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April 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A catalog of recent misconduct cases in California's corrections system includes allegations that prison guards groped and grappled with inmates, brought them drugs, shared their booze and solicited them for sex. The two-volume report, issued this week by the independent Office of Inspector General, chronicles 278 disciplinary cases the watchdog agency monitored from July to December 2012. The report includes numerous allegations of prison workers delivering drugs and mobile phones to inmates, having sex with them and turning a blind eye to or even arranging inmate assaults.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
  A follower of Charles Manson accused of trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader has a long history with Manson, officials said. Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, goes by the name Gray Wolf, given to him by Manson. He has been a regular visitor of Manson's, the mastermind of  one of the most notorious killing sprees in U.S. history - the Tate-La Bianca murders in Los Angeles. It's unclear whether Hammond knew Manson before he went to prison. PHOTOS: The Manson murders Hammond, 63, faces charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
King County prosecutors have filed charges against a follower of Charles Manson who was arrested Sunday at Corcoran State prison on suspicion of trying to smuggle a cellphone to the convicted mass murderer. Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, is charged with possession of an illegal communication device, prosecutors said. Hammond, a retiree, was searched and subsequently arrested at 3:35 p.m. Sunday and taken to Kings County Jail, where he was released four hours later on $30,000 bail. He is due in court next month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A follower of Charles Manson is due in court next month in Central California after allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader. The alleged incident occurred Sunday at Corcoran State Prison, where Manson is being held. Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, faces charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader at Corcoran State Prison Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation spokeswoman. Hammond, a retiree, was searched and subsequently arrested at 3:35 p.m. and taken to a King County Jail, where he was released four hours later on $30,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - James O'Keefe, the conservative activist whose hidden-camera stings have been aimed at liberal targets, has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the group ACORN, according to documents filed Thursday in federal court here. As part of the settlement, O'Keefe says he "regrets any pain" suffered by Juan Carlos Vera, who was interviewed by O'Keefe and an associate in ACORN's office in National City, near the U.S.-Mexico border, on Aug. 18, 2009.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Three Philippine men have been convicted of importing military weapons through a shipment to Long Beach in a plot to arm Mexican drug cartels and gang members, federal authorities said. Evidence presented during the four-week trial in federal court in Los Angeles showed that the men conspired to sell weapons that included machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, as well as explosives including mortars and grenades, according to the FBI. The men, identified as Sergio Syjuco, 26; Cesar Ubaldo, 27; and Arjyl Revereza, 26, met with an undercover FBI agent who posed as a prospective buyer, federal authorities said.
WORLD
March 4, 2013 | By John Hannon
BEIJING -- Think Hong Kong is joking about the baby food? Better think again. Customs officials in Hong Kong arrested 45 people on Friday and Saturday on charges of trying to smuggle baby milk powder across the border into China, multiple media outlets reported. The arrests came after an emergency two-can limit on exports of milk formula, launched in February, was made permanent Hong Kong law on Friday. The South China Morning Post quoted Hong Kong's secretary for security, Lai Tung-Kwok, as saying that customs agents had arrested 26 Hong Kong residents, 18 mainlanders and one foreign passport holder at border crossings.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
To create a successful antihero, a writer must pull off a narrative sleight of hand, convincing the audience that black is white, or at least an acceptable shade of gray. The trick is to pull it off without getting caught, which is the first failure of ABC's high-aspiring but poorly executed "Red Widow. " In the series, which premieres Sunday, the antihero is Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) living the uber Mommy high life in Marin County until her husband is gunned down in her driveway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Defense attorneys representing three Filipino nationals accused of weapons smuggling failed to persuade a federal judge to toss out criminal charges against their clients based on "outrageous government misconduct. " U.S. District Judge Robert J. Timlin on Monday denied a defense motion to dismiss the case. During a two-week hearing, defense attorneys accused FBI Agent Charles Ro of knowingly paying for prostitutes for the defendants. While working undercover in the Philippines, Ro frequently met the defendants in karaoke clubs - where scantily clad and sometimes topless young women worked as hostesses - to discuss weapons deals, Ro testified.
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