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New Hampshire high school shaken by ‘Death Note’ scare

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The discovery of a Death Note-inspired notebook at a New Hampshire high school has left parents rattled.

According to NH1, administrators at Nashua High School North met Tuesday with the parents of 17 students who were listed in the book, along with a description of how and when they would die.

“This book was found by a student with the ways, times and dates 17 students were going to die,” one unnamed parent said. “My daughter in particular was pretty horrific, disturbing and explicit.” School officials maintain that no one was ever in any danger.

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Woman allegedly spoke to Batman doll, used it to assault cop

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In a scenario that even The Joker might find a bit weird, a Missouri woman allegedly attacked a police officer with a 3-foot Batman doll, to which she spoke. For the purposes of this story, let’s call her … The Ventriloquist.

As you might have guessed, meth and alcohol are believed to have been involved.

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Phony Craigslist comic book sale turns into $50,000 armed robbery

Photo Credit: The Morning Call's Chris Knight

Photo Credit: The Morning Call’s Chris Knight

Catfishing is only a part of the dangers that await people on Craigslist.

That’s only part of the lesson of a horrifying and amazing story from Lower Macungie, PA that’s circulating in the local media. Allentown’s The Morning Call has a story up on a comic book sale set up via the ubiquitous personal ads site that turned out to be armed robbery ruse.

After contacting someone claiming to have a massive private comics collection for sale, 51-year-old former shop owner Gene Bartholomew and a friend showed up at a wealthy-looking yet for sale house with $50,000 in cash on Thursday. When Bartholomew found three armed men instead of long boxes in the backyard, he tossed the cash over a fence and charged the robbers head on.

The paper recounts the harrowing event in detail, noting that while Bartholomew lost his money, he was able to subdue one 22-year-old suspect who is now in police custody. The other two men made off with the cash. See a report on the robbery from local station WFMZ below the jump.

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Comics A.M. | Stolen Dennis the Menace statue found a decade later

Dennis the Menace statue

Dennis the Menace statue

Crime | A bronze statue of Dennis the Menace stolen nearly a decade ago from a playground in Monterey, California, was discovered in a scrapyard in Orlando, Florida. Commissioned by cartoonist Hank Ketcham and installed in 1988 at the Dennis the Menace Playground, the life-size statue is valued at between $25,000 and $30,000. The statue was about to be melted with other metal objects last month when the scrapyard owner’s daughter recognized the comic strip character. Monterey officials replaced the statue five months after it disappeared; they’ll move the replacement once the original is returned. [ABC 7 News]

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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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Disney, Marvel ‘want no part’ of Times Square fight, NYPD says

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Although New York City had hoped to enlist Disney and Marvel in a crackdown on troublesome costumed characters in Times Square, the police commissioner insists the entertainment giants “want no part of it.”

The New York Daily News reports that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton singled out the two companies for refusing to take action against the performers — long a thorn in the sides of local businesses and politicians — for unlicensed use of their trademarks.

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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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Comics A.M. | OneBookShelf experiences credit card breach

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DriveThruComics

Crime | OneBookShelf, which operates the digital-comics website DriveThruComics and several other retail sites, has suffered a data breach. “A hacker found a crack in our defenses and got in,” the company said in a Q&A on its websites. Hackers stole credit card information from transactions processed between July 10 and Aug. 6, and used the OneBookShelf’s servers to launch DDOS attack on other sites. It’s not clear which numbers were exposed, but the company recommends customers who made transactions, or had credit card information stored on the site during that time, get new cards. [ICv2]

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Comics A.M. | Cartoonist Ted Rall calls out LA Times over firing

From Rall's blog post

From Rall’s blog post

Creators | Political cartoonist Ted Rall talks to the local news about his firing by the Los Angeles Times, which concluded a post he wrote in May for its OpinionLA blog about being stopped by police in 2001 for jaywalking contained “inconsistencies.” Rall, who worked for the Times on a freelance basis, insists the audiotape of the incident provided to the newspaper by the Los Angeles Police Department doesn’t contradict his statements about being treated rudely and handcuffed. “I would do it all over the same way today,” Rall told CBS Los Angeles. “I’m disgusted that the Times took the LAPD’s word, based on nothing.” [CBS Los Angeles]

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Comics A.M. | ‘Berserk’ manga has 35 million copies in print

Berserk, Vol. 37

Berserk, Vol. 37

Manga | Kentaro Miura’s action-fantasy manga Berserk has 35 million copies in print — 27 million in Japan, and 8 million overseas — Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine announced today. Miura returned to the series this week after a 10-month hiatus. The manga, which centers on a pair of mercenaries in a medieval Europe-inspired fantasy world, debuted in 1989; 37 volumes have been released to date. Dark Horse holds the license to Berserk in North America. [Anime News Network]

Crime | Russell Brandom and Colin Lecher describe a fascinating case in which comics figured in two types of crimes, money laundering and theft of evidence. Along the way, they explain the importance of grading, how slabbing works, and why it’s pointless to steal a really valuable comic that’s already known to collectors. [The Verge]

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

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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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Connecticut police investigate seventh-grader’s ‘Death Note’

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The Connecticut State Police are investigating a seventh-grader who allegedly created a Death Note-inspired booklet containing the names of classmates. The student won’t be permitted to return to Griswold Middle School for the remainder of the year, which ends Friday.

In an email sent Tuesday to parents, Griswold Public Schools Superintendent Paul K. Smith said that although students had been aware of the booklet’s existence, it wasn’t brought to the attention of the administration until Monday. The police were called immediately.

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The ‘Bromley Batman’ would prefer you call him ‘The Shadow’

The Shadow, by Alex Ross

The Shadow, by Alex Ross

If we’ve learned anything from comic books and their adaptations, it’s that superheroes seldom choose their own aliases. More often than not, they’re dreaming up by enterprising reporters or gruff, cigar-chomping editors. Such is the case with South London’s new masked crimefighter, dubbed the “Bromley Batman” last week by a local newspaper.

It’s “God awful,” he told the Evening Standard, which gave him the name in the first place. Conceding he’d never thought about adopting an alias, he said, “As a young boy I always enjoyed The Shadow, so if any name then that one kind of makes some sense.”

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