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December 10, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Nineteen alleged members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang, including a high-ranking leader, were arrested Tuesday after a two-year investigation, authorities said. The investigation targeted “leadership, shot-callers and decision-makers” in MS-13 connected to its overseer, the Mexican Mafia, said Timothy Delaney, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles FBI criminal division. Authorities allege Thomas “Big Boy” Rodriguez, 35, of Los Angeles, is one of those top-ranking members; he was arrested Tuesday on federal charges tied to methamphetamine distribution.
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January 21, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man who operated a youth boot camp in Pasadena was sentenced to state prison Friday for charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and extortion stemming from two cases, prosecutors said. Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office. McFarland pleaded no contest last year to child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of a badge, a misdemeanor.
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May 24, 2013
Amanda Bynes' arrest in New York could spell trouble for the TV star back in Los Angeles, where she has had several run-ins with the law and is currently on probation. Last year, she pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended license in a case filed by the Los Angeles city attorney. She was placed on three years informal probation and a second charge was dismissed. The Los Angeles district attorney's office has filed a driving under the influence case against her for an incident last year in which she allegedly hit a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department cruiser in West Hollywood.
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January 16, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Bell's former second-in-command is an unrepentant thief who stole from the working-class citizens in the small Los Angeles County city and then lied on the witness stand in an effort to blame others, Los Angeles prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memo that urges the court to punish her with a 12-year, eight-month prison sentence. If that recommendation is followed when Angela Spaccia is sentenced later this month, she would draw a longer prison term than is expected to be handed to Robert Rizzo, her former boss and the longtime face of the corruption in Bell.
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January 21, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man who operated a youth boot camp in Pasadena was sentenced to state prison Friday for charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and extortion stemming from two cases, prosecutors said. Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office. McFarland pleaded no contest last year to child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of a badge, a misdemeanor.
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June 26, 1997 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles district attorney's office dismissed stalking and other charges against an Encino man earlier this month, but prosecutors have refiled the case, saying there is ample evidence to prove the 23-year-old harassed and threatened a police detective. But Assaf Waknine, who was arrested in April and is now in federal custody awaiting sentencing in another case, maintains that it was he who was victimized, not police.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
He didn't fire the bullet that struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart as he lay asleep in his stroller in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district. But Juvenal Cardenas Mejia was a longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the 2007 shooting that claimed the baby's life. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part. Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A gang "tax collector" who helped set up 2007 shooting in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district that claimed the life of a 3-week-old boy was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the  shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Victor Avila said this week. "Now, finally the last defendant that participated in this murder is being held accountable.
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January 15, 2013 | By Jim Newton
Monday night's debate of the principal city attorney candidates at Temple Israel of Hollywood was the first time all four had shared a stage. Although devoted in part to questions of faith, morality and responsibility, the discussion also featured a number of sharp exchanges over the effectiveness of the incumbent, Carmen Trutanich, and the credentials and ideas of his challengers, Assemblyman Mike Feuer and private lawyers Noel Weiss and Greg Smith. Smith, for instance, questioned whether voters should believe Trutanich, who once promised not to seek another office and then ran for Los Angeles district attorney.
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April 26, 2013 | By Mark Kellam
Los Angeles prosecutors have declined to file charges against a UCLA water polo player arrested on suspicion of raping another student, but they said that may change. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, a redshirt freshman, was suspended from UCLA after his arrest earlier this month.  "All we can say is the matter is under review for filing consideration," said Shiara Davila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Kaplanyan, who is at home in Glendale and out of jail on $200,000 bail, said the future of the case is uncertain.
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January 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An 18-year-old Huntington Park man was arrested on suspicion of firing a rifle into the air on New Year's Eve, police said. A caller initially alerted police to the gunfire, reporting a man firing a weapon in an alley in the 7000 block of Marbrisa Avenue, according to the Huntington Park Police Department. Responding officers saw the suspect standing in a group of people and witnessed him shoot into the air, police said. The man -- identified by police as Andrew Figueroa -- was arrested and the rifle was confiscated.
