CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 |
KING CITY, Calif. - Angel Pineda tucked his white cowboy hat under a folding chair in the packed church hall and listened. First came the civil rights presentation - on what to do if pulled over by police. " I want a lawyer ," American Civil Liberties Union staffer Daisy Vieyra, who had come from San Francisco, enunciated in English. "I want a lawyer," the crowd repeated. Then came the indignation, as local residents and advocates from outside this southern Salinas Valley agricultural community made it clear that tomorrow's King City will not be the same as yesterday's.
March 4, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- A Long Island man who admitted helping his father fake his own drowning was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday, the latest twist in an unwieldy case that became a textbook example of how not to get away with it. Jonathan Roth, 23, apologized as he was sentenced Tuesday in Mineola, N.Y., 17 months after he reported his father, Raymond Roth, missing in the waves off a popular Long Island beach. "I realize what I did was wrong," said the younger Roth, who could have avoided jail time if he had complied with a deal his attorney struck with Nassau County prosecutors last year.
February 12, 2014
Re "Like the DMV, but with more fees," Column, Feb. 7 The online DMV look-alike scam has other incarnations. As a reasonably intelligent retired professional, I recently attempted to file change-of-address information with the U.S. Postal Service. I came upon a very official-looking website. I filled in the requisite information, which included my credit card, being aware that the Postal Service requires a token $1 payment to confirm your identity. When I reviewed my credit card statement, I noticed a $39 charge.
January 17, 2014 |
In what they call an unprecedented case, authorities have accused six Fresno residents of abusing a squatters-rights law to steal no fewer than 23 properties across California. The homes range from shacks in rural hamlets and a house near the Twenty Mule Team Museum in Boron to a condo near the yacht slips in Marina del Rey. The defendants “lied to the courts” to stake claims to apparently abandoned homes in nine counties, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said in a news release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 |
Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo is expected in court Monday and is expected to plead guilty to filing false tax returns. From 2005 through 2010, the year he was ousted from his job after his salary was revealed, Rizzo claimed more than $770,000 in phantom losses on his tax returns, further inflating his take-home pay. He is already facing 10 to 12 years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal, but agreed to plead guilty to...
December 6, 2013 |
It seemed too good to be true. About a month ago, I was outside our house in Los Angeles watering plants as darkness settled in. Two guys approached me with a question. Who provided my television service? Was it DirecTV? Dish Network? Time Warner Cable? The pair promised that no matter which company it was, they could offer a better deal. As they walked up our driveway, I got a closer look. One guy was wearing a red polo shirt with Dish Network logos and a red Dish Network ball cap. The other guy was in a blue polo shirt and blue ball cap sporting DirecTV logos.