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A deacon at an Alabama church stabbed the minister of music’s mother after her son tased the church’s pastor in a church brawl on Sunday evening after services.

The brawl involved between 12 and 15 people, said Lori Myles of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, and allegedly began when the pastor of the New Welcome Church in St. Elmo, Ala. fired the church’s minister of music and gave him his final paycheck.

Simone Moore, New Welcome’s minister of music, allegedly tased Daryl Riley, the church’s pastor, while arguing about the amount of the check, says the sheriff’s office.

Harvey Hunt, a deacon at the church, stabbed Agolia Moore, Simone’s mother, in the arm with a pocketknife during the brawl, according to WPMI-15.

Agolia Moore, who said in an interview (available below) that her son was ganged up on and only tased the pastor after being provoked, received 19 stitches and surgery for her stab wounds.

Simone told AL.com that he teaches special education at the Mobile County public schools. He also ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for U.S. Senate in 2010. According to his WHNT-19 biography, he’s also an R&B soul singer.

Myles, a public information officer with the Mobile County Sherrif’s office, told HuffPost that Simone has previously been arrested on charges of harassment, twice in 1996 and once in 1997 but the disposition of those cases could not immediately be determined.

She added that although more than a dozen people were involved in the fight, only Simone and Hunt were charged with crimes.

Simone turned himself in and has been charged with misdemeanor assault for tasing the pastor. Hunt, who remains at large, has been charged with a felony, according to Myles. The Associated Press reports that Simone, who’s 46, posted $1,000 bail.

For more, read the August 8 and August 9 reports at WPMI-15.

WATCH: Agolia Moore speaks to WPMI-15:

WATCH: Simone Moore speaks to WPMI-15:


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado sheriff has a bone to pick with Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of the A&E show “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said on a blog that Chapman excessively pepper-sprayed a fugitive during a scuffle and then took him into the sheriff’s office Wednesday without decontaminating the man first.

Sheriff’s staffers and the public were in danger, while Chapman stayed outside “prancing back and forth waving his golden locks for the camera,” Hilkey wrote on the blog. He likened the TV bounty hunter’s work to “genuine profit-driven peacockery.”

Authorities aren’t investigating why the suspect was pepper-sprayed, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported.

Chapman and his wife, Beth, said told The Associated Press on Thursday that they were puzzled by the sheriff’s reaction.

“I don’t know what his beef is. I don’t understand his gripe,” Beth Chapman said. “We caught a dangerous felon.”

Court records show that suspect they rounded up was wanted on warrants for failure to appear in two felony cases involving possession of methamphetamine, according to the Sentinel.

Celebrity bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman seen in handout photo from Mesa County Sheriff

Chapman said one of his staff shot a pepper-ball gun at the suspect and the powder-like spray shot over everybody in the immediate area. The Chapmans declined to disclose the details, saying they didn’t want to spoil the episode for viewers.

Chapman said his staff decontaminated the man, cleaned him, gave him a new shirt and fed him. The man was also offered medical help, but didn’t want it, Chapman said.

“To me, it was one of the best shows we ever shot,” Chapman said.

Then he woke up Thursday and saw media accounts of what happened and “saw that someone really told that sheriff a crock,” Chapman said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said staffers told the sheriff that the suspect, Andrew Distel, 29, of Grand Junction, wasn’t properly cleaned before he was taken into the jail. She said some people began coughing and the doors had to be opened to air out the building.

Hilkey was also disappointed that the arrival of Chapman and his entourage diverted attention from a ceremony honoring county employees, Benjamin said.

It was the first time Benjamin can remember that Chapman, who used to live in Colorado, has delivered someone to the western Colorado jail.

Chapman said a previous episode shot in Mesa County was one of the show’s top-rated. He said he would like to talk to the sheriff and maybe run for the office after he retires from TV.

In the meantime, Chapman said, the incident was great publicity for the eighth season of the show starting in October.


