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April 7, 2005 | Robert J. Lopez and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
The district attorney's office served search warrants Wednesday at Vernon City Hall as part of an investigation of alleged misuse of public funds in the tiny industrial town on the southeast border of Los Angeles, authorities said. For the last several months, investigators from the district attorney's public integrity division have been conducting a preliminary probe of the city, which was sparked by a complaint, said Head Deputy Dist. Atty. David Demerjian.
April 6, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The civil rights of Hells Angels members were violated when authorities searched their homes and seized their property, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week. The Hells Angels contended that during a 1997 murder investigation, police seized motorcycles and killed three dogs.
January 25, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Using a police dog to sniff a car's exterior for drugs does not violate the privacy rights of a stopped motorist, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, even if the officers had no reason to suspect the car or its occupants were carrying drugs. When added to prior rulings, the high court's 6-2 decision appears to give police broad, but not unlimited, authority to use canines to sniff for drugs -- or bombs -- whether on roads or in schools, airports and office buildings.
December 8, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Stepping into a long-running Simi Valley dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court today will examine the extent to which police can detain and question individuals while serving search warrants. The case stems from a 1998 search by Simi Valley police for weapons at a suspected gang safe house after a drive-by shooting. With guns drawn, nearly two dozen officers swarmed the Patricia Avenue home at dawn.
December 4, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Investigators raided Michael Jackson's palatial Neverland Ranch on Friday, less than two months before the scheduled start of the pop star's trial on charges of child molestation and conspiracy. Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies and investigators from the county district attorney's office began the search of Jackson's 2,300-acre spread about 9 a.m., according to Sgt. Chris Pappas, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department. It continued into Friday evening.
November 30, 2004 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
U.S. forces in Iraq seized more than three times as many weapons caches in the former rebel stronghold of Fallouja in the last three weeks as are confiscated throughout the country during an average month, according to a new intelligence summary. Troops discovered weapons at about 350 sites in Fallouja, the report said. That compares with 103 stashes normally found nationwide per month, according to the report, portions of which were reviewed Monday by a Times reporter.
November 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
Russian authorities have searched the homes of dozens of managers working for oil company Yukos in what one board member described as a massive campaign reminiscent of the Stalinist purges, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Sunday. Interfax quoted the unidentified Yukos board member as saying that dozens of Yukos managers in Moscow and across Russia have been targeted in a far-ranging official investigation, and many of them have had their homes searched at night.
September 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities raided the home of Michael Jackson's personal assistant as part of their investigation into allegations that the entertainer molested a boy at his Neverland ranch, a newspaper reported Thursday. The person's name was blacked out in court documents released Wednesday, but the Santa Barbara News-Press identified her as Sherman Oaks resident Evelyn "Evvy" Tavasci, who has worked for Jackson, 46, for more than 10 years.
September 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The San Francisco Police Commission has advised the city to settle a civil rights lawsuit in which two girls accused officers of improperly searching them. Commissioners voted this week to recommend that the city pay the 12- and 14-year-old girls $54,000 each. In 2002, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, police were responding to a call about four men removing guns from a red car when they stopped the two girls, who along with two others were in a car that matched the general description.
August 17, 2004 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
Federal authorities on Monday seized $308,000 from a nonprofit group whose director is under investigation for allegedly funneling illegal campaign contributions to Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, state officials reported. State Controller Steve Westly said the action was taken because the San Francisco Neighbors Resource Center failed to meet a Monday deadline to provide the state with proof that it properly spent a $492,000 grant Shelley had helped arrange when he was a state assemblyman.
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