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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.
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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.
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May 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies are investigating an incident in West Hollywood on Wednesday in which someone reported there was a gunman inside a car that was later determined to be owned by entertainment impresario P. Diddy. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said multiple patrol cars responded to the call Wednesday around 12:20 p.m. near Cory Avenue and Sunset Boulevard that alleged two armed men were  inside a Maybach sports car in West Hollywood. "A search of vehicle did not turn up a gun," Whitmore said.
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December 26, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
A human skull with a bullet hole in it has been found in the Angeles National Forest. Two hikers came across it Thursday evening on a hillside that had been burned in the Station fire. Homicide detectives are overseeing the investigation but don't yet know how long the skull was there, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. "It appears to be burned," Whitmore said. The Station fire, which started Aug. 26, burned 250 square miles of forest.
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December 6, 2009 | By Andrew Blankstein
An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who went to the aid of his girlfriend at a Boyle Heights restaurant Saturday shot a man who was among a group that confronted him, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 2 a.m. in a parking lot near the Mariscos Puerto Escondido restaurant in the 3700 block of Whittier Boulevard, law enforcement officials said. They said the deputy's girlfriend was jumped by several women when she went to the restaurant's bathroom. When her boyfriend attempted to go to her aid, several men confronted him, said L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Whitmore.
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December 18, 2009 | By Andrew Blankstein
Some people will do anything for a photograph. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a man believed to be a paparazzo pedaled his bicycle into the side of a car owned by actress Anne Hathaway in an apparent effort to take a photo of the performer. The Oscar-nominated actress was in an Audi driven by boyfriend Adam Shulman when the collision occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday near Westbourne Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
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April 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a motorist Friday afternoon after his vehicle allegedly struck an officer, authorities said. The injured deputy was rushed from the scene at an Athens area strip mall to the hospital, where he is now listed in stable condition, said Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman. The deputy was conscious and alert en route to the hospital, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Deputies were investigating a possible kidnapping in the 11400 block of South Vermont Avenue about 2:45 pm when the incident occurred, Whitmore said.
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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.
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August 28, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Justin Bieber was cited early Wednesday for allegedly running a stop sign and driving without a valid California license, officials said. It was the latest run-in with the law for the pop singer, who in recent months has been investigated for everything from allegedly spitting at a neighbor to allegedly driving recklessly down suburban residential streets. Bieber was stopped in Calabasas, where he lives. When questioned by a deputy, he acknowledged living in the state but could not produce a driver's license, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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November 12, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
An Australian businessman has been arrested in connection with the death of a 21-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a Bentley while crossing Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Thursday. Ryan Bowman, 43, was booked on suspicion of manslaughter after surrendering Thursday afternoon to deputies at the sheriff's West Hollywood station. Bowman is suspected of being behind the wheel of the Bentley that slammed into Lauren Ann Freeman as she was in the crosswalk at Hammond Street about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday.
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