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April 24, 2013 |
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.
April 20, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Several hundred people protesting the rape and kidnapping of a 5-year-old girl descended on police headquarters Saturday, waving signs, overrunning barriers and calling for the resignation of the capital city's police commissioner. The angry demonstration, which spread to a hospital and the homes of two senior officials, was reminiscent of the outcry seen after a 23-year-old student was brutally raped and killed in December, a crime that shook the nation and led to tougher laws and the creation of special courts for rape cases.
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March 30, 2013 |
Irvine police are searching for a man they say lured a young girl to his car and then exposed himself to her. The 6-year-old was walking home from school with two older siblings about 1:45 p.m. near Deerfield and Yale avenues, according to a statement from Irvine police. As she trailed behind her siblings, a car pulled up to the curb and the driver started talking to her, asking where she went to school and where she lived, police said. He then allegedly asked her if she'd "seen this" and exposed himself to her as she looked in the open passenger-side window.
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February 5, 2013 |
A North Hills woman whom authorities allege plied a young girl with crack cocaine and photographed her being sexually abused by an older man was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of producing child pornography and sex trafficking. Letha Montemayor Tucker was named Tuesday in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury. If convicted of all the charges, Tucker would face a mandatory minimum federal sentence of 10 years and could get up to life in prison, authorities said.
December 20, 2012 |
On Jan. 27, the Screen Actors Guild will give veteran entertainer Dick Van Dyke its Life Achievement Award, honoring his storied career and humanitarian work, simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 5 p.m. PST. And if that isn't enough to celebrate, at 86 Van Dyke is a giddy newlywed, having married Arlene Silver, 40, in February. Sitting for an interview in the SAG Foundation Actors Center while Silver texts on the sidelines, he jokes, "When you marry a young girl, you marry her iPhone.
December 6, 2012 |
In the rough-hewn documentary "Buffalo Girls," director Todd Kellstein trains his camera on two 8-year-olds in Thailand's underground Muay Thai prizefighting circles who beat other kids for money as they work their way up from rural matches to bigger bouts. Some 30,000 children are involved in this world, Kellstein found, and his unflinching approach to the brutality gives the film an unusual energy even as it makes the fighting seem oddly normal - or at the very least gives some sense of the cultural landscape in which this could be acceptable.
December 3, 2012 |
After an incident in which an 8-year-old girl was bitten by a dolphin, officials at SeaWorld in Orlando said they responded quickly to treat Jillian Thomas of Georgia. "A member of our health services team ... quickly responded and treated the young girl," read a statement from the Florida theme park. Jillian's parents weren't quite so impressed with the park's reaction. They told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that there were no warnings of possible infection, no manager was sent over, and "'we had to ask for a Band-Aid," said Jillian's mom, Amy Thomas.
November 22, 2012
STAGE Enjoy a heartwarming holiday play in Ojai. "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," takes place in New York City in 1897 and tells the story of a young girl who writes to the New York Sun to ask about the existence of Santa Claus. Her letter changes the depressed viewpoint of the writer assigned to craft the answer, with touching results. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $18. (804) 640-8797; http://www.ojaiact.org.
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November 14, 2012 |
More than 250 rescue workers and volunteers trekked through brush and steep terrain in El Sereno on Tuesday after police received reports of a teenage girl dragged away by a kidnapper, screaming and kicking. By late afternoon, search teams had uncovered leggings and a pair of Puma tennis shoes but found no other signs that the girl was abducted, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. "While we have located some physical evidence that supports the abduction, we have not found any evidence that the young lady is still in the park," Beck said at a news conference.
November 6, 2012 |
On "Saturday Night Live" last month, Bruno Mars followed his performance of " Locked Out of Heaven " -- the delightfully Police-ish lead track from next month's "Unorthodox Jukebox" -- with a slow-and-low piano-ballad take on the album's second single, "Young Girls. " It was pretty but a bit slight, not unlike the singer's 2010 smash, " Just the Way You Are " (which nonetheless topped the Hot 100 and sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone). Posted on YouTube on Tuesday, the studio version of "Young Girls" remedies that flavor deficiency with pounding drums, fuzzy synth textures and a soaring vocal performance full of the passion Mars has sometimes sacrificed in the name of polish.