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July 30, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A veteran Los Angeles police officer pleaded no contest to sexually molesting one girl and attempting to molest a second after luring them to his home, authorities said Tuesday. Miguel Angel Schiappapietra Jr., 28, pleaded no contest in a downtown courtroom to two felonies--one count of a lewd act on a child under 14 years of age and one count of an attempted lewd act on a child under 14 years of age. The officer is due back in court Sept. 6  and is expected to be sentenced by Judge Michael Abzug to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A registered sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of following and filming young girls in the Santa Clarita area, officials said Thursday. Yale Yurman, 70, was identified with the help of loss prevention workers at a Target store on Magic Mountain Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Detectives served a search warrant Wednesday at Yurman's home, said Sheriff's Deputy Josh Dubin. Authorities seized evidence allegedly showing that Yurman had trailed girls in several instances, including at a Wal-mart and a church in Valencia, according to the sheriff's department.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
LIANGHE, China - When kindergarten was dismissed on that April afternoon, 6-year-old Ren Xinyi and her younger cousin hurried home. They were eager to check out a plastic bag they had spotted on the way to school that morning with their grandmother, who had taken it home without thinking twice. Xinyi looked inside and grabbed a blue pencil and notebook; 5-year-old Ren Zhaoning took out a children's yogurt drink and sipped half of the creamy white liquid before handing it to her cousin.
SPORTS
May 29, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Bella Rodriguez-Torres, a 10-year-old girl who had fought cancer since the age of 4, died Tuesday in South Florida. Her story touched many people, including Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. During Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, both players wrote #LiveLikeBella on their sneakers to honor the young girl.  "[Dwyane] came to me with the story today, it was a no-brainer," James told reporters. "It's sad. It puts everything in perspective.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Los Angeles police searched Thursday for at least one man who tried to lure female victims into a car, authorities said Thursday. Four separate incidents in the Cypress Park area have been reported since October 2012. In two of those cases, the same girl was walking on the street alone when the suspect pulled up in a vehicle and offered a ride, police said. Police described the girls as "young" but did not provide their ages. In each incident, the girls refused to go into the car and ran away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A teenage girl charged with murdering her mother and stepfather suffered years of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the couple, a defense attorney told a Compton jury on Tuesday. Cynthia Alvarez, then 15, took no part in the October 2011 killings other than to strike her stepfather on the legs with a baseball bat at the insistence of her boyfriend, who actually carried out the attacks, Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender Carole Telfer said in court. Telfer said her client was molested as a young girl and later raped by her stepfather, Jose Lara.
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April 29, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. - In this rural town southeast of Sacramento, small-town neighborliness and distance from urban life made many of its 7,500 residents feel safe. Locals say many residents still don't lock their doors. But feelings of security have been shattered by the killing of an 8-year-old girl over the weekend. Authorities have revealed few details about the crime, but local media have reported that the girl's older brother told detectives an intruder got into the home while their parents were away and fatally stabbed her. Leila Fowler's slaying prompted a sweeping manhunt across the rugged terrain of Calaveras County and left residents searching for answers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi
The man suspected of kidnapping and assaulting a 10-year-old Northridge girl will be arraigned Thursday in a Los Angeles court, officials said. Tobias Dustin Summers, 32, was originally expected to be arraigned Friday, but officials said the proceeding had been moved to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. Summers, a felon and reputed gang member, was captured Wednesday morning at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the U.S. border in Mexico , authorities said.
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April 24, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
A man who police allege kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom and sexually assaulted her was captured Wednesday at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mexico, ending a monthlong international dragnet. Tobias Dustin Summers, a 32-year-old felon and reputed gang member, was found in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the border, according to Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California state police fugitive squad. Summers was returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, and officials said he would be held on $19- million bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
A man who police allege kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge bedroom and sexually assaulted her was captured Wednesday at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mexico, ending a monthlong international dragnet. Tobias Dustin Summers, a 32-year-old felon and reputed gang member, was found in Las Misiones, a small community about 200 miles south of the border, said Alfredo Arenas, commander of the Baja California state police fugitive squad. Officials did not provide details about his movements in Mexico, but LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said a phone tip received late Tuesday night narrowed the focus of the search.
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