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December 5, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Tyco International Ltd., maker of ADT-brand alarm systems, agreed to buy closely held Simplex Time Recorder Co. for $1.15 billion to bolster its fire- and security-systems businesses. Westminster, Mass.-based Simplex installs, monitors and services fire and burglar systems. The company expects sales of $870 million this year, Tyco said. The deal is just the latest for acquisition-hungry Tyco, which has expanded its revenue base to more than $30 billion from about $5 billion just four years ago.
December 10, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- A couple accused of imprisoning three sisters for up to two years in their bedrooms will go straight to trial, Pima County Attorney officials announced Tuesday. A Pima County Grand Jury indicted Sophia and Fernando Richter, the girls' biological mother and stepfather, on nine counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault and child abuse, county attorney officials said in a statement. Fernando Richter, 34, and Sophia Richter, 32, are scheduled to be arraigned Friday. Officials said that the sisters - ages 12, 13 and 17 - were captive in their bedrooms and under 24-hour camera surveillance.
January 26, 1993 | RON GALPERIN
Many of my columns have been about people who have lost money on their homes. This column, however, is about how people may avoid losing money in their homes. These days, it seems like we all know someone who has been the victim of a break-in. Many home and condo owners are trying, however, to limit their vulnerability to crime with a security system.
November 29, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
A couple accused of imprisoning three sisters for up to two years in their bedrooms is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 9, Pima County Attorney officials said Friday. Sophia and Fernando Richter, the girls' biological mother and stepfather, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping, emotional child abuse and physical child abuse. Fernando Richter, 34, was also arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse with a person under 15 years of age. The couple was taken into custody shortly after police arrived at the family home, having been called by a neighbor.
August 29, 1988 | LINDA WILLIAMS
After a hectic day in the office, there's nothing to look forward to but a maddening drive home. However, you might just call ahead and have the Jacuzzi heated up for a relaxing soak when you arrive. No one at home? No problem if you have the right kind of security system. Telephone access is among the latest technological advances included in home security systems on the market.
September 25, 2004 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
An Anaheim man whose infant daughter died earlier this month after he left her in a hot minivan said Friday that vehicles should have warning systems to remind parents that a child is inside. Flanked by his wife, Jennie, and attorney R. Dennis Rentzer, John Michael Dunton spoke for a few minutes at his attorney's Encino office, a day after the Orange County district attorney announced he would not pursue charges against the 42-year-old. "Whatever happened was an accident," Dunton said.
In an effort to cut down the number of child drownings, the county government is likely to adopt stricter swimming pool safety standards already approved by about a dozen cities. About 20% of all child drownings in swimming pools statewide take place in Orange County, which has recorded seven pool-related deaths this year and more than two dozen injuries.
More than three months after opening its doors to the public, the new Staples Center is still operating on a temporary occupancy permit because the building's complex fire alarm system, with thousands of devices, is not working. To keep the fire marshal from closing their building, Staples executives have been paying city fire inspectors to watch for signs of danger and, should it be necessary, manually activate the alarm system during events at the downtown facility.
Seconds after the tectonic plates jerked more than seven miles beneath the mountainous state of Guerrero at 8:04 a.m. Thursday, dozens of alarms went off hundreds of miles to the north in the Mexican capital.
Logic dictates that it could happen at any time, but by some immutable law of nature they always seem to go off about 2 in the morning, just as you've nestled into that first really sound slumber in weeks. "AH-OOOOOO-GAH! AH-OO OOOO-GAH! AH-OOOOOO-GAH!" Or perhaps, depending on the model, "oooOOOOWAAAAAA! oooOOOOWAAAAAAA! ooo OOOOWAAAAAAA!" sort of a high-tech throwback to those wee-of-the-morning reveilles when Junior was going through his colicky stage.
August 5, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two friends and I decided to develop a little known pulp novel into a film. The book in question was Harry Whittington 's 1959 kidnap caper “A Ticket to Hell,” which had recently been reissued by Black Lizard. We tracked down Whittington, pooled our resources and offered him $1,500 for the rights. He agreed, but within a week, we discovered there was already an option out on the novel - a detail Whittington had neglected to share.
