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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 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.
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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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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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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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