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Surfing Legend Dies in 'One-Punch' Assault

Chris Davidson 'was one of the most stylish surfers we'd ever produced in this country'

(Newser) - Australia's surfing community is mourning former pro surfer Chris Davidson, who died after an alleged assault outside a pub in New South Wales Saturday night. Police say the 45-year-old was found unconscious outside the South West Rocks Country Club, around five hours north of Sydney, after emergency services received...

Cyclist Charged After Teen Girls' Prank Goes Awry

Mathieu van der Poel accused of physically assaulting girls who kept knocking on his door

(Newser) - Top cyclist Mathieu van der Poel had been one of the favorites to win Sunday's world championship race in Wollongong, Australia. Instead of that, he ended up flying home to the Netherlands with a criminal conviction under his belt, reports the Guardian . It seems that a group of kids...

Mom Who Urged Daughter to Punch Opponent Must Pay Up

Latira Shonty Hunt ordered to pay $9K in restitution

(Newser) - Update: The woman who instructed her 14-year-old daughter to hit an opposing player during a basketball game, an act that resulted in a concussion, will have to pay. A judge this week ruled that Latira Shonty Hunt, 44, of La Puente, Calif., must pay $9,000 in restitution; write a...

4 Cops Charged After Video of Man Beaten in Traffic Stop

Michigan trooper Bram Schroeder accused of punching Vance Martin, while 3 others stood by

(Newser) - Four police officers in Michigan have been charged after prosecutors say a man pulled over for suspected drunk driving was handcuffed, then assaulted by one of the officers, while the others did nothing to stop him. Per a release from Michigan's Department of Attorney General, Bram Schroeder and Zachary...

US Olympian: I Was Attacked With Metal Pipe

Kim Glass says she suffered facial fractures in encounter with random 'homeless man' in LA

(Newser) - Former US Olympian Kim Glass is warning people to keep their heads on a swivel while out and about in Los Angeles after a man attacked her with a metal pipe. The 6-foot-3 volleyball player and 2008 Olympic silver medalist posted a series of videos to Instagram over the weekend,...

Louisville Police Seeking Man Who Punched Mayor

Greg Fischer was assaulted at a public event over the weekend

(Newser) - Police are searching for a different kind of Louisville slugger after a suspect was captured on video punching the mayor of Kentucky's largest city on Saturday. Greg Fischer was mingling in a crowd at a Juneteenth event at the Fourth Street Live! entertainment complex when a man walked up...

Woman Flees Home, Describes Torture, Rape Over 6 Months

Peter McGuire of Chino Hills, Calif., arrested Saturday, is held without bail

(Newser) - Though a sheriff's deputy responded numerous times to a California home where a young woman was held captive and tortured over six months, help remained elusive until she managed to escape on her own Thursday, according to authorities. The 22-year-old woman, who'd unknowingly moved in with a man...

Punches Were Thrown on the Ice—and Then Off

New York Rangers fan facing assault charges after sucker punch caught on video

(Newser) - Thursday's hockey game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers ended with punches on and off the ice. Shortly after players traded blows to mark the end of the Lightning's 3-1 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, which put the Lightning up 3-2 in...

'It's Just a Joke,' Teen Said Before Fatal Beating

Ethan Liming of Akron, Ohio, died June 2 in fight outside school

(Newser) - A set of parents in Akron, Ohio, are pleading for answers after their 17-year-old son was beaten to death near an elementary school basketball court. On the night of June 2, Ethan Liming and friends were driving around Akron, firing a toy SplatRBall gun that shoots tiny water beads that...

Sentencing in Flight Attendant Assault a 'Very Strong Message'

Vyvianna Quinonez gets 15 months in prison for punching Southwest crew member in face

(Newser) - A California woman who punched a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in the face during a flight, breaking her teeth, has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Vyvianna Quinonez was also ordered Tuesday by the federal judge in San Diego to pay nearly $26,000 in restitution and a...

Batali's Sex Misconduct Trial Starts, With One Decision Made

Celebrity chef opts for judge to decide his fate, not a jury

(Newser) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali has waived his right to a jury trial and is opting to have a judge decide his fate in his sexual misconduct trial in Boston. Batali confirmed the decision to Boston Municipal Court Justice James Stanton as the trial opened Monday morning, per the AP . In...

Suspect in Attack on Chappelle Won't Face Felony Charges

Isaiah Lee could still be charged with misdemeanors

(Newser) - Update: The man arrested in the onstage attack on comedian Dave Chappelle won't be charged with any felonies, the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday. Prosecutors came to the conclusion that criminal conduct occurred but not felony conduct, CBS News reports. The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will...

Cops: Arby's Manager Threw Hot Grease on Customer

Alabama woman was left with burns 'covering a large potion of her body'

(Newser) - Police in Hueytown, Alabama say an Arby's manager has been charged with assault over an incident that left a customer with second-degree burns "covering a large potion of her body." In a Facebook post , police said officers called to the scene "determined that an employee threw...

British Singer Hospitalized After NYC Attack

Tom Grennan's manager says he was attacked outside a bar early Thursday

(Newser) - "You lot are magic," chart-topping British singer Tom Grennan said after a concert in New York City this week, but the rest of his night went very badly. The 26-year-old's manager says the singer was attacked and robbed outside a bar in the early hours of Thursday,...

Cops: Carjacker Dies After Beating Up Senior

You might say it was karma; Shirlene Hernandez would not

(Newser) - A Texas man beat up a 72-year-old great-grandmother so as to take her car, only to die later in a crash, according to San Antonio police. Shirlene Hernandez, who was left with a nasty black eye and bruising covering half of her face, was assaulted as she headed into a...

She Fled Home After Assault. The Worst Was Yet to Come

Canadian police seek help in finding Elnaz Hajtamiri following Jan. 12 abduction

(Newser) - Opening up the door of the home in the small Canadian town of Wasaga Beach, the owner saw three armed men who looked like police officers. They claimed to have an arrest warrant for Elnaz Hajtamiri, a 37-year-old Iranian-born woman who was staying at the home, whom they proceeded to...

Accused of Punching Women, He Now Faces Hate Crime Charges

Steven Zajonc, 28, was arrested last month in NYC for apparently unprovoked attacks

(Newser) - A man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly attacking seven Asian women in New York City over three hours. Steven Zajonc, 28, who was arrested last month, is charged with six felony counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime and seven counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor...

'I Was Wrong,' Will Smith Tells Chris Rock in Post

Support and backlash are circulating after Oscar-winning actor slapped comedian onstage

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated to include Will Smith's online post Monday. Will Smith has written a public apology to Chris Rock for slapping him Sunday night during the Academy Awards ceremony, Variety reports. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris," says the Instagram...

Woman Arrested in 'Senseless Attack' on NYC Singing Coach

Barbara Gustern, 87, was shoved to the ground

(Newser) - Update: A 26-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a beloved Broadway singing coach. Lauren Pazienza, of Port Jefferson, Long Island, turned herself into police on Tuesday. Deadline reports there are no indications that Pazienza knew 87-year-old Barbara Maier Gustern, who was shoved from...

'One of the Most Appalling Attacks I Have Ever Seen'

Cops: 42-year-old man struck an Asian woman more than 100 times in Yonkers, NY

(Newser) - An elderly Asian woman in Westchester County, NY, was brutally beaten in the vestibule of her building last week, and a fellow resident is now in custody. Police say that the 67-year-old victim passed by 42-year-old Tammel Esco as she was walking to her Yonkers home around 6pm on Friday...

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