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September 12, 2004
The article on Joni Mitchell was outstanding ("An Art Born of Pain, An Artist in Happy Exile," Sept. 5). It crystallizes the angst of many in this day and age. She seems like a remarkable woman, but one you might not want to share a room with for too long. She certainly understands the current state of our culture and corresponding society. Thank you, Robert Hilburn, for capturing that in your work. Reading it helped me better understand my own disenchantment. It does make a difference.
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November 5, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Family members are frantically searching for Mike Farrell, a 75-year-old Frazier Park resident who was released early Tuesday morning from the L.A. County Jail and may not be competent to find his way home. Farrell was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence, but his attorney said results of an alcohol test were negative and his family said he may have suffered a seizure. "Mike is...an epileptic and appears to be in early Alzheimer's," said Maureen Doherty, the missing man's sister.
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May 29, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a female student who was underage at the time, sheriff's officials said Wednesday. Alex Diaz, 37, a Bell High School teacher, was booked May 22 at the Carson sheriff's station, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The student, who turned 18 this week, was 17 at the time of the alleged crime, Whitmore said. About 10 p.m. on May 21, sheriff's deputies discovered Diaz and the girl in the back seat of a car in a parking lot in Carson, Whitmore said.
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September 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl, authorities said Thursday night. John Augustus Rose, 43, is suspected of having sex with the girl while he was off duty between February and June, authorities said. Authorities said in a statement that they launched an investigation after they were alerted about Rose on Saturday by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Rose has been with the department for 22 years.
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June 27, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is threatening to close one of the county's five jails next week if he is forced to cut $25 million from his $2.5-billion budget. Baca sent a letter to county supervisors Friday saying that in order to cut costs, he plans to shut down the 1,600-bed North Facility at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic on Wednesday. He told the supervisors that he will release some of those inmates early and transfer others to already overcrowded jails, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
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September 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy was arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl, authorities said Thursday night. John Augustus Rose, 43, is suspected of having sex with the girl while he was off duty between February and June, authorities said. Authorities said in a statement that they launched an investigation after they were alerted about Rose on Saturday by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Rose has been with the department for 22 years.
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April 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The number of inmates hurt and needing medical treatment following a brawl along racial lines Tuesday at Los Angeles County Twin Towers Jail rose to six, officials said. Steve Whitmore, a sheriff's spokesman, said the number of inmates hurt during the altercation rose from four to six after investigators sorted out the incident. He said the investigation into the cause of the fight between Latino and black inmates is ongoing. The brawl broke out at 12:10 p.m in the third-floor recreation area of Tower 1 and was quashed in about 90 seconds after deputies deployed sting balls and gas, Whitmore said.
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April 2, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A fight along racial lines involving as many 62 inmates erupted shortly after noon in Los Angeles County's Twin Towers Jail, leaving four of those in custody needing medical treatment. The brawl between Latino and black inmates broke out at 12:10 p.m in the third-floor recreation area of Tower 1 and was quashed in about 90 seconds after deputies deployed sting balls and gas, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. "We cannot say how many of the inmates were exactly involved, but 62 were in the area at the time," Whitmore said. The altercation left four inmates needing treatment at the medical center with cuts and bruises.
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May 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man accused of murder in a 2010 Baldwin Park gang shooting is one of four jail inmates the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has mistakenly released this year, officials revealed Tuesday. According to the department's own investigation, missing paperwork resulted in the erroneous release of Johnny Mata, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The department subsequently noted understaffing in the clerical operations and made a decision to hire more clerical staff and to add an additional supervisor to oversee the paperwork process, he said.
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June 26, 2012 | Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of trying to smuggle a burrito stuffed with heroin into a courthouse lockup was sentenced Monday to two years in jail. Henry Marin, who was once portrayed as a dim-witted bumbler on a reality television show that focused on sheriff's recruits, said nothing as a courtroom deputy handcuffed him and led him away to the type of cell he was once responsible for guarding. Marin, 27, was one of several sheriff's employees recently accused of smuggling narcotics and other contraband into jail for inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man accused of murder in a 2010 Baldwin Park gang shooting is one of four jail inmates the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has mistakenly released this year, officials revealed Tuesday. According to the department's own investigation, missing paperwork resulted in the erroneous release of Johnny Mata, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The department subsequently noted understaffing in the clerical operations and made a decision to hire more clerical staff and to add an additional supervisor to oversee the paperwork process, he said.
