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February 18, 1998 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first, the murder seemed to have all the markings of an attempted carjacking. When Los Angeles police officers reached the scene on the dark Boyle Heights street July 26, they found affluent software designer Bruce Cleland lying in a pool of blood across the street from his new black 4Runner. His distraught wife, Rebecca, said she had been knocked unconscious when she got out of the vehicle to check the tailgate and awoke to the gruesome sight.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The victim suffered a gunshot wound just before 6 p.m. Saturday at 92 nd Street and Central Avenue, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man, who authorities said was in his late 40s, has not been identified. He was transferred to a local hospital where he later died, Joseph said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County The incident was possibly gang-related, he said.
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NEWS
January 6, 1997 | LARRY HARNISCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Light does not easily penetrate the clouded story of Betty Short, a 22-year-old unemployed cashier and waitress whose body was found cut in half and gruesomely mutilated 50 years ago this month in a vacant lot in Southwest Los Angeles. The unsolved killing remains Los Angeles' premier myth noir, a tale of a tragic beauty clad in black, prowling the night life, a cautionary fable that rings as true today as it did in 1947. The legend insists on a shadowed, epic tone.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1997 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mob-style rub-out of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel 50 years ago today at the Beverly Hills mansion of his street-wise, auburn-haired mistress has endured as one of Los Angeles' most romanticized murder mysteries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1990 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the surface, the thieves seemed sophisticated. They carefully targeted fine art prints created by mainstream contemporary and modern artists, whose pieces command thousands of dollars. Yet the artwork, taken from a number of upscale galleries around Los Angeles, often ended up folded or creased, visibly damaged in the process of being hidden inside clothing during the thefts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1992 | JAMES QUINN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Double-murder charges against a 35-year-old Van Nuys man accused of raping and killing two female transients were dismissed Wednesday because DNA tests showed that someone else sexually assaulted one of the victims. Steven C. Leigh, described as a satanist and white power advocate, remains a suspect in the murders of Dawn McGrath, 21, and Jamie J. Jensen, 13, found shot Jan. 20, prosecutors said. However, Leigh's attorney, Bruce C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1997 | MAYRAV SAAR and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The mystery surrounding last month's slayings of six Pomona residents began to unravel Thursday when police revealed that they had arrested two gang members and charged them with murder in connection with four of the shootings. For several weeks since an alleged gang rampage took the lives of apparently unconnected residents, police reported that they had no suspects, no motives and no leads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1995 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investigation into the slaying of a Placentia girl that baffled law enforcement officials for eight years came to an end this week when authorities charged a convicted rapist in connection with her death. Raymond J. Barthlett, 34, was arrested Friday after DNA evidence linked him to the slaying of 14-year-old Wendy Osborn. She was abducted Jan. 20, 1987, while walking to school and was later raped and killed.
NEWS
June 27, 1991 | TRACY WOOD and RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The route from USC's fraternity row to the 901 Club on Figueroa Street is marked by broad painted stripes running three blocks, a symbol of the bar's importance to the social life of the campus' affluent "Greeks." The "9-Oh," as the raucous college bar is affectionately known, is where inhibitions, like IDs, are checked at the door. For one fraternity--the prestigious and well-connected Alpha Tau Omega house--it is a path well traveled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
October 4, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators are preparing to search a garbage-strewn hillside near downtown Tijuana for the graves of three people who an informant claims were buried there by former Los Angeles Police Department officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, law enforcement sources confirmed Tuesday. The search, expected to occur within days, is part of an ongoing federal investigation aimed at corroborating the allegations of 23-year-old Sonia Flores, Perez's former lover.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1994 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A photograph taken by an automated teller machine camera provides more evidence of what investigators believe is a possible link between the gunman who killed two police officers at a Holiday Inn in Torrance last month and an armed robbery last year at a real estate office in Gardena. Gardena Police Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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