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May 16, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to cut all ties to a foster care contractor with a history of substantiated misspending and child abuse. Supervisors Gloria Molina and Michael D. Antonovich have proposed terminating the county's contract with Teens Happy Homes, a contractor that has cared for more than 1,100 foster children in recent years. Under the terms of the proposal, the county would work to keep children in their current foster homes if they are deemed safe and to help foster parents receive new certification from other foster care contractors.
May 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man accused of murder in a 2010 Baldwin Park gang shooting is one of four jail inmates the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has mistakenly released this year, officials revealed Tuesday. According to the department's own investigation, missing paperwork resulted in the erroneous release of Johnny Mata, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The department subsequently noted understaffing in the clerical operations and made a decision to hire more clerical staff and to add an additional supervisor to oversee the paperwork process, he said.
February 27, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Coastal Carolina University resumed classes Wednesday after a sophomore was shot to death outside his dormitory building, officials said. Anthony Darnell Liddell, 19, a sophomore from Bennettsville, S.C., died after the shooting around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday at a residence hall complex near the campus, school spokesman Doug Bell told the Los Angeles Times by telephone. There was no immediate motive in the shooting, Tom Berry of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division told The Times.  "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Anthony Liddell," school President David DeCenzo said in a prepared statement.
February 27, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A very tan New Jersey mother, who gained Internet notoriety after she was accused of forcing her 5-year-old daughter onto a tanning bed, has been vindicated in court. Essex County prosecutors said Tuesday that a grand jury has declined to indict Patricia Krentcil on second-degree child endangerment charges. “We presented all the available evidence in the case to the grand jury, both the state's evidence and the defense's evidence," Assistant Prosecutor Gina Iosim said in a statement.
February 26, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
As the capital murder trial of the Ohio man accused of murdering three men after luring them in Craigslist ads with the promise of work in 2011 entered its second day Tuesday, the jury had already heard two stark descriptions of the defendant. Prosecutors painted 53-year-old Richard Beasley, dubbed the “Craigslist Killer,” as a manipulative murderer who preyed on down-on-their-luck job seekers. The defense, however, told the Summit County jury that although Beasley wasn't perfect, they planned to prove that the physically ailing man wasn't a murderer.
November 13, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Sunday morning, a housekeeper on a small island in Belize discovered her American employer dead in his beachfront home, lying face up in a pool of blood. As the Belize Police Department began interviewing neighbors of the victim, 52-year-old Gregory Faull, they noticed his next-door neighbor wasn't home. John McAfee, the founder of the anti-virus software company that bears his name, has not been seen or heard from since, police told The Times on Monday. But McAfee did contact someone: Wired magazine contributing editor Joshua Davis, who had spent months looking into reported friction between McAfee and the Belize government.
November 4, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
An identity thief who gains access to your credit card or bank account could harm you financially, but one who steals your medical information could also endanger your health. Here are key things to know about medical identity theft: • When an impostor uses your identity to get hospital care, order prescription drugs or submit fraudulent insurance claims, false information may end up in your medical record. This could be "a different blood type, an inaccurate history of drug or alcohol abuse, test results that aren't yours, or a diagnosis of an illness, allergy or condition you don't have," the Federal Trade Commission warned.
September 19, 2012
Re "Grocer's plan to use E-Verify stirs anger," Sept. 17 Congratulations to the owner of Mi Pueblo Food Center for having the courage to stand up for what is right and deciding to participate in the federal E-Verify program. Many of the grocer's critics fail to consider an important benefit of E-Verify: to make sure that a person applying for a job using a Social Security number in fact obtained that number legally. My fiancee was the victim of identity theft when a person used her Social Security number for employment in another state.
September 18, 2012 | Richard Winton and Jason Song
The arrests seem to be piling up at an unusual pace. Two weeks ago, a six-year employee of the Los Angeles County Probation Department was charged with persistently filing false workers' compensation claims. Earlier this month, police arrested a probation officer for allegedly shooting a man in a Covina bar. Those cases came on top of the dozens of drunk driving, drug possession and theft arrests that seemed scattered throughout the 6,500-employee agency. On Monday, FBI agents arrested the highest-ranking member of the department yet -- Carl Edward Washington, a division chief of intergovernmental relations and former state legislator.
July 8, 2012 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: My cousin had his house broken into a little over a year ago. A lot of things were taken, but insurance replaced most of what he thought was missing. This year after he filed his return he was contacted by the IRS, which told him that a return using his information had already been filed and the refund check cashed. The IRS is investigating the situation now, but I really worry about what is going to happen to his Social Security in the future if someone else is using his numbers or those of his children.
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