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Police claim some form of argument erupted recently between a laundromat employee and a customer. Law enforcement believes the argument escalated beyond words at some point. Police claim the 26-year-old customer had entered the establishment around 10:00 a.m. Saturday. He apparently was toting a wooden skateboard. After the alleged argument broke out, law enforcement says the customer swung his skateboard at the Laundromat employee. The 26-year-old customer could be facing serious felony charges based upon the allegations.

The laundromat employee apparently did not suffer any injury in the alleged incident. Authorities say the employee did not seek any kind of medical treatment after the alleged incident. In fact, police believe the employee grabbed the skateboard during the alleged incident.

Nonetheless, police suspect the customer committed assault with a deadly weapon. The alleged assault apparently includes the allegation that the customer swung the skateboard at the employee. The police further suspect that the skateboard will serve as the evidence that a deadly weapon was used in the alleged incident.

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Rapper Tone Loc appeared in court last week and pled no contest to weapons and domestic violence charges. The actor/singer, whose real name is Anthony Smith apparently chose not to try to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors in the criminal case. He pled no contest to possession of an assault weapon and corporal injury to a spouse charges.

The charges involve allegations of a domestic incident that occurred June 18. News reports do not provide details of the facts of what police believe occurred. However, during an investigation of the alleged California domestic violence incident, police claim they found an unregistered Colt AR-15 Sporter. The assault weapon was not used in the alleged domestic violence incident.

The rapper left it to the court as to what the sentence would be in the no contest plea. The judge pronounced sentence at the same hearing. The rapper was sentenced to 1 day in jail, with three years of formal probation. The rapper is required to perform 30 days of community service under the sentence. He will also have to participate in 52 weeks of anger management counseling.

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Another issue that can be difficult to grasp for many Santa Cruz residents is what constitutes a deadly weapon. California law recognizes firearms as a deadly weapon. But Californians can also face charges of assault with a deadly weapon in certain circumstances, even when no firearm is involved. For instance, a Glendale woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after allegations arose that the woman used her SUV to attack an ex-boyfriend.

Police claim the woman drove into a parking lot Saturday evening and ran into her ex-boyfriend. Initially the man was pinned against a wall, according to law enforcement. The man reportedly pulled out his cell-phone and photographed the license plate attached to the SUV, according to police. Law enforcement claims the woman responded to the photograph by backing up a short distance, and then ramming the man a second time with the SUV.

The woman reportedly told police she had parked at the man's feet initially. She says the man began insulting her mother, according to law enforcement. She noticed the man was taking a photograph and allegedly ran into the man because she is afraid of her ex-boyfriend, according to police reports.

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