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October 7, 1998 | SUE FOX
A teenage ranch hand who cared for horses at the rural home of Jean Schwartz, a 73-year-old woman found beaten and strangled last year, has been convicted of her sexual assault and murder. Antonio Rodriguez, who was 18 at the time of Schwartz's slaying in September 1997, was found guilty Friday in Santa Monica Superior Court of killing his employer while committing rape with a foreign object. Schwartz's bloodied, nearly naked body was dumped along a remote road near her Monte Vista Drive home.
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March 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Saying he still poses a threat to society, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday blocked parole for Manson family member Bruce Davis. “Until Davis can acknowledge and explain why he actively championed the Family's interests, and shed more light on the nature of his involvement, I am not prepared to release him,” the governor wrote in his decision. Davis, 26 at the time of the killings, was convicted and imprisoned in 1972 for his role in the murders of two men, ranch hand Donald “Shorty” Shea, who also worked as a Hollywood stuntman, and aspiring musician Gary Hinman.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER
A Fillmore ranch hand died after being buried alive Thursday when a seven-foot-deep irrigation trench collapsed on him, authorities said. Santiago Casas, 58, was buried beneath three feet of dirt and mud for about 15 minutes before rescuers reached him and took him to Ventura County Medical Center, Deputy Coroner Dale Zentzis said, adding that Casas died during surgery three hours after the 10:25 a.m. accident.
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May 1, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A convicted killer who has been described as mass murderer Charles Manson's "right-hand man" should not be released from prison, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley told Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday. Bruce Davis, 67, who has served 38 years in prison for the 1969 killings of musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea, was recommended for release by a two-member Board of Prison Terms panel in January. In a letter to the governor, who has the power to reverse parole recommendations, Cooley wrote that he believes that Davis "continues to minimize, rationalize and offer excuses" for his role in the killings.
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April 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
The wife of an internationally known cattleman got a ransom note demanding $1 million after her husband disappeared, authorities have disclosed. He was found shot to death two days later. Wayne Stevenson, 51, was reported missing Sunday evening after he failed to return from feeding cattle. His body was found near a shed Tuesday. He had been shot several times, Sheriff Steve Knecht said.
NEWS
June 23, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
There's a moment in the thoughtful, touching 1968 Western "Will Penny" when a young man asks the title character how he knows so much about frontier survival. "Well," the aging, aimless ranch hand responds, "even a blind hog roots up an acorn now and then." Will Penny, played with feeling and understatement by Charlton Heston, is a simple, kind-hearted drifter whose years have somehow slipped away during treks from one range job to the next. Almost 50, his body is weary of the hard life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A convicted killer who has been described as mass murderer Charles Manson's "right-hand man" should not be released from prison, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley told Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday. Bruce Davis, 67, who has served 38 years in prison for the 1969 killings of musician Gary Hinman and ranch hand Donald "Shorty" Shea, was recommended for release by a two-member Board of Prison Terms panel in January. In a letter to the governor, who has the power to reverse parole recommendations, Cooley wrote that he believes that Davis "continues to minimize, rationalize and offer excuses" for his role in the killings.
NEWS
May 15, 1985
The slayings of a Pasadena couple over the weekend appeared to be "gangland style" executions, Mariposa County Sheriff Kenneth Matthys said. The bodies of Robert Roos, 50, and his wife, Inez, 51, were found in their vacation home by a ranch hand on the couple's 640-acre ranch south of Mariposa. The two were found lying face down side by side on the floor, Matthys said, and both had been shot in the back of the head. Matthys said a substantial amount of money was believed missing from the home.
SPORTS
December 24, 1986 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Down at the ranch, Quinn's Ranch, they attract a hearty breed of gym rat. These rats don't mind the absence of hardwood, glass backboards or a roof. They can adjust to an abnormally narrow court and the wind whistling at their neck. They will run full bore into a garage door in pursuit of a loose ball. Yep. They do things a little different down at the ranch.
