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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 3, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
The family of an 80-year-old woman is suing a Boyle Heights hospital after a pathologist determined that she was "frozen alive," " eventually woke up" and injured herself as she struggled unsuccessfully to escape, according to court records. Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was pronounced dead in July 2010 at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights after suffering a heart attack. When morticians received her body a few days later, they found her body facedown, with her nose broken and cuts and bruises to her face, injuries so severe they could not be covered up by makeup, according to court papers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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April 17, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
A federal jury has found that two Los Angeles Police Department detectives were negligent and violated a teenage girl's constitutional rights when -- as part of a ruse -- they falsely told a gang member that she had implicated him in a murder. After the detectives' ploy, the suspect arranged to have the girl killed, according to police records and a lawsuit filed by girl's family. Jurors this week found that LAPD Dets. Martin Pinner and Juan Rodriguez acted maliciously and recklessly but also determined that the 16-year-old girl, Martha Puebla, and her parents were also at fault.
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February 3, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
In the calculus of cross-border human smuggling, Maria Lopez-Diaz allegedly concluded that black instead of brown equals green. The 60-year-old Compton woman, prosecutors say, tried to cash in on racial profiling by operating a human smuggling ring that hired mostly African American drivers who didn't speak a word of Spanish to ferry small groups of immigrants from Mexico to Los Angeles. In the end, the alleged venture failed. Authorities announced charges Thursday against Lopez-Diaz and four others, including conspiracy and transporting and harboring illegal immigrants.
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