Monday afternoon, George Zimmerman was charged with assault and battery for allegedly pointing a long-barreled shotgun at his new girlfriends head .
According to the sheriff's office, Zimmerman, .30, pushed Samantha Scheibe, 27, from their Florida home at gunpoint and barricaded the door with furniture.
"You put your gun in my freakin' face!" Scheibe yelled to Zimmerman as she told the dispatcher he pushed her out of her home. "He knows how to do this, he knows how to play this game," "I'm not walking over there yet, I don't think he'd do anything but I don't think he has nothing to lose at this point".
Zimmerman made a 911 call of his own, claiming his girlfriend, pregnant with his child, had gone nuts and started smashing things. Cops later disputed Scheibe is pregnant. "I just want everyone to know the truth," he told the dispatcher.
He was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in the city of Sanford, the sheriff's office said. He knows that place very well..
Now this is just getting out of hand, A Camden County Georgia deputy sheriff has been suspended without pay after photos surfaced of him dressed not only in blackface but as a black prisoner in a striped jail uniform ‘picking cotton’ at a Halloween party.
Sheriff Jim Proctor has suspended Deputy Sheriff Chad Palmer without pay and said while Palmer’s costume was ‘extremely insensitive,’ he doesn’t believe that Palmer is racist.
Proctor says Palmer has been placed on probation for a year and the department’s deputy sheriffs are now required to participate in sensitivity training — which begins next week. But some angry residents in the south Georgia county say that’s not enough.
The Camden County sheriff Jim made the announcement in front of a room packed with community members, local church leaders and representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Wednesday.
‘Today, we are here because of someone’s inappropriate, insensitive actions. Extremely insensitive, is what it is. I do not believe Chad Palmer is a racist. I have had to take action,’ said Proctor.
According to (CNN) -- Tacloban, Philippines, A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the Philippines, officials found more than 100 bodies scattered on the streets of one devastated coastal city.
Officials rushed body bags to Tacloban city Saturday following the first significant report of fatalities.
"There are numbers of undetermined casualties found along the roads. We have to send the requested 100 body bags in the area," Lt. Jim Aris Alagao told the Philippines news agency.
Shell-shocked Filipinos waded through waist-high water. Overturned vehicles, fallen utility poles and tree trunks landed on roads, blocking transportation.
Rooftops blown out
And for the buildings left standing, rooftops and windows were blown out. Gaping holes remained.
"Tacloban has been the worst hit and we expect the greatest number of casualties from there," Alagao said. "We have not been able to determine a specific death toll as communications are still down -- other government agencies are reporting more than 100 casualties in Tacloban alone."
Officials say the number is expected to go up once they get access to devastated areas.
In Tacloban, mobile services were down and officials were relying on intermittent communication using radios.
Rescue crews handed out ready-to-eat meals, clothing, blankets, medicine and water, Alagao said.
It'll take days to get the full scope of the damage by a typhoon described as one of the strongest to make landfall in recorded history.
In addition to the fatalities, at least 100 people were injured in Tacloban, said Capt. John Andrews, deputy director of the national Civil Aviation Authority.
Tacloban has a population of about 220,000. Most of the other badly-hit cities and islands were cut off, making the number of casualties unclear.
Frantic search for water
Residents scoured through supermarkets, looking for water and food. They slowly emerged on streets littered with debris.
In a final act of political theater before a key test vote, Sen. Ted Cruz launched Tuesday into a marathon speech on the Senate floor decrying ObamaCare that carried into Wednesday morning -- amounting to a last-ditch effort to rally support for Republicans' bid to defund the health care law.
The Texas Republican senator declared Tuesday afternoon that he intends to speak in opposition to ObamaCare "until I am no longer able to stand."
"ObamaCare isn't working," he said. "There are politicians in this body who are not listening to the people."
Cruz's speech topics ranged from the American revolution to the Washington establishment, his Cuban-born father and the impact of the health care law. By 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Cruz and his fellow GOP conservatives had spoken for more than 14 hours, the eighth longest since precise record-keeping began in 1900.
As his speech neared its sixth hour, Cruz took an odd turn by reading his young daughters a bedtime story via the Senate floor cameras. Cruz said his book of choice, Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham," was a favorite of his as a child.
The move was reminiscent of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., earlier this year staging an old-fashioned filibuster to voice his concerns over drones.
(CNN) -- Russia and the United States announced Saturday that they have reached a groundbreaking deal on a framework to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, after talks in Switzerland.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stood side-by-side as they set out a series of steps the Syria government must follow.
Syria must submit within one week a comprehensive list of its chemical weapons stockpile, Kerry said. International inspectors must be on the ground no later than November, he said.
The framework also envisages the destruction of all Syria's chemical weapons by the middle of next year.
If Syria does not comply with the procedures to eliminate its chemical weapons, the threat of force could be included in a draft U.N. Security Council resolution, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.
"We've committed to impose measures under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Security Council," he said.
Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter leaves open the ultimate possibility for the Security Council to consider the use of force if Syria fails to comply, but other options will be debated.
Questioned by reporters, Kerry backed off the idea of force, saying he won't specify what the remedy "might be for circumstances we don't even know yet."
He did say that President Barack Obama reserves the right to defend the US and US interests. However, he said, "the president also wants to find a diplomatic solution."
