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April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted of pulling over female drivers and asking them to have sex with him was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender once he is released. Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest last month to rape and bribery charges, crimes that prosecutors said took place while he was on duty. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept. 22, 2010 and allegedly offered not to arrest the driver on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, prosecutors said.
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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.
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April 1, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 90-year-old woman died after flames tore through her Yorba Linda home, and her son and two deputies were injured trying to rescue her, fire officials said Tuesday night. The fire broke out shortly before 10 a.m. in the two-story home while Katheryn Carras was upstairs, officials said. Her 56-year-old son was outside talking to a neighbor when he became aware of the blaze and ran inside to try to save her. "He got pushed back by the heavy smoke and hot gases," said Capt.
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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.
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March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Authorities on Monday identified a 34-year-old West Hollywood man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his roommate. Deputies responded Saturday evening to the victim's apartment complex in the 900 block of Palm Avenue to conduct a welfare check, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.  When deputies arrived, they were told that the "individual who lived at the location may have killed his roommate and was thinking about killing...
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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.
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March 30, 2014 | By Gale Holland
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy rescued a child struggling in 50-degree water Sunday on Pyramid Lake after the kayak he was riding in capsized, authorities said. The deputy, part of the sheriff's parks bureau marine patrol, spotted the kayak flip over in high winds, ejecting the child, his father and another man, according to a department news release. The child's life jacket appeared to be too big for him, and he slipped out of it, flailing his arms and trying to stay above water.
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March 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
After seven years of guarding inmates in Los Angeles County jails, 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 alleges, sport matching tattoos and try to coerce female deputy patrol trainees like her into performing sexual favors. In a 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.
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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.
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March 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge sided with a candidate for county assessor who argued that a rival candidate should not be allowed to call himself a "deputy assessor" on the ballot. Candidate Omar Haroon, an appraiser in the assessor's office, argued that the job decription chosen by rival candidate Jeffrey Prang, a West Hollywood councilman who also works as a public affairs manager for the assessor's office, was misleading. The assessor's office does not use "deputy assessor" as an official job title.
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