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Lyle Menendez testified Monday that his mother was "very strange" and frequently violent and that she--like his father--sexually abused him. Until he was 13, his mother would wash his body "everywhere," he said. She also would invite him into bed with her and he would touch her "everywhere," he testified. "I took it to be love," Lyle Menendez said, adding, "She was enjoying it." But he was not enjoying it, he said, so he stopped the activities, which enraged her.
April 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Former professional skateboarder and punk rock singer Duane Peters was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge. Peters, 52, known as "The Master of Disaster," was charged in February with assaulting his girlfriend at their Long Beach home, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. An Orange County native, Peters  gained fame for helping pioneer radical skateboarding moves. He has been credited as among the first skaters to do a 360-degree loop, called “the loop of death,” and for inventing such tricks as “the Fake and Thruster” and “the Indy Air.” Peters embraced punk rock, and his skate-punk style had a strong influence on the skateboarding world.
Kitty Menendez, who over the years was needy, pathetic, athletic, disorganized, suspicious and spacey, "all kinds of contradictory things," simply seemed strange three weeks before her sons killed her, a former neighbor testified Monday. Called by the defense as Lyle and Erik Menendez's murder trial resumed after a four-day recess, Alicia Hercz said Kitty Menendez "kept staring" into space when they met Aug. 1, 1989, at the Menendez home in Beverly Hills.
February 6, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - During his 18 years with the Pascua Yaqui Police Department, Michael Valenzuela repeatedly grew frustrated when responding to reports of domestic violence. If the aggressor wasn't a tribal member, the best Valenzuela could do was drive the man to the edge of the reservation, let him out and tell him to stay away from his wife or girlfriend. Valenzuela, police chief of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, said he resorted to the tactic several dozen times because he couldn't legally arrest non-tribal members suspected of assault on the tribe's land.
June 3, 1990 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a reporter for the San Diego edition of The Times.
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
Kevin Green, a Tustin man who was wrongly convicted of raping his pregnant wife and causing the death of their unborn daughter 20 years ago, on Tuesday settled a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his ex-wife, who continued to hold him partially responsible for the crime. The settlement brings closure to a two-decade-long legal ordeal for Green, who was set free in 1996 after authorities linked the crime to another man.
A single mother, apparently despondent over the breakup of her marriage and her struggle to provide for her three children, shot them as they slept in the family's Reseda home, and then killed herself, police said Wednesday. The bodies of the woman and her children, along with the slain family dog, were found Wednesday afternoon by friends of the eldest daughter who broke into the house because they had not heard from the girl and feared something was wrong.
June 26, 1997
A criminal wife-beating charge against actor Harry Morgan was dismissed Wednesday by a West Los Angeles Municipal Court judge who had promised to drop the case if the "MASH" star completed a violence counseling program. Morgan, 81, was charged July 7 with misdemeanor spousal battery after a confrontation in their Brentwood home left Barbara Morgan, his 70-year-old wife of 10 years, bruised and bloodied.
In a case that has captured the lurid fascination of a nation, a 24-year-old manicurist from Venezuela went on trial in a small Virginia courthouse Monday for cutting off her husband's penis to avenge what her lawyers say was years of abuse and rape. Looking tired but composed, Lorena Bobbitt was whisked through a phalanx of TV cameras and reporters in Manassas, Va.
August 19, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Investigators served a search warrant Monday night on the Lakewood home of Bruce Koklich, who faces a second trial next month on charges that he murdered his wife, the daughter of the late state Sen. Paul Carpenter. Koklich, 44, who is free on $1-million bail, allowed sheriff's homicide and crime-scene investigators inside the home on Fairway Drive, Lt. Ray Peavy said. They planned to look for potential evidence in the case, Peavy said, but he did not specify what.
