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May 13, 2013 |
Dependable and steady, Maribel Ramos was a hard-charging Army veteran just a couple of weeks away from graduating from college with a degree in criminal justice. Beyond all else, friends agree, she was not the kind of person who'd simply walk away. But Ramos, 36, has been missing for 11 days, seen last on surveillance footage turning in her rent check at her apartment complex in Orange on May 2. She was reported missing the next day, a Friday, after she failed to show up for a speaking commitment at a veterans group event and then never showed at the softball game she'd played weekly for almost six years.
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May 10, 2013 |
Three people were shot to death, and a was fourth wounded, in a dispute that may have been over drugs at a Harbor Gateway apartment complex, officials said. Police said the incident appeared to be isolated. "There is no additional danger to the community members in the area," LAPD Capt. Nancy Lauer told reporters Friday. Police received a 911 call about 5:35 a.m. from a resident who reported hearing eight or nine gunshots in an apartment building in the 1600 block of West 205th Street.
May 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Five days before two bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon, an intelligence report identified the finish line as an "area of increased vulnerability" and warned Boston police that homegrown extremists could use "small-scale bombings" to attack spectators and runners at the event. The 18-page report, similar to others sent to police and first responders before major events in the Boston area, was written by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, which is funded in part by the Department of Homeland Security and helps disseminate intelligence information to local police and first responders.
May 8, 2013 |
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Guadalajara police commander Juan Carlos Martinez took Mexico's national police vetting exam in April 2012. He failed. But no one in government would tell him why. A few months later, he received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a member of a drug cartel. Why don't you think about joining us, he said the man on the phone asked. You won't go hungry. Martinez, 38, declined the offer and maintains that he had been an honorable cop. But the phone call was not an anomaly.
May 7, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - A girl found in the house where three women were held after they were separately abducted about a decade ago is believed to be the daughter of the one of the victims, police said on Tuesday. The child, described as about 6 years old, is believed to be the daughter of Amanda Berry, the woman whose frantic call to police Monday led to the rescue of three women held for years in a house in Cleveland. Three brothers have been arrested in the case and will be charged, officials said.
May 6, 2013 |
Three women who vanished separately up to 11 years ago were rescued from a Cleveland home Monday, police said, and three men were arrested. The announcement rocked the city and prompted celebrations in the street. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight seemed to be "in good health" after their surprise discovery in a residential area near downtown, police said. The men under arrest were not identified but were described as being ages 50, 52 and 54 and reportedly were brothers.
May 5, 2013 |
Supporters of a measure that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchases decried the bill's death in the Senate last month. But was the defeat really such a bad thing? Had it passed, the new law would have been hailed as a historic breakthrough by "anti-gun" forces and a historic mistake by "pro-gun" forces. But on the ground, where American citizens are being shot and killed every day, nothing much would have changed. That's the way things have gone for decades in the grinding American culture war over guns.
May 4, 2013 |
He left no angry manifesto. The last night he was alive, Jacob Tyler Roberts stayed up late drinking and shooting pool with a buddy. Roberts told his friend Sean Cates that he needed a gun, but he didn't say why. The pair, hanging out in Portland, Ore., smoked pot, got drinks from a 7-Eleven and ended up at a Denny's at 3 a.m. The two crashed at Cates' apartment, and when Cates woke up, Roberts was gone - along with Cates' AR-15 rifle....
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May 3, 2013 |
Grief-stricken classmates of a 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a school bus on Thursday returned to Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale on Friday, some of them seeking solace at a memorial that was set up at the collision site. The Los Angeles County coroner on Friday identified the boy as Jonathan Hernandez, who died shortly after being struck and trapped underneath a school bus Thursday afternoon at Columbus Avenue and Riverdale Drive. Grief counselors were at the campus for friends and teachers who knew Jonathan, who was described as well-liked and a student who excelled academically.
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April 30, 2013 |
Los Angeles police officer Brett Goodkin is about to make his big-screen debut, playing a bit role as a cop in "The Bling Ring," Sofia Coppola's movie about fame-obsessed San Fernando Valley youths who burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. But as the director prepares to unveil the picture at the Cannes Film Festival, the LAPD investigator is hardly basking in the glory of his 15 minutes of fame. Instead, he's facing the imminent prospect of losing his job, as a disciplinary panel prepares to rule on the results of an internal investigation into his simultaneous involvement in the real-life case and the film.