Roadside sign declares 'No Mugging'
PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 5 (UPI) -- Officials in a Rhode Island city said a "No Mugging" sign noticed on a street corner was not erected by the city.
Lorrie Prybyla, a Providence parking enforcement officer, said she was shocked when she spotted the sign on her rounds Monday, The Providence Journal reported Tuesday.
"No Mugging here to corner," the sign reads.
"How am I supposed to give out a ticket for no mugging?" Prybyla said.
Providence Public Works said the sign was put up by an unknown person without the city's knowledge, WPRI.com, Providence, reported. Officials said they plan to remove the sign Tuesday.
Police: Woman steals two cruisers
PHILADELPHIA, March 5 (UPI) -- Authorities said a woman who stole a police cruiser Tuesday in New Jersey crashed in Philadelphia and stole another police cruiser.
Camden Police Chief John Thompson said the woman, whose name was not released, and a male suspect stole a Camden police car from in front of the police administration building during a traffic stop shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Philly.com reported Tuesday.
Thompson said an officer was struck during the theft and taken to Cooper Hospital with a leg injury.
The stolen cruiser was tracked across the Ben Franklin Bridge and into Philadelphia, where it crashed. The woman, who had been driving the crashed vehicle, fled on foot and stole a Philadelphia police cruiser while she was being pursued, police said.
The woman was arrested after a vehicle chase.
It was unclear whether the male suspect was apprehended, Philly.com said.
"I've never heard of anybody stealing two police cars in the same incident," Deputy Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said. He described the thefts as "bold, reckless, and absolutely brazen."
Teacher removed over chalk board threat
LAKE STATION, Ind., March 5 (UPI) -- Officials in an Indiana school district said a high school teacher was removed from campus after leaving a threatening message to students on his chalk board.
Lake Station school district Superintendant Dan DeHaven said the 28-year-old Edison Junior-Senior High School business teacher, whose name was not released, was removed from campus Friday after putting a message on his chalkboard saying "the guns are loaded," WBBM-TV, Chicago, reported Tuesday.
The message, which was photographed by a student and posted to Facebook, read:
"Period 6: (only)
"(a) You are idiots!!!
"(b) The guns are loaded!!!
"(c) Care to try me?????"
DeHaven said the message was a response to comments made by the substitute teacher who had been filling in for the instructor for the previous two days.
The superintendant said the teacher's future with the district will be determined pending the outcome of an investigation.
City worker charged with fake carjacking
NEWARK, N.J., March 5 (UPI) -- New Jersey authorities said a code enforcement officer allegedly lied about a carjacking when his vehicle was stolen during a drug deal gone bad.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said David McCord, 60, an East Orange code enforcement officer, told police he had been carjacked while driving Friday in East Orange, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported Tuesday.
However, investigators determined during an interview with McCord Monday that his car was actually stolen by a drug dealer in Newark while McCord was attempting to purchase narcotics, Murray said.
McCord was charged with falsely reporting a victim of a carjacking and wandering with intent to purchase narcotics. He was had several outstanding warrants from Newark and Maplewood courts, authorities said.