Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times

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Recent articles by Alene:

Review of sheriff department's 'secret police' unit sought

A watchdog panel that oversees the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department voted Thursday to ask county attorneys to determine whether Sheriff Alex Villanueva or his agency broke the law in their handling of a special unit that has been accused of targeting some of his most outspoken critics. → Read More

L.A. County sheriff's unit accused of targeting political enemies

A little-know team of investigators in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department has pursued criminal investigations into some of Villanueva's most vocal critics. → Read More

L.A. County sheriff has legal power to ban gang-like groups of deputies, county lawyers say

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has broad legal authority to crack down on entrenched, gang-like groups of deputies, according to attorneys for the county. → Read More

Deputy cliques in L.A. County Sheriff’s Department likely growing, study finds

A new study finds that 16% of L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies and supervisors said in an anonymous survey they've been asked to join a secret clique. → Read More

Sheriff Villanueva demotes high-ranking official who is trying to unseat him

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has demoted a top advisor who is challenging him in next year's election. → Read More

Sheriff's deputies accused of covering up on-duty assault in East L.A.

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were charged Wednesday with lying to cover up an on-duty assault, prosecutors said. → Read More

L.A. sheriff's detectives face charges after fellow deputy accuses them of lying

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives have been charged with lying in a guns and drugs case. → Read More

Animal activist whose grisly videos spurred Times probe treated pets without a license

The charges against Marc Ching came after a Times investigation exposed troubling practices at his business, the Petstaurant, and charity, the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. → Read More

Rep. Waters seeks federal probe of L.A. County deputies' alleged Executioners gang

Rep. Maxine Waters asks U.S. Justice Department to investigate allegations a violent gang of deputies runs the L.A. County sheriff's Compton station. → Read More

L.A. Sheriff Villanueva shifts to right as reelection looms

After convincing liberal voters he would represent their interests, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has shifted decisively to the right as a reelection bid looms. → Read More

Testimony contradicts Sheriff Villanueva's Banditos claims

New court filings in a lawsuit brought by deputies alleging they were harassed by the Banditos deputy gang raise questions about Sheriff Alex Villanueva's claims about how he handled problems at East L.A. station. → Read More

Judge orders L.A. Sheriff's Department to release misconduct, use-of-force records after L.A. Times' lawsuit

The Sheriff's Department must turn over thousands of pages of records related to deputy misconduct and instances in which deadly force was used, a judge ruled Friday. → Read More

Mark Peel, the Spago and Campanile chef who helped create California cuisine, dies

Mark Peel helped introduce countless Los Angeles diners to farm-to-table dining. → Read More

Judge says sweeping L.A. criminal justice reform measure is unconstitutional

A Superior Court judge declares that Measure J, which Los Angeles County voters approved last year to set aside public funds for social services, is unconstitutional. → Read More

Sheriff Villanueva deploys deputies to Venice encampments, but is he overstepping his authority?

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva waded into the morass of homelessness in Los Angeles this week by deploying deputies to the Venice boardwalk, a tinderbox in the city's struggle to deal with the mounting crisis. → Read More

As opioid overdoses rise in L.A. jails, inmates get access to lifesaving drug

In L.A. jails, inmates save lives with an overdose drug in a pilot program launched last month. → Read More

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy charged with perjury over testimony

Prosecutors have charged a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy with lying in his testimony against two men accused of weapons crimes. → Read More

Compton claims L.A. County sheriff charging for 'ghost cars'

The city of Compton alleges L.A. County Sheriff's Department falsified patrol logs for the community while deputies were performing other duties. → Read More

L.A. County deputy charged with murder in off-duty crash

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is charged with murder in connection with an off-duty crash that left his 23-year-old passenger dead. → Read More

In major reversal, L.A. sheriff will name deputies within 30 days after they shoot a civilian

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced plans to name deputies who open fire on duty 30 days after they're in a shooting, reversing a longtime practice of hiding their names from the public. → Read More