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Steven Hoffer
Steven Hoffer is New York-based journalist who previously worked for and Relix Magazine.

Entries by Steven Hoffer

WATCH: Officer Pepper Sprays Man Who Flipped Him Off

(157) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 11:59 AM

A police officer in upstate New York has been placed on administrative leave after he pepper sprayed a motorist who gave the middle finger to see how the officer would react.

Adam Rupeka, 35, flipped the bird at officer Nathan Baker shortly after he arrived in Saratoga Springs on May...

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Son Charged With Murder In Olive Oil Maker's Death

(10) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:12 PM

The son of a prominent olive oil producer in California has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his father.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies said Robert Yandolino, 25, approached his father, Carlo Alexander Yandolino, 58, as he sat in his SUV around 9:45 a.m. Thursday, The...

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Police Seek 'Person Of Interest' In D.C. Family Slaying

(20) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Authorities in D.C. are seeking a "person of interest" in the slaying of a family and their housekeeper found dead in a burning multimillion-dollar home last week.

Surveillance footage released by D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department shows the individual dressed in dark clothing and walking past a dumpster.

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Man Smashes Wrong Car As Life Imitates 'The Big Lebowski'

(31) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 10:46 AM

This is what happens...

A Florida man is charged with felony criminal mischief after deputies say he smashed a car which he thought belonged to his friend, only to find out the vehicle belonged to his friend's neighbor, The Bradenton Herald reports.

Authorities say that Ryan T. Smith,...

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Woman Accused Of Cutting Breasts, Toe From Body Of Boyfriend's Ex

(25) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 10:35 AM

An Oklahoma woman is accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend's deceased ex-girlfriend.

Authorities say that Shaynna Sims, 26, “crudely cut and removed a toe” and sliced both breasts from the woman's corpse. The suspect now faces charges regarding those allegations, in addition to five previous felony counts surrounding...

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8th Person Confirmed Dead In Amtrak Crash In Philadelphia

(44) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said Thursday that an eighth body has been found in the wreckage from the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia earlier this week.

The Associated Press reports that Sawyer said a cadaver dog led officials to the body, which was inside...

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Baltimore Correctional Officers Charged With Looting During Riots

(59) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 12:35 PM

A pair of correctional officers in Baltimore were charged Wednesday with looting a convenience store during the riots that broke out last month following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Police say Tamika Cobb, 29, and Kendra Richard, 28, can be seen in an April 25 video of people...

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7 Dead In Amtrak Train Derailment, Crews Search For Missing Passengers

(211) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Police have confirmed a seventh death in the investigation of an overturned Amtrak train in Philadelphia.

Emergency response crews were sifting through the mangled wreckage of the train Wednesday morning, as officials attempt to account for missing passengers and determine what caused the deadly accident.

"You have a...

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WHAT AN ERECTION! China Builds 57-Story Skyscraper In 19 Days

(28) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 1:51 PM

A Chinese construction company says it built a 57-story skyscraper -- and it only took 19 days.

Broad Sustainable Building said the Mini Sky City building, located in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha, has 800 apartments and office space for 4,000 workers.

WATCH: Check out the time-lapse...

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Fugitive High School Girls Basketball Coach Shelton Kingcade Surrenders To Authorities

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 9:11 AM

A Wisconsin high school girls basketball coach on the run from police turned himself in Thursday to face accusations of sexual assault.

Shelton Kingcade, 43, surrendered after two days of avoiding authorities, WKOW reports.

Police say multiple victims have accused Kingcade of inappropriate actions while he coached...

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NJ Police Bust Candy Man With 80 Pounds Of Weed Treats

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:56 AM

This Candy Man could be headed to the can.

Authorities in New Jersey busted a Brooklyn man Tuesday who was hauling 80 pounds of pot treats and a "shopping list" of other illegal substances, police say.

Samuel Bompane, 22, was arrested by state troopers after he was involved in...

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Man With Spider Face Tattoo Allegedly Stabs Neighbor

(24) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 11:16 AM

A Florida man with a spider face tattoo is caught in the web of the law.

Eric Ortiz, 25, was arrested Wednesday after he reportedly stabbed his neighbor, Brandon Bonneville, 28, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Ortiz suspected Bonneville of sleeping with his girlfriend.

Authorities responded to Bonneville's...

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Florida Mom Drives Car With 13-Year-Old Son On Hood, Police Say

(80) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:45 PM

A Florida mom has been charged with child abuse after she allegedly drove her car with her 13-year-old son clinging to the hood.

Bridget Garcia, 32, was arrested by Port St. Lucie Police around 9 a.m. Monday, when they responded to reports of a disturbance.

Authorities said that Garcia's son...

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Family Argument Over Beer Leads To Shotgun, Pickax Showdown

(62) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 10:45 AM

A recent family quarrel in Florida sparked by a couple of cans of beer ended with a shotgun blast through the front door of a residence.

Authorities with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office say that Elvis Rhodes, 55, took the two beers from a cooler on his son...

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Parents Arrested After 3 Little Girls Found Living In Garbage Filled Home

(54) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 12:28 PM

A Florida couple was arrested Friday police discovered their children living in filth, among bugs and human feces.

Police say a tip led them to the North Miami home, which had garbage piled ankle high. Wanick Joseph Cadet, 35, and Lourdes Ruiz, 32, lived with their three girls, all younger...

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Dad Who Abandoned Son At Deadly Wreck Sentenced To Prison

(33) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 11:26 AM

A California father who left his 4-year-old son bleeding on the side of a highway after crashing his truck into a palm tree was sentence to four years in prison Friday.

Angelo Fabiani, 41, insisted that he was not in his right mind when he abandoned his son, Valentino, at...

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Truck Of BEES Overturns On Washington State Highway

(27) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:30 AM


A semi-truck loaded with honey bees overturned in Washington state before dawn Friday, unleashing millions of live bees across the highway.

"There are so many honey bees out here," Jake Whittenberg of KING 5 News reported from the scene.

The accident happened when the truck...

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Florida Teacher Busted Selling Acid, Pills To Undercover Cops, Police Say

(16) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 9:15 AM

A third grade teacher in Florida was arrested on Wednesday after she allegedly sold Xanax and acid to an undercover police officer.

Cheryl Heineman, 45, is charged with multiple counts of sale and delivery of Schedule IV narcotics, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Her alleged partner, 20-year-old Jack...

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Man Accused Of Arson, Microwaving Neighbor's Wallet

(6) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 12:40 PM

A Florida man forced his neighbor onto a balcony and then microwaved his wallet during a bizarre dispute Sunday morning, police say.

Mohammed Almarri, 21, allegedly broke into the neighbor's Tampa home and "threatened the owner of the apartment until he retreated to the balcony," TBO reports.


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Shooting At Wayne Community College Kills 1

(201) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Police were searching the Wayne Community College campus in Goldsboro, North Carolina on Monday after a former student armed with a rifle shot and killed a school employee.

Wayne County Office of Emergency Services told NBC News that one person was shot dead near the school library. The...

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