February 4, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 31-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a Fontana police officer who lost two teeth and received major injuries to his face during the confrontation, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday. Luis Enrique Flores is accused of attacking the officer after running out of a home Monday during a domestic violence and kidnapping call, according to the Fontana Police Department. "The suspect slammed the officer face first into a woodshed, causing major injuries to the officer's face," Sgt. Doug ImHof said in a statement.  The suspect was eventually subdued by the injured officer, who was aided by other officers at the scene in the 16400 block of Tullock Street.  The officer was treated for his missing teeth and facial lacerations and released Tuesday from a  hospital.
January 10, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Police say they are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Canoga Park this week as a "domestic violence murder. " Authorities were called to the 21900 block of Roscoe Boulevard about 1 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they discovered the bodies of a man and woman, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The couple were apparently married and had a child, police said. The woman, referred to by police as a 30-year-old victim, sustained several fatal unspecified injuries, they said.
December 11, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
George Zimmerman's most recent brush with the law came to an uneventful end Wednesday when Florida authorities said they would not charge him with domestic violence. His girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, had called police last month alleging that he pointed a gun at her face. He was arrested and released on bond. But she recanted her story in an affidavit signed Friday, saying she wasn't afraid of Zimmerman and wanted the court order that barred him from contacting her lifted.
December 5, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Mark Kleiman is a UCLA public professor and a go-to guy when it comes to drug policy analysis; it's a field he's studied for years, including the consequences and mechanics of the pendulum swings of criminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Lately, the goalposts - at least from the point of view of the legal marijuana lobby - have moved, and Kleiman consulted with Washington state's liquor control board about the rules of the road for the state's Jan. 1 legal marijuana market. I talked with Kleiman for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column.
October 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested Wednesday in Denver on second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges, the Denver Post reported on its website. According to the newspaper, the kidnapping charge is a Class 4 felony charge and the assault charge is a misdemeanor. Varlamov, whose outstanding play has been a key factor in the Avalanche's 10-1-0 start, was to remain in jail Wednesday night and make an appearance before a judge Thursday morning.
October 1, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court, preparing for the beginning of its new term, announced Tuesday that it had agreed to decide eight new cases, including a copyright dispute over the 1980 Oscar-winning boxing film "Raging Bull," and a case that will consider what constitutes a crime of violence that could prohibit someone from owning a gun. The court, which has said it will proceed normally despite the government shutdown, is scheduled to hear...
July 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
In her upcoming movie "We're the Millers," Emma Roberts plays a street-wise toughie not afraid to mix it up, who then becomes part of a fake family that's helping smuggle pot across the Mexican border. That scrappiness takes on a new resonance in the wake of allegations of domestic violence against the actress. According to TMZ, Roberts was arrested in a Canadian hotel on July 7 after a guest reported a fight in a neighboring room and cops showed up to find Roberts' boyfriend, actor Evan Peters, with a bloody nose and a bite mark, in the room with Roberts.
A Riverside man whose parents and two brothers were slain in St. Louis late last week was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department announced. Emory M. Futo Jr., 26, was taken into custody Saturday night after St. Louis authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, Riverside Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Koehler said. Futo's parents and two brothers were killed late Thursday or early Friday, and their bodies were found at three sites in the St.
August 9, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
Eileen Garnreiter wanted to break up with her boyfriend. She complained to her family that he was controlling. She had doubts he'd be able to provide for her and their 5-week-old daughter. She griped that he made her iron his socks and scolded her if he didn't like what she was wearing in public. By Jan. 7, 2011, she'd had enough. She canceled plans to go to a Lakers game with a friend to tell her boyfriend that their relationship was over. Hours later, the 22-year-old lay dead on the kitchen floor of the couple's Lawndale apartment, with a black eye and 16 stab wounds - three to the neck.
August 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Rapper 50 Cent entered a not-guilty plea Monday to charges involving the mother of one of his children and was ordered by a judge to stay away from the victim and not possess any firearms The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ordered to stay away from Daphne Narvaez, not threaten her or interfere with any witnesses. He must turn over to authorities any guns he possesses or sell them to a federally licensed firearms dealer. He is facing five criminal counts, including one count of domestic violence and four counts of vandalism in connection with an alleged assault at his former girlfriend's Toluca Lake condo.
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