CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 |
A Compton jury Friday awarded $7.5 million to the parents of a man shot dead by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. According to the parents' attorney, Robert Thomas Jr. was standing outside with about 60 others at a party in Willowbrook in 2010 when two deputies pulled up. One stopped Thomas and frisked him. Thomas then bolted, and the two deputies gave chase. A sheriff's spokesman said the deputies saw Thomas reach for a gun that was sticking out of his pocket. Deputy Victor Lemus fired nine shots, hitting Thomas seven times and killing him, said John Sweeney, the Thomas family's attorney.
January 9, 2009 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1998 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2002 |
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.
October 1, 2013 |
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.
April 3, 2009 |
When the Starr County sheriff was led away in handcuffs for accepting bribes from a bail bondsman back in 1998, the county pinned his star on his chief deputy, Reymundo "Rey" Guerra. It wasn't long before Guerra was restoring the shine to the badge. Unlike his predecessor, Guerra was affable and approachable, a beefy man with a gray-flecked mustache who rarely carried a gun. He and his wife were regulars at the peach-brick Catholic church in tiny Rio Grande City.