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Tennis great Jennifer Capriati has stalking, battery charges dropped

By Zachary Fagenson, Reuters
Kathy Willens / AP

Jennifer Capriati, seen here in 2003, did 30 hours of community service at a Tampa hospital and took four hours of anger management in order to have the charges dropped.

MIAMI — Charges of battery and stalking against Jennifer Capriati were dropped by Florida prosecutors on Monday after the retired tennis player completed community service and an anger-management class.

Capriati, 37, was accused of punching her then-boyfriend four times at a gym in February 2013 near her home on Palm Beach’s exclusive Singer Island. She was also accused of stalking him for months before and after the pair split in February.

It was the eighth time police were called to a dispute between the pair, according to an arrest affidavit. Capriati stalked 29-year-old Ivan Brannan Jr. “on a constant basis from phone calls, text messages, showing up at his gym, his place of work and following him,” the affidavit said.

As a part of a deal with prosecutors, Capriati did 30 hours of community service at a Tampa hospital and took four hours of anger management in order to have the charges dropped.

A lawyer for Capriati did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Capriati turned pro at 13 and won the women’s singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. She quit tennis in the mid-1990s after being arrested on shoplifting and marijuana possession charges. She returned to win three Grand Slam tournaments in 2001-02.

Dorchester man accused of meeting teen in online chat room

ARLINGTON, Mass. —A Dorchester man who police said met a middle-school student in an online chat room has been arrested on a charge of indecent assault and battery, Arlington Police said Thursday night.

Jose Alexis Rodriguez-Laboy, 35, is charged with meeting the 15-year-old online and then picking the student up at the Ottoson Middle School in Arlington Wednesday.

Rodriguez-Laboy then drove the teen to a location away from school grounds, police said.

The student, a 15-year-old girl, was returned to the middle school later in the day, Police Chief Fred Ryan told our news partners at Wicked Local/Arlington.

Rodriguez-Laboy was arrested at his Dorchester home and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning in Cambridge District Court.

You turn me inside out and upside down
My emotions are running wild
I fear for my anger and disappointment
I fear for my sadness after sending you away
Shall I be alone once more?
I can’t stand the thought of life without you
But my heart is broken, battered and torn
Forgiveness can’t come easy
The damage can’t be tucked away
The words “I’m sorry” continuously roll off your tongue
But my heart knows your words are empty
So I can’t hear any more
The door closes and I change the locks
Your calls no longer come here because my numbers been changed
I color my hair, change my name and even get a few tucks to hide the girl you once knew
Who am I kidding I still know it’s you
Why am I changing, I’ve done nothing wrong?
Why am I hiding in my skin?
I’m still in fear even with you gone
No more, no more, no more
I’m taking back my life once more
I won’t tell you how for then you’ll know
For it would spoil my happiness
And I can’t and I won’t allow that
Good bye to the old you and hello to the new me
Life will now be worth living, even without you!

I wrote this as a tribute to all those who have suffered through or are still suffering through the results of Domestic Violence. To all those that lost their fight or are still fighting, I wish strength to all of those who stand tall or don’t have the strength to stand tall. Know that wherever you are, there is always someone who wants to help because they have been where you are, you are not alone,