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Woman Set on Fire by Ex in 2015 Dies

Prosecutors plan to pursue murder charges

(Newser) - "She fought so hard," says Dan Bowes of his stepdaughter, Judy Malinowski. The Ohio woman was left disfigured and bedridden in a hospital after her ex-boyfriend doused her in gasoline and set her on fire on Aug. 2, 2015. "No one expected that she'd make it... More »

Dad 'Wanted to Kill' Man Who Found His Lost Toddler

Father believed stranger was child predator, cops say

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan was branded a child predator and had his photo plastered across social media over the weekend, all because he tried to help a lost child. A man was visiting with friends at a softball game in Lakeland, Fla., on Saturday when he noticed a toddler looking lost,... More »

Pair Who Killed Woman for Deflating Ball Learn Their Fate

Natalie Bollen, William Jelly sentenced to 7 years

(Newser) - Her lawyer described it as "an impetuous moment of madness," one that Natalie Bollen will now atone for with seven years of her life. Bollen, 28, and her father William Jelly, 48, were sentenced Wednesday to seven years in jail for a fatal assault on Bollen's neighbor,... More »

'Boneheaded Move' Gets Deadliest Catch Star Arrested

Sig Hansen allegedly spit on Uber driver, kicked car

(Newser) - Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen is apologizing after what he calls a "boneheaded move" got him arrested in Seattle early Thursday. According to police, the 51-year-old spit on an Uber driver who refused to accept cash for a ride that had been canceled midway through; the driver asked Hansen... More »

Campus Attacker Said Republicans 'Safe': Witness

Man with machete injures two women, reportedly asked political affiliation

(Newser) - Witnesses say a man armed with a machete attacked students at a university in Kentucky after asking their political affiliation. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the suspect—identified by police as 19-year-old Mitchell Adkins—entered a coffee shop on the Transylvania University campus Friday morning with a bag full of knives... More »

Cops: Tourist Held, Raped Over 2 Months in Australia

Cairns man in custody after traffic stop on Sunday

(Newser) - "Horrific," "catastrophic," and "terrifying" are just a few words police in Queensland, Australia, are using to describe a two-month ordeal during which they say a British woman was held captive, beaten, and raped by a former lover. Authorities say the 22-year-old woman from Liverpool had... More »

Football Player Gets Probation in Brutal Locker Room Assault

John Howard gets 3 years of probation and 300 hours of community service

(Newser) - An Idaho judge has sentenced a high school football player to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service after prosecutors said he took part in a brutal locker room assault on a black football player in a small Idaho town, the AP reports. According to the Times-News... More »

Student Arrested After Paper Airplane Hits Teacher in Eye

The 17-year-old has been charged with assault and battery

(Newser) - Police say a South Carolina high school student accused of throwing a paper airplane that struck a teacher in the eye could end up in jail for up to a month, the AP reports. According to the South Strand News reports that Georgetown County sheriff's deputies arrested the 17-year-old... More »

Teen Girl Pepper Sprayed, Charged After Bike Crash

Police say the 15-year-old was assaultive

(Newser) - Police in Hagerstown, Maryland, say officers pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl and charged her with assault and disorderly conduct after her bicycle hit a car, the AP reports. Capt. Paul Kifer said Wednesday that the white officers who arrested the mixed-race girl acted properly. He says she became assaultive as officers... More »

Cops: Tourist Falls 150 Feet Escaping Harasser

NYC's Hannah Gavios says Thai 'guide' assaulted her

(Newser) - A 23-year-old US tourist lost in Thailand asked for assistance getting back to her resort Thursday night, and a local offered to help. But that local is now in custody and the woman is in the hospital with serious injuries after she says she was forced to flee when he... More »

Woman Brought to US as Nanny Treated Like Slave

Lili Huang charged with labor trafficking, false imprisonment, and assault

(Newser) - Prosecutors charged a Minnesota woman Friday with beating and starving a woman she brought from China to work as a nanny, the AP reports. Thirty-five-year-old Lili Huang of Woodbury is charged with five felony counts, including labor trafficking, false imprisonment, and assault. According to the Star Tribune , the 58-year-old victim... More »

NC Couple's Alleged Assault Weapon: Pizza Rolls

Fireworks of a different kind on the Fourth of July

(Newser) - There's nothing more American than mom, baseball, apple pie—or, on the Fourth of July in North Carolina, pizza rolls and assault. WJZY reports that 24-year-old Brad Scott Beard and 21-year-old Samantha Brooke Canipe were arrested early Monday and charged with misdemeanor assault after they apparently declared their independence... More »

Flight Diverted After Man 'Tries to Kiss Sleeping Teen'

He was charged with assault

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man on a flight from Portland, Ore., to Anchorage, Alaska, ended up in custody in Seattle after allegedly trying to kiss the sleeping 16-year-old next to him. A spokesman for Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport says Flight 137 was diverted there Tuesday afternoon after the pilot was notified of... More »

Women Ham It Up for Mugshots After Alleged Assault

Facebook users aren't impressed

(Newser) - Mary Jordan was charged with assault and child endangerment last week in Bellevue, Ohio—but you wouldn't know it from her smiling mugshot. Police say Jordan and friends Ashley England and Sammie Whaley attacked a McDonald's worker in a restaurant parking lot on June 8 because they thought... More »

Charges: Drunk Priest Attacks Cop, Paramedic

'I'm from the Vatican, you're f---ed!'

(Newser) - A British priest pleaded guilty Friday to drunkenly assaulting a police officer and paramedic while claiming diplomatic immunity from the Vatican, the Guardian reports. According to the Sun , a paramedic found 36-year-old Gareth Jones, vicar at London's St. Mary and the Virgin, passed out in the street in his... More »

Dad Attacked for Bringing Daughter Into Walmart Men's Room

He says another customer thought it was 'inappropriate'

(Newser) - More drama in America's public bathrooms: The New York Daily News reports a Utah father was attacked in a Walmart men's restroom after he brought his 5-year-old daughter in with him. Christopher Adams was shopping for storage bins and window blinds when his daughter and 7-year-old son decided... More »

11-Year-Old Girl Charged in 'Swirly Gone Wrong'

Lanira Tackett's parents call it premeditated assault

(Newser) - A first-grader is recovering after an older schoolmate apparently smashed her head several times against a school toilet—in what police are calling a "swirly" gone wrong, KFVS-12 reports. Authorities tell Fox 5 Atlanta that 6-year-old Lanira Tackett was dragged into a bathroom stall Thursday at Oakland Elementary School... More »

64-Year-Old Hiker Tied to Tree Was Assaulted

Cops still seeking unkempt, bad-smelling suspect

(Newser) - A 64-year-old woman found tied to a tree on a hiking trail in North Carolina last week had been assaulted, investigators have confirmed. Few other details have been released in the disturbing Blue Ridge Parkway case, though police say they still want to talk to people who were in the... More »

Missing 64-Year-Old Hiker Found Tied to Tree

Hiker was reported missing in North Carolina

(Newser) - Park rangers in North Carolina are looking for a man described as unwashed and scruffy after a missing hiker was found tied to a tree, WRAL reports. An hour after a friend reported the woman missing on Thursday, rescuers found her barely alive on a trail along the Blue Ridge... More »

Only One Girl Hit Teen Who Died in School Bathroom

16-year-old charged with criminally negligent homicide

(Newser) - A pre-existing heart condition combined with a "physical assault" killed 16-year-old Delaware high school student Amy Inita Joyner-Francis , according to an autopsy, leading police to press charges. Authorities say Trinity Carr, 16, repeatedly punched Amy in the head and chest in a bathroom at Howard High School of Technology... More »

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