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April 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
An Air Force staff sergeant from a base in Northern California has been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, east of Sacramento, was among four Air Force personnel killed Saturday near Kandahar in the crash of an MC-12 surveillance aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but initial reporting indicates no enemy activity in the area, the Air Force said. Dickson was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base.
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April 7, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - As soon as Suzy Sanders got word of the shooting at Ft. Hood on Wednesday, she began frantically texting her 21-year-old stepson, a soldier stationed at the Army post. His first chilling reply landed more than an hour later, at 5:22 p.m. "It happened right in front of me Suz," Pvt. Jacob "Jake" Sanders texted. "I watched my sergeant die. I tried to revive him. I'm fine. I love you. " Jake Sanders, a former varsity basketball player from a small town in Indiana, has a brown crew cut, square jaw and wide smile.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1987 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Bonnie Jean McClain, Orange County's first female police sergeant, failed to prove that she was discriminated against by a conspiracy of male superiors, jurors decided Tuesday. McClain said she will appeal the 9-3 verdict. Jurors deliberated for five days--one day longer than it took to present the evidence. "It wasn't easy for anybody in there," said foreman Armond Briggs, 49, an aerospace worker from Huntington Beach. 'It Wasn't Proved' "In everybody's hearts . . .
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April 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
On Friday officials released the names of the three soldiers killed in the Ft. Hood shooting: All had been in the military for years, served overseas and received a number of commendations. At a news conference Friday, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said Daniel Ferguson, 39; Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38; and Timothy Owens, 37; were killed in Wednesday's attack, which left an additional 16 wounded. Milley said Spc. Ivan Lopez killed the three men after an "escalating argument within his unit area.
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August 14, 1987 | ERIC MATTSON, Times Staff Writer
A longtime friend of Laura Troiani testified Thursday that several years before Troiani's Marine sergeant husband was killed, she saw him yell at Laura and hit her son, lending support to the defense's argument that Carlo Troiani was mean and uncaring and drove his wife into a deep depression. The defense witness, Kathy Hernandez, also said Laura's son, Christopher, once ran to Carlo crying "Daddy, daddy," and Carlo rebuked him, saying, "I'm not your daddy."
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March 18, 2012 | Kim Murphy
The U.S. Army sergeant suspected in the deadly shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead had been passed over for promotion and appeared to face mounting financial troubles on the eve of his last deployment to Afghanistan, according to accounts from neighbors and his wife's blog. Neighbors in the communities around Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, where Staff Sgt. Robert Bales lived with his wife and two children, said Bales had left a house in the town of Auburn abandoned after buying another home and failed to pay homeowners association dues on the deteriorating structure despite repeated demands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A Beverly Hills police sergeant responding to the scene of Whitney Houston's death made "inappropriate comments" about the singer's appearance after lifting a sheet covering her naked body, according to a claim filed by a former Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant. In the claim, Sgt. Brian Weir alleges that on the day Houston died in February 2012, Det. Sgt. Terry Nutall arrived at the scene, and "for no legitimate law enforcement inquiry, investigative, or other proper and legal purpose … removed the sheet and/or other covering from the body … to an area below the pubic region.
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April 7, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - As soon as Suzy Sanders got word of the shooting at Ft. Hood on Wednesday, she began frantically texting her 21-year-old stepson, a soldier stationed at the Army post. His first chilling reply landed more than an hour later, at 5:22 p.m. "It happened right in front of me Suz," Pvt. Jacob "Jake" Sanders texted. "I watched my sergeant die. I tried to revive him. I'm fine. I love you. " Jake Sanders, a former varsity basketball player from a small town in Indiana, has a brown crew cut, square jaw and wide smile.
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October 26, 2010 | By Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
Shortly after taking office last year, former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams quashed an investigation by one of his sergeants into possible corruption involving city officials, charges that became the subject of criminal probes by other agencies, the since-retired officer said. James Corcoran, who left Bell after a later run-in with Adams and filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the city in July, said Adams became irate after hearing his account of evidence that officials might have engaged in voter fraud, unlawful vehicle seizures and the illegal selling of building permits.
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March 11, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Berkeley's police chief apologized Saturday for sending a sergeant to a reporter's house in the middle of the night to request changes to a story. Chief Michael Meehan sent the sergeant to Bay Area News Group reporter Doug Oakley's Berkeley home about 1 a.m. Friday to ask for changes to a story about a community meeting. The meeting had been called so that Meehan could address growing outrage over the department's response to an incident that ended with the beating death of a 67-year-old man. "It was just a big error on my part," Meehan said.
