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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
AMC may be most closely identified with the glamourous stylings of "Mad Men," but from the looks of its new reality series "Small Town Security," the channel is going as far from the pretty people of 1960s New York as you can get. The unscripted series, set to premiere after"Breaking Bad"on July 15, follows the exploits of the employees of JJK Security, a family-run security and private investigation company in Ringgold, Ga. Based on the...
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NEWS
September 11, 1993 | SHAWN HUBLER and JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Tinseltown is a nasty little neighborhood, full of rumors and secrets and tattletales. Just when you think you've made it, someone pops up to soak you or soil you or sic the cops on your tail. Somebody has to look out for all those big names and big checkbooks. Somebody has to be gumshoe to the stars. And this year's Beverly Hills 911 is Anthony J. Pellicano Jr., the least private private eye in town. Here he is on "Larry King Live," sticking up for Michael Jackson.
NEWS
June 29, 1990 | ROBERT W. WELKOS and JOEL SAPPELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles attorney Joseph Yanny was driving through rural Ohio in the pre-dawn hours in 1988 when he was pulled over by police, who had received a tip that he was carrying a cache of cocaine and guns in his rental car. A telephone caller had supplied authorities in Ohio with Yanny's name, the car's description and license number, and the route he would be traveling to his sister's house after a rock concert by one of his clients, the Grateful Dead.
NEWS
October 11, 1986 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
A Saudi Arabian businessman who hired a Santa Ana private detective to help him collect a $1-million debt has been arrested by FBI agents and charged with soliciting a kidnaping. The tale unfolding in federal court is either an intricate kidnaping plot or a serious case of a cultural misunderstanding by the foreign businessman who thought he was dealing with police officers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Blake Shelton and NBC have a message for victims of this week's Oklahoma tornado: Help is on the way. Shelton, country-music star and judge on NBC's hit "The Voice," is organizing a benefit concert  in Oklahoma City to help with disaster-relief efforts in his home state. On Friday, NBC announced it will air the event live in many markets across six networks -- NBC, Style, E!, G4, Bravo and CMT -- at 9 p.m. May 29. Joining Shelton will be Reba and Vince Gill, along with Shelton's wife, country singer Miranda Lambert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2006 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
While working for the LAPD, veteran detective Mark J. Arneson found a way to turn his police expertise into profits: He became a private eye. Arneson allegedly went too far -- he was indicted this month with private investigator Anthony Pellicano on charges of illegally pulling private data from police computers. Pellicano allegedly paid Arneson $189,000 for his services. Arneson was suspended in 2003 and has left the department. But other officers do outside investigative work.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2000 | GREG MILLER ASHLEY DUNN and JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Oracle Corp. on Wednesday defended as a "public service" its decision to hire a detective agency to investigate groups supporting Microsoft Corp., an arrangement that nevertheless appears to have stretched the boundaries of corporate espionage in Silicon Valley. Oracle's admission added new intrigue to the behind-the-scenes corporate maneuvering that has long surrounded the Microsoft antitrust trial.
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.
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.
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