M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

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Posts Tagged ‘california

Dumb Crook News: Subject takes on cops with bow and arrow

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“The suspect was armed with a bow and arrow and fired an arrow at the approaching patrol vehicle. The suspect was shot one time in the chest.”

Moral: Don’t bring a bow and arrow to a shootout with armed cops.

Full story (KNVN-TV of Chico, Calif.)

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May 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

Dumb Crook News: Gang tattoo leads to a murder conviction

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Los Angeles TimesInked on the chest of a Pico Rivera gang member was the detailed scene of a liquor store slaying that had stumped an L.A. County sheriff’s investigator for more than four years. …

Homicide Lt. Dave Dolson said gang members frequently get symbolic tattoos to bolster their street cred: three dots on the hand to signify “mi vida loca” (“my crazy life”), sketches of prisons where they’ve done time, gang insignia prominently stenciled on their heads and torsos.

But a tattoo laying out a detailed picture of a crime scene is something far outside the norm. “I haven’t seen it before, and I haven’t heard of anything like it either,” Dolson said.

… Investigators don’t believe Garcia’s elaborate tattoo was a rash decision. Photos from several bookings over the years show the mural on his chest evolving as he added details to the tattooed murder scene.

Full story (Los Angeles Times)

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April 22, 2011 at 7:37 am

Police Blotter of the Day: ‘God is Good’ for alleged church donation thief

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“A former employee allegedly stole from a donation box at the Trinity Broadcasting Network gift shop while wearing a shirt that reads “God is Good,” according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.”

Full story (KNBC-TV of Los Angeles)

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February 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Reporting: ‘Voluntary’ immigration program really isn’t

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Cities and counties can’t stop U.S. immigration officials from sifting through local police records to root out illegal immigrants, even though Immigration and Customs Enforcement has characterized the program as voluntary since it started up two years ago, federal documents show. …

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October 15, 2010 at 7:25 am

Reporting: Most U.S. gas lines don’t use latest inspection technology

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Pipeline inspection pigAlmost two-thirds of America’s natural gas pipelines — including the 30-inch main that exploded last week in San Bruno, Calif. — are susceptible to potentially deadly faults because they can’t use the industry’s best technology for testing and cleaning them, federal records show.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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September 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Reporting: Steel gas mains draw regulators’ scrutiny

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Natural gas mains made of steel, like the one that apparently failed in Thursday’s deadly explosion in California, are considered especially susceptible to corrosion and leaking, leading regulators in some states to consider replacing them.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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September 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Reporting: In adult films, condom question twists plot

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California’s efforts to mandate the use of condoms in adult videos shot in the state has divided the pornography industry and made allies of seemingly strange bedfellows — a leading AIDS organization that says it doesn’t care about the morality of porn and a former adult actress who has made it her mission to shut down the industry.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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April 30, 2010 at 6:39 am