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Barricaded suspect arrested by Boulder SWAT following domestic violence report
The suspect in a domestic-violence call was arrested Friday morning after refusing to come out of their residence, prompting the Boulder SWAT team to respond to the scene.
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Universities step up battle on sex assaults
Many Michigan universities have revamped their sexual assault policies and stepped up training and education        
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In America, unequally applied justice: Column
Judges need implicit bias training to fix system that continues to fail women, minorities         
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The high-concept 'Westworld' on HBO wants to be more than just a show about rich people having sex with robots
Ask straight questions of the creators and cast of “Westworld” and you may not get straight answers. When does “Westworld” take place? Where in the world — or beyond it — is this weird, adult amusement park where humanoid robots cater to all whims and fantasies of visiting guests, located? Are...
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'Sometimes, it's ok to throw rocks at girls': N.C. jewelry store slammed for billboard
A North Carolina jewelry store is under fire for a controversial billboard that critics say makes light of violence against women.         
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'Wife beating is not a matter of 'differences of opinion'': Domestic violence groups blast Oberweis
For a man intelligent enough to amass a fortune in business, state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) can display a head-shaking lack of common sense and courtesy. You may have heard by now how ice-cream magnate Oberweis compared "wife beating" and "wage theft" to "differences of opinion." It probably...
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Public defender, moonlighting as Judiciary chair, holding up bills to help rape victims, veterans
There’s a public defender in charge of Assembly Judiciary, and he’s preventing proposals by Nevada’s Attorney General to help veterans and victims of rape, domestic violence and human trafficking from even getting hearings.
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CU hires lawyers to investigate Joe Tumpkin response
The University of Colorado has hired two lawyers who specialize in institutional response to sexual violence and gender-based harassment to investigate how campus leaders handled domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach.
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CU chancellor Phil DiStefano says he wasn’t required to report domestic violence allegations against Joe Tumpkin
University of Colorado Chancellor Phil DiStefano said Thursday he decided not to report domestic violence allegations against an assistant football coach because he didn't believe he had to, based on his reading of university policy.
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Aurora police shut down busy stretch of road because of armed, dangerous suspect
Aurora police have shut down a busy stretch of roadway and are warning people in the area to stay indoors as they try to arrest an armed and dangers suspect wanted on domestic violence charges.
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$9 million cut from domestic violence programs, Rauner administration blames 'confusion'
Illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that has forced layoffs and other cuts at some facilities, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.No one knows — or is...
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Domestic violence-related homicides, calls rise in Henderson
Since 2013, police records show, 15 of 25 homicides in Henderson were attributed in some way to domestic violence. Those statistics cap an alarming four-year leap in domestic-related homicides in a city that’s been touted as among the nation’s safest.
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Raiders Aldon Smith investigated in domestic incident in San Francisco
Oakland Raiders defensive end Aldon Smith could be in more trouble after being investigated for a domestic incident over the weekend in San Francisco, according to multiple reports.
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Ray Rice now speaking to college athletes
Sources told us Rice was at USC this week to address the school’s football team.
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Michigan State suspends 3 football players, staffer in sex assault probe
Three Michigan State University football players are suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing as part of a sexual assault investigation. The school says in a release Thursday that a staff member associated with the football program also has been suspended. Police are expected...
