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January 14, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
National figure skating champion Tonya Harding's bodyguard and another man were arrested Thursday in Portland, Ore., and charged with conspiracy in the attack on Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan. Shawn Eric Eckardt, 26, the bodyguard, and Derrick Brian Smith, 29, were arrested and held on $20,000 bail. But the two arrests were not expected to close the case of one of the more bizarre attacks on a sports figure. An official of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department said more arrests were pending.
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January 20, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only hours after Tonya Harding announced she was breaking up again with her ex-husband, he was arrested and charged Wednesday with financing and plotting the attack on rival Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding has not been charged, but investigators disclosed that a confessed accomplice, relying on secondhand conversations, had implicated her.
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NEWS
January 17, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR and RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Members of Tonya Harding's camp came forward Sunday to say the young ice skater "categorically denies" accusations that she was involved in an assault on one of her rivals and that she would not quit in her quest for the Olympic gold. Meanwhile, U.S. Olympic Committee officials, who appeared Saturday to be moving toward a decision to remove Harding from the U.S. team for the Feb. 12-27 Winter Games in Norway, decided during a meeting Sunday in Durham, N.C.
SPORTS
January 18, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's two women Olympic figure skaters returned to the practice ice Monday while a new report surfaced and seemed to further implicate Tonya Harding, or someone very close to her, in the rink-side attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. NBC News and the Portland Oregonian newspaper said that investigators now suspect the assault on Kerrigan was financed with money that supporters donated to Harding through the U.S. Figure Skating Assn.
NEWS
January 16, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY and JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Although she has not been charged in the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, figure skater Tonya Harding's hold on a berth in next month's Winter Olympics appeared less secure Saturday as U.S. Olympic Committee officials contemplated whether it would be in the best interests of other athletes to remove her from the U.S. team. Discussion of the Harding issue--a late addition to this weekend's regularly scheduled USOC executive committee meeting in Durham, N.C.
SPORTS
January 18, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's two women Olympic figure skaters returned to the practice ice Monday while a new report surfaced and seemed to further implicate Tonya Harding, or someone very close to her, in the rink-side attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. NBC News and the Portland Oregonian newspaper said that investigators now suspect the assault on Kerrigan was financed with money that supporters donated to Harding through the U.S. Figure Skating Assn.
SPORTS
January 20, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only hours after Tonya Harding announced she was breaking up again with her ex-husband, he was arrested and charged Wednesday with financing and plotting the attack on rival Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding has not been charged, but investigators disclosed that a confessed accomplice, relying on secondhand conversations, had implicated her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Brian Sean Griffith, a former bodyguard to figure skater Tonya Harding who admitted a role in the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan during Olympics tryouts, has died. He was 40. Griffith, a burly man who had often weighed more than 300 pounds, died Wednesday in suburban Portland, Ore., of what his doctor reported as natural causes, according to the Washington County medical examiner's office. The specific cause of death is expected to be listed when the doctor files a death certificate.
SPORTS
January 13, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bizarre twist to the Nancy Kerrigan attack, federal authorities Wednesday focused on allegations involving the husband and bodyguard of Tonya Harding, the U.S. national figure skating champion. Harding, from Portland, Ore., abruptly canceled an appearance in Fairfax, Va., today; and Dewey Blanton, a spokesman for Kerrigan, said the FBI told the skater's family there is an impending development. Detroit police called a news conference, then kept reporters waiting throughout Wednesday night.
NEWS
January 14, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arrest warrants were issued Thursday in the attack on Olympic figure skating star Nancy Kerrigan and one man was taken into custody, authorities said. The FBI arrested the suspect at Portland (Ore.) Airport on a flight from Phoenix, but Doug Roberts, Port of Portland spokesman, refused to give any details about the man.
NEWS
January 17, 1994 | JOHN BALZAR and RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Members of Tonya Harding's camp came forward Sunday to say the young ice skater "categorically denies" accusations that she was involved in an assault on one of her rivals and that she would not quit in her quest for the Olympic gold. Meanwhile, U.S. Olympic Committee officials, who appeared Saturday to be moving toward a decision to remove Harding from the U.S. team for the Feb. 12-27 Winter Games in Norway, decided during a meeting Sunday in Durham, N.C.
NEWS
January 16, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY and JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Although she has not been charged in the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, figure skater Tonya Harding's hold on a berth in next month's Winter Olympics appeared less secure Saturday as U.S. Olympic Committee officials contemplated whether it would be in the best interests of other athletes to remove her from the U.S. team. Discussion of the Harding issue--a late addition to this weekend's regularly scheduled USOC executive committee meeting in Durham, N.C.
NEWS
January 14, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
National figure skating champion Tonya Harding's bodyguard and another man were arrested Thursday in Portland, Ore., and charged with conspiracy in the attack on Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan. Shawn Eric Eckardt, 26, the bodyguard, and Derrick Brian Smith, 29, were arrested and held on $20,000 bail. But the two arrests were not expected to close the case of one of the more bizarre attacks on a sports figure. An official of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department said more arrests were pending.
NEWS
January 13, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The probe of an attack on figure skating star Nancy Kerrigan took a bizarre twist Wednesday as federal authorities were investigating the husband and bodyguard of her chief rival, and NBC News reported that the bodyguard had confessed to participating in the plot. The NBC report also quoted unidentified sources as saying the weapon had been recovered in Detroit, from a dumpster behind the ice rink where Kerrigan was attacked last Thursday after a practice session at the U.S.
NEWS
January 15, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man suspected of carrying out the attack on Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan surrendered Friday to authorities in Arizona. Shane Minoaka Stant, 22, of Chandler, Ariz., was charged with conspiracy to commit assault in the second degree and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Authorities allege the attack on Kerrigan was arranged by the bodyguard of figure skating champion Tonya Harding, one of Kerrigan's rivals.
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