WA woman accused of pointing shotgun is charged

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A 50-year-old Yakima, Wash., woman accused of pointing a shotgun at a neighbor and the woman's 2-year-old grandson and shouting that she hates Mexicans has been charged with a hate crime.

Police say Diane M. Simpson did not deny there had been a confrontation when they arrested her last Thursday. Officers say she was intoxicated and crying, saying she felt her neighbors were mean and that she hears them calling her names.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://is.gd/kULK64 ) that prosecutors charged Simpson Wednesday with malicious harassment and second-degree assault. She remains in the county jail on $50,000 bail.

A Hispanic woman told officers she was walking into her home with her young grandson in her arms when she was confronted by an armed woman yelling that she hates Mexicans and that Mexicans are stupid.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com