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86-Year-Old Dead in Apparent Social-Distancing Dust-Up

This may be NYC's first virus-related assault case

(Newser) - Tensions are high in New York, considered the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak , and now the NYPD is looking into what the New York Daily News says may be the city's first social-distancing-related homicide. Cassandra Lundy, a 32-year-old seizure patient at Brooklyn's Woodhull hospital, allegedly hit 86-year-old... More »

Cops: He Tried to Kidnap Kids. A Teen Wrestler Was Watching

New Mexico's Canaan Bower, 16, credited with heroic body slam

(Newser) - A man who allegedly tried to kidnap three children from a New Mexico convenience store was stopped when he came up against a champion high school wrestler. Canaan Bower, 16, was getting gas in Las Cruces on Wednesday morning when he noticed a commotion at a convenience store across the... More »

'Erratic' Mar-a-Lago Driver Won't Go to Court: Officials

Hannah Roemhild, 30, is also an opera singer

(Newser) - The woman accused of driving through security near Mar-a-Lago on Friday is an opera singer who's refusing to appear in court, USA Today reports. Hannah Roemhild, 30, is slated to make an appearance Monday if deputies can get her there without endangering her or themselves, a judge said. The... More »

Man Dumped From Wheelchair in Dispute Over Parking Space

Philip Kinstler, who is paralyzed, says his wrist was broken

(Newser) - A California man is facing charges of attempted kidnapping and assault after a Target customer was dumped out of his wheelchair. Philip Kinstler, who has used a wheelchair for 30 years, arrived at the Pleasant Hill store on Jan. 11 to find a vehicle parked in a disabled spot without... More »

Mom: I Was Brutally Beaten on Way to Principal's Office

Maria Guadalupe Jimenez says she wanted to report on bullying against her daughter

(Newser) - A California mom says she was attacked earlier this week for trying to report bullying at her daughter's high school, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Maria Guadalupe Jimenez was apparently trying to visit the principal at James Logan High School in Union City with her daughter and husband, when... More »

Carjacker Threatens Teen Girl, Gets Big Surprise

Imama Muratab says she had to protect her siblings

(Newser) - That's not dad—it's a carjacker. And we're in serious trouble. That was a 16-year-old girl's first thought when a carjacker hopped into the family SUV in Chicago on Sunday night, CBS Chicago reports. The girl, Imama Muratab, her 10-year-old brother, and 5-year-old sister were all... More »

A Meeting Was Set to Start. Then, a Splash and 'Oh, My God'

Georgia county commissioner's wife accused of dumping soda on reporter

(Newser) - The wife of a county commissioner in Georgia is facing battery and disorderly conduct charges after an incident Friday before a budget meeting. The Washington Post reports that AllOnGeorgia reporter Casie Bryant was in the conference room to cover the meeting, which included Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters, who can... More »

She Sentenced Him to Life. He Retaliated

Travis Burroughs hurled metal water pitcher, struck judge in the head

(Newser) - A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge had just sentenced a man to life in prison when he threw a metal water pitcher at her head, police say. Judge Wanda Heard, struck in the forehead around 10:40am Wednesday, immediately ordered a recess as she sought medical treatment, reports the Baltimore ... More »

Cops: Teen Didn't Just Assault His Girfriend. He Left His Mark

Jackub Jackson Hildreth, 19, was arrested Friday

(Newser) - Imagine a loved one angrily carving his name in your forehead. Well, that's what Jackub Jackson Hildreth allegedly did to his Texas girlfriend Thursday before fleeing the scene, the Houston Chronicle reports. But San Antonio police caught up with the 19-year-old and arrested him the next day. According to... More »

Jussie Smollett Saga Takes Yet Another Turn

Former 'Empire' actor files counterclaim against city of Chicago

(Newser) - The latest in the Jussie Smollett legal saga: The former Empire actor has countersued Chicago after the city sued him in April in an attempt to recoup the cost of the police investigation into what authorities say was a hoax attack staged by the actor in January. Smollett had already... More »

