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March 15, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The names were scrawled on a single tile in a boy's restroom at Malibu High School, all seven of them male African American students. Written next to them was the note, "On April 14th . . . boom." The vandalism has shaken nerves on the 1,300-student campus, where fewer than three dozen students are black. The tagging was discovered by campus security last week. Principal Mark Kelly recognized the April 14 date as the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and immediately called authorities, concerned that the message was a threat of violence.
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February 12, 2009 | Richard Winton
A Lynwood High School student was injured Wednesday when he was struck by a stray round fired by an alleged gang member at a rival group near the school, sheriff's officials said. One of the people believed to be involved in the shooting was apprehended and other arrests are expected, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Jim J. Hellmold. The shooting occurred when the alleged gang member pulled out a gun about 3:30 p.m. and fired toward a group of rivals gathered near the school, Hellmold said.
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March 31, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG
Orange County Sheriff's deputies asked for help Monday in identifying a woman found dead last week in an orange grove east of Irvine. Farmhands found the fully clothed body of the woman, who is believed to be between 18 and 24 years old, about 3:45 p.m. Thursday as they were inspecting an orange grove east of Trabuco Road between Jeffrey Road and Sand Canyon Avenue. The woman, who authorities said may have been dead for a week, was apparently killed by a powerful blow to the head, said Lt.
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October 24, 2008 | Richard Winton
Sheriff Lee Baca said an investigation into allegations that a sergeant stole more than $400,000 in car impound fees has prompted a review of the way his department handles such transactions for the dozens of cities it patrols. Baca said he plans to have the towing operators collect the administrative fees directly from motorists, rather than involving sheriff's officials. "I don't see the need for the department to be a cashier," he said. "The system has to be tightened." Sheriff's officials initiated the review after La Puente officials reported a significant shortfall in the fees that were supposed to have been collected by the Sheriff's Department, authorities said.
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May 25, 2000
A woman with a gun kept officers at bay in a Ventura County motel for nearly five hours Wednesday, forcing the closure of Highway 33 for several blocks and causing backups as far south as Casitas Springs before she surrendered. Paulette Lewis, 46, described by neighbors as the owner of a soap shop in midtown Ventura, surrendered to police at about 4 p.m. after hours of negotiations. The standoff began when she apparently fired a shot at about 10:30 a.m. while in a room at the Oakridge Inn, just blocks from her home, and ended after her son arrived at the scene.
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October 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who raped a woman as she walked to work through the city's historic district was still at large Monday, Orange County sheriff's officials said. Authorities said the man grabbed the victim from behind and dragged her 30 feet through the shrubbery near the 31700 block of Los Rios Street about 2:10 a.m. Sunday. He then sexually assaulted her, spokesman Jim Amormino said. Officials described the man as a Latino in his mid-20s, heavyset with slicked-back hair.
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October 24, 2008 | Richard Winton
Sheriff Lee Baca said an investigation into allegations that a sergeant stole more than $400,000 in car impound fees has prompted a review of the way his department handles such transactions for the dozens of cities it patrols. Baca said he plans to have the towing operators collect the administrative fees directly from motorists, rather than involving sheriff's officials. "I don't see the need for the department to be a cashier," he said. "The system has to be tightened." Sheriff's officials initiated the review after La Puente officials reported a significant shortfall in the fees that were supposed to have been collected by the Sheriff's Department, authorities said.
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July 8, 1996
A sheriff's deputy fatally wounded a suspected car thief in Artesia early Sunday after the man refused to drop a screwdriver and stepped toward the deputy, sheriff's officials said. The encounter began when deputies responded to a call that a man was looking into cars near Ibex Avenue and 175th Street. A deputy who searched the area saw a man matching the description of the suspect sitting in the cab of a pickup truck parked in a driveway and ordered him out of the vehicle, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.
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December 15, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department are asking for help locating three men wanted on felony warrants. Jesus Ruiz Rodriguez, 36, was arrested in March for being under the influence and in possession of dangerous drugs, officials said. He is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He has "Rodriguez" tattooed on his left arm and "X111" tattooed on his right hand.
