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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2013 | By Anh Do
Hemet police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old man in what may have been a theft-related crime, authorities said.  Officers arriving at the scene in the 2800 block of Fruitvale Avenue on Saturday evening found the victim sprawled on the ground inside a garage, suffering from a single gunshot wound, said Hemet police Lt. Duane Wisehart. Authorities rushed to the neighborhood after the Riverside County coroner's office learned of the shooting about 8:15 p.m. Paramedics transported the victim to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.
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NATIONAL
June 26, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed suit Tuesday against the city of Flagstaff, accusing municipal leaders of unconstitutionally driving beggars off the streets and criminalizing peaceful panhandling in public places. “Begging is not a crime,” Arizona ACLU Legal Director Dan Pochoda said in a statement. “To appease local business interests, Flagstaff has sacrificed the fundamental rights of individuals and is throwing people in jail for simply for asking for a dollar or two for food.” The complaint challenges a policy adopted by the city six years ago to remove people from downtown areas by jailing them early in the day on suspicion of “loitering to beg.” City officials have used a state statute that makes it a crime to beg in all public spaces.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2012 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
SALT LAKE CITY - By his own admission, Dave Montgomery was a functioning drunk who hated himself. Not that many years ago he might guzzle 30 Rolling Rocks to mask the memory of a hit-and-run life that included two divorces and a precious daughter who died in childbirth. After he quit boozing, his very existence bored him. Then one night in 2006 the suburban tattoo artist typed into a computer search the words he now says have made all the difference: "real-life superheroes. " Since then, he's joined a world of masked crusaders, morphing from flawed human to a fantastic creation straight out of his imagination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990 | LISA MASCARO and GREG HERNANDEZ
Angry testimony and pointed questions were directed at the police chief Wednesday night as about 350 residents gathered at a church hall to ask him what his department is doing to rid the Anna Drive area of crime. "In recent months, I don't know how many times BBs have been shot at us and how many bottles and used condoms have littered our field," said Alice Christiansen, a teacher at St. Anthony Claret School, where the meeting was held.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
On a seemingly typical shooting day recently at a stage in El Segundo, a director in a baseball cap was hunched over video monitors, burly grips were moving lights, and the producers were arguing about just what it was they were making. "I swear we need a tip jar for every time somebody calls this 'television' or 'marketing,'" said an exasperated Elan Lee, chief creative officer of Fourth Wall Studios. "I want a jar for every time we say 'transmedia' too, but I don't know what else to say sometimes," added Jim Stewartson, Fourth Wall's chief executive.
OPINION
July 30, 2003
Re "More People in Prison Despite Drop in Crime," July 28: A better headline for this story would be: Imprisoning More Criminals Causes Drop in Crime. Marshall Buck Los Angeles
NEWS
March 17, 1987 | From Reuters
Sex offenses increased by 24% last year as overall crime rose 7% in England and Wales, according to official figures released Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2010 | By Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Serious gang-related crime has tumbled 40% over the last three years in the troubled neighborhoods surrounding the sites of Summer Night Lights, Los Angeles' park program designed to curb violence, newly assembled police data show. This was the third summer that City Hall has run Summer Night Lights, offering recreational activities, mentoring and counseling programs, meals and other services at parks and public housing complexes. Launched in the summer of 2008, Summer Night Lights expanded to 24 sites this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1995
For the second quarter in a row, crime is down in Long Beach from 1994 levels. For the first six months of this year, crime dropped by 8.1%, Mayor Beverly O'Neill announced Tuesday, with the most violent category of crime--including murder, rape, robbery and assault--falling by 11.1%. Incidents of auto theft showed the biggest drop, falling by 27%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2009 | By Ann M. Simmons
A plan to patrol Lancaster with an airplane that would record the movements of people on the ground has stoked the concerns of civil liberty advocates while being embraced by some residents who say they would support any means to crack down on crime. The piloted plane would circle the High Desert town 16 hours a day, recording video footage that would be transmitted to law enforcement officials, according to the plan. The plane, its designer said, would fly at an altitude of about five miles, making it all but invisible to residents.
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