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May 22, 2007 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Homicides are down 8.4% from last year across Los Angeles County, according to a year-to-date tally compiled by the Los Angeles County coroner. The coroner reported 351 homicides countywide from Jan. 1 to May 15, compared with 383 during the same period last year. The sharp drop in the months leading up to summer -- traditionally a high homicide season in L.A.
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November 1, 2006 | From Times staff and wire reports
To help relieve overcrowding at the county morgue, pathologists from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will perform some autopsies for the coroner at the hospital, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday. The coroner's office also will train Cedars-Sinai medical residents in forensic pathology, at no cost to the county, according to the agreement. Supervisors authorized the office to make similar arrangements with other hospitals.
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August 16, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
The Board of Supervisors gave the green light Tuesday to a $32-million project that will renovate the coroner's aging facilities on North Mission Road and add up to 5,000 square feet to reduce overcrowding of bodies. In May, coroner's officials complained that lack of space coupled with increasing caseloads had forced them to stack bodies and move them out of refrigerated crypts and into hallways for short periods.
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January 16, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
For 15 tumultuous years, Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi encountered the best and the worst of Los Angeles -- movie stars and gangsters, politicians and millionaires, victims of serial killers. But by the time "the coroner to the stars" met them, they were on his autopsy table. When Noguchi began as a deputy medical examiner for Los Angeles County in 1961, the job was lackluster and low profile.
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December 5, 2004 | Steve Hymon
BY 9 p.m. on March 24, 1999, Petra Lamas had spent nearly a day at King/Drew with her ailing 11-year-old daughter, Patricia Arellano. Patricia had been taken to the hospital with abdominal pain, and doctors had removed her appendix early that morning after deciding that it seemed inflamed. Now, Lamas thought, it was time to go home and check on her baby. Shortly after midnight, her phone rang. Get to the hospital, she was told. By the time she arrived, a sheet covered Patricia.
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August 23, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court has thrown out the murder conviction of a Los Angeles man, faulting prosecutors for not telling his defense that a deputy coroner who took the witness stand had a history of changing his testimony. The justices cited five instances in which Dr. James K. Ribe changed his findings in homicide cases, including one that led to the 1997 release of a woman convicted of murder. The court, in a ruling issued earlier this month, vacated Jose A.
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August 22, 2003 | Joy L. Woodson, Times Staff Writer
When Lee Crandell got the call late one Saturday evening, everything seemed routine. Someone had died. Colleagues in the Los Angeles County coroner's office had taken the body away. Crandell was called to secure the property. What the person had was "a lot of brown bags, lunch-sized bags," recalled Crandall, a property custodian of nearly 40 years who is now retired. "There were a hundred of those bags." They all were stuffed with cash.
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April 18, 2002 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the Los Angeles County coroner should have obtained the permission of parents in California and Pennsylvania before harvesting and selling the corneas of their dead sons. "Duties to protect the dignity of the human body after its death are deeply rooted in our nation's history," wrote U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Raymond C. Fisher for the majority in the 2-1 decision.
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April 9, 2002 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rats have gnawed 12 bodies held in long-term storage by the Los Angeles County coroner's office, the department's director said Monday, but he insisted the infestation is under control. Exterminators were called to set traps Feb. 13 after rat droppings were found in the long-term storage crypt where dozens of unclaimed or unidentified bodies were kept, said Anthony T. Hernandez, director of the department of coroner. More traps were set Monday.
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