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March 21, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Former Lynwood Mayor Paul H. Richards II was ordered Monday to serve nearly 16 years behind bars, a sentence that federal prosecutors described as one of the longest in any U.S. public corruption case. Richards, a 50-year-old former attorney, was convicted in November of steering city contracts to a front corporation he secretly owned. The scheme could have netted Richards more than $6 million, although he managed to siphon off only $500,000 before authorities interrupted, they said.
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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2005 | Ted Rohrlich, Times Staff Writer
A lobbyist representing a leading Southern California billboard company pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to giving a $7,500 "illegal gratuity" in 2001 to then-Lynwood Mayor Paul H. Richards to help win his support for a deal sought by the firm, Regency Outdoor Advertising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2008 | Seema Mehta
An appellate court that banned parents who lack teaching credentials from educating their children at home agreed to rehear the matter on Wednesday. The initial ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal caused alarm among the state's home-school families, who teach an estimated 166,000 students. It was also criticized by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell and conservative leaders around the nation. The ruling has never been enforced. An attorney representing parents Phillip and Mary Long, the couple at the center of the case, argued in seeking the rehearing that the ruling relied on outdated legal decisions, misinterpreted California's education code and failed to consider parental rights and religious freedom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Councilman Arturo Reyes has been fined $24,000 for violating campaign laws in his 1998 race, the Fair Political Practices Commission announced Friday. The action also names the Committee to Elect Arturo Reyes. The violations included failing to report campaign contributions, making campaign expenditures with non-campaign money, and "failure to maintain detailed records and accounts necessary to prepare campaign statements."
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June 4, 1990 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even by Los Angeles-area gangland standards, the shooting at California and Sanborn avenues Sunday morning was a bloody piece of work--a minute's worth of gunplay in Lynwood that turned a car ride into a triple murder. Victor Perez, 19, of Compton, and two others died after gunmen pelted their late-model Oldsmobile with bullets at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. A fourth occupant of the car escaped harm by ducking in the rear seat.
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November 2, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former Lynwood Mayor Paul H. Richards II was convicted Tuesday on corruption charges for steering no-bid city contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to a consulting firm he secretly owned. A federal court jury found the onetime political power broker guilty of 35 counts of extortion, fraud, money laundering and making false statements to investigators.
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September 26, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Civil rights attorneys representing 81 plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit accused Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on Tuesday of engaging in a three-month wave of wanton shootings, beatings and excessive force while working out of the Lynwood station. In a lawsuit lodged in U.S. District Court, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and other attorneys asked the federal court to take over control of the Lynwood sheriff's station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1996
The city of Lynwood has filed a lawsuit aimed at delaying construction of the planned $1.9-billion Alameda Corridor cargo artery, charging that the cities backing the project need to conduct a new environmental impact study. Lynwood had joined several other southeast Los Angeles cities to take legal action against the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in a dispute over the structure of the project's governing board.
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September 27, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff Sherman Block--stung by what he called "horror stories" in a federal lawsuit--vehemently denied Wednesday that deputies in Lynwood engaged in excessive force, and he called the complaint a ploy by gang members to discredit his department. Civil rights attorneys representing 81 plaintiffs leveled the allegations in a massive lawsuit lodged Tuesday with the U.S. District Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
A pet shop owner charged last year with abusing cats, dogs and other animals -- some smothered to death or left to die in trash bins -- pleaded no contest Wednesday to animal cruelty and could be sentenced to as many as six years in prison, the L.A. County district attorney's office said. Under a deal with prosecutors, Young Sam Park, 53, of Los Angeles pleaded no contest to seven felonies and three misdemeanors, including animal cruelty, neglect and practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
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October 4, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
By all appearances, there was going to be a historic changing of the guard Tuesday night at Lynwood City Hall. Four council members recalled from office were to step down and their newly elected replacements were to be sworn in. An overflow crowd filled the council chambers as the city manager prepared for the new council members to take over. But the ousted council members didn't budge.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Lennox International Inc., a maker of heating and cooling equipment, plans to close its hearth-products plant in Lynwood and consolidate U.S. factory-built fireplace manufacturing operations at its Union City, Tenn., facility. The consolidation will be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2008 at a projected cost of about $5 million, the company said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday signed a state Senate bill authorizing Los Angeles County officials to take over the recall election targeting four Lynwood City Council members. The county registrar-recorder's office will now run the Sept. 25 special election. The council members had resisted moving forward with the recall, even after county election officials had verified petitions signed by thousands of Lynwood residents.
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May 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 30-year-old man was killed while driving Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said. The man, who was not identified, was shot about 3:50 p.m. in the 3700 block of Lynwood Road, they said. The car he was driving crashed. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
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March 30, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The mayor of Lynwood, the subject of a recall drive, gave all 200 city employees two days off during the Christmas holidays to thank them for their hard work. Leticia Vasquez said she was just trying to get into the Christmas spirit. But her actions are now being investigated by the Los Angeles County district attorney's Public Integrity Division as a possible misuse of funds, according to documents obtained by The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1989
Lynwood Mayor Pro Tem Paul Richards endeavored Thursday to deflect charges of racism leveled at black City Council members who approved the renaming of a major boulevard after Martin Luther King Jr. Richards insisted that the decision to rename Century Boulevard after the slain civil rights leader was made according to proper governmental procedure. He said the five-member City Council, made up of three blacks and two whites, was unanimous in its decision to honor King by renaming a street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2008 | Seema Mehta
An appellate court that banned parents who lack teaching credentials from educating their children at home agreed to rehear the matter on Wednesday. The initial ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal caused alarm among the state's home-school families, who teach an estimated 166,000 students. It was also criticized by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell and conservative leaders around the nation. The ruling has never been enforced. An attorney representing parents Phillip and Mary Long, the couple at the center of the case, argued in seeking the rehearing that the ruling relied on outdated legal decisions, misinterpreted California's education code and failed to consider parental rights and religious freedom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Former Lynwood Mayor Paul H. Richards II was ordered Monday to serve nearly 16 years behind bars, a sentence that federal prosecutors described as one of the longest in any U.S. public corruption case. Richards, a 50-year-old former attorney, was convicted in November of steering city contracts to a front corporation he secretly owned. The scheme could have netted Richards more than $6 million, although he managed to siphon off only $500,000 before authorities interrupted, they said.
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March 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A supermarket employee died early Sunday, hours after being shot as he drove away from work, police said. The victim, a 26-year-old Van Nuys man, was leaving the parking lot at a Pavilions market in the 6500 block of Platt Avenue when two men on foot opened fire about 11 p.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez. The man, who was struck at least once, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a light pole.
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