Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times

Alene Tchekmedyian

Los Angeles Times

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Recent articles by Alene:

L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey moves to wipe 66,000 marijuana convictions

Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey on Thursday announced the dismissal of 66,000 marijuana convictions in L.A. → Read More

Sheriff's Department investigating alleged hit-and-run involving L.A. assistant fire chief

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating a hit-and-run case in which an assistant chief for the Los Angeles Fire Department allegedly crashed into a parked car in Santa Clarita and fled to his nearby home. → Read More

L.A. County supervisors approve subpoena authority in power struggle with sheriff

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on giving subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Commission to get records from the Sheriff’s Dept. in the latest power tiff between the governing body and Sheriff Alex Villanueva. → Read More

So many allegations of rape against Weinstein and others, so few charges

Despite scores of women accusing Harvey Weinstein and others of sexual assault, charges have been filed in L.A. County in only two cases — both against Weinstein. → Read More

'Hangover' producer helped a teen convicted in killing. Now he's under investigation

A Hollywood producer and the two attorneys who defended a minor accused in the killing of a police officer were accused of misconduct by the Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant who investigated the murder. → Read More

Sheriff's deputies charged with perjury after stopping cops for speeding, then citing them for no insurance

Within a matter of days in 2016, Jon Peters said he heard similar stories involving officers who worked with him at the Los Angeles Police Department. → Read More

Two L.A. County sheriff's deputies accused of perjury and filing false reports

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are accused of perjury after stopping drivers for speeding but then citing them for not having proof of insurance, even though they did, officials said. → Read More

States confront the casualties of the war on pot

Prosecutors in LA and Chicago are moving aggressively to expunge marijuana convictions from the records of tens of thousands of people, using new state laws designed to erase some of the impact of the war on drugs. → Read More

Fired deputy sues again, saying domestic violence probe was unfair

A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy whose reinstatement sparked a legal battle between the county's top elected leaders is suing again to get his job back, saying his case was handled unfairly. → Read More

For families of those killed by deputies, a long wait for answers

ACLU sues L.A County Sheriff's Department for records related to deputy shootings → Read More

"It's like torture': Families report deputy harassment to sheriff watchdog

The Sheriff's Civilian Oversight Commission is looking into allegations that families of some ois victims have been harassed by deputies. → Read More

Judge tosses retaliation lawsuit by deputy fired over domestic abuse and stalking allegations

Carl Mandoyan alleged that county leaders withheld his pay and were unfairly trying to push him out of the department. → Read More

Nearly 400 inmates quarantined after mumps outbreak at L.A. jail

Nearly 400 inmates have been quarantined after a mumps outbreak at Men’s Central Jail, authorities said. → Read More

Sheriff hires corruption investigator accused of posing as deputy in bizarre jail incident

After he allegedly brought contraband into the Men's Central Jail, officials posted Mark Lillienfeld’s photograph and directed employees to alert a supervisor if he showed up. → Read More

Jury awards $8.1 million to L.A. County sheriff's deputy harassed after reporting misconduct

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dep. Andrew Rodriguez said he suffered retaliation and harassment while assigned to the Industry station. → Read More

In a sharp rebuke, L.A. County supervisors vote to freeze sheriff's spending

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rebuked Sheriff Alex Villanueva over his fiscal stewardship in the last year, taking the extraordinary step of freezing a portion of the agency’s budget to force the county’s top cop to address excessive spending. → Read More

Monument honoring 'braceros,' Mexican migrant workers, unveiled in downtown L.A.

The Bracero Monument was unveiled Sunday. Created by artist Dan Medina, 51, the statue is part of a $3.2-million streetscape and pedestrian improvement project that also highlights Native American, African American and immigrant cultures from communities across L.A. → Read More

Former L.A. County sheriff's deputy gets 2- year prison sentence in inmate sex assault case

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Giancarlo Scotti had pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting six inmates at the county's women's lockup. → Read More

L.A. County supervisors move to freeze Sheriff's Department funding

The Board of Supervisors and senior county officials appear close to taking the extraordinary step of freezing portions of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department budget in an effort to rein in excessive spending. → Read More

LGBTQ ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists were watching Democratic donor Ed Buck, demanding justice

Two fatal overdoses in Democratic donor Ed Buck's home gave rise to a movement that sought to hold him accountable and uphold the value of gay black lives. → Read More