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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.
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.
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.
August 6, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
Police identified a man Saturday who has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting six women in two days. Raul Tafoya Lopez, 36, of Fontana, who is being held in lieu of $3-million bail, has been booked on suspicion of multiple counts of attempted rape, kidnapping, making terrorist threats, robbery and possession of dangerous drugs, said Sgt. David Marander. The incidents began Thursday morning and continued until shortly after 4 p.m. Friday.
August 5, 2006 | Ashley Powers and Sara Lin, Times Staff Writers
A substitute teacher arrested on suspicion of molesting a 10-year-old girl at an Ontario school told police this week that he had molested 100 to 200 other female elementary school students while teaching in Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern counties during the last three years, authorities said Friday.
July 21, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
During the 20 long minutes in 1998 when serial killer Wayne Adam Ford waited to speak to a deputy so he could surrender, he was at a crossroads between freedom and a possible death sentence -- and he was ready to head for the door. His brother, Calvin Rodney Ford, who accompanied the killer to the Humboldt County sheriff's station, recalled that he did not yet know his brother had murdered four women -- dismembering some -- and dumped their bodies in waterways throughout California.
February 13, 2006 | From Associated Press
A weekend fire at a Baptist church was ruled arson Sunday, the 10th in a recent string of blazes set at churches in rural Alabama, authorities said. The Saturday afternoon blaze severely damaged the Beaverton Freewill Baptist Church in northwest Alabama, near the Mississippi line.
January 28, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
They preyed on large swaths of Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire and Jefferson Park, sometimes making off with two cars a night. But police said Friday that the two alleged car thieves were less interested in BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes than in the tried-and-true Toyota Camry. Indeed, detectives think the suspects stole as many as 600 cars in the Wilshire area over the last year -- roughly a third of all vehicles taken in the police district. And they were not part of a sophisticated car-theft ring.
January 11, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The same man appears to be responsible for at least four sexual batteries in Westwood Village, where most of the residents are UCLA students, police said Tuesday. The suspect is white, of medium height and build, and appears to be in his early 20s, campus police said. On Saturday evening, the assailant fondled a woman's breasts as she got into her car, then ran away, investigators said. Similar attacks had occurred in the three previous weeks.
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