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January 7, 2012 | By Christopher Goffard and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Cary Singletary is 6-foot-2, an ex-boxer who once worked nightclub security, alternating coffee and water to stay alert through the small hours. Now, encamped on the streets of downtown Santa Ana, he's the unofficial sentry for what he calls "my people," a group of homeless whose wary existence is now shadowed by a new peril: a serial killer. "Hopefully, they'll get the sick-minded coward," said Singletary 52, speaking of the string of stabbing deaths of middle-aged homeless men in Orange County that began just before Christmas.
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December 13, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to limit commercial selling on Venice Beach's famed Ocean Front Walk. The ordinance is the latest in a series of efforts to tame the popular but unruly attraction, which draws about 16 million visitors annually but has lately seen more than the usual number of transients and violent crimes. The city's earlier attempt to impose a lottery and permitting system for the western side of the boardwalk was blocked in October 2010 by a federal court on the grounds that it violated the 1st Amendment.
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May 24, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A transient suspected of setting off a large explosive device outside a Santa Monica synagogue pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court to multiple felony charges in connection with the incident. A grand jury indictment accuses Ron Hirsch, 60, of four federal felony counts: use of an explosive to damage property, use of an explosive to commit a federal felony, use of a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of an unregistered destructive device.
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May 29, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
A transient with a long criminal history pleaded guilty to murder Friday and was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old girl after she failed to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine with a credit card. The plea agreement with prosecutors spared Charlie Samuel a possible death sentence for the killing of Lily Burk, whose body was found last year inside her car in a downtown Los Angeles parking lot. Her neck had been slashed and her head beaten.
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May 26, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A side-by-side refrigerator and a Jacuzzi tub dumped in the Big Tujunga Wash in plain view of Tomi Lyn Bowling's home is what first spurred the Sunland resident to action in 2003. For several years afterward, she led successful efforts to clean up the junk. Then came the homeless. Some transients built shelters in the wash, using scraps and plastic sheeting. Others pitched tents. Residents complain that bushes have been turned into bathrooms. They also worry about the use of drugs, the destruction of wildlife and the potential devaluation of their nearby homes.
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October 20, 2009 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
A man sought for questioning in the massive Station wildfire that killed two firefighters has been arrested and charged with setting a smaller blaze less than a week before in Angeles National Forest, authorities said Monday. Babatunsin Olukunle, a 25-year-old Nigerian national, appeared briefly in a Pasadena courtroom and pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of setting a fire Aug. 20 on U.S. Forest Service land. "We are going to talk to him about the Station fire, but we're not going to list him as a suspect [in that fire]
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September 10, 2009 | Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County jail inmate was charged with murder Wednesday in the beating death of his cellmate, authorities said. Matthew Rochelle, 21, allegedly attacked Cedric Walton, 55, Aug. 31 in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's modern Twin Towers jail facility, which often houses inmates with mental health or medical issues, prosecutors said. "It was a beating death. One inmate basically killing his cellmate with blunt-force trauma," said Sheriff's Homicide Lt. Liam Gallagher.
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August 7, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles police have arrested a man suspected of fatally stabbing two transients in Hollywood on Thursday afternoon and seriously wounding another. The three stabbing incidents occurred within a period of several hours along Hollywood and Sunset boulevards and Argyle Avenue. The three victims were transients, said Det. Gus Villanueva of the Los Angeles Police Department. The violence occurred hours after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief William J. Bratton held a news conference to tout crime decreases in Hollywood.
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July 29, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
In East L.A., in the Palisades, in Watts, in Pasadena and Long Beach, if you're a parent, you tell yourself a lie. You tell yourself that your child is safe. No car accident will take them, no illness, no violence. You know it's not true because the news is filled with the deaths of young people, but you close your eyes and put your faith in the percentages. But then there's a horrible story in your own neighborhood, and it punches holes in your shield.
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