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April 18, 1997 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One woman placed trust in a gardener who feigned kindness while helping himself to $200 of her cash. Another, blind in her old age, wasted away in a board-and-care home because the woman who brought her lunch tray never told her it was there and for months took it away untouched. The caregiver of yet another man would help him to the bathroom, then often leave him there for more than an hour. The stories are endless and varied.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1997 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One woman placed trust in a gardener who feigned kindness while helping himself to $200 of her cash. Another, blind in her old age, wasted away in a board-and-care home because the woman who brought her lunch tray never told her it was there and for months took it away untouched. The caregiver of yet another man would help him to the bathroom, then often leave him there for more than an hour. The stories are endless and varied.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1994 | FERNANDO ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Carter, the 64-year-old cancer patient whose caretaker wife set him on fire two years ago after he ate one of her chocolates, has died of pneumonia, authorities said Friday. According to the county coroner's office, Carter's death Thursday was unrelated to the serious burns he suffered in 1992. Carter died at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana.
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December 31, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A sharply divided California Supreme Court, clarifying the duty to care for aged parents, ruled Friday that grown children can be prosecuted for neglect only if they have control over the elder's care. "It means that if you take on the responsibility of caring for your parent, you care for your parent," said Santa Ana attorney Richard Schwartzberg, who represented the defendant in the case before the court. "But you don't have to take on that responsibility."
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December 31, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A sharply divided California Supreme Court, clarifying the duty to care for aged parents, ruled Friday that grown children can be prosecuted for neglect only if they have control over the elder's care. "It means that if you take on the responsibility of caring for your parent, you care for your parent," said Santa Ana attorney Richard Schwartzberg, who represented the defendant in the case before the court. "But you don't have to take on that responsibility."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Huntington Beach brothers accused of allowing their 68-year-old father to die of septic poisoning in his waste-soaked bed were convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse, the first conviction in county history to involve both crimes. Richard Heitzman, 49, and Jerry Heitzman, 45, face a maximum sentence of four years in prison each when they are sentenced March 25. Superior Court Judge Luis P. Cardenas agreed to allow the brothers to remain free without bond until then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
The daughter of a 68-year-old Huntington Beach man who died after months of neglect will face criminal elder abuse charges even though she was not her father's primary caretaker, prosecutors said Thursday. The Orange County district attorney's office decided to prosecute Susan Valerie Heitzman in connection with Robert Heitzman's 1990 death after winning an appellate court decision allowing them to take the action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1998
Often frail, sometimes wealthy, America's senior citizens have become a target for the greedy. Whether the crooks are relatives, acquaintances or strangers, police and social workers are learning to read the signs of this form of elder abuse. Orange County is one of several counties in California that have formed fiduciary abuse specialist teams (FAST) that combine legal, financial and other experts to train and advise police and social workers on the topic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1997 | LORI HAYCOX
Abuse and neglect of senior citizens in Orange County will be the subject of a conference on April 18 at Irvine Civic Center. The conference's purpose is to educate the community about how to detect signs of elder abuse, a crime that has increased about 56% in Orange County since 1990, said Jack Light, assistant program manager for Orange County Adult Protective Services Agency. Speakers will be William G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2008 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
The motto of Orange County's smallest city is "Villa Park, the Hidden Jewel." It's a burg of about 1,900 mostly upscale homes with pools on nicely landscaped half-acre lots. To everyone's relief, one of those dwellings recently disappeared. The "Cat House" gave new meaning to the phrase "fixer-upper." "People are happy to have it gone," Villa Park City Manager Ken Domer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1994 | FERNANDO ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Carter, the 64-year-old cancer patient whose caretaker wife set him on fire two years ago after he ate one of her chocolates, has died of pneumonia, authorities said Friday. According to the county coroner's office, Carter's death Thursday was unrelated to the serious burns he suffered in 1992. Carter died at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
The daughter of a 68-year-old Huntington Beach man who died after months of neglect will face criminal elder abuse charges even though she was not her father's primary caretaker, prosecutors said Thursday. The Orange County district attorney's office decided to prosecute Susan Valerie Heitzman in connection with Robert Heitzman's 1990 death after winning an appellate court decision allowing them to take the action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Huntington Beach brothers accused of allowing their 68-year-old father to die of septic poisoning in his waste-soaked bed were convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse, the first conviction in county history to involve both crimes. Richard Heitzman, 49, and Jerry Heitzman, 45, face a maximum sentence of four years in prison each when they are sentenced March 25. Superior Court Judge Luis P. Cardenas agreed to allow the brothers to remain free without bond until then.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The 53-year-old son of an elderly woman whose filthy Villa Park home was overrun with cats -- both living and dead -- is under investigation for elder abuse, Orange County sheriff's officials said Thursday. Paramedics called to the home this month found Mary Maloney, 76, lying outside on a blanket; she was covered with sores and skin rashes, authorities said. When deputies investigated, they found cat feces 2 feet high in places, urine-soaked walls and carpets, and trash everywhere.
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