PENNSYLVANIA: Caught on video, cop booked
A former police lieutenant caught on video punching a woman in the face during a disturbance at a Puerto Rican Day parade in North Philadelphia was charged Thursday with simple assault. Jonathan Josey, a veteran supervisor who has since been fired, was charged with the misdemeanor after prosecutors reviewed the video. Police were responding to a raucous situation at the street party in September. The video showed Aida Guzman, 19, being struck in the face and falling to the ground, her face bloodied, then being led away in handcuffs. The situation was "volatile," District Attorney Seth Williams said, but Guzman did not pose a threat.
COLORADO: Accused gunman in hospital
A hearing for the man charged with the Aurora movie theater killings was postponed until Dec. 10 after his attorneys said he had been taken to a hospital. Court documents filed Wednesday gave no details of James E. Holmes' condition, other than that it "renders him unable to be present in court for [Thursday's] hearing." At a hearing Wednesday, defense attorney Tamara Brady said Holmes was taken to a hospital Tuesday. She didn't say where or offer details on why.
Cancer story called hoax
The story began circulating in October: A boy with leukemia had moved with his family to spend his final days in the mountains. The Eagle Valley High School team in Gypsum dedicated a game to 9-year-old Alex. A radio station took up the cause, and a Facebook page bearing his picture drew more than 1,000 followers. When he failed to show up at the game, a woman, 22, spreading the story said he had suffered a seizure. It wasn't long before she said he had died. Police are calling the story a hoax and investigating whether it violated any laws.
MASSACHUSETTS: Nice bills, wrong president
A man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store in North Attleboro made a critical mistake. The bills had a picture of Abraham Lincoln on them. Real $100 bills bear a picture of Benjamin Franklin. Lincoln is on the $5 bill. Dana Leland, 29, of Central Falls, R.I., was held on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.