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James Clarke of Deerfield Beach, Florida Arrested for Aggravated Battery

James Clarke of Deerfield Beach, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of shooting at his domestic partner with a BB gun, news sources indicate. James Beach, the victim, sustained irreversible damage to his right eye. Clarke, 47, was booked into Broward County Jail on one charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. His bail bond was set at $75,000. It is not yet known whether he has hired a lawyer.

Reports say Clarke and Beach have had an on-and-off relationship as of late. The two had been seeing each other for some time, but had broken up and gotten back together shortly before the incident. According to reports, the alleged shooting occurred on October 12 at Clarkes home in Deerfield Beach. It is not clear what happened to incite the alleged shooting. Nevertheless, at some point, Clarke allegedly pointed and fired a BB gun at Beach, shooting him three separate times. The fast-moving pellets struck Beach in his right eye and his chest, sources say.

The gunshots were enough to injure Beach quite severely, according to press reports. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where physicians determined that his eye had to be removed. A judge explained the injury in detail during a court hearing following Clarke’s arrest. “[Beach] suffered great bodily harm, disability and disfigurement.” the judge said. “He needed surgery to remove his right eye. It says he’s currently fitted with a glass eye where his right eye once was.” It remains to be seen whether Beach will be suing Clarke for damages.

In other news, Andre Ayala of Coral Springs, Florida was arrested Friday after he was accused of striking his pet dog several times as a form of physical punishment, reports indicate. Ayala, 20, was booked into the Broward County Jail on charges of animal cruelty. It is unclear whether he has qualified for bail or hired legal representation.

Reports say the alleged incident began around 9:00 Friday morning. Witnesses purportedly watched as a man who police believe is Ayala struck his dog outside of an apartment complex on the 2900 block of Forest Hills Boulevard. According to one report, police visited that same stretch of neighborhood sometime earlier after another witness saw a man abusing an animal, though reports did not specify whether Ayala had been connected to that incident.

Police responded to the scene and met with Ayala who had the dog, identified as Tyga, attached to a leash. A police report said the dog looked hurt and was wobbling as it walked. The officer’s questioned Ayala about the dog’s condition, and he allegedly admitted to striking the dog several times as punishment for chewing on his partner’s shoes.

The animal’s injuries were so severe that it was unable to walk up the home’s stairs and had to be carried inside, reports say. After seeing the animal and taking Ayala’s statement, the officers booked Ayala into their custody. The dog, a German Sheppard, was transported to the Coral Springs animal hospital to be treated for its injuries. It is unclear who will gain custody of the dog following Ayala’s arrest.

Police responded to the scene and met with Ayala who had the dog, identified as Tyga, attached to a leash. A police report said the dog looked hurt and was wobbling as it walked. The officer’s questioned Ayala about the dog’s condition, and he allegedly admitted to striking the dog several times as punishment for chewing on his partner’s shoes.

The animal’s injuries were so severe that it was unable to walk up the home’s stairs and had to be carried inside, reports say. After seeing the animal and taking Ayala’s statement, the officers booked Ayala into their custody. The dog, a German Sheppard, was transported to the Coral Springs animal hospital to be treated for its injuries. It is unclear who will gain custody of the dog following Ayala’s arrest.

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