Crime

Federal authorities launch cyber safety campaign

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

Representatives from federal and local law enforcement announced on Tuesday the launch of Project iGuardian, a first-of-its-kind national cyber safety campaign spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The initiative aims to curb the escalating number of children [...] [...more]

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Suspect pleads not guilty to pornography charges

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

A former UCLA associate athletic director charged with possession of child pornography pleaded not guilty during an arraignment on March 28, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The defendant, Michael Sondheimer, appeared in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center for arraignment. He is charged with one felony count of possession of [...] [...more]

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Detectives seek information on hit and run fatality

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect responsible for a hit and run that killed a 54-year-old man on Feb 3. The incident occurred at approximately 5:55 p.m. at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Orme Avenue. The victim, Edward Nix, of [...] [...more]

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Police show zero tolerance for distracted driving

4/03/2014

The Los Angeles Police Department will join with over 200 municipal law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol in a “zero tolerance” campaign throughout April in observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The campaign aims to curb people texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving. Officers will be on alert throughout the month [...] [...more]

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Defendant convicted for role in Medicare fraud

4/03/2014

A physician assistant has pleaded to defrauding Medicare by signing fraudulent prescriptions for durable medical equipment while working at two Los Angeles-area medical clinics. Erasmus Kotey, 77, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow to one count of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Morrow [...] [...more]

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Actor from TV show ‘Scandal’ arrested for battery

4/03/2014

An actor on the hit TV show “Scandal” was arrested on March 26 on a felony complaint charging him with one count of felony battery with serious bodily injury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Columbus Keith Short, 31, was booked by the Claremont Police Department and released on a $50,000 bail. Short [...] [...more]

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Defendant pleads not guilty in body parts case

By Edwin Folven, 3/27/2014

Campos-Martinez extradited on March 21

A suspect charged with murder in a case in which the victim’s head, hands and feet were found near the Hollywood Sign pleaded not guilty on Monday and is being held on $1 million bail. The suspect, Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 38, was arrested on March 9 in San Antonio, Texas, where he had reportedly relocated in [...] [...more]

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Police search for rape suspect

By Edwin Folven, 3/27/2014

Sexual assault detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect responsible for kidnapping and attempting to sexually assault a 16-year-old girl in the Newton Division. The incident occurred on March 20 at approximately 6:10 p.m. as the teenage victim was walking home [...] [...more]

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Former city inspector sentenced to prison

By Edwin Folven, 3/27/2014

A former inspector with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) was sentenced on March 24 to 30 months in federal prison for taking more than $30,000 in bribes in relation to at least a dozen properties in and around the Koreatown District of Los Angeles. Samuel In, 66, of Glendale, a 37-year [...] [...more]

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LAPD officer convicted of fraud

By Edwin Folven, 3/27/2014

A nearly 20-year LAPD veteran officer pleaded guilty on March 20 to insurance fraud and agreed to resign from the force and repay the city $1,280, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The defendant, Ralph Mendoza, 44, also agreed to complete 200 hours of community service before he returns for sentencing on [...] [...more]

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