Duane 'Dog' Chapman and his wife Beth listen to testimony before the International Affairs Committee of the Hawaii State Legislature in Honolulu

DENVER (Reuters) – Celebrity bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman received a scathing public rebuke from a western Colorado sheriff, who accused the flamboyant reality TV star of reckless showmanship in bringing his latest bail-jumper to justice.

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey said Chapman engaged in “profit-driven peacockery” and disregarded public safety when he delivered the injured, pepper-sprayed 29-year-old fugitive to the county jail on Wednesday while TV cameras rolled.

“While Dog stayed outside, shirtless and sweaty, prancing back and forth waving his golden locks for the camera, his team brought this freshly pepper-sprayed fellow into the enclosed space of the Sheriff’s Office lobby with other citizens present,” Hilkey wrote in a blog posting.

“They also brought him in injured.”

Hilkey said arrestees who have been chemically sprayed must be de-contaminated and medically cleared before they are booked into the jail, “especially (for) injuries that are inflicted by a non-governmental employee subject to no policy or use of policy restrictions.”

Andrew Distel was wanted on failure-to-appear warrants on drug possession charges, sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin told Reuters. He was booked into the Mesa County jail after being treated by paramedics.

Chapman stars on the A&E cable network show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” which features the former convict, his wife and other members of his bounty-hunting team as they chase down and apprehend bail jumpers and other fugitives. His unorthodox methods and antics have stirred controversy in the past.

In 2003, Chapman was detained by Mexican authorities after they said he violated that country’s laws in nabbing fugitive rapistAndrew Luster, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetic fortune. Charges against Chapman in that incident were ultimately dropped.

A&E suspended production of Chapman’s show in 2007 after an audiotape surfaced of Chapman making racial slurs about his son’s African-American girlfriend during a telephone call. The series resumed after Chapman made a tearful public apology to the black community.

Two years later, Chapman accused a wanted man in Colorado Springs, Colorado, of firing a gun at him and his crew as they tried to apprehend him. Authorities there declined to press charges against the man, saying there was insufficient evidence to back up Chapman’s claims.

Earlier this month, the celebrity website TMZ.com posted a video of Chapman and his crew scuffling with other men at a Breckenridge, Colorado, restaurant as they attempted to locate a fugitive. The video shows Chapman engaging in a profanity-laced exchange with another man during the dust-up.

After Wednesday’s incident, the sheriff also took a swipe at Chapman’s wife, Beth, whom he said falsely accused deputies of releasing Distel when they refused to admit him until he was de-contaminated. Hilkey said his officers merely required theChapmans to follow jail policy.

“There’s no special pass for their celebrity status,” he said.


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SPRINGFIELD, Ga. — South Georgia authorities say two men became so high on drugs they began hallucinating and called 911 when they thought intruders had broken into a home.

Effingham County sheriff‘s spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the pair is suspected of using methamphetamine around the time they called 911 for help early Tuesday.

Deputies responding around 4 a.m. to the home outside Savannah were told by the pair that people in a back bedroom had broken into the home, but no intruders were found.

Ehsanipoor said deputies realized they were hallucinating. He said “they were so high they called 911 on themselves.”

The Savannah Morning News reports the suspects, both of Bloomingdale, face several charges including manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine. It wasn’t known Tuesday whether they have attorneys.

Nathan Johnson

A Kentucky man faces criminal charges after getting caught having sex with a horse for a second time, according to investigators.

Nathan Johnson is accused of animal cruelty after a witness called police and said she saw a man getting intimate with a horse at a stable in Carson Park in Paducah on July 14, The Paduca Sun reports.
A Kentucky man faces criminal charges after getting caught having sex with a horse for a second time, according to investigators.

Nathan Johnson is accused of animal cruelty after a witness called police and said she saw a man getting intimate with a horse at a stable in Carson Park in Paducah on July 14, The Paduca Sun reports.


