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December 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Texas man has been charged with a federal hate crime in connection with an assault of a 79-year-old black man that prosecutors allege was part of the "knockout game. " The knockout game, which has been known by a variety of names since 1992, is based on a person attacking another person, trying to knock the victim out with a single blow and usually recording the attack. Many urban experts doubt such attacks are widespread, but the recent wave of extensive publicity has moved the game out of the shadows.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Assemblyman Mike Gatto said his family was "very cautious" as Los Angeles police pursue a possible link between his father's killing and an assault that occurred not far from the 78-year-old's Silver Lake home. "This is one possible theory of many," Gatto told reporters outside his father's home Tuesday night. The assemblyman's comments came just hours after the LAPD released a sketch of a suspect in a Nov. 12 assault on Moreno Drive, which police said "may be connected" to Joseph Gatto's killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
San Diego police shot an assault suspect Thursday after a car chase of nearly an hour, authorities said. The suspect, identified only as a 40-year-old male, pointed a gun at officers after they forced his vehicle to a halt, authorities said. Four officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire, said Lt. Mike Hastings. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. None of the officers was injured. The incident began when a single officer sought to stop a car for a traffic violation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A 23-year-old woman remained in serious condition in a hospital Saturday after she was assaulted overnight while waiting in line to enter an establishment in Santa Ana's downtown arts district, authorities said. Police said they were looking for witnesses who might have shot cellphone video of the altercation. "Based on interviews, we think people in line shot video," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. According to police, the victim was standing in line with friends just after midnight Friday at 400 N. Broadway in the Downtown Artists Village when an argument broke out with another group of patrons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Occidental College faculty Monday overwhelmingly voted resolutions of no confidence against the campus attorney and another high-ranking administrator for what critics contended was their inadequate responses to allegations of sexual assaults against women at the Los Angeles liberal arts school. The symbolic vote comes two weeks after a group of Occidental students, faculty and alumni filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the school failed to protect women from sexual assaults over the last few years.
NATIONAL
September 11, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A fugitive convicted last month of raping an 11-year-old Texas girl was caught Tuesday morning after a massive manhunt, authorities said. Eric McGowen, 20, of Cleveland, Texas, had been charged with sexually assaulting a middle school student, and was free on bail during his trial. But he disappeared Aug. 29 during a break in those proceedings; the trial was being held in the nearby town of Liberty, about 40 miles northeast of Houston. After he disappeared, his bond was revoked and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
A man suspected of seriously injuring a Culver City councilman after a dispute over a drink at a bar turned himself in to police Wednesday. Robert Anthony Singerman, 28, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and released on bail about 4:45 p.m., police said. Police said Singerman punched Councilman Micheal "Mehaul" O'Leary about 2 a.m. Sunday at Joxer Daly's Pub, which the councilman owns. O'Leary was seriously injured and remained hospitalized Wednesday, though he was taken out of intensive care.
NEWS
November 11, 1985 | Associated Press
A psychologist who insisted on smoking a cigar in the no-smoking section of a TWA jetliner has been charged with assault, Scotland Yard said Sunday. Steven Varvaris, 52, of Jackson, Miss., will appear Monday in Uxbridge Magistrates Court on the charge of assault "occasioning actual bodily harm," said Scotland Yard spokeswoman Marion Irving.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Flavor Flav has been arrested again in Las Vegas, but this time it's a bit more serious than traffic warrants and fireworks. The rapper and reality TV personality, real name William Jonathan Drayton Jr., was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday after a domestic argument. According to a police report obtained by the Associated Press, he is accused of throwing his fiancee to the floor twice and wielding two knives while chasing and threatening to kill her 17-year-old son. Liz Trujillo is the mother of Flav's youngest child, 5-year-old Karma.
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