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ODDLY ENOUGH



Published: Mon, January 28, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

ODDLY ENOUGH

Prostitution sting lures woman straight to police

SALEM, Ore.

Authorities say a 20-year-old Portland woman drove 50 miles to reach the man she thought was her client after being solicited for prostitution through phone and text messages.

But there was something unusual about the destination: It was the Salem Police Department.

Stranger still, police say the woman walked past several uniformed officers and clearly marked signs reading “Salem Police Department” before arriving at an unmarked door, where they say she attempted to contact the man she thought was her client.

Instead, she was arrested. The phone and text messages were part of a sting operation by Salem police detectives, who first identified the woman through a website.

The Jan. 11 arrest led to charges of prostitution and promoting prostitution for Christal D. Smith of Portland.

An attorney for Smith couldn’t be found Thursday afternoon.

Where there’s smoke, there’s ... pot, police say

WHITEHALL, Pa.

Police in one Pittsburgh suburb have come up with a new twist on an old adage: Where there’s smoke ... there’s marijuana.

WPXI-TV reported Friday that Whitehall police cited a man for marijuana possession after they responded to a smoke alarm at his home about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

When police arrived, they didn’t find a fire — but they did smell marijuana and questioned the man. Police say he admitted smoking pot, and police then found a small amount of the drug and related paraphernalia.

Police didn’t arrest the man. He’s being mailed a court summons to respond to charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police: Mice are culprits in Kan. evidence tampering

WICHITA, Kan.

The three bags of marijuana at the police storage facility in Wichita had been torn open. Some was missing. At first blush, it seemed a clear case of evidence tampering.

Wichita police duly investigated. On Thursday, they told reporters they’ve even identified some suspects. Well, sort of.

Police Lt. Doug Nolte said mice chewed into the bags of marijuana from some 2009 cases, nested in it and ate some.

Nolte said, “We’ve got some mice that are stoners.” He also said it’s not uncommon, because marijuana has a strong odor that attracts animals.

Police took photographs, resealed the bags and reweighed the evidence. An exterminator has been contacted.

Meanwhile, the suspicious rodents remain at large. No charges have been filed.

Associated Press


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