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May 15, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
Juan Carlos CruzSanta Monica police credited the department's strong relationship with the city's homeless population with helping crack an alleged murder-for-hire scheme involving a onetime Food Network chef and cookbook author. Juan-Carlos Cruz, former host of "Calorie Commando," was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, Sgt. Jay Trisler. told The Times. Police said Cruz allegedly approached people on the streets a week earlier and asked them to kill someone for him. At least one of the homeless individuals contacted police and, with that assistance, investigators were able to learn details of the alleged solicitation, including how, where and when the target was to be killed, authorities said.
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June 22, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Paula Deen has been let go by the Food Network, a fall from a certain type of grace after she admitted to using the N-word. But she's not the first food celebrity laid low by scandal. Though we do seem to be a pretty clean-living bunch, there have been some notable exceptions. In roughly ascending order: Richard Nelson: Largely forgotten today, Richard Nelson was a promising cooking teacher and food writer in the 1980s. An acolyte of James Beard, his book “Richard Nelson's American Cooking” was released in 1984 to high acclaim and hot sales.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2010 | By Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Not so long ago, Juan-Carlos Cruz was an anonymous young chef just getting started in a culinary arts career. But in less than a decade, he went from being a chubby sous chef in a hotel to a trim and handsome television chef and cookbook author, who taught classes on preparing low-calorie meals. Today, he sits in a Los Angeles County jail cell, booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, his bail set at $5 million. Santa Monica police say Cruz, 48, of Westwood, asked homeless men to commit homicide for him. After one of the homeless men told police, investigators launched a weeklong undercover operation that ended with Cruz's arrest in a Cheviot Hills dog park on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz told a homeless man he hired to kill his wife to avoid harming his two dogs and consider strangulation with pantyhose to avoid leaving a "bloody mess," according to newly released court documents obtained by The Times. The documents show Cruz elaborately planned how he wanted his wife killed and even provided doggie treats so his dogs would not bark. Cruz did not know that the homeless man, David Carrington, was cooperating with Santa Monica police detectives as he and Carrington sat in a car near Cruz's Westwood condominium May 12 to go over the murder plot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Authorities investigating a former TV chef who allegedly tried to have his wife killed are looking into reports that the couple had fertility problems and that the man planned to take his own life after his wife was slain, sources close to the investigation said. Juan-Carlos Cruz, the cookbook author and onetime Food Network personality, was charged Monday with attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder. Prosecutors say he solicited homeless men in Santa Monica to kill his wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz told a homeless man he hired to kill his wife to avoid harming his two dogs and consider strangulation with pantyhose to avoid leaving a "bloody mess," according to newly released court documents obtained by The Times. The documents show Cruz elaborately planned how he wanted his wife killed and even provided doggie treats so his dogs would not bark. Cruz did not know that the homeless man, David Carrington, was cooperating with Santa Monica police detectives as he and Carrington sat in a car near Cruz's Westwood condominium May 12 to go over the murder plot.
NEWS
June 22, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Paula Deen has been let go by the Food Network, a fall from a certain type of grace after she admitted to using the N-word. But she's not the first food celebrity laid low by scandal. Though we do seem to be a pretty clean-living bunch, there have been some notable exceptions. In roughly ascending order: Richard Nelson: Largely forgotten today, Richard Nelson was a promising cooking teacher and food writer in the 1980s. An acolyte of James Beard, his book “Richard Nelson's American Cooking” was released in 1984 to high acclaim and hot sales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1990
A 19-year-old man was critically injured Thursday when his legs were crushed by a freight train. Both his legs were amputated during surgery at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, a nursing supervisor said. Juan Carlos Cruz, who authorities believe is from Mexico, apparently was trying to jump onto the Santa Fe train when he fell under the moving cars, said Lt. Richard J. Olson, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
June 11, 1995
A 19-year-old man faces manslaughter charges after a car accident in which a 40-year-old woman died. Juan Carlos Cruz, of the Pico-Union area, was traveling eastbound on Pico Boulevard in his 1977 Toyota Corolla about 7 p.m. Monday when he made an illegal left turn onto Berendo Street and struck a 1994 Kia sedan driven by Si Chu Sung, 43, police said. Cruz then fled the scene, police said.
FOOD
June 27, 2001 | Angela Pettera
TODAY Steak Break: Learn to cook this on your lunch hour: marinated New York steak with Gorgonzola-walnut topping, minted tabbouleh, rhubarb and berry crisp. Noon. A Store for Cooks, 30100 Town Center Drive, Suite R, Laguna Niguel. (949) 495-0445. $16. Blind Wine Tasting: The Duke of Bourbon liquor store is pouring 1998 Cabernet Sauvignons from California wineries such as Duckhorn, Stag's Leap, Robert Mondavi, Chateau Montelena and more. The wines will be tasted, discussed, then revealed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Authorities investigating a former TV chef who allegedly tried to have his wife killed are looking into reports that the couple had fertility problems and that the man planned to take his own life after his wife was slain, sources close to the investigation said. Juan-Carlos Cruz, the cookbook author and onetime Food Network personality, was charged Monday with attempted murder and solicitation to commit murder. Prosecutors say he solicited homeless men in Santa Monica to kill his wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2010 | By Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Not so long ago, Juan-Carlos Cruz was an anonymous young chef just getting started in a culinary arts career. But in less than a decade, he went from being a chubby sous chef in a hotel to a trim and handsome television chef and cookbook author, who taught classes on preparing low-calorie meals. Today, he sits in a Los Angeles County jail cell, booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, his bail set at $5 million. Santa Monica police say Cruz, 48, of Westwood, asked homeless men to commit homicide for him. After one of the homeless men told police, investigators launched a weeklong undercover operation that ended with Cruz's arrest in a Cheviot Hills dog park on Thursday.
NEWS
May 15, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
Juan Carlos CruzSanta Monica police credited the department's strong relationship with the city's homeless population with helping crack an alleged murder-for-hire scheme involving a onetime Food Network chef and cookbook author. Juan-Carlos Cruz, former host of "Calorie Commando," was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of solicitation to commit murder, Sgt. Jay Trisler. told The Times. Police said Cruz allegedly approached people on the streets a week earlier and asked them to kill someone for him. At least one of the homeless individuals contacted police and, with that assistance, investigators were able to learn details of the alleged solicitation, including how, where and when the target was to be killed, authorities said.
WORLD
September 22, 2005 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Mexico's top federal law enforcement officer, a longtime ally of President Vicente Fox who led the war against a rising tide of national violence, was killed Wednesday along with eight others in a helicopter crash. Ramon Martin Huerta, secretary of public security, was traveling to a ceremony for new prison guards at Mexico's maximum-security La Palma prison when the Bell 412 helicopter crashed into a mountain about 30 miles west of the capital, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Carlos Cruz Martinez wasn't at all pleased when the lanky, gray-haired priest appeared at his bedside at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. But the Roman Catholic priest kept returning, doing his best to lift the spirits of the 18-year-old Mexican who had lost both legs when he slipped under the wheels of a train he was trying to board as it passed through the Capistrano Beach neighborhood of Dana Point.
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