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Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

A Broward County court bailiff was arrested Monday night in St. Lucie County and charged with armed kidnapping, two counts of sexual battery and aggravated assault with a firearm. Garrett Cunningham, 62, is assigned to the Broward courthouse and usually works in the courtroom of Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Levenson. Bailiffs are unarmed civilian employees of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He has worked for the agency since 1999. Cunningham was booked into the Port St. Lucie jail at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The arrest was on a warrant issued by the Plantation Police Department. Source, full details From a legal standpoint, assault and battery often form one charge against a suspect. However, some suspects may merely be charged with assault. Anyone who is charged with battery, however, is essentially also guilty… […]

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Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Jupiter police officer Kevin Jacko appears in Palm Beach County court Thursday morning, September 12, 2013, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident in which a man said he was beaten. Jacko, 43, is accused of beating Cody Ross Blankenship on June 6 after the Jupiter man’s arrest on charges including resisting arrest with violence, battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT, and trespassing. A judge today ordered a $5,000 bond for the Jupiter Police officer accused of excessively beating a 24-year-old Tequesta man in June. Kevin Jacko, 43, must also surrender his weapons and not have contact with the victim in the case, Judge James Martz said today. Jacko represented himself today as he did not qualify for a public defender. “I’m not a… […]

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Assault on a Law-Enforcement Officer

Assault on a Law-Enforcement Officer

West palm Beach-A woman warning Palm Beach Lakes High School students that “Jesus is coming soon” was arrested and is accused of disorderly conduct, simple assault on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. According to an arrest report, a school district police officer was called to the high school’s guidance office where Camele Sinclair, 37, was “distracting” students. Sinclair was told to go inside the guidance office, but responded by asking the officer if he believed in God. Despite another request to enter the guidance office, Sinclair refused and again repeated “Jesus is coming soon” when students walked by. When the officer tried to grab Sinclair’s arm to direct her into the office, she became “irate and combative” and said she wasn’t going anywhere. The report said Sinclair… […]

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Crimes Of Assault And Battery

Crimes Of Assault And Battery

A judge has set a tentative trial date for the case against former tennis star Jennifer Capriati to be heard on Dec. 17. Capriati, who is charged with battery and stalking her ex-boyfriend in February, did not attend the brief hearing. Her attorney, Richard Lubin, was there and asked Judge August Bonavita for permission to depose the prosecution’s witnesses in the case. Capriati was charged in March with stalking and battery stemming from an alleged Valentine’s Day altercation with her ex-boyfriend at a North Palm Beach gym. The battery charge is connected to a Feb. 14 incident in which Capriati, 36, allegedly punched Ivan D. Brannan Jr. of Singer Island, at the Oxygen Health & Fitness Gym on U.S. 1. She began screaming at Brannan, then stuck her finger in… […]

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Florida Assault And Battery Charges Explained

Florida Assault And Battery Charges Explained

A second man has been arrested for an alleged attack on a man in March at the Rib Roundup concert in suburban West Palm Beach. Daniel Cavanagh, 26, of Jupiter, was arrested late Wednesday on a charge of felony battery for his alleged role in a March 9 attack that left a Cruzan Amphitheatre security employee with permanent facial disfigurement. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Thursday on $10,000 bond. Cory Tharpe, 25, was arrested the night of the alleged incident. Tharpe, who was later released on bail, is also facing a battery charge. According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, a Cruzan security employee was trying to break up a fight and pull Tharpe off a coworker when Cavanagh intervened. Source Assault And… […]

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Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

A West Palm Beach man is facing aggravated battery charges after allegedly throwing a metal chair on a woman while she was sleeping and later shooting a gun in her bedroom. Freddie Lee Holmes, 47, was arrested by West Palm Beach Police on Monday afternoon. He remained at the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday without bond. According to a probable cause affidavit, Holmes entered the home of an unidentified woman in December. The woman was sleeping in the master bedroom and woke up when Holmes allegedly threw the metal chair at her. Holmes, she said, was sitting at the edge of her bed. Afraid for her life, the woman tried to crawl out of her bed, but then heard gunshots and the sound of shattered glass from a ceiling… […]

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Aggravated Assault Charges And Resisting Arrest With Violence

Aggravated Assault Charges And Resisting Arrest With Violence

With an open can of Steel Reserve beer in his hand, Marc Madeus, 31, of Lake Worth, strolled down the middle of the 700 block of North H Street in Lake Worth just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. A Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol saw Madeus with the beer and ordered him to stop. After the deputy yelled a second time for Madeus to stop, he walked about 50 feet, turned around and yelled a profanity. He then picked up a Heineken bottle and chucked it at the deputy, where it broke about three feet away according to the report. Madeus fought with the deputy when he tried to arrest Madeus, then Madeus threw the can of Steel Reserve beer… […]

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Lesser Punishments for National League Athletes in Criminal Cases

Former NFL wide receiver David Boston’s hands brought him years of glory on collegiate and professional football fields. But in Palm Beach County court Friday, those hands led to a jail sentence (source, full story). Circuit Judge Charles Burton ordered Boston to immediately begin serving a six-month term for an aggravated battery conviction. Boston, 34, last month pleaded guilty to the felony charge that resulted from a Nov. 30, 2011, incident involving a female friend at a home in Boca Raton. Boston, during an alcohol-fueled confrontation, hit a woman above the left eyebrow, creating a wound requiring 10 stitches. Burton compared that “violent act” to being “like Mike Tyson hitting you,” unlike weaker people who aren’t star athletes. But the judge also gave the former Miami Dolphins player a big… […]

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Assault And Battery in Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic violence has many different definitions. Florida Statute 741.28 defines domestic violence as “any assault, battery, sexual assault, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit”. (source) It is against the law to physically hurt another adult, no matter how the two people are related. Every survivor of domestic abuse has a right under Florida law to be protected. There are two kinds of courts that handle domestic violence: Criminal Court and Civil Court. Civil Court Civil Court hears non-criminal matters such as divorce, child custody and Injunctions for Protection (This court, for example, may order a parent to pay child support, or it may order that the children… […]

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Assault And Battery On A Police Officer

Assault is generally defined as an attempt to commit battery. Assault on a police officer is assault committed on a peace officer responsible for perserving public order, promoting public safety, and preventing and detecting crime. When most people think of a charge of assault on a police officer, they imaging a violent confrontation, resisting arrest, and maybe even someone under the influence of drugs going crazy, and getting violent. But many situations where someone ends up charged with assaulting a cop are much less dramatic, and more nuanced. You can be charged with assault on a police offer if (source): You swing your arms to get away from a fight or other situation, and accidentally strike a police officer You drive to close to a police officer by the side… […]

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