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February 20, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
A 44-year-old man was charged Thursday with killing a retired Hollywood High School teacher, authorities said. Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged with one count of murder, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Kratlian was arrested Tuesday by the FBI and the LAPD Fugitive Task Force. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County Harry Major, 82, was found dead Feb. 12 at his home in the 1400 block of North Vista Street, police said.
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March 11, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Detectives are investigating the death of a 67-year-old man whose body was found in a South Los Angeles home after he was apparently strangled, authorities said. Investigators responded about 10:43 p.m. Sunday to a house in the 1100 block of West 98th Street, where a female homeowner had made the grim discovery in a bedroom, according to Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The homeowner ran next door and alerted a neighbor after finding the body. Homicide Report: A story for every victim “As soon as I got inside the house, it did appear that the man was dead so I called 911 immediately,” the neighbor, Willie Miller, told KTLA-TV . The victim was one of two tenants who rented a room from the owner, who also lives in a resident of the house.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Detectives are investigating the death of a 67-year-old man whose body was found in a South Los Angeles home after he was apparently strangled, authorities said. Investigators responded about 10:43 p.m. Sunday to a house in the 1100 block of West 98th Street, where a female homeowner had made the grim discovery in a bedroom, according to Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The homeowner ran next door and alerted a neighbor after finding the body. Homicide Report: A story for every victim “As soon as I got inside the house, it did appear that the man was dead so I called 911 immediately,” the neighbor, Willie Miller, told KTLA-TV . The victim was one of two tenants who rented a room from the owner, who also lives in a resident of the house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
A 44-year-old man was charged Thursday with killing a retired Hollywood High School teacher, authorities said. Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged with one count of murder, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Kratlian was arrested Tuesday by the FBI and the LAPD Fugitive Task Force. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County Harry Major, 82, was found dead Feb. 12 at his home in the 1400 block of North Vista Street, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1998 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON
A 45-year-old Fillmore man was found strangled by a rope in a death coroner's officials called accidental. Severn Swordling was discovered by a friend about 9 p.m. Tuesday tied up inside Swordling's trailer in the 1900 block of Old Telegraph Road, according to county Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Peterson. Swordling's friend had become worried after Swordling failed to show up at a Boy Scouts meeting in Fillmore.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2010 | Reuters
Graco Children's Products Inc., a unit of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., is recalling about 2 million baby strollers sold before 2008 at major U.S. retailers after four infants died of strangulation. The news of the recall of the China-made strollers comes less than three weeks after Mattel Inc.'s Fisher-Price recalled some 10 million toys and other items, renewing concerns about safety standards of infant products, many of which are made in low-cost centers like China. "We have taken appropriate reserves and do not expect a material impact on the company," Newell Rubbermaid spokesman David Doolittle said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1986
On Nov. 12 your Metro section carried a story explaining that the expected increase in population by the year 2000 would erase the efforts to improve air quality in the Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Three days later you reported Police Chief Daryl F. Gates' proposals for traffic-control measures to decrease the slow strangulation taking place on our freeways. This story quoted a Caltrans spokesperson, "Traffic is heavy because of the increase in population." Both of these stories are inextricably related.
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May 23, 1987
Police Friday were investigating the sexual assault and strangulation of a 23-year-old woman whose body was found in a Garden Grove house where she rented a room. The body of Shannon Rose Lloyd, 23, was found shortly before midnight by Casimar Bursuk, 70, who also lives at the house in the 11900 block of Donna Lane in a northern Garden Grove residential neighborhood, Police Lt. Chuck Gibbs said. Bursuk is not a suspect in the killing, Gibbs said.
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September 12, 2009 | Richard Winton and Corina Knoll
For 34 years, the rape and murder of 80-year-old Alice Lewis remained a mystery. There wasn't even a suspect. But five months ago, a routine traffic stop in Los Angeles yielded DNA evidence that police said opened the door for solving the cold case and arresting the alleged killer. This week, Dennis Vasquez, 50, was arrested in the 1975 strangulation of the woman at her Meier Street home in Mar Vista. Because he would have been only 16 at the time of the crime, Vasquez appeared Friday in Juvenile Court in Inglewood.
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December 24, 1986
Kidnaping and murder charges were filed Tuesday in Orange County Municipal Court against transients James Gregory Marlow, 30, and Cynthia Lynn Coffman, 24, in the strangulation killing of 19-year-old college student Lynel Murray of Huntington Beach. Deputy Dist. Atty. Rick Toohey said he will seek the death penalty because the Nov. 12 slaying occurred in the course of burglary, robbery, rape and kidnaping.
