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April 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The supervisor of a firefighting crew that lost four members in a 2001 wildfire pleaded guilty in Spokane to misdemeanors under an agreement that dropped manslaughter and other felony charges against him. The criminal case against Ellreese N. Daniels, then a crew boss for the U.S. Forest Service, is believed to be the first against a wilderness firefighter for deaths of comrades. According to a Forest Service investigation of the so-called Thirtymile fire, fire bosses ignored signs of danger, underestimated the fire and allowed their only escape route to be cut off.
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April 12, 2008 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
When penalties were handed out for snooping in UCLA's medical records, it paid to have an M.D. after your name. As a group, doctors at UCLA hospitals who wrongly peeked at the records of pop star Britney Spears got off lighter than other staffers, according to reports released Friday by state health inspectors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2008 | Tony Perry
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed a civil complaint against five former city employees for their part in understating the city's pension liabilities while providing information to Wall Street before prospective bond issues in 2002 and 2003. Named in the complaint were former City Manager Michael Uberuaga, former auditor Ed Ryan, former Deputy City Manager Patricia Frazier, former Assistant Auditor Teresa Webster and former Treasurer Mary Vattimo. A similar complaint against a former outside auditor resulted in a settlement that involved a $15,000 penalty and an agreement not to violate any federal securities laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2008 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The bad news arrived in November, when workers at Casa Youth Shelter were told a fellow employee had allegedly embezzled more than $200,000 from the Los Alamitos nonprofit. The toll, however, may be much higher than they thought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
The head of Adelanto's animal control office has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after investigators said he systematically drowned dozens of kittens over four months last year. Kevin Murphy, 36, was charged Monday with six counts of killing, maiming and abusing animals and faces up to six years in prison if he is convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Stockton Unified School District has decided to lay off a district athletics administrator who was suspended over a probe into his possible involvement in a high school football recruiting scandal. The district's board of trustees voted 7 to 0 to lay off Joe Martin, 52, along with four teachers after their positions were eliminated because of budget cuts, said district spokesman Rick Brewer. Martin was suspended with pay Nov. 1 in the aftermath of the scandal at Franklin High School, which was accused of illegally recruiting players from American Samoa.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
A former Broadcom Corp. executive agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle claims that she participated in a scheme to backdate stock options, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday. Nancy Tullos, former vice president of human resources at the Irvine-based chip maker, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice this year in a deal with prosecutors. Tullos is expected to cooperate with prosecutors who are investigating Broadcom co-founders Henry T. Nicholas III and Henry Samueli in the case.
WORLD
February 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
President Evo Morales declared a U.S. Embassy security officer an "undesirable person" after reports that the officer asked an American scholar and 30 Peace Corps volunteers to pass along information about Cubans and Venezuelans working in Bolivia. It was not immediately clear whether Morales intended to seek the expulsion of the official, Vincent Cooper, who according to the U.S. Embassy was recalled to Washington for consultations. Embassy spokesman Eric Watnik insisted that no embassy employee had asked the scholar or Peace Corps volunteers to participate in gathering intelligence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
UC Irvine campus police are investigating whether one of the department's dispatchers took photographs of male water polo players from 14 high schools in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties and posted them on gay-oriented adult websites, a university spokesman said Sunday. The players were apparently unaware their photos were being taken, and the images included players adjusting or changing their swimsuits. The dispatcher, who may have used an alias to work as a sports photographer, remains on active duty.
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December 17, 2007 | Greg Krikorian and Chuck Philips, Times Staff Writers
When the FBI first issued pagers to agents in Los Angeles, the idea of being electronically tethered to the office didn't sit well with a bear-sized veteran named Stanley Ornellas. So, to make a point about how the technology intruded on agents' traditional independence, Ornellas and his partner wore garage door openers instead of beepers.
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