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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.
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.
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."
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.
May 29, 2009 | Jack Cheevers, Jack Cheevers is an Oakland writer finishing "Act of War," a book about North Korea's capture of the U.S. Navy spy ship Pueblo in 1968.
It's never pleasant watching politicians try to manipulate history. Whether it's an ex-president blocking release of incriminating White House tapes, the Russian government closing a KGB archive to foreign researchers or Japanese officials forcing a school textbook author to excise references to World War II-era atrocities, the public's ability to learn the truth about historic events is hobbled. The imminent removal from the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
October 25, 1996 | Dana Parsons
Mike Soucek is the first to admit he's obsessed. When a friend of his tipped me to this story, one of the first things Soucek told me when I phoned was that it would sound like "really bad, bizarre fiction. I've walked into the middle of something that I did not possibly think could exist in this country in this day and age." With that, Soucek unfolded the crusade that has dominated the last six years of his life.
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