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September 18, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disneyland's security practices have come under fire by some visitors who contend guards mistreated and unfairly detained them for purported crimes. The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Tuesday that it is conducting a preliminary inquiry into one such incident involving members of a Covina family who contend in a lawsuit they were assaulted by at least five security guards in 1995. "It is under review for possible civil rights violations," said Myron Marlin, a department spokesman.
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December 15, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years to life in prison for a home-invasion rape and robbery in which a Tustin woman and her 3-year-old son were beaten, choked and left for dead. Michael David Cowles, 21, of Riverside gained entrance to the victim's home last March 7 by claiming to be a friend of the woman's niece, according to court records. When the woman opened the door, Cowles and a teen-age accomplice burst in, court records said.
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May 11, 1993 | LILY DIZON and FRANK MESSINA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mark Richard Hilbun, the former postal worker accused of two murders and five shootings during a two-day crime spree in Orange County last week, interrupted his own lawyer's presentation Monday and insisted that he immediately plead not guilty to 13 felony charges. Public Defender David Biggs was seeking a postponement from Orange County Municipal Judge Blair T. Barnette when Hilbun interrupted and said: "No, I want to be arraigned today."
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July 17, 2001 | MAI TRAN and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two suspects arrested in the brutal attack on two teenage girls and their boyfriends in a remote Orange County canyon said in jailhouse interviews Monday that the July 3 crime was unplanned and followed an evening of drinking, drugs and vandalism. Erick Oswaldo Dominguez of Anaheim and Cuahutemoc Torres of Orange, both 19, said they regret the rapes of the two girls and the beatings of their boyfriends in rugged Black Star Canyon.
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January 3, 1992 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reserve police officer accused of sexually assaulting three women while on duty has been fired after an investigation concluded that he had violated department policy, authorities said Thursday. Chief Neil J. Purcell Jr. dismissed Chris Matano, 20, of Laguna Beach, a grocery store employee who was suspected of fondling the women while they were handcuffed inside his patrol car on the way to Orange County Jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
A Japanese-American woman said Thursday that she was shocked by an incident in June at the Huntington Beach Red Onion, where she and two female friends allegedly were verbally and physically assaulted by a group of white women in the bar and told to speak English. The woman, who asked not to be named, said she suffered a split lip after a group of five or six white women pushed, kicked and hit her and the other two women.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1993 | MARK LANDSBAUM
One man was killed and another remained hospitalized Sunday with severe wounds after what authorities described as a possibly gang-related shooting late Saturday. Police responded to a call of several people fighting and shots being fired in the 2100 block of West Willits Street about 10:40 Saturday night, Santa Ana Police Sgt. Dick Faust said. When officers arrived at the scene, they found two gunshot victims on the ground, Faust said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1994 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Minnesota electrician is being held in connection with the slaying of a Huntington Beach woman who had stopped to talk to him following a traffic accident and was beaten to death with a wrench at the side of Pacific Coast Highway in broad daylight, police said Friday. Leonard James Patton, 29, of St. Anthony, Minn.
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August 1, 1992 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Striking drywallers threw rocks at replacement workers on a freeway early Friday morning, the latest incident in a 2-month-old battle to form a union that has crippled the Southern California building industry. Authorities said one man was arrested during the morning incident and another suffered minor head injuries.
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May 11, 1992 | BOB ELSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men armed with an ax were arrested early Sunday morning after they allegedly broke into the Rockwell International complex here and damaged a $50-million navigational satellite. Rockwell security guards apprehended the men, who had jumped a fence at the complex about 5 a.m. and entered a satellite storage room through an unlocked door, according to company spokeswoman Janet Dean. Officials said they are searching for a motive in the break-in.
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