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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 revolverĀ  - along with nearly 70 rounds of ammunition when they searched Norwood's home in connection with the Stow assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Democratic state Sen. Roderick Wright on Tuesday was granted a paid leave of absence from his position as he awaits sentencing in May on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud, leaving the Democratic supermajority no votes to spare in the upper house. Wright's decision could hasten Senate action against Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello), who was indicted last week on 24 federal counts involving the acceptance of nearly $100,000 in bribes in exchange for influencing legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The indictments against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon struck a severe blow to a political family that has held sway from the Capitol to the San Gabriel Valley for three decades - and hoped to extend its influence with this year's elections. The Calderon name has been strong currency in Sacramento since the 1982 election of Charles Calderon, the brother of the indicted siblings, to the state Assembly. He rose to become Senate Majority Leader in the 1990s and has a son in the Legislature now: Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier)
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