A Pennsylvania woman's birthday blues -- and allegedly some birthday booze -- sent her into a rage in which she slashed her boyfriend with a box cutter and threatened to kill him, police said.
Georgia Zowacki, of Westmoreland County, became frustrated that no one got her a card for her birthday and attacked her boyfriend -- at one point placing the box cutter near his throat, the man told authorities. Zowacki's boyfriend, who was not identified, said Zowacki had been drinking during the day to celebrate her 55th birthday.
The boyfriend reportedly told cops the woman slashed him several times on his arm after he pushed her away at one point during the dispute.
Zowacki then allegedly threw a TV onto the man's bedroom floor, knocked over his nightstand and broke his bed. Police later said they found her on a neighbor’s porch.
Zowacki was charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats among other offenses.
A Florida woman and her boyfriend were arrested last week for scamming an 82-year-old veteran out of his life savings to fuel their drug habit after the man told a crisis line he wanted to kill himself over his empty bank account, authorities said
Jessica Henry, 31, and Gregory Dushan, 28, coerced more than $50,000, along with property, from U.S Coast Guard Veteran. The couple allegedly spent more than $500 of the money on drugs daily.
The 82-year-old victim called the Veterans Crisis Center and told the agency that his bank account had a negative balance and he felt the only solution was to end his life, the release said. The center immediately called police.
The victim, who hasn’t been identified, told officers that he first met Henry about three years ago. He started giving the woman money after she claimed she wasn’t able to feed her children and didn’t have transportation to take them to school.
Henry contacted the victim again six months ago, claiming she needed $350 a day to pay for urine tests as part of her probation for a recent arrest. Dushan, pretending to be Henry's probation officer, also called the victim daily to demand between $150 and $1,000.
Dushan threated to seize the victim’s car and throw him in jail if the demands weren’t met. The veteran eventually gave his car to Dushan. Police said they have since recovered the vehicle.
Henry and Dushan were charged with exploiting an elderly person between amounts of $20,000 and $100,000. Dushan was separately charged with impersonating a correction/probation officer. The couple could face more charges, police said.
Ellicott City, MD-A man charged with stealing from a Walmart in Ellicott City managed to drive a Howard County Police SUV to Baltimore in handcuffs Sunday night before being caught again.
Jerome Rucker, 32, of Nottingham, faces felony charges in the theft of the police cruiser and about $3,000 in merchandise, as well as drug, escape, resisting arrest and other misdemeanor charges, according to police and court records.
Rucker was arrested after a foot chase about 10 p.m. at the Walmart at 3200 N. Ridge Road.
Rucker was handcuffed behind his back and belted into the backseat of a patrol SUV. While the officer was collecting evidence from the store, Rucker was able to manipulate the handcuffs from back to front, climb into the driver’s seat and drive off. Officers followed and apprehended him in Baltimore.
Rucker is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.
Auburn, AL-Officials say they intend to pursue the death penalty for the 29-year-old man accused of shooting and killing an Alabama police officer and wounding two others late last night.
Grady Wayne Wilkes, who was arrested earlier this morning, is accused of murdering Auburn police officer, William Buchner, when he opened fire on a group of officers at a trailer park.
“When you shoot a police officer, we’re going to pursue the death penalty,” Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said.
The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call when Wilkes, who was wearing camouflage body armor and a helmet, opened fire.
Officials have not disclosed a possible motive in the incident. When police caught up to Wilkes later with the help of a tip, he reportedly did not resist arrest and is now cooperating with investigators.
Police Chief Paul Register said Buechner had been with the department for 13 years. He identified the officers who were wounded as canine officer Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott. Sistrunk is being treated at a hospital in Columbus, Georgia, while Elliott was treated and released.
"This is probably the worst day of my time here and words cannot express the loss for this family, and our family, and this community," Register said early Monday.
Wilkes is now charged with capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and an account of second-degree domestic abuse. He's expected to face a judge in the coming days.
Washington, D.C.-Police are asking for the public’s help as they search for a missing 12-year-old.
Amoni Gomes was last seen in the 200 bock of 35th Street Northeast around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Gomes is a black female with a medium complexion. She is 5’5, approximately 110 pounds. She has brown hair in a ponytail and brown eyes.
Gomes was reportedly wearing blue leggings, a gray t-shirt, and orange Nike sneakers.
