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May 24, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
After months searching for work and feeling increasingly discouraged, Natalie Cole caught a break — an offer of a part-time position at a Little Caesars Pizza shop in Compton. The manager scheduled her orientation and told her she had to pass a food safety test. She took the test — and failed. But rather than study and take it again, she shrugged it off. "I guess I am not working for a reason," she said. PHOTOS: A life spent battling poverty Cole isn't a victim of the struggling economy.
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April 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - One person is dead and another was wounded after an attempted armed robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary in the North Park neighborhood, police said Friday. The shooting occurred around 12:30 p.m. Two suspects left in a Mercedes-Benz. Initial reports say a security guard shot and killed one robber but was wounded. He was taken to a local trauma center.   ALSO: Drought covers 100% of California for first time in 15 years Sword-swinging man shot by officers in South L.A., police say School bus driver may not have hit brakes before crash, CHP says   Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A former Marina del Rey security guard was charged with murder in connection with the slaying of his supervisor at an upscale apartment complex in the waterfront community, authorities said Wednesday evening. Byron Keith Street, 47, is accused of fatally shooting Patrick Odoikyene on Dec. 30 at the complex in the 4200 block of Via Marina Drive.  Street is charged with one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation of murder during the course of a burglary, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.  HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Street was also charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree residential burglary and three counts of vandalism over $400 damage, prosecutors said.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A 16-year-old boy refused to drop the knives he was using in a slashing attack at a Pennsylvania school and told a school official that he had “more people to kill,” according to a police affidavit released Friday. Alex Hribal was arraigned Friday on 21 counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault in the April 9 attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., about 20 miles from Pittsburgh. Hribal, who remains in custody, was originally charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police are searching for the assailant who killed a security guard outside a strip mall in Panorama City Thursday night. Police said the guard was shot about 10 p.m. in the 15000 block of Roscoe Boulevard. The victim was described as a 48-year-old male who had patrolled the mini mall for 12 years, KTLA reported. The man was found on the pavement and pronounced dead at the scene. The guard was armed but still had his gun in his holster when he was discovered, a relative told KTLA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Gary Friedman
A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of shooting and killing a security guard during a robbery in Rancho Cucamonga. Diego Dominguez, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested early Sunday after deputies stopped him leaving his Placer Street home. Investigators also served search warrants on his cars and house. Dominguez was arrested on suspicion of robbery and the murder of 45-year-old Dean Sena, said the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in a statement. He was booked at the West Valley Detention Center.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
El Segundo police arrested a security guard Tuesday, charging him with stealing two Lakers championship rings from the team's practice facility. According to The Times' Alicia Banks, the suspect, Eddie J. Monterroso , worked at the Lakers ' training facility in El Segundo for about a year before his arrest. Monterroso was charged on Thursday with felony grand theft and burglary by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, according to a news release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former security guard at a Lakers practice facility pleaded no contest Friday to stealing three of the team's championship rings and hundreds of dollars of gift cards, the L.A. County district attorney's office said. Mejía Eddie Monterroso, 23, entered his plea to grand theft of personal property and was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years' probation. He was also ordered to pay almost $14,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said Monterroso stole the property while he worked the night shift between Oct. 24 and Dec. 5, 2013.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Rihanna isn't having the best clubgoing experience lately. A bodyguard for the singer and actress was caught assaulting a paparazzo in London on Sunday as she left a nightclub with female friends. The large man, helping Rihanna and her party out of Mayfair's upscale Whisky Mist lounge, threw a punch that sent one clamoring photog to the ground - and it was all caught on tape.  PHOTOS : Celebrity scuffles with the media Indeed the pack of British shutterbugs overwhelmed Rihanna and her camp, as they were repeatedly asked to give the "S&M" singer space to walk.