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July 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A New Jersey man who once claimed insanity was convicted Monday of battery and false imprisonment for accosting Nazi death camp survivor and scholar Elie Wiesel in a hotel elevator. Eric Hunt, 24, was convicted in San Francisco Superior Court of one felony charge of false imprisonment with a hate crime allegation. Hunt was also convicted of two misdemeanor counts -- one for battery and one for elder abuse. The jury dismissed charges of attempted kidnapping, stalking and a second false imprisonment charge.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2008 | David Haldane
A financial planner was arraigned Friday in the theft of more than $2.8 million from elderly people, some of whom he met through his father's church. Hitomi Tsuyuki, 54, of Coto de Caza could be sentenced to up to 163 years in prison if convicted on charges of felony grand theft and scheming to defraud. He is accused of encouraging at least 35 victims, many of whom had known him since childhood as their minister's son, to invest in an opportunity he falsely represented as the purchase of tax-free municipal bonds.
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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December 19, 2007 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
The day Rita Kittower buried her husband last month, the 83-year-old widow from Tarzana thought she had endured the worst life had to offer. She had bade a tearful goodbye to her mate of 49 years, who had passed away in an exclusive assisted living facility in Calabasas. "He just stopped breathing," Kittower said she was told by a staff member.
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December 13, 2007 | Robin Fields, Times Staff Writer
After a string of chilling reports detailing abuse of the elderly, lawmakers and advocacy groups will unveil recommendations today to strengthen oversight of adult guardianships. Members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging called for nationwide data collection on guardianship cases, mandatory quality standards for guardians and an infusion of federal funds to boost local court supervision programs.
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.
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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.
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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.
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