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February 15, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Long before they sat down to write books, Charles Falco and George Rowe sold drugs and used them, raising hell as poor white guys in the desert small towns and exurban fringes of Southern California. They roamed with "tweakers" (meth addicts) and exploited them for cash. But both Falco and Rowe saw the light. Eventually they joined the "good guys" in a crusade against the meanest, cruelest purveyors of darkness in their communities - the biker gangs that collectively share the name Vagos.
April 24, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
Moments after a school bus crashed in the Anaheim Hills, students screamed for help as Good Samaritans rushed to free them from the wrecked vehicle, according to witnesses. The witnesses heard a loud crack Thursday afternoon as the yellow bus smashed into trees on a grassy hill along East Nohl Ranch Road by the Anaheim Hills Golf Course.  "I saw the bus drive up and fly up and crash," said Michelle Imperial, who was driving in the opposite direction. She said she pulled over and called 911 as children screamed: "Help me!
May 19, 1989
Manager Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds, under investigation for alleged gambling, will be allowed to bring witnesses to his hearing before Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti next Thursday. Deputy Commissioner Francis T. Vincent said: "It's going to be a fair hearing."
April 16, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
Investigators said it was not immediately clear what caused two fire trucks to collide Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a Chinese restaurant and injuring at least 14 people. It also was not known how many of the injured were patrons at Lu's Dumpling House or pedestrians, but fire officials said four firefighters suffered minor to moderate injuries. No fatalies were reported, but officials told reporters at least one person was critically injured. The crash was reported at 3:12 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Emerson avenues, Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said.
A man who witnesses said committed a 1980 Orange County murder for which a wrongly convicted man spent 20 years in prison has been set free, and prosecutors have no immediate plans to charge him in connection with the case. Raymond Herman Jackett, 41, was paroled April 15 from Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, where he had been held on drug and fraud charges unrelated to the December 1980 slaying of a Burger King assistant manager.
Federal investigators are preparing to search a garbage-strewn hillside near downtown Tijuana for the graves of three people who an informant claims were buried there by former Los Angeles Police Department officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, law enforcement sources confirmed Tuesday. The search, expected to occur within days, is part of an ongoing federal investigation aimed at corroborating the allegations of 23-year-old Sonia Flores, Perez's former lover.
Rasheeda Moore, the former model who cooperated with the FBI in setting up Washington Mayor Marion Barry's drug arrest, testified at his trial Wednesday that the two had used cocaine and other drugs "over 100 times." During the three years of a relationship that was also sexual, Moore testified, she and Barry used drugs at all hours and in all places--in hotels, borrowed apartments, government offices, a drug dealer's rooming house and Barry's own home.
February 5, 1999
Why do the Republicans want witnesses? To cover their Hyde. SCOTT J. TEPPER Hidden Hills
March 30, 2011 | By ALESSANDRA RIZZO
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi's defense lawyers on Tuesday named George Clooney, the Italian foreign minister and a bevy of showgirls as witnesses at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial, an attorney and news reports said. Prosecutors, for their part, have asked to hear from 136 witnesses, including the Moroccan teenager at the center of the scandal and 32 other women who allegedly worked as prostitutes during parties at Berlusconi's villa, according to Italian news reports.
January 31, 2014
Re "Puzzling silence after death," Column, Jan. 28 My first thought after reading Sandy Banks' column on the friends of Kim Pham - who witnessed the horrendous assault that killed the young woman - refusing to talk to police was that it seems they have something to hide. I don't get it. Silence is definitely not golden here. Marie Pollara Lévesque Lake Balboa ALSO: Letters: How'd they get their guns? Letters: How safe is your credit card?
April 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Chris Megerian
Most of the teen and adult passengers of a charter bus that was hit by a FedEx freight truck emerged bruised, bloodied and unaware they had been injured because of shock, said a witness who lives near the crash site. “They were just like, 'What happened?'” said Ryan Householder, 31, whose mobile home faces the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Orland. “Their adrenaline was pumping so bad none of 'em knew they were injured, even those with blood all over their clothes.” Householder described to the Los Angeles Times the immediate aftermath of Thursday night's crash, in which 10 people were killed - including five Southern California high school students en route to Humboldt State University for a spring tour.
