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August 30, 2011
The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA held a fundraising event at its regional headquarters in Glendale on Aug. 14 in which the organization raised more than $15,000 for domestic violence outreach objectives. It was the first such fundraising event the Armenian Relief Society has ever held to address domestic violence. The Armenian Relief Society Shelter coordinated with local organizations' shelters such as Door of Hope and the YWCA. The Armenian Relief Society Shelter Committee Chair Aida Babayan presented a report on the society's outreach program addressing domestic violence and discussed the establishment of a telephone hotline service.
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By Verzhine Nikoghosyan | February 14, 2012
Nearly 60 volunteers marched the streets of Glendale and Burbank on Monday to raise awareness and gain support for a new domestic violence help center that they hope will make inroads with Armenian families. Volunteers met in front of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale and walked to St. Leon Armenian Apostolic Church in Burbank, marching under the slogan “Violence Hurts, Love Conquers.” Fr. Vazken Movsesian of St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Glendale formed the domestic violence task force under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.
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June 20, 2011
Rapper Anthony Smith, better known as Tone Loc, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence at his Burbank home, police said. Burbank police responded about 2:43 p.m. after receiving reports from a woman that Smith assaulted her, officals said. Police said the incident is under investigation. They declined to release details on the case. Smith was arrested about an hour later and booked into the Glendale jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He posted bail later that day and was released, police said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 22, 2010
GLENDALE — After suffering years of emotional and physical abuse, domestic violence survivor Sandy Correa made a move to break the cycle of hurt when her son was a child. Correa, who was raised by a single mother, grew up in a tough neighborhood and never once thought a man would hit her. She went to college, where she got her bachelor's and master's degrees. "I beat the statistics of my neighborhood. I was doing great," Correa told dozens of people, who attended the Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil on Thursday night at the YWCA of Glendale.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 18, 2011
GLENDALE — A series of events aimed at raising awareness of sexual assault against women have been planned in the coming weeks as city officials report an increase in domestic violence. In the first two months of this year, the number of domestic violence incidents jumped to 59, up from 49 for the same period last year, according to the Glendale Police Department. “If it was just one more than the last year, it’s just one too many,” Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. While domestic violence incidents increased, the number of rapes dropped from four to three.
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October 4, 2011
Rapper Tone Loc -- famous for his song "Wild Thing" -- was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and one year of anger management counseling after he pleaded no contest to possession of an assault weapon and domestic violence charges. Loc, whose legal name is Anthony Smith, was also sentenced to one day in jail and ordered to complete 30 days of community service, according to Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty sentenced Smith, 45, in Burbank after the rapper pleaded no contest to one count each of possessing an unregistered assault weapon -- a Colt AR-15 Sporter -- and corporal injury to a spouse.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 29, 2013
A domestic violence case against a 26-year-old Glendale police officer who allegedly assaulted his former live-in girlfriend has been dismissed. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Colleen Toy White on Tuesday dismissed the case against Officer Daniel Schmit after prosecutors failed to file charges against him following his preliminary hearing earlier this month , according to court records. Prosecutors reportedly didn't move forward with formal charges after “considering the weakness” of his former girlfriend's testimony, as well as the evidence, according to Schmit's attorney, Michael Severo.
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By Connie K. Ho | October 19, 2013
Candles lined the stage, lighting life-sized cutouts of a mother and child. The darkened room at the YWCA in Glendale flickered with dozens of candles, quiet for a moment of silence as people lowered their heads as part of a vigil Thursday night to raise awareness of domestic violence. The event, hosted by the city's Commission on the Status of Women and the YWCA, coincides with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. "This is an important event; we all understand the issue and it's a major issue.
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June 8, 2000
Alecia Foster NORTHRIDGE -- After enduring 12 years of abuse, Gabriella Lopez decided she couldn't take it anymore. While her abusive husband was at work, Lopez hocked the family television. She got $75 for it. "Just enough to escape," she said. The Tijuana native fled to Los Angeles with her five children, determined to start a new life. Her courage and determination earned the Glendale resident Mimi's Cafe's Second Chance Award.
