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L.A. County Adds $15K to Stow Reward, Boosting Total To $225K

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(credit: AP Photo/John Stow)

(credit: AP Photo/John Stow)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday added $15,000 the reward for information leading to whoever beat San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on opening day at Dodger Stadium, leaving him with severe brain injuries.

Increasing the county reward from $10,000 to $25,000 brings the total reward to at least $225,000, including more than $100,000 from the Dodgers, $50,000 from the Los Angeles City Council and $50,000 from radio personality Tom Leykis.

Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic and father of two, suffered brain injuries and is hospitalized at San Francisco General Hospital. He was punched and fell, hitting his head on the pavement.

Police contend that Giovanni Ramirez was one of the two men who assaulted Stow following the Dodger’s opening-day victory on March 31, but have not charged him in connection with that case. Instead he has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for violating his parole.

His girlfriend, Denise Piccione, was arrested in Las Vegas July 9 and booked on drug and weapons violations. She has pleaded not guilty and a preliminary hearing in her case has been set for July 27.

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said that Piccione is a witness in the Stow case, though she may be an alibi witness rather than a direct witness to the beating.

“The LAPD still needs the public’s assistance in their search,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said today, when recommending the increase to the reward.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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