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Five reputed gang members were indicted in federal court Tuesday on charges that they conspired to steal firearms from Southern California gun dealers. Four of the five were arraigned Tuesday morning in U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter's courtroom. The fifth, named in the indictment as George Batiste Thenarse, was arraigned later Tuesday.
April 11, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - A secret Senate report on the CIA's treatment of Al Qaeda detainees from 2001 to 2006 concludes that the spy agency used brutal, unauthorized interrogation techniques, misrepresented key elements of the program to policymakers and the public, and actively sought to undermine congressional oversight, officials who have read the report say. Contrary to previous assertions by President George W. Bush and CIA leaders, the use of harsh interrogation...
May 22, 1993
A federal grand jury has indicted a Montebello firearms dealer and a former narcotics investigator as part of its continuing probe of corruption within the narcotics bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The nine-count indictment, announced Tuesday, charges that gun dealer George Papac laundered money stolen by narcotics investigators by buying cashier's checks.
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
A professional gambler has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a racetrack scheme that allegedly involved cashing other bettors' tickets and obtaining refunds from false tax returns. The activities of James J. Greulich of Huntington Beach took place at the Del Mar, Santa Anita and Hollywood Park tracks in 1995.
April 18, 1993 | researcher CECILIA RASMUSSEN and from staff reports
Each of the defendants charged in Count 1 of the indictment was accused of both a principal offense, willfully using unreasonable force against Rodney G. King, and a secondary one, aiding and abetting the other officers. A conviction on either offense is enough to find the defendant guilty of violating the civil rights law. COUNT 1 LAURENCE M.
January 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Twenty-four street-gang members and associates have been indicted on charges of conspiring to run an interstate prostitution ring, federal officials announced Wednesday. Of the 24 indicted, 14 face possible life sentences in prison because the charges against them include sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking by violence. Arrests were made in San Diego, Arizona and New Jersey. The organization is known as BMS, which is a combination of the Black MOB and Skanless gangs, officials said.
February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A federal grand jury has indicted five San Francisco police officers and a former city policeman in two separate cases, one involving the theft of drugs and computers from suspects, the U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday. A San Francisco Police Department sergeant, officer and former officer face multiple charges for allegedly selling marijuana, as well as allegedly stealing money, gift cards and computers from suspects. Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill; Officer Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville; and former Officer Reynaldo Vargas, 45, of Palm Desert, are also accused of stealing drugs and valuables from the city.
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The indictments against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon on Friday initially drew a muted response from colleagues in the Legislature who huddled behind closed doors to decide what to do. The Senate Democratic Caucus scheduled an emergency meeting by teleconference Friday afternoon, and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg declined comment until he had a chance to meet with his members. More than two hours after the indictments, the only public comment had come from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens)
March 18, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The federal fraud indictments of two former CalPERS officials , announced today in San Francisco, represent the dropping of shoes from a very tall height -- at least that's one explanation of why the case has taken so long.  The charges against former CalPERS Chief Executive Fred Buenrostro and former CalPERS board member Alfred Villalobos stem from wrongdoing that may date back as far as 2002. A report CalPERS commissioned from the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson was made public in 2011.
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.
March 26, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Leland Yee, a child psychologist and veteran lawmaker, was a visible member of the Capitol's Democratic majority who most recently has done much of his work out of the spotlight. He focused on issues involving mental health, open government and the protection of minors. He was involved in efforts to regulate guns, particularly after the 2012 mass murder of children at a Connecticut elementary school, a tragedy that Yee said touched him. "As a father," he said then, "I have wept for the parents and families who lost their precious children.
March 17, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Four baggage handlers at Lindbergh Field have been indicted on charges of smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine aboard planes set for destinations across the country. Federal officials said it is believed to be the first drug prosecution of employees at Lindbergh Field, the region's international airport. The four, current or former employees of Delta Global Services, worked in tandem with seven drug couriers who were also indicted, officials said. The baggage handlers would take backpacks of drugs from the couriers and then, using their security badges, place a backpack aboard a plane, which the courier would then pick up when the plane reached New York City, Nashville, Detroit, Baltimore, Hawaii and other locations, according to the federal indictment.
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. The indictment on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs involve attacks that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, police said Wednesday. In all, the former New Orleans Saints safety, 38, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least eight women in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe.
March 12, 2014 | Patt Morrison
At the top of the big whiteboard in his office, Andre Birotte Jr. has written "BHAGS," by which he means his aspirations as U.S. attorney for seven Southern California counties: "big hairy audacious goals. " He's already hit some audacious personal goals, this son of Haitian immigrants. He's made his way from the L.A. public defender's office to inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department to private practice, and, since 2010, to chief of the most populous U.S. attorney's district in the nation.
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. Sharper, 38, was indicted on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs in connection with attacks that allegedly occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, the Tempe Police Department said in a statement. The department said its detectives presented the allegations to to the grand jury Tuesday.
April 3, 2009 | Jeff Coen
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, his brother and a former top fundraiser were among six men indicted Thursday on political corruption charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago announced. The sweeping indictment comes four months after Blagojevich was arrested and charged with engaging in pay-to-play politics in a major federal complaint that accused the Democrat of trading state jobs, contracts and regulatory favors for campaign contributions.
August 6, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A notorious prison gang and a Mexican drug cartel were on the brink of forging a powerful alliance as part of an effort to muscle into the Southern California methamphetamine business with an army of street dealers, federal and local authorities confirmed Tuesday. In announcing a pair of indictments, authorities said they were able to disrupt the planned merger between the Michoacan drug cartel and leaders in California's Mexican Mafia prison gang. "This would have opened a superhighway for drugs and guns and given this cartel an exclusive franchise," U.S. Atty.
March 6, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The men who pleaded guilty last month to the brutal Dodger Stadium beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow have been indicted by a federal grand jury on a weapons charge, according to court documents. According to an indictment filed Wednesday, the grand jury charged Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both of Rialto, with one count each of being felons in possession of firearms. If convicted, the men face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Authorities said they found about a half-dozen weapons - two semiautomatic rifles and a pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and a revolver  - along with nearly 70 rounds of ammunition when they searched Norwood's home in connection with the Stow assault.
February 28, 2014 | By Times staff
Four San Francisco police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges in federal corruption indictments. The four men were among five current officers and one former officer charged Thursday in the two separate indictments. Three defendants are accused of taking money, drugs, electronics and gift cards seized during investigations. The others are accused of violating the civil rights of suspects through warrantless searches of residences. All but one of the defendants have entered not-guilty pleas and were freed on $50,000 bond pending trial.
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