Assault

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer is going to prison for assaulting a handcuffed prisoner.

Federal prosecutors in Montgomery say a judge sentenced former Tallassee police investigator Brandan Smirnoff to nearly two years in prison.

Smirnoff pleaded guilty earlier this year to violating the rights of a 24-year-old man he was arresting in 2016.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A teenager says a kayaking trip down an Alabama river ended with him and his friends being beaten and threatened with sexual assault.

News outlets quote 18-year-old Collins Nelson of Huntsville as saying he and other friends were on the Flint River in northern Alabama on Sunday when another kayaker began yelling and calling him a "sissy boy."

Nelson says the taunting included a threat to sexually assault a female who was with his group. He says the man and other adults attacked his group a little farther downstream.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama police say a dispute over crab legs at a dinner buffet ended in a brawl that left two people facing misdemeanor charges.

Huntsville police officer Gerald Johnson says he was eating at the Meteor Buffet restaurant when a fight broke out.

An Alabama man has been sentenced to three years in prison after being accused of assaulting two men. A-P-R’s Stan Ingold reports they were arguing over hot dogs.

Florence police Detective Justin Wright tells the TimesDaily, 66-year-old George Weakley "Old School" Rhodes Jr. was drinking alcohol with two men in June when one of them refused to share hot dogs with the others.