The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case and issued a warrant for the 28-year-old’s arrest on July 18. Authorities reportedly took Johnson into custody the following morning.

This isn’t the first time the suspect has been accused of improper relations with a horse, according to KFVS 12.

In fact, Johnson was hit with the same charges in 2002 for a previous incident at Carson Park, the station notes.

Though bestiality is illegal in about 30 states, investigators around the country continue to apprehend suspects accused of having sex with animals — repeatedly.

Amish Horse Buggy


There are hot pursuits, and there are trot pursuits.

After a short attempt at a hoof-powered getaway, an Amish teen who was allegedly spotted drinking beer in a horse and buggy was locked up by sheriff’s deputies in Cattaraugus County, N.Y.

Deputies say they saw Lewis D. Hostetler, 17, holding an open can of beer inside his buggy on Route 62 at around 1 a.m. on July 18, The Buffalo News reports.

When the driver of the buggy refused to stop, police chased the carriage and apprehended the suspect, according to the paper.

Hostetler has reportedly been hit with a number of charges including resisting arrest, unlawful possession of alcohol, obstructing governmental administration, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, littering, and operating a vehicle without tail lights.

This isn’t the first time an Amish teen in Cattaraugus County has galloped towards trouble with the law after allegedly drinking and driving an animal.

Last year, 17-year-old Levi Detweiler was arrested after he purportedly lead police on a one-mile chase until he took a turn too quickly and rolled over his buggy.

Religious freedom is under attack in this country. Nowhere is this attack more defined than the malicious persecution of EllenBeth Wachs by Polk County, FloridaSheriff Grady Judd.

EllenBeth, an activist for the separation of church and state, had, earlier this year, challenged Sheriff Judd, an outspoken evangelical Christian, over the illegal transfer of taxpayer property to local churches, which he had orchestrated in a politically motivated public relations stunt.

Additionally, she discovered, through her Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to Sheriff Judd, that Judd had illegally used his sheriff department’s credit card and other taxpayer resources for this purpose.

In retaliation over a dozen of Sheriff Judd’s deputies, in SWAT tactical gear, descended on EllenBeth’s home in March. She was arrested on felony charges, jailed, her home searched and personal items and documents seized. Why? Because EllenBeth, a retired attorney, had used the letters “Esq.” (an honorific used by both practicing and retired attorneys) after her name on those FOIA requests to the sheriff.

Among the items that deputies took in the search were incriminating documents sent by a sheriff’s department employee in response to EllenBeth’s FOIA requests. Moreover, the search included rummaging through areas that had nothing to do with the practice of law: searching her underwear drawer, her medical supplies, turning over her bed mattress, looking under chair cushions, probing into her cars as well as into her employees’ cars and purses, while holding them at gunpoint.

Then again in May, she was dragged from her home, arrested and jailed, including a week of solitary confinement, on another trumped up felony charge based on a neighbor’s alleged report that he had heard a sexual sound coming from the privacy of her home 48 days prior.

EllenBeth currently faces the possibility of years in prison.  Most incredulously, no one has ever been arrested, charged, let alone convicted on the allegations that have been leveled at her in these charges.

Clearly, EllenBeth has been maliciously persecuted for standing up against the sheriff in her campaign to secure her — and our — religious freedoms.

But she is fighting back and you can help her by signing this petition and passing it on to everyone you know. And if you can, please help EllenBeth by donating whatever you can to her Legal Defense Fund: information at … http://atheistsofflorida.org/

Stephanie Robinette Mug Shot

Take another step and you’ll get sprayed.An Ohio woman is accused of using her breasts as a weapon — and shooting two cops with breast milk.

Police say they responded to a domestic dispute and found 30-year-old Stephanie Robinette sitting in her car.

When they tried to get her out, she told them she was a nursing mother… and then proved it, according to this report at the AOL Weird News.

Whatever happened to the milk of human kindness?

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