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Woman accused of prostitution

MONTROSE -- A woman has been arrested on suspicion of prostitution from a medical clinic Glendale Police raided nearly four months ago, the seventh such arrest in the Montrose area in the past year.

Jun Lu, 48, of El Monte was arrested Wednesday for offering an undercover police officer sexual acts for money at an office marked only as ``Medical Clinic'' in the 2400 block of Honolulu Avenue, police spokesman John Balian said.

Lu was released on $2,000 bail and was due to appear at Glendale Superior Court on Jan. 19. She is the seventh woman arrested on suspicion of prostitution at massage or pain clinics along Honolulu Avenue in the past year.

-- Daily News

Warnings issued on pirated discs

Los Angeles city officials offered some advice to holiday shoppers Thursday: If that deal on a new CD, DVD or movie sounds too good to be true, it's probably a pirated version.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel and leaders of the entertainment industry urged consumers to be wary of buying pirated goods. Five people were arrested and some $2,000 worth of counterfeit CDs and DVDs were confiscated this week in a sweep of Santee Alley downtown.

``People who make counterfeit DVDs and CDs are stealing, plain and simple,'' Villaraigosa said. ``It is the same as picking anyone's pockets.''

-- Daily News

Officials say man was coercing sex

WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- A Thousand Oaks man was arrested on suspicion of coercing sexual acts from immigrant women he hired to perform work at his residence, authorities said Thursday.

George Pecci, 78, has been charged with forced oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint and sexual battery. He was arrested after a Latina woman Pecci hired to clean his house told authorities he approached her and demanded that she orally copulate him, threatening to have her deported if she didn't comply.

During the past 13 years, other women have reported similar incidents but were reluctant to cooperate because of their immigrant status and the sensitive nature of the allegations, police said.

Anyone with information about Pecci can call Detective Luis Alvarez at (805) 494-8229.

-- Daily News

Woman admits taking from fund

VENTURA -- A former bookkeeper for the Ventura County chapter of the Jewish Federation has acknowledged stealing about $30,000 from the organization, prosecutors said.

Shoshanah Rebekkah Abrams, also known as Susan Abrams, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of grand theft from the nonprofit organization, officials said.

Abrams wrote checks to herself and pursued other schemes to embezzle from the organization between 1998 and 2001, prosecutors said.

If she agrees to repay the federation, she could receive up to a year in jail and probation. The money would pay back the chapter's insurer, which reimbursed it for the losses.

If she fails to make restitution, she could receive a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said.

-- Associated Press

Off-duty officer in shooting ID'd

ARLETA -- The off-duty Los Angeles police detective who returned fire after being shot at following a traffic incident Monday has been identified.

Detective Daniel Schmidt, 34, was driving his personal car near Arleta Avenue and Devonshire Street about 4:30 p.m. when he and a driver of a maroon sport utility vehicle argued after the driver ran a red light and nearly collided with Schmidt's car, authorities said.

Occupants of the SUV began throwing bottles and cans at Schmidt's vehicle, police said. The detective called for backup units and followed the SUV.

Near Pinney Street and Canterbury Avenue, the SUV stopped and four or five men ran from the vehicle. One man, John Robert, 30, allegedly fired one round at Schmidt while the detective was in his car. Schmidt returned fire, but neither man was hit.

Robert and two other men were captured. Police believe a .44-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver they found the next day was the weapon used. The two men captured with Robert were later released. Robert has been charged with attempted murder.

-- Daily News
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