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March 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry
CAMP PENDLETON - The explosion that killed four enlisted Marines during a Nov. 13 training exercise was probably caused when a grenade round was accidentally "dropped, kicked or bumped," according to an investigation report released Thursday. The grenade set off an explosion in a stockpile of several hundred grenades and several larger shells that had been gathered for disposal. An armed grenade, like those that were set for disposal, can detonate after falling as little as 4 inches.
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February 25, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The second reported gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student in as many months has shocked authorities in charge of patrolling an area not unaccustomed to sexual assaults. "We do have sexual assaults that happen, but something like this ... is horrendous," said UCSB Police Sgt. Robert Romero, whose department patrols  Isla Vista, a densely populated unincorporated community next to campus where the attack took place. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover  estimated that more than 60% of Isla Vista's residents attend UCSB but the area swells on weekends with out-of-towners coming for parties.
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February 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
An African American judge has filed a $10-million claim alleging excessive force and racial profiling by UCLA's campus police when he was handcuffed and put into a police cruiser after being stopped last fall for not wearing a seat belt. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham III, a former police commission president, alleges in the claim filed Jan. 16 that two UCLA Police Department officers, Kevin Dodd and James Kim, used unreasonable force and that their motivation was racial profiling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The UCLA Police Department has cleared two officers accused by an African American judge of using excessive force after stopping him for not wearing a seat belt. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham III, a former police commission president, filed a complaint and later a legal claim for $10 million, alleging that Officers Kevin Dodd and James Kim used unreasonable force and racial profiling in the Nov. 23 traffic stop in Westwood. But UCLA officials found that the evidence did not support the allegation after an investigation reviewed a dashboard camera recording from the officers' police cruiser.
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January 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The Marine Corps has decided to retry a sergeant from Camp Pendleton who spent six years behind bars for his alleged role in killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian but whose case was overturned on appeal. Arraignment is set for Wednesday at Camp Pendleton for Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins, who has been free since a military court of appeals overturned his conviction on grounds he was improperly denied an attorney when investigators began to question him. Hutchins and his attorney had hoped the Marine Corps would drop the case and allow him to leave the service and return to civilian life.
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December 30, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Shortly after he arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in March 2012, Air Force security guard Trent Smith was at an off-base apartment when, he says, a male sergeant touched him and pressed him to go into the bedroom for sex. "I said, 'No, I don't want to spend the night,'" Smith recalled. But Smith, 20, says he felt he had no choice. "I went along with it. " For Smith, the encounter - which he reported up the chain of command three days later - began an emotional ordeal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2009 | Richard Winton
For days after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman during a May 2008 traffic stop, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Fitzpatrick left messages on the woman's home phone in an effort to see her again, according to audio recordings obtained by The Times. "I just want to call and tell you good night," the married sergeant said during a 4:22 a.m. call, made just hours after the alleged assault. "I can't wait to talk to you soon."
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July 31, 2011 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
When Kristoffer M. Solesbee was a boy, he enjoyed making backyard bombs out of vinegar and baking soda. He also liked to shoot off potato cannons by igniting hair spray in a plastic tube to propel a spud. And he launched model rockets from a field near his home in Citrus Heights , a suburb of Sacramento. "He liked burning stuff and blowing stuff up," recalled his father, Larry Solesbee. As an adult, Kristoffer Solesbee hoped to become a firefighter. But jobs in the field were scarce, and when a military recruiter offered him a spot at the Air Force's explosive ordnance disposal school, "he jumped at the chance," his father said.
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October 27, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A man was arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother and her four young children Saturday night in their Brooklyn apartment with a butcher knife, police said Sunday. Mingdong Chen, 25, reportedly a cousin of the children's father, was arrested at the apartment on 57th Street where he'd been staying with the family, New York Police Department Sgt. Lee Jones told the Los Angeles Times. The mother, 37, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, along with her 5-year-old son. Two girls, 9 and 7, and a 1-year-old boy were declared dead at the apartment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A Beverly Hills police sergeant responding to the scene of Whitney Houston's death made "inappropriate comments" about the singer's appearance after lifting a sheet covering her naked body, according to a claim filed by a former Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant. In the claim, Sgt. Brian Weir alleges that on the day Houston died in February 2012, Det. Sgt. Terry Nutall arrived at the scene, and "for no legitimate law enforcement inquiry, investigative, or other proper and legal purpose … removed the sheet and/or other covering from the body … to an area below the pubic region.
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