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December 13, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two men who threatened to blow up nine stores packed with holiday shoppers--planting phony bombs to add menace to the plot--extorted more than $7,000 from merchants in Sun Valley and La Canada Flintridge, police said Tuesday. Los Angeles Police Department Det. Tim Wain Scott said the robbers escaped with money from a Miller's Outpost in Sun Valley and an undisclosed amount from a La Canada Flintridge Kid's Mart on Monday night. The Miller's Outpost paid more than $7,000, said LAPD Lt.
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October 24, 1995 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS
An early-morning bomb scare at a Bank of America branch in Winnetka on Monday turned out to be over a small box of batteries, Los Angeles police said. Sgt. Robert Weisz of the West Valley Division said employees at the branch near Roscoe Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue said an unidentified man called the bank about 9:30 a.m. and said he had left a bomb near the back door. After blocking off traffic and evacuating buildings near the bank, the bomb squad examined the box and decided to detonate it.
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May 28, 1995
Police evacuated 34 homes here Saturday morning after a passerby found a home-crafted explosive lying in a brush area, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad detonated the explosive at the scene shortly after the police were called at 8 a.m., said Sgt. Al Yarbrough of the Foothill Division. "This was a bomb constructed to cause injury," Yarbrough said. The residents evacuated around Polk Street and Norris Avenue returned to their homes after about two hours.
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May 12, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former sheriff's deputy described as mentally unstable was ordered Thursday to stand trial on felony charges of making terrorist threats after telling a deputy at a local courthouse that his briefcase contained a bomb. Judge Floyd Baxter ordered James Drummond Collet, 30, held in lieu of $1 million bail after a preliminary hearing of the evidence against him.
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April 29, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of claiming to have a bomb in a briefcase he brought to a courthouse. The contents of the briefcase brought to Newhall Municipal Court on Wednesday by James Drummond Collet turned out to be harmless, but a search of his Canyon Country home by authorities allegedly turned up numerous illegal weapons and paraphernalia.
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April 27, 1995 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A thermos full of Kool-Aid prompted the evacuation of 200 people from Los Angeles County government headquarters Wednesday morning. At about the same time, a "suspicious-looking" box that turned out to be stuffed with copies of Playboy and similar magazines kept several hundred judges, lawyers and jurors waiting outside the Santa Monica courthouse. Meanwhile, a briefcase containing a court interpreter's electronic gear prompted up to 100 people to clear out of the Downtown federal courthouse.
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April 2, 1995 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN
Police evacuated about 30 homes and called in a military bomb squad after a device believed to be a military bomb began smoking Saturday in a Chatsworth man's back yard, authorities said. The man reportedly found the device a week ago in the desert near Edward's Air Force Base and brought it back to his home in the 10300 block of Owensmouth Avenue. "We have no idea why he brought it back," said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Arthur Holmes. "That's a mystery.
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December 16, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI and JENNIFER OLDHAM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Holiday shoppers began trickling back to the Glendale Galleria on Thursday, the day after a bomb scare forced the evacuation of more than 50,000 people and cost mall merchants an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in lost sales. Despite the dramatic evacuation--and subsequent recovery by police of three fake "bombs"--the mall opened on time Thursday, with the first 2,000 customers receiving $5 gift certificates for mall merchandise and tickets for free coffee.
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December 15, 1994 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN and STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 50,000 shoppers and employees were driven out of the Glendale Galleria Wednesday as police, responding to an anonymous telephone threat, searched out and destroyed three packages that turned out to be heavily wrapped five-pound bags of flour, labeled "bomb."
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December 15, 1994 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN and STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 50,000 shoppers and employees were driven out of the Glendale Galleria on Wednesday as police, responding to an anonymous telephone threat, searched out and destroyed three packages that turned out to be heavily wrapped five-pound bags of flour labeled "bomb."
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