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August 16, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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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September 17, 2009 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday that he will convene a panel to examine deputy-involved shootings -- two days after a deputy fatally shot an unarmed man in the back of the neck and side during a foot pursuit. The incident marked the 10th fatal deputy-involved shooting in 2009, twice the number of such cases for the same period last year. The shooting took place Monday in Athens when sheriff's officials said that a man matching the description of an armed suspect placed his hands in his waistband as he ran from a deputy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2009 | Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
Sheriff Lee Baca called for an expedited investigation Tuesday into the fatal shooting of a man by L.A. County sheriff's deputies in Athens. Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Baca has ordered that the investigation be completed within 90 days. Typically, such probes can take up to a year. The deputies from the Lennox station were near 120th Street and Budlong Avenue on Monday night in search of two men involved in a robbery, Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Cannon said. About 10 p.m., deputies saw two men who matched the description of the robbers in the 1200 block of Poindexter Street and tried to speak to them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1997 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a short-lived experiment in running their own police force, Hawaiian Gardens officials want to rehire the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to protect their one-square-mile community in order to trim costs. There's just one problem. City officials are hoping the Sheriff's Department will retain the Hawaiian Gardens officers, many of them popular fixtures in the community.
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July 7, 1991 | DAVID FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For three miles, the police officers chased the car, sirens blaring. When the suspect finally stopped, as the officers would explain it later, he ignored their orders and tried to bull his way past them. Five bystanders told a starkly different story: the policemen beat and kicked an unarmed black man as he lay on the street. It was not Rodney G. King whom the witnesses saw being pummeled that night in 1988, but a suspected auto thief named Tyrone Demetri Carey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2005 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
At a time when the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is releasing thousands of inmates because of budget shortfalls in the nation's largest jail system, it continues to wrongly hold scores of others who are entitled to release. To avoid being sued for keeping inmates too long, the department is handing some of them checks for several hundred dollars but requiring them to sign documents that would prevent them from taking the county to court.
NEWS
November 2, 1996 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still reeling from the embarrassment of mistakenly releasing 35 Los Angeles County Jail inmates since January 1995, Sheriff's Department officials now say they also erroneously held more than 500 prisoners for too long during the last two years. In many cases, prisoners ordered released by the courts have been kept behind bars an extra three to five days. In rare cases, inmates have been mistakenly detained for a month or longer.
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October 1, 2008 | Scott Glover and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
An Irvine man who authorities said was severely beaten by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was semi-conscious Tuesday and is expected to require "complete facial reconstruction," his father said. Chris Heflin said his son Michael, 23, also had been stabbed multiple times in the groin area at an Irvine apartment complex, but he did not believe the deputy had actually attempted to castrate his son as he was initially told by a hospital staff member.
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December 1, 1991 | BOB POOL and CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A member of the disgraced pop music duo Milli Vanilli slashed his wrist, gulped prescription pills and then dangled from a ninth-floor hotel balcony Saturday before a Times switchboard operator and sheriff's deputies teamed up to save his life, authorities said. Lip-sync artist Robert Pilatus complained of continuing humiliation stemming from the well-publicized musical hoax before climbing over a balcony railing outside his $225-per-night suite at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip.
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July 4, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has been locked in a budget battle with county supervisors in recent weeks, threatening to close a jail and release prisoners early if he is forced to cut $25 million from his $2.5-billion budget. Sound familiar? Baca made similar threats seven years ago when county supervisors -- faced with a recession and statewide budget crunch as they are now -- demanded he cut $70 million from his $1.6-billion budget.
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January 28, 2009 | Joel Rubin
DNA evidence has gone untested in more than 800 rape and sexual assault cases even though detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and other smaller agencies have no suspects in those crimes, authorities acknowledged Tuesday. The number is far larger than officials had anticipated and revealed a breakdown in the way the Sheriff's Department went about testing genetic evidence until recent reforms were enacted.
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January 23, 2009 | Scott Gold
It is a Sunday morning and there is still dew on the grass outside Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church. Already, God has received a standing ovation. The thermometer on the wall claims it's only 75 degrees in here, but congregants are dancing in the aisles, some with their shoes kicked off and stashed under the pews. Their sweat mixes with their tears, and for once in Compton, they are tears of joy. "People of faith!" thunders the Rev.
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December 17, 2008 | Garrett Therolf
After a week of controversy over the potential cost to taxpayers, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to send 112 sheriff's deputies -- a fraction of the personnel initially proposed -- across the country next month to aid in the presidential inauguration. The narrow approval, although for far fewer than the 500 deputies first requested by Sheriff Lee Baca on behalf of the Washington, D.C., police, will still make the L.A.
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December 17, 2008 | Richard Winton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which is facing mounting pressure to account for its handling of DNA evidence from sex crimes, revealed Tuesday that it has a backlog of 4,727 untested sexual assault evidence kits in storage or its laboratory. Sheriff's Department officials informed the county Board of Supervisors that they are now auditing the unexamined kits to determine the status of each case.
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December 14, 2008 | Richard Winton and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Winton and Bloomekatz are Times staff writers.
As the wife and three children of slain Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante solemnly looked on, top law enforcement and city officials announced Saturday that two men had been arrested in the deputy's shooting death, although the motive in the killing is unclear.
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February 23, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 10 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department narcotics officers--including all nine members of an elite team--on charges of stealing more than $1.4 million in seized drug cash and using much of that money to buy homes, luxury cars, jewelry and stocks. The 10 veteran officers were also accused of conspiring to take money from suspected drug dealers during narcotics raids over the last two years.
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March 18, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON
All things considered, Linda Canada says she was happier just being "one of the boys." Of all the police officers featured on Fox Broadcasting's "Cops" TV series, Canada, a deputy with Broward County Sheriff's Department in Florida, has gotten the most attention. She was firm and no-nonsense in episodes a year ago when she arrested drug suspects and told prostitutes to "get off my streets."
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December 10, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard Winton, Hennessy-Fiske and Winton are Times staff writers.
The request was straightforward, even flattering. Send a few hundred Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies across the country next month to assist Washington, D.C., police at the presidential inauguration. It's the price tag of $1.6 million -- with as much as $1 million coming from the county -- that has given some top officials indigestion. "We're not in a position to police other cities, as worthy as this is," Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said Tuesday. "This is not an emergency.
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December 4, 2008 | Joanna Lin, Lin is a Times staff writer.
The wife of a man who died last year after being shocked with a stun gun during a confrontation with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies is suing the county and the weapon's manufacturer. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Carolina Silva accuses the county and Taser International Inc. of the wrongful death of her husband, Cesar.
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