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January 31, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Two days after he was convicted of eight felonies for perjury and voter fraud, state Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) introduced a bill that would allow some nonviolent felonies to be converted to misdemeanors. However, a spokesman for Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the bill will not be allowed out of the Senate Rules Committee for a vote. "Regardless of any merits of the bill, wrong author, wrong time," said Rhys Williams, a spokesman for Steinberg.
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April 22, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The cathedral was full - the choir seats filled by uniformed police officers - but it was silent as the microphone was lowered for the little boy. Ten-year-old Jonathan Navarro looked out at the hundreds of officers seated before him to mourn his uncle, LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo, and began speaking directly to the fallen officer. "Uncle Chris, I will always remember you," he said. "You took your time with me and treated me with tough love. You are my hero. " Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to Cortijo, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
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April 18, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Paresh Dave
Police on Friday identified a suspect in a string of at least a dozen random vehicle shootings on Kansas City, Mo., highways that since early March have wounded three motorists and caused driver angst on the freeways of the Midwestern city. In a midday news conference attended by local, state and federal officials, authorities named Mohammed Pedro Whitaker as the elusive shooter. The man has been charged with 18 felonies involving nine separate shootings. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Paresh Dave
Police on Friday identified a suspect in a string of at least a dozen random vehicle shootings on Kansas City, Mo., highways that since early March have wounded three motorists and caused driver angst on the freeways of the Midwestern city. In a midday news conference attended by local, state and federal officials, authorities named Mohammed Pedro Whitaker as the elusive shooter. The man has been charged with 18 felonies involving nine separate shootings. He is being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
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January 12, 1987 | Associated Press
The Hillsborough County state attorney filed two third-degree felony charges of resisting arrest today against New York Mets pitching star Dwight Gooden, involved in a Dec. 13 scuffle with police that the prosecutor pledged would be dealt with in "a very stern fashion." Gooden, 22, was charged with resisting a police officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Each third-degree felony could carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine with conviction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The executive director of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments surrendered to a judge Friday after prosecutors charged him with four felonies for obtaining grants that allegedly benefited a private firm he owns. Nicholas Conway, 60, was placed on leave last week after search warrants were served by the district attorney's office. After surrendering, he was released on $100,000 bail by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba. In the complaint charging Conway with the four conflict-of-interest felonies, Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1987 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Angered by the filing of felony charges against a man accused of stealing a $1.49 package of bologna, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner has ordered a reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor and set an office policy of not filing felony charges against anyone accused of stealing small amounts of food. Reiner instructed Deputy Dist. Atty. Steven D.
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November 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Felony charges were filed against four teenage boys over a brawl at a Decatur, Ill., high school football game that led to expulsions and brought the Rev. Jesse Jackson to town. Jackson, whose protests led officials to close Decatur's three public high schools for safety reasons for a second day, called the charges "attacks on these students." While the expelled students are all black, Jackson has said fairness is more at issue than race. The four boys were all charged with mob action, a felony.
BUSINESS
March 17, 1987
Keaton, a former director of Alhambra-based Santa Fe International Corp., entered the pleas in connection with insider trading of Santa Fe stock and stock options in 1981, shortly before the oil exploration company was acquired by Kuwait Petroleum Corp. Keaton, 62, entered the pleas in federal court in Manhattan more than four years after he settled, without admitting wrongdoing, related civil charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A South-Central Los Angeles elementary school teacher, already facing multiple misdemeanor counts of child molestation, was charged Monday with 21 felonies, including sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old. In the new case, Don Ray Moore, 53, of Redondo Beach is accused of fondling four female sixth-graders at the 97th Street School between 1981 and 1984 and having sex with one of them at his home after she had graduated, Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas P. Higgins said.
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April 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A veteran Los Angeles building inspector sentenced last month to prison in an FBI corruption case will continue to receive a yearly pension of more than $72,000, according to a high-level retirement official. Samuel In, 66, pleaded guilty last year, admitting as part of a plea agreement that he took more than $30,000 in bribes while working as a senior inspector. He was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison after a federal prosecutor argued against leniency, mentioning his "substantial" pension.
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April 7, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Republican Jeb Bush knew that calling illegal immigration an "act of love" was going to light up the political world even before he made the unorthodox comment, and then he did it anyway. The former Florida governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender served up a tough-love message to his party, which has tried but largely failed to soften its often rough tone against immigrants. "We need to get beyond the harsh rhetoric to a better place," he said over the weekend during a 25th anniversary celebration of his father's presidency at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum in Texas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was indicted Tuesday on a dozen felony counts connected to the massive 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and ravaged a San Bruno, Calif., neighborhood. The utility was charged with violating federal pipeline safety laws, including failing to identify all potential threats to the aging, high-pressure line that sparked the disaster and not maintaining proper repair records, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A retired Los Angeles building inspector was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison resulting from a federal probe into bribe-taking at the Department of Building and Safety. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson also ordered Samuel In, a 37-year city employee who retired in 2011, to pay $30,000 to the city. In, who pleaded guilty to felony bribery last year, is one of five former Building and Safety employees to face either criminal charges or dismissal as a result of the bribery probe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Law enforcement in California may continue to collect DNA from people arrested for felonies - even if they are never formally charged - and store the genetic profiles in a criminal database, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court decision that refused to shut down the state's practice of swabbing individuals for DNA upon arrest. The 9th Circuit said California's practice was "clearly" constitutional under a Supreme Court decision last year that upheld a similar, but narrower, program in Maryland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
A Northern California metal-plating business and its owner were charged Thursday with felony violations of state hazardous waste laws, including storing cyanide near acid in a way that could have triggered a deadly accident. Electro-Forming Co. and Marion Ingrid Patigler face 11 felony counts and 12 misdemeanor charges related to the alleged illegal disposal, storage, treatment and transportation of hazardous waste. The alleged crimes - which include storing cyanide and other toxic substances in an unpermitted, 6,900-gallon tank at the Richmond site - occurred over a two-year period beginning in March 2011, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Contra Costa County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1991 | MARY HELEN BERG
Attorneys for two contractors convicted of felonies this week in the Orange Unified School District bid-rigging scandal will ask a Superior Court judge to reduce the charges to misdemeanors. The attorneys say that the sentences--a suspended term of one year in Orange County Jail and three years of unsupervised probation--passed on contractors Ronald Brock and William A. Gustafson by Superior Court Judge Myron S.
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August 29, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One week after his arrest in a dark carport in Pacoima, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Hernandez was charged Thursday with one felony count of cocaine possession in a case that could hold far more serious political than penal consequences for the lawmaker.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Bell High school drama teacher was charged Tuesday with multiple felony sex crimes involving two students a decade or more ago at a Los Angeles high school, and police suspect there may be other possible victims. Peter Christoph Gomez, 48, of La Habra, was teaching at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park when authorities allege he sexually abused two students, who were 14 to 18 years old, between June 1999 and September 2003. Gomez, a popular and well-known drama and history teacher at Los Angeles Unified's Bell High School, made a brief appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to 26 felony counts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Jean Merl
State Sen. Roderick D. Wright's sentencing on felony convictions has been postponed two months, until May 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Bjorn Dodd said Wright's defense attorney has asked for transcripts of all the trial testimony and those won't be ready until the middle of next month. Wright attorney Winston Kevin McKesson said Friday he needs the transcripts to prepare post-trial motions he will submit for Judge Kathleen Kennedy to consider.
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