An employee at a Houston, Texas Wal-Mart noticed several women loading their purses with merchandise before trying to leave the store and consequently alerted an off-duty deputy. The officer confronted the women as they tried to flee. One of them hit the deputy with her purse and then ran to the parking lot to escape in her car. Though the officer attempted to stop the woman by opening the car door, she ignored his orders and started driving, dragging the deputy along-side of her car. In fear of his life, the officer fired his gun as the car sped off,
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Shortly before 6 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 19-year-old Savannah Ramirez accidentally shot her 22-year-old brother, Manuel Ortiz in the face while the two were playing around with the gun, posing for a Facebook photo together. Ortiz died at the scene. Ramirez and Ortiz had come to the apartment complex on 37th Avenue and McDowell in Phoenix from another party, and officers suspect that alcohol may have played a factor in Ortiz’s death. Ramirez was questioned and then released, but authorities speculate that if alcohol was found in her system, she will likely face manslaughter charges. Arizona law A.R.S. 13-1103
25-year old Nick Bell and his friend, 24-year-old Jeffrey Charbonneau were invited to stay at the Vermont home of Jim Goodwin on the night before Thanksgiving. In the morning, Bell came into the room where Charbonneau was sleeping to wake him up. Jokingly, Bell took a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle, with no safety engaged, off of a wall in the room and began walking around the bed with it. The rifle went off accidentally and a bullet entered Charbonneau’s heart from the side, instantly killing him. Bell pleaded no contest to felony charges of manslaughter, and misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment
Gang member, Rayshawn Laster, was found guilty for shooting and killing his mother. After committing the murder, Laster posted on Facebook that he had done something unforgivable. On December 30, Laster had an argument with his mother, Brenda Laster-Taylor. Her son’s actions worried her enough to call authorities. When they arrived, Laster had already left. He came back to his mom’s house around 7:30 and shot her in the head while she was on the phone. Laster then sent a text message to a neighbor that read, “I killed brenda.” On his Facebook page he wrote: “I’m sorry for nothing.
Bronson Pelletier, the 26-year-old star of the movie series, Twilight, was arrested in mid-December for public drunkenness at the Los Angeles Airport. A YouTube video reveals the actor stumbling around before urinating in the passenger waiting area before being arrested and handcuffed by police. Pelletier was later charged with public intoxication and could face a fine of $1,000 and six months behind bars if convicted. He stars as a member of Jacob’s wolf pack in the Twilight trilogy. In Arizona, public intoxication is charged as a class 1 misdemeanor for the first and second offense. A public intoxication charge can
Yoga instructor Joan Zalk was arrested for animal cruelty on September 16 2011 in Boulder, CO for running a leashed Chihuahua named Cooper that she was dogsitting along-side her moving Toyota Camry. The dog was panting for breath, trying to keep up with the ten to fifteen MPH pace of the car. Onlooker Elizabeth Whaley told officers “The poor dog was running its guts out trying to keep up.” When Elizabeth pulled up beside Zalk to confront her from her vehicle, Zalk threatened Elizabeth with a gun that she claimed to have in the car with her. Zalk then drove
As the poor economy and high unemployment rate continue to plague our country, homelessness has continued to become a reality for hundreds of thousands of Americans. Each night, approximately 636,000 people are without a home in this country, and 40% of those are living without any shelter at all. That 40% usually finds solace in abandoned buildings, parking structures, or on the street. In attempts to ensure public safety, many large cities have implemented laws that make performing certain activities, mainly associated with homeless people, illegal in public. According to a survey of 234 large cities, 33% prohibit sitting or
Capella Court Gardens inexplicably closed up shop in mid-December, just days before Brittany Wills and Ashford Dixon were to be wed at the location. The couple says that they lost around $6,100 to the Texas venue. According to data provided by the Better Business Bureau, the owner of the establishment also owns another wedding venue in Garland, Texas, Alexander Mansion. Both venues have disconnected their phone lines and taken down their websites. A complaint that was filed with the Garland Police Department claims that $1,500-$20,000 has been lost amongst multiple couples, making this a felony theft crime. In Arizona, theft
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