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January 7, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
It has always been a challenge to know what, exactly, to think of the saga of Mary Kay Letourneau , the schoolteacher from a scandal-plagued Orange County political family who went to prison for sexually abusing the 12-year-old boy who later became her husband. (Just typing that makes me wince.) But of all the things that could land her back in jail, who would have guessed unpaid parking tickets? Monday, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Letourneau, 51, was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license, and booked into King County jail.
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April 7, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A former Glendale councilman who pleaded guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns related to the loss of at least $304,000 from a local farmers market was sentenced Monday to one year in jail. John Drayman shook his head as he was handcuffed in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, where Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus called him a "disgraced" ex-mayor who had shown no remorse. "In common parlance, you're a crook," the judge said. After pleading guilty to the felony charges last month, Drayman was ordered to pay about $305,000 in restitution for losses tied to the Montrose farmers market.
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March 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Authorities were searching Thursday for an L.A. County jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, was being sought after escaping from jail on Wednesday. He walked out of the release area in the jail about 10 p.m. after staff apparently failed to follow security practices, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Mike Parker said, according to KTLA-TV . Brown, who was sentenced Wednesday to four years, eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape, Parker said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
Andre Birotte Jr., the chief federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the White House announced Thursday. Birotte, who has served as the U.S. attorney overseeing the nation's second-largest office since 2010, is a former Los Angeles County deputy public defender who also acted as the Los Angeles Police Department's inspector general for six years. As L.A.'s top federal prosecutor, he reinstated a public corruption and civil rights unit disbanded by his predecessor and oversaw high-profile investigations into the L.A. County jails and into state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This story has been updated throughout to reflect new developments.
They arrested the wrong Cody Williams, and then kept him in jail for more than a month. The Clay County, Fla., Sheriff's Office punished a deputy Tuesday for the wrongful arrest of 18-year-old Cody Lee Williams, who didn't even share the same middle name as a man accused of having sex with a young girl. “Other than the name, there's no other similarities," Kris Nowicki, Cody Lee Williams' attorney, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. “Cody Williams had never met this girl and didn't know anything about her. " According to the Florida Times-Union , which first reported on the story, a girl younger than 12 told investigators that she had sex with an older boy named Cody Williams on Halloween in 2012.
SPORTS
August 3, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
World boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.  walked out of a Las Vegas jail early Friday after more than a two-month stay for his role in a domestic battery case. “He was just glad to get out,” Mayweather's advisor Leonard Ellerbe said. Mayweather, wearing a leather Miami Heat cap, didn't speak to reporters after leaving the Clark County Detention Center, where he was greeted by Ellerbe, one of his daughters and rapper 50 Cent, among others, before driving away in his Bentley sedan.
WORLD
October 17, 2011
Supporters say a Russian opposition activist on a hunger strike has been sent back to jail without receiving proper medical attention. Sergei Udaltsov, the leader of the Left Front movement, has been on a hunger strike for three days. He fell ill Saturday in a courtroom where he was appealing a 10-day arrest for disobeying police orders. The Left Front said in a statement on its website Sunday that supporters called an ambulance and sent him to a hospital. It says medical authorities did not examine him properly and refused to admit him. Udaltsov was detained Wednesday when he tried to lead a march to the presidential compound in Moscow following an authorized rally.
