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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2010 |
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 |
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
December 8, 2013 |
By 10 a.m. Sunday, dozens of fans could be seen walking up Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia toward the site where “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were killed on Nov. 30. Thousands of people were expected to participate in a memorial rally and car cruise in honor of Walker. Vehicles Walker drove in several installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise were lined up on display in a church parking lot near the site. Just up the hill, a thick wall of people stood along the curb to look at the site on Hercules Street where Walker and Rodas were killed.
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.
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.