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November 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 87-year-old woman was bitten at least 20 times on the face and arms, in some places down to the bone, allegedly by her daughter. Police said they were led to Mildred Mortenson, lying on the floor in a back room, by the 61-year-old daughter, Barbara Mortenson, who wore a bloodstained nightgown. According to a police report, the daughter told them: "She made me mad, so mad, I've been taking Prozac (an anti-depressant) for the last two weeks."
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April 7, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the "Andy Hardy" films of the 1930s and '40s and became one of the era's top box-office draws, has died. He was 93. Rooney, whose roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the LAPD and the L.A. County coroner's office confirmed his death. The cause was not disclosed. One of the most enduring performers in show business, he made his debut on the vaudeville stage in 1922 as a toddler and toured into his late '80s in a two-person stage show with Jan Chamberlin, his eighth wife.
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December 7, 1997
Re "Making 'Death With Dignity' Reality," Nov. 30. Terminally ill, elderly patients do not need "death with dignity" as much as life with dignity. Too often health-care providers view the very sick, older patient as an inappropriate recipient of life-sustaining medical treatment. Many doctors and nurses, young and healthy themselves, do not appreciate that for some of these patients (as well as those who deeply love them) several more months of a physically restricted life is decidedly preferable to no life at all. As consumers, we must not allow the medical community to make a one-size-fits-all judgment about the potential quality of life that could be afforded to these patients.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A former insurance agent has been charged with financial elder abuse for allegedly forging his aunt's signature to make withdrawals from a life insurance policy he sold to her, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. Myles Seishin Hanashiro, 47, was arrested on four felony counts of financial elder abuse. "Insurance agents who prey on elders are particularly loathsome," Jones said. "Violating their fiduciary trust and responsibility by taking advantage of vulnerable seniors is simply unforgivable and I will continue use every tool at my department's disposal to pursue and bring to justice criminals who prey on seniors.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A former insurance agent has been charged with financial elder abuse for allegedly forging his aunt's signature to make withdrawals from a life insurance policy he sold to her, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. Myles Seishin Hanashiro, 47, was arrested on four felony counts of financial elder abuse. "Insurance agents who prey on elders are particularly loathsome," Jones said. "Violating their fiduciary trust and responsibility by taking advantage of vulnerable seniors is simply unforgivable and I will continue use every tool at my department's disposal to pursue and bring to justice criminals who prey on seniors.
OPINION
October 14, 2009
Re "Brooke Astor's son guilty of looting the socialite's estate," Oct. 9 Now that the elder-abuse trial of society grand dame Brooke Astor's son is over, I am left contemplating the lessons demonstrated by her sad and sordid story: Being rich won't protect you from elder abuse; being famous won't protect you from elder abuse; having famous friends won't protect you from elder abuse. In America, the country that loves youth and beauty, it is not surprising, but still lamentable, that we don't have any comprehensive federal legislation focused on elder abuse.
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September 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
A 47-year-old Fresno woman has been charged with elder abuse after authorities found her mother covered with feces and urine. "She's in bad shape. She may die," said sheriff's Det. Mike Robinson, who added that paramedics had to cut Mary Green's soiled clothes off her body. Her daughter, Cynthia Green, has been charged with felony elder abuse and giving a false name to a peace officer. She is being held without bail because of a previous conviction for petty theft, jail officials said.
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August 9, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three months shy of her 87th birthday, Dorothy Malven spent the final days of her life lying in a Thousand Oaks board-and-care home as a massive bedsore slowly ate a hole in her back. At 88, Mahlon Lanier died penniless, his hard-earned pension from years behind a supermarket meat counter drained to nothing by a series of caregivers who moved in and cleaned him out.
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April 9, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
A former employee of an upscale retirement home accused of physically assaulting four vulnerable residents was convicted Thursday of torture and elder abuse. Jurors deliberated about five hours before finding Cesar Ulloa guilty of all eight counts against him. As the verdict was read, the 21-year-old Reseda resident stared straight ahead without showing any emotion. Ulloa, who had a bruise on his right eye that he said was the result of being attacked by half a dozen inmates in jail over the weekend, faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in May. According to witnesses, Ulloa, a low-level employee, often laughed as he viciously attacked residents.
