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April 15, 1990 | Associated Press
Federal court records have been unsealed in a case one attorney dubbed "Water Closet Gate" involving secret videotaping inside a police station men's room. The documents released on Friday show that Concord Police Chief George Straka was on vacation in the summer of 1986 when Capt. Bob Evans ordered the camera to be hidden in the ceiling above a urinal. Evans hoped to catch officers suspected of clogging the urinal with paper towels, resulting in the flooding of the chief's adjacent office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | Lee Romney
This city likes to consider itself a trendsetter. And the excited response to the furtive tipping of four diminutive Smart cars early Monday morning just may have succeeded in sparking a trend. Police believe a single group of six to eight "individuals" in black hoodies was responsible for placing all four of the tiny eco-friendly cars on their sides, roofs or back ends beginning at 1 a.m. Three of the incidents occurred in the increasingly costly -- in keeping with other San Francisco trends -- neighborhood of Bernal Heights.
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SPORTS
November 8, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
On the eve of Friday night's Taft-Birmingham West Valley League football battle, Taft's stadium was vandalized and damage was estimated at more than $1,000 from graffiti and paint damage, assistant principal Neezer McNab said. Taft officials discovered the vandalism Friday morning and believe it occurred between midnight and 5 a.m. McNab said school police were notified and most of the graffiti had been removed by lunchtime. Blue paint was splattered over parts of the bleachers, press box and other areas, along with refererences to Birmingham.
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April 8, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday called for a public hearing to question LAPD officials about patrol officers who tampered with voice recording equipment in patrol cars. Commissioner Robert Saltzman said he wanted to hear from senior police staff about how the case was handled and the decision not to investigate to find out which officers were responsible for the deception. He said he also wanted an explanation for why the department failed to immediately notify the commission when the vandalized equipment was discovered.
SPORTS
September 17, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Evidently, Shaun White, aka the Flying Tomato, is not nearly as fleet on foot as he is on a board. The Olympic gold medalist in snowboarding and X Games star in skateboarding has been arrested and charged in Nashville, Tenn., for public intoxication and vandalism during an apparent drunken rampage at a hotel. According to Nashville police, White also got into an altercation with another person who tried to prevent White from fleeing the hotel, where he allegedly broke a phone and pulled a fire alarm, which caused an evacuation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Joshua Tree National Park has become a destination of taggers , and the graffiti has visitors and park officials outraged. "We come to this place because it's not as touristy as surrounding national parks, and you don't run into as many people. You kind of feel like you're alone. In ancient times. There's nothing like this place," said Butch Wood, 51, a guitar builder visiting from North Aurora, Ill. "You don't like to see the modern world intruding on history. It's a shame. " The graffiti in Rattlesnake Canyon, which meanders for a mile through the northern edge of Joshua Tree's Wonderland of Rocks, started with just a few markings but quickly became rampant.
NATIONAL
October 25, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
A Colorado man investigated by the U.S. Secret Service for a "Kill Obama" message scrawled on a home he owns said the house was vandalized and he did not write those words. The Secret Service and local police visited political activist Lee Mulcahy in his Aspen hometown after several neighbors called to report the message painted in red on the front of a home under construction. Mulcahy, a self-described tea party member who has offered his support for vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan on his Facebook page, wrote in an email to the Los Angeles Times that the message was painted by strangers and that he was ordered not to remove the slur until authorities arrived.
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February 23, 1989
Jewish community leaders said Wednesday that they are satisfied with the sentencing of two San Diego teen-agers for vandalizing a San Carlos synagogue in what has been described as the worst crime against the local Jewish community in a decade.
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September 14, 1993 | Reuters
Three 14-year-old boys have confessed to scrawling swastikas on some gravestones and overturning others at a Jewish cemetery in eastern Germany, prosecutors said Monday.
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February 15, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two weeks after the 1972 Watergate break-in, President Nixon suggested making a "shambles" of the GOP headquarters and blaming it on Democrats, the San Francisco Examiner reported. Nixon, who made the suggestions to chief political aide Charles W. Colson, suggested that the vandalism take place during the Democratic convention. The July 1, 1972, conversation was captured on more than 200 hours of tapes released by the National Archives in November.