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2012 | By Brian Bennett and Laura J. Nelson, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - A man opened fire inside a conservative Christian lobbying group's headquarters Wednesday, wounding a security guard, and authorities said the gunman was carrying extra ammunition and information related to Chick-fil-A, which has become a public symbol of opposition to gay marriage. The incident began about 10:45 a.m., officials said, when the man walked into the lobby of the Family Research Council and muttered something. When a security guard confronted him, the man opened fire with a 9-millimeter pistol and hit the guard in the arm, a senior law enforcement official told The Times.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Richard Simon, Alana Semuels and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - The hallways were buzzing with pupils arriving for classes at Franklin Regional Senior High School when screams, shouts and the thunder of running feet broke the morning routine. "Run, run! He has a knife!" a teacher yelled Wednesday as a boy charged through the first-floor corridor, slashing and stabbing anyone who got in his way in a melee that unfolded like a scene from a horror film. He fought off a group of boys who tried to pin him down. By the time he was tackled by a security guard and vice principal, he had wounded at least 19 classmates, including three who underwent surgery for what doctors called deep, life-threatening puncture wounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. The 29-year-old said he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, Yealu allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire on two officers. One was injured before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
OPINION
April 6, 2014
Re "Hands off those photos," Editorial, April 3 Count me among those who have encountered security hysteria for taking pictures. In 2004, I stood in a broad, traffic-free street in a river-adjacent industrial zone of my hometown of Memphis, seeking to capture the beautiful, auburn-streaked patina of a huge, unpainted storage tank. An overzealous security guard called 911 to report a frighteningly skinny, 60-year-old white man in shorts, who might be a terrorist hell-bent on blowing up thousands of gallons of maybe cottonseed oil or rendered animal fat. Memphis police screamed onto the scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By August Brown
After unruly crowds trampled a security guard at this year's Ultra Music Festival, Miami's mayor is moving to deny the EDM concert's organizers the permits to operate next year. Mayor Tomás Regalado told WFOR, Miami's CBS affiliate that " in the next weeks, we are going to have a discussion on the city commission level to deny the permits for next year for the event here in the city of Miami. " The move comes after a massive crowd ran over 28-year-old Erica Mack, a security guard employed by contracting company Contemporary Services Corp., while trying to enter the festival Friday night.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Parachute jumpers, a 16-year-old daredevil and a sleeping security guard have made the site of the nation's tallest building -- and the nation's worst terrorist attack -- look dangerously easy to breach. On Friday, the security chief for New York City's World Trade Center complex resigned, his company's spokesman confirmed in an email to the Los Angeles Times. David Velazquez had been working since last August as assistant security director for the real estate firm Durst Organization.
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Minutes after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius told a security guard that everything was fine, the guard said Friday in the double-amputee Olympic athlete's murder trial. Pieter J. Baba, who worked at the gated Pretoria community where Pistorius and Steenkamp lived, testified in Pretoria's High Court that the incident began for him when several people, including another security guard and some neighbors, reported hearing gunshots in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I received notice for a homeowners association hearing, stating my 19-year-old son was cited for smoking marijuana in the association's parking lot with some other young people. No police were involved or called by security or management. My son denies the charge. He was cited by an association security guard who himself partakes in the drug culture. As owner of our unit, the "citation" went to me so I attended the hearing. I asked the security guard if he could identify my son and how he knew it was marijuana being smoked as there was no police report or lab tests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
A security guard was shot and killed near a liquor store in a Panorama City strip mall, Los Angeles police said Thursday night. The guard was gunned down shortly before 10 p.m. in the 15000 block of Roscoe Boulevard, Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department told The Times. It was not immediately known what sparked the violence. Homicide detectives were en route to the crime scene late Thursday. Since January 2007, at least 15 homicides have been reported in Panorama City, according to a Times Homicide Report database . Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call (877)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
As actors and industry members flocked to the Dolby Theatre for the 86 th Academy Awards on Sunday, a group of about 50 security guards and community supporters took to Hollywood Boulevard to protest. In an effort to sway the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to stop using non-union Security Industry Specialists for the annual event, the protesters held signs that read “Academy Awards: Support Good Jobs for Our Communities” and handed out fliers that read: “Why can't Oscar go Union?
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