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More than a year after announcing a major revitalization of downtown and a crackdown on the city's homeless population, police say they have made a serious dent in combating public drunkenness and illegal camping. On Friday, Assistant Chief Pat Miller said officers on the city's west side issued a record number of citations involving these same offenses during the first nine months of the year.
March 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles County public defender was so drunk at San Francisco International Airport this week that she resisted arrest, sang the "Happy Days" theme and asked officers for cocaine while in a patrol car, authorities said. Monica Marie Jenkins, 37, was so drunk, according to the San Mateo County district attorney's office, that she refused a suggestion to sober up and catch a later flight, instead demanding she be taken to jail.  As she was being arrested, Jenkins started screaming profanities, threatened to sue the officers and started singing "Rock Around the Clock," prosecutors said.
August 27, 1988
Please restrain Mike Downey's public persecution of Bruce Kimball and his presumption of guilt, including drunkenness, before the jury's verdict is in. CALVIN BEDIENT Santa Monica
February 28, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
George Lopez is usually a stand-up comic, but Thursday night in Canada he appeared to be more of a passed-out-on-the-floor comic - and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, according to reports out Friday. "Tied one on last night," the comedian said Friday in a statement obtained by Show Tracker . "Not feeling great this morning. I was trying to sleep it off, unfortunately, it was on the casino floor. " No charges were filed against the comic, according to TMZ , which said Lopez was put in a drunk tank to sober up and later was released.
December 21, 2011
'The Adventures of Tintin' MPAA rating: PG for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking Running time: 1 hour, 46 minutes Playing: In general release
March 24, 2009 | Tony Perry
A former San Diego Padre player with a history of legal problems was charged Monday with four misdemeanor battery counts after a Feb. 4 brawl at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon. Matthew Brian Bush, 23, is charged with roughing up lacrosse players at the high school. He is to be arraigned April 28. Bush was a high school star in San Diego and was drafted by the Padres in 2004 as a shortstop. His career was nearly derailed by accusations of public drunkenness and fighting. He was traded in February to the Toronto Blue Jays.
December 24, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A deputy at the L.A. County Men's Central Jail was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness during the USC- UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl, marking the latest allegation of off-duty wrongdoing by jail guards. Deputy Joseph Gonzalez was arrested by Pasadena police on a misdemeanor charge during the Dec. 4 game. The Sheriff's Department confirmed that Gonzalez was relieved of duty while an internal investigation was completed but would not say why, citing personnel rules. Two weeks ago, seven deputies at Men's Central were relieved of duty after violence broke out at their employee Christmas party in Montebello.
December 1, 1985
Re Alma Hennigan (Letters in View, Nov. 21): I cried with her because our family, too, lost a beautiful alive person only because of a young man who was drunk and speeding. My beautiful niece Deanne, having had a 25th birthday a few months prior to Easter Sunday, 1984, was taken from us that morning in Palm Springs. She was an elementary school teacher in the Palmdale area and a good many of "her" children came to bid her adieu. She, like Patty Neil, will live on in the memories of those who knew her. But we must fight this common illness of drunkenness and it is most important that people join the MADD group.
March 2, 1985
There is an enormously important issue to be resolved by the citizens of Los Angeles and their elected leadership: Is the kind of police service they enjoyed during the 1984 Olympic Games worth a few dollars to maintain? Providing safety to people is the government's first obligation. Public safety is not dependent solely upon the number of police officers. Quality of personnel and equipment is far more important than hordes of uniformed bodies. Still, numbers are a factor even though a single magic number has never been precisely determined.
October 9, 2002
Re "Deals Shift Justice Into High Gear," Oct. 5: Using a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, people accused of crimes can be forced to enter into plea bargains without full knowledge of the cases both for and against them--much like being forced to traverse a camouflaged minefield without a map. An example from my experience as a juror: A longtime public drunkard accused (in what smelled ever so strongly of frame-up) of illegal heroin possession was offered a deal of 30 days of county jail time in exchange for a guilty plea.
January 22, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is back in the news, as usual, for all the wrong reasons. On Monday someone shot a surreptitious video of Ford , appearing drunk of out his mind at a suburban Toronto diner, spewing obscenities in a pseudo-Jamaican accent. Everything about this embarrassing mayor is pseudo. Or just plain psycho. He should be in rehab. Instead, there he was, rocking on his feet, using Jamaican slang that many members of Toronto's sizable Jamaican community found deeply offensive . (The offending word is "bumbaclot.
