Never point a leaf blower at someone or you could be in a world of trouble.

A man in Tennessee has been charged with simple assault for allegedly pointing a leaf blower at a woman who complained about debris on her car.

Judge Dan Brown ruled on Monday that there is probable cause to charge 33-year-old Michael Bridgewater Jr., of Southaven with simple assault in the July 5 incident.

Kelly Carraway, an employee of Stage Road Barber Shop in Bartlett, told police that she saw Bridgewater blowing grass-cutting debris onto her car and approached him.

She said that he “intentionally” pointed the still-running blower at her “in an offensive and provocative manner.”

Carraway said the blower “caused grass clippings, dirt and landscaping/parking lot debris to make physical contact with” her face.

She said that the incident led to respiratory problems that required medical attention.

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A Florida airboat captain who lost his hand to an alligator last month was arrested on Friday.

Wallace Weatherholt, 63, of Everglades City is facing a misdemeanor charge of unlawful feeding of an alligator. He has since bonded out and has a court appearance set for Aug. 22.

Weatherholt was leading an Indiana family on a tour of the Everglades on June 12 when he encountered a 9-foot alligator, which bit his hand off at the wrist.

After the attack, Florida Fish and Wildlife officers began an investigation into whether the captain had fed or provoked the alligator, leading to the attack.

FWC spokeswoman Carli Segelson said that there had been allegations of that happening.

Passengers on the airboat stated Weatherholt hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water’s surface when the alligator attacked.

Feeding alligators is illegal. Those who feed an alligator face a second-degree misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time.

David Weathers, a nuisance-alligator trapper and owner of several alligators, said the reason it’s illegal to feed alligators is because once the reptiles are fed by humans, they lose their fear.

If the alligator in this incident had been fed in the past — either by Weatherholt or someone else — just the sight of the airboat could bring the alligator right up next to it, he said.

“Alligators have a natural fear of humans,” said Weathers, who often swims in the Everglades’ alligator-infested waters.

“If they see us, they take off. They see us as these giants hovering over them. They’re not going to attack unless they’ve been fed.”

Following the June 12 attack, wildlife officials tracked and killed the alligator. They retrieved Weatherholt’s hand from its stomach, but doctors were unable to reattach it.

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Often we point fingers at the often ridiculous justice meted out in the UK, but this idiocy comes courtesy of the US!

29-year-old Joy C. McDonald from Missouri cries each time she pauses to think about what her future might hold. She could lose her job, her small rented home and custody of her three children.


Because her two little dogs supposedly scared a neighbour’s elderly chicken to death.

According to McDonald, the penned bird apparently suffered a heart attack when her two Chihuahuas barked at it while running loose in their rural Lafayette County neighbourhood.

Actually, court records accuse the dogs of killing the chicken but don’t describe how. The bird’s owner refused to recount his version of events.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office released only the department’s incident log, which confirms deputies were called to investigate on April 5.

And the county prosecutor is saying little because the case remains unsettled. “There are photos with a poor dead chicken and feathers everywhere,” said Lafayette County Prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell.

The 29-year-old McDonald faces a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse for not controlling her Chihuahuas — Peaches and Domino — that together weigh about 5 pounds, or about as much as the average chicken sold for slaughter in Missouri last year.

If convicted, McDonald could be sent to the county jail for a year or be fined as much as $1,000, or face both penalties.

“I think this is asinine,” said McDonald, who lives just east of Odessa. “I just can’t wrap my mind around it. All of this because of a dead chicken.”

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A woman stood up naked in a Georgia courtroom and pleaded not guilty – even though she wasn’t facing any charges.

The unidentified Jesup woman was immediately arrested for indecent exposure and was to receive a psychological evaluation.

Magistrate Court clerk Luetrice Lott said the woman “wasn’t wearing so much as shoes” when she stood up Friday in Chief Magistrate Timothy Barton’s Brunswick courtroom and pleaded not guilty.

“Please enter a plea of not guilty for that lady,” Barton said.

However, Lott said she could not enter the plea because there were no charges filed against the woman, who apparently had entered the courtroom fully clothed and disrobed while seated in the second row.

She said the woman was scheduled to appear before the court the following week with her family to seek battery and aggravated assault charges against her son-in-law.

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It is a sad indictment on society where a Good Samaritan can be charged for thinking about other people.

It’s nothing I haven’t done. You see a couple of teenage girls out in bad weather and you do the neighborly thing and offer them a ride home. But, if you are a male in the Barrington area, such thoughtfulness is ill-advised and, according to the local prosecutor, illegal.

It was during a March 2nd snow storm that the man pictured left, Rodney Peterson, had stopped for gas at a Shell station. While there, he noticed two teen girls leaving.

