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Former UCLA gynecologist faces sexual battery charge as school launches probe: report

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-5883268760ce4b96b6985b88503f49da Former UCLA gynecologist faces sexual battery charge as school launches probe: report fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/education/college fox-news/us/crime/sex-crimes fox-news/health/healthy-living/womens-health fox news fnc/us fnc Danielle Wallace article 471ad6f0-5d2b-5f35-8b30-1d31aeff932b

A former staff gynecologist at the University of California Los Angeles turned himself into authorities Monday after being charged with sexual battery and exploitation in connection with the treatment of two patients at a university facility.

Dr. James Mason Heaps, an obstetrician-gynecologist who worked part-time at UCLA Health since 1983, plead not guilty to the charges against him in a Los Angeles courtroom later in the day.  UCLA received a complaint against Heaps in 2017 and placed him on leave the following year, but did not publicize the reason until Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

USC WAS REPORTEDLY TOLD GYNECOLOGIST COULD BE TARGETING ASIAN STUDENTS

“Sexual abuse in any form is unacceptable and represents an inexcusable breach of the physician-patient relationship,” UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block said in a joint statement. “We are deeply sorry that a former UCLA physician violated our policies and standards, our trust and the trust of his patients.”

Heaps is charged with with two counts of sexual battery, fraud and one count of sexual exploitation of a patient, Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, told USA Today.  UCLA Health spokesperson Rhonda Curry said the school first received a complaint about the doctor in December 2017 and launched an investigation.

During the course of the investigation, the school discovered two previous complaints against Heaps from 2014 and 2015. Heaps, however, was not placed on leave until June 2018 and was reportedly seeing patients in the interim. UCLA paid an undisclosed settlement to another student who saw Heaps during this time period and filed a complaint against him accusing him of inappropriately touching her, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“We are deeply sorry for this,” Curry told the Los Angeles Times.  “We know we could have done better. … We want and need to hear from other possible patients.”

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Heaps’ arrest comes a year after the University of Southern California came under fire for allowing former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall to allegedly sexual abuse hundreds of patients over the course of three decades. UCLA is now conducting a broader internal investigation over how it handles sexual assault claims and is urging other students who may have been abused by Heaps to come forward.

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China telecom giant Huawei hints US pressure hurting sales

Westlake Legal Group og-fox-news China telecom giant Huawei hints US pressure hurting sales SHANGHAI fox-news/us fnc/us fnc Associated Press article 13b09652-b02b-5a47-a573-7aad6e9a7488

Chinese tech giant Huawei says it would have become the world’s number one smartphone marker by year’s end if it were not for “unexpected” circumstances.

Huawei’s chief strategist, Shao Yang, said Tuesday the company now has to “wait a little bit longer to achieve that.”

He did not directly refer to President Donald Trump or trade .

Washington has put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. firms from selling to the company without government approval.

Huawei, the world’s top network equipment provider and second-largest smartphone maker, has become embroiled in the trade dispute between China and the U.S. U.S. officials have accused Chinese technology companies, including Huawei, of stealing trade secrets and threatening international cybersecurity.

Huawei denies that it would share users’ secrets with China’s ruling Communist Party.

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Jury convicts ex-NFL player of rape, mulls 8 other charges

A California jury that convicted former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman has been ordered to keep deliberating after jurors told a judge they were deadlocked over eight other charges, including the rapes of two more women.

The judge ordered jurors to return Tuesday to San Diego Superior Court in Vista, a day after they handed down the verdict on one count of rape. Jurors also found Winslow guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women.

The two other counts of rape involve a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage girl in 2003.

Defense attorneys attacked the accusers’ credibility, noting inconsistencies in their stories. Prosecutors say the crux of their testimonies remained unchanged.

All five women testified during the nine-day trial.

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Creole cuisine queen Leah Chase gets New Orleans sendoff

For celebrated Creole chef Leah Chase, the goodbye had all the ingredients of a typical New Orleans sendoff: warm reminiscences and mourning mixed with a Mardi Gras-style celebration of her life.

Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds who filed through a New Orleans church on Monday to pay last respects to Leah Chase, who ran a family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and ’60s. She died June 1 at age 96 .

