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March 13, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police. In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house Thursday, seen via crime scene photos taken just after her body was removed, Pretoria's high court followed the trail of blood leading up the marble staircase and inexorably into the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
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OPINION
March 25, 2014
Re "Where did all the bandits go?," March 22 Funny how things change. In 1963, people robbed banks. In 2014, banks rob people. The times, they are a-changin'. Bella Silverstein Santa Clarita So, there's a dramatically lower incidence of bank robberies in Southern California? Perhaps because traffic in Los Angeles is so congested, the would-be robbers know they can't get away from the crime scene by car. Toby Horn Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Don't let political donors hide Letters: Keep fossil fuels in the ground Letters: Employers are deportation enablers
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NATIONAL
June 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The worst days of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado's history are probably over, but frustrations for the survivors continue. Firefighters, with the help of cooler weather, have beaten back the Black Forest blaze that swept through hundreds of homes northeast of Colorado Springs last week. The 15,500-acre fire was 65% contained as of Sunday afternoon, with no more homes lost over the weekend -- so the toll stands at 483 homes destroyed. All missing persons have been accounted for. “It's not crazy out there, folks," Rich Harvey, incident commander for the fire response, said at a news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Police say road rage may be behind a car-to-car shooting on the westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar early Friday that left one man dead. Responding to a call about a traffic obstruction, California Highway Patrol officers discovered the shooting victim inside his Mitsubishi on the Roxford Street off-ramp shortly before 1 a.m.     The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released. “Preliminary evidence tends to show this is a case of road rage,” Lt. Paul Vernon said in a police statement.  “Bullet impacts and glass fragments lead us to think the shooter fired at the victim from the victim's side of the car.” Vernon said the victim was in his 30s and may have been coming from or going to work.  The CHP closed all westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway from the 118 Freeway around 3 a.m. to allow investigators to search for possible evidence.
WORLD
October 14, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
The first gunshot drew me racing to the window. The second sent me ducking to the floor. A crime scene was unfolding below my second-floor apartment, and it took a few moments to make sense of its moving parts: the two burly men sprinting toward a taxi; the red-and-white cab trying to maneuver out of traffic; a uniformed bank guard pointing his revolver; the second pop of gunfire. No one was hurt. But the taxi, trapped in lunch-hour traffic, was surrounded as the guard and two police officers approached slowly on foot, guns drawn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Peering into her microscope at a tiny glass shard, Cal State L.A. graduate student Nancy Kedzierski tried to detect subtle shapes, textures and colors that might reveal its origin. Was it from the windshield of a car, a beer bottle, the window of a house? The answer could be crucial if the glass was evidence in a criminal case; it could help establish how and where a murder was committed. The same could be true for all 40 or so hair strands, food particles, pieces of soil, seeds, pills and other materials - some vacuumed from the teacher's carpet for the class project.
NEWS
June 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities released 737 pages of crime scene notes and sketches on the Columbine High School massacre, but police said at least one investigator was wrong in describing how officers found a gun one shooter used to commit suicide. The documents show gunman Dylan Klebold died with his TEC-DC9 pistol in his right hand. But investigators said he shot himself in his left temple.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1998
Police are conducting a criminal investigation into allegations that a police sergeant may have been involved in the theft of $2,000 from a crime scene after the 18-year veteran last month threatened suicide at department headquarters, authorities said Monday. The results of the criminal probe of Sgt. James Shear are expected to be forwarded to the district attorney this week, Pasadena police said in a statement. Shear has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 2, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Just call it "CSI: La Habra." The scene? A graffiti-marred school cafeteria where vandals have tipped over trashcans, splashed soft drinks on the ground and even left a small puddle of blood near the door. For a young crime scene investigator, this is heaven. Capitalizing on the popularity of the hit "CSI" television shows -- from Miami to New York -- La Habra High School has hit pay dirt with its forensic science program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1996 | ANTONIO OLIVO
While grief is still ripe in a crowded Koreatown neighborhood after a gang-related shooting, Bill Heimanson must attempt to reconstruct what happened with his camera. Earlier, five youths were sitting on an apartment stoop, listening to tunes under a late Saturday afternoon sun. A teenager walked by, then turned toward the oldest of the group. "Hey man, who you with?" he asked. "Man," the 17-year-old answered, "I ain't in no gang."
