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June 21, 2001 | From Reuters
A public inquiry into a British family doctor suspected of being the world's worst serial killer heard on its opening day Wednesday that he had a history of drug abuse but had still been allowed to practice medicine. Caroline Swift, head of the inquiry's legal team, told the hearing that Harold Shipman, dubbed "Dr. Death," was convicted in 1975 of forging prescriptions to feed his reliance on the painkiller pethidine but that authorities had ignored it.
June 20, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A lottery scam has defrauded at least 1,000 Californians, including an elderly San Bernardino woman who lost $165,000, authorities said Tuesday. Investigators with the county district attorney's office said victims get a letter saying they've won a Canadian lottery and need to send a $9.95 fee to claim the winnings. The confidence artists take the cash and send more solicitations for larger amounts, said Investigator Jerry Villanueva of the district attorney's elder abuse unit.
February 11, 2001
Two armed men burst into a La Habra home Saturday, knocking an 88-year-old resident to the ground before ransacking the place as the man and his elderly wife looked on helplessly, police said. The robbers kicked the man in the head, then tied him up and sat him in a chair, La Habra Police Lt. Joe Milazzo said. The robbery occurred about 5:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of East Brookdale Avenue. Police said later that the intruders got away with $65.
For more years than she could remember, Elma Umpleby, a 91-year-old pensioner from Cottage Grove, Ore., had been entering her name in magazine subscription sweepstakes, but never won a dime, much less a million. In January of 1996, however, a telephone call to her home changed her fortune--or so she thought. Umpleby was told she had just won $1 million in the American Family Publishers sweepstakes, the one promoted by entertainers Ed McMahon and Dick Clark.
July 17, 1998
A 75-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in her home after what appears to be a robbery, authorities said Thursday. Onita Theus was discovered dead in her East Calaveras Street home of multiple stab wounds about 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff's Deputy Mark Bailey said. "She was last seen alive by her caretakers when they left her home at approximately 9 a.m. [Wednesday]," Bailey said. "At approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, neighbors heard a scream coming from her residence," Bailey said.
October 11, 1998
The death of an elderly woman injured during a robbery has been ruled a homicide, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said. Anne Levin, 73, died Aug. 24, nine days after being hospitalized for treatment of a head laceration and broken hip she suffered in the robbery, authorities said. Coroner's officials determined this week her death was caused by injuries from the incident. Police are seeking two suspects who approached Levin as she was walking in an alley behind 12826 Victory Blvd.
June 26, 1997
Police have released a sketch of a man accused of beating a 38-year-old disabled man during a home robbery on Tuesday. The attacker is described as Asian, about 22 years old, with straight black hair. He and two other men who participated in the robbery spoke Vietnamese, police said. The three forced open a kitchen window in Wilson Suh's home on Banana Street at 11:48 a.m., police said.
May 7, 1997
A 79-year-old man was pistol-whipped by one of two robbers who tricked him into opening his door and stole $24,000 cash from his pocket, authorities said Tuesday. Police said the victim told them he had withdrawn the money from the bank Monday for home improvement expenses on his house in a quiet, upscale area north of Tustin. The robbers apparently knew about the withdrawal and where the money was kept, Sheriff's Lt. Ron Wilkerson said. About 7 p.m.
April 4, 1996
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Wednesday arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of killing his 77-year-old neighbor. Ernest Anthony Alva was visiting relatives in Los Angeles when deputies arrested him in the death of Michael Lipsky. Deputies connected Alva to Lipsky after finding unspecified papers in the homes of both men, authorities said. The two lived in separate homes on a shared property in the 44800 block of Redwood Avenue, deputies said.
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