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January 29, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former 49ers and Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris, who was arrested at a restaurant in Menlo Park on Aug. 21 after allegedly assaulting his ex-boyfriend was charged with felony abuse Monday, according to San Mateo County prosecutors. Harris pleaded not guilty. Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Karen Guidotti told the San Mateo Daily Journal that Harris and the alleged victim had been in a romantic relationship but were not involved at the time of the incident. Harris' attorney, Alin Cintean, told the newspaper the two "were previously involved.
April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Claremont, police said Monday. The girl was attacked March 21 after the suspect entered her home while she was alone, according to the Claremont Police Department. Police said that evidence recovered at the scene led investigators to Joseph Chandler Davall, who lives in Yucca Valley. Davall was confronted Friday by officers who attempted a traffic stop. But he drove about a mile to his home and was arrested there.
January 22, 2014 | By Jason Felch
President Obama vowed Wednesday to combat sexual assault on college campuses, telling the estimated one in five women who are raped in college, “I have your back.” Flanked by senior members of his cabinet at a White House news conference, Obama signed a presidential memorandum establishing a task force to recommend policy changes within 90 days to protect college students, especially women, from sexual assault. Obama credited an “inspiring wave of student-led activism” that has cast a spotlight on the issue over the past year.
April 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown's Washington, D.C., trial on an allegation of assault has been delayed until Wednesday after a guilty verdict for bodyguard Christopher Hollosy complicated defense-attorney plans. It was thought that Hollosy might testify that only he, not Brown, threw a punch in October at a man who told authorities he was only trying to get into a picture two women were taking with the singer, according to the Associated Press. However, Hollosy's attorney now intends to appeal his client's Monday verdict, and any testimony by the bodyguard without a promise of immunity granted by prosecutors could affect that appeal.  The accused both maintain that 20-year-old Parker Adams was trying to get on Brown's tour bus, and that any punches thrown were to defend the celeb.
January 19, 2014 | By Anh Do
Police said they have a person of interest in custody in connection with separate assaults on five women that occurred on a single day in Garden Grove and Anaheim. The man was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6100 block of Robin Way in Buena Park, said Garden Grove police Lt. Ben Stauffer. But authorities will not officially name a suspect in the assaults until victims positively identify him, Stauffer said Saturday. They did release a composite sketch of the suspect.
April 9, 2002
I was shocked to read in your April 4 article, "Europe Sees a Tinderbox on Its Streets," that you characterized unprovoked assaults against Jews and their places of worship as proxy fighting. Your Orwellian use of language implies that somehow the Jews are to blame for these racist assaults. However, there are no European Jews fighting, no Jews burning mosques, only Muslims attacking and burning synagogues to demonstrate their true intentions and beliefs. David Victor Los Angeles
May 7, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted in unreported incidents last year - 35% more than in 2010 - a severe trend that senior officials warned could threaten recruiting and retention of women in uniform. President Obama, reacting to the startling figures Tuesday, said he had "no tolerance" for sexual crimes in the ranks and pledged to crack down on commanders who ignored the problem. Obama said he had spoken to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and ordered that officers "up and down the food chain" get the message.
April 16, 2008 | Mike Anton
A former supervisor at the Orange County animal shelter has been convicted of sexually assaulting six female jail inmates who were working at the shelter to fulfill their sentences. Frank Martin Bojorquez Jr., 55, of Orange had the women assigned to duties in isolated areas of the shelter where he assaulted them in 2004 and 2005, prosecutors said. The women, all nonviolent offenders who didn't know one another, testified at the trial that they said nothing at the time of the assaults because they feared how Bojorquez could influence their jail time, prosecutors said.
November 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
A wanted militia figure who vowed that he would never be taken alive was killed by a law enforcement officer after he shot a sheriff's deputy trying to arrest him, authorities said Tuesday. William Milton Cooper, 58, whose anti-government radio program included Oklahoma City bomber Timothy J. McVeigh as a fan, was fatally shot at his Eager, Ariz., home after confronting deputies late Monday and shooting one of them in the head, officials said.
November 18, 1997 | From Associated Press
Martial arts movies to the contrary, hands and feet are not deadly weapons that automatically increase the punishment for assault, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The crime of assault with a deadly weapon requires use of "an object extrinsic to the body," the court said in a unanimous decision.
April 20, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Two boys were sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, police said. Both incident occurred last week, and authorities are trying to determine whether they are connected. According to KTLA-Channel 5, a teenage boy reported entering a restroom at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on Friday afternoon. A man forced him into a stall and fondled the boy's genitals, police said. On Wednesday at Hermosa Beach's Valley Park, a teen said a man physically overpowered and sexually assaulted him in the restroom there.
April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Westlake High School softball coach has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student athlete, authorities said. Thousand Oaks police received information about possible “unlawful sexual activities” on Wednesday and arrested Robert Garza, 37, the next afternoon, according to a police statement. Detectives said they believed the alleged incident involving Garza and a female student occurred off school grounds while students were on spring break.
April 19, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman has announced plans to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley last week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
April 15, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
April 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, under pressure from Congress to reexamine the way it handles sexual assault cases, announced Tuesday a comprehensive review of the entire military justice system. "It's been over 30 years since the military code of justice was reviewed. It's simply time," said Lt. Col. J. Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman. "Sexual assault will certainly be part of the compendium of issues that will be looked at, but it's by no means the sole issue. " Members of Congress and women's groups have been strongly critical of how the military handles sexual assault cases, particularly the authority that military officers have to overturn the convictions of those under their command.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Former NFL player Darren Sharper is slated for a hearing next week in Phoenix to decide whether he can continue to be held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe last year. The Arizona charges are the latest against the Super Bowl-winning safety who has been charged with sexually assaulting four women and is under investigation in connection with another four assaults on women across several states. Los Angeles prosecutors initially charged Sharper, 38, with two rape and five drug counts, alleging he drugged and attacked two women he met at a West Hollywood club in two separate incidents.
October 22, 2008 | Richard Winton, Winton is a Times staff writer.
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies face assault charges for allegedly beating up a firefighter while off duty last year in Pomona, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday. Joshua Titel and Brian Richards, both 31, pleaded not guilty in L.A. County Superior Court and were released without bail. According to prosecutors, the two deputies beat and kicked the victim on June 24, 2007.
April 8, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Corona police Tuesday night were looking for a man armed with a knife who sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman. The assault took place April 4 as the woman was getting out her car at a Walmart store in 400 block of North McKinley Avenue, the Corona Police Department said. The man approached the woman, asking for spare change. When the victim reached into her car, police said, the suspect brandished a knife and forced the woman to drive to a secluded area in Riverside County.
April 8, 2014 | By Joel Rubin and Kate Mather
The man accused of opening fire in a Mid-City Los Angeles police station Monday night, wounding a police officer, has been identified as 29-year-old man who had access to assault weapons, one of which was allegedly waiting in his car, officials said Tuesday. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at Tuesday's Police Commission meeting that the suspect - identified as Daniel C. Yealu -- used a Glock pistol and had another weapon in his car parked at the station. Officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and ammunition they said were found during a search of Yealu's home and car, which was parked outside the LAPD Wilshire Division on Venice Boulevard near South La Brea Avenue when the shooting unfolded about 8:30 p.m. “By the grace of God, the suspect did not come in with the assault weapons that he has had access to, one of which I believe was in his vehicle,” Beck said.
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