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October 21, 2008
Firefighters knocked down a blaze that broke out Monday in a nine-story office building downtown. The blaze broke out on the sixth floor of a building in the 800 block of Broadway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, which took about 35 minutes to put out. There were no reports of injuries. -- Victoria Kim
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June 24, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Prosecutors declined to file charges Tuesday against an El Monte developer and his associate and asked police to conduct further investigation because of newly discovered information of additional crimes, authorities said. John Leung, president of El Monte-based Titan Group, and Jean Lang, another Titan executive, were released Tuesday afternoon pending additional investigation, Det. Brian Glick of the El Monte Police Department said in a statement. Police arrested Leung on Friday and Lang on Sunday on suspicion of crimes including fraud, theft and embezzlement.
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September 15, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A woman was found shot to death in an alley in Harbor City early Sunday morning, authorities said. A security guard found the body with a gunshot wound to the head in the 1600 block of Pacific Coast Highway shortly after midnight Sunday, said Officer Karen Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department. Smith said no additional details were immediately available. -- Victoria Kim
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2008
Firefighters knocked down a blaze that broke out Monday in a nine-story office building downtown. The blaze broke out on the sixth floor of a building in the 800 block of Broadway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, which took about 35 minutes to put out. There were no reports of injuries. -- Victoria Kim
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August 31, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A man was killed late Friday in a gang-related shooting, authorities said Saturday. Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were investigating the vehicle-to-vehicle shooting that occurred about 11:40 p.m. in the 4100 block of Durfee Avenue, Deputy Oscar Butao said. Jackie Vargas, 31, of El Monte was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, Butao said. Authorities were searching for two men in a white Ford F-150 pickup. Anyone with information can call sheriff's headquarters at (323)
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August 31, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Coroner's officials Saturday identified a 49-year-old man who was killed in a hang-gliding accident the day before when he crashed into the rocky side of a riverbed. Jeffrey Scott Craig of Lakewood suffered multiple fractures and blunt force trauma in the accident, said Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 12600 block of Gridley Street. In the past, Craig had suffered a heart attack while hang gliding, Bale said.
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February 12, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A 40-year-old man set his house on fire and then fatally shot himself Sunday night after a domestic dispute, authorities said Monday. Moses Martinez was found dead in the backyard of his home in the 16000 block of Ballentine Place in an unincorporated area of Covina, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Authorities were responding to a domestic violence call about 8 p.m. Sunday when they found the house on fire and Martinez's body in the yard, said Deputy Oscar Butao of the Sheriff's Department.
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June 24, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Prosecutors declined to file charges Tuesday against an El Monte developer and his associate and asked police to conduct further investigation because of newly discovered information of additional crimes, authorities said. John Leung, president of El Monte-based Titan Group, and Jean Lang, another Titan executive, were released Tuesday afternoon pending additional investigation, Det. Brian Glick of the El Monte Police Department said in a statement. Police arrested Leung on Friday and Lang on Sunday on suspicion of crimes including fraud, theft and embezzlement.
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July 1, 2008 | Richard Winton and Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writers
A former gang member who won a $15 million judgment after he was shot and framed by corrupt Los Angeles police officers more than a decade ago was arrested Sunday night after leading Glendale police on a high-speed chase, his second arrest in a week, authorities said. Javier Francisco Ovando, 31, was arrested about 8:15 p.m. Sunday after leading police on an hour-long chase that reached speeds of up to 90 mph on local streets and freeways, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.
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April 22, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Christopher Goffard and Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
In Major League Baseball, the commissioner swings the big bat. The courts have historically upheld the commissioner's extraordinary powers to act in the "best interest of baseball. " Because of that, legal experts say Dodgers owner Frank McCourt will face long odds if he challenges the league's move to seize control of the troubled club — a fight McCourt has already indicated that he may wage. Dodgers Vice Chairman Steve Soboroff gave a spirited defense of McCourt's stewardship of the team Thursday and declared the owner "financially fine," despite what Commissioner Bud Selig called his "deep concerns" about the team's finances and operations.
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September 15, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A woman was found shot to death in an alley in Harbor City early Sunday morning, authorities said. A security guard found the body with a gunshot wound to the head in the 1600 block of Pacific Coast Highway shortly after midnight Sunday, said Officer Karen Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department. Smith said no additional details were immediately available. -- Victoria Kim
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August 31, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A man was killed late Friday in a gang-related shooting, authorities said Saturday. Homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were investigating the vehicle-to-vehicle shooting that occurred about 11:40 p.m. in the 4100 block of Durfee Avenue, Deputy Oscar Butao said. Jackie Vargas, 31, of El Monte was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene, Butao said. Authorities were searching for two men in a white Ford F-150 pickup. Anyone with information can call sheriff's headquarters at (323)
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August 31, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Coroner's officials Saturday identified a 49-year-old man who was killed in a hang-gliding accident the day before when he crashed into the rocky side of a riverbed. Jeffrey Scott Craig of Lakewood suffered multiple fractures and blunt force trauma in the accident, said Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 12600 block of Gridley Street. In the past, Craig had suffered a heart attack while hang gliding, Bale said.
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February 12, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A 40-year-old man set his house on fire and then fatally shot himself Sunday night after a domestic dispute, authorities said Monday. Moses Martinez was found dead in the backyard of his home in the 16000 block of Ballentine Place in an unincorporated area of Covina, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Authorities were responding to a domestic violence call about 8 p.m. Sunday when they found the house on fire and Martinez's body in the yard, said Deputy Oscar Butao of the Sheriff's Department.
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August 3, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
On a sunny May afternoon, teenagers dismissed from a Beverly Hills middle school gathered outside a restaurant four blocks away and gossiped about their friends. Amid lots of giggling, the conversation among the eighth-graders touched on the prom and limousines but was dominated by an unflattering assessment of a girl at school, who was called a "spoiled brat" and a "slut." "I don't hate her, it's just, I wouldn't prefer to hang out with her for a million years," one girl declared.
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October 7, 2008 | Richard Winton, Evelyn Larrubia and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
Karthik Rajaram had fallen hard. The 45-year-old Porter Ranch financial manager who once made more than $1.2 million in a London-based venture fund had lost his job. His luck playing the stock market ran out. On Sept. 16, he bought a gun. He wrote two suicide notes and a last will and testament. And then, sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning, he killed his wife, mother-in-law and three sons, and took his own life.
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