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How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County man faces several felony charges for attempting to light his girlfriend on fire and stabbing her when the lighter didn’t work. He is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and aggravated battery. The Crime Aggravated battery, or just battery, is the most common charge that results from domestic disputes that get out of control. Arson, however, is quite so common a result. According to the article, the woman who remained unnamed in the police report, claimed that she asked her boyfriend to move out a couple of days ago because he was not paying any bills. A few days later the woman said she got up when she heard a noise while sleeping, saw her front door… […]

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What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post reported that local law enforcement is seeing an increasing amount of a new crime called the “bump and rob.” This new crime victimizes drivers usually late at night. Police are issuing warnings to Palm Beach County residents saying if you are driving on the road between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and another car bumps you from behind, do not get out of your car. The new crime From Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach, drivers are being robbed at gunpoint. The most recent incidents happened early Thursday. Around 3 a.m. in Delray Beach, a dark-colored Jeep brand SUV bumped another car traveling north on Military Trail near Atlantic Avenue. The victim reportedly got out of his car to check whether it was damaged. The… […]

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How Buck Wild Trial Sets the Tone for Gang Related Crime

How Buck Wild Trial Sets the Tone for Gang Related Crime

Five alleged Buck Wild gang members are set to begin trial as of yesterday. Buck Wild was once known as one of the most feared gangs in Palm Beach County. The racketeering and conspiracy trial will conclude the April 2010 indictment that listed dozens of violent crime charges including guns, drugs, theft, and assault. Buck Wild Trial The five men on trial include Marquis Alfred, 20; James Anderson, 22; Larry Coe, 25; Quamaine Falana, 19; and James Roundtree, 22. Investigators and prosecutors continue to stress how monumental the takedown of these alleged gang members was. The investigation required the efforts of a specialized task force designed to mitigate gang violence. Palm Beach County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Wallace was head of the Palm Beach County Violent Crimes Task Force and led… […]

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How Does Claiming Self Defense Work?

How Does Claiming Self Defense Work?

A man claimed self-defense after stabbing another man with a pair of scissors during a haircut on Tuesday. Claiming self-defense can work only in cases where you can prove that there was an immediate threat to your person in that situation. According to an article in WPTV News, a man was getting a haircut at an apartment in Stamford, Conn., when he grabbed scissors and slashed another man in the back. The man, David Davis, 21 was arrested soon afterward. Officers with a police dog found him in a nearby apartment. The mug shot clearly shows he had not finished his haircut before fleeing the scene. According to the article, authorities say the victim approached Davis in what Davis called “an aggressive manner.” Davis told investigators he picked up the… […]

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Armed Robber Yet to be Caught – Sheriff’s Office Needs Your Help

Armed Robber Yet to be Caught – Sheriff’s Office Needs Your Help

Robbery is probably the most common crime ever reported. The instances happen so often in so many areas that the public is desensitized to it in a way. Usually, however, robberies are poorly executed, and the culprit is usually caught. In this case however, the robber has yet to be caught and the sheriff’s office is using a composite sketch to try and identify the criminal. According to WPTV News, the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robber who targeted a driver on State Road 7 earlier this month. The victim said he was driving south just before 10 p.m. Feb. 1 when a black Ford Expedition forced him to pull over onto the right shoulder, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office… […]

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How Does Aggravated Battery Turn Into A Hate Crime?

How Does Aggravated Battery Turn Into A Hate Crime?

Hate crimes are one of the oldest types of crimes throughout human history. The drive to inflict harm upon others specifically because of race, gender, or religious views has been a practice only recently punished by the law. However, these crimes do continue to exist and can happen right in your own backyard. In St. Petersburg, Fla., a man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly stabbing a man after learning the man is a Muslim. Before the September 11 attacks, there were about 400 to 500 hate crimes reported each year. One month after the attacks, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), received more than 700 reports of hate crimes. According to an article in WPTV News, 52-year-old Bradley Strott was speaking to Sam Ebadi about religion. Ebadi… […]

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How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

Police brutality and abuse of power is a problem that has been around since the beginning of hierarchical society. However, the fact that it continues today is problematic because it makes people wonder whom they can trust. When law enforcement officers start breaking the law, who’s there to keep them in check? False Imprisonment in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a woman in Boynton Beach, Fla. posted an internet ad offering her services as an escort. She called herself “Stephanie,” and was found bleeding in her Boynton Beach apartment, unconscious but alive, only hours after posting the ad. She had been shot twice. The man being held responsible for the crime is Jimmy Ho, a police officer at Florida Atlantic University. The incident was clearly a… […]

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How a Woman is Charged with Kidnapping 20 Years Later

How a Woman is Charged with Kidnapping 20 Years Later

According to an article in The Palm Beach Post, a North Carolina woman was scheduled to appear Monday in federal court to face kidnapping charges. Here’s the kicker – she allegedly snatched the child more than 20 years ago and has raised her as her own. Ann Pettway gave herself up to the FBI Sunday morning in Connecticut after running from a warrant from North Carolina. She is on probation due to stealing items from a store where she worked and was consequently convicted of attempted embezzlement, and wasn’t allowed to leave the state. She turned herself in days after a widely publicized reunion between the child she raised, now an adult, and her biological mother, according to the Palm Beach Post. Carlina White was 19 days old when she… […]

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Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

Why Robbery Isn’t Worth Life Imprisonment

According to a recent and urgent article from WPTV, a 67-year-old man was shot in his eye Saturday morning but is expected to survive. Ahmad Zayyad, of Belle Glade, was working at the Super Merchandise Store, 265 W Ave. A, when two black males walked in and demanded cash around 10:30 a.m. Zayyad tried running from the suspects but was shot in the left eye. He was air-lifted to Delray Medical Center. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said she thinks the men got away with only Zayyad’s wallet. The two males are described as between the ages of 17 and 20, between five-foot-five and five-foot-six, and medium build. One suspect, who was armed, was wearing a burgundy, hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect’s face was partially covered, she… […]

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Actor Michael Brea Kills Mother with Sword

Actor Michael Brea Kills Mother with Sword

According to multiple news reports, Michael Brea, a former actor that appeared on “Ugly Betty” and this summer’s “Step Up 3D,” has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He is accused of killing his mother with a 3-foot-sword. Brea was convinced his mother was possessed by Satan, according to police reports. Neighbors reported hearing screams of “Repent, repent, sinner, sinner!” and “You never accepted Jesus!” It was the neighbors who called the police early Tuesday morning. One neighbor who called the authorities stated: “I heard him chasing her through the house and I hear a loud scream, and so I have my father call the cops, call 911.” “His poor mother must have been terrified, and the cops just stood a few feet away,” one of… […]

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