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February 4, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A 3-month-old boy was removed from a Littlerock home and a man arrested on federal charges that he produced child pornography with the infant and emailed it to an undercover detective in England, officials said Tuesday. Robert Dale Schrader, 33, of Littlerock, was taken into federal custody Monday on two counts of producing child pornography after an investigation by the Long Beach-based, multiagency Child Exploitation Investigations Group. “This is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, child pornography victims ever identified in the Los Angeles area,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for Immigration & Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles, which played a lead role in the investigation.
February 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Sixteen teenagers being sold as prostitutes--some reported missing by their families--were rescued by authorities in the lead-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the FBI announced Tuesday. Police from cities including Yonkers in New York and Atlantic City in New Jersey also arrested 45 people who potentially face prostitution-related charges. The FBI said some of those arrested said they traveled to New Jersey from other states with the intent to capitalize on the large number of people visiting the New Jersey-New York area for the Super Bowl.  The arrests and recovery cap a two-week-long law pre-Super Bowl law enforcement effort as authorities face pressure from human rights groups to crack down on human trafficking.
January 31, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Reptile specialists are continuing their uphill efforts to nurse more than 170 malnourished and ill snakes back to health after they were pulled from a house in Santa Ana where a grade school teacher lived amid a clutter of mice, rats and pythons - many of them dead. Since being rescued from the home, 11 of the snakes have died, bringing the total to 235. Jason Haywood, president of the Southern California Herpetology Assn. and Rescue, said most of the snakes died of liver failure on the first night.
January 26, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
An 85-year-old hiker missing since Saturday morning in the Angeles National Forest was rescued Sunday by L.A. County Sheriff's Search and Rescue teams, authorities said. Hiker Donald Buchanan was found after a search and rescue ground team heard faint whistling across a ravine about 10:30 a.m as crew members searched along a trail near the Mt. Baden-Powell peak, sheriff's officials said in a statement. The team was able to hike closer to the sound and soon were able to speak with Buchanan, who called out to the rescue crew to say he was uninjured.
January 25, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
I knew dried fruit had an image problem, but I had no idea how bad it had gotten. Sure, I can kind of understand how prunes, er, "dried plums," might have an issue - let's face it, any time your marketing solution involves changing your product's name entirely, well, things are tough. But the other day, I was talking to Cooks County's Roxana Jullapat, and she told me that in her restaurant, merely putting the word "raisin" on the menu was enough to kill sales for a dish completely.
January 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A fire that broke out at a two-story vacant car dealership at the edge of Ladera Heights early Tuesday morning -- trapping two people on the roof -- is "suspicious in nature," authorities said. The fire began at about 2:25 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Centinela Avenue near the border of Westchester. Firefighters who arrived on the scene had to rescue two people who may have been homeless and stuck on the roof, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. After they were rescued, the two people disappeared, Main said.
January 8, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
As we all get ready for the premiere later this month of Season 3 of the BBC's superb "Sherlock"  on PBS (I know I am), we should pause to give thanks to a Chicago federal judge who saved the world's greatest fictional detective from the pitiless clutches of the Copyright Act. In a ruling issued just before Christmas, Judge Ruben Castillo held that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, in almost all particulars, are part of...
January 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Twenty-four street-gang members and associates have been indicted on charges of conspiring to run an interstate prostitution ring, federal officials announced Wednesday. Of the 24 indicted, 14 face possible life sentences in prison because the charges against them include sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking by violence. Arrests were made in San Diego, Arizona and New Jersey. The organization is known as BMS, which is a combination of the Black MOB and Skanless gangs, officials said.
January 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A woman allegedly assaulted and kidnapped by her boyfriend on Christmas Day was rescued Saturday from a Palmdale apartment, authorities said. The boyfriend, identified as Giovanni McKinnis, 19, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, domestic violence, false imprisonment and violating a restraining order, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was being held in lieu of $1-million bail. McKinnis allegedly assaulted the 19-year-old woman - who is also the mother of his child - at her Palmdale home on Dec. 25, then took her against her will, a sheriff's statement said.
December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 2-year-old was rescued from a burning apartment building in Torrance early Thursday morning in a fire that authorities said was intentionally set by the toddler's father. Fire crews and officers responded to the fire in the 16700 block of Crenshaw Boulevard around 12:15 a.m. and saw that a portion of the four-unit apartment complex was "fully engulfed in flames," according to Sgt. Robert Watt of the Torrance Police Department. A woman who lived in the apartment where the fire was the worst was standing in front of the building when crews arrived and told them that her 2-year-old was still inside.
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