December 28, 2013 | By Jason Song
Los Angeles County law enforcement officers have arrested nearly 1,700 motorists on suspicion of intoxicated driving during the last 15 days as part of an annual holiday crackdown, authorities reported Saturday. The total is a slight increase over last year, when there were 1,600 arrests on suspicion of drunken or drugged driving made between Dec. 13 and Dec. 28, authorities said. The crackdown, known as the "Avoid the 100" campaign, includes dozens of checkpoints and 200 "saturation" police and sheriff's patrols throughout the county.
December 21, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Another high-ranking U.S. military officer has been dismissed after getting drunk during a goodwill mission to Russia, officials said. Last year, the captain of the San Diego-based frigate Vandegrift was relieved of command for getting drunk during a visit to the port of Vladivostock to review the Russians' Pacific fleet. Three other officers were also punished for "inappropriate behavior" involving alcohol. This week it was revealed that Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was dismissed for getting drunk and insulting his hosts during an official visit to Moscow in July.
November 11, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
In a region dominated by the need to drive, a few Newport Beach spots offer late-night revelers something rare: a walkable nightlife. One of these clusters of restaurants and bars lies on the Balboa Peninsula, near the Newport Pier. Patrons have come here for decades - be they neighborhood dwellers, summer renters or residents - to enjoy a vibrant, seaside area where they can move from place to place without getting behind the wheel. Steady streams of people continue to enjoy the often party-like atmosphere the peninsula provides.
July 10, 2013 | By Monte Morin
At what point would you consider someone to be just "tipsy" as opposed to "hammered" on alcohol? The answer, it turns out, depends on whether you're a man or a woman. In a study published online Wednesday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research , psychologists found that women were more likely to describe heavily intoxicated females as just "tipsy" or "buzzed," whereas men were more likely to describe other men as "wasted" or "hammered" even if they were just moderately drunk.
April 29, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
I'll bet you that archaeologist Betsy Bryan's perspective on reality-show behavior is a little longer than most. Since 2001, Bryan has led the excavation of the temple complex of the Egyptian goddess Mut in modern-day Luxor, the site of the city of Thebes in ancient Egypt. And the ritual she has uncovered, which centers on binge drinking, thumping music and orgiastic public sex, probably makes "Jersey Shore" look pretty tame. At least it was thought to serve a greater societal purpose.
Truckers rolling through on Interstate 40 refer to this city of 20,000 on their CBs as "Drunk City, U.S.A." The label reflects Gallup's long-established reputation as a place where people--most of them from the nearby Navajo reservation--come to get drunk. Along Route 66 and its assortment of bars and package outlets, drunks slump against buildings a block from the Santa Fe train yard, where passenger trains bound for Los Angeles and Chicago stop each day.
Los Angeles Police Officer Henry J. Cousine--a police ring on his finger, an LAPD tattoo on his leg and battle scars on his body--says the officers accused of beating Rodney G. King swung their batons like "little girls." Then he ticks off some of his own episodes of violence during a decade as a beat cop: three fights and three shootings. "You get in my face, I'm going to fight back," Cousine said. "You swing at me, I'm going to knock you off your feet. And you pull a gun, I'll kill you."
March 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Five members of a Southern California family who died in a Nevada accident over the weekend were identified Sunday, the Associated Press reported. The five: 41-year-old Genaro Fernandez of Norwalk, 49-year-old Raudel Fernandez-Avila and 53-year-old Belen Fernandez of Lynwood, and 13-year-old Angela Sandoval and 45-year-old Leonardo Fernandez-Avila of Los Angeles, according to the AP. A spokesperson for the Clark County coroner's office told the AP that the relationship among the family members was still unknown, but the Nevada Highway Patrol said Saturday it included a man, his teenage daughter, and her aunt and two uncles.
March 23, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
Amy Stewart's new book, "The Drunken Botanist," explores the plant ingredients in our favorite cocktails (and the lesser known ones too). "Every great drink starts with a plant," Stewart writes in her introduction, a section aptly titled "Aperitif. " "If you're a gardener, I hope this book inspires a cocktail party. If you're a bartender, I hope you're persuaded to put up a greenhouse or at least plant a window box. " Subtitled "The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks," the book covers more than 150 plants, organized by classics such as agave, herbs and spices like wormwood and allspice, flowers (think chamomile and violet)
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