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Nuisance laws could hurt domestic abuse victims, so CSU students fight for changes
Cleveland State University students succeeded in changing Euclid's nuisance abatement law to protect women who call police for help in domestic abuse cases. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Local nuisance abatement laws are meant to preserve community tranquility. They exist "so people can live in peace in their neighborhoods," said Kelley Sweeney, Euclid's law director. But nuisance laws in many communities, including, until recently, Euclid, may make it harder for domestic violence victims to find peace. Here's how the laws work: Communities can declare a property a nuisance after a certain number of police responses to complaints for incidents spelled out in the nuisance ordinance. Among them are  loud noise, barking dogs, and other crimes. Many such ordinances locally and across the country include domestic violence as one of those "nuisance" crimes. But what if the person making the call to police is the victim of domestic violence? Calls for help might lead to the property being declared a nuisance. And once a nuisance is declared, communities levy fines for every police call. What happens then, says Mike Brickner, senior policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, is that landlords who are facing fines evict their problem tenants. Or, worse, victims simply stop calling police. "The woman is oftentimes then on the street trying to find housing, may be homeless, may lose their employment, and in some of the very sad cases, may even go back and live with their abuser because they have nowhere else to go," said Brickner.  An NPR story in June focused on Lakisha Briggs of Norriston, Pa., who was warned by the police that she had "one strike" when she called about the abuse from her boyfriend. He later assaulted her with a broken ashtray and cut her neck so badly she was airlifted to a hospital. She returned home to an eviction notice. The landlord blamed the nuisance ordinance. The ACLU sued and Norristown's law was changed. Pennsylvania later passed a statewide law to remove domestic violence from nuisance offenses. Mike Brickner, senior policy director of the ACLU of Ohio.American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio  Ohio has no such law and many communities still include domestic violence on their nuisance ordinances. There are 13 communities in Cuyahoga County, by the ACLU's count, that have domestic violence listed as a crime that qualifies for nuisance designation, Brickner said. They are: Bedford, Cuyahoga Heights, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Newburgh Heights, North Olmsted, Parma, South Euclid, Warrensville Heights and Woodmere. Euclid changes law Euclid was on that list, but City Council voted in December to change the law, prompted by three enterprising Cleveland State University Students whose class project was to make a positive impact in the community. They succeeded with a compelling argument, supported by impressive research including city police logs, and sobering testimony before a council committee. First, they convinced Sweeney that the city needed to reconsider its law.  "I said, 'Oh my gosh, this is terrible!" said Sweeney. CSU Assistant Professor Joe Mead with students Marissa Pappas and Vanessa Hemminger. Mead's philosophy is for students to see how laws are enacted and enforced in the real world.Michael K. McIntyre/Plain Dealer  The students were Marissa Pappas of Brunswick, Vanessa Hemminger of Akron and Calla Bonanno of Rocky River. Bonanno and Hemminger are students in the Cleveland Marshall College of Law at CSU. Pappas is a graduate student in the Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs.  Professor Joe Mead, for his class on law and public policy, wanted to get them away from the textbooks.   "My philosophy is what better way to learn than to do," said Mead. "So I put them to work."  There's been some national attention paid to the nuisance law issue and its impact on domestic violence victims, so Mead suggested it as a possible pursuit. "We thought, 'This is so bizarre. This isn't happening,'" said Pappas. The students targeted Euclid because they knew a law clerk there. Unknown danger Many people just aren't aware of the potential negative impact of the law, said Hemminger. "You see people that are already struggling, that already having issues, and on top of that the potential to be evicted because of calling the police?'' she said. "There's an immediate visceral reaction that this is something that needs to change." She played the NPR story, holding her phone to the microphone, during her council testimony. Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail thanked the students during that hearing and agreed a change was needed. "We don't want to give any reason for anyone to stop and think, 'I'm not going to call for help.'" she said. The vote by council, Bonanno said, "restored my faith in local government and getting things done at the local level." Since the change, neighboring South Euclid has decided to consider amending its statute. "I definitely think Law Directors (in every community) should look at these laws," said Sweeney. Pappas said the student research is available to anyone interested in advocating such change. But the ACLU's Brickner said broader change is needed because new laws including domestic violence still pop up even as existing laws are changed. He likened the effort to "a game of Whack-a-Mole. The ACLU contends nuisance laws are a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act and the Violence Against Women act, Brickner said. They can negatively impact not only domestic violence victims, but others, such as people with mental disabilities and people of color, he said.  "They're unconstitutional. We as residents have the right to petition our government for help, and that includes being able to call the police if we're a victim of crime," Brickner said. He said he's hopeful Ohio will follow other states, such as Iowa, Pennsylvania and  Illinois, in passing a state law protecting domestic violence victims by removing the crime from local nuisance ordinances.
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Henderson City Council agrees to let nonprofit use state’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund
The Henderson City Council on Tuesday agreed to let the nonprofit HopeLink of Southern Nevada use the Nevada’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund.