If you know the whereabouts of Amoni Gomes, please call police at (202) 727-9099.
Connecticut- A major drug sting resulted in the arrest of 52 suspects in Connecticut on Friday.
The Waterbury Police Department launched "Operation: Raw Deal" last September in response to an uptick in heroin overdoses and deaths in the community.
During their initial sweep early Friday morning, 13 police teams arrested 41 people early Friday morning. Police later picked up nine people more suspects on drug-related charges.
Police seized 8t ounces of raw heroin, a few thousand bags of heroin ready to sell, more than $15,000 in cash, two cars, two handguns and a rifle.
In all, investigators obtained 100 search warrants, including eight search warrants and 92 warrants for conspiracy to sell narcotics, possession of narcotics in a school zone, sale of narcotics and multiple weapons charges.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the operation: Raw Deal investigation include Drug Enforcement Agency, New Haven Office; Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Haven Office; Stamford Police Department; State of Connecticut Parole-Waterbury Office; State of Connecticut Probations-Waterbury Office and Watertown Police Department.
Waterbury police have kept the investigation open and are still searching for 11 suspects with active warrants.
Tucson, AZ — Tucson police arrested a bank robbery suspect who allegedly stabbed a police dog while police were attempting to arrest him.
Police say 27-year-old Frank K. Garcia faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault on a peace officer.
Garcia stabbed the K9, Blitz, twice with a "homemade knife," according to the Tucson Police Department.
Garcia, who was wanted for robbing a US Bank earlier this month, was taken into custody. Police say Blitz was bleeding heavily from his neck and taken to an animal hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Garcia was booked into Pima County Jail on a $250 bond.
Pasadena, TX-Police are looking for the driver of a green Ford Mustang, who they said followed a woman home from a local gym and sexually assaulted her.
The woman left the Fitness Connection in Pasadena just after midnight Tuesday, police said.
Surveillance video showed the Mustang parking at the gym at 11:18 p.m. Monday. He waited there until the woman left and then followed her.
When the woman walked up to her front door, the man approached her at gunpoint and forced her back into her own car. Police said the man forced the woman to drive her to a nearby neighborhood, where the attack happened.
Police described the man as Hispanic, clean-shaven, standing about 5’2-5’4 and has a thin build.
After the attack, police said, he ran back to his own car and took off.
"It made my chest stop," said Cathy Reyes, who works out at Fitness Connection in Pasadena.
"I've had several cars broken into in this parking lot," Matt Hammond said. The Mustang "had what appeared to be dark-colored primer on the front left fender.”
If you have any information about the case, you're asked to call Pasadena police Detective J. Stephens at 713-475-7896.
Philadelphia, PA-Philadelphia police are investigating after a 5-year-old boy brought about two dozen vials of crack cocaine into a preschool at a Roman Catholic church.
Police say the boy told a teacher's aide at St. Cyprian Children's Center that the person who handed him the bag told him to hide it.
The teacher's aide took the bag, which she suspected held drugs, informed an administrator, and they called 911.
No other children came in contact with the drugs, and no one was harmed.
No arrests have been made.
Charles County, MD-A Maryland woman has been charged after officers responded to a 911 call to find seven children trapped inside a hot car.
The oldest child in the car, a 4-year-old, called police to report they had been left unattended, but said he didn't know where they were."
Through GPS and other mechanisms, the call-taker was able to pinpoint the location of the vehicle," the Charles County Sheriff's Office said.
When officers arrived, they found the car turned off and its windows rolled up. The youngest child in the car was 2 years old.
Charles County Fire/EMS provided treatment to the children on the scene, the sheriff's office said. They were "scared" and "sweaty." Police discovered only one car seat inside the car.
The woman who had left the children was the mother of two of them and was babysitting the others, according to the sheriff's office. She arrived at the vehicle about 10 minutes after police and officers determined she had been shopping inside a nearby mall for at least 20 minutes.
She was charged with confinement of children inside a motor vehicle and additional charges are pending, the sheriff's office said.
"As a reminder, it is against the law to leave a child under the age of eight unattended inside a motor vehicle if the caregiver is out of sight of the child unless a reliable person at least 13 years old remains with the child," the sheriff's office said.
"It is also dangerous to leave anyone, including pets, inside a motor vehicle especially as outside temperatures become warmer. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to extremely high and even fatal levels in a short period of time."