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August 7, 2005 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
J. Stephen Tidwell, a 22-year FBI veteran who supervised the FBI's security efforts at the Summer Olympics in Athens last year, has been named the new head of the bureau's Los Angeles division. Tidwell could not be reached for comment, but numerous current and former government sources said the 52-year-old FBI official's appointment will be officially announced this week. They said he is expected to take over the office within weeks, replacing Richard T. Garcia, who retired at the end of July.
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August 7, 2005 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
J. Stephen Tidwell, a 22-year FBI veteran who supervised the FBI's security efforts at the Summer Olympics in Athens last year, has been named the new head of the bureau's Los Angeles division. Tidwell could not be reached for comment, but numerous current and former government sources said the 52-year-old FBI official's appointment will be officially announced this week. They said he is expected to take over the office within weeks, replacing Richard T. Garcia, who retired at the end of July.
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October 12, 2005 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Twenty years after Alex Odeh was killed when a bomb exploded in his Santa Ana office, the FBI is again asking for help by reminding the public of a $1-million reward for information that helps solve the crime. Odeh, the western regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, was killed Oct. 11, 1985, when a bomb exploded as he opened the door to the group's Santa Ana office. His murder, considered one of the first acts of terrorism in the United States, remains unsolved.
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March 21, 2007 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
An FBI-led fugitive task force has captured a reputed 18th Street gang member in Huntington Park who was wanted by the Mexican government in the slaying of a Zacatecas municipal police officer. Odilon Carlos, also known as Odilon Carlos-Marquez, was turned over Tuesday to Mexican authorities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at the San Ysidro border crossing.
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October 5, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Salvador Hernandez, a native of Mexico City and 23-year veteran of the FBI, will be named the new head of the bureau's Los Angeles division today. Hernandez, 49, most recently served as deputy assistant director in the criminal investigative division at FBI headquarters in Washington. He began his career at the bureau's Phoenix division in 1984.
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May 13, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A fugitive on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for allegedly committing sexual crimes against children in Long Beach six years ago has been arrested in Montreal, officials said Saturday. Richard Steve Goldberg, 61, faces state charges of molesting at least three girls younger than 10. He also faces federal charges that he produced images of the sex acts, which were later found on his computer. "He's a child predator who was stalking children.
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April 28, 2007 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials said Friday that they dismantled one of the most prolific drug rings in the Coachella Valley on Thursday in an operation that resulted in the arrests of 16 people, including one "shot caller" for the Mexican Mafia, and the seizure of 50 guns, methamphetamine and a pipe bomb. A joint gang task force of state, local and federal officials tracked members of the network for 10 months by recording cellphone conversations and posing as drug buyers, officials said.
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August 10, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted nine people, including six members of the same family, for allegedly running a sex trafficking ring that lured young women and girls from Guatemala with the promise of honest work but then forced them into prostitution. The 50-count indictment, unsealed Thursday, represents the largest sex trafficking case prosecuted in Southern California by the federal government in at least a decade, the U.S. attorney's office said.
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September 19, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Several Islamic groups in Southern California sued the FBI on Tuesday to force the agency to release more documents about the alleged surveillance of individuals and local mosques following the Sept. 11 attacks. In May 2006, 11 Muslim leaders and community groups sent the FBI a Freedom of Information Act request for documents about suspected surveillance of them and sued after the bureau released just four pages, one of them largely blank.
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June 7, 2006 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
An FBI official tried this week to convince a skeptical audience that Muslim students are not under routine surveillance as agents pursued tips in the fight against terrorism. The Monday night meeting at the Islamic Center of Irvine was an attempt by the FBI to quell criticism that erupted last month after agent Pat Rose was quoted as saying that the FBI was monitoring groups at UC Irvine and USC. J. Stephen Tidwell, FBI assistant director in Los Angeles, denied that monitoring was taking place.
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April 9, 2006 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
Some told of the embarrassment of being detained at airport check-in lines because their Middle Eastern names were on a security warning list. Others wanted to know what is considered a hate crime, while still others told of their frustration at being regarded with suspicion because they are Sikh or Muslim. About 100 people turned out Saturday for a town hall meeting organized by the FBI's Los Angeles field office and its 2-year-old Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee.
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