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November 23, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - This is what it's like to be Ross Mirkarimi, the love-him-or-hate-him sheriff of San Francisco. Mayor Edwin M. Lee isn't talking to him. Women's advocates are considering a recall. A band of Mission District healers wants to restore him to spiritual health during a drumming and dancing commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women and Girls. Oh, and he probably won't get his gun back until he's off probation. It has been quite a year for Mirkarimi, starting with the revelation that he had grabbed his wife during a New Year's Eve fight, bruising her arm and leading to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence.
November 9, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - The husband of an Iraqi immigrant fatally beaten in the family home in El Cajon has been arrested and charged in her death, police said Friday. The killing in March was a case of domestic violence, not a hate crime, as a note found near the body had suggested, El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman said at a news conference. Kassim Al-Himidi, 48, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of murder after being asked to come to the police station. Al-Himidi's wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32, the mother of five children, was found bludgeoned and unconscious March 21 and died three days later.
November 5, 2012 | Jim Newton
For months, the Los Angeles County Dependency Court has buzzed with a mystery: Lawyers for the county counsel's office repeatedly refused to allow Judge Amy Pellman to preside over their cases, but they wouldn't say why. The office's use of challenges, known as 170.6 motions, disrupted the courthouse, burdened families and troubled many observers. The assumption was that Pellman must have demonstrated overwhelming bias. But that didn't mesh with what her colleagues said about her. The court's presiding judge, Michael Nash, described Pellman to me in July as "a great lawyer, a great child advocate.
October 22, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
One woman remained in critical condition on Monday morning after a gunman opened fire in a Wisconsin spa, killing three and wounding four in the second mass shooting in the state this year. Of the four women injured in the shooting spree, three were listed in satisfactory condition but one remained in critical condition, according to a statement from Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. The hospital gave no identifications, but officials said the wounded ranged in age from 22 to 40. The suspected gunman, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, turned his gun on himself after opening fire Sunday inside the spa in Brookfield, a middle- to upper-class suburb of Milwaukee.
October 21, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Radcliffe Haughton, a 45-year-old Wisconsin man suspected of killing three people and wounding four others in a Sunday morning shooting at a spa, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot, police said. Police said they found Haughton's body inside the Azana Salon and Spa in the western Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, where the shooting erupted shortly after 11 a.m. Police had said earlier they had found an improvised explosive device inside the salon after the shooting. It was unclear whether the device had been disarmed by the time they found Haughton's body.
October 17, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - A former Public Enemy rapper known as Flavor Flav was arrested early Wednesday on several felony charges in connection with a domestic argument with his fiancee in which the rapper threatened the woman's teenage son with a knife. Entertainer William Jonathan Drayton Jr., 53, a rapper and reality TV star, was being held on $23,000 bail at the Clark County Jail, according to a release by the Las Vegas Police Department. He was taken into custody by officers responding to a domestic disturbance at a home in a residential neighborhood several miles southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.
October 13, 2012 | Sandy Banks
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so it's fitting that I share a tale that makes me believe that we still - despite decades of tough talk - don't treat domestic violence as the serious crime it is. Megan Shamburg worries every day that she'll become a headline, a statistic, a murder that could have been prevented. The 27-year-old woman has an 8-month-old daughter, a 7-month-old restraining order and a violent ex-boyfriend who'll be out of a jail in a month. Shamburg called 911 last March.
October 13, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Former Angels star and current Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez was arrested in September on a domestic violence complaint that involved his girlfriend, a prosecuter said Saturday. Rodriguez has not yet been charged and any charges that might occur will be misdemanors, according to an email sent by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. Deputies responded to a 911 call from Rodriguez's girlfriend, with whom he lives inWales, Wis.,  along with their child, Schimel said.
September 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Former NFL receiver Chad Johnson was sentenced to a year's probation and a counseling course under a plea deal with prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Johnson had pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge involving his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada. Johnson was arrested in August after Lozada said he had head-butted her during an argument. She was treated at a local hospital for lacerations to her head. Lozada quickly filed for divorce, which was finalized earlier this week.
September 5, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Selvin Chajon Rodriguez asked the mother of his young children to marry him. But if she said no, the couple and their son and daughter would "all be laid to rest. " The alleged threats, detailed in court papers filed last week in Riverside County Superior Court, were enough for Laura Reveriano to request a restraining against her ex-boyfriend. "Selvin called and told me he would follow me to the end of the earth and he would kill the kids if they are not with him and there would be nowhere I could hide," Reveriano wrote in the request for a domestic violence restraining order filed Aug. 27. But the temporary restraining order she was granted the next day did little good.
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