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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.
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.
March 17, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is at a disadvantage competing with Las Vegas, New York and Miami for tourists who want a lively nightclub scene because of a California law that cuts off alcohol sales at 2 a.m., a state lawmaker contends. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that could extend the last call for alcohol in some California cities until 4 a.m. "This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding night life and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue," Leno said.
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.
April 12, 2006 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
The 6-month-old son of singer Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline fell from a highchair, prompting social workers to visit the couple's Malibu home over the weekend, sources close to the situation said Tuesday. On Friday, Spears became concerned that her son, Sean Preston Federline, might have a head injury and took him to an emergency room, the sources said. That is when the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was notified.
April 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was hit Friday afternoon by a vehicle driven by a suspect who was later shot to death by authorities has been released from the hospital, authorities said. The incident began when a woman and her boyfriend got into a fight and he pulled a knife and took her children from a shopping center in the 11400 block of South Vermont Avenue, said Sheriff's Lt. John Corina. The man, who was driving the woman's car, dropped the children off at a nearby supermarket and returned, he said.
July 13, 2009 | David Zahniser
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was hospitalized in stable condition with a shoulder wound after being shot Sunday night in Palmdale, officials said. The deputy returned fire but did not not hit the gunman. A suspect was arrested about 40 minutes after the 8:03 p.m. shooting, officials said. The Sheriff's Department did not release the names of the suspect or the deputy, who is in his 20s.
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