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Woman accused to flicking lit cigarette at police officer

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN — A woman disappointed with how officers settled an argument between her and her mother was arrested after she allegedly flicked a cigarette at a police officer, burning him in the neck.

Nicole M. Kingsley, 25, 2604 Tyrell Ave., pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault count in Youngs-town Municipal Court on Monday.

About 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police went to 2639 Tyrell Ave., Apt. 12, to investigate an argument between Nichole Kingsley and her mother, whom Nichole Kingsley thought needed a medical examination. The elder Kingsley answered questions from officers who deemed her rational. Officers told Kingsley there was no reason for her mother to have an exam.

Enraged, Kingsley yelled, “This is why everybody hates cops.” Kingsley agreed to leave her mom’s apartment after she finished her laundry. As the officers were leaving, Nicole Kingsley yelled, “Go suck…..,” according to a police report. She then flicked her lit cigarette toward officer James Rowley, hitting him in the neck. The cigarette left a burn mark, and ashes went on his shirt, the report states.

When she was arrested, Kingsley described her actions as accidental.

Kingsley is to appear before Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Carla J. Baldwin at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7.

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