Kerry said the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must allow immediate and "unfettered" access to international inspectors.
But he said there shouldn't be a problem reaching Syria's chemical weapons sites provided the al-Assad regime cooperates, since Syria has moved its chemical weapons into areas where it has tighter control.
This will make it easier for U.N. inspectors to get to them despite the ongoing civil war, he said.
The United States and Russia have reached a shared assessment on the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the al-Assad regime, Kerry added.
He praised Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Lavrov for seizing the initiative that resulted in the Geneva talks being called at short notice this week.
News of the deal came after talks extended into a third day.
Police allowed George Zimmerman to go free Monday afternoon after questioning him outside the home where Shellie Zimmerman placed the 911 call. Police Chief Steve Bracknell said Shellie Zimmerman and her father decided not to press charges after consulting with an attorney.
In an audio recording of Shellie Zimmerman's 911 call, she can be heard saying Zimmerman smashed an iPad she was holding and cut it with a pocket knife, struck her father in the nose and threatened both while putting a hand on a gun.
This man is a ticking time bomb who thinks he's invincible.
Va – Charlottesville police say two men picked the wrong students to rob at gunpoint. The robbery suspects are behind bars, badly beaten by their victims.
Both suspects have severe injuries to their faces, but the victims – we’re told – are doing just fine. The pair who allegedly attempted an armed robbery had the tables turned on them Tuesday night, becoming victims themselves, so to speak.
Johnny Calderon Jr., 19, is facing four charges: two for attempted robbery, one for pointing a firearm and one for using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Calderon has a lot of bruising on his face, but he was not as badly injured as Gerald Allen. Allen’s right eye is swollen shut. Allen, 18, is facing a pair of attempted robbery charges.
Police say the suspects, both from Charlottesville, had to be taken to the hospital before going to jail Tuesday night.
How dumb do you feel after trying to rob someone and they give you the business ?
-- The Obama administration pushed forward Sunday on a new path toward military action in Syria, calling on Congress to support the president's call.
Announcing that evidence collected independently of a United Nations probe shows Syria used sarin gas
in an attack on its people, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has to act.
"If you don't do it, you send a message of impunity," he said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union."
Iran, North Korea, and Hezbollah "will look at the United States and say 'Nothing means anything' -- that's what's at stake here," he said.
Syria denies using chemical weapons on its people, and blames rebels. But Kerry called the evidence "overwhelming."
A U.N. team's investigation could take up to three weeks to produce results, while evidence in analyzed. Even then, the team will only say whether chemical weapons were used -- not who was responsible.
U.S. military action appeared imminent until Saturday, when Obama announced he would first seek Congress' approval. Lawmakers come back from recess September 9.
The president's decision quickly drew criticism from those who support and those who oppose a strike.
"We can't understand how you can promise to help those who are being slaughtered every day in the hundreds, giving them false hope, then change your mind and say let's wait and see," said the Syrian National Coalition, a key group of Syrian dissidents.
Iran, a staunch supporter of the Syrian regime, warned the United States will pay a price if it strikes Syria.
Even the slightest attack by the United States against Syria will result in dire consequences, Iranian Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi said, according to the state-run FARS news outlet. The agency did not specify what those consequences would be.
(CNN) -- [Breaking news alert 1:19 p.m. ET]
A preliminary U.S. government assessment of last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria has made these key findings:
--100 videos attributed to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria "show large numbers of bodies exhibiting physical signs consistent with, but not unique to, nerve agent exposure." Some videos show what appear to be fatalities "with no visible injuries" -- imagery "consistent with death from chemical weapons, and inconsistent with death from small-arms, high-explosive munitions or blister agents," said the report, released Friday.
--1,429 people were killed in an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria and asserted that "we assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs."
-- The United States says it has "intelligence that leads us to assess that Syrian chemical weapons personnel ... were preparing chemical weapons munitions prior to" what Washington believes was a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21. "In the three days prior to the attack, we collected streams of human, signals and geospatial intelligence that reveal regime activities that we assess were associated with preparations for a chemical weapons attack," the U.S. government said in its assessment released Friday.
Citing support from the Arab League, Turkey and France, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that "we are not alone in our will to do something about" last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria that he blamed on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Kerry added that the United States "makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our own values and interests" in signaling a possible military response to last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria.
As reported by CNN
(CNN) -- [Breaking news alert, 6:44 p.m. ET]
The United States may have to take unilateral action against Syria after British lawmakers voted down a proposal for military action, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.
"I do think it's a possibility," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The United States values what Britain thinks, the diplomat said, adding "we're going to make the decision we need to make."
British lawmakers vote against taking military action
British lawmakers on Thursday voted down a proposal to take military action against Syria, dealing Prime Minister David Cameron a blow in his push for a strong response to claims the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people.
Cameron said he would not go against the vote of Parliament.
"I strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons," the prime minister said, adding that the vote reflected the views of the people who do not want to see British military action.
"I get that and the government will act accordingly," he said.
News of the vote came hours after a closed-door meeting of the U.N. Security Council ended with no agreement on a resolution to address the growing crisis in Syria, a Western diplomat told CNN's Nick Paton Walsh on condition of anonymity.