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March 1, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was critically wounded Wednesday when he was stabbed by a graffiti tagger he confronted behind a Huntington Beach pet store, authorities said. Ronald Chaver, 43, fired five gunshots at the vandal but missed, said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Terry Lindsey. It was unclear, he said, whether the stabbing or shooting occurred first. Police responded a few minutes later, shortly before 10 a.m., and arrested a suspect outside the Petco at Adams Avenue and Magnolia Street.
March 7, 2008 | Gary Klein
Maurice Simmons, a Compton Dominguez High linebacker who signed a letter of intent with USC, was arrested this week on suspicion of robbery. Bail was set at $50,000 for the 18-year-old, Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said Thursday. Lamont Hall, 19, also was arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with the alleged incident Wednesday, and his bail was set at $50,000, sheriffs' officials said.
January 3, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Scott Sterling, the son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, was found dead in his Malibu home in what authorities said Wednesday appeared to be some type of drug overdose. The Sterling family released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that Scott Sterling, 32, was suffering from diabetes. "Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes," the statement read. "His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him. We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends.
May 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Angel Jennings and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Marcel Melanson was a hero in Compton. The fire battalion chief led teams that raced to help victims of car crashes and street violence. Three years ago, he got national exposure as a star of a BET reality TV program that followed Compton firefighters on emergency calls. "We're constantly battling the perception of the city," he told the Los Angeles Times when the show premiered. "It's constantly thought of as this bad place. " On Friday, he was back in the public eye, but under very different circumstances.
November 28, 2009 | By Richard Winton
A reputed Mexican Mafia leader who prosecutors said once tried to seize control of drug sales in Norwalk and the San Gabriel Valley has been charged with orchestrating a large-scale extortion scheme, according to authorities. Ralph "Perico" Rocha, 42, was ordered held in lieu of $4-million bail at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. Rocha was arrested without incident Nov. 19 as he was about to leave his Moreno Valley home, said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
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.
June 17, 2010 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Barely a year after promising to reform its chronically troubled police force, the city of Maywood announced Wednesday that it would disband the 60-member department effective June 30. City officials said the closure was caused by the city's loss of insurance. Earlier this month, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority notified Maywood that it was terminating general liability and workers' compensation coverage because the city posed too high a risk. An excessive number of claims filed against the Police Department, and the city's failure to hire a permanent city manager, were among the highest risk factors, according to the agency.
June 7, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
A veteran Los Angeles County Probation Department officer assigned to aid in the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders has been placed on unpaid leave after being arrested on suspicion that she contributed to the delinquency of her own children. Ruth Marzan, an officer with more than two decades with the department, was arrested by sheriff's deputies May 25 at a Kmart in Temple City after security personnel alleged that they saw her shoplift items and coach her two teenage children to do the same.
May 7, 2009 | Richard Winton
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was charged Wednesday with attempting to smuggle narcotics into a county jail facility in Castaic where he worked as a jailer, authorities said. Peter Paul Felix, 25, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to bring drugs into the North County Correctional Facility and six other drug-related crimes after surrendering to authorities in a downtown L.A. courtroom.
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.
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