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April 15, 2012 | By Lee Romney and John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
When Garth Webb was sent to Napa State Hospital, his parents were relieved. The bellboy and amateur composer from Sebastopol had been in the throes of bipolar disorder when he was charged with threatening the lives of co-workers. His family encouraged him to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, thinking that in a mental hospital he would get the treatment he needed. Instead, Webb and his parents say, he was repeatedly brutalized. His main tormentor, a patient in the room next door, assaulted him several times, wrapping him in a headlock and sexually abusing him. Soon after, the same man strangled a psychiatric worker on the hospital grounds.
February 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
Singer Courtney Love pleaded no contest to a reduced assault charge Thursday in a deal with Los Angeles prosecutors in which she agreed to anger management counseling, random drug testing and three years' probation. Love, 40, made a brief appearance in court before her attorney entered the plea on her behalf to a misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon before Superior Court Judge Rand S. Rubin.
August 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Rep. Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) has been summoned to court on assault and battery charges after an incident at Dulles International Airport where he allegedly pushed a United Airlines baggage claim worker. Airport authorities said Filner attempted to enter an employees-only area, pushed aside the worker's arm and wouldn't leave when asked. The employee, whom United declined to identify, decided to press charges.
August 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A soldier charged with beating an Iraqi detainee with a baseball bat and trying to cover it up was convicted at Ft. Lee and sentenced to be reprimanded. A six-person military jury convicted Sgt. 1st Class Timothy L. Drake, 40, of assault and making false statements but acquitted him of impeding the investigation and encouraging a fellow soldier to beat a detainee. Drake will not serve jail time.
January 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A prominent rights advocate who has accused Uzbekistan of abuse and torture said she was beaten by a group of women she alleged were sent by the police. Elena Urlayeva, a member of the outlawed Free Peasants party, said four "burly" women attacked her Thursday on a street in the capital, Tashkent. Police refused to comment.
October 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Dist. Atty. David Roger said in Las Vegas that authorities have reopened their investigation into a cocktail waitress' claim that a Republican congressman running for governor assaulted her in a parking garage after a night of drinking. Roger said the case involving Rep. Jim Gibbons -- which had been closed after the waitress, Chrissy Mazzeo, dropped her complaint -- is under investigation again.
April 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Thirty-three students attending the city's public schools were suspended for sexually assaulting classmates in the first five months of the school year, a sharp increase from the same period last year, according to district documents. The 33 suspensions stemmed from 25 separate incidents, five of which involved more than one student assailant. The documents showed that two of the incidents took place at elementary schools, 17 at middle schools and six at high schools.
October 16, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A picketing supermarket employee was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attacking a truck driver who was trying to make a delivery to an Albertsons market in Fullerton. Robert Haeberle, 45, of Orange was taken to Fullerton City Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of assault, vandalism and making terrorist threats, said Lt. Doug Cave, a spokesman for the Fullerton Police Department. The altercation occurred about 8 p.m.
April 22, 1996
Sheriff's investigators on Sunday asked for the public's assistance in finding a man who assaulted the manager of a local diner during an unsuccessful robbery attempt. The incident occurred about 4:50 p.m. Sunday at Clifton's Cafe, which is in the 24100 block of Paseo de Valencia in an unincorporated part of Laguna Hills. A sheriff's spokesman said the manager was summoned into the cafe's restroom by the would-be robber, who then demanded money.
January 5, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Busta Rhymes was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault stemming from a man's complaint that the hip-hop star had beaten him in a dispute over money. Rhymes, 34, turned himself in and was booked on the misdemeanor charge at a Manhattan police station Wednesday night, police Lt. John Grimpel said. He was released Thursday on $3,500 bail for the third-degree assault charge.
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