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April 10, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
Entertainer Ryan Seacrest joined a rapidly growing list of celebrity victims in a so-called swatting prank, police said Wednesday afternoon. Details about the incident were not immediately available, the Beverly Hills Police Department said on Twitter that it had responded to a "swatting call" at Seacrest's home. "No signs of trouble," the tweet read. "Everyone OK. " PHOTOS: Celebrity 'swatting' targets Seacrest is the sixth celebrity in a week whose Los Angeles-area home was targeted, bringing the number of such swatting incidents to nearly a dozen in recent months.
April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
An hours-long standoff ended Friday when Los Angeles police arrested an armed, distraught man who had barricaded himself inside a Winnetka disabled veterans' hall and threatened to kill himself, authorities said. The man, who had not yet been identified by authorities, was distraught over a romantic relationship, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police took him into custody around 3 p.m. without firing a shot after multiple attempts to force him from the building.
April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Hit with a recent wave of celebrity "swatting incidents," Los Angeles police officials are meeting Thursday to consider possible countermeasures including whether to no longer publicly comment on such incidents. In the last several months, there have been over a dozen prank swatting calls to police, the majority of them in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles Police Department but also in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department jurisdiction. Sources familiar with the discussions say authorities are concerned that publicizing individual incidents not only affects the privacy of celebrities, it could be encouraging more swatting as a result of drawing international media attention.
April 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, a drug suspect identified as linked to a Mexican prison gang was found dead Monday in a La Mesa motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, officials said. U.S. marshals had attempted to arrest the 40-year-old man being sought on a federal drug warrant. After shooting at the marshals, he refused to leave his room at a Rodeway Inn. After negotiations proved futile, authorities used a flash grenade. A woman in the room, possibly the suspect's girlfriend, came out. When authorities rushed the room, the suspect, identified as Robert DeLeon Jr., was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
April 19, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A state Senator who has legislation that would increase the penalties for hoax 911 calls known as "swatting" was himself the victim of such a prank call Friday. Police received an anonymous text message sent through an operator that reported a shooting at the Torrance home of Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu while the lawmaker was away but his wife was home. It turned out to be a hoax call. The 1:10 p.m. call reported "shots fired and a female down at Mr. Lieu's residence," said Torrance Police Department Sgt. Robert Watt.
March 29, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A highly regarded female police officer has been accepted into the training program for the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT unit, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first woman officer to join the elite, insular group since its formation more than 35 years ago. Jennifer Grasso, 36, is one of 13 LAPD officers selected for spots in the department's 12-week training school, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, according to an internal LAPD email obtained by The Times.
It is difficult to picture Tony Jelso as a quitter--a guy who would walk off the court in the middle of a national racquetball tournament saying he'd had it. In the wake of his dominating gold-medal performance in the U.S. Olympic Festival last week, it seems unimaginable that Jelso would ever be eager to pack his bags and slip out the back door. Jelso, 23, of Ventura, was running Chris Cole of Flint, Mich.
November 1, 2008
Re "Scapegoating science," Opinion, Oct. 28 Sarah Palin's dismissal of fruit fly research as not being beneficial to the public good is indicative of her lack of a complete education. Experiments involving the Drosophila fruit fly produced scientific information that is the basis of much of our genetic knowledge. Nondisjunction, which is the cause of Down syndrome, was discovered in fruit flies. Does Palin believe that her infant son's condition is God's will and has no scientific basis?
July 23, 1995
Hooray! State Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren concluded that corporal punishment is constitutional (July 15). Assemblyman Mickey Conroy (R-Orange) is convinced paddling isn't excessive punishment. One of the most important functions of our elected officials is to generate an annual budget. Yet, they have repeatedly failed to carry out their job in a timely manner. The legislature recently permitted themselves to break the law by "borrowing" campaign funds for living expenses until the budget is passed and their checks start to flow again.
September 23, 1998
If you're on the hunt for flies in the kitchen, the best equipment might be the most whimsical. These wood-handled fly swatters come in several shapes, including a chicken, a pig, an apple and a fish. Folk Art Fly Swatters, $10 each, available by mail order from Country Weekend Magazine, (213) 833-0456.
