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February 22, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Fullerton middle school teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual misconduct with at least two male students, authorities and school district officials said. Melissa Lindgren, 28, of La Mirada, was charged with multiple felonies, including child molestation, child annoyance and “dissemination of harmful matter to a minor,” Fullerton police said in a statement. The Nicolas Junior High School teacher was booked and released after posting $100,000 bail, the statement said.
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February 21, 2014
Join Times staff writer Kate Mather at 12:30 p.m. Friday for a discussion of some of the most high-profile stories of the week: Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper, San Francisco Giants beating victim Bryan Stow and the guilty pleas from his attackers, and "Craigslist killer" suspect Miranda Barbour, who claims a victim in L.A. Sharper pleaded not guilty Thursday to drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles in a case that prosecutors say now includes...
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February 21, 2014 | By Phil Willon, Maura Dolan and Scott Gold
ALTURAS, Calif. - The afternoon at City Hall was winding to a close on Thursday when a woman splattered with blood began ringing the bell and screaming for help. She had come around the corner from a tribal meeting where police say a woman shot and killed four people, three of them her relatives. The suspect, Cherie Lash Rhoades, previously had been chairwoman of the small Northern Paiute tribe, but the meeting was being held to evict her and her son from the rancheria. "It's not every day that you see someone covered in blood screaming at the window at City Hall," said Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes.
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February 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The woman who witnesses say opened fire at her eviction hearing at a Native American tribal headquarters in Northern California Thursday, killing four people, has been identified by police as a 44-year-old former tribal leader. Cherie Lash, also known as Cherie Rhoades, of Cedarville, Calif., allegedly shot five people and attacked another with a knife when she ran out of ammunition. The attack occurred during a hearing at the  Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center  in Alturas to evict her and her son from tribal property, KRCR-TV reported . A witness was able to escape the office, covered in blood, and run to the Alturas police station, KRCR reported.
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February 20, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The father of Miranda Barbour, the young woman suspected of killing a man she met on Craigslist in Pennsylvania and who has claimed responsibility for more than 20 other murders, including one in Los Angeles, has called his daughter a liar and a heroin addict. Sonny Dean, Barbour's father, said that if she is convicted of murder and sentenced to death, he will watch her get executed while holding the hand of the widow she made after allegedly killing Troy LaFerrara , 42 , according to an interview with The Daily Item of Sunbury, Pa. In one of his first public interviews since the furor over his daughter began, Dean said she was a drug addict and is "the most manipulative person I have ever known.
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February 20, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The young woman suspected of killing a man she met on Craigslist in Pennsylvania, and who has claimed to have killed more than 20 others, including a victim in L.A., has been met with more skepticism than belief as authorities work to verify her story. Miranda Barbour's father says she is a manipulative liar. Her mother says she just wants to be left alone . And claiming she carried out the killings as part of a satanic cult, a high priest of the Church of Satan issued a statement, saying, "I find it difficult to believe that a 'killer cult' of any sort could be in operation before being noticed and their murderous members captured and prosecuted.
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February 20, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Two men charged with severely beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in 2011, leaving him with brain damage, pleaded guilty Thursday to assault charges. Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 31, faced charges of mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury in the beating of Stow, a 44-year-old father of two. The March 31 attack left Stow, a Northern California paramedic, with serious head trauma and a permanent disability that means he will need care for the rest of his life.
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February 19, 2014 | Richard Marosi
A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrolling a smuggling trail in the mountains east of San Diego shot and killed a suspect Tuesday morning after being struck in the head during a rock attack, federal and San Diego County authorities said. The confrontation occurred about 6:30 a.m. on Otay Mountain, which is heavily used for illegal crossings into San Diego. Agents patrolling in SUVs and all-terrain vehicles crisscross the mountain around the clock. The agent opened fire after being hit in the face with a rock thrown by a noncitizen who was suspected of crossing the border illegally, San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.
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February 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Two men charged with beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium in 2011 would each get prison time under a deal that calls on them to plead guilty to the attack. Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 31, face charges of mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury in the beating of Stow, a 44-year-old father of two. Law enforcement sources said that under the plea deal, Norwood would get four years in prison and Sanchez would get eight years.
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February 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Authorities in Pennsylvania say they have yet to substantiate claims by a young woman suspected of killing a man she met on Craigslist that she had more than 20 other victims, including one in L.A. "There has been no verification of any of the information that has been the subject of media coverage," Timberland County Dist. Atty. Toni Rosini said in a prepared statement Tuesday carried by the Associated Press . Miranda Barbour, 19, claims include that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the current homicide in Pennsylvania with which she is charged.
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