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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,...

Guy Threatens Cat, Wife Shoots Him

 Guy Threatens Cat, 
 Wife Shoots Him 

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...

Behind City&#39;s Falling Crime Rate: Misreported Cases
Behind City's Falling Crime Rate: Misreported Cases

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...

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...

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...

Arm Wrestler Loses, Goes on Rampage
 Arm Wrestler Loses, 
 Goes on Rampage 

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...

Man Gets 15 Years for Assault With HIV

 Man Gets 15 Years for 
 Assault With HIV 
The weapon: his penis

Man Gets 15 Years for Assault With HIV

Megachurch elder had unprotected sex without telling partner he was positive

(Newser) - A Texas man charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon—his penis—pleaded guilty yesterday, unexpectedly ending his trial. Nathaniel Tumbwe, who has said he is an African prince and a doctor, had unprotected sex with a fellow elder at a Dallas megachurch in 2008, knowing he was HIV...

15-Year-Old Girl Charged in Gang-Rape of Stepsister, 7

NJ teen faces sex assault, prostitution charges

(Newser) - A 15-year-old New Jersey girl is under arrest after allegedly taking her 7-year-old stepsister to an apartment where the younger child was gang-raped by as many as seven men as her sister not only watched but got paid by those who did it. "We're talking about a kid who...

Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Gets 18 Months in Driver's Death

Shotgun blast killed chauffeur in 2002

(Newser) - Former NBA star Jayson Williams pleaded guilty today to aggravated assault charges stemming from the 2002 accidental shooting death of limo driver Costas Christofi at Williams's New Jersey estate. Under a plea deal, Williams will serve at least 18 months. The former Nets star faces myriad other legal troubles, including...

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