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December 14, 1989
Former rock star Sly Stone pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend nine to 14 months in a drug rehabilitation center. Stone, 45, whose real name is Sylvester Stewart, also was placed on three years' probation by Superior Court Judge Robert Altman at a hearing in Santa Monica. He was ordered into the anti-drug program as an alternative to County Jail. Deputy Dist. Atty.
November 30, 2013
Re "Catch a cold, go to prison," Editorial, Nov. 26 This editorial's brilliant parsing of the word "recidivism" has major implications for public policy, including prison overcrowding and, even more important, how parolees are treated. As proposed, technical violations of parole such as missing an appointment or even failing a drug test should not be considered recidivism. Such violations should be evaluated within the context of the individual. For example, is the violator a first-time, nonviolent offender (felon or not)
June 28, 1996
Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland was back in a Pasadena drug rehabilitation center Thursday--one day after walking out of a court-ordered stay at the residential facility. Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Grosbard said the 28-year-old singer cited "personal reasons" for his departure after turning himself in Thursday afternoon, and that the court was satisfied that drugs were not involved in the incident. A warrant that had been issued Wednesday for Weiland's arrest was quashed.
October 1, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Two years ago, California overhauled its criminal justice system by shifting responsibility for many felons from the state government to the counties. There is no denying that the change was abrupt. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Public Safety Realignment Act, also known as AB 109, on April 4, 2011, and followed up with a companion bill that fleshed out many of the funding details in June of that year. Counties then had just three months to prepare their jails, their law enforcement agencies and their probation departments to be ready for the Oct. 1 implementation date, after which defendants convicted of lower-level felonies were sent to jails instead of state prisons, and felons released from prison after serving sentences for lower-level crimes came under the supervision of county probation officers instead of state parole agents.
September 12, 1986 | From Associated Press
Thirteen of 34 air traffic controllers suspended from a Palmdale air route control center during a drug probe have been offered drug rehabilitation, officials announced today. "If they choose to enter rehabilitation, they will be given leaves to do so," said Barbara Abels, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration's western region. During that time the controllers would remain on the FAA payroll.
October 25, 1986 | MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writer
Cedrick Hardman, 38, former professional football star and Laguna Beach High School coach, was allowed Friday to enter a drug rehabilitation program rather than face trial on a felony charge of possessing cocaine. Judge Richard D. Hamilton of South Orange County Municipal Court agreed to the recommendation of Hardman's probation officer, which the District Attorney's office did not oppose.
April 1, 1998
Actor Robert Downey Jr., who caused a stir when he was escorted from jail to work on a movie, was released Tuesday to complete his 180-day sentence at a drug rehabilitation center. Downey left the downtown Men's Central Jail shortly after 5:30 p.m., said Sheriff's Deputy Angie Prewitt. Officials said Downey has completed 113 days of his sentence. He will spend the next 67 days at the treatment center.
October 31, 1986 | TOM FRIEND, Times Staff Writer
The lawyers of LaMarr Hoyt said Thursday they were evaluating the Padre pitcher's situation and that drug rehabilitation was a possible option. Hoyt was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of trying to bring drugs into the United States from Mexico. He was released Wednesday on a $25,000 bond. One of his lawyers in Baltimore, Michael Moss, was asked Thursday about the possibility of drug rehabilitation and answered: "Nothing has been ruled out at this point in time.
March 14, 1989 | AMY PYLE, Times Staff Writer
Lyle Hall on Monday became the first of seven contenders for the 7th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council to support plans to house the Nancy Reagan Center for drug rehabilitation in a former Lake View Terrace hospital. "Drug abuse is close to being epidemic, not just in the inner city, but right here in the San Fernando Valley," Hall said at a morning news conference. "It's time we accept responsibility for doing something about it."
David Flores, a jockey with a poor attendance record at California tracks this year, has entered a drug rehabilitation facility, his agent, Don Pierce, said Friday. Flores didn't show up to ride on Thursday at Santa Anita after winning one race there on Tuesday, which was opening day. Pierce said that he had a long talk with Flores on Thursday and the 27-year-old jockey acknowledged that he had a problem. Pierce said that Flores will be away for three or four weeks.
