Wednesday 21 February 2018

In brief: Snipes to serve three years in jail

Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered yesterday to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for a tax conviction after a Florida judge rejected his bid for a new trial.

He ordered the star to report to prison as directed by the US Marshal's Service, but it was not immediately clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his sentence.

Dutch coffee shop ban for tourists

Holland's marijuana cafes are to be forced to become "members only" clubs -- a move which would effectively block foreigners from buying weed.

Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said in the future only Dutch residents would be allowed to purchase cannabis.

Burglar dressed as bride jailed

A woman is going to prison for breaking into her neighbour's house wearing nothing but a bridal skirt and veil. A judge in Maryland sentenced 33-year-old Melissa Wagaman to five years. A jury had convicted her of second-degree assault, fourth-degree burglary and reckless endangerment.

Wagaman testified that a combination of cold medicine and marijuana apparently made her hallucinate that she was getting married and that her mother was locked in her neighbour's basement.

Gunpoint robbery for cruise tourists

Authorities in the Caribbean nation of St Kitts say they have charged three men, all in their 20s, with ambushing a tour bus and robbing a group of cruise ship passengers at gunpoint.

Police say masked gunmen robbed 16 tourists as the group headed to Brimstone Hill Fortress, a park popular with visitors.

Rooftop battle in US 'Apprentice'

The dirt is flying in New York City between Donald Trump's producers for TV's 'Celebrity Apprentice' and the owner of the city's glitziest rooftop garden.

Plans to shoot the show's season finale atop 230 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan were cancelled after owner Steven Greenberg accused Mark Burnett Productions of being "scam artists".

'X Factor' house evicts Wagner

'X Factor' hopeful Wagner has moved out of the house he shared with other contestants.

The Brazilian-born wannabe was asked to leave the London house because of his unpredictable behaviour, according to reports.

Irish Independent

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