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February 3, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Movie director Lee Tamahori has been charged with solicitation after allegedly dressing as a woman and offering sex to an undercover Los Angeles police officer in exchange for money, a city attorney's spokesman said Thursday. Tamahori, who directed "Die Another Day," and "Mulholland Falls," was arrested Jan. 8 on Santa Monica Boulevard, the spokesman said. He faces two misdemeanor counts.
July 31, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Two days after a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy allegedly kidnapped and raped a female motorist, he solicited sex from a second female driver in front of a witness, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, is charged with 11 counts related to incidents in September 2010, when he allegedly tried to coerce female motorists into sex in exchange for not arresting them. Sanchez faces up to life in prison if convicted on all the charges, which include kidnapping to commit a crime and rape under the color of authority.
March 19, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Two men who helped take $9.5 million from several thousand people in telephone solicitation swindles were sentenced Friday to 15 and 20 years in prison--the toughest sentences ever handed down in Southern California for that crime, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge James M. Ideman announced here that he intended to "make an example" to others who operate so called "boiler-room" frauds.
July 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy accused of raping women and soliciting bribes while on duty is due in court Wednesday morning. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, was arrested at his home Monday night without incident after a nearly three-year investigation. Sanchez, a seven-year department veteran, was most recently assigned to patrol duties at the Palmdale Station. He has been charged with 11 counts including sexual penetration under the color of authority, soliciting a bribe from alleged victims and rape under fear or distress, according to agency spokesman Steve Whitmore.
August 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Augusta authorities have closed an investigation into whether a 76-year-old grandmother killed the last of her five dead husbands, saying they didn't detect poison in his remains. Betty Neumar still faces three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in North Carolina in the death of husband No. 4, Harold Gentry.
The arrests of door-to-door salespeople on suspicion of prowling and falsifying documents have prompted Camarillo officials to revoke the solicitation permits of a Dominguez Hills cleaning-supply company. But the president of Austin Diversified Products, which sells Advantage cleaning products, has appealed the city's decision, saying action should be taken against individual employees rather than the company as a whole.
November 24, 1990
"No matter what he did." When I first read Magic Johnson's quote regarding the arrest of James Worthy for solicitation, I was enraged. For the first time I am disgusted by Magic and his callous attitude. No matter what he did! Is the only thing that matters is that he show up to play? Regardless of his wife, the fans and management. Is Magic condoning solicitation? I am personally shocked that someone of Mr. Worthy's stature would even attempt such an act, and worse yet by Magic's attempt to sweep it under the carpet.
October 1, 1987 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
A court ruling is forcing this city to weaken its charitable solicitation ordinance, but police say they will be able to continue strict enforcement despite the modification. The City Council Tuesday tentatively approved removing sections of the ordinance that were held unconstitutional in June by a Superior Court judge for impinging on freedom of speech.
June 3, 1990
The Orange City Firefighters have concluded a successful phone solicitation fund-raiser, held April 30. Residents should be aware that there are other groups in Orange County soliciting funds, possibly using our name. We are not affiliated with the Disabled Firefighters Organization. We would urge you to call us at (714) 771-6846 before you support other fire service organizations. DOUG MOCHIZUKI President, Orange City Firefighters
October 3, 1986 | Nancy Wride
Female police officers posing as prostitutes worked two nights on Harbor Boulevard, authorities said Thursday, and business was steady. A total of 38 men--an average of more than three an hour--were arrested on suspicion of soliciting prostitutes last Friday and Wednesday night, Police Lt. Larry Hodges said.
July 29, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of  crimes including rape and soliciting bribes, authorities said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 28, was taken into custody without incident at his home in Los Angeles County by Sheriff's Department internal crime investigators, agency spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Times. Sanchez, a seven-year department veteran, was most recently assigned to patrol duties at the Palmdale Station. He was arrested on suspicion of committing 11 criminal counts including sexual penetration under the color of authority, soliciting a bribe from alleged victims and rape under fear or distress, according to Whitmore.
June 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
In a closed-door meeting on the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot, a few dozen location scouts, agents, producers and studio executives gathered to discuss the state of L.A.'s hometown industry. Taking center stage: Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti. Garcetti held the meeting recently to solicit ideas on how he can help stem the exodus of film and TV production from Southern California. He pledged to fight runaway production and to name a film czar to serve as an industry advocate in City Hall.
May 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
As residents in the Oklahoma City area grappled with the aftermath of the massive tornado that wiped out homes and businesses in its 20-mile path of destruction, killing at least 24 people, relief organizations solicited donations to help. By and large, the charities expressed a preference for donations of money rather than goods. Monica Diaz of the Red Cross in Los Angeles said donating money "allows us to get the items that are needed the quickest faster. " PHOTOS: Powerful tornado slams Oklahoma Donations to the Red Cross will be added to the organization's disaster relief fund, a pot used for disaster aid across the country, not just for the Oklahoma tornadoes.
April 27, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Wearing high heels, skinny pants and a tight top, a 52-year-old man dressed as a woman allegedly repeatedly asked for sex from a teenage boy in front of a Simi Valley hardware store, and was later arrested, police said. The boy was riding his skateboard through the parking lot when he was approached by the suspect,  said Simi Valley police Lt. Tony Anzilotti. The boy rebuffed the suspect's repeated advances and told the suspect he was 15, Anzilotti said, but the suspect persisted and gave the boy a phone number, then left.
March 28, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner wants his Republican troops to think deep thoughts. As House Republicans prepare for the next budget showdown with President Obama, the Ohioan, in a letter to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, drew on history and morality as he solicited their views on the party's next move. “Our purpose in calling for a balanced budget is a noble one,” the speaker wrote to his GOP colleagues, who are on a two-week spring recess. “I urge you to engage your constituents during the spring work period and to bring the input back to Washington so it can inform our discussion about next steps.” Boehner's outreach serves a practical and political purpose during this lull in the budget wars.
February 14, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON -- Leaders of Organizing for Action, President Obama's new nonprofit advocacy group , are courting his top campaign bundlers to be part of a high-dollar fundraising network that will help finance the work of the nascent organization. During a swing through the Bay Area and Los Angeles this week, OFA Chairman Jim Messina and Executive Director Jon Carson met with members of the Obama campaign's National Finance Committee and told them there will be a similar structure in place to support the work of the nonprofit group, which is set up as a 501(c)
March 5, 1986
A Burbank-based provider of health-care plans was prohibited Tuesday from using false or misleading advertising or solicitation to gain members. The state commissioner of corporations, Franklin Tom, obtained a Los Angeles Superior Court order against Amerimed, doing business as Serra Medical Foundation.
April 22, 1989 | ANDREA FORD, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Grand Jury, in a report released Friday, recommends that the Board of Supervisors tighten regulation of charities that solicit donations and require, for the first time in the county, licensing and bonding of professional fund-raisers. The report also recommends that the county government and Orange County's 28 cities work more closely to collect and investigate reports of solicitation fraud and to make public the proportion of donations an organization keeps for its own costs.
February 2, 2013 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A former deputy Los Angeles city attorney, convicted of soliciting sexual favors from an 18-year-old defendant in exchange for promising to help her avoid jail time, was among 128 people pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. In 1990, George Schwartz received a one-year sentence in Los Angeles County Jail for the crime. Weeks ago, his name was added to the growing list of those who have received official forgiveness from Brown. The full list was released Friday. In April, the governor commuted the potential life sentence of Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted in 1997 of killing her grandson, saying he had "significant doubts" about her guilt.
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