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October 10, 1987 | United Press International
The U.S. Marshals Service on Friday issued an all-points bulletin for a Southern California drug ringleader who escaped from federal prison after learning he faced new charges in Oregon. Jon Vermouth, 36, fled a work party outside the Federal Correctional Institution at Pleasanton on Oct. 1, authorities disclosed Thursday. That was the same day he learned that a federal grand jury in Oregon had indicted him this summer on new drug charges, U.S. Marshals Inspector John Stafford said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The leader of a human trafficking and prostitution ring that lured teenage girls from the Inland Empire was sentenced Monday to 30 years in federal prison. Paul Edward Bell, 30, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and admitted to forcing four girls between 15 and 17 years old into working as prostitutes in Lynwood and Compton, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement. Bell, a Lynwood gang member, led a ring that involved at least eight people, including three lead prostitutes, who “groomed” girls into prostitution and eventually trafficked them to Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1990
Curt Pringle should change his ballot title to "thug" or "ringleader," since his henchmen hired "guards" to intimidate Hispanic voters in his district. Pringle has no business bringing up ethics as an issue in this campaign. WILLIAM A. THATCHER Huntington Beach
WORLD
September 22, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Two former Turkish generals and a retired admiral were among more than 300 ex-officers sentenced to prison terms Friday in a controversial case that highlighted tensions between Turkey's civilian government and the long-powerful military. The three ex-commanders were convicted in Istanbul, Turkey, of being the ringleaders of a complex plot to "overthrow the government by force" almost a decade ago and were initially sentenced to life in prison, Turkish news reports said.
SPORTS
September 13, 1997 | Associated Press
An Internal Revenue Service investigation into alleged links between past and current Texas El Paso football players and a tax-fraud scheme centers on former player Brian Burks, the El Paso Herald-Post reported. Burks, a transfer from L.A. Southwest College, was a defensive lineman for UTEP in 1994 and 1995. He no longer is eligible to play football, but is still taking classes at UTEP.
NEWS
February 12, 1985 | From Reuters
A Nigerian and three Israelis were sentenced to from 10 to 14 years in prison today after confessing that they drugged Nigeria's most wanted exile and tried to smuggle him from London to Lagos in an aircraft baggage crate. None of the four accused men showed emotion when sentence was passed, but the wife of one of the Israelis, Felix Abitbol, was led sobbing from the public gallery.
NEWS
June 28, 1986 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
An organization that may have defrauded 1,000 businesses nationwide out of merchandise worth more than $2.5 million has been put out of operation by the arrest of its ringleader and five associates, authorities said Friday.
NEWS
April 28, 1996 | JAMES RAINEY and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's a plain, modest bedroom like a lot of little boys might have. There's a Power Rangers poster on one wall and a "Star Student" school certificate on another. A plastic Batmobile rests, poised for action, on the night stand. And by the door, a penny collection has only started to fill a giant plastic Sparkletts bottle. Many of the trappings of childhood are here, but the 6-year-old boy who lived in this room has left innocence behind.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2009 | Kenneth Turan, FILM CRITIC
It was the movies that killed John Dillinger -- Gangster No. 1 until he was gunned down outside a Chicago theater after taking in the pictures one hot night in 1934 -- and it was the movies that brought him back to life. More than once. But this time it's different. This time Michael Mann is in charge. Win, lose or draw, Mann, director of "Heat," "Ali," "The Insider" and the current "Public Enemies," is inescapably one of the masters of modern American cinema.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1987 | From United Press International
The suspected ringleader of a multimillion-dollar nationwide bookmaking ring raided by Los Angeles authorities last weekend was arrested Friday, sheriff's deputies said. Ron Sacco, 46, was taken into custody at a Chino residence, Deputy Van Mosley said. Arrested with him was Carol Fernandez, 46. Sacco and Fernandez were taken to the Industry sheriff's station and booked on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bookmaking.