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May 15, 1987 | Associated Press
Two men being sought in the slaying of a ranch hand surrendered Thursday after slipping through a dragnet of about 60 law enforcement officers, authorities said. Charles Smith, 38, and Matt Wilder, 19, eluded the dragnet in a remote area of Shoshone National Forest and surrendered to officials in Powell, 45 miles east of the search area, Park County Sheriff's Deputy Kirk Waggoner said.
NATIONAL
January 24, 2006 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
President Bush long has cultivated the image of a rancher in the Wild West, donning cowboy boots and blue jeans to clear brush on his sprawling Texas property. But on Monday he was noncommittal, and even a bit nonplused, when asked for his reaction to the most talked-about ranching film in years, "Brokeback Mountain." "I haven't seen it," Bush said of the critically acclaimed love story about two gay ranch hands.
TRAVEL
July 11, 2004 | Marcy Barack, Special to The Times
A week earlier in Los Angeles, my friend Ruth had raised a glass of champagne in a toast to Tom Cruise at his birthday party. Tonight, she wielded a Dustbuster in her battle with a colony of moths inhabiting the chinks of a log cabin in northwestern Wyoming. Lowering her perfectly plucked eyebrows, Ruth lunged. The tired battery gave its last bit of juice to devour a fugitive moth. "Got the sucker!" she crowed, displaying the hand-vac.
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June 3, 2003 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
A Mexican national attempting to cross into the United States was shot and killed by a ranch hand who mistook him for a wild hog, officials said Monday, the latest event in what some fear could be one of deadliest years along the Southwest border. There is no evidence that the ranch hand intended to kill the man, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2000
Authorities released the names Wednesday of victims of a slaying in Lancaster and a possible slaying in Pacoima. Eugene Rufus Newbern, 41, was identified as the Lancaster tenant killed Monday during a dispute with his landlord, who has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Newbern, a ranch hand who was renting a room from Alvan Adams in the 3300 block of East Avenue K-4, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1998 | SUE FOX
A teenage ranch hand who cared for horses at the rural home of Jean Schwartz, a 73-year-old woman found beaten and strangled last year, has been convicted of her sexual assault and murder. Antonio Rodriguez, who was 18 at the time of Schwartz's slaying in September 1997, was found guilty Friday in Santa Monica Superior Court of killing his employer while committing rape with a foreign object. Schwartz's bloodied, nearly naked body was dumped along a remote road near her Monte Vista Drive home.
SPORTS
September 11, 1998 | PETE THOMAS
Aida Meling's ailing heart finally gave out. The spirited owner of Meling Ranch in northern Baja California died suddenly and painlessly late last month. But she did not go quietly. It wasn't her way. "It had been raining up on the mountain, but the minute we walked down and put her in the back of the truck, the rain came down on us," recalled her sister, Duane Barre of Vista. "And then it just started pouring, with constant thunder and lightning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Saying he still poses a threat to society, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday blocked parole for Manson family member Bruce Davis. “Until Davis can acknowledge and explain why he actively championed the Family's interests, and shed more light on the nature of his involvement, I am not prepared to release him,” the governor wrote in his decision. Davis, 26 at the time of the killings, was convicted and imprisoned in 1972 for his role in the murders of two men, ranch hand Donald “Shorty” Shea, who also worked as a Hollywood stuntman, and aspiring musician Gary Hinman.
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February 6, 1998 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Human remains accidentally unearthed by workers at the site of a planned housing development last month belong to an infant and four ranch hands employed by William W. Jenkins--not to the gunslinging 1890s rancher himself as initially thought, researchers said Thursday. The conclusion came from Statistical Research Inc., a Tucson-based archeological consulting firm that prepared a report for Genstar Land Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997
A couple of clarifications are required regarding Scott Steepleton's article on Santa Cruz Island ("Storm Claims Historic Scorpion Ranch Buildings," Dec. 11). First, in the history of the Gherini Ranch, the records indicate that there was never a rainstorm with such intensity that hit the island like the most recent one. The readers need to understand that the layout of the Scorpion Valley, where the historic ranch sits, is very narrow and has all the characteristics of a natural flood plain.
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