The rosary and funeral Mass at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church was marked by spirited gospel from the choir and a soulful rendition of “Peace in the Valley” from longtime New Orleans musician and singer Deacon John.

“Today is Leah’s last freedom ride,” her son Edgar said.

Afterward, a brass band, pallbearers and members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club slow-walked beside her hearse as it drove the few blocks to Dooky Chase’s restaurant — her last trip to the place where she earned renown as a chef, civil rights icon and patron of the arts.

Dirges gave way to an upbeat “I’ll Fly Away” and, as the procession approached, vendors sold snacks, water, beer and cocktails from streetside trailers or ice chests on wagons.

Before the funeral, Ti Martin, co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace restaurant and a member of New Orleans’ famed Brennan family of restaurateurs, stood in a line that snaked around the block. She was among a diverse crowd that included politicians, notable chefs and musicians, including Marsalis family patriarch Ellis Marsalis.

“I don’t know if God realizes he’s about to gain 20 pounds,” Martin joked, “I can count on one hand the number of people who inspire me as much as this lady. And I wouldn’t need all my fingers.”

“I started eating in the restaurant in the ’60s when I was a little kid,” recalled Jonathan Bloom of New Orleans, who said his mother was a friend of Leah Chase.

State Sen. J.P. Morrell said he met and learned from an older generation of politicians while sitting at Dooky Chase’s — and heard a multitude of stories. “It took very little to prompt her to go into very lengthy stories about all the different people,” Morrell recalled. “She remembered and shook hands with every single person that came through her restaurant.”

“It’s impossible to overstate what she meant to our city,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said during a rosary service ahead of a midday Mass.

The mournful-turned-festive march to Dooky Chase’s was followed by a motorcade to a local cemetery. After that, there was to be a traditional New Orleans “second line” parade — with watchers falling in behind the procession — to the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Monday’s was the last in a series of goodbyes to Chase. A brass band led a parade by the restaurant last Monday, and a public memorial was held at Xavier University on Saturday.

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Grandmother of dad who killed 5 kids asks to spare his life

The father and grandmother of a man who killed his five children asked a jury on Monday to spare his life for the slayings because their family has seen so much death and sadness.

Roberta Thornsberry testified that along with losing her five great-grandchildren after Timothy Jones Jr. killed them in their Lexington home in 2014, she has also had to deal with untimely deaths of other children and grandchildren.

Defense lawyer Casey Secor asked her if the jury should sentence her grandson to death for killing her five great-grandchildren.

“No, God no. I love him. Our family has been through enough. I don’t think we can take any more. This has broken us so bad I think that would be the final nail in the coffin,” Thornsberry said, wiping tears from her eyes.

Later Monday, Timothy Jones Sr. also urged the jury to spare his son’s life, taking off his dress shirt and tie to show the jury tattoos of all five of his grandchildren’s faces covering his back.

Earlier, he testified how he had torn down the pool he built in his backyard for the grandchildren to play in after defense lawyers at trial had showed a home movie of him holding the oldest two in floaties.

“I feel more responsible than anyone,” Jones Sr. said of the murders of his five grandchildren at the hands of his son.

The same jury that convicted Jones Jr., 37, of five counts of murder last week is deciding his sentence. They must unanimously choose the death penalty or Jones automatically gets life in prison without parole.

Thornsberry talked about how Jones Jr. was mostly happy as a child. She identified her five great-grandchildren from a photo of all of them in the bed during a visit to her house.

Jones’ lawyers are trying to get the jury to have mercy on Jones by showing how his execution would just continue the heartache his family has endured.

Prosecutor Shawn Graham reminded Thornsberry of her testimony before Jones was convicted, in which she said he was selfish because he was an only child. Then, in a soft voice, he asked her if she heard testimony from Jones’ confession about how the older children begged for their lives or said they loved their dad as he strangled them.

She cried and quietly agreed.

Jones confessed he exercised 6-year-old Nahtahn until he collapsed and died, then several hours later decided to kill the other four children . Jones said he strangled 8-year-old Merah and 7-year-old Elias with his hands and used a belt to choke 2-year-old Gabriel and 1-year-old Abigail because his hands were too big.

Earlier Monday, defense lawyers called two prison guards who said Jones has been a model prisoner in his nearly five years behind bars, ignoring horrible things said by other prisoners when they discovered who he was and what he had done.

