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April 1, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A San Francisco lawmaker wants to protect your emails from random scrutiny by law enforcement. State Sen. Mark Leno has introduced legislation to require courts to issue search warrants before companies such as Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Facebook turn them over. “No law enforcement agency could obtain someone's mail or letters that were delivered to their home without first securing a search warrant, but that same protection is surprisingly not extended to our digital life,” said the San Francisco Democrat.
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March 26, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Law enforcement authorities on Wednesday night were serving search warrants and apprehending suspects as part of a months-long investigation into luggage and cargo thefts at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police and other officers swooped down on a cargo facility building near Imperial Highway and Aviation Boulevard by the southeast side of LAX, according to a source familiar with the operation. Television news footage showed officers at the facility, where luggage is handled.
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March 26, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Law enforcement authorities on Wednesday night were serving search warrants and apprehending suspects as part of a months-long investigation into luggage and cargo thefts at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police and other officers swooped down on a cargo facility building near Imperial Highway and Aviation Boulevard by the southeast side of LAX, according to a source familiar with the operation. Television news footage showed officers at the facility, where luggage is handled.
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March 11, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Two men were arrested Tuesday in San Bernardino County on suspicion of illegally trafficking in firearms after they allegedly sold guns to agents from the California Department of Justice. Hours after the arrest of Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale, and Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley, investigators using search warrants discovered more than 300 handguns, rifles, two World War II grenades and one mortar round at homes on Beardsley Avenue in Oildale and on Cronese Road in Apple Valley.
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August 14, 2013 | By Tony Perry and Jason Wells
SAN DIEGO -- Hannah Anderson's mother and brother were "tortured and killed" before the 16-year-old San Diego County teen was abducted from cheerleading practice, according to search warrants released Wednesday. Authorities did not elaborate on how the torture was carried out, but the warrants reveal some gruesome details of what investigators discovered when they responded to a fire at suspect James Lee DiMaggio's home. Authorities found a crowbar near Christina Anderson's body, with blood near her head.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
A New Zealand judge has ruled that investigators obtained evidence unlawfully in a search of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom's home, dealing a huge blow to the U.S. case against the online file-sharing company.  High Court Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann said in the ruling Thursday that warrants used by New Zealand authorities to conduct the search at the FBI's behest were too broadly defined and “did not adequately describe the offenses...
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July 18, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - The three people accused of killing a 22-year-old Marine wife were engaged in a sadistic sexual lifestyle that may be linked to her death, according to court documents released Wednesday. Detectives believe two of the defendants, a Marine and his girlfriend, may have sexually accosted Brittany Dawn Killgore before killing her, according to one document. Four search warrants, ordered released by an appeals court over the objections of the district attorney's office, provide an inside look at the unusual relationship involving Staff Sgt. Louis Perez, 45; Jessica Lopez, 25; and Dorothy Maraglino, 36, all charged with murder in connection with Killgore's slaying.
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April 16, 1991
Sheriff's and district attorney's investigators probing the financial affairs of the Huntington Park Casino served search warrants Monday on the home of Mayor Thomas Jackson, the casino and others, authorities said. The warrants were served "in connection with a continuing criminal investigation into the activities of the principals of the Huntington Park card club and others," district attorney's office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.
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June 8, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
As part of a criminal bribery probe, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office served search warrants at the homes and campus offices of two high-ranking Pasadena City College officials Thursday morning, authorities said. Investigators removed documents and computers belonging to Richard Van Pelt, vice president of administrative services, and Alfred Hutchings, the college's facilities services supervisor, said Dave Demerjian, head of the district attorney's Public Integrity Division.
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December 27, 1995 | Dana Parsons
"Believe me," Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said Saturday morning before the news conference hecalled formally began, "I'd much rather be celebrating Chris Cox's magnificent victory [in overriding a presidential veto Friday] than be complaining about the Orange County D.A. sending armed men into the home of honest citizens." Rohrabacher also lamented the absence of good surfing conditions but then warmed to the task of lathering Dist. Atty.
