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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2003 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
Fillmore's cyclical crime history repeated itself again last year, as reports of serious offenses soared nearly 15% with a sharp jump in felony violence after a big drop the year before. As youth gangs battled in the small farm town, aggravated assaults in 2002 rose from 28 to 59. "This goes in peaks and valleys," said Sgt. Ralph Zermeno of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, which serves as the city police force.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1986
Your editorial (June 10), "Waldheim: Past and Present," says Austria is "a country that for 40 years has wanted to forget its past," a judgment that is less than fair. Numerous facts and developments clearly point at the onesidedness of the picture drawn by your paper. Although three-fourths of the present Austrian population was not yet born or were still small children at the time of the Holocaust, Austrians are not indifferent to the greatest crime in history. Austrian students regularly visit a former concentration camp and young Austrian soldiers pledged their allegiance to a democratic Austria at that very same Mauthausen camp.
NEWS
July 20, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an unmarked graveyard for the cars of killers and dead men, every rusting heap tells a tale of past horrors. The van used by serial killer William G. Bonin to cruise for victims is here, filled with plastic tarps and puddles, but chunks remain from the carpet that linked him to several victims. In another corner of the lot, a knife murderer's keys dangle from the ignition of his rotting car, as if he might return some day and drive off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2005 | Maria L. La Ganga and Tonya Alanez, Times Staff Writers
Scott Peterson, the 32-year-old fertilizer salesman convicted of murdering his wife and unborn son, was sentenced to death Wednesday morning in a chilling courtroom drama tailor-made for a case that has transfixed the nation. Speaking on behalf of her dead daughter, Sharon Rocha looked Peterson in the eye and told him what she believed went through Laci Peterson's mind as she was murdered and her body dumped in San Francisco Bay -- words, Rocha said, that she hoped would "haunt you forever."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1997 | Cecilia Rasmussen
Before the Music Center rose on Bunker Hill, Los Angeles' cultural heart belonged to Pershing Square. In those days, the square's nighttime habitues were not the homeless, but well-dressed couples out for a breath of flower-scented air during the intermission in that night's play or concert. West of the square stood the "host of the Coast," the Biltmore Hotel, and, beside it for four decades, the Biltmore Theater.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1999 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 24-year-old Laurel W. moved out of her apartment, she explained simply in her written notice: "Do not feel safe here anymore." Earlier that day, a stranger had exposed himself in front of her. She fled in tears to the nearby home of her parents, who in turn demanded answers of the landlord about security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2003 | Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer
Offering a first glimpse of his views on matters of crime and punishment, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday let stand a state parole board decision freeing a Sacramento man convicted of murder in a 1985 shooting. At the same time, the governor vetoed parole for a Visalia motorist who killed a woman while driving drunk 17 years ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For a brief and blinding moment in 2009, the Bling Ring crime spree ruled the social networks, TV news cycles and front pages of newspapers around the globe, including this one. At the time, I was bothered by the way the stories about a gang of affluent teen fashionistas stealing from trend-setting local celebrities underscored our out-of-control obsession with fame. Sofia Coppola's new movie about the real-life Hollywood caper does not bring any comfort. "The Bling Ring" is a warped tour of the teens' short but lucrative run when they lifted more than $3 million in luxe goods from the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and others.
NEWS
April 13, 1996 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charter Hughes was known around Santa Barbara as an adept tax attorney, but he had an unusual strategy for his own federal return: He just didn't file one. When Internal Revenue Service agents finally caught up with Hughes in 1994, he owed $38,727 in back taxes. Hughes pleaded guilty to federal charges but was sentenced to just 36 months' probation, and today he is again practicing tax law. Although the IRS has a reputation as a pit bull when it comes to pursuing tax cheaters, about 6.
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