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January 24, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the most grisly case to come out of the Southern California cemetery scandals, the groundskeeper of a Santa Fe Springs graveyard faces 69 felony counts of illegally digging up remains, grand theft, fraud and embezzlement, authorities said Tuesday. The groundskeeper's mother, who owns Paradise Memorial Park, and sister, general manager of the facility, also face three counts each of embezzling maintenance funds from the cemetery, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
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November 2, 2001 | DAREN BRISCOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of a Compton cemetery shut down after state investigators found bone fragments and casket shards strewn on the grounds agreed Thursday in Compton Superior Court to pay $100,000 in fines, penalties and restitution. In a deal reached with the district attorney's office, Evergreen Memorial Care Corp.
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August 17, 1995 | GREG KRIKORIAN and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The state's top cemetery official inspected a weed-choked cemetery in Carson on Wednesday as the first look inside its mausoleum appeared to confirm the fears of many: at least a dozen chambers, each able to hold several coffins, were empty.
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October 11, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rose Hills Memorial Park, one of the world's largest cemeteries, is the final home to a diverse mix of artists, musicians, actors, political leaders and regular Joes in the world. Modern dance legend Alvin Ailey, rapper Easy E and Keystone Kop Ted Edwards are among those buried in the Whittier cemetery's 1,400 acres.
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August 16, 1995 | ERIC SLATER and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In the second such case this summer, hundreds of bewildered people, many holding relatives' hands for support, hunted Tuesday for their loved ones' grave markers at a run-down Carson cemetery under investigation for a host of possible violations, from haphazard record-keeping to tampering with grave sites.
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March 15, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mount Sinai Memorial Park, which has been running out of burial space at its hillside site across the Los Angeles River from Burbank, on Sunday will dedicate the largest Jewish cemetery west of the Mississippi at a new location in Simi Valley. The location presents a study in contrasts: Although Simi Valley has a population of more than 100,000, so few of them are Jews that the city has only one synagogue, a 100-family Reform temple.
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October 15, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The dirt is being dished in Kagel Canyon near Lake View Terrace, but how much is being taken--or, more appropriately, is being dumped--is under question. On one side of this dirty dispute is the Kagel Canyon Civic Assn., which represents about 325 households in the community near Angeles National Forest. On the other side is Sholom Memorial Park & Mortuary, which has been in the 13000 block of Lopez Canyon Road since the 1940s.
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November 16, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hills of Peace Cemetery has been anything but tranquil over the years. Heavy rainfall eroded the unstable hillside of the Tujunga burial ground in 1978, sweeping a gruesome collection of unearthed caskets, mud and bodies into neighbors' yards. Then the cemetery went bankrupt and became the only one of more than 2,000 graveyards in California to be taken over by the state.
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August 20, 1995 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of angry and grieving people who gathered Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park in Carson were promised by state officials that someone would be jailed for the desecration of graves and the alleged looting of the unkempt cemetery's maintenance fund. As relatives of the interred sat in folding chairs under a sweltering sun, stood in restless knots or wandered through the weed-grown grounds looking for the graves of loved ones, Assemblywoman Juanita M.
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April 24, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Two suspected neo-Nazis were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of vandalizing Los Angeles Jewish cemeteries and unearthing and stealing at least one skull, Burbank police said. Acting on a tip, police arrested Jacob Luis Rupe, 20, and Craig Matthew Lax, 21, both of Burbank, after searching an apartment about 3 p.m., Lt. Larry Dow said. Police believe Rupe and Lax broke into several cemeteries and temples in Los Angeles, committing vandalism and grave robbery, Dow said.
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June 11, 2000 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inside the tabernacle of Faithful Central Baptist Church, the questions hang from the walls and the pillars; written in neat script, they quietly speak the thoughts of those who have gathered. Where is my baby? Where is my father? Why the silence? The nearly 200 people who gathered Saturday at the Inglewood church were seeking answers about the remains of relatives buried at the troubled Woodlawn Cemetery in Compton.
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April 6, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that they have evidence of wrongdoing that stretches years back, distraught relatives of family members buried at the now-closed Woodlawn Cemetery in Compton demanded Wednesday that state authorities widen an investigation into allegedly improper burials.
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July 4, 1999
Long Beach police are looking for the vandals who overturned or destroyed 345 headstones at a historic cemetery, police said Saturday. Responding to a call from caretakers at Sunnyside Cemetery on East Willow Street, police arrived at the cemetery early Saturday morning to find the damaged headstones, most of which were cross-shaped, said Officer Jana Blair. The damage is estimated at about $500,000, she said.
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September 14, 1998 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighty-four-year-old Shasha Tolmachoff lives in Glendale, Ariz., but plans that when she dies, she will be buried in the City of Commerce, in the same dusty parcel where generations of Russian Molokans including her parents and in-laws have been laid to rest. "It's very comforting to be with them," said the retired homemaker as she walked gingerly around the tightly packed tombstones at the Russian Molokan Cemetery on Slauson Avenue after attending the funeral of an elderly church member.
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September 10, 1997
A groundskeeper who pleaded no contest to charges that he ordered workers at a Santa Fe Springs cemetery to dig up nearly two dozen graves so that the plots could be resold was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison. Victor Fortner, 50, was also ordered to pay at least $28,000 to families whose loved ones were disinterred between 1993 and 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1997
Two family members who owned and ran a cemetery in Santa Fe Springs were sentenced to jail time and each fined $500,000 Friday for their roles in a scheme to dig up and resell grave sites. In May, Alma Fraction, 70, owner of the Paradise Memorial Park, and her 32-year-old daughter, Felicia, who managed the cemetery, pleaded no contest to three counts each of unlawful use of endowment care funds. On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Morris B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1996
The former owner of a historic Long Beach cemetery pleaded guilty Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court to embezzling more than $500,000 from a graveyard endowment fund. Dean A. Dempsey, 43, faces up to five years in prison for his management of Sunnyside Cemetery's finances between 1988 and 1994. State officials began investigating the Los Angeles man in 1994 after complaints that the grounds at Sunnyside had fallen into disrepair.
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August 20, 1995 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of angry and grieving people who gathered Saturday at Lincoln Memorial Park in Carson were promised by state officials that someone would be jailed for the desecration of graves and the alleged looting of the unkempt cemetery's maintenance fund. As relatives of the interred sat in folding chairs under a sweltering sun, stood in restless knots or wandered through the weed-grown grounds looking for the graves of loved ones, Assemblywoman Juanita M.
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August 9, 1997 | JAMES RICCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Because an army travels on its stomach, Dick Hitz has filled the blue picnic cooler with Diet Coke and Diet 7-Up, and placed it on the floor at the back of the troop transport. On the rear seat, he has set a giant jar of cashews. And because soldiers' fates are always assumed to depend on the state of their weapons, Hitz has loaded seven World War II-vintage M-1 rifles with three rounds apiece, and lined them up for inspection across the backs of two adjoining seats.
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April 5, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, which has been running out of burial space on its hillside site across the Los Angeles River from Burbank, has dedicated the largest Jewish cemetery west of the Mississippi River at a new location in Simi Valley. The location presents a study in contrasts: Although Simi Valley has a population of more than 100,000, so few of them are Jews that the city has only one synagogue, a 100-family Reform temple.
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