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April 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The number of inmates hurt and needing medical treatment following a brawl along racial lines Tuesday at Los Angeles County Twin Towers Jail rose to six, officials said. Steve Whitmore, a sheriff's spokesman, said the number of inmates hurt during the altercation rose from four to six after investigators sorted out the incident. He said the investigation into the cause of the fight between Latino and black inmates is ongoing. The brawl broke out at 12:10 p.m in the third-floor recreation area of Tower 1 and was quashed in about 90 seconds after deputies deployed sting balls and gas, Whitmore said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A fight along racial lines involving as many 62 inmates erupted shortly after noon in Los Angeles County's Twin Towers Jail, leaving four of those in custody needing medical treatment. The brawl between Latino and black inmates broke out at 12:10 p.m in the third-floor recreation area of Tower 1 and was quashed in about 90 seconds after deputies deployed sting balls and gas, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said. "We cannot say how many of the inmates were exactly involved, but 62 were in the area at the time," Whitmore said. The altercation left four inmates needing treatment at the medical center with cuts and bruises.
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March 6, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Dogged by allegations of misconduct and mismanagement, the second-in-command at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced Wednesday that he was stepping down from his position managing the law enforcement agency. The exit of Paul Tanaka, 54, stunned people inside and outside the Sheriff's Department because he was considered Sheriff Lee Baca's right-hand man and once held wide authority over the 18,000-person department's daily operations. But Tanaka had become a magnet for criticism amid a federal probe into allegations that sheriff's jailers abused inmates in L.A. County jails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2012 | Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of trying to smuggle a burrito stuffed with heroin into a courthouse lockup was sentenced Monday to two years in jail. Henry Marin, who was once portrayed as a dim-witted bumbler on a reality television show that focused on sheriff's recruits, said nothing as a courtroom deputy handcuffed him and led him away to the type of cell he was once responsible for guarding. Marin, 27, was one of several sheriff's employees recently accused of smuggling narcotics and other contraband into jail for inmates.
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February 15, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A jailer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling cocaine into the Men's Central Jail with intent to sell it to inmates, authorities said Tuesday. Remington Orr, 24, who is not a deputy but has worked for the last four years as a custody employee, was arrested late Monday as he was preparing to enter the Men's Central Jail with the drug, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for Sheriff Lee Baca. "Obviously, if anybody tries to do this they will be caught, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Whitmore said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Richard Winton
The family of an unarmed man fatally shot last month by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy filed a legal claim against the county Wednesday, alleging that sheriff's deputies are poorly trained and routinely use deadly force on people who don't pose any threat. On Sept. 14, a deputy chased Darrick Collins up his driveway in Athens and into his own backyard, believing he was a robbery suspect. The deputy saw Collins reach for his waistband, causing him to fear that Collins was going for a weapon, sheriff's officials said.
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February 5, 2012 | By Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department commander who publicly accused department brass last year of ignoring his warnings about jail abuse is now at the center of an internal investigation. According to the Sheriff's Department, the investigation was launched to determine if anyone had stopped Cmdr. Robert Olmsted from correcting the problems he had seen with excessive force and jailer cliques. But Olmsted is accusing sheriff's officials of rigging the probe to scapegoat him and insulate high-ranking officials from culpability, saying he has seen them protect people in the past.
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September 25, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities are investigating allegations of inmate beatings and other misconduct by deputies in Los Angeles County jails, with FBI agents going so far as to sneak a cellphone to an inmate to get reports from inside, according to law enforcement sources. The inquiries include allegations that deputies broke an inmate's jaw and other facial bones and beat another man for two minutes while he was unconscious. Their investigation created a flap recently when Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department brass discovered that an inmate inside Men's Central Jail was an FBI informant equipped with a cellphone he was believed to be using to communicate with agents on the outside.
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