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By Ruth Sowby | December 25, 2013
"'Tis the Season of Service" was the theme for the annual grant-presentation luncheon held by the Glendale Soroptimists. The Embassy Suites was the sweet setting for the festivities. Last Thursday, dozens of Soroptimists dressed in red gathered to celebrate the holidays and some of Glendale's outstanding do-good programs. Susan Hunt , the organization's president, welcomed members and guests. Glendale City Councilwoman Laura Friedman offered greetings from the city. Soroptimist Sandy Schultz introduced the service grant awards with her announcement that $27,000 in grants would be awarded this Wednesday.
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By Connie K. Ho | October 19, 2013
Candles lined the stage, lighting life-sized cutouts of a mother and child. The darkened room at the YWCA in Glendale flickered with dozens of candles, quiet for a moment of silence as people lowered their heads as part of a vigil Thursday night to raise awareness of domestic violence. The event, hosted by the city's Commission on the Status of Women and the YWCA, coincides with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. "This is an important event; we all understand the issue and it's a major issue.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 29, 2013
A domestic violence case against a 26-year-old Glendale police officer who allegedly assaulted his former live-in girlfriend has been dismissed. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Colleen Toy White on Tuesday dismissed the case against Officer Daniel Schmit after prosecutors failed to file charges against him following his preliminary hearing earlier this month , according to court records. Prosecutors reportedly didn't move forward with formal charges after “considering the weakness” of his former girlfriend's testimony, as well as the evidence, according to Schmit's attorney, Michael Severo.
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January 11, 2013
I believe the headlines and articles referring to the “love triangle” shooting in Glendale (“Man is shot four times,” Jan. 9) should be changed to “domestic violence.” Assaulting or killing the new partner of your ex-wife is a form of domestic violence. Calling it a “love triangle” demeans the seriousness of the crime as well as obscuring the true origins of it. Sarojini Lall Glendale
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December 28, 2012
The driver whose flight from a traffic stop led to a crash in Pasadena on Christmas Day that killed a Glendale woman is a parolee with ties to gangs and a warrant out for his arrest, police officials said. Darrell Williams, 22, of Pasadena, was arrested on suspicion of murder after two people died from the impact of a collision that occurred just after 8 p.m. at the corner of Marengo Avenue and Maple Street. Williams led Pasadena police officers on a brief chase after failing to pull over for a suspected traffic violation.
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December 28, 2012
Two alleged gang members were charged with murder Friday for their roles in a police chase that ended in a Christmas Day crash that killed a Glendale woman, prosecutors said. Darrell Williams, 22, of Pasadena, and Brittany Washington, 21, of Los Angeles, were each charged with two counts of murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the L.A. Times reported . The complaint also includes gang allegations for both suspects, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in a statement.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 21, 2012
A Glendale police officer who was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence has been placed on leave, although city officials declined to say when or for what reason, citing employee privacy laws. The 26-year-old officer, Daniel Schmit, was taken into custody Dec. 10 in the 900 block of Ashford Street in Simi Valley after he allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend, according to Lt. Stephanie Shannon of the Simi Valley Police Department. The girlfriend was taken to Simi Valley Hospital-Adventist Health to be treated for unspecified injuries and then was released, she added.
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By Liana Aghajanian | November 28, 2012
A two-week event that aims to raise awareness about gender violence began this week and will continue until early December in an effort to engage local, national and international communities and strengthen work about a global problem that knows no color or class. Given the fact that, according to the World Health Organization, up to 70% of women experience physical and sometimes sexual violence by a partner at some point in their lives, organizers have put together the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which began on Nov. 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and International Human Rights Day, “in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights,” according to the Center for Women's Global Leadership.
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By Joyce Rudolph | November 28, 2012
The National Charity League Ticktocker Class of 2016 raised $1,500 from a dance-a-thon held on Sunday afternoon in the YWCA's gymnasium. Charity League is a mother-daughter charitable organization. The dance-a-thon brought together 22 ninth-graders and 12 mothers for the two-hour event, said Ticktocker Gillian Chuck, 14, vice president of philanthropy for the Glendale chapter. The Ticktockers chose 20 songs to dance to and asked friends and family to sponsor them for each dance completed, said Gillian's mother Gabriel Chuck.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 19, 2012
Joanne Meraz was a successful businesswoman who had everything, except a loving relationship. But when she finally found a partner, her dream was turned upside down. He initially made her feel special, but soon he became violent. Meraz was trapped “between four walls” in an abusive relationship that left her penniless and friendless, and stopped her from communicating with her son. “I lived like that for about a year and started to lose my mind, my soul and myself,” she said.
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