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Three women wearing dominatrix costumes allegedly succeeded in springing prisoners from a jail after tricking guards into thinking they were going to participate in an orgy. Dressed in skimpy black vinyl outfits, they showed up at the Nova Mutum public prison near Cuiaba around 3am. After being allowed inside to “chat and drink,” the women dosed two guards and one supervisor with sedatives dissolved in whiskey. “From the moment they drank the whiskey, the agents don’t remember a thing,” Police Chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira told reporters. The women stripped the men, handcuffed them, stole their keys and opened the gates, allowing 28 inmates to walk free. The prisoners raided the jail’s storage room before leaving, taking three rifles, two revolvers and an unknown amount of ammunition with them. The groggy, naked guards were discovered the next morning. A bag containing the women’s naughty clothing was later found near the prison. The guards were arrested and will face charges of facilitating a jailbreak. Some of the missing inmates have been apprehended, but most are still on the run.
Police near Amsterdam busted a suspected marijuana grow house after spotting its unseasonably snow-free roof. The house was located in the middle of a block of houses in the city of Haarlem, about 12 miles west of Amsterdam. Unlike its neighbors on either side, the row house had a warm, snow-free circle on its roof line. Inside the home police found heat lamps and marijuana plants. “Officers were investigating because the house was completely obscured, and the roof was remarkably dry compared to other roofs in the street,” a police spokesperson said in a statement. England’s The Independent reports that at least three other suspected grow houses were also raided in the area, netting about 500 plants—all because of snow-free roofs. “No snow on the neighbor’s roof? You can report suspected cannabis farms anonymously,” the Haarlem police tweeted after the raids.
A three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has upheld a lower-court decision dismissing a case brought by a school teacher who was allegedly let go over her phobia about children. Maria Waltherr-Willard, 63, had been claiming breach of contract against Mariemont City Schools. According to her lawsuit, Waltherr-Willard had taught Spanish and French at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati since the 1970s, but she was transferred to an area middle school in 2009. There, Waltherr-Willard says the marginally younger seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her lifelong fear of children, causing her blood pressure to spike and forcing her to retire in the middle of the 2010-11 school year. An attorney for the school district says Waltherr-Willard was transferred because the high school’s French program was being turned into an online course. The child-phobic teacher tried to convince the appeals court she had a verbal agreement with some unidentified school officials not to be transferred, but no such stipulation ever appeared in her written contract.
A judge has dismissed charges against a woman accused of throwing bacon at police officers. Lindsey McNamara, 24, of Ashland, was charged with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property after a Dec. 26 incident in which she showed up at a Framingham police station with a box full of bacon and sausages and started throwing meat at officers. During the incident, which was caught on tape, McNamara told officers, “God told me to feed the piggies.” Despite the fact that McNamara rubbed bacon on the station’s dispatch window, Judge David Cunis said Framingham police provided little evidence that she destroyed any property. “From what I see in the report, they had to just do a little cleanup,” Cunis wrote in his official decision. According to the MetroWest Daily News, Prosecutors could bring the charges again in the future if they produce additional evidence that equipment at the police station was damaged.
Earlier this month members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, which would have made yoga pants illegal. State Rep. David Moore had introduced the bill on Tuesday, Feb. 10. He was trying to expand the definition of “indecent exposure” to include garments that give the appearance of a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple. According to the Billings Gazette, the republican from Missoula announced, “Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” following the committee meeting in which he introduced the bill. The legislator later told reporters that he had no problem with people being arrested for wearing tight-fitting garments in public.