Spicy new product: Hairstylist uses pepper spray on client

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — Authorities say a New Jersey hairstylist used pepper spray on a client who was unhappy with her haircut.

Bloomfield police say 35-year-old Maryam Simpson advertised her services online and was working in the client's apartment on Oct. 13 when the two women began arguing.

Police say Simpson sprayed the woman in the face and ran out of the apartment. The client was treated for minor injuries.

Bloomfield police tracked down Simpson and arrested her Monday. The Belleville resident has been charged with aggravated assault and a weapons offense.

A telephone number couldn't be located Wednesday for Simpson, who uses the name Freddy to advertise her services online.

It wasn't known if she has retained an attorney.

Furry fraud: Dog tuxedo bought with county credit card

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A former county employee in Arkansas has been arrested after prosecutors accused her of using a county credit card to buy personal items including Arkansas Razorbacks tickets and a tuxedo for her dog.

The Sentinel-Record newspaper reports that Kristi Goss was arrested Tuesday on six counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Goss had worked as administrative assistant for the Garland County judge's office.

According to an affidavit, investigators and auditors flagged about $200,000 in purchases made on the county's credit card, including a diamond bracelet, Razorbacks tickets, pet insurance and the dog tuxedo, which was ordered from Amazon.


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Court records do not list an attorney for Goss. Prosecutors have filed a request for a gag order preventing any comment on the case.

Associated Press