CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2001 |
An MTA bus driver was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting a female passenger after a five-day trial that included testimony by a woman who won a civil verdict against the man 15 years ago for a similar attack. After a day and a half of deliberations, a Pomona Superior Court Jury found Leonard Henry Howell, 56, guilty on one felony count of sexual assault by penetration with a foreign object.
April 7, 2001 |
Police formally accused a Japanese businessman of killing a British bar hostess, whose dismembered body was found in February. Joji Obara, a 48-year-old real estate developer in police custody since October, was served with an arrest warrant for fatal assault against Lucie Blackman, 22, who disappeared last July.
April 3, 2001 |
Two men charged with being part of an unruly group in which members doused women with water and groped them in Central Park last year were convicted of riot and assault counts. A third defendant, charged with sex abuse, was acquitted. Convicted were David Garcia, 33, and Abel Ortiz, 24. The jury acquitted Juan Miranda, 23. The men were among 30 charged in connection with attacks on more than 50 women after the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2001 |
Los Angeles police investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman found fatally stabbed in a Hollywood Hills bungalow were close to making an arrest, LAPD officials said Friday. Ashley Lauren Ellerin, found dead in her rented home on Pinehurst Road on Thursday morning, had been stabbed multiple times, according to Det. Michael Pelletier. Police were waiting for autopsy results to determine when Ellerin was killed.
January 25, 2001 |
A Costa Rican man was sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing two American women. The slayings shocked this Central American country with a reputation for safety. Alberto Urbina Cisneros, 21, was convicted of homicide. He was sentenced to 35 years each for the March 2000 shooting deaths of Emily Eagen, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Emily Howell, of Lexington, Ky. Both were 19 years old.
January 6, 2001 |
One of this town's best-loved doctors was almost certainly Britain's worst serial killer. A year after Harold Shipman was convicted of injecting 15 elderly women with fatal doses of heroin, a government report released Friday suggests that the revered family doctor may have killed closer to 300 of his patients during a quarter of a century of practicing medicine. Most of his suspected victims were elderly. Most were widows or women living alone. And most no doubt welcomed him into their homes.