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August 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors Thursday unveiled indictments and charges against 57 people who authorities said smuggled massive quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico to the Los Angeles area using PVC piping concealed in the axles of big rigs. A federal Southern California drug task force arrested 18 of the alleged traffickers. The others remain fugitives, including Mexico-based Miguel Angel Molinero-Castro, characterized by prosecutors as the boss of the Molinero organization.
August 11, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - With his pouty lips and soulful eyes, he was a stylish figure known as the King of Romance, a crooner of amorous ballads often seen cavorting with would-be starlets in MTV-style videos filmed on yachts, in upscale cafes and in swank homes. But Fadel Shaker's latest video - without a note uttered - may become his swan song, portraying the balladeer in a new and disturbing incarnation: hunkered down defiantly with a militant sheik and his armed followers, holding out against Lebanese soldiers he derided as dogs and pigs.
July 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A former Amtrak clerk who fled after being convicted of disability and insurance fraud in January has been apprehended in Mexico, the San Diego County district attorney's office said Monday. Wanda Lee Ann Podgurski, 60, had allegedly taunted law enforcement authorities after she disappeared, including a tweet thought to be directed at D.A. Bonnie Dumanis: "Catch me if you can. " Catch me if you can. - Wanda podgurski (@wanda_podgurski) June 6, 2013 Podgurski was arrested Thursday in Rosarito by the Fugitive Task Force.
June 25, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A fugitive from Riverside County wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting children has been arrested at a motel in Oregon, turned in by a citizen who happened across a flier detailing the allegations against the man, prosecutors said. Authorities monitored the Eugene, Ore., motel where Carlos Alberto Campuzano, 35, was believed to be staying, and was arrested after he left his room to smoke, according to a statement from the Riverside County district attorney's office. He was booked in Oregon on a $1-million warrant from Riverside County.  Campuzano, who previously lived in Moreno Valley, faces nine felony charges related to the molestation and sexual assault of children younger than 14, prosecutors said.
June 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It's not exactly the Bling Ring, but Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested the remaining fugitive in what officials say was a scheme built around fraudulent Macy's gift cards that targeted more than 40 stores and netted more than $200,000. Richard Reyes Duenas, 30, was arrested in Las Vegas and booked Thursday in Los Angeles County on felony charges including grand theft, conspiracy to commit fraud and access card fraud, officials said. Duenas had been hunted by authorities since he was charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors in January 2012.
June 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A suspected fugitive gang member who had been living in Virginia is now facing charges in the 1999 killing of a 16-year-old gang member during a drive-by shootout with rivals in Orange County, prosecutors said. Ca Van Le, 32, is set to be arraigned Wednesday on suspicion of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of attempted murder, with sentencing enhancements related to the alleged crimes being connected to a criminal gang, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
June 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
A former USC professor was named Monday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitives list after he was indicted for sex crimes against children abroad, FBI officials said. Walter Lee Williams, 64, became the 500th person named to the list, officials said. He faces charges of sexual exploitation of children, traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places. Bureau officials said they had identified at least 10 alleged victims between the ages of 9 and 17. Many live in Third World countries, officials said, adding that Williams has traveled extensively or lived across Southeast Asia and Polynesia, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.
June 15, 2013 | By Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times
ROME - Each day, Giacomo Di Giralomo makes a point of asking, "Where are you, Matteo?" on his talk radio show, which is broadcast across western Sicily. It's a question that the police are asking with greater urgency as they seek Matteo Messina Denaro, the Sicilian Mafia's last fugitive godfather, a fixture on Top 10 lists of the world's most wanted for allegedly killing about 50 people and going on the run 20 years ago. Known for his love of fast cars, women and designer clothes, Messina Denaro, 51, has returned to the spotlight with the opening of a trial in Palermo last month.
June 3, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
One of Medicare's most-wanted fugitives, a former clinic owner in the Los Angeles area, was arrested on his return from South Korea, authorities said. Federal investigators said Won Suk Lee, 44, was taken into custody Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities said Lee was an acupuncturist and owner of two medical clinics in Huntington Park who billed Medicare for $2.1 million in false claims and got paid about $1.2 million. Quiz: How much do you know about healthcare?
May 15, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
Investigators scouring the woodlands of Humboldt County for a man suspected of killing his family say his dog has been found. Authorities say the tricolored Dachshund, named Gigi, is the latest clue that Shane Franklin Miller, 45, has fled into the rugged wilderness of the Kings Range Conservation area. On May 8, his Dodge truck was found near the town of Petrolia, not long after Miller slowed down to talk to a woman described as his ex-wife. "We were close to being right on top of him," said Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Morey.
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