Crimes & Criminals

Flags Stolen off Flagpoles at Tennessee Library

The Humboldt Public Library is minus one Tennessee state flag and two U.S. flags. Whodunit?

VA school librarian arrested in online sex sting

EEk! A Nelson County Middle School librarian who is also a high school track coach was arrested Friday after authorities said he initiated a sexual conversation online this summer with an undercover police officer.

Tim Bennett is charged with one count of use of a communications system to facilitate certain offenses involving children and one count of taking indecent liberties with children, both felonies.

Italy seizes ancient books from "priestly" thief

Italy's art police have seized ancient books and paintings worth 650,000 euros (453,000 pounds) from the house of a man they suspect stole them from public libraries and state archives -- sometimes disguised as a priest.

Police said on Monday the suspect, a Roman in his mid-forties, would dress himself in priest's robes or wait for hours hidden in the bathrooms and cupboards of libraries to make off with texts and drawings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

"The Librarian" Collection Includes Guns, Silencers and Ammo

Everytime I think I've seen it all, something new comes up. This Time it's part of a story out of the UK on a murder. They mention a "chilling underworld figure known only as The Librarian."
The Librarian was thought to be a mythical figure, someone who was a figment of the imagination until police discovered he, and his gun-lending business, were real.

He is thought to have loaned guns, in return for a sizeable fee, to high-profile criminals who cannot afford to keep a weapon on them at all times and teen gangs such as the Strand Gang and the Croxteth Crew.
The long-term investigation was launched after the discovery that weapons were being lent, library-style, by criminals.

Library worker faces racism at trial if extradited, lawyer tells court

A Toronto library worker accused of shooting a white police officer in Chicago almost 40 years ago should not be extradited to face trial in the U.S. because as a black man, he won't get a fair trail, his lawyer has told three appeal court judges.

The Map Library Intrusion

The Map Library Intrusion: "Less than a year ago, someone ignored the stop sign in front of our Map Library and went straight into the building. The library sits at the end of a pretty busy dead-end road, but it is clearly marked. Well, we just got word that another idiot decided to ignore the sign and crashed into the Map Library. The damage is much less than last time, leaving only a foot-long hole in the wall, but still! What is wrong with people? Why do people hate maps??"

2 vandals attack, damage a bust of Jesus in Copley Square library Reports A 160-year-old marble bust of Jesus was attacked at the main branch of the Boston Public Library earlier this month, knocked from its perch on the grand staircase and sent crashing to the floor. Nearby, a matching marble bust of Lucifer was left untouched.

Library surveillance video given to police showed a man and a woman attacking the bust at 2:40 p.m. Sept. 12. It was not the first time the bust was attacked.

Library Fire Extinguished in New Brunswick

It was the old "drop a flaming paper cup through the book slot" trick...and it resulted in arrest for two 12-year olds in Saint John, New Brunswick.

More from CBC News.

Stealing Sex Ed. Books...For Her Own Purposes

A Lewiston ME woman who was upset by the content of an acclaimed sex education book published 14 years ago ("It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex & Sexual Health") has checked out copies from two libraries and refuses to give them back.

"Since I have been sufficiently horrified of the illustrations and the sexually graphic, amoral abnormal contents, I will not be returning the books," JoAn Karkos wrote the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries last month. She paid the cover price to the libraries. reports: "This has never happened before," said Rick Speer, director of the Lewiston Public Library. "It is clearly theft."

Speer returned the check, along with a form Karkos could use to request that the book be removed from library shelves. But he said he may seek help from police if she doesn't return what she borrowed. "That's really what we want," Speer said. "We want the book back."

36 Bajrang Dal activists held for razing library

The Story From China is quite interesting to say the least. Thirty-six Bajrang Dal activists were arrested on charges of demolishing a library in Mamdapur town for keeping a book allegedly containing objectionable references against Lord Rama, police said today.

The situation in Mamdapur, where police fired in the air to disperse the mob yesterday, was under control with the deployment of personnel from State Reserve Police Force.

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