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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1997
Two men and two boys stole a motor home in Covina early Thursday and led police on a five-hour chase at speeds up to 95 mph until the unwieldy vehicle became stuck on a dirt road in the Mojave Desert, the California Highway Patrol reported. "I don't know where they wanted to end up," said Officer Scott Weldy of the CHP Antelope Valley station. Timothy Bossart, 24, of Palmdale and Peyton Canary, 18, of Covina were taken into custody, Weldy said. The two boys are also from Palmdale, he said.
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NEWS
February 25, 1997
A Juvenile Court judge on Monday ordered a 17-year-old boy from South-Central Los Angeles to be tried as an adult for the murder in November of an Orange County man during an attempted carjacking at a fast-food restaurant in Carson. Lawrence Elliot Cottle, who authorities say is a member of the Raymond Avenue Crips gang, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if he is convicted of the murder of Newport Beach businessman Alan Peterson Sr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1997
A Compton Juvenile Court judge on Monday ordered a 17-year-old boy from South-Central Los Angeles to be tried as an adult for the murder last November of an Orange County man during an attempted carjacking at a fast-food restaurant in Carson. Lawrence Elliot Cottle, who authorities say is a member of the Raymond Avenue Crips gang, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if he is convicted of the murder of Newport Beach businessman Alan Peterson Sr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first thing Mitchell Hirai did when he finally made his way home was to take a shower. The second was to mix a vodka and tonic. He had endured a terrifying 1,000-mile, mad-dash ride with a mailman who was in the midst of what police described as a whirlwind rampage of rapes, armed robberies and carjackings. The 65-year-old retired sheet-metal worker was swept into a cloud of criminal activity early Saturday as he padded out of his Gardena house in his bedroom slippers to buy a newspaper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1996
A Burbank teenager is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of carjacking Vice Mayor Bob Kramer's daughter at gunpoint outside the family home last month, police said Tuesday. Steven Navarro, 19, of N. Maple Street, was being held on $100,000 bail pending his arraignment in Burbank Municipal Court, said Police Lt. Larry Koch. Koch said Navarro was accused of pointing a gun at Julie Kramer, 22, and then stealing her new Honda Civic, a purse, jewelry and about $70 at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being the "Huck Finn Bandit" or "Bicycle Bandit" who committed 21 bank robberies in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of the Los Angeles area, authorities said. James Arthur Pugh was taken into custody at a North Hollywood motel about 10 a.m., said Lt. James Razukas of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1996
A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being the "Huck Finn Bandit" or "Bicycle Bandit" who committed 21 bank robberies in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of the Los Angeles area, authorities said. James Arthur Pugh was taken into custody at a North Hollywood motel about 10 a.m., said Lt. James Razukas of the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1996
A noontime chase that began in Burbank ended with an arrest in an industrial area of Carson, police said Wednesday. Burbank police responding to reports of a man using an invalid credit card at an Office Depot store, arrived to see Hai Tan Tran, 46, of Long Beach, drive away in an allegedly stolen car, almost hitting several pedestrians as he fled, Police Lt. Larry Koch said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1996 | JOHN M. GONZALES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three men who broke into a car at a shopping center in Westlake Village on Tuesday were trailed by police cruisers and a helicopter until they were arrested at an intersection in Canoga Park, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. The suspects appeared to realize they were being followed but made no attempt to escape, said sheriff's Sgt. Mike Santander. "They did not want to play their hand and neither did we," Santander said.
SPORTS
April 21, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK
Dave Wilder, who was fired Thursday as Westlake High baseball coach for misstating his employment history, has been arrested on suspicion of grand theft property, police said Saturday. Wilder, 53, was being held Saturday night at L.A. County Men's Central Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail after being arrested by district attorney investigators. A warrant for Wilder's arrest had been outstanding since April 1994, according to court records.
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