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December 16, 2000 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A burglary suspect being chased by police crashed a van into an apartment, stole a truck from a neighboring family and then struck and killed an elderly motorist before being arrested, police said Friday. The pursuit through the heart of the San Fernando Valley began in Northridge at 12:20 p.m. and ended an hour later in Encino. Police said the suspect hit speeds of up to 80 mph as they trailed him by car and helicopter.
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October 31, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Older investors caught in an alleged $159-million securities fraud got a close look Monday at the man accused of masterminding the scheme, while a federal judge appointed a permanent receiver to liquidate the man's company. E. Frank Cossey, former chief executive of TLC America Inc. in Brea, sat slightly hunched, clenching his jaw, in federal court in Santa Ana as a standing-room-only crowd of about 60 investors, insurance agents and estate planners measured their chances for recovery.
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October 18, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents are conducting a criminal investigation of a Brea real estate investment firm that was accused earlier this month by securities regulators of raising $156 million in an alleged scheme to defraud the elderly, according to new documents filed in the case. Documents in Santa Ana federal court indicate that IRS and FBI agents raided the Brea offices of TLC America Inc. and the Diamond Bar home of the firm's chief executive, E. Frank Cossey.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents are conducting a criminal investigation of a Brea real estate investment firm that was accused earlier this month by securities regulators of raising $156 million in an alleged scheme to defraud the elderly, according to new documents filed in the case. Documents in federal court in Santa Ana indicate that agents from the Internal Revenue Service and FBI raided the Brea offices of TLC America Inc. and the Diamond Bar home of the firm's chief executive, E. Frank Cossey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2000
Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials remained tight-lipped Wednesday as they searched for clues in the deaths of an elderly couple found shot to death in their home. George Chapin, 87, was shot numerous times, and his bedridden wife, Pauline Chapin, 77, was shot once, authorities said. Investigators found no gun or signs of forced entry at their residence, in the 28000 block of East Palos Verdes Drive. Sheriffs officials said they do not believe any of the wounds were self-inflicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2000
A local couple was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to pay restitution for stealing more than $300,000 from a Beverly Hills family, authorities said. Isabel Bernstein, 57, was sentenced to three years in prison and her husband, Paul Bernstein, 58, received eight years' probation, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Karol Carleton. Isabel Bernstein was the longtime bookkeeper of producer Harry Popkin and his wife, Frances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2000 | From Times staff and wire reports
A 15-year-old Rialto girl accused of clubbing an elderly woman to death over the weekend was charged with murder as an adult Tuesday, but prosecutors said another girl who was with her will not be tried. San Bernardino County Deputy Dist. Atty. Ben Gonzalez identified the defendant as Christy Phillips. Police say she confessed to battering a 72-year-old widow to death on a whim Saturday after telling the victim she wanted to adopt one of her many cats. Rialto Police Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2000 | GREG RISLING
A 77-year-old woman was unnerved but not injured after she was subdued during a home-invasion robbery early Monday morning, authorities said. The robber entered the victim's Palmdale mobile home in the 5200 block of Entrar Drive about 8:30 a.m. Wearing a scarf over his mouth, he startled the sleeping woman, pointed a small-caliber handgun at her and ordered her to get on the ground, police said.
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May 29, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Albert Patton, a revered South Los Angeles community philanthropist, and his wife of 63 years were stabbed to death during an apparent home robbery Saturday night, Los Angeles police said. The 90-year-old Patton, a friend and financial supporter of such politicians as the late Mayor Tom Bradley and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, was found in his kitchen by a friend, said LAPD Cmdr. David J. Kalish.
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May 21, 2000 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An early morning robbery at a Pasadena senior citizens social hall Saturday has police not only searching for the gunmen, but also wondering what the victims were doing. Between 20 and 40 patrons of the Senior Social Club in northwest Pasadena were forced onto the floor while five men, armed with rifles and shotguns, stole their cash and valuables, Pasadena Police Lt. Randell Taylor said. The incident started about 2 a.m.
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