NYC arrest video shows ex-tennis pro being thrown to ground

NEW YORK (AP) — Video surveillance released Friday of the mistaken arrest of former tennis star James Blake shows a plainclothes police officer who has a history of excessive-force complaints grabbing Blake by the arm and tackling him to the ground.
Officer James Frascatore's rough arrest of the hometown favorite outside a midtown Manhattan hotel on Wednesday prompted apologies from New York City's mayor and police commissioner.
Frascatore was the subject of four civilian complaints in a seven-month period of 2013, and he has been named in two federal civil rights lawsuits as being among a group of officers accused of beating, pepper spraying and falsely arresting two Queens men in separate incidents that year.
The surveillance footage shows Blake standing against a silver post outside the Grand Hyatt New York when Frascatore approaches suddenly, grabs Blake, spins him around and throws him to the ground.
Stephen Davis, the NYPD's top spokesman, released the video Friday and said Blake was interviewed by internal affairs detectives Thursday night.
Frascatore, who has four years on the force and previously worked as a police officer in Florida, was the officer who arrested Blake, a law enforcement official confirmed Friday.Read more on

Former B.B. King aide accuses 3 daughters of defamation

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former personal aide to B.B. King is suing three of the late blues legend's daughters in Las Vegas over their allegations that King was poisoned before he died in May.
Myron Johnson's civil lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court accuses Karen Williams, Patty King and Rita Washington of seven causes of action including defamation, slander, libel and conspiracy.
Patty King declined to comment Friday.

9/11 rescue dog celebrates 16th birthday in New York City

NEW YORK (AP) — A rescue dog that flew to New York for the 9/11 recovery effort returned last month to celebrate her 16th birthday.
The golden retriever named Bretagne (BRIHT-uh-nee) traveled from Cypress, Texas, with her owner, Denise Corliss, after the 2001 terror attacks.Read more on

Judge: Woman charged in corpse-slashing case to stand trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman charged with slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend during a funeral viewing has been ordered to stand trial, a Tulsa judge ruled Friday.
Special Judge David C. Youll found that prosecutors had presented enough evidence against 27-year-old Shaynna Sims for her to be bound over for district court arraignment later this month.
Sims, who is jailed without bond, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of unauthorized removal of body parts from a body, larceny from a person, knowingly concealing or receiving stolen property and first-degree burglary. Read more on

Chris Brown granted joint custody of daughter in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has granted R&B singer Chris Brown joint custody of his young daughter in Texas.
A judge in Houston on Friday agreed with Brown's request to share custody of the toddler, Royalty, with the child's mother, Nia Guzman.
Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos (GEHR'-uh-gohs), says Guzman previously had primary custody of the girl, who was born about 16 months ago in Houston.
Brown must continue monthly child support payments of $2,500.Read more on

Police: 5 family members found dead in Minnesota home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police pushed ahead Friday with their investigation into an apparent murder-suicide in an affluent Minneapolis suburb that left a family of five dead, while a high school offered counseling to classmates of the three children.
Authorities were sent to the lakeside home of Brian and Karen Short in Greenwood on Thursday after the family hadn't been seen in days and a co-worker of the father asked police to check on them.Read more on