CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2012 |
From a prison cell outside California, an inmate known as "Evil" was making himself known on Ventura County's streets. Martin Madrigal, 39, was squeezing drug profits from street gangs for the prison-based Mexican Mafia, according to a grand jury indictment released Tuesday. He was so feared that rival gangs cooperated on extortion schemes, drug deals and violent crimes, according to law enforcement officials. The 35-count indictment portrays Madrigal as a powerful figure representing an efficient and merciless organization that law enforcement officials believe has been operating for decades, largely from behind bars, calling shots among street gangs.
April 13, 2012
'Scenes of a Crime' No MPAA rating Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Music Hall, Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 |
The mystery began four days ago when Darwin Vela took his chocolate Labrador for a walk in the West Adams district. Minutes later, Vela's fiancee found the dog whimpering outside with blood on his leash and no sign of the 22-year-old man. Police began looking in vain for Vela, who was set to testify Thursday in the case of a convicted felon facing a "third-strike" conviction for allegedly breaking into the home of Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend....
April 12, 2012 |
If you watch "Scenes of a Crime" - and you very much should - be prepared to be outraged. A cool documentary that makes the blood boil, it examines how people can be psychologically manipulated into confessing. Not only to crimes they may not have committed but, even worse, to crimes that may never have happened. Hard to sit through but even harder to turn away from, "Scenes" won the grand jury award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The movie manages, through intense focus on one particular case, to make points that resonate throughout our entire criminal justice system.
December 25, 2009 |
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, allow us to present compelling evidence that will prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that crime does indeed pay -- at least on television. The No. 1 show this fall is "NCIS," Mark Harmon's military whodunit, which has defied TV's laws of gravity by drawing its largest audience (21.5 million) in its seventh season. Meanwhile, the top-rated new show is "NCIS: Los Angeles," a spinoff that airs right after its patriarch on CBS. Speaking of CBS, the network continues to crush its rivals in total viewers, thanks mostly to a glut of successful crime procedurals, including the three-headed "CSI" franchise, "The Mentalist," "Criminal Minds" and others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2010 |
The future of crime fighting begins with a story about strawberry Pop-Tarts, bad weather and Wal-Mart. With a hurricane bearing down on the Florida coast several years ago, the retail giant sent supply trucks into the storm to stock shelves with the frosted pink pastries. The decision to do so had not been made on a whim or a hunch, but by a powerful computer that crunched reams of sales data and found an unusual but undeniable fact: When Mother Nature gets angry, people want to eat a lot more strawberry Pop-Tarts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2012 |
More than a dozen members of a Long Beach gang have been arrested in connection with a series of shootings, including a 2009 killing, over a three-year span in the city, police said Wednesday. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the arrests of 16 members of the Baby Insane Crips are part of a push to reduce gang violence. The gang gained notoriety in the 1980s and has been rooted in Long Beach for "generations," according to the chief. "They are a big gang in our city - our biggest - and one that's responsible for a lot of our violent criminal activity," he said.
July 23, 2012 |
As the political debate over gun control heats up in the aftermath of the mass killing in Aurora, Colo. , here are three important trends to keep in mind: Criminal violence in America has dropped to levels not seen in more than a generation, the percentage of Americans owning guns is down and public support for gun control measures has plummeted as well. Do fewer Americans own guns now because crime has dropped so much? Or has crime dropped in part because fewer Americans own guns?
August 7, 2012
Re "7 shot dead at Sikh temple," Aug. 6 The question seems to be if the latest massacre in Wisconsin was a hate crime or an act of domestic terrorism. It was both. Does giving it some kind of label, grouping identification or classification really change the tragic outcome? When some maniac sets out to kill someone, you can't call it anything but hate. It's time to break this epidemic of violence. Yet it continues as we all just watch without trying to stop it. Complacency is the enemy in this war. Frances Terrell Lippman Sherman Oaks The Times' Aug. 6 front page tells it all. Next to this article is the headline hailing the latest Mars landing.
August 8, 2012 |
“I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.” --John Peel I have skills. Navigating around Siberia is evidently not one of them. Today we drove from the eastern Kazakhstani city of Karaganda to somewhere in Siberia. I say somewhere because I currently have no idea where we are. And this, my friends, is entirely my fault. During our long trip from Britain, Steve has been the designated navigator. There is very good reason for this. He trained to be a scientist (now he is a cameraman)