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April 21, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Two Baldwin Park gang members responsible for a murderous crime spree that culminated in a shootout on the Santa Monica Pier were sentenced to death Wednesday -- just as they said they wanted. Oswaldo Amezcua, 30, and Joseph Conrad Flores, 34, became partners in crime in April 2000, shortly after their release from prison, prosecutors said. They shot two teenage brothers who were riding on a bicycle, killing one of them, because they thought they were gang members, prosecutors said.
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February 27, 2008 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
A Baldwin Park man suspected in the shooting deaths of his mother, a neighbor and her 4-year-old daughter was twice detained and hospitalized by police before Monday's rampage, authorities said Tuesday. "The suspect apparently had some mental problems," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Dan Rosenberg. Roy Perez, 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder by Baldwin Park police late Monday night as he stood in the street holding a handgun.
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February 27, 2008 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
A Baldwin Park man suspected in the shooting deaths of his mother, a neighbor and her 4-year-old daughter was twice detained and hospitalized by police before Monday's rampage, authorities said Tuesday. "The suspect apparently had some mental problems," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Dan Rosenberg. Roy Perez, 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder by Baldwin Park police late Monday night as he stood in the street holding a handgun.
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July 31, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Metrolink train struck and killed a person lying on the railroad tracks Monday night just east of the commuter line's Baldwin Park station, authorities said. No description of the victim was available, and it was not determined whether the death was a suicide. The train, which left downtown Los Angeles at 9 p.m. and was bound for San Bernardino, struck the victim at 9:42. The incident occurred in Baldwin Park near Pacific Avenue.
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November 16, 2004 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Citing a "significant" jump in shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies this year, the department's top civilian watchdog called Monday for tightening guidelines to limit shooting, particularly at moving vehicles. "These shootings are lawful but awful," said Michael Gennaco, head of the county's Office of Independent Review.
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April 19, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Councilman William Van Cleave must stand trial on charges that he flashed a city badge and bullied a woman into a car last year, a judge ruled Friday. The case stems from an incident last July in which Van Cleave, 48, got into a dispute over money with a customer at his hardware store. He allegedly pushed the woman toward a car and told her, "I'm the police around here. You're under arrest," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Terry Bork. The woman got out of the car after being driven a few blocks.
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September 24, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A Superior Court jury deadlocked on whether to convict Baldwin Park Councilman William Van Cleave on charges of false imprisonment and unlawful use of a badge. The jurors voted 11 to 1 in favor of conviction. According to prosecutors, Van Cleave got into a dispute with a customer at his hardware store and then flashed a city badge and pushed the woman toward a car. He allegedly told her: "I'm the police around here." Van Cleave was ordered to return to court Oct. 7.
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May 30, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
City Councilman William Van Cleave was arrested Thursday after failing to appear at a pretrial hearing in downtown Los Angeles. Van Cleave had been ordered to stand trial for allegedly forcing a woman into his car by using his city badge. He faces charges of false imprisonment and unlawful use of a badge. Investigators arrested Van Cleave at his home, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Terry Bork. He was jailed without bail.
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December 12, 1991
Voters in Baldwin Park will have a chance to decide next April whether to allow legalized gambling in the city, thanks to a 3-1 vote of the City Council that reversed an earlier decision. Last June, the council rejected a proposal to bring card clubs to the city after a storm of protest by residents. But after Councilman Herschel Keyser said he had nearly enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot, the council agreed to put it to a public vote.
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February 23, 2007 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
For once, state and local officials hope there will be traffic clogs this morning at the junction of the 10 and 605 freeways. They will be meeting there in Baldwin Park, on the Athol Street bridge overlooking the often-congested interchange, to show state transportation officials the need to fund improvements from $2.8 billion in bond money that will be divided next week. "I live in West Covina and travel that freeway all the time, and it is a mess," Assemblyman Edward P.
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February 23, 2007 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
For once, state and local officials hope there will be traffic clogs this morning at the junction of the 10 and 605 freeways. They will be meeting there in Baldwin Park, on the Athol Street bridge overlooking the often-congested interchange, to show state transportation officials the need to fund improvements from $2.8 billion in bond money that will be divided next week. "I live in West Covina and travel that freeway all the time, and it is a mess," Assemblyman Edward P.
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October 6, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former city councilman pleaded not guilty Thursday to five charges of misusing public funds to purchase gasoline and a modem, and to rent a car, among other items. William Van Cleave, 51, was arrested Wednesday and remained in jail on $125,000 bond. He is accused of misappropriating public money between 2003 and 2005. A Nov. 30 trial date has been set. Van Cleave served two terms on the Baldwin Park City Council but lost his bid for reelection last year and left office in December.
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June 25, 2005 | David Pierson and Wendy Lee, Times Staff Writers
Set at the junction of two freeways and along a major railroad route, the working-class town of Baldwin Park likes to call itself "the Hub of the San Gabriel Valley." But the city, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and nearly 80% Latino, today finds itself the hub of an increasingly bitter fight over illegal immigration.
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May 16, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Baldwin Park police said they were opening an investigation to determine who struck a 66-year-old woman with a plastic water bottle during a sidewalk protest Saturday, sending her to the hospital with "cranial trauma." "We're investigating this as an assault with a deadly weapon," Sgt. Greg Keef said. Police said the victim, Laura Dalton of Murrieta, was struck during a shouting match between members of Save Our State, an anti-illegal immigration group, and their opponents.
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April 21, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
Two Baldwin Park gang members responsible for a murderous crime spree that culminated in a shootout on the Santa Monica Pier were sentenced to death Wednesday -- just as they said they wanted. Oswaldo Amezcua, 30, and Joseph Conrad Flores, 34, became partners in crime in April 2000, shortly after their release from prison, prosecutors said. They shot two teenage brothers who were riding on a bicycle, killing one of them, because they thought they were gang members, prosecutors said.
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November 16, 2004 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Citing a "significant" jump in shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies this year, the department's top civilian watchdog called Monday for tightening guidelines to limit shooting, particularly at moving vehicles. "These shootings are lawful but awful," said Michael Gennaco, head of the county's Office of Independent Review.
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September 3, 1997
A Baldwin Park man will be honored today with a plaque from the City Council for his bravery in pulling an unconscious driver from a burning car that had careened off the southbound San Gabriel River Freeway and down an embankment. Tomas Montaya, 21, a student at Cal State Fullerton, will receive the award--the highest honor given by the city--in recognition of his actions in the Aug. 11 rescue, City Clerk Linda Gair said.
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June 25, 2005 | David Pierson and Wendy Lee, Times Staff Writers
Set at the junction of two freeways and along a major railroad route, the working-class town of Baldwin Park likes to call itself "the Hub of the San Gabriel Valley." But the city, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and nearly 80% Latino, today finds itself the hub of an increasingly bitter fight over illegal immigration.
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November 16, 2004 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A taxi driver was near death Monday night after he was shot during a carjacking in Baldwin Park, police said. Authorities found the cab, a white 1997 Ford Crown Victoria with the words Mid-Valley Taxi on the doors, near downtown Los Angeles about 2 p.m., more than 12 hours after the attack. The driver had been dispatched to a call at 11:30 p.m.
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September 24, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A Superior Court jury deadlocked on whether to convict Baldwin Park Councilman William Van Cleave on charges of false imprisonment and unlawful use of a badge. The jurors voted 11 to 1 in favor of conviction. According to prosecutors, Van Cleave got into a dispute with a customer at his hardware store and then flashed a city badge and pushed the woman toward a car. He allegedly told her: "I'm the police around here." Van Cleave was ordered to return to court Oct. 7.
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