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February 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
A 57-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years to life in prison for a strangulation murder that went unsolved for more than two decades. Leonard Alex Dominguez was convicted in November of second-degree murder in the death of Sandra Phillips, a West Los Angeles woman who was found strangled in her apartment. When Phillips' friends found her on the afternoon of April 9, 1979, she was lying face-down in her bedroom with her black leather pants around her ankles, authorities said.
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February 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
Leonard Alex Dominguez struggled with drugs for much of his life. It landed him in jail again and again. But after submitting a DNA sample to a federal database during a prison stint for marijuana possession in 2005, a darker side surfaced when Dominguez was linked two years later to the cold case killing of Sandra Phillips, a West Los Angeles woman who was found strangled in her apartment in 1979. On Wednesday, nearly 35 years after the dead woman was found face-down in her bedroom, Dominguez was sentenced to 15 years to life for the 33-year-old's murder.
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August 13, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It's been nearly 22 months since Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician Donna Gross was strangled by a patient on the aging facility's fenced grounds, where staff alarms do not function. A push for a high-tech wireless system became a political priority, pressed by lawmakers and by Cal/OSHA, which has taken a heightened interest in safety at state mental hospitals. The new alarm system is set to roll out Tuesday in the area of the 400-acre campus where patients accused or convicted of crimes are held.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
A painful sell-off in European stock markets spilled into the U.S., sparking a broad-based decline that illustrated investor unease with the economic and political upheaval in Europe. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 100 points Monday as worry grew that Europe's sovereign debt crisis, which seemed to be resolving itself only weeks ago, could be worsened by deepening economic strangulation and public outrage at government-imposed austerity measures. Investors were rattled by data showing contraction in European business and manufacturing.
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December 31, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
When Robert Edward Stansbury died seven years ago while awaiting execution on San Quentin's death row, some worried that he would take the full extent of his crimes to his grave. Stansbury, an ice cream truck driver, was serving time for raping and killing a 10-year-old girl. He had a long record of sexual assaults, at least once using his ice cream truck as a ruse. Detectives long suspected there were more victims but could not prove it. This week, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives announced that they have DNA evidence linking Stansbury to a decades-old cold case in Pomona.
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December 15, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Former Food Network chef Juan-Carlos Cruz told a homeless man he hired to kill his wife to avoid harming his two dogs and consider strangulation with pantyhose to avoid leaving a "bloody mess," according to newly released court documents obtained by The Times. The documents show Cruz elaborately planned how he wanted his wife killed and even provided doggie treats so his dogs would not bark. Cruz did not know that the homeless man, David Carrington, was cooperating with Santa Monica police detectives as he and Carrington sat in a car near Cruz's Westwood condominium May 12 to go over the murder plot.
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March 8, 1985 | JOHN NEEDHAM \f7
Jurors convicted a Brea man of first-degree murder Thursday for the 1978 strangulation death of a 72-year-old woman whose apartment he burglarized. Dennis Reed Love, 23, also was convicted of the attempted strangulation of an 80-year-old woman last year and of burglarizing the apartments of both women. Police arrested Love last year in connection with the April 19 attack on the 80-year-old woman.
NEWS
November 4, 1986 | United Press International
The partially clad body of a Saudi Arabian prince was found in his motel room, the victim of strangulation, police said today. Bandar al Faisal, 32, was discovered Sunday afternoon by a maid who went to clean his 12th-floor room at the Key Bridge Marriott in suburban Washington, said police spokesman Lt. Tom Bell. Saudi Arabian Embassy spokesman Habib Shaheen confirmed that Al Faisal was a prince, although a distant relative of the Royal Family, "many times removed."
BUSINESS
October 20, 2010 | Reuters
Graco Children's Products Inc., a unit of Newell Rubbermaid Inc., is recalling about 2 million baby strollers sold before 2008 at major U.S. retailers after four infants died of strangulation. The news of the recall of the China-made strollers comes less than three weeks after Mattel Inc.'s Fisher-Price recalled some 10 million toys and other items, renewing concerns about safety standards of infant products, many of which are made in low-cost centers like China. "We have taken appropriate reserves and do not expect a material impact on the company," Newell Rubbermaid spokesman David Doolittle said.
SPORTS
March 10, 2010
Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli faces a burglary charge in connection with a theft at a campus fraternity house in late January in Eugene. The Lane Country district attorney's office says Masoli and former Oregon receiver Garrett Embry have each been charged with one count of burglary in the second degree. Masoli and Embry are to be arraigned in Lane County Circuit Court on Friday. A fraternity member reported that Masoli and Embry stole two computers and a guitar from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house Jan. 25. Masoli passed for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns last season as a junior.
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