Beauty queen’s assault charge dropped under ’Stand Your Ground’ law

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

Beauty Queen's Assault Charge Dropped Under 'Stand Your Ground' Law

A Florida judge dismissed charges Wednesday against a former beauty queen, who was arrested for clubbing a guest with an aluminum bat at her holiday party last December 

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Former Miss Miami Lakes Vanessa Barcelo’s lawyer argued that Barcelo acted in self-defense under the state’s “Stand Your Grand” law, the Miami Herald reported. 

The incident happened during a Dec. 21 party Barcelo held at her Hialeah home to promote her cake business.

She testified that during the party, local disc jockey David Duperon tried to take advantage of her inebriated cousin, according to the Miami Herald

This eventually led to Barcelo and her friends trying to get Duperon to leave the party. Barcelo said she swung a bat near the crowd and slapped Duperon’s face. During the scuffle, Duperon got possession of the bat. 

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“I was scared for myself and everyone who was there,” Barcelo said. 

“I was afraid that I would get hit with the bat. I didn't know what else could have happened.”

Barcelo was facing charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Read more here

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3-year-old run over, killed by lawnmower in Washington

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:46 PM

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A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the child was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish, Washington, deputies said

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Crews responded after reports of a person under a lawnmower. 

Deputies said the was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident. 

According to deputies, the father wasn't under any influence. 

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'Cosby' reruns are gone from Bounce TV

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:29 PM

Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Bill Cosby, center, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse after being convicted of drugging and molesting a woman, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)(Matt Slocum/AP)

“The Cosby Show” reruns are gone from Atlanta-based Bounce TV following guilty verdicts returned today by a Pennsylvania jury.

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“Effective immediately, Bounce is removing ‘The Cosby Show’ from our schedule,” the network said in a statement to media outlets including The Hollywood Reporter.

Bounce had yanked them before Cosby’s 2017 trial, amid mounting allegations, but had returned them to its lineup.

In a 2016 statement the network said:

“Following the results of a qualitative research study which indicated demand from a vast majority of Bounce viewers to see ‘The Cosby Show’ on television again, the network has made the decision to begin airing the series (in December 2016). While we take very seriously the accusations against Bill Cosby, our research showed that African-American consumers see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable. Research and direct viewer feedback were the deciding factors in the network’s decision to move forward. The desire among African Americans to see the show on TV again is being reinforced on social media based upon overwhelmingly positive viewer response since the announcement.”

Here’s the announcement Bounce posted at the time.

That’s all over now. The network does still show “Cosby” spinoff “A Different World” on its roster.

Jurors in Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual assault charges on Thursday returned guilty verdicts. Cosby, 80, was allowed to leave the courthouse on $1 million bond and faces sentencing at a time yet to be announced. He faces up to 10 years on each of the three counts of which he was convicted.

Cosby has faced mounting accusations from multiple women; this trial involved victim Andrea Constand, who was a Temple University employee she said Cosby assaulted her at his home in 2004. Media outlets generally don’t identify victims of sexual assault, but Constand and other Cosby accusers have come forward to share their stories and did not request anonymity.

Besides Bounce TV, Cosby’s ties to Atlanta include a scholarship he and his wife endowed; AJC writer Rosalind Bentley reported in 2014 that the Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College, funded in part by a $20 million gift that Bill and Camille Cosby gave to the school in the 1980s, was suspended amid a raft of sexual assault allegations.

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Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Three Counts Of Aggravated Indecent Assault

A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday found comedian Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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Florida man sets girlfriend on fire during argument, police say

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:19 PM

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A 55-year-old Gainesville man was charged with attempted murder after setting his girlfriend on fire Wednesday night, according to authorities

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Roosevelt Kitchen is currently being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond, The Gainesville Sun reports. 

Police said they found the woman in a neighbor’s bathtub with “melted skin” from the gasoline poured on her, according to The Sun. 

At about 11 p.m., Kitchen got into an argument with his girlfriend of four years after they were both drinking and using narcotics, police told The Sun. 

The woman then left the apartment, returned and left again to sit on a neighbor’s porch, The Sun reports.

After Kitchen saw her, he approached her on the porch with a red gasoline can and doused her with it. A witness told police he heard Kitchen ask “Anyone got a lighter?” before he pulled one from his pocket and set the victim on fire. 

The woman and her neighbor were unable to put out the flames and took off her burning clothes instead, police said

She was taken to a hospital for her injuries and told authorities that Kitchen had threatened to set her on fire before. 

Read more at The Gainesville Sun

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