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January 28, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor and suspected victim of elder abuse was found disoriented, dehydrated and living in filth at his home near El Cajon this week, clutching his prized possession: a picture of the ship that he was serving on the day of the Japanese attack. Arnold V. Bauer, suffering from dementia and prostate cancer, was taken to the Veterans Affairs hospital in San Diego, authorities said. Bauer's caretaker for the last three years, Milagros Angeles, 63, pleaded not guilty Thursday to four felony counts of elder abuse, theft, forgery and false imprisonment.
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October 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A convicted sex offender accused of cutting his GPS device and making dozens of threatening and obscene phone calls to the family of his 80-year-old victim was captured without incident, authorities said Wednesday evening. Dennis Michael McKenzie, 55, was taken into custody about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of South Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. Authorities were alerted after someone saw McKenzie's photo in a news report, the department said.
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October 4, 2013 | By KTLA
Two Riverside County residents suspected of conning an elderly, mentally ill  woman into giving them thousands of dollars are facing fraud-related charges . Sebre  Amadee Abdul, 57, and Maria Elia Chavira, 48, were taken into custody Tuesday at their Lake Elsinore home, where Ontario police detectives found “large amounts of furniture” believed to have been purchased with the woman's credit card. Authorities say they persuaded the unidentified victim to open multiple credit accounts, which they used to make more than $36,000 in purchases.
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August 25, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles suspended a priest Friday amid allegations that he stole nearly $300,000 from an elderly widow who was a member of his parish. Michalena Jones, 79, filed a lawsuit this week that accused Father Peter Valdez of befriending her after her husband's death and using his influence to steal $284,000 over a seven-year period. The archdiocese placed Valdez on administrative leave, "pending the resolution of this matter," said Tod Tamberg, an archdiocese spokesman.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
Katherine Jackson has been found! Actually, she was never missing. The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch (also known as Michael's mother and primary custodian of his kids Prince, Paris and Blanket) was simply playing cards in Arizona. "She is safe and with family members," L.A. Sheriff's Deputy Don Walker read from a statement Monday morning, L.A. Now reported . "When I got there, Katherine Jackson and her family were at the dinner table and had just finished a game of Uno,” a Pima County sheriff's deputy told X17 Online , adding that Jackson was on vacation.
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July 12, 2012 | By Maria L. LaGanga, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The Santa Clara County district attorney said Wednesday that he would not refile a misdemeanor assault charge against William Lynch, the San Francisco man acquitted of three other charges stemming from a 2010 attack on the priest he said had molested him. "We have heard the jury," Dist. Atty. Jeff Rosen said in a statement. "We believe it is unlikely that a new jury would render a substantially different decision. " Lynch was acquitted of felony assault and felony elder abuse on July 5, despite admitting that he had attacked Father Jerold Lindner.
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July 6, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN JOSE - A jury has found a San Francisco man not guilty of felony assault and felony elder abuse, despite his admission that he attacked the priest accused of molesting him nearly four decades ago. The 10-man, two-woman panel also said Thursday that William Lynch was not guilty of misdemeanor elder abuse in the 2010 attack on Father Jerold Lindner. The 67-year-old Catholic priest has been linked to more than a dozen alleged victims - including his own nieces, nephew and sister - but never has been brought to trial because the statute of limitations in every case had run out. The jury was split on a final charge against Lynch: misdemeanor assault.
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March 15, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Stanford Medical Center physician charged with embezzlement and elder abuse in connection with her grandmother's death last year has pleaded not guilty. Dr. Cheryl Walker, 43, an associate professor of gynecology, was ordered released on a $1-million bond Wednesday. Her mother, Janice, 72, also charged with manipulating the $500,000 estate of Mary Lee Koleber, 95, entered a not guilty plea. Janice Walker remains behind bars in lieu of a $2.5-million bond.
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May 20, 2000 | TRACY WILSON
A bill that would encourage banks and other financial institutions to report suspected elder abuse to authorities has passed the state Assembly with bipartisan support. The legislation by Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is expected to go before the state Senate in coming weeks. If approved and signed by Gov. Gray Davis, the measure would become law next year.
NEWS
June 28, 2012
Garcia, Artigliere & Shadrack is a nationally-renowned team of trial lawyers who represent clients in a range of high-stakes, complex cases. From offices in California, Arizona, Washington and Florida, the firm's attorneys provide dedicated legal services in the areas of insurance bad faith, elder abuse, consumer fraud and products liability class actions. “We have the ability and talent pool to take any matter to trial,” says founding partner Stephen M. Garcia. As one of the first attorneys to try an elder abuse case, Garcia is considered a leader in the field of elder abuse litigation.
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