on breakfast as a key focus for growth through coffee promotions and its emphasis on cooking with eggs it cracks in the kitchen.

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A man is dead after a tombstone fell on him at a Pennsylvania cemetery.

The 74-year-old Scranton man and his wife were decorating a relative's grave for Easter in St. Joseph's cemetery Monday morning when the headstone fell.

Officials say the man was struck in the head.

Emergency responders arrived too late to save the man who has not yet been identified.

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Comedian Trevor Noah will take over as the new host of "The Daily Show".

The South African comedian joined "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" as a contributor last year.

His premiere date has not been announced. 

A Comedy Central press release calls Noah the top comedian in Africa, with a huge international following.

Stewart announced in February that he's leaving the show after more than 15 years as host. 

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An act of kindness by a florida sheriff's deputy is attracting a lot of attention.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office posted a photo on Facebook showing a smiling man and a K9 deputy standing side-by-side, each with a foot in the air.

The two met at a gas station when another deputy responded to a call about a man begging there. 

The man appeared to be homeless and was wearing pieces of carpet for shoes. So after the responding deputy said he would buy the man shoes, the K9 deputy got a used pair of $200 boots out of his truck and gave them to the man who needed them more than he did.

Turns out they both wear size nine-and-a-half.

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A peep show is making news in Southeast Wisconsin... but not for the reasons you may think!

The Racine Art Museum is now featuring an exhibit of pieces designed from the candy, Peeps. The display -- decorated like a candy store -- features peeps in all different setups, from Presidential Peeps to the Adams Family.

You can view the Peeps exhibit at the Racine Museum through April 12th.

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The Washington State Patrol says a woman tried to help a man she saw walking on Interstate 405 near Renton, only to get punched for her efforts.

The woman stopped her car to see if the man needed help Sunday. He was walking in the northbound carpool lane near Exit 7.

Patrol spokesman Chris Webb says that when the woman got out of her vehicle and approached him, he struck her in the face. Troopers arrested the man for felony assault and say he was under the influence of drugs.

The woman needed stitches.

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