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April 25, 2009 | Richard Winton
A woman who had claimed that an attacker knocked her out and abducted her 18-month-old daughter has been arrested on suspicion of killing the girl, authorities said. Stacey Barker, 24, was arrested Thursday afternoon at her grandparents' home in Lancaster and was being held in lieu of $1-million bail. A day after her daughter's March 18 disappearance, Barker recanted the tale of assault and abduction that had launched a massive hunt, said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
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December 22, 2012 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Illegal immigrants who are arrested in minor crimes will no longer be targeted for deportation, the Obama administration announced Friday in an apparent concession to the increasing number of jurisdictions pushing back against its Secure Communities program. Immigrant advocates as well as some police chiefs and sheriffs have complained that detention orders under the program were being issued indiscriminately, snaring people who were driving without a license or selling tamales on private property.
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January 24, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Alarmed that pranksters have called 911 to report false emergencies at the homes of celebrities including Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise, two Southern California legislators have proposed laws to get tougher with anyone engaged in "swatting. " A bill announced Wednesday by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) would allow longer sentences for and greater restitution from those convicted of making false reports to the police. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca asked for the measure.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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June 12, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writers
A 52-year-old woman was fatally shot by a California Highway Patrol officer late Tuesday after brandishing what appeared to be a handgun during a traffic stop in Alhambra, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. The woman was identified by the county coroner as Ilda Ebe Grasso of Los Angeles. CHP officers told investigators they saw the woman speeding in a red car on the San Bernardino Freeway about 11 p.m.
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March 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is investigating an allegation that singer Justin Bieber threatened and assaulted a neighbor. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Tuesday the alleged battery did not involve “physical touching,” but he would not provide further details. The neighbor, who lives near Bieber on Prado Del Grandioso in Calabasas, alleged he was arguing with Bieber outside their homes when the altercation escalated. Sheriff's deputies arrived at 9:08 a.m. Tuesday to investigate, Whitmore said.
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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.
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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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