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January 28, 1987
The use of one officer per California Highway Patrol car proves dangerous both to the officer and possible lawbreakers. He has little protection against a felon who has predetermined the action he will take. As for an officer stopping violators, today, he has no back-up to assist about legal procedures or wrong doings. In 1984, George Michael Gwaltney of the California Highway Police was convicted of raping and killing a young woman near Barstow. Cara Evelyn Knott of El Cajon was strangled to death on Dec. 22, 1986, near Interstate 15. Officer Craig Alan Peyer, a 13-year veteran, has been charged with the offense.
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April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A person was hit by a car and killed early Sunday while crossing the 110 Freeway on foot, the California Highway Patrol reported. The collision happened around 4:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the highway, north of Century Boulevard. CHP officers arrived to find the male victim in the road. The car, a 2000 Toyota, was on the right shoulder of the highway. Its driver, a 36-year-old Los Angeles man, was not injured. In footage captured after the incident by LLN videographer Scott Lane, a man who appears to be the driver says he was trying to avoid hitting two people who were running across the highway.
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February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Ari Bloomekatz
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law grinded through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013, the young officers were reunited in the CHP's Fresno office, where they worked the graveyard shift side by side. They spent time together off-duty, and talked to their families about one another, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend.
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March 27, 2014 | By KTLA
A California Highway Patrol officer was injured Thursday during a pursuit that began in Downey and ended in East Los Angeles, officials said. Around 1 a.m. the Downey Police Department requested assistance from the CHP after a call about a residential burglary resulted in a pursuit, CHP Lt. Paul Medeiros told KTLA-TV . CHP officers pursued the Ford Econoline van on the 605 and 5 freeways and side streets for about an hour, Medeiros said. A crash occurred on Paramount Boulevard, nearing Slauson Avenue in Pico Rivera, when a CHP officer swerved to avoid hitting a third party not connected with the chase, Medeiros said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law went through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013 the young officers were reunited in Fresno, where they worked the graveyard shift. They spent time together off-duty and talked to their families about each other, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend. Law, 34, had a wife, Rebecca, and three young children.
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June 12, 2010 | By Richard Winton and Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
A California Highway Patrol officer was killed Friday during a high-speed pursuit in Redlands when his motorcycle slammed into a big-rig truck. The accident occurred during a wild chase on surface streets near the 10 Freeway that reached speeds of 100 mph. Tom Coleman, a seven-year CHP veteran, died instantly in the morning collision, which occurred two days after another highway patrol motorcycle officer was seriously hurt during a...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
The California Highway Patrol honored one of its own Monday at a dedication ceremony designating the interchange of the 101, 134 and 170 freeways as the Bruce T. Hinman Memorial Interchange. Hinman was critically injured on Sept. 26, 1994, when a drunk driver missed an offramp and slammed into a stalled car that he was assisting. The motorcycle officer slipped into a coma and died one week later.
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June 12, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writers
A 52-year-old woman was fatally shot by a California Highway Patrol officer late Tuesday after brandishing what appeared to be a handgun during a traffic stop in Alhambra, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. The woman was identified by the county coroner as Ilda Ebe Grasso of Los Angeles. CHP officers told investigators they saw the woman speeding in a red car on the San Bernardino Freeway about 11 p.m.
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June 27, 1998 | From Times staff and wire reports
A California Highway Patrol officer was shot in the shoulder early Friday after he and two other officers stopped to help what appeared to be a stranded motorist in the Mojave Desert, authorities said. The 36-year-old officer, a 10-year CHP veteran, was in serious but stable condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, a nursing supervisor said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two California Highway Patrol officers walked in on a robbery in progress at a Subway restaurant near USC early Sunday morning, authorities said. The suspected robbers opened fire on the two officers as they approached the store near Figueroa and 28th streets, said CHP Officer Rick Quintero. The officers returned fire, critically injuring one of the suspects. The second suspect fled on foot and was arrested nearby, Quintero said. The CHP officers were not injured, Quintero said.
