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June 4, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
More than two years after Orange County's top lawman was indicted on corruption charges, voters will finally decide who should run the state's second-largest sheriff's department. After Michael S. Carona's arrest and resignation, county supervisors deliberately reached outside the department to name a successor. Sandra Hutchens, who had spent decades with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was embraced as an "agent of change," a fresh face to lead a department that had endured years of upheaval.
January 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A sheriff who made $212,000 in the last three years by feeding inmates what a judge said were skimpy meals was released from jail after submitting a plan to feed them better. Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett profited legally from a Depression-era state law that allows sheriffs to keep any money they can make by feeding inmates for less than what they receive in state funding. U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon had Bartlett arrested Wednesday.
May 15, 1987
The Los Angeles Board of Pension Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to approve a hearing examiner's recommendation to discontinue the disability pension of a former Los Angeles police officer who is the sheriff of Josephine County (Grants Pass), Oregon. The former policeman, William E. Arnado, 44, took office last January while drawing his $1,700-a-month disability pension for back problems.
December 5, 1985 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
There's hardly a publication in Los Angeles that hasn't by now featured a story on the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and with it, a shot of Bill Bushnell in the forefront of the lobby posed in a somewhat bristling, combative stance (one magazine repeated the adjective "dogged"). The shots are never just those of an ethereal or official-looking artistic director posed in front of a big building; Bushnell looks more like the modern version of a boom-town sheriff.
October 1, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Sheriff Lee Baca, his spokesman says, wouldn't have been so enthusiastic about the nutritional supplements he was pitching if he'd known the promotional video would be seen by the public. That backward mea culpa is just as poorly thought out as the Los Angeles County sheriff's unseemly use of his public office to promote a company's product. As reported by ABC7, Baca participated in a 31/2-minute video for a dietary supplement company called Yor Health, which is based in Irvine.
When deputies in the Antelope Valley were confronted earlier this month by an armed man who continued resisting after being shot with "beanbag" rounds, they did an unusual thing for law enforcement officers--they just went away. The man eventually returned home, without harming himself or anyone else. The peaceful conclusion of the incident in the high desert town of Valyermo was a result of a new law-enforcement policy that grew out of a startling 1997 study by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The mother of James Allen Beck, the former Arcadia police officer who died in a fiery shootout in Stevenson Ranch last year, has filed a wrongful-death claim against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, lawyers said Tuesday. In her claim, Donna Beck accuses the department of using excessive force against her son, who officials say shot and killed a sheriff's deputy during the standoff. The mother alleges that deputies let his two-story house burn down while he and his dog were inside, prevented firefighters from saving him and later altered evidence.
May 20, 2012 | Steve Lopez
"I'm very excited," newly elected L.A. County Assessor John Noguez said almost two years ago after outspending his rival by more than $600,000 in a runoff campaign. "I believe the constituents believe that I will continue the legacy of continued excellence. " So much for continuing the legacy of continued excellence, or whatever Noguez was talking about. Now he's the target of a criminal corruption probe having to do with alleged tax breaks for his campaign contributors, and he's in a tight race with L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to grab the trophy for worst county department head in recent memory.
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