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February 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
A judge temporarily barred a national penny-stock brokerage house from soliciting new business in New York state Tuesday after the state attorney general said there was evidence that it had defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors. Atty. Gen. Robert Abrams said records showed that Power Securities Corp. of Las Vegas participated in "a massive fraud and swindle" that involved manipulating stock prices, creating artificial markets and marking up stock prices by 100% or more.
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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.
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SPORTS
December 2, 1989
A jury in Aurora, Colo., convicted offensive lineman Gerald Perry of the Denver Broncos of soliciting a prostitute but acquitted him of two other charges and declared a mistrial on a fourth charge. Perry, a 305-pound tackle, was arrested Sept. 7 when he was found standing half-naked outside his truck with an alleged prostitute. He was charged with soliciting for prostitution, assault and battery, impersonating a police officer and false imprisonment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1994
An ordinance extending to 10 p.m. the hours that door-to-door solicitors can work was tentatively approved by the City Council this week. In its approval of the first reading of the law, the City Council cited a U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing 10 p.m. as a reasonable cutoff time for residential solicitors and fund-raisers. A private organization soliciting funds for the Sierra Club had complained to city officials about the 8 p.m. deadline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1991 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
Residents are often suspicious about solicitors going door-to-door or charities making their pitches by mail or phone. According to city officials, no one may solicit in the city without filing financial and other information with the Los Angeles Social Service Department. After review by the city, approved solicitors receive an information card to show prospective donors that provides details about the organization, its officers and its finances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2010 | By Amina Khan
An 18-year-old Manhattan Beach man was arrested at Pacific Elementary School on Monday after allegedly offering to pay a third-grader for his urine. Kevin Manuel Duron is believed to have entered a boys bathroom on the campus late last week and offered to pay a boy several dollars to urinate into a cup, Manhattan Beach Police Det. Sgt. Brian Brown said. When Duron failed to persuade the boy, police said, he apparently returned Monday for another try. He was taken into custody after reappearing at the elementary school, Brown said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
Officials of Food Share, a nonprofit group in Ventura County, are cautioning residents not to give money to anyone soliciting donations for the organization door to door. The warning comes after a Food Share staff member was approached in Camarillo this week by two people posing as Food Share volunteers, said Jewel Pedi, the group's executive director. "The money is not coming to the food bank and I don't want people to be taken advantage of," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2008 | Martha Groves
Soliciting while sitting on public chairs or benches on the Third Street Promenade and nearby areas will be prohibited under an ordinance approved Tuesday on a 7-0 vote by the Santa Monica City Council. "The purpose of the new law is to make sure that no one commandeers the downtown seating for the purpose of basically conducting business," Councilman Richard Bloom said. City officials emphasized that the ordinance does not seek to ban panhandling or solicitation outright but rather to free up limited public seating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1991
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure loosening restrictions on soliciting on public beaches. Effective immediately, all nonprofit organizations and individuals selling wares for religious, philosophical, political or ideological reasons have a right to solicit donations on public property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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)
NATIONAL
July 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
An editor for the publishing company that puts out the venerable Weekly Reader newspaper for schoolchildren was arrested on charges that he solicited sex from a minor on the Internet. Noel Neff, 46, an editor at Stamford-based Weekly Reader Corp., was arrested in a mall parking lot, where authorities said he had arranged to meet and have sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy named Chris. The "boy" was actually undercover FBI Agent David George, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON
Religious groups and all charitable organizations would be banned from soliciting and receiving donations at John Wayne Airport under a new ordinance to be considered Tuesday by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The law is being proposed even though authorities say that only 13 solicitation permits have been issued since the airport opened. County officials, however, say the ban is a protection for the future and tracks a 1992 ruling by the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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