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September 23, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Motel 6 in downtown Oceanside, Calif., marks the seaside town's 125th anniversary with an apt promotion: Stay two nights and pay $125 plus tax for both nights. That's a good deal for any coastal stay, and a good time of year to go as summer winds down and beaches clear out. The deal: The budget Motel 6 Oceanside is located at 909 N. Coast Highway. It features newer-style rooms at this motel chain, and the building is smoke-free. The offer is available by phone reservation only; ask for the  "Oceanside 125" rate when booking.
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NATIONAL
August 27, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
SEATTLE -- Three motels in nearby Tukwila served as dens of prostitution and drug dealing where police often had to respond to calls of robbery, drug dealing, theft and rape, authorities say.  On Tuesday, U.S. Atty. Jenny A. Durkan announced that federal agents had seized and boarded up the motels after a yearlong investigation involving hundreds of law enforcement officers.  "Today, we seek to hold the hotel owners accountable for their crimes, strip them of their criminal dens and make this area of the community safer," Durkan said in a prepared statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Five people have been charged in Riverside County with kidnapping an 18-year-old woman from Compton for purposes of pimping and human trafficking, authorities said Wednesday. The woman was snatched from Compton either Thursday or Friday and allegedly sexual assaulted by two of the suspects, officials said. But she was able to escape Friday from a Moreno Valley Best Western motel, where she had been taken to work as a prostitute, prosecutors said. Riverside County's Anti-Human Trafficking Task force was able to swoop into the motel Friday and arrest five suspects.
TRAVEL
July 20, 2013
I highly recommend the Lazy J Ranch Motel, about three hours from Los Angeles. It's a wonderful place to stay with your dog. There is a large, grassy area next to the pool where the dog can run and play. The Kaweah River, a short walking distance away, provides a beautiful walk for both man and dog. Lake Kaweah, a 10-minute drive, has picnic boat rentals that perfectly accommodate the pooch. Much fun for all. Rooms from about $145 a night. Lazy J Ranch Motel , 39625 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, Calif.; (559)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Actor Nick Stahl, best known for his role in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," was arrested Friday morning inside a Hollywood motel on suspicion of using methamphetamines, police said. Three other suspects were with him and also were arrested. Stahl was taken into custody at 5:10 a.m. after a parole compliance team checking on parolees at the motel discovered four people with the drugs, LAPD officer Bruce Borihanh said. PHOTOS: Celebrity mug shots Stahl was in the hotel room at Wilcox Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard when the compliance check was being made, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A Riverside County man was convicted Thursday of killing his girlfriend, whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase and left at a Poway motel, prosecutors said. Joseph David Dorsey, 28, was found guilty by a jury of one count of first-degree murder, according to a statement from the Riverside County district attorney's office. Dorsey, whose sentencing date hasn't been scheduled, could face up to 57 years to life in state prison.  In August 2012, prosecutors said, Dorsey checked into a Best Western motel in the San Diego County city of Poway but left without checking out. Motel employees went through the possessions left in his room, including a large rolling suitcase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Emily Foxhall
A man has been detained after dozens of police officers surrounded a motel and a second location in a Mid-City neighborhood in their day-long search for a gunman who shot and wounded two officers early Tuesday. Los Angeles police released few details about the person detained and whether he matched the description of the gunman. Officers swarmed the 1600 block of South Highland Avenue after a caller told police they had spotted a suspicious-looking man ducking out of a laundry room.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By Blake Hennon
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a legitimate suspect. At last. Do I think he's the Pied Piper? No. But it's nice to have a plausible possible perp. “The Killing's” third season had heretofore only advanced the reddest of herrings. But now Joe the cabbie -- mentioned but unseen in the premiere , observed briefly last week -- has stepped to the front. He even has a last name: Mills. And next week he'll have detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder hot on his trail. But as “Head Shots” begins, he's not even on their radar.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By David Kipen
Vera Farmiga remembers vividly how she came to see Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" for the first time. Had she known she would someday play Norman Bates' mother in A&E's prequel series "Bates Motel," she might have paid the picture closer attention. At the time, she was too preoccupied with another great director to give that classic Hitchcock thriller the scrutiny she since has. "Other than maybe the shower scene," Farmiga admits, "I didn't see all of 'Psycho' till I was on set shooting 'The Departed.' Marty Scorsese made me. At first I nodded and considered bluffing him. Then I realized that whenever he refers to an old movie, he's going to send you a deluxe DVD of it that night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - A military judge Thursday sentenced a female Marine convicted of attempted adultery and lying to investigators to a letter of reprimand and the loss of $3,000 in pay. Lt. Col. Leon Francis could have sentenced her to a year in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge. Francis, after a three-day court-martial at Camp Pendleton, ruled that she was guilty of attempted adultery with another staff sergeant - “a man not her husband.” Under military law, adultery is a crime if it undermines “good order and discipline” or brings “discredit upon the armed forces.” Testimony showed that the two staff sergeants, who worked together at Camp Pendleton, went to a motel in Temecula after an afternoon of heavy drinking.
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