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August 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
An apparent booze-fueled dispute over loud music between two groups at a Chino campground over the weekend escalated to the point where men from both sides drew guns and opened fire. No one was hurt, but the two alleged gunmen have plenty to explain. It turns out that the rival gun-toting campers were both Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. Authorities suspect the off-duty cops learned they were colleagues only after their campground showdown. Chino police officers were called to Prado Regional Park early Sunday morning.
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April 11, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
No criminal charges will be filed against Kern County sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers after a 33-year-old man died last year within an hour of being beaten by authorities . Kern County Dist. Atty. Lisa Green said Friday that David Sal Silva's death was not a homicide, and law enforcement used reasonable force in subduing him. Silva's death received national attention because of the number of witnesses who stepped forward claiming police brutality and because officers detained two witnesses until they turned over their cellphones with video recordings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The union for rank and file Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies removed its president recently because of problems with his attendance, according to a union statement. The Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs did not elaborate further on why the board of directors removed Armando Macias, saying only that the newly installed president would be replaced by the vice president until a permanent replacement is selected. The management shake-up comes as the union considers a potential endorsement in the upcoming sheriff's election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
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April 5, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
GREENSBORO, N.C. - With his shaggy hair, bushy mustache and obstinate ways, Jeffrey Allen Wright was well known to sheriff's deputies in Santa Rosa County, Fla. Wright, 55, drove around with a phony license plate. When stopped, he refused to produce a driver's license. Once he threatened to sue a deputy who pulled him over. After he was fined for traffic offenses in September, Wright paid with counterfeit money orders. When deputies served warrants for felony counterfeiting March 8, Wright barricaded himself in his garage and declared that he would not be "a servant of the king.
OPINION
August 12, 2012
Re "Official possibly hindered probe of jails," Aug. 5 Your article took the unusual tack of protecting the identity of an inmate while revealing the name of three deputy sheriffs. The Times should not have released the names of the deputies. Protecting an inmate's identity may be appropriate. Printing the names of the deputies is dangerously irresponsible. Floyd Hayhurst Los Angeles Lee Baca Los Angeles Hayhurst is president of the Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court revived a wrongful death lawsuit against San Diego County on Monday, ruling that a jury should determine whether two sheriff's deputies who killed a suicidal man who was wielding a knife acted negligently. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2-1 to overturn a lower court's ruling for the county and to let a jury decide whether two deputies violated the law when they entered the man's house in 2006 without first thoroughly investigating him and gunned him down without having ordered him to halt.
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August 9, 2009 | Jia-Rui Chong and Paloma Esquivel
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and killed two men this weekend in separate incidents, including one in which a man was slain when he pulled a gun on deputies who were trying to disperse partygoers Friday night at a Lynwood house. In a separate incident, deputies shot a man behind a condominium complex Saturday in Carson. A preliminary investigation into the first shooting indicates that Guillermo Saucedo, 23, of Cudahy died of multiple gunshot wounds, said county coroner's spokesman Lt. Joe Bale.
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February 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that occurred Friday afternoon in Long Beach. Deputies shot and wounded a man about 12:25 p.m. on East Pacific Coast Highway, authorities said.  The man was taken by paramedics to a hospital. No deputies were injured, according to sheriff's officials.  Further details about the incident were not immediately available.  ALSO: Man found standing over dead mother with knife, police say Suspect in salon death offered 'vampire face lifts,' police say CHP: 17 callers saw wrong-way driver on 2 freeways before fatal crash ruben.vives@latimes.com Twitter: @latvives
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September 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Residents in a Bellflower neighborhood were told to stay indoors Wednesday afternoon after reports of gunshots. About 1:10 p.m., a person called 911 from a home in the 17600 block of Virginia Avenue then hung up, but not before the dispatcher heard a woman screaming and indications that a gun could be involved, Sheriff's Sgt. David Sprengel said. Deputies, including the SWAT team, rushed to the area and heard several shots and locked down the neighborhood. The female 911 caller and possibly one other person fled from the home as authorities showed up, leaving the gunman inside alone, Sprengel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
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April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
She was driven to a dark road in the desert in the back of patrol car. The sheriff's deputy parked in a secluded spot in Palmdale and told her to walk to the front of the car. It was there, the woman said Friday in court, that the L.A. County deputy raped her and changed her life forever. "You essentially murdered a part of me and I'll never be able to get it back," the victim tearfully said as she stared at her attacker, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez. "A police officer is supposed to serve and protect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
The union that represents Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has gone from two presidents to none. A judge has stepped into the battle for control of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, ruling that it will have no leader until a court hearing April 17. Instead, decisions will be made by a three-person committee, including one member from each of the union's competing factions and a longtime staffer considered relatively neutral. Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was ousted and a different president installed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang and Robert Faturechi
A high-stakes power struggle at the union representing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has left members with two presidents, two boards of directors, two "official" websites and, for many, too much drama. Trouble at the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs came to light last month when the board ousted Armando Macias, its newly elected president, citing his poor attendance. The board installed a new president, but Macias is refusing to recognize the ouster. Now the two sides are accusing each other of illegitimate power grabs and misusing union funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday ruled that a front-runner in the race for county assessor can't call himself a "deputy assessor" on the ballot. Candidate Omar Haroon, an appraiser in the assessor's office, had filed a court case contending that the occupation listed by rival candidate Jeffrey Prang, a West Hollywood councilman who also works as a public affairs manager for the county agency, was misleading. The assessor's office does not use "deputy assessor" as an official job title.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
After seven years of guarding inmates in Los Angeles County jails, Sheriff's Deputy Guadalupe Lopez was transferred to the East L.A. Station to continue her career working in patrol. It was there, she says in a lawsuit filed this week, that she encountered a rogue group of deputies called the "Banditos. " The Banditos, she says, sport matching tattoos and try to coerce female deputy patrol trainees like her into performing sexual favors. In the 19-page lawsuit, Lopez contends that she was assigned a training officer who was known as the "Godfather" and was a leader of the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
When Compton jurors recently deliberated the fate of a man charged with possessing a concealed firearm, they thought the evidence was overwhelming - not that the man was guilty but that the Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who testified against him had lied. Jurors said a video of the arrest and inconsistent testimony from deputies left them no choice earlier this month but to vote for acquittal. The five jurors who spoke to The Times said authorities should investigate the deputies from the sheriff's anti-gang-unit who were involved in the case.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
As deputy managing editor for visual journalism at the Los Angeles Times, Colin Crawford manages a staff of editors, photojournalists and technicians at one of the largest newspapers in the country. Crawford was appointed to his current position in May 2008; he previously was assistant managing editor for photography, a position he began in February 2004.  Under his leadership, The Times' photography department has won the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography in both 2003 and 2004 and was part of the Public Service Award in 2005.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
As deputy managing editor, Scott Kraft is responsible for the front page, the Column One feature and major investigative, explanatory and narrative reporting projects. During more than two decades at The Times, Kraft has been a national and foreign correspondent as well as a news department head. He joined the paper as a staff writer in its Chicago bureau and later was bureau chief in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Paris. He covered the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid and the ill-fated U.S. military mission in Somalia, among other major stories.
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