Woman Who Milkshaked Matt Gaetz Gets Time

Florida rep 'pleased' as Amanda Kondrat'yev sentenced to 15 days in jail

(Newser) - The woman who threw a drink at Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz outside a town hall meeting in June will spend 15 days in jail. Amanda Kondrat'yev, who pleaded guilty to assault on a member of Congress in August, was sentenced Monday to the jail time plus a year... More »

MLB All-Star Accused of Ugly Incident With Daughter

'I hope you go in front of the f------ judge,' Josh Hamilton allegedly told her

(Newser) - A former five-time MLB All-Star with the Texas Rangers has turned himself in to police on a charge of injuring his eldest child. According to an arrest warrant, Josh Hamilton threw a full water bottle at the chest of his daughter, described as younger than 14, after she'd made... More »

'Miracle on Ice' Player Found Unfit to Stand Trial

Mark Pavelich's family blames NHL head injuries

(Newser) - Mark Pavelich, a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" US hockey team, attacked a neighbor after a fishing trip in August, authorities say—but he will not be standing trial for the assault any time soon. At a court hearing in Minnesota on Monday, Judge Michael Cuzzo suspended... More »

Eye Reflection in Selfie Was All Her Stalker Needed

Hibiki Sato charged with attacking Japanese pop star: cops

(Newser) - Celebrities, and anyone else hoping not to be found by creeps on the internet, can learn from an alarming stalking case out of Japan. According to media reports, a member of the J-pop group Tenshitsukinukeniyomi was sexually assaulted at her Tokyo apartment building last month after a fan figured out... More »

Cop Charged After 2nd Shooting With Similar Details

Sheriff's deputy Lauren Michael charged with assault after scooter incident in Kansas City

(Newser) - A 29-year-old sheriff's deputy in Jackson County, Mo., has been charged with felony assault and criminal action, and an investigation has been launched regarding a 2017 incident for which she'd received a medal of valor. "Laws that protect law enforcement's actions are a high hurdle for... More »

Cops: NYC Homeless Man Slammed Boy on His Head

'Kill the kid,' mentally ill suspect reportedly uttered

(Newser) - A New York City homeless man with a history of mental illness is accused of picking up a young boy and slamming him on his head, causing brain hemorrhaging. Grandfather Naftali Portnoy explains the boy, variously described as age 6 or 7, was with his 10-year-old brother outside of Portnoy'... More »

Airline Employees Fired After Breakup Gets Physical

Police say the couple was caught on video physically fighting in a Denver airport jetway

(Newser) - A pair of Republic Airways employees found themselves both arrested and fired after, authorities say, they broke up at the end of a flight and things turned physical. Police say William Thomas, 36, and Marisha Sporer, 29, had just landed at the Denver International Airport on the morning of Sept.... More »

In the UK, a First on Child Discipline

Scotland bans smacking children

(Newser) - In Scotland, adults are more protected against assault than children are, as parents and caregivers are allowed to use "reasonable" physical force for disciplinary purposes. That's about to change: On Thursday, the country's Parliament voted 84-29 to ban all physical punishment for kids, including spanking, slapping, smacking,... More »

Neighbor Who Attacked Rand Paul to Be Resentenced

Rene Boucher served 30 days for 2017 assault

(Newser) - A federal appeals court on Monday vacated what it called a "well-below-guidelines" prison sentence for the man who tackled Sen. Rand Paul outside his Kentucky home, ordering a resentencing for the attack that broke the lawmaker's ribs. The three-judge panel of the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals... More »

Parents Find Boy in Girl's Closet. They're Now in Jail

The California adults allegedly restrained the teen and assaulted him

(Newser) - Parents in California reportedly discovered a 17-year-old hiding in their 15-year-old daughter's closet on Thursday. What allegedly happened next has led to three adults being arrested Friday and hit with felony charges associated with committing a hate crime, kidnapping, and more. Police say the girl's relatives returned to... More »

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