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October 22, 2008 | Richard Winton, Winton is a Times staff writer.
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies face assault charges for allegedly beating up a firefighter while off duty last year in Pomona, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday. Joshua Titel and Brian Richards, both 31, pleaded not guilty in L.A. County Superior Court and were released without bail. According to prosecutors, the two deputies beat and kicked the victim on June 24, 2007.
March 23, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A fundraiser being hosted by Los Angeles County sheriff's officials Thursday night ended in violence, with one guest arrested and more arrests possible, a department spokesman confirmed. Sheriff's deputies were hosting a party at Cities, a bar and restaurant in East Los Angeles, to raise money for an annual law enforcement relay race. About 2 a.m. Friday, there was an altercation that involved off-duty deputies and guests. One woman invited to the party was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
March 10, 2010 | By Richard Winton
A dispute at a Lancaster movie theater during a screening of "Shutter Island" ended with someone plunging a meat thermometer into the neck of the man who complained about someone sitting near him talking on a cellphone during the show. The incident occurred two weeks ago at the Cinemark 22 theater, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The theater was packed for a 9 p.m. Saturday screening of the Martin Scorsese film when the moviegoer complained about a woman near him using a cellphone.
April 3, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Former baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra has sued Los Angeles County and its sheriff's office, alleging “abusive violence” from Sheriff's Department employees. According to the suit, filed Wednesday, the abuse occurred in April 2012, while Dykstra was in jail for grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement. Dykstra alleges that his head was slammed against a wall, knocking out several teeth. He was then allegedly beaten by sheriff's employees until he was “barely breathing.
December 15, 2009 | By Richard Winton
The Men's Central Jail has been on lockdown since Friday evening after the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department learned that inmates were plotting violence. Sheriff's officials said they placed the downtown jail -- known for holding the most dangerous inmates -- on lockdown after discovering that some prisoners were planning a racial brawl. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the facility was locked down to visitors and inmate movement until Monday morning and that now those restrictions were being eased.
June 8, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that a lieutenant in San Dimas went to the home of a co-worker and sexually assaulted her. The accused lieutenant, Michael Rodriguez, has been reassigned to the Cerritos station as a result of the investigation. According to a complaint filed with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the woman alleges that she was sexually harassed for more than a year, accusing the lieutenant of sending her inappropriate text messages and hugging her at work "in order to rub himself against her breasts."
March 6, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A fight at a Lancaster party turned deadly Sunday when one of the participants fired into a crowd, killing a 15-year-old boy and wounding another young man, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. There were about 100 people at the party when the shooting occurred about 2:40 a.m. in the 45500 block of North Gadsden Avenue, according to sheriff's and county fire officials.
April 24, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Anna Gorman
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are investigating a riot that occurred this week involving hundreds of immigration detainees at a county-run facility in Lancaster, where guards used tear gas grenades to restore order, authorities said Wednesday. The disturbance at the Mira Loma Detention Center began Tuesday morning when a fight broke out between two detainees from rival gangs, then escalated by 1:30 p.m. into a melee in the center's outdoor yard, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
September 12, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have concluded a nearly two-month inquiry into whether county coroner's employees illegally leaked or sold private information from Michael Jackson's death investigation, a sheriff's spokesman announced Friday. Investigators from the sheriff's Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau determined that no criminal violations occurred, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. County supervisors called for the inquiry July 25 after The Times reported that the pop star's death certificate had been viewed more than 300 times, including by half a dozen coroner's employees not involved in the investigation.
August 8, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
A Boston man who detectives hoped would shed light on the 1985 disappearance of a San Marino couple has refused to speak with Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives, authorities said Thursday. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the detectives are heading back to Los Angeles and have not made any definitive links between Clark Rockefeller and the disappearance of Jonathan Sohus, 26, and his wife, Linda, 28.
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