September 8, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - If you get busted using methamphetamine, the D.A. can charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony. His choice. But if you're caught with cocaine or heroin, there's no option. It's a felony. If there's logic in that, it escapes me. They're all addictive and destructive to mind and body. Get high on one hard drug and you might receive a get-out-of-jail-free card. But another earns you a lifetime bad-guy tag. The Legislature, as it rushes toward adjournment of its annual session Friday, is moving to correct that puzzling contradiction.
July 12, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A business group said Friday that 53,000 people, including 33,000 veterans, will join Los Angeles County's homeless ranks by 2016, the deadline the group had set to get former soldiers and chronic transients off the streets for good. The grim projection came two weeks after the release of a new count showing a significant rise since 2011 in the county's homeless population, from 50,000 to 58,000. "I took these numbers as hard as any of you," said Christine Marge of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which is overseeing the project to end veteran and chronic homelessness in the county.
October 26, 2012 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Department of Justice will continue for at least another year to oversee reforms at Los Angeles County's 14 juvenile probation camps, under an agreement announced Thursday. In 2008, the county's Probation Department accepted federal monitoring after being threatened with a takeover unless it did more to prevent youth suicides, stop employees from harming juvenile delinquents and improve rehabilitative services. The oversight was set to expire this month. The Probation Department was required to fulfill 41 reforms in its juvenile justice system, including improving staffing levels, decreasing violence and reducing the number of use-of-force incidents.
September 6, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Joe South, a versatile singer-songwriter who penned "Games People Play," "Down in the Boondocks" and other pop-rock hits in the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 72. South died Wednesday at his home in Buford, Ga., northeast of Atlanta, said Butch Lowery, president of the Lowery Group. The company published South's music. Marion Merck of the Hall County coroner's office said South died of natural causes stemming from a heart attack. Beginning in the late 1960s, South rode a wave of success with his combination of melodic songs and compelling lyrics.
June 9, 2012 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Michael Young had tried Oxycontin once before he began seeing Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng. He had complained about pain in his hand to a friend, a patient of Tseng's, who gave him a pill and referred him to the doctor. Young liked the strength of the painkiller and quickly set up an appointment. Months later, Young woke up on a gurney, listening as paramedics talked around him and Tseng stood nearby. "The last day I saw her, I overdosed in her office," he said. Young testified as part of a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to try Tseng on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the overdose deaths of three of her patients.
June 2, 2012 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Orlando Woolridge, the rugged forward and former Laker who carved out a reputation over 13 NBA seasons as a scoring specialist and became one of the original alley-oop artists, has died. He was 52. Woolridge, who was with the Lakers from 1988 to 1990, died Thursday at his parents' home in Mansfield, La. He had been receiving hospice care for a chronic heart condition, according to the local coroner's office. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round in 1981, Woolridge spent five seasons with the team.
October 17, 1985 | United Press International
Quintin Dailey has told the Chicago Bulls he will enter a drug rehabilitation center, and will be dropped from the active roster, General Manager Jerry Krause said Wednesday night. Dailey, the former University of San Francisco guard, has had a history of drug-related problems and, under NBA rules, came to the team and told them he would be re-entering a rehabilitation center. The 6-3 guard is expected to miss the first two months of the season.
Just two weeks after Lake View Terrace community representatives said they were ready to negotiate amicably with a drug rehabilitation center that recently purchased a bankrupt local hospital, a breakaway group of residents met Wednesday night to develop new ways to keep the center out of their neighborhood.
May 27, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I started drinking alcohol and using drugs when I was in high school, and I kept it up until recently. I didn't think I had a problem because I have maintained good grades in school and held a steady job. Last year, I was stopped by the police for driving under the influence. When the police searched my car, they found a pipe and a backpack with crack cocaine. I pleaded guilty to felony drug possession. As part of my sentence, I completed a government-mandated drug rehabilitation program, and I have been clean since then.
April 30, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
DENVER — On the Dodgers' most recent day off, reliever Josh Lindblom visited the Dream Center in Echo Park, which offers residential drug rehabilitation programs and other services. Later on Thursday, he distributed food on skid row and took 15 to 20 homeless people to church. There weren't any news cameras or reporters around. "I'd be sitting at home anyways," Lindblom said. "It's a small, small sacrifice in the grand scheme of things. It was one of the most fulfilling days I've had all season.
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