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April 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say the department hid an inmate working as a federal informant from the FBI, according to a lawsuit they filed this week. The allegations are the latest development in the ongoing question of whether top sheriff's officials obstructed an FBI investigation after learning that an inmate at Men's Central Jail was secretly collecting information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. In the summer of 2011, sheriff's deputies discovered a cellphone belonging to the inmate that had calls tracing back to the FBI. In an unusual move, sheriff's officials responded by moving the inmate, a convicted bank robber, to a different jail under aliases, including Robin Banks.
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August 4, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Victoria Kim
The federal investigation into allegations that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies abused inmates is expected to conclude within the next five months, according to U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr., who is overseeing the probe. "My sense is the investigation, one way or the other, will culminate certainly before the end of this year," Birotte said during an interview with The Times' editorial board last week. The FBI has been investigating the sheriff's jail system - the largest in the nation - since at least 2011.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Victoria Kim
The federal investigation into allegations that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies abused inmates is expected to conclude within the next five months, according to U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr., who is overseeing the probe. "My sense is the investigation, one way or the other, will culminate certainly before the end of this year," Birotte said during an interview with The Times' editorial board last week. The FBI has been investigating the sheriff's jail system - the largest in the nation - since at least 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors examining abuse in the Los Angeles County jail and others problems in the sheriff's department are slated to interview Sheriff Lee Baca's chief spokesman next week Steve Whitmore said he would be interviewed Tuesday by federal prosecutors and the FBI about the county jails. "I will answer their questions and provide everything I know," he said Thursday. Whitmore said he had nothing to hide and was more than willing to provide whatever information federal authorities require.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors examining abuse in the Los Angeles County jail and others problems in the sheriff's department are slated to interview Sheriff Lee Baca's chief spokesman next week Steve Whitmore said he would be interviewed Tuesday by federal prosecutors and the FBI about the county jails. "I will answer their questions and provide everything I know," he said Thursday. Whitmore said he had nothing to hide and was more than willing to provide whatever information federal authorities require.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Federal prosecutors examining jail abuse and other problems in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are expected to interview Sheriff Lee Baca on Friday. Part of the inquiry centers on whether Sheriff's Department officials obstructed an FBI investigation by holding inmate Anthony Brown under aliases and moving him. In an interview this week with The Times' editorial board, Baca said he's been assured that he's not a target of the investigation. Federal officials have declined to discuss details of the case.
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April 11, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
They called it Operation Pandora's Box. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials learned in the summer of 2011 that the FBI had enlisted an inmate in the Men's Central Jail to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. In an unusual move, sheriff's officials responded by moving the inmate, a convicted bank robber, to a different jail under fake names, including Robin Banks. They assigned at least 13 deputies to watch him around the clock, according to documents reviewed by The Times.
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December 8, 1994 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Basement Theatre's Alternative Stage, a forum for original, experimental works, is staging an adventurous, albeit uneven "Billy the Kid," embellished by a rock score. Unfortunately, the Pasadena theater, which has been producing shows in the basement of the First Congregational Church for the last 10 years, can't meet an increase in the church's rent and will be compelled to move out at the end of the month, destination unknown.
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September 27, 2000 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's been no two-page spread in InStyle as of yet, but the awards bestowed by Southern California Rideshare seem destined for Sotheby status. In an age of award-show inflation ("And now the award for Best Backup Singer of a Theme Song for an Animated Short . . ."), they are relatively rare--this year, only eight were handed out. So in terms of supply-side economics, the Golden Pylon Award may be the most valuable statuette in town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2012 | By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
For months, Anthony Brown fooled his jailers into believing that he was just another prisoner inside Men's Central Jail. In fact, the 45-year-old armed robber was working for the FBI on a highly sensitive investigation of the Los Angeles County jails. He took down the names of sheriff's deputies who he alleged were dirty. He reported tales of violent abuse of inmates at the hands of jailers. He even ensnared a deputy in a phone smuggling scheme that resulted in a criminal conviction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say the department hid an inmate working as a federal informant from the FBI, according to a lawsuit they filed this week. The allegations are the latest development in the ongoing question of whether top sheriff's officials obstructed an FBI investigation after learning that an inmate at Men's Central Jail was secretly collecting information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. In the summer of 2011, sheriff's deputies discovered a cellphone belonging to the inmate that had calls tracing back to the FBI. In an unusual move, sheriff's officials responded by moving the inmate, a convicted bank robber, to a different jail under aliases, including Robin Banks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Federal prosecutors examining jail abuse and other problems in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are expected to interview Sheriff Lee Baca on Friday. Part of the inquiry centers on whether Sheriff's Department officials obstructed an FBI investigation by holding inmate Anthony Brown under aliases and moving him. In an interview this week with The Times' editorial board, Baca said he's been assured that he's not a target of the investigation. Federal officials have declined to discuss details of the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
They called it Operation Pandora's Box. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials learned in the summer of 2011 that the FBI had enlisted an inmate in the Men's Central Jail to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. In an unusual move, sheriff's officials responded by moving the inmate, a convicted bank robber, to a different jail under fake names, including Robin Banks. They assigned at least 13 deputies to watch him around the clock, according to documents reviewed by The Times.
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September 10, 1992 | MARY LOU LOPER
Friends of Michael Novarese are staging a love-in for the recently retired designer Sept. 26 at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. A circle of Novarese devotees--Maggie Murray, Wanda Henderson, Treva Abrams, Patty Burschinger, Joan Caillouette, Georgie Erskine, Tonian Hohberg and Elise Pasetta--have spliced old and current photos of Michael on the invitation cover. They'll celebrate and preview "The Special Gallery of His Designs" and stage a seated dinner.
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