Though the homicide count, at 80, appears to be down this year, September was no slouch when it came to crime. Last month's crime coverage was dominated by the tragic death of a little girl and more cases of horrific animal abuse. The month ended with an elderly former-Missouri priest held to task in Colorado for his behavior around an altar boy. (Not to mention the boy's nipples.)
Below we've collected the worst and most bizarre crimes of September, including an unrepentant HIV spreader, a birthday-party shootout and a road-rage incident that ended with a woman handcuffed to a steering wheel (though not by the police).
Most of us have experienced arguments that, at a certain point, escalated way off the rails. For William Welsh, 41, of Foley, that moment most likely occurred when when twenty-year-old Christopher Kinney took of his shirt and threatened to fight him.
Welsh responded to the shirtless menace by pulling out a gun and firing four times at Kinney and a nearby car, hitting one of the passengers.
Another awful addition to the growing list of animal-abuse cases this year: Dodger, a three-month-old puppy, was found dragging himself down Highway 30 in in Cedar Hill. Someone had shot him in the spine at close range.
Things weren't looking too good for Dodger until a dog-food company, Nature's Variety, stepped in and paid for the surgery to remove the bullet from his spine.
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