WORLD
March 13, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police. In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house Thursday, seen via crime scene photos taken just after her body was removed, Pretoria's high court followed the trail of blood leading up the marble staircase and inexorably into the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 23-year-old gang member who was convicted this week of the murder and robbery of a father of two was linked to the crime through phone records and evidence at the scene, prosecutors said. Jesus Mendez, 23, was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and second-degree robbery. A jury spent fewer than three hours deliberating before delivering the verdict in the 2012 killing of Jaime Sharif Abuawad , 27. Though there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, Mendez was identified as being close to the crime scene in the 800 block of West 81st Street in Vermont Knolls approximately 10 minutes before the killing, said Deputy Dist.
NATIONAL
January 25, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Laura McKindles was standing at a booth selling time shares in the Mall in Columbia on Saturday, talking to a customer and thinking about grabbing breakfast, when she heard banging. “I thought somebody was just doing construction,” she said. Then the sound registered. McKindles knows how to fire a gun and thought she recognized the crack of a shotgun. She had heard 8 to 10 shots. The sound came from about 60 yards down the hall on the mall's lower level - in the food court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A man set fire to the apartment shared by his ex-girlfriend and their 2-year-old son early Thursday, authorities said, then set his mother's home ablaze before being killed by Torrance police when they found him with a knife on a middle-school campus. Class was not in session at Madrona Middle School when Asa James Dolak, 19, was fatally shot about 1:35 p.m. Thursday, said Torrance Police Sgt. Robert Watt. Police said Dolak made it clear in telephone conversations with officers that he did not intend to be taken into custody without a fight.
OPINION
December 19, 2013
Re "Too far on DNA searches," Editorial, Dec. 15 I emphatically agree that there are genuine differences between the routine taking of DNA samples of those arrested, and fingerprinting and taking mug shots of them. The difference is that DNA tests are more reliable. Does The Times believe that fingerprints and photographs of those only accused of crimes should be made unavailable to investigators? Your editorial decries "the gathering and storage of personal data of people who have not been convicted of crimes in order to link them to unrelated crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Investigators searched for witnesses Wednesday after a 45-year-old woman was found dead by her daughter in Gramercy Park , authorities said. Wanda Mittie Threadgill, 45, was discovered Tuesday afternoon by her 27-year-old daughter in the 9500 block of South Western Avenue after she had not heard from her mother in about two weeks. “It's not like her not to answer her phone,” said Crystal Spradley, of Los Angeles. On Tuesday morning, Spradley, her boyfriend, and her cousin went to check on her mother.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2003 | TIM RUTTEN
Unfettered access is the journalist's Holy Grail. But when a reporter's deep engagement with a subject unexpectedly makes him part of the story, it is a problematic prize. That is the situation in which former Los Angeles Times reporter Miles Corwin has found himself since his unprecedented access to the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division became an issue in Robert Blake's preliminary hearing and in the civil suit filed against the actor by the family of Bonny Lee Bakley, his murdered wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1997 | ANN W. O'NEILL
MARCIA CLARK, DEFENDANT: Merritt Lori McKeon, author and battered women's activist, has been a lawyer for only a month. Her bar card's still in the mail. That did not stop McKeon, of Laguna Beach, from filing her first lawsuit--against O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark. In her lawsuit, McKeon alleges that Clark may have violated a court order by publishing Simpson crime scene photos in her book, "Without a Doubt."
NATIONAL
December 1, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
An unidentified man was killed in an apparent struggle in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., during an NFL game Sunday, police said. Two suspects were arrested and a homicide investigation was underway, according to Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte's Twitter account. The Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, division rivals and leading playoff contenders, were playing at the stadium. Forte said the killing did not appear to be related to fan rivalries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
The man called Ridgecrest police early Friday morning with a warning: He planned to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community. Less than three hours later, the caller - already suspected of killing one person and wounding another - lived up to his word. He led authorities on a high-speed, 35-mile chase on a Mojave Desert highway, shooting at authorities and other vehicles and forcing drivers off the road. At some point, the gunman's trunk popped open, revealing a man and woman inside.
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