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Surprising Definitions: 'Drug Paraphernalia,' 'Burglarize,' 'Felony Assault'

There are some surprising definitions in the law (at least for laymen), and therefore in police reports.

A scam artist posing as a police officer called a Monroe man claiming federal charges would be brought against him, as he tried to steal the target's personal information. The thief changed his story when a real police officer called back. Rather than claiming to be with law enforcement, he told the officer he was working for President Barack Obama.

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A Naugatuck man is accused of trying to poison his boss by putting SpeedyDry in his oatmeal. That's the stuff they put on roads to clean up oil spills. 

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A pair of Stamford teens have been busted on charges of burglarizing (that is, breaking into) a Greenwich home after they and two other teens were ousted from a house party there. Apparently, they weren't invited. But when they returned to bust into the house, they were caught on a home security surveillance camera and recognized by the residents, Greenwich cops said.

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A Westport man is facing felony assault charges after he spat at police officers multiple times. 

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In a bizarre encounter in Stamford, police said a as he fled the scene in his vehicle. The man was later allegedly found to have cocaine in his possession at the hospital. Both parties were arrested.

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According to police: A Hamden man identifying himself as 'Batman' on the phone called his former Stamford employer continuously over the course of a year and left harassing and threatening messages. He was charged with more than 73 counts of harassment and threatening.

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When approached by police officers, a New Canaan man admitted that he had marijuana stored in a secret compartment in his hat. As a result, the officers deemed the hat as "drug paraphernalia."

Warren Ransom December 09, 2012 at 09:11 PM
So if you put your stash in a police officer's pocket, he becomes drug paraphernalia?

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