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Man accused of posing as federal agent to score con pass

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

The crowd at Salt Lake Comic Con 2015

Countless fans have pledged to beg, borrow or steal to get their hands on VIP passes. But how many would go far as to impersonate a federal law enforcement officer?

A federal grand jury handed down an indictment Wednesday against a Utah man accused of posing as an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in order to gain VIP access to last month’s Salt Lake Comic Con.

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Villains in a half-shell: It’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja crimewave


Life hasn’t been easy for Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello, four red-eared sliders mutated by a strange ooze, raised in the sewer by a rat, and forced to fight off evil ninjas while surviving on a diet of pizza. Given their unfortunate circumstances, you might forgive these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for an occasional brush with the law. But twice in one month — and on opposite sides of the globe?

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Suspects in alleged Pokemon plot will remain in jail

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Two Iowa men suspected of planning a mass shooting last month at the Pokemon World Championships in Boston will be held without bail for the next four months.

Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Joseph Janezic argued today in a dangerousness hearing that Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, weren’t mere ” keyboard commandos,” but instead possessed the capabilities to carry out their alleged online threats.

According to The Boston Globe, the prosecutor was able to sway Judge Thomas C. Horgan, who determined the defendants are too dangerous to be free while they await trial.

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Man of Steal? Police on the trail of Superman after watch heist

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To police in Nottinghamshire, England, the theft of a $33,000 watch looks like a job by Superman.

According to BBC News, authorities are searching for Superman Rostas, whom they say pretended to be a customer at a jewelry store in Newark, northeast of Nottingham. Using “distraction techniques” — and, we can only presume, super-speed — he allegedly made off with diamond-encrusted gold watch.

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Suspects in Pokemon championship threats held without bail

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Kevin Norton, left, and James Stumbo

Two Iowa men whom police say planned a mass shooting at the Pokémon World Championships in Boston were ordered held without bail Monday. A dangerousness hearing is set for Sept. 1.

Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, who were invited to participate in the weekend tournament, were arrested Saturday on firearms charges after police were alerted to alleged threats they’d made to the event through social media.

“We can never read someone’s mind,” The Boston Globe quotes Police Superintendent Paul A. Fitzgerald as saying. “What we can read is what they were saying and the actions that they took, bringing the weapons they were showing online as a threat.”

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Two arrested in apparent threat to Pokémon World Championships

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Two Iowa men who traveled to Boston to play in the Pokémon World Championships were arrested Saturday on firearms charges after police, alerted that the pair had made “threats of violence over social media,” discovered guns and ammunition in their car.

James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, were invited to play in the “masters division” of the championships, held over the weekend at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. On Wednesday, Stumbo allegedly posted a photo (below) of two guns on the trunk of a car to the Mayhem Pokemon Crew Facebook page, with the message, “Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!” When another poster wished them “Good luck,” Stumbo responded, “With killing the competition?”

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Spider-Man swings in to real-life Times Square brawl


It might be tempting to dismiss this video of Spider-Man brawling with a guy in front of Toys R Us as a misguided viral-marketing stunt, but a quick check of the address will confirms it’s merely another day at Times Square.

There are conflicting accounts of what spurred the wall-crawler into action on Tuesday: His opponent, who reportedly works at a nearby ice cream truck, insists the not-so-friendly neighborhood Spider-Man came out swinging after being confronted about harassing tourists for tips.

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Thief returns $1400 in comics to store after surveillance video airs on local news


A thief walked out of JC’s Comics ‘N’ More in Toledo, Ohio, with $1,400 worth of comics concealed in his pants, but he seems to had a change of heart– after video of the act was shared on a local newscast, the comics were mysteriously returned

Store owner James Collins said the seven missing comics were Marvel’s Civil War comics with variant covers, valued at between $70 an $250 apiece. Collins first noticed the missing comics last Wednesday, and when he viewed the security camera footage, he saw a man, accompanied by a woman, enter the store, stuff the comics into his pants, and walk out without paying. Collins was tending to other business at the time and didn’t see them enter or leave the store.

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Police have caught the joker who stole the Gotham sign


Who needs the World’s Greatest Detective when you have the Loughborough Police?

While conducting a raid last week, police in the English town uncovered the Gotham sign stolen in March 2014. Although Batman fans had been the prime suspects — they frequently visit the sleepy Nottinghamshire village to have photos taken beside the sign — BBC News reports the culprit appears to have been a local man.

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Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty brawl in Times Square

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“The Fight of the Century” is already taken, so let’s call this “The Battle of the Bows.”

In one corner, 87-year-old Minnie “Yoo-Hoo” Mouse; in the other, 41-year-old Kitty “Hello Kitty” White. In a fight decades in the making, the two merchandising icons finally faced off last week in — where else? — Times Square, with child psychologists emerging the real winners.

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Thieves steal 500 comics in Calgary smash and grab

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Thieves broke into Alpha Comics in Calgary, Alberta, early Thursday, and took more than 500 comic books and trade paperbacks, stuffing them in a garbage bag.

Although no high-value comics were stolen, owner Chris Humphries told CTV Calgary the price for that many titles adds up, amounting to a loss of several thousand dollars.

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Spider-Man and his not-so-amazing friends steal 30 guns

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The list of crimes involving people in Spider-Man masks is long and legendary, encompassing acts ranging from street brawls to convenience-store robberies. Let’s chalk it up to the widespread availability of Spider-Man costumes — he is, after all, one of the most popular and recognizable characters on the planet — and not a sign of a deeper sociological problem. Or, heaven forbid, damning evidence that J. Jonah Jameson has been right all along.

The latest entry on that web-covered tally comes from Powhatan, Virginia, where a man in a Spider-Man mask and his two bandana-wearing amazing friends — let’s call them Iceman and Firestar — ransacked a firearms dealer early Monday, making off with 30 guns.

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ISIS claims responsibility for Texas shooting, but police are dubious


ISIS has claimed responsibility for the foiled attack Sunday on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon exhibit and competition in Garland, Texas, but local investigators are leaning toward a different conclusion.

“Two soldiers … of the caliphate attacked an exhibit in Garland in American Texas, and this exhibit was holding a contest for drawings offensive to the Prophet Muhammad,” an ISIS-controlled Syrian radio station announced Monday, according to The Washington Post. The statement also threatened “worse and more bitter” attacks but offered no indication of any actual connection between the two gunmen and ISIS.

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Police seize ‘Wolverine’s hand’ in drug raid (Wait, what?)


Police in Guelph, Ontario, probably didn’t mean to sound alarming when they reported they’d confiscated “Wolverine’s hand” during a drug bust. However, the hirsute mutant can regenerate, and these are (alleged) meth dealers we’re talking about, so what are expected to think?

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One dead in attempt on Swedish artist’s life [Updated]

Danish police released this photo of the suspect in today's attack.

Danish police released this photo of the suspect in today’s attack.

A lone gunman fired as many as 200 shots into a cafe in Copenhagen this afternoon in an apparent attempt to assassinate Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist who has received numerous death threats since drawing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in 2007. Vilks wasn’t harmed in the attack, but one person was killed and three police officers were injured.

The Danish security service called the shooting “a terror attack,” and the suspect is still at large. UPDATE: Danish police shot and killed a man they believe was responsible for both this attack and a later shooting at a synagogue that left one man dead.

The first attack occurred during a forum titled “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression” held in the cafe Krudttønden in North Copenhagen on the anniversary of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. Vilks was one of the organizers of the discussion, and the French ambassador to Sweden, François Zimeray, was also present; he escaped without injury.

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