“I just noticed these girls, that they had no umbrella, no coats or hood or something of that nature and I just felt like I should help,” Peterson recalled.

So, he did what any decent person would do and pulled up to offer them a ride.

“How far do you have to walk?” he asked before one said, “We’re okay,” and signaled him to move along.

The father of three (with a fourth on the way) continued home to his family and thought little of the encounter. That is, until police showed up on his door step a few days later.

He was shocked to learn that, not only had the girls taken down his plate number and reported the incident to police, he was also being charged with disorderly conduct.

What Mr. Peterson may not have known is that his area has suffered from several similar incidents in recent months. This is one reason why police are applauding the 13-year-old girls for their quick thinking, as one girl recorded the plate number in her phone and the other memorized the vehicle’s description, leading to a quick arrest.

Mr. Peterson isn’t blaming the girls, who he says did the right thing. He isn’t even blaming police, who he knows were simply doing their job. He just wants to know why he’s actually being charged with something.

“It really was a good deed, just misinterpreted,” said Peterson’s wife of nearly a dozen years, who is visibly shaken by the charge.

Barrington’s Police Chief, Jerry Libit, is defending the charge, explaining that it is because the girls were “alarmed and disturbed” by the situation, leading me to believe that a woman would not have this problem. It also makes me wonder if this is the best possible barometer for whether or not a charge should be filed.

The chief adds that the proper thing to do when you encounter teen girls who could use a ride is to call police.

Mr. Peterson and his wife, who say they are a Christian couple and are always trying to help others, admit that this situation will force them to think twice about how they help people in the future.

Mr. Peterson is due in court today and faces a maximum penalty of a $750 fine.

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Man barred from city hall elected mayor

On March 8, 2012, in Extortion, by djeyli

In a strange twist, unofficial results show that a New Mexico mayoral candidate who has been barred from city hall because of extortion charges has been elected mayor.

Sunland Park mayor pro tem Daniel Salinas garnered the most votes on Tuesday in defeating two others – even though he is accused of being involved in a plot to force an opponent out of the race by secretly recording him receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.

Salinas and two other city workers face charges in the alleged extortion case.

Meanwhile, a second Sunland Park city employee also faces voter fraud charges.

26-year-old Priscilla Morales, of El Paso, was arrested on Tuesday as part of a state voter fraud probe.

It was unclear if she had an attorney.

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An upstate New York man has been charged with child endangerment charges after his car was stolen with his sleeping 6-year-old son inside.

Phillip Owens, 26, of Irondequoit, told police that he had left his son in the unlocked car with the engine running on Saturday night while making a short stop at a Rochester convenience store.

While he was buying a drink at around 10:30 p.m., someone drove off with his car, Owens told police.

Police used Owens’ cell phone signal to locate the vehicle a half-hour later and found the boy still sleeping inside.

Owens is set to appear in court Feb. 28 to face a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper reported.

No one has been arrested for the car theft.

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A teenager who was elected to a Pennsylvania borough council seat took office a few hours after pleading guilty to stalking and escape charges.

Nineteen-year-old Kyle Bower was sworn in Wednesday night as the newest member of the Alburtis Borough Council.

Earlier in the day Bower was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a pair of misdemeanors for throwing a brick through his ex-girlfriend’s window and slipping out of handcuffs during an alcohol-related arrest.

At his court appearance Bower told Lehigh County Judge Robert Steinberg he’s a changed man since he stopped drinking. He says he’s pursuing his General Educational Development diploma after dropping out of high school.

Bower still faces case on charges including resisting arrest, escape and public drunkenness in neighboring Berks County.

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Drunk driver called 911 on himself

On November 23, 2011, in Alcohol & Drugs, by djeyli

Police in Wisconsin got a rather surprising 911 call.

The cops said that a 21-year-old man called 911 to report himself for driving drunk and ask to be taken to jail.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the Merrill man, whose name was not released, called 911 prior to 9 p.m. Sunday and told the dispatcher he was driving drunk and wanted to be arrested.

The man complied with the dispatcher’s instructions to pull his vehicle over and he was located and arrested on a charge of first offense operating while intoxicated.

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The parents of a 6-year-old Wisconsin boy who was charged with sexual assault after being caught “playing doctor” are now suing the prosecutors.

Their lawsuit, filed last week, accuses officials in Grant County, Wisconsin, of violating their own and their son’s civil rights, the Chicago Tribune reports.

They are seeking $11.6 million in damages.

The boy — who reportedly has a developmental disability — was charged with first-degree sexual assault last year.

He had been discovered playing doctor with a five-year-old girl and her brother by the girl’s mother.

The lawsuit alleges the investigation was biased because the girl’s father is a well-known political figure in the area.

The suit names a district attorney, a social worker and a former sheriff.

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