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October 22, 2008 | Richard Winton, Winton is a Times staff writer.
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies face assault charges for allegedly beating up a firefighter while off duty last year in Pomona, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday. Joshua Titel and Brian Richards, both 31, pleaded not guilty in L.A. County Superior Court and were released without bail. According to prosecutors, the two deputies beat and kicked the victim on June 24, 2007.
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October 19, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Time Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man suspected of breaking into a Lynwood-area business, officials said Saturday. An informant flagged down two deputies from Century Station about 11 p.m. Friday, saying someone was breaking into the business in the 11600 block of Atlantic Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Art Spencer. The deputies split up, one approaching from the front of the business and the other from the back, Spencer said.
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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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September 30, 2008 | Richard Winton and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly beat, stabbed and may have tried to castrate a young man whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife, according to a law enforcement source and a relative of the victim. Deputy Robert McClain, 34, is also suspected of assaulting his wife after confronting her about the alleged affair, law enforcement sources said.
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August 11, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
A deputy shot and wounded a man near the border of Compton and Lynwood on Saturday night after the deputy came under fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Sheriff's deputies went to the 500 block of East El Segundo Boulevard about 9:15 p.m. to disperse a group of suspected gang members who were believed to be selling drugs, authorities said. The group scattered, and a deputy in a patrol car chased two men, who scaled a fence, according to the department.
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August 5, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
The off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was slain outside his home over the weekend was shot from behind and may not have seen his killer, police detectives said Monday. Authorities stressed that all angles, including the deputy's work in the jails, his personal life and the gang violence that pervades the Cypress Park area where he died, are being examined for a possible motive. Los Angeles Police Cmdr.
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August 4, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy gunned down Saturday outside his boyhood home in Cypress Park had been assigned to guard the most dangerous inmates in the county, including members of the notorious Mexican Mafia gang, authorities said Sunday. Los Angeles police and sheriff's officials said the prospect that Deputy Juan Abel Escalante was killed because of his work at the jail remained one of three possible motives.
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March 8, 2008 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
As a young man in South Los Angeles, Winston Hayes got to know the Compton courthouse well, getting hauled before judges more than a dozen times to answer charges of arson, assault and other crimes. On Friday, Hayes, 46, was back in court, but this time he walked out $1,326,468.60 richer after a civil court jury decided that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies used excessive force on him three years ago.
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January 23, 2008 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
A director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Multicultural Advisory Council has been stripped of his reserve deputy status after Glendale police complained that he showed up at the scene of a suicide last week, flashing his badge and demanding access to a restricted area. The Glendale incident marks the latest in a string of cases in which reserve deputies or volunteers working for sheriff's departments around Southern California have been accused of overstepping their authority.
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December 17, 2007 | Kenneth R. Weiss
About 300 rifles, shotguns and handguns were collected from residents in exchange for $100 gift cards in a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department program to get guns off the street in this city with a high number of homicides, officials said. "We ran out of gift cards, it was so successful," sheriff's Deputy Tim Tellez said of the program that ended Sunday. The Sheriff's Department offered cards to Target, Best Buy, Home Depot and Ralphs in exchange for any working firearm.
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