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March 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Police investigating the shooting of model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, had to open another investigation into themselves -- over the disappearance of a valuable watch from the scene when only police were present. The embarrassing revelation that police apparently stole a watch valued at $5,000 to $10,000, part of Friday's testimony in Pistorius' murder trial, came with South African newspapers complaining of police ineptitude.
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March 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Jose police officer has been charged with committing a forcible rape while on duty, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Tuesday. According to the district attorney's office, Officer Geoffrey Graves and three other officers had responded on Sept. 22, 2013, to a call of a family disturbance. The officers  determined both spouses had been drinking but that no crime had occurred. However, the wife, a hotel maid, told officers of a nearby hotel where she had previously worked and where she wished to spend the night.
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March 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 60-year-old man found inside his Tujunga apartment Tuesday, three days after he had been shot. The body was discovered about 4 p.m. at his foothill home in the 10400 block of Plainview Avenue, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Wunsch. Officers discovered his body during a welfare check. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim No weapons were recovered from the apartment and investigators don't know if anything was taken from the home.
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March 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Probation officials are investigating how a group of third-graders caught smoking marijuana inside a school bathroom got their hands on the drug. KPIX-TV reported  three third-graders were found by another student Feb. 27 smoking weed inside a Sonora Elementary School bathroom. Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson told the station they were two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old. The student told school officials, who reported the incident to police. The students were released to their parents, but investigators are trying to determine whether someone supplied the drug to the kids.
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February 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A suspended San Diego police officer was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual battery and false imprisonment of women while on duty. Christopher Hays, 30, decorated for bravery in 2012, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. after voluntarily surrendering. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and two felony counts of false imprisonment with violence, according to jail records. The arrest was announced by Chief Bill Lansdowne.
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February 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A decorated police officer has been suspended while the district attorney reviews allegations that he sexually assaulted four women while on duty, officials said Thursday. The officer was identified as Chris Hays, 30, who received a lifesaving medal in 2012 for dashing into a burning building to save a woman trapped on the second floor. He also served with the Marines in Iraq as a lance corporal. Four women have accused the officer of touching them improperly while they were being searched, according to Chief Bill Lansdowne.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 An altercation that broke out at the conclusion of Wednesday's basketball game between host Hollywood and rival Bernstein when players were shaking hands is being investigated by the Los Angeles Unified School District and school police, according to Dave Siedelman, a specialist in the district's athletics office. Hollywood won the game. Because of the incident, Siedelman said the two schools will have a "silent game" on Feb. 14 at Bernstein, where no fans or spectators will be permitted to attend.
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January 26, 2014 | By Anh Do
Dung Pham knows only one way to survive the loss of his 23-year-old daughter, Kim, who died last week after she was severely beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub. "All I can do is practice to forget," Pham, 60, said of his youngest child. "Forget the memories. Forget the big moments. Forget everything. Only then would we suffer less. " Police said Kim Pham was attacked in the predawn hours of Jan. 18 as she stood in line outside The Crosby club. She was still unconscious when officers arrived.
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January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A woman acquitted of murder last year in connection with the high-profile slaying of an aspiring model filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Santa Monica police of intimidating witnesses and damaging her reputation. Kelly Soo Park, 48, alleges three witnesses who planned to testify on her behalf were scared off or tainted by Santa Monica Police Det. Karen Thompson. "We just want to present to the world and to the court that what's being portrayed in the media now is an incomplete story," Park's attorney, Ron Kaye, said of the lawsuit.
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January 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Eureka, Calif., police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a church rectory, the Eureka Times-Standard reported. Authorities have not released the name of the victim, but Eureka Mayor Frank Jager identified him to the newspaper as the Rev. Eric Freed. A police department representative could not be reached for comment. According to the newspaper, Freed was discovered at the St. Bernard Church rectory Wednesday morning by a deacon. Freed may have been killed after a Tuesday evening Mass.
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