August 17, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
One day after a patient attempted to choke a Napa State Hospital employee, officials announced Thursday that staff members at the psychiatric facility who were ordered to wear new safety alarms on lanyards around their necks will soon have the option of carrying the devices on a belt-loop clip. The attack on a psychiatric technician demonstrated with eerie precision the risk that employees had warned of. As the worker sat monitoring a patient Wednesday evening, another patient punched him in the face, "grabbed the lanyard from the back and attempted to choke the staff," according to an incident report read to The Times.
August 13, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - It's been nearly 22 months since Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician Donna Gross was strangled by a patient on the aging facility's fenced grounds, where staff alarms do not function. A push for a high-tech wireless system became a political priority, pressed by lawmakers and by Cal/OSHA, which has taken a heightened interest in safety at state mental hospitals. The new alarm system is set to roll out Tuesday in the area of the 400-acre campus where patients accused or convicted of crimes are held.
April 4, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Angels nine-time Gold Glove-winning right fielder Torii Hunter returned to his Newport Beach home from Wednesday morning workouts at Dodger Stadium and settled in for a movie on the couch when he heard someone fiddling with his front door. “I grabbed a knife and was about to start Bruce Lee-ing on whoever was there,” Hunter said. Good thing Hunter didn't take the steak knife outside, where police were waiting with guns drawn after the outfielder's home alarm had accidentally been activated by a door that was opened in the house.
September 12, 2010 | By Lew Sichelman
In a ritual that takes place at the end of every summer — and at the close of every winter — millions of people will lock up their second homes for another year and head back to their principal residences. But how secure are the houses they leave behind? Often not very, especially in largely seasonal locations where the majority of the houses and apartments are vacant for extended periods and practically no one is around. There were 7.9 million seasonal properties in 2009, according to the Census Bureau.
May 21, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter and Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
A broken alarm system. A sawed-off padlock. A security video of a masked figure dressed in black slipping through a broken window. And empty picture frames leaning against a short stone wall facing the Seine. As dawn broke Thursday, authorities in the French capital had egg on their faces and a high-profile mystery on their hands: How did a thief slip into Paris' Art Deco-style Museum of Modern Art, across from the Eiffel Tower, avoid the three guards on duty and slip out with five paintings worth at least $100 million, among them works by Picasso and Matisse?
Dec. 9, 2004, at 10:37 a.m., a section of the San Andreas Fault in central California gives way under decades of built-up stress, sending deadly shock waves toward Los Angeles and San Francisco. The destructive S-wave will hit the urban centers in 25 seconds--but thanks to a recently completed early-warning system, the cities won't be caught by surprise. In the first second, the four newly installed U.S.
August 27, 1990 | From United Press International
Alarm Firm Alleges Unfair Trade: Magnum Auto Security Systems sued three competitors and a manufacturer, alleging that they copied its alarm systems, provided it with inferior parts and tried to drive it out of business. The Superior Court suit contended that Precision Electronic Engineering of Van Nuys stole designs to Magnum alarm systems while manufacturing them in 1987 and 1988 and marketed them to David Levy Co. of North Hollywood, Delta Vehicle Security of Glendale and B&B of Van Nuys.
May 15, 2009 | Rebecca Cole
An alarm that would warn pilots earlier of dangerously slow aircraft speed could have helped prevent a plane crash that killed 50 people in February, safety officials told an investigative panel Thursday. National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman raised the idea on the third and final day of a hearing into the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407, which went down near Buffalo, N.Y., killing all 49 people aboard and one person on the ground.
March 14, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Broken fire alarms at nearly a dozen buildings at Santa Ana College went unrepaired for more than two years because of miscommunication and a can't-someone-else-do-it mentality, and because officials did not declare an emergency to fix the antiquated system, an investigation by a law firm found. "Everybody thought it was someone else's responsibility," said Eddie Hernandez, chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
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