They also called psychiatrist Donna Maddox who has treated Jones and said his schizophrenia is getting worse, taking away his outward emotions and his intelligence.

When he killed his children, Jones was a computer engineer making $80,000 a year. Now he is scoring below average on a number of intelligence tests, Maddox said.

Jurors have heard nearly four weeks of heart wrenching testimony in the case, from the mother of the children breaking down in sobs that she didn’t do more to help her kids to teachers who said they have nightmares and can still see the children they taught in the halls of their school.

Jones’ own father testified he feared his son would break down mentally because his mother has been in a mental institution with schizophrenia for more than two decades and a court appointed psychiatrist testified Jones mental problems came from synthetic marijuana, not a disorder in his brain.

The trial is being livestreamed from the Lexington County courthouse.

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Follow Jeffrey Collins on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JSCollinsAP .

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Utah officer who pulled gun on black child will keep working

A Utah officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old boy during a pursuit of armed suspects will continue to work amid an independent review of the incident, police said Monday.

The unidentified officer is still employed with the agency and authorities are not looking to terminate him, Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe said.

The officer’s actions drew criticism after Jerri Hrubes said the white Woods Cross police officer pulled his gun on her son, DJ, who is black, while he was playing on his grandmother’s front lawn Thursday north of Salt Lake City. She has said her son didn’t have any toys or objects in his hands. The officer told DJ to put his hands in the air and get on the ground and told him not to ask questions. After Jerri Hrubes confronted the officer, he got in his car in left, she said.

Soffe defended the officer’s actions and said he mistook the boy for a potential suspect. Responding officers received mixed reports of the suspects’ race and ethnicity including that they were black, Hispanic or Polynesian, he said.

Soffe said the agency has asked the Davis County District Attorney’s office to conduct a probe into the incident. “We want to learn from this, we don’t want people to be traumatized by our efforts to protect the community,” he said.

An attorney working with the Hrubes family said the mother was upset and still had unanswered questions. Jerri Hrubes has said the officer returned and apologized later that day, but the confrontation left her feeling unsafe in the West Bountiful home.

“If it’s true that the justification to point a gun at this child is because they were told the suspects might be black, Hispanic or Polynesian, are they saying this officer was entitled to stop and point his gun at every male fitting that description?” said Kara Porter.

Hrubes doesn’t necessarily want the officer fired, but would be satisfied with an outside review, Porter said.

Lex Scott, founder of Black Lives Matter in Utah, said her organization is demanding that the officer be fired and that they plan to protest outside the police agency’s offices. She said the group is in the process of filing a complaint with the FBI’s civil rights division.

“The fact that this police officer still has a job, and they’ve defended his actions, sends a message that any officer can go out, aim a gun at a 10-year-old kid, and that’s OK,” Scott said. “And that’s not OK to do.”

African Americans account for just 1.4% of the population in Utah, according to U.S. Census figures.

“We care very much about our minority population, we realize this is a predominantly white area, and there are very few minority residents here,” said Centerville Police Chief Paul Child, whose agency was also part of the chase. “We want them to feel safe and know that we value them in our community.”

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Prison: Tow truck driver assaulted women who called for tow

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A tow truck driver has been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting three women who had called him to tow their cars.

St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Warren Montgomery says 53-year-old Dale Boudreaux Jr. of Covington was sentenced Monday to six years each on three counts of sexual battery. The sentences are to be served simultaneously.

Montgomery says Boudreaux denied all of the allegations, but was convicted at trial in May. Each woman testified that Boudreaux touched her sexually without permission between June and October 2014. One woman said he tried unsuccessfully to make her perform oral sex on him.

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Another suspect arrested in killing of 5 on reservation

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Police arrested a fourth suspect Monday after five people were killed over the weekend on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington state, authorities said.

James Cloud, 35, was taken into custody near Wapato after a brief fight with law enforcement officers, the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said.

He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and then booked into jail on a federal warrant for aggravated assault.

“Currently there are no further suspects or persons of interest outstanding,” the office said.

The identities of the victims, how they were killed, and a motive were not immediately released.

The sheriff’s office said four victims were killed at one location and another was found dead in a vehicle at another site.

