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NEWS
August 15, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighteen hours after Orange County honor student Stuart Tay disappeared, the case was broken--not by police, but by a private investigator hired by Tay's family. His parents had called the Orange police when their son did not return home after running an errand on New Year's Eve in 1992. But the department could not spare officers for a missing person's search without evidence of foul play. So the family hired Lee Roberts, a Santa Ana investigator, who put seven people on the case.
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NEWS
April 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
Investigators for both sides in an alleged rape at the Kennedy estate are roaming nightclubs trying to assemble a portrait of the woman who says she was attacked. Private investigators hired by the Kennedy family and police detectives have been talking with acquaintances of the woman, employees at her favorite nightclubs and those who were with her the night before the alleged assault. More than 100 people have been interviewed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council member warned LAPD officials Thursday that they must ban officers from moonlighting as private investigators, or he will push the council to do so. "We need to ban all outside work as private investigators. We need to ban officers working for private investigators," Councilman Jack Weiss said at a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1995 | AL MARTINEZ
Don Crutchfield is seated in an office surrounded by boxing pictures, talking about himself. It is something he does well, for even though he has the stocky build of a street fighter, it is accompanied by the smooth, persuasive delivery of a press agent. He is telling me he is private investigator to the stars and rattles off the names of celebrities like items on a grocery list: Sinatra, Brando, Lewis, Garland, Bronson, Rickles, pickles, bread, milk, salami. . . .
NEWS
June 29, 1990 | JOEL SAPPELL and ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
"Never treat a war like a skirmish. Treat all skirmishes like wars." --L. Ron Hubbard The Church of Scientology does not turn the other cheek. Ministers mingle with private detectives. "Sacred scriptures" counsel the virtues of combativeness. Parishioners double as paralegals for litigious church attorneys. Consider the passage that a prominent Scientology minister selected from the religion's scriptures, authored by the late L.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1988 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, Times Staff Writer
As the former prosecutors and ex-FBI agents at Kroll Associates see it, they are sort of the Rolls-Royce of private investigators. In a business sometimes sullied by questionable tactics and indiscretion, Kroll prides itself on keeping its hands clean and mouth shut while digging into the background and activities of a corporate raider, prospective business partner or errant executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2000 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed by allegations of financial improprieties in the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, interim administrator Jerry Scharlin said Wednesday he had hired a private detective firm to investigate agency operations. The private investigators' work has been turned over to the city controller's office, and helped spark a more detailed audit of agency land transactions now underway, Scharlin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Tossing a legal hand grenade into an already-contentious case, celebrity sleuth Anthony Pellicano on Friday demanded and won the right to act as his own lawyer in his upcoming trial on wiretapping and racketeering charges. U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer tried to talk Pellicano out of his plan, but he would not relent. "I urge you to let me appoint counsel for you," Fischer implored in federal court in downtown Los Angeles. "You're very kind, your honor, but no, thank you," Pellicano said.
WORLD
March 13, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Police investigating Britain's phone hacking scandal swooped down on a number of homes in an early-morning raid Tuesday and arrested six people, including a woman widely identified as Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers. Scotland Yard said five men and the woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a more serious charge than phone hacking. That suggests that the authorities' probe of the scandal has broadened to include an investigation of a possible coverup by employees and executives at Murdoch-owned News International.
NEWS
February 8, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They pick through trash, poke through mail and tap into sophisticated computer databases in search of the elusive money trail. When it comes to tracking down the soon-to-be ex-husband's secret nest egg, a business executive's embezzled loot or a fallen dictator's offshore bank accounts, private investigators employ methods both mundane and cutting-edge to find hidden assets. Some may rely on less scrupulous tactics. Or, as local gumshoe John J.
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