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March 30, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police on Saturday identified a suspect in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a young Northridge girl last week as a 30-year-old transient with an extensive criminal history. Tobias Dustin Summers, who was released from jail in January after serving six days for a probation violation, is the primary focus of the police investigation, LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said at an afternoon news conference at police headquarters downtown. Summers has a criminal history dating back to 2002 that includes charges of kidnapping, robbery, explosives possession and petty theft, Albanese said.
September 28, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Many of us may fret about losing our electronic gadgets. John A. Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is working to build electronic devices that vanish on purpose. In a study published this week in the journal Science, Rogers and colleagues described how they assembled a toolbox of tiny biodegradable components made of silicon, magnesium and silk that can completely dissolve in the body. In a conversation with The Times, Rogers explained the virtues of such "transient electronics" - and why someday you might want your smartphone to disappear too. What do you mean by "transient electronics"?
August 22, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A man who allegedly broke into actor-rapper LL Cool J's home suffered a broken nose and jaw at the action star's hands Wednesday morning after what police sources described as a "knock-down, drag-out" fight. LL Cool J, who rose to fame with the aptly named hit song "Mama Said Knock You Out" and portrays a special agent on the CBS drama "NCIS Los Angeles," proved life imitates art and nabbed the burglar inside his expansive Studio City house. When Los Angeles police arrived at the Blairwood Drive home around 1 a.m. Wednesday, LL Cool J had detained the battered and bruised suspect.
July 21, 2012 | Frank Shyong and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A man was in custody late Friday in connection with the stabbings of three transients while they slept. The attacker left behind rambling "death warrants. " Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Courtney Anthony Robinson was taken into custody shortly after 9 p.m. by an LAPD Hollywood gang officer. He has since been turned over to robbery-homicide detectives, Smith said. The detectives will question Robinson overnight, Smith said, adding that it's "unknown if he will be booked for the attempted murders at this time.
July 19, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department took the unusual step Thursday of urging homeless people to get off the street and seek shelter at night after three transients were stabbed while they slept by an assailant who left behind rambling "death warrants. " Detectives said the attacks, none fatal, all occurred this month and involved middle-aged homeless people who were stabbed in the back. The attacker left signed pieces of paper that he labeled "death warrants" at the scene of each crime.
April 8, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
A crackdown on Venice Beach homeless encampments and renegade vendors is pitting longtime residents and merchants against homeless advocates and younger transients. The Los Angeles Police Department enforcement efforts, begun almost two months ago, were spurred by mounting complaints from waterfront residents and business owners who said aggressive, intoxicated transients and violent disputes over vendors' spaces had made the boardwalk an increasingly lawless, frightening place.
April 7, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Jay, a homeless man sleeping near a Hollywood freeway onramp, awoke to the voices of police Friday morning. Los Angeles Police Department officers Julie Nony and Paula Davidson had rooted out an encampment of nine transients — including Jay — who were sleeping along the Highland Avenue onramp to Highway 101. Nony and Davidson were part of a team of roughly two dozen officers and sheriff's deputies who fanned out across Hollywood, trudging...
January 18, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Andrew Blankstein and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The frozen business empire of Pinkberry was always about control. Dating back to Pinkberry's first shop in West Hollywood in 2005, no detail was too small for the company's suave, visionary co-founder, Young Lee: flooring of tiny pebbles, meant to suggest the feel of the beach. Lively music set at a precise volume — a hint of an old-timey ice cream truck. Today, Pinkberry has more than 170 stores in more than a dozen countries and has achieved corporate nirvana by securing a niche in the collective consciousness.
January 14, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A homeless man was stabbed to death behind a busy fast-food restaurant in Anaheim late Friday, the fourth such killing in Orange County in the last month, and police quickly took a man into custody for questioning. The suspect was being chased by two bystanders when police caught him on La Palma Avenue about a quarter-mile from the scene of the crime, according to Sgt. Bob Dunn, an Anaheim police spokesman. Authorities were cautious about linking the latest killing to the previous three, but said the suspect bore a resemblance to a man being sought in those deaths, which have been called the work of a serial killer.
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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