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Brown arrested after allegedly pushing his wife

Published Aug. 27, 2005

Soul singer James Brown was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly pushed his wife to the floor during an argument, authorities said.

Brown, 70, was charged with criminal domestic violence and was to remain jailed until a bond hearing Thursday morning, Aiken County sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said.

Investigators say Brown shoved his wife during an argument in a bedroom at the couple's home in Beech Island, 70 miles southwest of Columbia.

Tomi Rae Brown, 33, had scratches and bruises on her right arm and hip and was taken to a hospital, Frank said.

James Brown's publicist Simone Smalls declined to comment Wednesday.

Evans arrested on drug charges

ATLANTA _ R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband were arrested on drug possession charges after a traffic stop in an Atlanta suburb, police said.

Evans and Todd Russaw, a record executive, were charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana and booked at the Fulton County Jail. Evans was released on $12,000 bond while Russaw was released on $11,000 bond.

A judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 11.

The couple's vehicle was pulled over about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday in Hapeville for an improperly displayed temporary license plate. During the traffic stop, officers found a "minimal amount" of marijuana on both of them as well as cocaine residue on Evans, said a Hapeville police spokesman, Capt. William Lyons.

Neither were under the influence at the time, Lyons said.

Evans' attorney, Vincent L. Dimmock, said his client never was in possession of any drugs or narcotics.

Garfunkel apparently contesting marijuana charge

HURLEY, N.Y. _ Folk-rock legend Art Garfunkel apparently is contesting a marijuana possession charge he faces in upstate New York.

Settling the matter Wednesday could have been as easy as paying a $100 fine, but instead a judge set a Feb. 11 hearing after Garfunkel's attorney Michael Federoff appeared in court.

Federoff declined to discuss the case and a call to a publicist for Garfunkel, 62, was not immediately returned Wednesday.