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July 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A man who killed his mother, then skinned, filleted and dismembered her body as part of a satanic ritual was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison in what the judge called one of the most disgusting cases in his career. Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago and confessed to killing his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42. Officers who entered the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother found a gruesome scene.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | Matt Hamilton
Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother. Officers went to the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42, and found a gruesome scene. A trail of blood led to the bathroom, where plastic covered the walls and floor. There, they found an electrical circular saw with pieces of bone, blood and flesh stuck to the blade. Nearby, in a freezer, police found skin and muscles stored in plastic bags.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1993
Jonathan Roberts has been named director of the city of Los Angeles' film office in a move that city officials and an entertainment industry trade group said will boost efforts to keep movie and television production in the city. Roberts, 46, has helped clear the way for filming during his 20 years as a street use inspector in the Bureau of Street Maintenance. He was appointed to the new post by Mayor Richard Riordan's Board of Public Works.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sentenced a man who killed his mother to 25 years to life in prison, saying that the slaying "certainly ranks up there at the top" of "the most disgusting, hideous and vulgar" cases he has seen during his 50 years in the legal profession. "I don't know what I can say to turn your life around, but you'll have a lot of time to think about it," Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. said in court Wednesday. Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Maywood man whom prosecutors described as a Satan worshiper was sentenced Wednesday for strangling and killing his mother, then dismembering her body. Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 21, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the Feb. 2, 2011, slaying of Amelia Espinoza , 42. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. said Meraz-Espinoza's crime "ranks right up there at the top" among "the most disgusting, hideous, and vulgar" cases he's seen in more than 50 years in the legal profession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge sentenced a man who killed his mother to 25 years to life in prison, saying that the slaying "certainly ranks up there at the top" of "the most disgusting, hideous and vulgar" cases he has seen during his 50 years in the legal profession. "I don't know what I can say to turn your life around, but you'll have a lot of time to think about it," Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. said in court Wednesday. Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | Matt Hamilton
Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago to report a crime: He had killed his mother. Officers went to the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42, and found a gruesome scene. A trail of blood led to the bathroom, where plastic covered the walls and floor. There, they found an electrical circular saw with pieces of bone, blood and flesh stuck to the blade. Nearby, in a freezer, police found skin and muscles stored in plastic bags.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2009 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Eight hours of practice and an utter lack of common sense have brought me here, poised to descend 19 steep steps to the ballroom floor of "Dancing With the Stars." I lean heavily on a backstage railing, hyperventilating, and await the cue. Outwardly, I have undergone the transformation from entertainment reporter to salsa dancer, ready to perform before a live audience in strappy heels and a zebra dress with a plunging neckline and beaded fringe that sways with every teetering step.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Marie Osmond fainted onstage during ABC's live broadcast Monday of "Dancing with the Stars" but quickly recovered. Osmond and her partner, dancer Jonathan Roberts, the first performers of the evening, had just finished a samba and were listening to comments from the show's judges when she suddenly toppled. The singer, who turned 48 on Oct. 13, explained on-air that "once in a while that happens to me when I get winded."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1985
A 4-year-old boy was killed and eight people were injured, including his parents and sister, Thursday afternoon in a six-car pileup on Interstate 5 about one mile south of Las Pulgas Road, the California Highway Patrol said. The 1:40 p.m. accident on the southbound lanes of the busy freeway was caused by a dust cloud. It led to the highway's brief closure and a traffic tie-up three miles long.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A man who killed his mother, then skinned, filleted and dismembered her body as part of a satanic ritual was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison in what the judge called one of the most disgusting cases in his career. Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago and confessed to killing his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42. Officers who entered the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother found a gruesome scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Maywood man whom prosecutors described as a Satan worshiper was sentenced Wednesday for strangling and killing his mother, then dismembering her body. Moises Meraz-Espinoza, 21, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the Feb. 2, 2011, slaying of Amelia Espinoza , 42. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew Jr. said Meraz-Espinoza's crime "ranks right up there at the top" among "the most disgusting, hideous, and vulgar" cases he's seen in more than 50 years in the legal profession.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2009 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Eight hours of practice and an utter lack of common sense have brought me here, poised to descend 19 steep steps to the ballroom floor of "Dancing With the Stars." I lean heavily on a backstage railing, hyperventilating, and await the cue. Outwardly, I have undergone the transformation from entertainment reporter to salsa dancer, ready to perform before a live audience in strappy heels and a zebra dress with a plunging neckline and beaded fringe that sways with every teetering step.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1993
Jonathan Roberts has been named director of the city of Los Angeles' film office in a move that city officials and an entertainment industry trade group said will boost efforts to keep movie and television production in the city. Roberts, 46, has helped clear the way for filming during his 20 years as a street use inspector in the Bureau of Street Maintenance. He was appointed to the new post by Mayor Richard Riordan's Board of Public Works.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1985 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
At last, there's a movie about teen-agers that's fun even if you're way past 21. It's called "The Sure Thing" (citywide), and it really is that. It's the perfect follow-up film for Rob Reiner, who made his directorial debut with the funniest film of 1984, "This Is Spinal Tap." John Cusack plays a very bright, freewheeling 18-year-old off to an Ivy League college. "I never saw so much corduroy in one place," he reports to a pal (Anthony Edwards) who opted for UCLA.
FOOD
November 7, 1996 | RUSS PARSONS
Citrus season in California is finally getting ready to hit its stride. The navel orange harvest started earlier than usual this year, but because of warm weather in the growing area around Bakersfield, the fruit hasn't been as good as it should be. Citrus needs warm days and cool nights, says Jonathan Roberts, orange varietal manager for Sunkist. For much of October, it got only the warmth. "The fruit just doesn't flavor up and doesn't color up without some cool weather," Roberts says.
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