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May 13, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A 27-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy outside her friend's home was formally sentenced to death Monday for the 2006 slaying. Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani upheld a jury's order last week to execute Frank Gonzales after he was convicted of killing Deputy Maria Cecilia Rosa. An accomplice, Justin Ashley Flint, 21, was sentenced to 29 years to life in state prison when a jury found him guilty in January of first-degree murder and attempted robbery.
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June 17, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective is the subject of an internal investigation looking into accusations that he had an affair with a woman whose husband he had investigated and helped prosecute for allegedly threatening her. The department opened an investigation into Det. Phillip Solano in April after the allegations were brought forth by the husband, Alberto Gutierrez. Solano, who had been assigned to the City of Industry station, is on administrative duty for now. A lawyer representing Gutierrez said his client was taken into custody twice in 2008 on charges of violating a restraining order.
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April 24, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Anna Gorman
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are investigating a riot that occurred this week involving hundreds of immigration detainees at a county-run facility in Lancaster, where guards used tear gas grenades to restore order, authorities said Wednesday. The disturbance at the Mira Loma Detention Center began Tuesday morning when a fight broke out between two detainees from rival gangs, then escalated by 1:30 p.m. into a melee in the center's outdoor yard, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
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June 8, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that a lieutenant in San Dimas went to the home of a co-worker and sexually assaulted her. The accused lieutenant, Michael Rodriguez, has been reassigned to the Cerritos station as a result of the investigation. According to a complaint filed with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the woman alleges that she was sexually harassed for more than a year, accusing the lieutenant of sending her inappropriate text messages and hugging her at work "in order to rub himself against her breasts."
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January 15, 2009 | Richard Winton
More than 50 people were arrested Wednesday in a massive sweep of taggers in the San Gabriel Valley and southeast Los Angeles County, said Sheriff Lee Baca. Authorities also seized weapons, narcotics and tools used for tagging. During the early morning sweeps led by sheriff's deputies, 51 people were arrested for a variety of crimes, including weapons and drug possession, while probation or parole violations were discovered at the homes of 36 others, officials said. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said they were not at home but are now being sought by authorities County social workers also took nine children into protective custody as the massive task force raided 174 locations looking for parole and probation violations by known offenders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that a lieutenant in San Dimas went to the home of a co-worker and sexually assaulted her. The accused lieutenant, Michael Rodriguez, has been reassigned to the Cerritos station as a result of the investigation. According to a complaint filed with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the woman alleges that she was sexually harassed for more than a year, accusing the lieutenant of sending her inappropriate text messages and hugging her at work "in order to rub himself against her breasts."
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September 10, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of human remains, including a severed hand and a torso, in the vicinity of a Lake Los Angeles middle school in the Antelope Valley. Sheriff's homicide detectives and a Los Angeles County coroner's special recovery team responded to the 41700 block of 170th Street East, near Challenger Middle School, east of Palmdale, about 8 p.m. Tuesday after a resident who was riding a horse saw the hand and called authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County sheriff's detective is the subject of an internal investigation looking into accusations that he had an affair with a woman whose husband he had investigated and helped prosecute for allegedly threatening her. The department opened an investigation into Det. Phillip Solano in April after the allegations were brought forth by the husband, Alberto Gutierrez. Solano, who had been assigned to the City of Industry station, is on administrative duty for now. A lawyer representing Gutierrez said his client was taken into custody twice in 2008 on charges of violating a restraining order.
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March 5, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Ruben Vives
At the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Jaime Iniguez was awakened Friday morning and told to get ready to leave. Iniguez, 53, was serving a four-month sentence for drunk driving, his second DUI offense. He wasn't scheduled to be released for another month. "It's time to celebrate," said Iniguez as he put on his belt outside the downtown jail complex. Iniguez is a member of a distinct group that benefits during a sour economy: jail inmates. When times are flush, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has the money to keep jails open and staffed, and the vast majority of sentenced inmates serve most of their time behind bars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Ruben Vives
At the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Jaime Iniguez was awakened Friday morning and told to get ready to leave. Iniguez, 53, was serving a four-month sentence for drunk driving, his second DUI offense. He wasn't scheduled to be released for another month. "It's time to celebrate," said Iniguez as he put on his belt outside the downtown jail complex. Iniguez is a member of a distinct group that benefits during a sour economy: jail inmates. When times are flush, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has the money to keep jails open and staffed, and the vast majority of sentenced inmates serve most of their time behind bars.
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September 12, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have concluded a nearly two-month inquiry into whether county coroner's employees illegally leaked or sold private information from Michael Jackson's death investigation, a sheriff's spokesman announced Friday. Investigators from the sheriff's Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau determined that no criminal violations occurred, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. County supervisors called for the inquiry July 25 after The Times reported that the pop star's death certificate had been viewed more than 300 times, including by half a dozen coroner's employees not involved in the investigation.
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September 10, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of human remains, including a severed hand and a torso, in the vicinity of a Lake Los Angeles middle school in the Antelope Valley. Sheriff's homicide detectives and a Los Angeles County coroner's special recovery team responded to the 41700 block of 170th Street East, near Challenger Middle School, east of Palmdale, about 8 p.m. Tuesday after a resident who was riding a horse saw the hand and called authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A 27-year-old man convicted of fatally shooting an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy outside her friend's home was formally sentenced to death Monday for the 2006 slaying. Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani upheld a jury's order last week to execute Frank Gonzales after he was convicted of killing Deputy Maria Cecilia Rosa. An accomplice, Justin Ashley Flint, 21, was sentenced to 29 years to life in state prison when a jury found him guilty in January of first-degree murder and attempted robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Anna Gorman
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are investigating a riot that occurred this week involving hundreds of immigration detainees at a county-run facility in Lancaster, where guards used tear gas grenades to restore order, authorities said Wednesday. The disturbance at the Mira Loma Detention Center began Tuesday morning when a fight broke out between two detainees from rival gangs, then escalated by 1:30 p.m. into a melee in the center's outdoor yard, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
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