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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Firefighters responding to reports of someone injured in front of a Simi Valley home Tuesday instead found two bodies lying in the front yard, officials said. Ventura County firefighters made the discovery while responding to a call about a person who fell and appeared injured in the 3300 block of Billie Court. Instead, firefighters found the bodies of an adult man and woman, according to Simi Valley Police Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon. Details about the condition of the bodies or any wounds the pair may have had were not immediately released, nor were their identities.
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WORLD
November 29, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- The number of bodies discovered at a clandestine burial ground in western Mexico has reportedly risen to 62, and the digging continues. The burial site is in the state of Jalisco , near the border with the state of Michoacan , which has been suffering from war-like violence in recent months involving drug cartels, police, the military and armed citizen militia groups. The grave was discovered this month, and authorities initially said 19 bodies were found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former Lancaster apprentice embalmer charged with taking gold crowns from human remains pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts -- one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or possession of dental gold from human remains, and five counts of commercial burglary, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He will serve his term in local custody and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to veterans wounded in combat.
WORLD
August 23, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- At least five bodies recovered from a mass grave outside Mexico City have been identified as those of young people kidnapped in broad daylight from a bar in the heart of this capital three months ago, Mexican authorities said Friday. Officials from the federal attorney general's office said the five were identified based on tattoos, dental records and, for one, a prosthetic device. A total of 13 bodies were pulled from the muddy pit on a Christmas tree farm about 25 miles east of Mexico City, Renato Sales, a senior prosecutor, said in a hastily called news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Simi Valley police believe a murder-suicide claimed the lives of two neighbors found dead on a neighborhood yard and sidewalk Tuesday morning. Police say James Richard Wahe, 59, shot Pamela McClain, 61, before turning the gun on himself. Investigators, though, were still trying to determine what led to the shooting considering there did not appear to be any immediate evidence of a romantic relationship between the two, according to Simi Valley police Cmdr. David Livingstone. Ventura County firefighters found Wahe and McClain in the 3300 block of Billie Court after responding to a call from what a nearby resident thought was someone lying injured in front of a residence around 7 a.m. “It's a baffling case.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
New Mexico defense attorney Dan Cron says he knows police have a lot of responsibilities at a crime scene, especially when someone is shot and killed by officers. But one of them is not snapping pictures with a cellphone camera. A state police officer is under investigation for taking unauthorized photographs of Sam Pauly, a 33-year-old man shot and killed by police. After a traffic accident, officers had followed his brother to the residence that the men shared, about 10 miles east of Sante Fe. The New Mexico State Police chief this week apologized for the actions of the unnamed officer and said such "unprofessionalism" would not be tolerated.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The bodies of a family reported missing more than a week ago were found in a car submerged in a creek, authorities said in Sparta. Foul play was not suspected, state trooper Chip Perry said.
NEWS
September 19, 2000 | Associated Press
Three burning bodies were found by a rancher along a remote gravel road. Investigators said they believe the bodies of two men and a woman, discovered on Sunday, were dumped there and set on fire. They were taken to a medical examiner's office for identification.
WORLD
August 24, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Mexican marines found the bodies of 72 people at a rural location in northern Mexico after a shootout with suspected drug cartel gunmen that left one marine and three suspects dead. The find appears to be the largest drug-cartel body-dumping ground found in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug trafficking in 2006. The cartels often use vacant lots or mine shafts to dump the bodies of executed rivals or kidnapping victims. The Navy announced the discovery Wednesday but did not give details on the victims' identities, who had killed them or whether the bodies had been buried.
WORLD
November 25, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - The number of exhumed bodies now stands at 42 -- and the digging continues at the latest clandestine mass grave to be discovered on Mexican soil. This month, Mexican authorities declared that they had exhumed 19 unidentified bodies from the unmarked burial ground along the Lerma River, in the western state of Jalisco. The site is near the border with Michoacan, a state reeling from the presence of violent drug cartels. Since the initial announcement of the discovery, the number of exhumed bodies has continued to grow as officials continue their grisly work.
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