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November 17, 1993 | DOUG SMITH and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Parents descended on elementary schools in the San Fernando Valley on Tuesday, alarmed by reports that a serial molester has assaulted 22 children since February near schools from Canoga Park to North Hollywood. Many of the parents--and some school officials--criticized Los Angeles police for leaving them in the dark about the menace of the wide-ranging assailant. "It's becoming almost a frenzy at this point," said Sheryl Walters, principal of Sunny Brae Avenue Elementary School in Canoga Park.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2008 | Louis Sahagun
Fire and police authorities were investigating at least 18 small, suspected arson fires set over the last seven days on the west side of town, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesman said Tuesday. Fourteen of the fires were reported between 11 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday.
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August 2, 1995 | THAO HUA and SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Temecula pool hall owner is a suspected serial rapist who may have committed 86 burglaries, sexual assaults and other crimes across Orange County during an eight-year rampage that ended with his arrest, authorities said Tuesday. Police said the 45-year-old suspect typically left his victims obscene notes or exposed himself during burglaries and sometimes returned to the same homes to rape the women who lived there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Seemingly defiant to the end, a former Los Angeles police officer convicted of participating in a home invasion-style robbery ring declined Monday to address a federal judge moments before sentencing, an opportunity many defendants use to plead for leniency. William Ferguson, a 35-year-old father of three, stood silently with his hands chained at his waist as U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess sentenced him to 102 years in federal prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2004 | Mike Anton and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Even as a child, Edward Harvey Stokes was driven by dark urges that no one understood. Some remember the adopted son of one of the town's leading families as an outdoors lover who sold greeting cards door to door and swept floors in downtown stores for a quarter. Others remember an awkward loner with an explosive temper. "He was a strange, strange lad," said Jack Gannon, a former neighbor in this Seattle suburb. "When he was 12 or 13, I caught him stealing balls out of my golf cart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
In the days before he fled the country, rape suspect Andrew Luster wired money from a trust fund and placed long-distance calls that authorities now believe were part of a plan to skip town and avoid prosecution. According to search warrants released Tuesday, Luster tried to cover his tracks by removing the hard drive on his computer. After Luster fled, his friends told investigators they saw no indication that he planned to leave the country.
NEWS
January 22, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
Dianna D'Aiello is on the phone. She sounds exhausted. She's been up since 6 o'clock Thursday morning. "I tossed and turned all night," she says. That was before she, her mother and an aunt drove together to the Orange County Superior Court building in Santa Ana, where D'Aiello took a seat in Department 40 and spoke of the man who raped her, beat her into a coma and killed her unborn daughter. Or of the men who did. "Why do you think Kevin wasn't there today?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2000 | WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police are looking for other potential victims of a man they say raped and killed one woman and attacked six others near downtown Huntington Beach. Lt. Chuck Thomas said Thursday that prosecutors will charge Victor M. Miranda-Guerrero, 21, with the murder and rape of Bridgette Elizabeth Ballas, 29, an account executive at Calvin Klein. She was attacked in the early-morning hours of Nov. 27, 1999, while returning home after a night out with friends, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Seemingly defiant to the end, a former Los Angeles police officer convicted of participating in a home invasion-style robbery ring declined Monday to address a federal judge moments before sentencing, an opportunity many defendants use to plead for leniency. William Ferguson, a 35-year-old father of three, stood silently with his hands chained at his waist as U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess sentenced him to 102 years in federal prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Law enforcement officials looking into a recent spate of so-called "gypsy crimes" in Ventura County are investigating the possibility that at least some are linked to a low-level organized crime ring operating nationwide. Police who arrested four men for allegedly stealing $3,000 from an elderly couple in Ventura last month say they have so far connected at least one of them to similar crimes as far away as Georgia and Illinois.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2008 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Police on Friday continued searching for an increasingly violent suspect who robbed four women on four consecutive days in downtown Long Beach's upscale arts district and stabbed two of them multiple times in broad daylight. "We're working very hard to apprehend this suspect," said Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nicole Avalos. "In the first two robberies, no one was harmed. But in the last two, the victims were cut with a sharp object."
NATIONAL
December 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A man accused of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison for a brutal attack in which he raped a woman while pointing a pistol at her pregnant sister's abdomen. "It is clear from the record that you cannot function in a civilized society," Superior Court Judge Andrew Klein told Mark Goudeau, 43, who still faces trial for the slayings of eight women and a man in 2005 and '06.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
The convicted arsonist suspected of setting a string of brush fires in the Lake Hughes area during the height of the October firestorms in Southern California was charged Friday with eight counts of arson, authorities said. Rickey Jimenez, 52, of Lake Hughes was arrested Wednesday night and pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. Sheriff's officials allege he drove around the Lake Hughes area Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Riverside police are searching for a rapist they believe is responsible for a series of attacks on women in Corona and Riverside dating back to January 1996. The most recent rape occurred June 21 about 7 p.m. in the 3700 block of Jefferson Street, police said. The suspect entered through an unlocked door and threatened the victim with a knife before sexually assaulting her, police said. The suspect is described as white, in his 20s, about 6-feet tall with a thin build.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A bank robber described Thursday as heavyset, favoring sun hats and glasses and smelling of dirt is being sought by police. The "Landscape Bandit" robbed three banks -- in Newport Beach, Fullerton and Anaheim -- during the last three months, authorities said. In each heist, he has quietly handed bank tellers notes asking for money and stowed the cash in a black bag. The robber is described as a dark-haired, light-skinned man about 5 feet 7, 200 pounds and between 35 and 40 years old.
WORLD
April 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Tokyo court acquitted a Japanese real estate developer in the death and dismemberment of a British bar hostess, but sentenced him to life in prison for a series of rapes, a court official said. Joji Obara, 54, was arrested in 2001 on charges of rape resulting in the death of the Briton, Lucie Blackman. He was also on trial in connection with nine other rapes, including that of Australian Carita Ridgway, who died after a 1992 attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1997 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A serial rapist, found guilty of kidnapping and attacking 15 Los Angeles women in 1994, was sentenced on Monday to more than 700 years in prison. Sean Patrick Mitchell, 36, a former security guard, was convicted in January of 98 counts, including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sodomy, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping for sexual purposes. Most of the attacks occurred outside trendy restaurants or homes in Hollywood, West Hollywood and the Wilshire district.
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March 10, 1995 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A popular band leader was convicted Thursday of stalking, raping and sexually assaulting seven women in a case in which one victim took the unusual step of going public to warn other women and put pressure on the Police Department to make the investigation a top priority. As the guilty verdicts were being read, Kenneth Bogard turned to rape victim Kim Caldwell and mouthed the words, "I didn't do it." Caldwell stared coldly at Bogard, pointed directly at him and said firmly, "Yes, you did."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A Lake Forest man was charged Wednesday with the sexual assault of three women after encountering them in Orange County bars, authorities said. Sekayi Rudo White, 29, is accused of meeting a 19-year-old woman in December 2005 at Fox Sports Grill at the Irvine Spectrum. White apparently offered to drive her home because she had been drinking. When he arrived at her apartment, authorities said, White raped her.
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