OPINION
June 29, 2013
Re "Suspect in Hollywood stabbing has long record," June 26 That an innocent woman was stabbed on Hollywood Boulevard is devastating. But the revelation that her accused killer has been arrested for previous physical assaults and released numerous times because of overcrowded jails compounds the tragedy. Our police alone cannot protect us from people who should not be on the streets. It is up to citizens and their elected and appointed officials to take immediate action to provide adequate jail space for those who need to be incarcerated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Martha Groves
It may well be the tamest jail-related riot ever. Two mundane relics from Santa Monica's Depression-era lockup have sparked a frenzy of interest from architectural buffs and home hardware aficionados. In the two weeks since the city announced that it would give away two doorknobs from the shuttered jail, more than 20 people have tried to stake claim to them. By all accounts, the competition is fierce. The lockup, a Moderne-style building that was completed in 1939, was designed by two Los Angeles architects and featured Gladding, McBean ceramic tiles and Stanton Macdonald-Wright murals.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA tackle Torian White was released from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Twin Towers correctional facility late Tuesday night. White was arrested on suspicion of felony sexual assault Sunday. The district attorney's office has returned the case for further investigation. Charges have not been filed. White was released without bail. White has been indefinitely suspended from the team. ALSO: Tiger Woods could have benefited from new golf rule Clippers face tough games at Minnesota, Oklahoma City LeBron James talking soccer partnership with David Beckham in Miami
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Frayer
MARINALEDA, Spain - It was a sweltering summer day at the height of Spain's economic crisis when the longtime mayor of this hardscrabble village decided it was time to grab the nation's attention. Most other politicians were on vacation, which looked a bit decadent to many, considering that the unemployment rate in southern Spain's Andalusia region was pushing 40%, among the highest in the nation. So Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo of Marinaleda - population barely 2,700 - led his trade unionist friends on a march to a supermarket in a neighboring town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles County public defender was so drunk at San Francisco International Airport this week that she resisted arrest, sang the "Happy Days" theme and asked officers for cocaine while in a patrol car, authorities said. Monica Marie Jenkins, 37, was so drunk, according to the San Mateo County district attorney's office, that she refused a suggestion to sober up and catch a later flight, instead demanding she be taken to jail.  As she was being arrested, Jenkins started screaming profanities, threatened to sue the officers and started singing "Rock Around the Clock," prosecutors said.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a sentence so light it stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and no jail time for misusing his authority over a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct. A military judge ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $20,000 in salary and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
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March 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A news report has raised questions about how New York City jail officials handle at-risk inmates after a troubled 56-year-old former Marine was found dead in a Rikers Island cell where the temperature at one point had reportedly exceeded 100 degrees. “He basically baked to death,” one official with knowledge of Jerome Murdough's death told the Associated Press. The wire service reported that Murdough was mentally ill, homeless and had been arrested for trespassing after trying to curl up and sleep in an enclosed stairwell on a chilly winter night.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown is going nowhere fast: The R&B singer on Monday was ordered by a judge to sit his butt in jail until an April 23 hearing to determine whether he violated probation stemming from his 2009 beat-down of then-girlfriend Rihanna. Staying out of jail had been conditional on Brown staying in rehab until that trial date, but on Friday he was booted from the rehab facility and Judge James Brandlin ordered him arrested and jailed without bail. The singer spent the weekend behind bars, where he remains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Singer Chris Brown is expected to appear in court Monday after authorities last week revoked his probation and arrested him.  Brown's arrest warrant specified no bail and a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Monday said she believed the singer, who was arrested Friday, remained jailed through the weekend. PHOTOS: Chris Brown's Hollywood Hills home The arrest warrant was for an alleged probation violation in connection with Brown's 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, authorities said.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two Oklahoma inmates were captured Monday, but two other escapees remained on the loose after the men broke out of a county jail through the shower room crawl space over the weekend. Police said they caught up with Dylan Ray Three Irons, 21, and Prime Tounwin Brown, 23, looking wet and dirty, at a convenience store in Chickasha, where they attempted to make a run for it before they were arrested, according to a news release. Officials said Three Irons and Brown, along with Triston Cheadle, 32, and Anthony James Mendonca, 24, had escaped from the Caddo County jail in nearby Anadarko early Sunday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Federal authorities tried to get the son of a high-ranking Los Angeles County sheriff's official to secretly record conversations with his father and then-Sheriff Lee Baca, according to the son's attorneys. This is the first indication that FBI agents tried to enlist deputies to record conversations with Baca as part of their ongoing investigation of inmate abuse and corruption inside the Sheriff's Department. Deputy James Sexton is one of seven current and former sheriff's officials who have been charged with obstructing the federal probe of the jails.
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