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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1988
While Los Angeles is buying a $1.5-million helicopter to fight crime, the police chief of Azusa would settle for a used ultra-light aircraft costing about $8,000. It all comes down to "what a city can afford," said Azusa Police Chief Lloyd J. Wood. The ultra-light is more like a motorized glider than an airplane. It has a 50-horsepower engine with a top cruising speed of 35 m.p.h. but can glide great distances unpowered.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1999
The survivors of a crash victim who died last year after refusing a blood transfusion for religious reasons have sued the Azusa Police Department and California Highway Patrol. Jadine Russell, 55, was injured March 7, 1998, when a drunk driver's truck slammed into her car as she stood on the side of the road talking to officers after a minor accident. She suffered massive bleeding in the Sierra Madre Boulevard crash but refused a blood transfusion because of her beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
The 6-year-old boy was known for playing in the driveway of his Azusa home, where behind a tall, ornate fence it seemed nothing could bring him harm. "That's all he ever did," said his father, Jesus Valencia. "Play and play, inside and outside." On Friday, as Jessie Valencia chased around a remote-control car, his mother, who stood nearby, was startled by what she thought was an explosion at 3:47 p.m. A patrol officer driving a few hundred feet away at Azusa Avenue and Roland Street knew immediately what that explosive sound was: a gunshot.
NEWS
May 7, 1987 | TIM WATERS, Times Staff Writer
A Wilmington-based Mexican-food processor says it has lost more than $1 million because of false reports that part of a human finger had been found in a can of its soup, and it blames the Azusa Police Department for giving credence to the story. The Azusa City Council, however, has rejected a $1-million claim filed by Juanita's Foods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1999 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Azusa police chief resigned this week after a city investigation found that he had committed a sexual act with a female employee at a recent hot tub party, sources said. "It was inappropriate sexual conduct," one source said. Chief John Broderick, 47, is a 23-year veteran of the department who headed the force for four years. He was not available for comment Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1994 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When police shot and killed a lumbering bear as it caroused through an Azusa neighborhood, they downed the animal but touched a nerve: Images of the furry creature lying dead in the street incensed some animal lovers and lit up switchboards Saturday at a local radio talk show as well as at the beleaguered Police Department. "We're hearing quite a bit about it," said Sgt.
NEWS
May 14, 1987 | TIM WATERS, Times Staff Writer
The Azusa City Council last week rejected a $1-million claim by a Wilmington-based Mexican-food processor that said it has lost about that amount because of a false report that part of a human finger was found in a can of its soup. The food processor, Juanita's Foods, blames the Azusa Police Department for giving credence to the story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1999 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Azusa residents rallied Wednesday to get back their police chief, who resigned last week after a city investigation found that he committed a sex act with one or more female employees at a hot tub party in July. City officials say Chief John Broderick, 47, has received overwhelming public support since his resignation Aug. 16. But in a statement released through the Police Department, Broderick said he would stand by his decision to step down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1997 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Azusa police Wednesday fatally shot a 28-year-old knife-wielding man who charged officers who were standing in front of the police station, authorities said. Three officers killed the man, identified by relatives as Fernando Hernandez of Duarte, when he allegedly rushed them. Witnesses said that minutes after the shooting they counted 17 markers that were placed to note spent shell casings. In a terse statement, police said that about 8 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1999
A jury cleared three Azusa police officers Friday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Duarte man whom the officers shot to death during a July 1997 confrontation. Fernando Hernandez, 28, was shot several times July 2, 1997, when the officers responded to a report of a man with a knife walking toward the Police Department. Azusa Police Sgts. Andrew Sutcliffe and Frank Gilbert Chavez and Det.
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