Riff Raff was just given a gift courtesy of the D.A. in Greensboro, NC ... TMZ has learned his drug case has gone away.
We broke the story ... the rapper was popped back in August when cops saw his car stopped in the middle of a street at 2:30 AM. A search allegedly turned up some weed, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol.
But despite what seemed to be strong evidence, the D.A.'s office ultimately didn't believe they had enough to get a conviction. And, since this is the season for giving, the D.A. gave him a break ... and dismissed the case entirely.
Score one for Riff Raff.
Pauly D's Baby Mama
History of Domestic Violence
Bloodied Ex-BF in Brutal Fist Fight
12/3/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Pauly D better learn to duck and cover ... 'cause his baby mama had no qualms about beating the crap out of another guy who knocked her up ... according to police records obtained by TMZ.
We've learned ... Amanda Markert was arrested in July 2009 for opening a can of whoopass on her first baby daddy -- Lance Gerbino -- leaving him with bloody lips, a nasty gash above his eye and injuries inside his mouth.
Gerbino tells TMZ ... Amanda had been out drinking with friends ... and was pissed because she had to come home to help take care of their infant son.
He claims Markert just started "going crazy" ... wailing on his face with her fists while she was holding their son. Gerbino felt the baby was in danger ... and that's why he called police.
According to police records, Markert turned herself in to cops --booked under her legal name, Amareda Markert -- but the assault charge was eventually dismissed after she completed an anger management course.
As we've reported, Markert and Pauly D are involved in an ugly custody fight over their 6-month old daughter, Amabella ... and they've both been very clear about how much they hate each other.
We contacted Amanda for comment on the domestic violence case ... she hung up on us.
DRINKING WHILE DRIVING
And Cops Say It's Legal
11/30/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Country music superstar Luke Bryan -- the guy behind the hit "That's My Kind Of Night" -- slammed a beer WHILE driving his truck back in July ... but cops say he did NOTHING wrong.
The incident went down on Luke's private ranch in Tennessee -- Luke can be seen chugging a can of Busch ... the brew that's "as smooth as it's name."
But according to the Knoxville Police Department, Luke was within his legal right -- 'cause in TN, it's perfectly OK to booze while operating a motor vehicle AS LONG as it's on private property.
So, while it might not be the safest thing to do -- it definitely ain't illegal.
Still, kids -- don't drink and drive.
Hand Over The Guns, NOW!
11/30/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gucci Mane's got a problem with the United States government that goes beyond taxes -- it's like a bullet to the heart ... because Uncle Sam wants to take his Glock.
According to a federal indictment, the government wants Mane to surrender his 2 guns -- a 40 caliber Glock and a 45 caliber Taurus. They also want the ammo that goes with it.
As for why the government has a hard-on for Mane ... the rapper has 2 priors -- aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of more than 20 grams of pot.
The priors trigger a forfeiture. Trigger ... get it.
'Wolf of Wall Street'
Was My Idea!!!
11/29/2013 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Leonardo DiCaprio owes his latest paycheck to Tommy Chong, who tells TMZ, the new "Wolf of Wall Street" movie never would have happened if not for him ... and he might be right.
Chong was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked about the time he spent in the clink with Jordan Belfort, the criminal stock market genius who the movie "Wolf of Wall Street" is based on.
FYI, Chong was sentenced to 9 months in prison in 2003 for selling bongs online.
Chong says he was working on a book at the time -- it was 2004 by then -- and he encouraged Belfort to write one himself ... so Belfort did ... and that book eventually became the bestseller "Wolf of Wall Street."
Years later ... that book is now a film. We're no math geniuses, but we're pretty sure that means Chong deserves some royalty money. Check the clip. Funny story.
Even Accused Murderers Deserve Turkey
11/28/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez -- the ex-New England Patriots star who is behind bars as he awaits trial for murder -- will be celebrating Thanksgiving with SOME of the trimmings ... TMZ has learned.
Here's what we're told Aaron will be eating:
-- 5 ounces of turkey
-- mashed potatoes
-- mixed veggies
-- fruit punch
We're told the reason the inmates get turkey dinner is to remind them there's still a lot to be thankful for.
And the pièce de résistance ... for desert he gets one slice of pumpkin bread.
And you know what he has to do to get 2 slices ....
One last thing ... He's not allowed to watch football. NO TV.
Dead Photog's Mom
I Think Bieber's SUV May Have Killed My Son, and Fled
11/27/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The woman whose son was killed while photographing Justin Bieber's Ferrari January 1 claims not one but TWO cars struck the photog. The second driver is wanted for felony hit-and-run and TMZ has learned the hit-and-run vehicle fits the basic description of an SUV in Bieber's entourage.
