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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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Laguna Beach retiree has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with up to 10 fires in the city, police said Saturday. Witnesses saw Graysen Langille, 56, near at least nine of the fires, they said. Langille set fire to trash cans, wood pallets and paper at various times and places, police said. The fires caused no injuries, and damage was minor, authorities said.
February 22, 2007 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
A Roman Catholic cardinal in Mexico said he warned Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in 1987 about a priest then seeking employment with the Los Angeles Archdiocese, who was later charged with molesting eight boys before fleeing back to Mexico, court documents said. Father Nicolas Aguilar, 64, continued to work as a priest in Mexico, where the abuse allegedly continued, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles last year accusing the cardinals of conspiring to conceal the priest's conduct.
December 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
One would disappear every few weeks -- a boy on his way to buy juice, a teenage girl coming home from a day of housecleaning. Police said Saturday that a businessman and his servant had confessed to raping and killing at least 15 children and women in New Delhi's prosperous Noida suburb in the last two years, dumping their dismembered bodies in drains where remains recently were found. The case highlights a familiar complaint in India, where many say police often ignore the poor.
October 24, 2006 | Peter Hong, Times Staff Writer
Two women ran out of the courtroom wailing Monday as images of victims' battered faces, bound hands and rope-burned necks flashed on a giant screen during the first day of accused serial killer Ivan J. Hill's murder trial. Los Angeles County prosecutors also played voice recordings of Hill prodding police to catch him during his three-month string of killings. "I did it again," Hill said in a Jan.
October 18, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old man was arrested and jailed on suspicion of sexual battery in a series of molestations in Fillmore, authorities said. Daniel Garibay of Fillmore is to be arraigned today in Ventura County Superior Court on two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery in the rural town along California 126, about 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Garibay is believed responsible for at least four assaults since Sept.
October 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Prosecutors said Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty for two men accused of terrorizing the Phoenix area in a series of random shootings. Samuel John Dieteman, 30, and Dale S. Hausner, 33, are charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for allegedly killing two people and wounding 14 others in a string of shootings since May. They have pleaded not guilty.
September 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man dubbed the "Orange County Flasher" exposed himself to three women on Labor Day in this south Orange County city, authorities said. Sheriff's investigators say the perpetrator typically taunts his victims with lewd comments, jumps out from bushes naked, then runs away. More than 100 women have been victimized so far, the department said. The man typically strikes in the early morning on weekends throughout South County.
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