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Wednesday
Jun202012

Man Bites K-9's Ear in North Carolina Police Chase

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(WILMINGTON, N.C.) -- A police dog in North Carolina nearly sacrificed its ear when a fugitive bit it as he tried to wrestle his way loose from authorities over the weekend.

At 4:28 p.m. Sunday, police officers in Wilmington, N.C., got a tip on the whereabouts of Keith Glaspie, 22, who had eluded an arrest for a nonfatal shooting last Friday.  When police spotted him on Henry Street in Wilmington, he fled on foot, police said.

A 2-year-old police dog K-9 named Maxx soon caught up with Glaspie, and in the ensuing struggle, Glaspie tore into Maxx’s ear with his teeth, severing it in two and requiring more than 15 stitches.  In exchange, Maxx bit Glaspie, who was treated for wounds to his thigh at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before police took him to jail.

“When [Glaspie] was biting the dog, it was something we haven’t seen,” Cpl. David Pellegrino told ABC News affiliate WWAY in Wilmington.  “Yes, our dogs do get assaulted, but no one has ever tried to cannibalize one of our animals before.”

The altercation on Sunday followed a string of legal troubles for Glaspie, who is being held on a $1,025 million bond.

Glaspie allegedly opened fire on an occupied vehicle while riding by on a bicycle last Friday.  And on June 5, Wilmington police attempted to pull Glaspie over when he jumped out of his car and escaped to a nearby house.  A relative walked him out after police officers surrounded the house.  Police then booked Glaspie in the New Hanover County jail, but he was released after posting a $5,000 bond, police said.

Glaspie now faces charges of felony assault on a law enforcement animal, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer, property damage and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, according to WWAY.

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Monday
Mar122012

Youth Basketball Coach Allegedly Bites Off Opponent's Ear

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) -- Move over, Mike Tyson. A youth basketball coach in Springfield, Mass., has been arraigned after allegedly biting off part of the ear of an opposing team's coach at a game last Friday night, reported ABC affiliate WGGB-TV.

Timothy Forbes, 34, an assistant coach of fifth- and sixth-grade teams at Springfield's Catholic Youth Organization, is accused of attacking the coach of the winning team after a game at Holy Name School in Springfield, police told WGGB. As the players were shaking hands following the game, Forbes allegedly attempted to kick the other team's coach, and tried to punch the man in the face, Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Marie Angers told WGGB.

The other coach has only been identified as a 34-year-old man.

"While they were wrestling, [Forbes] then bit his left ear and chunk of it came off, [and] the defendant then fled," said Angers.

The injured man was taken to Baystate Medical Center, and the portion of his ear that was bitten off was later reattached, reported WGGB.

Forbes eventually turned himself in at court in Hampden County, where he was arrested and charged with assault and battery, mayhem, disorderly conduct, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, police told WGGB. He is being held without bail until another hearing, scheduled for next Friday.

Forbes' attorney, Philip Lauro, told WGGB that his client had a clean record and "has dedicated his life to coaching his boys."

But Springfield police told a different story. They said Forbes was previously arrested in the Springfield area for several crimes, including kidnapping, assault and battery and destruction of property, according to WGGB.

Attempts to reach family members at Forbes' residence were unsuccessful. Forbes' attorney, Philip Lauro, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Anthony Cignoli, spokesman for the CYO Basketball League of Western Massachusetts, told WGGB that all referees and coaches for the league -- including assistant coaches like Forbes -- go through rigorous background checks.

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