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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
A man initially suspected of raping and killing an elderly Pasadena woman 20 years ago has been rearrested in connection with the case based on new DNA evidence, police said Monday. Roger Tillman, 56, was arrested Thursday in the slaying of Mary Drew, 72, who was found dead in her room at a board-and-care facility on North Los Robles Avenue on May 6, 1987, said Pasadena Police Lt. John Dewar.
NATIONAL
April 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of beating and mugging three women, including a 101-year-old and an 85-year-old, was arraigned on charges that included hate crimes, authorities said. Jack Rhodes, 44, was held without bail on charges of robbery, grand larceny, burglary and assault. Some of those charges were listed as hate crimes because two of the women were at least 60 years old. Authorities said Rhodes targeted the women because of their age, a violation of the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000.
NATIONAL
April 28, 2007 | Rocco Parascandola, Newsday
The city's most notorious mugging suspect -- a man whose image was captured on a security video as he assaulted a 101-year-old grandmother leaving her Queens home for church -- may finally be behind bars, police said Friday. Jack Rhodes, 44, was being questioned by Queens detectives Friday night in connection with the March 4 mugging of Rose Morat, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An ex-convict who befriended an ailing World War II veteran and was then named as beneficiary of his estate was sentenced to 10 years in prison for elder fraud. The sentence resulted from a deal Joe Gonzales, 53, struck with prosecutors in February, when he pleaded no contest to eight counts of grand theft resulting from his dealings with John Whittaker of Antioch.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
For a moment, the man in the grainy video looks like a good Samaritan holding the door open for an elderly neighbor. Then he turns and delivers three sharp punches to the 101-year-old woman's head. "The next thing I knew, I had a big bang on the side of my face," said Rose Morat, who suffered a fractured cheekbone and lost her purse and $33 to the mugger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A mother and son were arrested in a sting operation after an elderly man was swindled out of $1,500, police said Saturday. Marcello Adams, 20, of North Hollywood and his mother, Lisa Ruby Adams, 37, were booked on suspicion of grand theft and elder abuse. Police said the suspects befriended the elderly man and then solicited cash for a supposedly sick relative. The man became suspicious and called police, who set up the sting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2006 | Jack Leonard and Robin Fields, Times Staff Writers
Responding to wrenching reports of elder abuse and neglect, the state Legislature on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the most far-reaching changes to California's conservatorship system in nearly three decades. Lawmakers endorsed a package of reforms that would require licensing of professional conservators, who care for the state's most vulnerable adults. It would also require greater supervision of their work by probate courts.
NATIONAL
August 30, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge agreed to partly open the court file in the family feud over the care of 104-year-old philanthropist Brooke Astor. In his ruling in a Manhattan court, Justice John Stackhouse said he would make public all documents except for information about Astor's medical condition and care. The judge said the entire file would remain sealed until 5 p.m. Thursday to give either side a chance to appeal his decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2006 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
A reform package aimed at improving oversight of professional conservators cleared important hurdles Thursday as the state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill to beef up court monitoring while the Assembly's appropriations panel approved companion bills to license conservators and better investigate complaints.
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