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Zimbabwe's First Lady Accused of Assaulting 20-Year-Old

Gabriella Engels claims Grace Mugabe beat her with an extension cord

(Newser) - The wife of Zimbabwe's president handed herself over to police in South Africa on Tuesday after being accused of assaulting a young woman Sunday night at an upscale Johannesburg hotel, South Africa's police minister said. Grace Mugabe was due to appear in court Tuesday afternoon, local news outlet... More »

Cops: Girl Poured Boiling Water on Friend at Sleepover

11-year-old is hospitalized with severe burns

(Newser) - It's rough: Police in the Bronx say an 11-year-old girl suffered severe burns on her face and upper body after another girl at a sleepover poured boiling water on her while the victim was sleeping, reports the Daily News . Jamoneisha Merritt remains hospitalized with second-degree burns, while an unidentified... More »

Suspect Eyed in Woman's Near Miss With Bus

The man is in custody, say London police

(Newser) - Police in the UK have arrested a suspect in the shocking assault on a female pedestrian in London. A man was arrested in London's Chelsea neighborhood on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, reports the BBC ; the man's age was originally reported as being 41 but... More »

Mom Raised $40K for Son's Cancer Care. He Didn't Have It

Monika Burgett is accused of having her 3-year-old's eyebrows, head shaved in the ruse

(Newser) - A woman has been accused of pretending to be a doctor and falsely claiming her preschool-age son had terminal cancer so he could receive unnecessary hospital care and opioids. A Hamilton County prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday at the trial of Monika Burgett that she convinced doctors at Cincinnati Children'... More »

'Luke Duke' Busted on Assault, Cocaine Charges

Tom Wopat accused of groping a woman on set

(Newser) - Tom Wopat, perhaps better known as Luke Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, is in hot water. The 65-year-old actor was arrested Wednesday in Massachusetts on charges of indecent assault and battery as well as cocaine possession, People reports. As TMZ explains , Wopat was in Massachusetts to star... More »

Passengers Smoking Pot Leads to Texas Train Attack

'Everything just went from 0 to 100'

(Newser) - A man says he was beaten until he was unconscious Sunday night after asking a group of fellow passengers to stop smoking marijuana on a Dallas train, CBS DFW reports. "I'm like come on man. We're on the train ... You got other people on here who don'... More »

Man Accused of Dropping TV 3 Stories Onto Woman

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A Missouri man is accused of critically injuring a woman by purposely dropping an old television set onto her from a third-floor balcony, the AP reports. Jackson County prosecutors charged 36-year-old Otishus Kirkwood of Kansas City with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Authorities say the victim, who was not... More »

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 »

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