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October 27, 2000 | JOSH MEYER and SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The FBI arrested 12 people Thursday and was searching for seven others in what the bureau said was a highly organized fraud ring that staged auto accidents to cheat insurance companies out of millions of dollars annually. Those arrested included Sam "Niko" Lahooti, the man suspected of being the head "capper," or person who orchestrated the potentially dangerous automobile accidents and recruited bogus victims to file insurance claims, authorities said.
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BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Heavy snow and bitter cold in much of the country have caused more than $1.5 billion worth of insurance losses, making this winter among the costliest in decades for the industry, according to a report Tuesday. There have been more than 175,000 claims paid to policyholders for damages such as collapsed roofs, burst pipes, downed tree limbs and auto accidents from Jan. 1 through Friday, the Insurance Information Institute said. Many businesses also have been affected by closures and supply chain interruptions.
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NEWS
April 2, 1985 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles attorney who admitted staging phony auto accidents to defraud insurance companies was sentenced to five years in prison Monday by a Los Angeles federal judge. "It is important to deter other attorneys from engaging in this kind of activity," U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer said of the sentence she imposed on Roger Ammann, 42. "The attorney's role is critical in this kind of scheme, and I believe it is significant to make it unattractive to attorneys to go back on their oaths."
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Even the threat of death can't reliably stop a heroin addiction.  Paramedics tell stories about the tricks addicts use to save themselves from an overdose -- that is, to ensure that somebody else saves them. For instance, users will block a water drain in a public building so that someone will notice flooding and call 911. "Interestingly, we have received several calls for auto accidents," an Ohio emergency medical technician, or EMT, noted in a state addiction treatment survey published in November . "Apparently, some users are stopping in the parking lot, putting their car in 'drive' with foot on brake.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Even the threat of death can't reliably stop a heroin addiction.  Paramedics tell stories about the tricks addicts use to save themselves from an overdose -- that is, to ensure that somebody else saves them. For instance, users will block a water drain in a public building so that someone will notice flooding and call 911. "Interestingly, we have received several calls for auto accidents," an Ohio emergency medical technician, or EMT, noted in a state addiction treatment survey published in November . "Apparently, some users are stopping in the parking lot, putting their car in 'drive' with foot on brake.
NEWS
May 10, 2000
Anywhere from 10% to 45% of those injured in auto accidents suffer later from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to recent research. Good Carma offers advice for accident survivors.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING — Fuel-efficient vehicles are the rage in the United States, but in China gas-guzzling SUVs are looming large. Automakers including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group, Daimler and Land Rover are seizing on soaring popularity for the vehicles here, tailoring new models for Chinese consumers, and in some cases shifting manufacturing to China. Chinese drivers purchased about 2.1 million SUVs last year, according to LMC Automotive, a figure that's expected to double by 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1995 | TRACY WILSON
Two motorists killed in unrelated auto accidents Friday evening were identified Saturday. Stuart James Ireland, 36, of Santa Barbara died after crashing into a tree in the center divider of northbound Pacific Coast Highway near Oxnard about 6 p.m., California Highway Patrol officials said. In an accident an hour later near Piru, Regina Marie Sosa, 21, of Oxnard died after her truck swerved into the westbound lane of California 126, smashing into another vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1985
Police arrested a North Hollywood woman Tuesday on suspicion of felony hit-and-run driving in two auto accidents that left one man dead and two injured, authorities said. Christianne Stinson, 24, turned herself in at the Van Nuys police station Tuesday morning, but apparently did not realize that there had been a death until officers told her, police said. She was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail pending arraignment on Thursday.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Heavy snow and bitter cold in much of the country have caused more than $1.5 billion worth of insurance losses, making this winter among the costliest in decades for the industry, according to a report Tuesday. There have been more than 175,000 claims paid to policyholders for damages such as collapsed roofs, burst pipes, downed tree limbs and auto accidents from Jan. 1 through Friday, the Insurance Information Institute said. Many businesses also have been affected by closures and supply chain interruptions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
He (or she) was a tortoise, an enormous creature who spent his (or her) days meandering the desert. They were travelers, clogging the interstate as they headed east as the weekend came to an end. When their paths intersected, it didn't end well. On Sunday afternoon, which authorities describe as their rush hour on this stretch of Interstate 10 between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, a tortoise in the slow lane certainly caught drivers' attention. Shortly after 3 p.m., California Highway Patrol officials said they received dozens of calls from travelers, spotting (and dodging)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A woman died in a Hollywood Hills traffic accident Monday morning, according to Los Angeles Fire Department officials. Firefighters responded to a call at 6:53 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of North Laurel Canyon Boulevard , near Kirkwood Drive, said spokesman Brian Humphrey. A midsize white SUV was found on its side at the bottom of an embankment, where it had slammed into a tree, according LAFD reports. The woman, whose identity has not yet been released, was found inside the vehicle.
