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May 17, 2012 | By Gary Klein
This post has been corrected. See note at bottom. USC linebacker Simione Vehikite pleaded no contest to two felony counts and was ordered to serve one year in county jail Thursday for his involvement in a 2011 automobile accident. Vehikite, 21, was remanded into custody after appearing before Commissioner John R. Johnson in Inglewood Superior Court. “He's felt horrible about the whole thing,” Michael Norris, Vehikite's attorney, said outside the courtroom. “He felt bad that it happened in the first place and he felt bad that somebody else at one point was felt to be responsible for it. “Now that he has appeared in court, he's taken full responsibility for everything that happened .... Whatever needs to be done to make the victims whole, he's happy to do.” Vehikite was arrested in February in connection with the July 2011 accident and faced four felony counts: leaving the scene of an accident; driving under the influence causing injury; driving with a .08% blood alcohol level and causing injury; and identity theft.
April 23, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
A consultant hired by Los Angeles County to develop a longterm plan for the county's aging jail facilities laid out options for a roughly $2-billion proposed overhaul of the jail system in a report released Wednesday. The county supervisors, concerned about deteriorating facilities and poor living conditions for inmates with mental health issues, want to tear down the aging Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles and replace it. The new facility would be primarily focused on housing inmates with physical and mental health needs and substance abuse issues.
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.
April 23, 2014 | By Kate Mather
See correction to the headline below. Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary that led to the arrest of two men, one of whom prosecutors said was sentenced to a year in jail before the bad evidence was discovered. Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, face two felony counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Wednesday.
June 1, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. entered jail in Clark County, Nev., Friday, beginning an 87-day sentence for reduced domestic battery charges involving the mother of his three children. Five-division champion Mayweather (43-0) wore a gray sweatsuit and sneakers in court Friday, saying nothing as a judge informed him he had fulfilled community service requirements. He was then handcuffed and escorted from the courtroom. "He'll be all right," rapper  50 Cent, a friend of Mayweather's, told reporters outside the courthouse.
March 12, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A man jailed in Los Angeles County for a month because he was mistaken for someone with the same name and birth date lost a legal effort Wednesday to hold law enforcement agencies responsible for the mix-up. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected  claims by Santiago Rivera that the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County sheriff's departments violated his constitutional rights when they arrested and held him based on a warrant for another man. “The deputies were not unreasonable in believing that Rivera was the subject of the warrant at the time of arrest,” Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, a Reagan appointee, wrote for the court.
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.
March 8, 1996
Re attorney F. Lee Bailey going to jail for six months (March 7): Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. MORGAN McPHERSON Los Angeles
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.
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.
April 23, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown is looking at another tortuous cross-country trip back to Los Angeles, courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service, followed by months more in jail, courtesy of the guilty verdict in his bodyguard's Washington, D.C., assault case.  Brown, who's also charged with assault related to an October 2013 incident in which a man alleges he was hit by both men while trying to get into a picture with two women outside the singer's tour bus, had his...
April 18, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail pending another court hearing next month, the latest development in the ongoing sexual assault investigations against the former safety that stretch across five states. Friday marked the 38-year-old's third appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom this week. Superior Court Judge Renee Korn delayed the others pending an Arizona judge's decision on whether Sharper was eligible for bail on the charges he faces there. After a two-day hearing in Phoenix, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville ruled Thursday that Sharper was not entitled to bail on one of the five counts.
April 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump money into reforming some major problem areas, including the jail and foster care systems, and expanding staffing in medical facilities to manage the transition to federal healthcare reform. As part of a new $26-billion spending plan that builds on post-recession economic improvements, County Chief Executive William T Fujioka proposes adding more than 1,300 new positions to county government, including nurses, social workers and staff for the newly created Sheriff's Department inspector general.
April 11, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is cooperating with the FBI in a civil rights investigation over allegations that inmates have been mistreated at a jail facility, sheriff's officials said Friday evening. The alleged abuse took place at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. According to a statement, on March 5 members of the department's command staff "received information regarding possible misconduct by department personnel ... and immediately launched an investigation.
April 9, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman, convicted of embezzlement, is only expected to serve roughly half of the one-year jail term he was sentenced to on Monday. Drayman --  sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns related to the loss of at least $304,000 from a local farmers market -- must also serve five years' probation. But the former councilman is expected be  released from Los Angeles County Jail on Sept.
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.
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
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