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March 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A Chula Vista firefighter who was handcuffed by a California Highway Patrol officer for refusing to move his fire engine at the scene of a freeway crash has filed a damage claim against the CHP. Lawyer Dan Gilleon said he filed the claim on behalf of Jacob Gregoire, a 12-year veteran of the Fire Department. A claim is often a forerunner to a lawsuit. In a letter to the CHP, Gilleon said his client will agree to settle the claim without any compensation if the CHP agrees to end a "longstanding problem" of its officers delaying or obstructing firefighters or emergency medical technicians at freeway crashes.
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March 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post had been corrected. See note below for details.
A 25-year-old woman has filed a federal lawsuit against a California Highway Patrol officer who allegedly used excessive force during a suspected DUI arrest in 2012. Standing outside the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles last Friday, Aloni Bonilla claimed Officer Jose A. Ramirez also violated her civil rights.  Department officials declined to comment because the litigation is ongoing, said CHP spokesman Officer Jose Barrios.  Bonilla said she was driving from her Baldwin Park home to a friend's house in Alhambra around 1:30 a.m. on March 21, 2012, when she was pulled over on the west 10 Freeway.
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February 24, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- Thousands of mourners, including Gov. Jerry Brown, attended a memorial service Monday for two California Highway Patrol officers who died in a car crash on Feb. 17 as they responded to a multi-car accident. Bagpipers played and hundreds of law enforcement officers, black bands across their badges, stood in silent salute to Juan Gonzalez, 33, and Brian Law, 34, the first CHP officers in the Fresno area to die in the line of duty in more than 50 years. The flag-draped caskets of the two friends and partners sat inside the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State University campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A memorial service has been set for two California Highway Patrol officers who died earlier this week after swerving to avoid the scene of a collision near Fresno and then crashing themselves.  The memorial for Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, according to CHP spokeswoman Erin Komatsubara. Komatsubara said it still has not been decided if the service is open to the public or if media will be invited to attend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The two California Highway Patrol officers who died when their car careened into a guardrail Monday on the 99 Freeway south of Fresno were in their 30s and just six years out of the academy, the agency announced. Officers Juan Gonzalez, 33, and Brian Law, 34, were identified by the CHP in a post to the agency's Facebook page .  "This is a very sad day for us at the CHP as we say goodbye to two valued members of our family," the agency said, adding that the officers, who were working as partners, would join a "distinguished group of heroes" who will "forever be remembered for their valiant sacrifice and service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law went through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013 the young officers were reunited in Fresno, where they worked the graveyard shift. They spent time together off-duty and talked to their families about each other, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend. Law, 34, had a wife, Rebecca, and three young children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1999
A driver was killed Monday after leading police on a freeway chase that ended when she drove off an embankment and crashed her car in a field, the California Highway Patrol said. Shortly before noon, CHP officers tried to stop a white car on westbound California 60, but the driver sped off, authorities said. The chase reached speeds of 95 mph before ending on the southbound Interstate 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1988
Re: Commendation of (California Highway Patrol) Officer Matt Clark (Officer 9876) and his partner. Officer Clark and his partner (name unknown) are to be commended for their special assistance given to me Oct. 3 at about 8:15 p.m. Just after making the transition from the Santa Ana Freeway north to the Orange Freeway north, I had a tire blowout and had to make an emergency stop in the far left lane. While attempting to make the tire change, the two CHP officers stopped to assist me and did not simply look to see what the situation was and depart quickly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Ari Bloomekatz
California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez and Brian Law grinded through the academy together and became good friends after 27 weeks in the same class. After they graduated in 2008, they were assigned to different offices, but by 2013, the young officers were reunited in the CHP's Fresno office, where they worked the graveyard shift side by side. They spent time together off-duty, and talked to their families about one another, officials said Monday. Gonzalez, 33, had discussed marriage with his girlfriend.
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