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October 25, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of Cecil "C.T." Turner lashed out Thursday at Orange County Sheriff's investigators for making little headway in their 10-week search for the killer of the South County toddler. Edith Marie Wu said detectives have been reluctant to share details of their investigation and will not cooperate with her private investigator. The body of the 2-year-old Turner was discovered Aug. 13 in heavy brush about a half mile from his home, a victim of suffocation, officials say. "It's been months, and I'm not very happy," Wu said Thursday evening.
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September 15, 2008 | Victoria Kim
One man was killed and two others injured in a stabbing in East Los Angeles early Sunday morning, L.A. County sheriff's officials said. Sheriff's homicide detectives were called about 1:45 a.m. to the 6000 block of East Northside Drive, where they found that three men had been stabbed, said Deputy Oscar Butao of the Sheriff's Department. One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were taken to a hospital where they were listed in stable condition about three hours later, Butao said.
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September 8, 2008 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County sheriff's deputy responding to a domestic disturbance call over the weekend shot and wounded a man who came at him with a knife, authorities said. The man was shot about 2:45 p.m. Saturday in Homeland, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. He was treated at a hospital for life-threatening injuries but was expected to survive, the statement said. As of Sunday evening, sheriff's officials still were trying to confirm the man's identity, said Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela, a department spokeswoman.
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September 5, 2008 | H.G. Reza
A man who walked away from a mental facility this week has been found unharmed, but a woman who left Aug. 28 is still missing, an Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman said Thursday. Jeffrey Barkin, 44, was found by Irvine police Wednesday night at a park, hungry and thirsty but in good shape. He had been issued a two-hour pass by the facility and was expected to return. Sheriff's officials declined to identify the clinic. Melissa C. Hamill, 24, was allowed to leave the same facility about a week ago and has not been seen since.
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August 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Authorities have arrested a San Diego County bank employee on suspicion of looting $1.65 million from the account of a dead man and wiring the money to Mexico. San Diego County sheriff's officials said Wednesday that 22-year-old Diana Reyes was arrested at Washington Mutual's Spring Valley branch on charges of forgery, embezzlement and identity theft. She was released on bail.
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July 21, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa
A woman was shot and killed in the 500 block of West 3rd Street in San Dimas on Sunday, officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The shooting, which occurred about 5 p.m., is under investigation. The name of the woman has not been released, sheriff's officials said. -- Cara Mia DiMassa
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July 20, 2008 | Ann M. Simmons
Riverside County sheriff's officials are investigating the death of a Fresno man whose body was found Saturday morning near railroad tracks in Cabazon. The body of Gustavo Morin, 49, was spotted shortly before 2:30 a.m. by a Union Pacific railroad employee as it lay between tracks that run parallel to Railroad Avenue and east of Main Street in Cabazon, about 17 miles northwest of Palm Springs, authorities said. He "had trauma on his body . . . that could be caused by the impact of a moving train," sheriff's officials said in a statement.
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February 7, 2009 | Associated Press
Authorities were searching Friday for a woman who they believe intends to kill her two children and herself. Lisa Ruelas took her sons, ages 5 and 10, from their Altadena home Thursday, leaving a note telling of her murder-suicide plan, sheriff's officials said. Ruelas' husband died about 18 months ago and she could be depressed, Sheriff's Lt. Greg Sisneros told KABC-TV Channel 7. He said authorities began searching for the family after friends found the home empty and the note inside.
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June 18, 1989 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Thirty-five friends and relatives of a black Hawthorne man who was slain by a sheriff's deputy after being mistaken for a Latino robbery suspect demonstrated outside the Lennox sheriff's station on Saturday, saying the sheriff's own investigations have failed to deliver justice. The emotional, homemade protest--including the victim's mother, sister and his 11-year-old and 10-year-old daughters--featured allegations of racism and demands that a murder charge be filed. "Daddy, I'm Fighting for You," read 10-year-old Temika Donel's sign.
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July 7, 2008 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A party turned violent Sunday morning, leaving one person dead and another fleeing authorities, sheriff's officials said. Two men got into an argument about 12:45 a.m. in the 500 block of South Gerhart Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Derrick Thompson. One of the men pulled a handgun and shot the other in the head, he said. Officials with the county coroner's office identified the deceased as 21-year-old Michael Rodriguez. -- -- Ari B. Bloomekatz
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