SPORTS
July 30, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Texas A&M officials said Tuesday that defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu died Monday in an automobile accident in Albuquerque, N.M. Manukainiu was a 19-year-old redshirt freshman. Also killed in the crash were Gaius Vaenuku, an incoming member of the Utah football team, and Andrew Uhatafe. All three were from the town of Euless, Texas. The driver of the vehicle and another passenger, whose names have not been released, were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. New Mexico police say Manukainiu was a passenger in a 2002 Toyota Sequoia traveling southbound on U.S. 550. The vehicle drifted off of the road, the driver overcorrected, and the vehicle rolled several times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Expo Line riders should expect minor delays near the 23rd Street station Friday after a vehicle struck a power pole in the area late Thursday, Metro announced on its website and Twitter account . Officials said the vehicle may have sheared the pole's foundation bolts, causing delays and the use of bus shuttle service early Friday morning. At that time, service on the line had been suspended between the Jefferson/USC station and the 7th Street/Metro Center stop. But around 4 a.m., Metro said emergency repairs had been completed and normal service would be restored to all stations with “minor” delays near 23rd Street “due to restricted speed from emergency repairs.” The Expo Line connects the Westside to downtown Los Angeles and several other parts of the county.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama phoned Commerce Secretary John Bryson Tuesday morning and encouraged him to "focus his thoughts on his own health, on his own family," a White House spokesman said. The brief conversation was the first between Obama and his cabinet secretary after Bryson was allegedly involved in a series of auto accidents Saturday that apparently resulted from a seizure. Police found Bryson unconscious at the wheel of his Lexus after allegedly hitting two vehicles in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.
NEWS
June 11, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
President Obama said he learned Monday about Commerce Secretary John Bryson's weekend auto accidents in California, which apparently were caused by a seizure, but said he has not yet spoken with the Cabinet member. “My hope is that he is doing all right,” Obama said in a White House interview with KITV from Sioux City, Iowa. “We're still trying to find out. It sounds like it was health-related in some way, but we're going to make sure obviously that he gets the best care, and we'll be able to make a determination from there.” Bryson, the former chief of Edison International, struck cars in San Gabriel and Rosemead before police found him unconscious in his Lexus.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- President Obama phoned Commerce Secretary John Bryson Tuesday morning and encouraged him to "focus his thoughts on his own health, on his own family," a White House spokesman said. The brief conversation was the first between Obama and his cabinet secretary after Bryson was allegedly involved in a series of auto accidents Saturday that apparently resulted from a seizure. Police found Bryson unconscious at the wheel of his Lexus after allegedly hitting two vehicles in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys lawyer was among 14 people arrested Tuesday in connection with an alleged scam in which participants staged auto accidents and faked injuries to collect insurance money, authorities said. Attorney Inna Elana Gofman was arrested by FBI agents who searched her law office in the 6300 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Special Agent Jan Caldwell, spokeswoman for the bureau's San Diego field office.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Members of the U.S. military — especially enlisted troops in the Army and Marines — were significantly more likely to cause auto accidents within six months of returning from deployment, according to a study by USAA Property and & Casualty Insurance Group, a major insurer for military families. These veterans probably are engaging in survival driving habits for a war zone, such as not stopping in traffic, driving fast and making sudden, unpredictable turns, experts said. But those same driving practices create havoc back in the United States.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING — Fuel-efficient vehicles are the rage in the United States, but in China gas-guzzling SUVs are looming large. Automakers including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group, Daimler and Land Rover are seizing on soaring popularity for the vehicles here, tailoring new models for Chinese consumers, and in some cases shifting manufacturing to China. Chinese drivers purchased about 2.1 million SUVs last year, according to LMC Automotive, a figure that's expected to double by 2014.
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