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October 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Armed with a search warrant, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies raided the home of Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez early Thursday. The department did not have immediate details other than deputies had served a search warrant about 7:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Los Angeles Avenue, the same street where the mayor's home is located, according to voting records.   According to Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the department, the warrant that was served is not focused on the mayor.
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October 12, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy pulled a woman from a burning garage in Compton early Saturday morning, police said. Three deputies responded to a report of a fire in the 600 block of South Bullis Road about 1:40 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Department account of the incident. The officers came upon a garage engulfed in flames and saw a man trying to break through a wall of the structure with a shovel. The man told the deputies there was a woman inside. Deputy Jesus Hernandez used the shovel to pry loose some of the wall's wooden slats as another deputy, Javier Flores Jr., tore away the loosened slats, according to the department.
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November 24, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A 35-year-old man was shot dead by Riverside County sheriff's deputies early Sunday after firing a rifle during a domestic dispute, according to a sheriff's news release . At 1:17 a.m., a woman reported that she was in a house in French Valley with two young children and a man who had fired his rifle at least once. While on the phone with the woman, a dispatcher heard several gunshots, the news release said. Neighbors also began calling to report gunfire. When deputies arrived, the man, Otavis Hall, refused to speak to them.
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December 31, 2000
Re "Deputy Benefits Top Civilian Perks, Study Says," Dec. 17. It has always been my belief that labor contracts should not be negotiated in the press. Therefore, I will refrain from making any statements about the ongoing process between the county and the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs' Assn. I feel, however, that I must respond to a [statement attributed to a county employee, saying that] Sheriff's Department employees have come to simply expect such privileges as 3% at 50 retirement because of a local ordinance that exclusively earmarks about $40 million a year in proceeds from a half-cent sales tax for public safety agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2001
Since Sept. 11, there has been an outpouring of public appreciation for the enormous physical courage displayed by firefighters and police officers who so willingly gave their lives that fateful day. A much less visible form of courage is the moral courage that public safety professionals display every day--the type of courage demonstrated by choosing to do the right thing even when it is to one's detriment. A showdown between a financially challenged county and deputy sheriffs who were seeking an average pay and benefit package for the area appeared inevitable as the union scheduled its general membership meetings last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Thursday night after holding up a woman in her home near West Covina and then attempting to flee had a woman and a child in his getaway car, authorities said. The man, who was not immediately identified, tried to rob the woman at gunpoint sometime before 5 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said, but deputies were called to the scene by her son, who said a black car was waiting outside. When deputies arrived, the black car was already speeding toward them and a chase ensued, the Sheriff's Department said.
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January 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies seized 19 roosters and detained four people, including an 85-year-old man, over the weekend after discovering an alleged cockfighting ring, authorities said Tuesday. About 11 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to complaints about a group of cars parked on private land near the Santa Maria Airport, said Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. When the deputies arrived at the wooded area, Hoover said, they found about 20 cars parked in a field and could hear roosters.
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November 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A carjacking suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the car's occupant was shot with Tasers by deputies in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect and an accomplice were taken into custody by deputies who recovered guns, ammunition and black masks from the pair, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The incident began Tuesday afternoon when the two suspects were in a vehicle and one of them pointed a gun at deputies. The deputies began pursuing the vehicle, which stopped at a cul-de-sac.  The suspect who allegedly pointed the gun at the deputies was taken into custody, but the driver carjacked a vehicle.
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October 7, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies shot and killed a homeless man wielding a stick over the weekend, officials said. The shooting occurred at about 3:48 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Venice and La Cienega boulevards in Los Angeles, authorities said. Deputies with the Transit Services Bureau came into contact with the man when he "suddenly armed himself with a wooden stick," the Sheriff's Department said in a news release. He then "advanced toward the deputies with the wooden stick overhead," prompting them to open fire, the release said.
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