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December 10, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Nineteen alleged members and associates of the Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang, including a high-ranking leader, were arrested Tuesday after a two-year investigation, authorities said. The investigation targeted “leadership, shot-callers and decision-makers” in MS-13 connected to its overseer, the Mexican Mafia, said Timothy Delaney, special agent in charge of the Los Angeles FBI criminal division. Authorities allege Thomas “Big Boy” Rodriguez, 35, of Los Angeles, is one of those top-ranking members; he was arrested Tuesday on federal charges tied to methamphetamine distribution.
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November 22, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A man arrested in San Diego County has been charged with murder in the beating death of his 84-year-old relative, Ruben Sanchez, in Glendale. James Sanchez, 21, was charged Thursday and remanded back into custody in lieu of $1-million bail. He was arrested at a home in El Cajon on Tuesday, one day after Ruben Sanchez's badly beaten and bloodied body was discovered inside his Glendale apartment. Authorities have declined to disclose the relation between James Sanchez and the victim, but a family friend told CBS-Los Angeles that he was the step, great-grandson of Ruben Sanchez, and that the two had lived together earlier this year.
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November 8, 2013 | By James Barragan
Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, convicted of assaulting a homeless man with a tire iron, is a "significant threat to the community" after threatening a witness in his trial and was ordered to jail without bail on Friday. During closing arguments on Wednesday, Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis reminded the jury of the threat. "Do you remember the moment when David Lee stood on the witness stand and told us he'd been threatened?" Zoumberakis asked the jury. "'I'm going to cut the throat of your mother, your wife, your daughter and you.' And remember how the air left the room because you could tell how scared David Lee was?"
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October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
He didn't fire the bullet that struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart as he lay asleep in his stroller in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district. But Juvenal Cardenas Mejia was a longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the 2007 shooting that claimed the baby's life. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his part. Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist.
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October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A gang "tax collector" who helped set up 2007 shooting in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district that claimed the life of a 3-week-old boy was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the  shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Victor Avila said this week. "Now, finally the last defendant that participated in this murder is being held accountable.
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November 8, 2013 | By James Barragan
Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, convicted of assaulting a homeless man with a tire iron, is a "significant threat to the community" after threatening a witness in his trial and was ordered to jail without bail on Friday. During closing arguments on Wednesday, Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis reminded the jury of the threat. "Do you remember the moment when David Lee stood on the witness stand and told us he'd been threatened?" Zoumberakis asked the jury. "'I'm going to cut the throat of your mother, your wife, your daughter and you.' And remember how the air left the room because you could tell how scared David Lee was?"
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October 28, 1996
* Mary Nelligan from the League of Women Voters will discuss ballot measures at 6:30 tonight at the Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Information: (818) 888-1376. * A forum Tuesday featuring candidates seeking election to the Assembly, Congress and state Senate will include Howard L. Berman, Bill Glass, Howard P.
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September 19, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume
A former El Sereno Elementary School teacher accused of molesting three former students was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and lewd acts on children in 2010, but prosecutors didn't file charges because of a lack of evidence, authorities said Thursday. Three former students of the teacher, Armando Gonzalez, sued the Los Angeles Unified School District this week, charging that he molested them between 2008 and 2010. It was unclear whether the former students in the 2010 case are the same as those who are now suing the school district.
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August 2, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I've been out of town this week, and watching from afar the machinations of our county government surprised and mystified me. It took just two months to decide to fire four social workers involved in the case of an 8-year-old boy who was beaten to death in May, allegedly by his mother and her boyfriend. But it took almost three years to decide to charge a sheriff's deputy with raping a woman he'd threatened to arrest in 2010. Both cases happened in Palmdale in the Antelope Valley, which suggests that the outskirts of Los Angeles County need a little more scrutiny and a lot more TLC. The delay in the deputy's case seems unfathomable to me. Deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez stopped a woman while on overnight duty in September 2010, and allegedly offered not to arrest her on an outstanding warrant if she had sex with him. She said he ordered her into the back seat of his patrol car, then drove to a desolate spot in the desert where he raped and sodomized her. She called the Sheriff's Department to complain the next day. The department took away his badge and his gun and suspended Sanchez - with pay - while it investigated the case.
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