April 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Police and SWAT officers were engaged in a standoff Thursday with someone inside a West Covina home after callers reported hearing gunshots from within, officials said. West Covina police responded to the calls about 2:50 a.m. from residents who reported hearing "random" shots coming from a home in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street, Lt. Jerry Pearman told KTLA-TV . The shots were directed from one home to another, with one round hitting its target, Pearman said. An unidentified person remained inside the home from where gunshots had been fired as police and SWAT officers continued to try to remove the individual from the home, Pearman said.
November 25, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
An emergency alert has been issued at Yale University after a report of a person with a gun on campus. The community has been told to shelter in place after the anonymous report was called in to New Haven, Conn., police. The alert said there had been no confirmed sighting of a person with a gun, but Yale police are asking "those on campus to remain in their current location until there is additional information. " Officials said a man with a gun was spotted near Old Campus, where many freshmen dorms are located.  The Yale Daily News Twitter account posted that SWAT teams were seen in that area of campus.
November 10, 2013 | By Aoun Sahi and Mark Magnier
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as head of the Pakistani Taliban signals a significant shift for the militant organization into a potentially more uncompromising, violent group based increasingly on ideology rather than tribal ties, analysts said. Fazlullah, a hard-liner from Pakistan's Swat Valley, was named Thursday after his predecessor was killed days earlier by a U.S. drone strike as he emerged from a meeting at a mosque in lawless North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
November 6, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A man convicted in a Thousand Oaks "swatting" incident for falsely police he was armed with an AK-47 and ready to kill hostages has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. Nathan Hanshaw, 22, was convicted of making interstate threats, threatening to use explosives and threats to use a firearm during the January hoax, as well as during similar incidents in New York and Colorado, according to authorities. Hanshaw called 911 and told operators he was a fugitive holed up in a La Quinta Inn in Newbury Park, according to Thousands Oaks police.
November 2, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
In a bid to cut down on fake 911 calls, the Los Angeles City Council has decided to offer rewards for tipsters providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those who engage in "swatting. " Swatting is a malicious prank in which someone reports that a violent crime, usually involving a celebrity, is underway. The calls prompt a SWAT-team-style response to a location where no crime is occurring. The false alarms tie up Los Angeles Police Department resources, and some officers have been injured responding to fake calls, officials said.
October 30, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
In a bid to cut down on fake 911 calls, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to offer rewards for tipsters providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction those who engage in "swatting. " Swatting is a malicious prank in which someone reports that a violent crime, usually involving a celebrity, is underway. The calls prompt a SWAT-team-style response to a location where no crime is occurring. The false alarms tie up Los Angeles Police Department resources and some responding officers have been injured responding to fake calls, officials said.
April 7, 1996
As colleagues of Prof. Julian Foster, I and some other senior members of Cal State Fullerton's political science department find it regrettable that at no point in your coverage of the Keary Johns case ("$35,000 Settlement in College Swatting Suit," March 30, and earlier) have you ever acknowledged Prof. Foster's exceptionally distinguished career at Cal State Fullerton. An outstanding professor of political science, he won the high regard of students and faculty alike. His colleagues demonstrated this regard by twice electing him department chair, three times to chair the university's Academic Senate and once to serve on the systemwide Academic Senate of the California State University system.
September 8, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo
SWAT officers have surrounded a home in Boyle Heights after a man allegedly pointed a handgun at someone during a party and then barricaded himself inside, Los Angeles police said. Officers received a call about an “assault with a deadly weapon” at 3 a.m. and responded to the scene at the 2500 block of Fairmount Street , police said. They were told at least three assailants had left the party after a fight and then came back with guns in the early morning, according to a watch commander at the Hollenbeck Station.
September 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 15-hour standoff between SWAT officers and an armed man inside a home in the suburb of La Mesa ended early Tuesday when the suspect was found dead of an apparent suicide, authorities said. Several nearby homes were evacuated after a man inside the home, believed to be armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, fired multiple shots, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. A woman and three teenagers inside the home had fled after a domestic dispute between the woman and the 47-year-old man, authorities said.
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