January 26, 2014 |
Few of us expect to find ourselves riding in the back of an ambulance, yet in 2012 nearly 600,000 people in Los Angeles County were transported to hospital emergency rooms. And that's just in response to 911 calls. But how does it work? Where do they take you? How much does it cost and who pays for it? Every city and county in Southern California has a slightly different way of handling emergencies. But Cathy Chidester, director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, says most local areas operate under similar principles.
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August 16, 1997 |
Two men were in custody Friday as the suspected gunmen who shot an unarmed, off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy execution-style during a robbery of a hair salon in Buena Park. The deputy, 26-year-old Shayne York of Valencia, remained in critical condition late Friday with major brain damage. His family was grappling with the decision whether to disconnect a breathing apparatus that was keeping him alive, authorities said.
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May 22, 1993
A federal grand jury has indicted a Montebello firearms dealer and a former narcotics investigator as part of its continuing probe of corruption within the narcotics bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The nine-count indictment, announced Tuesday, charges that gun dealer George Papac laundered money stolen by narcotics investigators by buying cashier's checks.
August 23, 2013 |
After an outpatient procedure last summer, Sidney Fallender was expecting to go straight home. But when two nurses tried to get the 93-year-old Sherman Oaks resident on his feet, they discovered he was unable to walk on his own. "The doctor told her assistant to call the paramedics," Fallender recalled. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance, less than a mile from his doctor's office, for possible emergency surgery. "A couple of weeks later I got a bill for the ambulance service in the amount of almost $1,000," he says.
June 11, 1989 |
While gang wars raged on the streets of Los Angeles, a little noticed though violent series of attacks broke out among members of the Crips gang imprisoned on San Quentin's Death Row, prison officials say. The battle reached its height last October when Tiequon A. Cox, who was in the Rolling 60s faction of the Crips in Los Angeles, stabbed and wounded Stanley (Tookie) Williams, a body builder who helped found the gang 20 years ago. Williams has denied any continuing role in Crip activity on or off the row. And Colleen E. Butler, Cox's attorney, noted that in prison, "what appears to be the case is not always what happened."
February 6, 2014 |
The entertainment industry in Los Angeles County has lost more than 9,000 jobs since 2007. The data comes from a report by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. that measures the scope of California's entire "creative economy," which includes industries such as architecture, digital media and fashion along with entertainment. Creative industries contributed $273 billion to the California economy, accounting for nearly 8% of the gross state product in 2012. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll In Los Angeles County, entertainment alone accounted for 132,900 jobs in 2012, down nearly 6.6% over the previous five years. Within the industry, movie and video production -- which accounts for the bulk of entertainment employment -- posted the biggest decline, down by 7,800 jobs, or 7.2%, since 2007.