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April 29, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta
A shooting in South Los Angeles left two people dead and three wounded, authorities said Monday. A man and woman seated in a vehicle parked at 196 E. 48th St. near Wall Street were shot when a man in a green Dodge Caravan pulled alongside them and opened fire about 10:50 p.m. Sunday, said LAPD Officer Kate Lopez. The man was identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Vega-Plascencia and the woman as 21-year-old Brenda Aguilera, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Three women sitting on a nearby porch were also struck in the legs by gunfire.
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April 7, 2008 | Ruben Vives; Seema Mehta
A look at some upcoming news events: Monday Honor: Gene Autry, the famed entertainer who owned the Angels from their formation in 1960 until 1996, will be the sixth recipient of a spot on the Anaheim-Orange County Walk of Stars. Religion: The Huntington Beach City Council will decide whether to approve display of the motto "In God We Trust" in the Council Chambers. Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the first of two concerts at the Honda Center.
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September 28, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
A mother is suing the Los Angeles County coroner for allegedly disposing of her dead baby daughter as "bio-waste." The lawsuit, filed by Yolanda Garnett in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week, accuses the county, the coroner and the county mortuary of general negligence. The suit seeks more than $25,000 in damages. The complaint does not say how the baby died or how old it was, and the mother's attorney declined Thursday to elaborate.
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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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July 24, 2005 | Natasha Lee, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County coroner officials have released a sketch of a teenage boy whose skeletal remains were found in the chimney of a vacant South Los Angeles building in March. Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the boy, whom officials have termed John Doe 47. He was discovered in an abandoned halfway house at 101 W. 89th St., said coroner investigator Daniel Machian. After several months of examination, a forensic artist was able to compile a sketch, Machian said.
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July 23, 2005 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The two sets of bones were found a year apart within a mile of each other, near Sunset Boulevard in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A hiker's dog came across the first remains July 4, 2001, on a bluff covered with sage and scrub oak. The skeletal torso of a woman stuck out of a makeshift grave, her skull facing the sky. "There weren't a lot of clues," said coroner's investigator Renee Grand Pre. "Black bra and panties -- we figured she wasn't Grandma." She became Jane Doe No.
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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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