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December 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A former paramedic who became a public face of grief for a Texas town after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion was sentenced to prison Wednesday in connection with a pipe bomb, which was unrelated to the blast.  Bryce Reed was sentenced to 21 months in state prison followed by three years of supervised release, a spokeswoman for the federal court in Waco, Texas, told the Los Angeles Times. Reed remains free on bond pending his surrender to prison authorities, she said. At his sentencing, Reed denied any role in the April 17 plant explosion in West, Texas, where 15 people were killed.
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October 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A crew chief for the Mexican Mafia prison gang has been captured after fleeing to a rural town in Missouri, authorities said. Albert "Spanky" Amaya is accused of cutting off his GPS ankle device while on probation in San Bernardino County to evade authorities while he tried to relocate.  The 45-year-old Amaya was convicted of extortion in 2008. It was his third felony conviction and he was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison. But under a measure approved by voters last year that allowed "three strikes" inmates to seek re-sentencing, Amaya was released in June to the supervision of the San Bernardino County Probation Department, authorities said.
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October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details. A reputed prison gang leader who is accused of cutting his GPS ankle device while on probation in San Bernardino County has been captured after fleeing to Missouri, authorities said Tuesday night. Albert "Spanky" Amaya was validated by state corrections authorities as a crew chief for the Mexican Mafia prison gang, according to the San Bernardino County Probation Department. Amays, 45, was convicted of extortion, his third felony conviction, and sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison in 2008.  But under a voter-approved measure last year that allowed "three strikes" inmates to seek re-sentencing, Amaya was released in June to the supervision of the Probation Department, authorities said.
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October 18, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two convicted murderers who escaped from a Florida prison have given new meaning to the word chutzpah by registering with local officials and having their fingerprints taken after their release using forged documents. The inmates went back to Orange County in Florida and registered as convicted felons and had their fingerprints taken in a required move that seems designed to decrease official concern about their actions. State officials are investigating the entire chain of events while law enforcement is seeking to recapture the men, Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker.
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October 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles firefighter is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges he and his mother beat a woman feeding stray cats in the West Adams district after she threw cat kibble at him during a verbal altercation. Fire engineer Ian Justin Eulian, 37, is charged with a felony count of battery with serious bodily injury, assault likely to produce great bodily harm and an enhancement of causing great bodily harm. He's being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. His mother, 70-year-old Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, is due in court Friday.
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October 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Los Angeles County officials were alarmed by Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of court-ordered prison crowding caps, fearing that if the state is forced to release prisoners early, the county's ability to monitor them would be strained and public safety would be jeopardized. State officials have said they have no intention of releasing prisoners early and are working to transfer inmates to private prisons or find other solutions. County probation chief Jerry Powers said Tuesday that though he didn't believe California would be forced to release prisoners early, under the worst case scenario, 1,000 to 1,200 could be released to Los Angeles County.  He said that state officials have assured the county that if it had to release prisoners early, they would not be placed under the supervision of the county probation department but would be on state parole.
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October 15, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The hiring of new Los Angeles County probation workers has been significantly complicated, officials said Tuesday, because stricter standards imposed over the last year have disqualified applicants convicted of certain crimes and required others to submit to polygraph tests and extensive background checks. Probation officials said that only about 10% to 20% of applicants are making it through the new hiring and screening process at a time when the department is racing to add officers to cope with an influx of state prison inmates.
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October 11, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The office manager for a police union in Anaheim was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison for embezzling more than $360,000 by using a typewriter to change the amount on her paychecks. Cindy Ann Su'a of Whittier was the only paid employee of the Anaheim Police Assn. and was supposed to earn an annual salary of about $65,000. She was responsible for writing checks, tracking company credit cards and bookkeeping. In 2007, she began increasing her bi-weekly paycheck by thousands of dollars.
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October 4, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court rebuked California officials Friday for refusing to protect disabled parolees the state has shifted to county jails. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9thCircuit Court of Appeals said disabled inmates have been engaged in “a seemingly never-ending struggle” with state officials to obtain wheelchairs, sign-language interpreters, accessible beds and toilets, tapping canes for the blind and other accommodations. California prison officials “have resisted complying with their obligations at every turn,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the panel.
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October 1, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Two teenagers and a 23-year-old woman were charged with human trafficking in Orange County for allegedly luring a 17-year-old girl on Facebook and forcing her to work as a prostitute. According to the Orange County district attorney's office, 19-year-old Dejon Pierre Moore initiated an online relationship with the girl on the social media site. In late September, Moore picked the girl up in Los Angeles and drove her to Orange County, where she was forced to work as a prostitute, prosecutors said in a written statement.
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