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September 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
At least 17 people were detained Thursday morning as Los Angeles police executed a search warrant in Arleta. The search began about 6:30 a.m. at Wentworth Street and Woodale Avenue and involved uniformed officers without a SWAT team, said Officer Brady Cuellar from the LAPD's Mission station. Video of the scene on KTLA showed 17 men and women sitting side by side on the curb in front of a home while officers searched in and around the property. There have been three violent crimes and 15 property crimes in Arleta in the last week, according to the L.A. Times crime mapping database . ALSO: Man's body found in Clover fire in Shasta County San Diego school principal on leave after drug arrest Over city's protests, judge says Huntington Beach rave is a go   Joseph.serna@latimes.com @josephserna
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August 26, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Monday seized almost 300 birds, a 20-gauge shotgun and other items related to an alleged cockfighting ring in the Antelope Valley, authorities said. Deputies from the department's Community Oriented Services Bureau found the birds after carrying out a search warrant in the 34200 block of 90th Street East in Juniper Hills. A suspect has been identified, according to a Sheriff's Department news release, and the case will be sent to the district attorney's office for consideration.
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August 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells and Kate Mather
Christina Anderson -- whose body was found Aug. 4 in the burning home of the man suspected of kidnapping her 16-year-old daughter, Hannah -- died of a blunt force injury to the head, according to autopsy results released Monday. The body of Anderson, 44, was found in a standalone garage, with blood near her head and a crowbar nearby, according to search warrants released last week. The body of her 8-year-old son, Ethan, was later found burned in the home. Both had been  "tortured and killed,"  the documents noted.
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August 19, 2013 | By Kate Mather
James Lee DiMaggio, the man at the center of the kidnapping saga involving San Diego County teenager Hannah Anderson and the killings of her mother and 8-year-old brother, left his life insurance to the children's grandmother, a family spokesman confirmed Monday. Andrew Spanswick, a spokesman for James DiMaggio's family, said the 40-year-old left $112,000 to Bernice Anderson, whom he named his beneficiary in 2011. DiMaggio's sister spoke to him once about his beneficiary, Spanswick said, and he indicated that the money was to go to Hannah and her brother, Ethan.
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August 17, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Jason Wells
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department's continuing investigation of Hannah Anderson's alleged  kidnapping has revealed new evidence, but officials said they still believe Anderson was strictly a victim in the ordeal. The new evidence shows that Hannah and her alleged abductor, James DiMaggio, were in contact frequently before they disappeared and the bodies of Hannah's mother and brother were found in DiMaggio's burning home. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said the department's investigation was ongoing and declined to comment on the specifics of the search warrants released this week.
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August 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Jason Wells and Tony Perry
The family of James Lee DiMaggio struggled to come to grips with the latest revelations included in a series of search warrants released this week as part of the investigation into the abduction of San Diego County teen Hannah Anderson the murder of her mother and younger brother. Letters from 16-year-old Hannah were among the items seized from DiMaggio's San Diego property, as were  handcuff boxes, used condoms and incendiary devices, according to the warrants. Authorities did not detail what the letters -- or another handwritten note -- said.
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February 24, 2011 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office served search warrants Wednesday at two homes connected to a former top Bell official, suggesting that the investigation into corruption in city government has expanded. The searches centered on Eric Eggena, the city's former director of general services. Eggena was one of several top city officials who earned oversized salaries under the reign of former City Administrator Robert Rizzo. Eggena earned $421,402 a year and was fired last year after his salary was made public.
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June 8, 1994 | Associated Press
Defense attorneys do not have the right to review search warrants that they have challenged, the California Supreme Court has ruled. Instead, the warrants should be submitted to a trial judge for a closed-door review, and the defense will have to abide by the judicial determination, the justices said in a decision released Monday. The 6-1 ruling involved a Marysville case, People vs. Hobbs, in which the defendant challenged a search warrant that led to her arrest on drug charges.
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August 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Tony Perry
Letters from Hannah Anderson were among items seized by authorities in a search of kidnap and murder suspect James DiMaggio's San Diego County property, warrants revealed, along with duct tape, handcuff boxes and other materials. Also taken from DiMaggio's property were empty boxes of camping gear and ammunition, a Yosemite camping printout, incendiary devices, "arson wire," model rocket containers, cut electrical cords and two used condoms, the documents said. The search warrants did not detail what the letters -- or another handwritten note -- said.
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August 16, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Tony Perry
Although search warrants in the Hannah Anderson case revealed extensive communication between the 16-year-old and the man who allegedly kidnapped her after killing her mother and brother, San Diego County sheriff's officials maintained Friday that they still considered the teen a victim. San Diego County sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said the department's investigation was ongoing and declined to comment on the specifics of the search warrants released this week. But she reiterated previous comments from Sheriff Bill Gore , who said Hannah "was not a willing participant.
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