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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.
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April 17, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca demoted three top supervisors this week in connection with an alleged cheating scam during a regional law enforcement relay race last year, officials said. The allegations arose from the "Baker to Vegas" event - a foot race for charity that draws police agencies from several states. After that race, the event's organizers received word that one of the contest's faster participants was not a law enforcement employee. It turned out that the team representing the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau allowed someone not listed on their roster to jump in and run a leg, officials said.
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February 6, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Seven Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been notified that the department intends to fire them for belonging to a secret law enforcement clique that allegedly celebrated shootings and branded its members with matching tattoos, officials said. The Times reported last year about the existence of the clique, dubbed the Jump Out Boys, and the discovery of a pamphlet that described the group's creed, which required aggressive policing and awarded tattoo modifications for police shootings.
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December 17, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Ben Poston
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials in 2010 hired about 80 people they shouldn't have because of serious problems in their backgrounds, a department official acknowledged Tuesday. Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers said he was troubled by the department's preliminary findings and plans on “making some swift changes.” The reforms were prompted by a Times investigation earlier this month that found the agency hired dozens of officers from a disbanded county police force even though sheriff's investigators had found significant misconduct in their backgrounds.
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July 20, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak was sent involuntarily to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation and faces a police investigation after a run-in with security guards at a Point Dume shopping center. The guards allege Peak menaced them with a sharp object, authorities said. Peak, a popular Malibu surfer who is the youngest person ever to serve on the City Council, denied the allegations and said that guards chased and pushed him after he tripped on a chair. Peak said he had previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been addressing his illness.
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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.
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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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July 8, 2009 | Richard Winton and Joel Rubin
Officers throughout the Los Angeles Police Department grieved Tuesday as news spread that a veteran detective had killed herself in the lobby of an L.A. County Sheriff's Department station Monday night. Susan J. Clemmer, a well-regarded officer assigned to the LAPD's Gang and Narcotics Division, walked into the Santa Clarita sheriff's station about 9:15 p.m. and spoke to the sheriff's deputy at the front desk, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore and LAPD officials.
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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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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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