Bieber was NOT in the Ferrari. Lil Twist was behind the wheel when he was allegedly speeding on the 405, and a CHP officer pulled him off the Freeway. The deputy spoke to Twist and let him go, and then told photog Chris Guerra -- who was standing on the side of the road -- to get out of the area. As Guerra walked across the road, he was struck by a car, and shortly thereafter hit by a second vehicle.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ -- based on surveillance video and forensic evidence -- the second vehicle that struck Guerra was a black, high-profile SUV that was either a Range Rover or a Hummer.
Guerra's mom believes it's possible the SUV could have been someone from Bieber's camp either trailing the Fererari or coming to assist Twist. Cops are not embracing or discounting the mom's theory ... and the investigation is ongoing.
Guerra's mom wants the LAPD to show her the surveillance footage so she can see for herself, but they've told her it's an ongoing investigation so no dice.
We've contacted Bieber's camp for comment, but haven't heard back yet.
Emotional After Dom. Violence Arrest
'I Love You, Monkey'
11/26/2013 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Aiden Turner wasted no time trying to patch things up with his GF last night -- sending an emotional message to the woman he's accused of attacking, right when he was released from jail.
We broke the story ... Aiden was arrested for domestic violence Monday after allegedly chucking a TV remote at his girlfriend ... giving her a black eye in the process.
Turner didn't have much to say about the incident when he left the Hollywood Police Station last night ... but the ex-"All My Children" star got super emotional when he turned to our camera and delivered a message to his GF ... complete with a pet nickname.
Deputies Find Gun Stockpile
11/26/2013 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman was well armed last week when he was arrested for domestic violence ... according to Seminole County Sheriff's deputies who got a warrant to search the home Zimmerman shared with his girlfriend.
According to law enforcement, Zimmerman had stockpiled five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition ... including the 12-gauge shotgun his GF, Samantha Scheibe, claims he used to threaten her ... by shoving it in her face.
The search warrant ... obtained by TMZ .. shows in addition to the Kel-Tec shotgun, Zimmerman also owned an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle and three handguns.
Deputies also confiscated a pocket knife and a religious pendant.
Zimmerman is currently free on $9,000 bail ... his whereabouts are unknown.
Darwin Vela and GF
Mum on Charlie Sheen Sex Tape
11/26/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Darwin Vela -- the man who "disappeared" last week after evidence surfaced that a Charlie Sheen sex tape was stolen -- was mum last night on his way out of jail after being booked for burglarizing the house of Nic Cage's baby mama.
TMZ broke the story ... Vela, his girlfriend, Kelly McLaren (below), were not interested in talking about a Charlie Sheen sex tape that may have been on one of the computers. As we reported, Vela, McLaren and Ricardo Orozco (who is currently on trial for the burglary), paid a visit to Charlie's lawyer's office to get a price tag for the tape.
So far ... no Charlie sex tape has surfaced.
'Kidnap Victim' ARRESTED
11/25/2013 3:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man who mysteriously disappeared last week just before he was supposed to testify in a burglary case that may involve a Charlie Sheen sex tape has just been arrested himself for the burglary ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Darwin Vela and his girlfriend, Kelly McLaren, are currently in custody ... charged with breaking into the home of Nic Cage's baby mama, Christina Fulton and stealing 4 computers and other stuff.
Ricardo Orozco, Fulton's handyman, is currently facing trial for the same burglary. Vela was supposed to testify last week at his preliminary hearing, but a day before he was walking his dog and vanished.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... they don't believe anyone attacked or kidnapped Vela -- they think he just made himself scarce so he didn't have to testify. Our sources say they believe all 3 of them committed the crime.
As we reported ... Vela and Orozco, along with McLaren, went to one of Charlie's reps and asked what the actor would pay to get his sex tape back. The tape was never produced.
$100K Worth Of Stuff
Stolen In Burglary
11/25/2013 11:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus NEEDED some birthday presents, because TMZ has learned she's lost a bunch of expensive stuff in Friday's burglary.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... $100,000 worth of items were stolen, including a bunch of jewelry and several high-end purses.
As we reported ... the burglary occurred Friday afternoon. We're told there were no signs of forced entry, but there were numerous surveillance cameras so cops may have a hot lead.
Miley lives on a street populated by celebrities, including Steve Carell and Diddy's family. We're told they have security cameras as well.
Miley was not home at the time.
MUM On Whether Michael Jackson
Was a Pedophile
11/25/2013 6:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray has been blabbing his big mouth all over the place, claiming Michael Jackson killed himself, he used to hold the singer's penis .... but he then clams up in a big way on the subject of pedophilia.
"60 Minutes" Australia interviewed the felonious doc about lots of things, but you gotta watch Murray as he's asked whether he thinks Michael was a pedophile.
The way it looks to us ... he might as well scream, "YES!" Sometimes body language is more revealing than words.