More details were expected to be released later in the day by the FBI.

The killings occurred late Saturday near the reservation community of White Swan.

Three people were initially arrested. Their identities have not been released.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Yakama Nation Tribal Police and the FBI are jointly investigating the killings.

The reservation is located about 150 miles southeast of Seattle.

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Arraignment for Mexico megachurch leader pushed back

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An arraignment for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo and two followers on child rape and human trafficking charges has been pushed back to June 21.

Naasón Joaquín García and his co-defendants appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday following their arrest last week. A fourth follower remains at large.

Joaquín García remains in custody on $50 million bail, believed to be the highest ever set in Los Angeles County. His attorneys and worshippers say he will be exonerated.

The prosecutors say the judge should bar Joaquín García’s lawyers from working with and sharing information with members of the church for fear they might harass or intimidate potential witnesses. The defense lawyers say that’s not fair to their client.

Judge Francis Bennett says the parties must compromise.

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Helicopter crashes on roof of NYC skyscraper; pilot killed

A helicopter crash-landed on the roof of a rain-shrouded midtown Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly triggering memories of 9/11, even though it appeared to be an accident unrelated to terrorism.

The crash near Times Square and Trump Tower shook the 750-foot-tall (229-meter-tall) AXA Equitable building and forced office workers to flee on elevators and down stairs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spoke to reporters at the scene, said the impact caused a fire, but it was under control.

The pilot was believed to be the only one aboard, and there were no other reports of injuries, authorities said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, or why the Agusta A109E was flying in tightly controlled airspace in midtown Manhattan. A flight restriction in effect since President Donald Trump took office bans aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet within a 1-mile radius of Trump Tower, which is less than a half-mile (0.8 kilometers) from the crash site.

The crash happened around 2 p.m., when clouds obscured the roof of the building. It occurred close to both Rockefeller Center and Times Square and sent rescue vehicles swarming to the building. The response immediately evoked memories of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9/11. And I remember that morning all too well. So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes,” Cuomo said.

Videos posted by onlookers showed emergency vehicles in the street, but no obvious damage to the skyscraper.

Pedro Rodriguez, a pastry line cook at Le Bernardin, a well-known restaurant in the building, said workers got an announcement telling everyone to exit, and he later heard from people around him that there was a fire on the roof. The evacuation was not chaotic, Rodriguez said, but he was rattled because he immediately thought of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“It’s scary when something like this happens,” he said.

Alex Jacobs was working on the seventh floor when he heard bells and an announcement to evacuate. He and his colleagues — who had not heard or felt an impact — used stairs to a fire exit.

“It’s really unfortunate. I Just hope everyone’s OK,” he said.

Trump tweeted from Washington that he had been briefed on the crash and that his administration was ready to help if needed. Cuomo’s office said the president and governor had spoken.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the National Transportation Safety Board would oversee an investigation.

Lance Koonce, a lawyer who works a block south, heard a loud sound he thought could be a low-flying helicopter. From his 21st-story window, he looked up and saw smoke.

“I couldn’t tell if the smoke preceded the helicopter coming over, or if it was from the helicopter crashing into the building,” he said. He was not worried for his own safety, but was thinking about the safety of the people in the helicopter and those on the street below.

The city currently allows helicopters to take off and land from three heliports, one each on the east and west sides and downtown Manhattan. All border rivers.

It was once more common for helicopters to take off from private Manhattan rooftops, the most famous of which was on what was then the Pan Am building. In 1977, four people waiting on the roof were killed when a helicopter toppled over and a rotor blade broke off and hit them. A fifth person, a pedestrian, was killed by falling debris.

That spurred a push to close down private helipads.

Still, the city has seen a string of helicopter accidents since. The most recent was just last month, when a copter crash landed in the Hudson River near a busy Manhattan heliport. The pilot escaped mostly unscathed.

Five people died when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River last year. Three people died in another crash into the same river in 2011. Nine people died in a collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane in 2009, not far from the scene of Monday’s mishap.

In 2006, New York Yankees pitcher Corey Lidle’s single-engine plane slammed into the 20th floor of a building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, killing Lidle and his flight instructor. It was not clear which one was piloting the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded the pilot misjudged a narrow U-turn before veering into the building.

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