Offbeat News: The Tallest Teen, Stupid Criminals & More

“Custom Height”

At just 16-years-old Brandon Marshall may be the tallest teenager in the world. Hailing from the U.K., he stands at a whopping seven-feet, four-inches and doctors say he could still be growing. Good news is he doesn’t put the height to waste. He’s just been picked up by the Welsh national basketball team.

But get this – Marshall wasn’t always so tall. “I was a normal size up until the age of nine,” says Marshall. “I then had a big growth spurt. I was about six-foot when I was about 13 and I started to grow a lot more by then.”

His biggest obstacles? Shoes and a large enough bed. He wears a size 17 shoe and his mom, Lynne Quelch has just ordered him a custom bed.

“Double Your Luck”

What are the odds of winning the lottery once, but twice in seven years? That’s the reality for Maureen Fleming. The Marylander scored her first prize in 2011 (it was worth $10,000). And this time? She claimed $50,000.

Turns out, Fleming didn’t even check her numbers for a few days after she bought the ticket. “At first glance, I knew I had won something because I had four numbers and the Powerball,” says Fleming. “Initially, I thought I had just won $500.” The ticket advised her to head to Lottery headquarters to claim her prize and that’s where she found out she won $50,000.

What will she do with all that money? Fleming may plan a relaxing trip to Hawaii. What’s even crazier is that she was just one number off from winning the $184-million jackpot. And by the way…the next jackpot in Maryland is currently at $385-million and will be drawn tomorrow.

“Cop Karma”

A British Transport officer found himself as the butt of a joke when he accidentally handcuffed himself to a railing at the Exeter Central railway station in England. His fellow officers tweeted about his misfortune as he “fumbled to find the key” that was in his opposite pocket. The tweeter suggested he deserves a “cake fine,” which refers to a custom in the U.K. where officers buy a cake for their colleagues after they make a mistake.


  • Jonathan Rivera thought he could pull one over on cops when he showed up to court on stolen car charges… in a stolen car. While he was inside appearing in front of the judge on first degree larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle charges, parking authority agents were checking plates outside. They found out that one of the cars had been stolen and waited for the suspect to come out. Rivera tried to get inside the car to get away, but he was arrested. He’s since been charged with second-degree larceny and taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission.
  • Lauren Whitney Foust of Alabama has been arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs to her boyfriend, Joshua Wade Ray in court. As the story goes, Ray entered a courtroom with the rest of the inmates and later asked to use the restroom. When he did, he dropped a folder when he passed Foust. And as he picked up the folder, he also picked up a package she’d taped to the ground…which had meth, pot, tobacco, rolling papers, a lighter, and two syringes. Foust was caught exiting the courtroom and admitted to the crime. She’s charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, promoting prison contraband, and conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime and remains in jail on $20,000 bond. Her boo is hooked up, too – with a bond set at $36,200.

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