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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.
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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 After he disappeared, his bond was revoked and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
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.
NATIONAL
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
A woman who fell out of a moving Los Angeles police car has accused an officer of sexually assaulting her while she was handcuffed in the back seat of the vehicle. The 28-year-old woman detailed the alleged assault in recent sworn testimony as part of a lawsuit against the officer, his partner and the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a transcript of the testimony reviewed by The Times. At some point after the officer and his partner took the woman into custody on suspicion of public intoxication on March 17 last year, "he was grabbing my left inner thigh, you know, trying to - I'm assuming opening my legs, touching my chest, grabbing at it," the woman told an attorney for the city in a deposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 52-year-old Long Beach man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met at a bar, police said Thursday. Steven DeSisto is charged with two counts of felony sexual assault, one count of felony drug possession and one misdemeanor count of photographing an unconscious person, the Long Beach Police Department said. "The suspect transported the intoxicated victim to his residence in the area of Ocean Boulevard and Orange Avenue, where he sexually assaulted her," police officials said in a statement.
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
October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
Police in riot gear lined up Tuesday around the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office as protesters marched to demonstrate against the recent fatal shooting by a deputy of a 13-year-old boy holding a replica assault rifle. The officers stood stone-still as protestors shouted at them, the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported. They were protesting last week's killing of Andy Lopez, who was shot seven times. “Andy was a boy, he has [a] ... toy,” an unidentified protester yelled at officers, according to the newspaper.
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