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March 29, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
The railroad buffs who operate Goat Hill Junction just can't seem to catch a break. Just weeks after thieves broke into the model railroad grounds and stole $9,000 in aluminum tracks and other material, vandals broke into the 40-acre Costa Mesa attraction and caused $4,000 in damage by smashing six picnic tables and prying open an irrigation box. "This is the first time we've seen wholesale destruction like that," said Hank Castignetti, spokesman...
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March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An 18-year-old man suspected of being a prolific graffiti vandal in Vista, Calif., has been arrested, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Friday. The 303 acts of graffiti vandalism that the man, Bladimir Lopez, has been linked to have cost the city approximately $89,500 to clean, the department said. Lopez was arrested at home. The Sheriff's Department uses a computer system called Graffiti Tracker to gather information about instances of graffiti and to look for patterns, officials said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Has class warfare come to the exclusive Silicon Valley enclave of Atherton? In the Lindenwood neighborhood, where average home prices exceed $7 million, vandals last week spray-painted black graffiti targeting the “1%” on walls, garage doors, a gate, a car, even white picket fences. "Most people think this is a one-time thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if security-camera companies are doing a lot of business right now," Vice Mayor Rick DeGolia told the San Francisco Chronicle . "I think everyone's hoping this doesn't happen again.
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February 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
James Meredith, a civil rights icon whose enrollment at the University of Mississippi broke a racial barrier in 1962, has one thing to say to the vandals who desecrated his campus statue by putting a noose around its neck and draping it with a controversial flag. "That just clearly shows that we're not training our children like the Bible says," Meredith, 80, told the Los Angeles Times from his Mississippi home Tuesday. "They don't know right and wrong, good and bad and how to apply it to life.
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February 17, 2014 | From KTLA
A natural gas leak Monday at a storage facility in Playa del Rey may have been caused by vandals, authorities said. The leak was reported around 12:30 a.m. at a natural gas storage well at 8100 Falmouth Ave., Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Trisha Nuse told KTLA-TV . Hazmat crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department, along with gas company workers, responded to the scene. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was also called in to assess the situation. The gas was turned off at 3:50 a.m. and no one was injured, Nuse said.
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February 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
It's been a tough go for Florence, the stoic, graceful lady of Lincoln Park. Over the years, hooligans have broken her nose, spray-painted her face, shot at her, ripped off her hands and stolen her lamp. But for all the attempts to deface the statue of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing stands tall and calm in the spot she claimed in 1937, across the railroad tracks from the county hospital. I have to admit that I didn't know the statue was there until I heard from David Colachico, a professor in the nursing school at Azusa Pacific University.
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January 4, 1989 | United Press International
A woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of spraying a glue-like substance on dozens of adult magazines at a downtown newsstand. Sandra L. Goodman, 28, of Northampton, was arrested Monday at the Amherst Newsroom, a newsstand and stationery store. She was charged with malicious destruction of property valued at more than $250, police said.
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January 13, 2001 | ALEX FIELD
Two San Fernando Valley residents were arrested in a string of thefts and vandalism of commercial businesses, police said Friday. David Janson, 39, of Granada Hills, and Vickie Ross, 31, of Reseda, were arrested in connection with smashed front windows and stolen cash registers at eight businesses in Simi Valley, police there said.
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February 7, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County prosecutors are deciding whether to charge Justin Bieber with felony vandalism after he allegedly egged a neighbor's home. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives turned over their investigation to prosecutors on Thursday, and sources said the investigators are seeking a felony vandalism prosecution against the singer. Bieber is considered a suspect in the egging incident at his neighbor's home in the 25000 block of Prado Del Grandioso in Calabasas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police officials in Manteca, Calif., said Tuesday that they had launched a hate-crime investigation after vandals defaced a mosque with vulgar graffiti and left strips of raw bacon strewn on the ground. Manteca police Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said officers responded to the Islamic Center of Manteca on Jan. 28 after receiving reports of "spray-painted vulgarities" and pieces of raw bacon that were found in a parking lot just inside the front gate of the property. Muslims do not eat pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslims, said officials with the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
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