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Police: Woman killed ex-boyfriend who broke into her home
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Police say a woman fatally stabbed an ex-boyfriend who broke into her Winston-Salem home. Winston-Salem police said in a statement that 36-year-old Taurus Ferguson and the woman, 37-year-old Argentinus Quaye, had been involved in a relationship with a history of domestic violence. Authorities say Ferguson forced ...
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Car stolen after fatal Strongsville stabbing found; suspects remain at-large
Timothy Bene, 32 and Courtney Heckman, 23, are accused in the fatal Friday stabbing of Bene's stepfather Dean Vastartis. The duo is accused of taking Vastartis' car, and the car was found Monday without them inside. Watch video STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Investigators recovered a car used by the suspects wanted in a fatal stabbing in Strongsville, but the suspects remain at large. Timothy Bene, 32 and Courtney Heckman, 23, are charged with murder in the death of Bene's stepfather Dean Vastartis to death.  Strongsville police responded to a domestic violence call about 1 p.m. Friday at a home on the 13500 block of Sprague Road, a news release from the department said. They found Vastartis, 50, with multiple stab wounds. Vastartis died at Southwest General Health Center. The duo drove off in Vastartis's 2013 Mazda Protege, police said. Investigators found the car Monday. Anyone with information about the duo's whereabouts should call Strongsville police at 440-580-3230. If you'd like to comment on this post, please visit the cleveland.com crime and courts comments section.
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Strongsville man stabbed to death identified
The 50-year-old man found stabbed several times has been identified as Dean Vastartis, Strongsville police say. Watch video STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- A 50-year-old man, who was found stabbed Friday and later died, has been identified as Dean Vastartis, of Strongsville, Strongsville police say. No arrests have been made as of Saturday morning, police say. The stabbing happened shortly before 1 p.m. in the 13500 block of Sprague Road just next to Barbara Drive. Police were called to the scene after a report of a domestic violence incident, according to a news release from the Strongsville Police Department. Police discovered the man with stab wounds, the news release said. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit Saturday's crime and courts comments section.
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Hal Steinbrenner says he misspoke about Chapman's alleged abuse
Forgive, maybe. But never forget.
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Nicole Kidman speaks out to help female victims of violence
She spoke at a fundraising dinner for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
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Manziel reaches tentative deal to dismiss assault case
Johnny Manziel has reached a deal in principle to dismiss his domestic violence case.
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Parking violators in Las Vegas to be fined in toys
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Parking tickets in Las Vegas will be costing drivers in dolls not dollars this holiday season thanks to a new city program. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2fkPOhW ) that the Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved a pilot program that will allow people who ...
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Johnny Manziel reaches tentative deal with prosecutors to dismiss domestic assault case
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has reached a deal with prosecutors for the conditional dismissal of a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend. Defense attorney Jim Darnell said there was still work to be done to finalize the deal, but said after a Thursday morning...
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Johnny Manziel reaches deal with prosecutors to dismiss domestic assault case
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has reached a deal with prosecutors for the conditional dismissal of a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend.
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Johnny Manziel reaches deal to dismiss domestic assault case
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has reached a deal with prosecutors for the conditional dismissal of a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend. Defense attorney Jim Darnell said there was still work to be done to finalize the deal, but said after a Thursday morning hearing that he was encouraged. A judge set another...
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911 call: Mets closer 'going crazy' before Halloween arrest
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The wife of New York Mets pitcher Jeurys (JUHR'-yihs) Familia said her husband was drunk and "going crazy" in her call to police following a domestic violence incident on Halloween.
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2 people shot in domestic violence-related incident at McCarran International Airport, police say
The Metropolitan Police Department received a report of a shooting at McCarran International Airport just before 6 p.m. Monday.
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Texas A&M student, 21, fatally shot at off-campus apartment
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Police in College Station say they believe a Texas A&M student found shot to death in her off-campus apartment knew her assailant and that the attack may be domestic violence. Authorities say they're following the activities of a person of interest in the Saturday evening ...
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Terrence Howard drops expletive during live Emmys interview
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Terrence Howard isn't mincing words about his "Empire" character, calling him an expletive on the Emmy Awards red carpet during a live television interview.
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Hageman charged in domestic violence case
Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman was charged in a domestic violence case.
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Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value?
Canada is again caught up in an immigration controversy which calls for screening potential newcomers for their beliefs.
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