CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 |
A fugitive in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case says that for years he alerted his superiors to alleged criminal wrongdoing at the stadium, but they did nothing. In telephone and Skype interviews with The Times, former Coliseum contractor Tony Estrada, who has been charged with embezzlement and conspiracy, said a culture of self-dealing and fraud thrived at the taxpayer-owned stadium for more than a decade. "I did the right thing," Estrada said in one Skype session, speaking in the accent of his native Cuba.
July 1, 2012 |
The idea came out of a card game. A reporter playing Hearts with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover asked him to name the meanest, wiliest fugitives the bureau could not track down. He thought putting their pictures in the newspaper might help. It was 1949 and Hoover long had insisted no one could outsmart his FBI, not for long anyway. But a few weeks later, 10 names and pictures appeared at the reporter's door, and he got them plastered on the front of the Washington Daily News. They were a sorry lot. Four escapees, three con men, two accused murderers and a bank robber.
June 30, 2012 |
It's been nearly four months since "Kony 2012" exploded into public consciousness as a rare bird: an Internet video that captivated the multitudes with a story of geopolitics and human suffering, not a pop diva's star turn. The video about a brutal militia leader in central Africa topped 70 million views in the first week of its release in March. Invisible Children, the human rights group that produced the piece, just as quickly became the object of derision. Critics said the San Diego-based organization had oversimplified and distorted the story of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, which has kidnapped children and turned them into sex slaves and boy soldiers for more than a quarter of a century.
May 10, 2012 |
A murder-kidnapping case that prompted a major manhunt ended abruptly Thursday night with Adam Mayes dead and two young girls safe, Mississippi authorities said. Guntown, Miss., Police Chief Michael Hall said Mayes shot himself after a SWAT team discovered him and moved in. Alexandria Bain, 12, and Kyliyah Bain, 8, are safe, Hall told the Associated Press. The children had vanished April 27, when Mayes and his ex-wife, Teresa, traveled to Tennessee from their Guntown home.
May 10, 2012 |
The murder-kidnapping case has prompted a major manhunt through the South and has put the suspect on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted fugitive list. Now, people close to the families involved have come forward with a possible motive that threatens to turn the case from Greek tragedy to Southern Gothic. In interviews with media outlets, they describe Adam Mayes, being sought on murder and kidnapping charges, as a man wanting to be reunited with children he believed he fathered with a woman authorities allege he killed.
May 8, 2012 |
The mother and ex-wife of Adam Mayes -- a fugitive now being sought in several Southern states -- themselves face conspiracy charges in connection with the disappearance of a Tennessee woman and her three daughters, officials said Tuesday. The arrests are the latest twists in the search for Mayes, 35, who hasn't been seen since members of the Bain family were reported missing in western Tennessee. Mayes was the last person to see the woman and her daughters before they disappeared April 27. The bodies of Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne, were discovered last week near Mayes' Mississippi home.
April 10, 2012 |
Eric Justin Toth, a former private school teacher accused of possessing and producing child pornography, has been placed on the FBI's list of Ten Most Wanted fugitives, filling a spot once held by the likes of terrorist Osama bin Laden and accused mobster Whitey Bulger, the government announced on Tuesday. Toth, who also uses the name David Bussone, has been on the run since warrants for his arrest were issued in Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2008. There is a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to Toth's arrest, the agency said . “We have always counted on the public's support to help capture fugitives and solve cases,” Mike Kortan, assistant director of the Office of Public Affairs, said in the statement.
March 12, 2012 |
A tantalizing question is spicing up talk shows and opinion columns as Mexican voters prepare to elect a new president: Will the government spring a "June surprise" by finally nabbing Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman? Guzman, you might recall, is the world's most wanted drug suspect — on the lam since escaping a Mexican federal prison in a laundry cart in 2001. He allegedly sits atop a vast crime network reaching into the United States and across much of the globe, and is ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the world's richest men. In other words, Guzman would be a sweet trophy for President Felipe Calderon, who could use a big score before voters head to the polls July 1. Calderon's conservative National Action Party, or PAN, and its presidential candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota, trail in the polls, even though formal campaigning hasn't begun yet. Far ahead is Enrique Peña Nieto, a former governor who hopes to guide the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, back into power after 12 years on the sidelines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2012 |
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office chose not to seek the extradition of a substitute teacher wanted for sex crimes, even after prosecutors learned of his whereabouts in Mexico, court records show. The records contradict statements made this week by a deputy district attorney, who said the teacher would be extradited as soon as authorities could locate him. The teacher, George Hernandez, was arrested by Huntington Park police in September 2010 for allegedly exposing himself to a girl outside a middle school.
February 7, 2012 |
The Obama campaign is returning more than $200,000 in campaign donations from relatives of a fugitive and casino baron believed to be tied to political corruption in Mexico. The decision to return the money came after the contributions were flagged by the New York Times. The newspaper reported late Monday that the money was donated by family members of Juan Jose Rojas "Pepe" Cardona, who is believed to have fled to Mexico after facing drug and fraud charges in the United States. Cardona's brothers, Carlos Cardona and Alberto Rojas, both of Chicago, began donating money to and soliciting contributions for the Obama campaign last fall.