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Sheriff: Cop Pointing Gun at Unarmed Man's Head 'Despicable'

Former Sgt. Janak Amin has been fired, arrested; colleagues reported incident in Tampa

(Newser) - A former 21-year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida is now facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after being accused by his colleagues of pointing a gun at the head of an unresisting Black man already in custody. The Tampa Bay Times reports... More »

Cops: Minnesota Mom Admits to the 'Unthinkable'

Itayvia D. Lloyd allegedly pulled son from bed, threw him off balcony; he survived

(Newser) - A mother in Minnesota dragged her 11-year-old son out of bed before throwing him off a fourth-floor balcony, according to police. The boy, who suffered serious head injuries, a broken femur, and a fractured jaw, is expected to survive. Found at the foot of his family's apartment building in... More »

Cops: Guy Attacked Flight Attendant, Tried to Storm Cockpit

'If he did actually get into that cockpit, Lord knows what would have happened'

(Newser) - Passengers on a flight into New Jersey from DC had a scare as the United Express plane started to land in Newark on Thursday evening, reports NBC New York . Passenger Mike Egbert says that Matthew Dingley got up and went into a "full sprint" toward the cockpit, ramming into... More »

Cops: She Got Hired by Subway, Wanted to Party. Her BF Didn't

Kathy Jones accused of trying to set beau on fire because he wouldn't celebrate with her

(Newser) - Getting a new job is certainly worthy of celebration, but one Arizona woman's alleged response to a lukewarm reaction from her live-in boyfriend appears to have crossed the line. Court documents cited by KHOU and KPHO note that 46-year-old Kathy Jones was charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage... More »

2 Learn Fate for Racist Attack on Kid's Birthday

Jose Torres pointed gun, shouted racial slurs

(Newser) - A Georgia judge on Monday sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in disrupting a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs, and armed threats. Jose Ismael Torres, 26, will spend 13 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, making terroristic... More »

Man Gets 25 Years in Prom Date's Death

He admitted to choking her during rough sex

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Houston man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday after he woke up to find his prom date dead back in 2014, KHOU reports. Eddie Herrera admitted to choking 17-year-old Jackie Gomez during rough—but consensual—sex in a hotel room after the prom. According to the... More »

'Horror Dentist' Learns His Fate

Jacobus van Nierop sentenced to 8 years in jail

(Newser) - France's " horror dentist " won't get close to a patient's teeth again. Dutchman Jacobus van Nierop, 51, was convicted of aggravated assault and fraud in the French town of Nevers on Tuesday, banned from practicing dentistry, sentenced to eight years in jail, and fined $11,900,... More »

Cops: Woman Offers Man Massage, Sets Him on Fire

Then allegedly takes off in his van

(Newser) - A man's massage came with a decidedly unhappy ending in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday: The man says Christina Leach, 27, offered him the massage in his home, then tied him to a bed, poured something flammable on his upper torso, and set him on fire. Leach, who allegedly then fled... More »

Zimmerman Allegedly Tossed Bottle of Wine at Girlfriend

Lawyer: He 'has not been lucky with the ladies'

(Newser) - It was allegedly a thrown bottle of wine that landed George Zimmerman in jail for 14 hours this weekend and not a firearm, though the judge in his aggravated assault case has ordered Zimmerman to surrender all his guns, reports the Orlando Sentinel . Zimmerman was arrested Friday night, though the... More »

Cardinals' Dwyer Pleads Not Guilty to Hitting Wife

Running back is among spate of NFLers in trouble

(Newser) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted his wife during two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment. Dwyer appeared at an arraignment hearing today in Maricopa County Superior Court. He is charged with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault. More »

Zimmerman's Gal: Drop Charges, Let Me 'Be With Him'

Samantha Scheibe wants charges dropped in new affidavit

(Newser) - Breaking her furniture and sticking a gun in her face? George Zimmerman's girlfriend says it never happened. In fact, she no longer wants to press charges against him and wants to be with him again, ABC News reports. "When I was being questioned by police I felt very... More »

The Most Dangerous US State Is ... Tennessee?

644 violent crimes last year for every 100K people

(Newser) - Judging by newspaper headlines, you might expect the most dangerous state in the country to be California or New York. But it's actually Tennessee that has the nation’s highest rate of violent crime. That's according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis of FBI statistics on violent crime... More »

2nd Suspect Arrested in Houston College Shooting

Trey Foster accused of shooting 3 at Lone Star College Tuesday

(Newser) - Trey Foster, the second suspect in Tuesday's shooting at Lone Star College , was arrested early this morning at a home near Dallas, reports the Houston Chronicle . Foster was charged with aggravated assault in the shooting that injured three people. Foster's friend, Carlton Berry, was charged with two counts... More »

Houston Shooting Blamed on Men Bumping Into Each Other

2 charged with aggravated assault

(Newser) - This week's shooting on a Houston-area college campus began after two men bumped into each other, court papers say. Wounded victim Jody Neal bumped into suspect Trey Foster, 22, who was on the Lone Star College campus with fellow suspect Carlton Berry, also 22. An argument began before the... More »

US Violent Crime Climbs for First Time Since 1993

Assaults increase 22%: Justice department

(Newser) - For the first time since 1993, America's violent crime rate has increased—thanks to an increased rate of assaults, CNN reports. Assaults climbed 22% last year, Justice department figures show; 2010 saw assaults at a record low. In 2011, assault victims accounted for 22.5 people per 1,000,... More »

Guy Threatens Cat, Wife Shoots Him

That settles the 'it's the cat or me' argument

(Newser) - Audrey Deen Miller chose her cat over her husband in a big way this week: When hubby threatened to either shoot the cat (according to KHOU ) or throw it over the fence (according to KSAT ), the 42-year-old Houston woman allegedly shot him in the stomach with a .40-caliber... More »

Behind City's Falling Crime Rate: Misreported Cases

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel finds hundreds of cases wrongly downgraded

(Newser) - Milwaukee police Chief Edward Flynn had great news for the city in February: Violent crime had fallen for the fourth straight year. Except it hadn't, reports the Journal Sentinel . Its investigation found that the police department misreported at least 500 incidents since 2009. In many cases, aggravated assaults—which... More »

Woman Gets 20 Years for Firing Warning Shot

Florida's Marissa Alexander was fending off husband

(Newser) - A Florida woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison today for firing what she says was a warning shot to scare away her attacking husband. In the intensely controversial case, Marissa Alexander claims she was fleeing from her abusive husband when she fired a gun into the wall of... More »

Man Arrested Outside Bank: I'm Half Orangutan

Also claims he's Elvis Presley's brother

(Newser) - A Florida man suspected of assault told sheriff's deputies he was half-orangutan and had to telephone the "Fusion Center" about his monkey blood, the Naples Daily News reports. He also claimed to be Elvis Presley's brother, a friend of President Bush, and director of the CIA. The... More »

Arm Wrestler Loses, Goes on Rampage

Fla. man attempts to run people over, pulls gun on rival

(Newser) - Some people just can't take the emotional devastation that is losing an arm-wrestling match: South Florida cops say 25-year-old Erick Lee Blanton lost to a stronger opponent, then proceeded to flip out, jumping in his pickup, smashing a mailbox, and attempting to run down several people. For an encore, reports... More »

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