NATIONAL
November 11, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
An Army sergeant so sharp he looked like a recruiting poster — who had skulls tattooed on his leg said to represent the people he'd killed in Iraq — was convicted of three counts of premeditated murder Thursday in the most gruesome war crimes case to emerge from the war in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, 26, was also found guilty of keeping decomposing fingers, leg bones and a tooth as trophies from corpses, and organizing the gang beating of a fellow soldier he feared would report the rampant hashish use in what Army officials say was an "out of control" platoon.
NATIONAL
September 28, 2010 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
The first public hearing involving charges that five soldiers gunned down Afghan civilians for sport concluded Monday, with witnesses and lawyers describing widespread fear of the sergeant who has been described as the ringleader of the slayings. That sergeant is Calvin Gibbs. Though the hearing was held to determine whether Spc. Jeremy Morlock, 22, of Wasilla, Alaska, will face a court-martial on murder charges, the testimony and court documents focused attention on Gibbs. Prosecutors say Morlock was the right-hand man of Gibbs, who they say directed his troops on how to handle the killings.
WORLD
May 26, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Pakistan's high court ruled Tuesday that authorities did not have enough evidence to arrest a firebrand Islamic cleric suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai. The ruling is likely to anger India's government at a time when the two rival countries seek a thaw in relations. Hafiz Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani militant group blamed for the string of assaults on luxury hotels, a railway station and other targets in Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
More than 50 people have been indicted in Southern California, Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C., in connection with a "phishing" scheme to steal bank account information from thousands of victims in the United States, authorities said Tuesday. The federal grand jury indictment, which was unsealed Wednesday, names 53 suspects -- 33 of whom have already been arrested -- as well as 47 unindicted co-conspirators from Egypt, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. All of those who were indicted face charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2009 | Kenneth Turan, FILM CRITIC
It was the movies that killed John Dillinger -- Gangster No. 1 until he was gunned down outside a Chicago theater after taking in the pictures one hot night in 1934 -- and it was the movies that brought him back to life. More than once. But this time it's different. This time Michael Mann is in charge. Win, lose or draw, Mann, director of "Heat," "Ali," "The Insider" and the current "Public Enemies," is inescapably one of the masters of modern American cinema.
NATIONAL
May 22, 2009 | Tina Susman
To his Uncle Richard, Onta Williams is passive to a fault, too weak-willed to defy men at the local mosque who urged him to shun his uncle, who is gay. To his neighbors, James Cromitie is a "cool dude," a Muslim who prayed regularly but also joined their beery chat sessions and never uttered a hateful word.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1986
Awoman accused of running a prostitution ring from her Granada Hills home by placing advertisements for escort services in telephone yellow pages was sentenced Wednesday to six months in County Jail and three years' probation. The woman, Lisa Melody Andrade, 28, also was ordered to pay $150 to the state victim's restitution fund for her guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit prostitution. Andrade originally pleaded guilty to one count of pimping, but Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
May 1, 1991 | LYNN SIMROSS
Consider how you want to use your cellular phone: primarily for business, in case of emergency or to carry with you when you leave your auto. Then you'll have to decide whether you want a mobile phone for use only inside the car or a transportable one that can be used inside or outside the car with a battery pack or a small portable one. * Take time to find out what types of monthly service plans and packages are available from the two cellular carriers, PacTel Cellular and LA Cellular.
WORLD
March 4, 2009 | Associated Press
Bangladeshi police said Tuesday that they had arrested the suspected ringleader of an insurrection by border guards, an attack the prime minister cited as proof of "a conspiracy" against her government. The army continued to search for more than 1,000 border guards who fled after last week's mutiny at their headquarters in Dhaka, in which the guards ambushed their commanding officers, leaving at least 69 people dead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2009 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles police have arrested a suspected leader of a small but sophisticated crew of burglars who allegedly broke into the homes of executives, celebrities and sports stars, stealing millions of dollars worth of cash and property, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.
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