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May 1, 2008 | H.G. Reza
A defense attorney was convicted this week of stalking a former girlfriend and faces up to four years in prison. David Scharf, 46, was found guilty of a felony count of stalking and misdemeanor counts of sending harassing e-mails and violating a restraining order. Scharf, a Corona del Mar resident, met the woman online in 2004, and she broke off the relationship four months later. Prosecutors said he continued to pursue her, sending harassing and threatening e-mails, which violated a restraining order not to contact her. He will be sentenced June 13. -- H.G. Reza
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April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 49-year-old man who had been in and out of prison for two decades stalked and rated young women outside Portland schools and shopping centers, hoping to lure or to force them into a green van that he had turned into a “movable dungeon,” authorities said.  Kelly Swoboda became the target of a search earlier this year after police suspected him in a kidnapping. He was killed during a shootout with police outside a high school in March. A more extensive picture of Swoboda's creepy behavior and his even weirder van emerged in a 312-page transcript of a grand jury proceeding that was made public this week.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Actor-director Mel Gibson took the witness stand Thursday in the trial of a man accused of stalking him, telling a jury he feared for the safety of his wife and children after being confronted by Zack Sinclair at a chapel where Gibson attends services. Sinclair, 34, who is acting as his own attorney, did not cross-examine Gibson. Sinclair is charged with one felony count of stalking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A homeless man convicted of trespassing at Selena Gomez's home was charged Monday with stalking and violating a court order to stay away from the former Disney star. The charges filed against Che Cruz come just days after he pleaded no contest to trespassing at Gomez's home, after which he was sentenced to 45 days in Los Angeles County jail and ordered to stay away from the star's home. Cruz, 20, was arrested March 30 inside a bathroom of a guest house on the property being purchased by Gomez, 21, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A transient who represented himself in court was convicted Friday of stalking actor-director Mel Gibson. A Van Nuys jury deliberated two hours before finding Zack Sinclair guilty of stalking Gibson at his Malibu home and a church, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. Sinclair, 34, faces 16 months to three years in prison, Robison said. "I think he will probably end up in a mental health hospital of some sort," said Deputy Dist. Atty.
REAL ESTATE
March 14, 1993
On K8 of the Feb. 28 Times, you ran the headline "Amorous Tenant Not Owner's Problem" above the Apartment Life column. The headline referred to the first letter in the column--a female tenant asking for advice after being repeatedly stalked by a male tenant. The reply to her letter is fine; the headline, however, is not. Stalking is a crime, often with violent, even deadly consequences. Many states are now passing anti-stalking laws, and Congress is introducing such legislation.
NATIONAL
May 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Robert Ray, a former independent counsel who investigated President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, turned himself in to police on charges of stalking a former girlfriend, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. New York police say Ray's former girlfriend, a 40-year-old Manhattan woman, filed a complaint that he persisted in sending e-mail and knocking on her door months after she broke off their relationship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2008 | Harriet Ryan
An Oregon woman accused of stalking actor John Cusack for years was released from jail Saturday after accepting a plea agreement that allowed her to avoid prison time. Emily Leatherman, 34, pleaded no contest to felony stalking Friday. She was sentenced to five years' probation and mandatory psychological counseling. She was also ordered to stay away from the actor for 10 years. Leatherman was arrested outside Cusack's Malibu residence in April. The actor had obtained a restraining order against her in 2006, but according to his representatives, she continued writing him threatening letters and visiting his home and office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2008 | H.G. Reza
A defense attorney convicted of stalking a former girlfriend was sentenced Friday to 95 days in jail. David Scharf, 46, also received five years' probation and was ordered to undergo 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling and to avoid contact with the unidentified victim for 10 years. Scharf, a Del Mar resident, met the woman online in 2004. She broke off their relationship four months later, but he continued to pursue her, sending harassing and threatening e-mails that violated a restraining order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Lancaster probation officer was arrested Monday on suspicion of threatening, stalking and filing a false crime report against a woman he once dated, according to the district attorney's office. Gordon Wilbur Griffith Jr., 55, was booked on 10 felony and four misdemeanor counts after sheriff's deputies arrested him at his home, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An aggressive mountain lion that had lurked in the brushy hills of southern Orange County was shot and killed after it began stalking a mother and her two children after they set off on a day hike. The woman, and a growing number of fellow hikers and passing mountain bikers, were unable to scare off the cougar, which at one point came within yards of her son. Authorities said the cougar was hiding in the brush near a grade school when they arrived and then marched directly toward them, seemingly unafraid.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A 48-year-old Glendale man pleaded not guilty last week to stalking a married woman whom he allegedly followed, threatened to kill and whose car he hit with his vehicle in order to get her attention, police said. Gamlet Sarkisyan faces felony charges of stalking and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court complaint. He is being held in lieu of $400,000 bail, according to Times Community News. Sarkisyan was arrested last Sunday at a motel in Eagle Rock on suspicion of stalking the Glendale woman, as well as on an outstanding warrant for allegedly stealing clothes from Nordstrom Rack, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Prosecutors announced Thursday that two San Bernardino city councilmen have been charged in separate criminal cases, with one of them admitting his guilt, resigning his post and ending his bid for mayor weeks before election day. Chas Kelley pleaded guilty to a perjury charge for lying on campaign finance documents, forcing him to resign the seat he had held since 2003. Robert Jenkins faces 18 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts related to identity theft and stalking. Prosecutors allege that he targeted a former partner.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Actor Peter Robbins, who provided the voice of Charlie Brown in eight "Peanuts" TV specials between 1965 and 1969, has pleaded guilty to threatening and stalking his ex-girlfriend and a plastic surgeon who gave her a breast enhancement. Robbins, 56, entered his plea in a San Diego court Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. He could face up to three years in prison when he's sentenced next month. According to prosecutors, Robbins called his ex-girlfriend multiple times a day and threatened to kill her and her son if she didn't give back his car and his dog, whose name is Snoopy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
I have been in love with Howlin' Pelle Almqvist from the Hives since 2004, when I first caught sight of him strutting onstage one hot Texas afternoon at South by Southwest. So when I found out that the hard rocking band from Sweden was going to play the main stage at Coachella last year, I made it my mission to meet him. Stalking a rock star at one of the world's largest concerts is no easy feat, and I didn't have the right equipment, meaning a backstage pass. However, last year was the first year that Coachella was staged for two weekends in a row, so there was twice the opportunity and twice the angst.
FOOD
March 15, 2013 | By David Karp
Rhubarb is one of the great joys of spring, with its rosy color, earthy tang and old-fashioned allure, and the story of its local rise and fall is as intriguing as its flavor. Just a generation or two ago, it was widely cultivated in Southern California, but now local rhubarb is available almost exclusively at farmers markets, and just from a handful of vendors. Rhubarb is native to central and northern Asia, where its roots were harvested for millenniums for their medicinal properties.
NATIONAL
July 9, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors have dropped charges against former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, who was accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. U.S. Park Police arrested the current D.C. councilman Saturday after they said a woman complained she was being stalked. Barry's lawyer denied the allegations and said Barry was arrested on the way home from a meal with the woman, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt. Watts-Brighthaupt earlier this week also released a statement that appeared to deny she had accused him of stalking.
SPORTS
March 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been investigated by North Palm Beach, Fla., police for numerous battery and stalking allegations by ex-boyfriend Ivan Brannan Jr. A police report stemming from a Valentine's Day domestic incident at a health club said that there is probable cause to arrest Capriati for “battery for punching and pushing Brannan” and “stalking Brannan on a constant basis from phone calls, text messages, showing up...
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