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August 19, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Joanna Lin, Times Staff Writers
L.A. fire officials declared Monday that the seven fires in Griffith Park over the last three weeks were deliberately set, and investigators are trying to determine whether they are dealing with a single serial arsonist. Fire officials believe the person or people who set the fire were on foot or in a vehicle, perhaps posing as bicyclists or hikers to blend with the park crowd, said Rosa Tufts, a Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigator. "The one consistent item that we've seen is that all the fires are being set by the roadside," Tufts told The Times.
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July 11, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A thief who police believe targets the homes of elderly Westside women struck again, slipping through the window of an 84-year-old woman's home. The burglary was reported about 3:20 a.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Pelham Avenue in West Los Angeles, said Los Angeles Police Officer Kate Lopez. The thief broke in through a kitchen window before fleeing with some property, she said. The resident was not injured, Lopez said. Investigators believe the thief is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and 25 to 35 years old, wearing dark clothing and gloves.
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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June 13, 2008 | Anna Gorman
A Montebello woman earlier charged with defrauding immigrants now faces additional criminal counts, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Thursday. Romina Aida Zadorian, 38, faces more than 100 criminal charges, including grand theft, forgery and identity theft. Prosecutors said Zadorian ran an immigration consulting business, pretending she was an attorney and charging clients $6,000 to $20,000 per person. Zadorian allegedly took money from 101 clients and told many that she could help them obtain legal residency, citizenship and work permits.
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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
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."
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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.
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November 30, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Authorities have arrested a man with a history of arson dating back to the 1970s, alleging that he set a series of small blazes in northern Los Angeles County last month as firefighters were battling several massive brush fires. County sheriff's officials said Rickey Jimenez, 52, drove around the Lake Hughes area late at night, setting at least eight new brush fires in remote brush-covered locations. All were extinguished quickly.
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November 23, 2007 | Ashraf Khalil and Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writers
Torrance police have arrested four young men believed to be responsible for as many as 30 burglaries during a months-long spate of crimes in the South Bay, authorities said Thursday. Several South Bay police departments are coordinating to determine the extent of the alleged crimes, which authorities said included several thefts of musical instruments from churches in Manhattan Beach.
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