April 13, 2014 | Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
Two conflicting eyewitness accounts emerged Saturday as investigators delved deeper into the cause of the horrific collision between a truck and a charter bus that killed 10 and cast a pall over a college-acceptance trip to Humboldt State University. A driver who was sideswiped moments before Thursday evening's fatal accident said she saw flames coming from beneath a FedEx freight truck as it veered across a grassy median toward disaster. A man who lives next to Interstate 5, however, said he saw no flames from the truck before the crash and watched the twin-trailer FedEx vehicle swerve out of control after it made an abortive attempt to move into the fast lane.
April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Paige St. John and Ruben Vives
ORLAND, Calif. -- The investigation into the fatal bus crash in Northern California took a new twist after two witnesses said the FedEx truck was on fire before it hit the tour bus filled with high school students. The witnesses said flames were visible from the big rig as it crossed the grassy median on Interstate 5 and hit their car, then the bus. Bonnie and Joe Duran told TV reporters in Northern California that their Nissan Altima sideswiped by the truck before it collided head-on with the bus. “It was on fire already,” Bonnie Duran said.
April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Paige St. John and Ruben Vives
ORLAND, Calif. -- Two witnesses said Friday that a FedEx truck was on fire before it hit a tour bus filled with high school students in Northern California, killing 10. Bonnie and Joe Duran, whose car was hit by the big rig before it collided with the bus Thursday on Interstate 5 in Orland, told several TV stations that they saw flames coming from the truck as it crossed the center median. “I was heading along the outside lane. And I looked over and saw the FedEx truck coming right for me and it was on fire already,” Bonnie Duran told KCBS radio.
April 12, 2014 | By Chris Megerian, Melanie Mason and Hailey Branson-Potts
ORLAND, Calif. -- A witness to Thursday's deadly tour bus crash said the driver of the FedEx truck appeared to lose control while changing lanes before barreling across the center median of Interstate 5 and colliding head-on with a tour bus filled with high school students. Ryan Householder told The Times on Saturday that he was mowing his lawn, which faces the southbound lanes of the highway, when he heard screeching tires Thursday. He looked up and watched the crash occur. The drivers of both vehicles were killed as were eight people on board the tour bus. "I never thought I'd see that in real life," he said.
April 11, 2014 | By Paige St. John and Chris Megerian
ORLAND, Calif. - Witnesses to the immediate aftermath of a fiery crash Thursday between a FedEx freight truck and a bus carrying students to Humboldt State University, killing at least 10, described a gruesome, panicked scene. Victoria Posvanvz, 19, was getting ready for her shift at a local grocery store when she heard "what sounded like a bomb. " She ran out of the house, and saw mothers calling their children inside, and other neighbors running. Turning, she saw a huge black cloud rising from Interstate 5 four houses away, and then, a man in flames running along the fence.
September 17, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
Common sense and fairness would seem to dictate that the federal government ought not deport an exonerating witness before the witness has been allowed to testify. But good sense is apparently in short supply, at least that's what the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal said Friday in a sharply worded ruling. "May the government deport an illegal alien who can provide exculpatory evidence for a criminal defendant before counsel for that defendant has even been appointed? We believe the answer is self-evident, as the government recognized in an earlier case where it moved to vacate a conviction after it deported witnesses whose testimony would have exculpated defendant," Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the three judge panel.
July 20, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Rene Lynch
When the man wearing a gas mask appeared at the post-midnight showing of the latest Batman movie, many in the Aurora, Colo., audience thought it was just the kind of thing you would expect from a fan coming to see “The Dark Knight Rises.” But all of that changed within moments as a canister exploded and the ominous sound, like firecrackers, erupted, witnesses said. “It was 20 to 30 minutes into the movie,” Tanner Coon told reporters in an interview broadcast on MSNBC.
April 10, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Rong-Gong Lin II
Marc Smutny was doing landscape work at Parkway RV Resort and Campground before 6 p.m. when he heard an explosion on the 5 Freeway.  “I heard probably three explosions,” Smutny told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview. Smutny had heard a FedEx big-rig careening head-on into a charter bus full of high school seniors from the Los Angeles area, killing nine people. The students were set to tour Humboldt State University. PHOTOS: 9 killed in L.A. student's deadly bus crash  Both the drivers of the bus and the FedEx truck were killed.
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius rambled and at times contradicted himself under cross-examination Wednesday during his trial for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "My memory is not very good at the moment," Pistorius said during testimony at Pretoria's High Court. "I'm under a lot of pressure sitting here. I'm defending for my life. " Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp at his house last year thinking she was an intruder, acknowledged that he was weighing every implication as he responded to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "But Reeva doesn't have a life anymore, because of what you did," Nel said to Pistorius.
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