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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.
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.
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.
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.
February 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executive avoided a prison term Friday when a federal judge resentenced him for wire fraud and tax evasion. The judge added only 1,500 hours of community service to Tom Coughlin's punishment, and the former vice chairman said he was grateful. "Judge, I just want to thank you for your fairness," he said. In 2006, U.S. District Judge Robert T. Dawson had sentenced Coughlin to 27 months of home detention, five years' probation, a $50,000 fine and $400,000 restitution.
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.
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.
December 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Two Republican House members resigned Thursday from the board supervising teenage pages, accusing a Democratic appointee of failing to inform them about sexual and criminal activity by at least four youngsters. The board's chairman, Rep. Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich.), supported the Republicans, blaming House Clerk Lorraine C. Miller -- the day-to-day administrator of the page program -- for failing to immediately notify page board members of all the inappropriate conduct.
December 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ignored expert advice when it decided to deny federal protection to the sage grouse and must reconsider its decision, a federal judge ruled in Boise. In a decision highly critical of the agency and its decision-making process, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said the service also failed to use the "best science" available when deciding to deny the species protection under the Endangered Species Act.
November 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The American Red Cross ousted its president, Mark W. Everson, after learning that he had engaged in a "personal relationship" with a subordinate employee. Everson, the former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, took the Red Cross job in May as the charity sought to restructure itself after sharp criticism of its response to Hurricane Katrina.
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