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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.
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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.
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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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May 10, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Augustin Renteria's ad seemed to be working. He got a call asking him to bid on a house-painting job in Glendale. On Tuesday morning, he walked around the outside of the vacant house at 800 E. Elk St. and jotted down his bid of $1,100 on a scrap of paper and handed it to the man. That's when his trouble began. He was handcuffed and brought into a makeshift booking area in the house's detached garage.
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May 10, 2000 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Augustin Renteria's ad seemed to be working. He got a call asking him to bid on a house-painting job in Glendale. On Tuesday morning, he walked around the outside of the vacant house at 800 E. Elk St. and jotted down his bid of $1,100 on a scrap of paper and handed it to the man. That's when his trouble began. He was handcuffed and brought into a makeshift booking area in the house's detached garage. Renteria was cited for not having a contractor's license.
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May 3, 2000
A 67-year-old man, who was shot repeatedly as he sat in his parked Corvette, died early Tuesday morning, police said. Frank Arnold was pronounced dead about 2:30 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, more than three hours after the shooting, police said. Arnold was sitting in his white 1989 Corvette in the 100 block of West 60th Street when someone fired four to six shots from a semiautomatic weapon into his car, said Det. Richard Arciniega.
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April 24, 2000
A 71-year-old retirement home resident in Cudahy was found slain on his kitchen floor Saturday night, after neighbors burst into his apartment to save him from a fire that had been deliberately set, police said. Alphonso Vigil already was dead when smoke alarms went off just before 7:45 p.m. and alerted others at the Clara Park Commons Retirement Apartment House of the fire inside his home, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said Sunday.
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March 22, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Long Beach man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in federal prison for a telemarketing scam in which he threatened and verbally abused his elderly victims when they balked at sending him money. Charles L. Kentz's victims were "just plain terrified," U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins said Monday as she tacked extra time on his prison term. She also ordered him to pay $587,000 in restitution to his victims, who range in age from 76 to 91. Assistant U.S. Atty. Manuel A.
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February 23, 2000
A 70-year-old woman was shot to death Tuesday, and detectives were questioning her son as a suspect, a sheriff's spokesman said. At about 10 a.m., Ramon Banuelos, who lives in a trailer behind his mother's house, called 911 and said his infant was in need of medical attention. When paramedics arrived at the 400 block of Hurstview Avenue, they determined the infant was fine, but Banuelos' mother, Teresa Banuelos, was "suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body," Deputy Mark Bailey said.
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