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January 8, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reversing a large increase in some serious crimes in the San Fernando Valley in 1991, Valley crime dropped significantly in many categories last year or at worst remained stable, the Los Angeles Police Department reported Thursday. Homicides, which had increased 17% in the Valley in 1991, dropped by 5%. Rapes dropped by 14% for the year, compared with a 15% increase the year before. And burglaries, which had risen 14% in 1991, increased only 1% during the past year.
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February 15, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE and MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The former boyfriend of a 42-year-old woman fatally shot her and then killed himself Wednesday in a hilly, fashionable Tarzana neighborhood, police said. Kathleen Anne Hirsch-Jolly was shot several times in the kitchen of her two-story house in the 19600 block of Rosita Street. The body of her ex-boyfriend was found in the closet of an upstairs bedroom with a bullet wound to the head, police said. Police withheld the identity of the man because next of kin had not been notified.
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November 23, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ricky Evans always marched to his own beat. While other teens were seduced by drugs and gangs, the 15-year-old aspiring drummer from Panorama City joined a neighborhood drill team and had planned to march next month in a demonstration to "stop the violence." But violence stopped Ricky on Friday night when a drive-by shooting after a Monroe High School football game claimed the life of the ambitious sophomore.
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January 1, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two teenage boys found dead on a La Crescenta elementary school playground. A West Hills teen shot execution-style, allegedly on the orders of a young man owed a drug debt by the victim's brother. A 13-year-old girl slain by her father, who also shot his wife to death and wounded two other daughters. Violence between Latino and Armenian-American students at a Glendale high school that resulted in the death of a student.
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November 23, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ricky Evans always marched to his own beat. While other teens were seduced by drugs and gangs, the 15-year-old aspiring drummer from Panorama City joined a neighborhood drill team and had planned to march next month in a demonstration to "stop the violence." But violence Friday night stopped Ricky when a drive-by shooting after a Monroe High School football game claimed the life of the ambitious sophomore.
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July 15, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irene Psomos, the 19-year-old manager of a clothing store in North Hills Shopping Center, said she was "more angry than scared" when the business was robbed for the second time in four months. "I'm still too mad to talk about it," she said Friday of the June 24 robbery. "I'm just angry that it happened again here." The robbery occurred when a man walked into Susie's Deals about 12:20 p.m., pretended to have a gun and demanded the money in the cash register, police said.
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April 14, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
The commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division and a deputy district attorney will be among the panelists at a lunchtime forum on crime sponsored by the Tarzana Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon will be held Thursday at noon at Braemar Country Club. "This is the issue people are most interested in," said Roberta Boardman, executive director of the Tarzana Chamber of Commerce.
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March 26, 1994 | CHAU LAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man with a handgun has robbed about two dozen San Fernando Valley businesses since February, twice hitting three merchants in the same day, police said. No one has been injured by the robber, who told one victim he has "a terrible drug problem." Police said he picks small merchants who do business in cash, enters the store around closing time, orders employees to lie on the floor and has never been spotted as he leaves.
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April 3, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
Community members are invited to take part in a free-ranging discussion on crime in the eastern San Fernando Valley during a two-hour forum hosted by the city attorney's Criminal Justice Panel. The panel, made up of about two dozen community leaders from San Fernando to San Pedro, wants to learn more about the scope and nature of crime in various areas of the city, said Ted Goldstein, a spokesman for City Atty. James K. Hahn.
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May 14, 1991 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since his election to the Los Angeles City Council 12 years ago, Hal Bernson has cultivated the image of a staunch crime-fighter and unshakeable ally of the Los Angeles Police Department. He has voted repeatedly to add more police officers to the department. He pushed for a $6-million computerized fingerprint system for the department.
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September 28, 2000
Several city agencies plan to crack down on crime and blight at a shopping center long plagued by the sale of fake documents and drugs, officials said Wednesday. The Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney's office and the city building and safety department will target Glen Square, a strip mall at Sherman Way and Variel Avenue, said Deputy City Atty. Jason Dominguez.
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December 30, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A stop for gas, authorities said, is what made the San Fernando Valley the target of the Southland's most terrifying crime last year: a lone gunman madly shooting children at a Jewish summer camp in Granada Hills, allegedly motivated by racial hatred. According to authorities, after finding security too tight at the well-known Museum of Tolerance, the Skirball Cultural Center and the University of Judaism, Buford O. Furrow Jr.
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July 12, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Type the word "swastika" into the computer and a pattern emerges in an instant: A rash of incidents in which the crooked cross symbols of hate were scrawled or painted on homes, businesses and vehicles over a three-week period in the west San Fernando Valley. They are incidents that not long ago might have collected dust on some detective's desk, if they made it that far. No witnesses, no suspects. Next to impossible to solve, would have been the rationale.
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June 20, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men were killed and five other people were wounded in three separate shootings early Saturday morning in the northeast San Fernando Valley, police said. Authorities did not know if the incidents were related. In Sun Valley, a man was fatally shot and his companion was wounded when they were approached by two men, one of whom opened fire, police said. Dan Tapia, 24, and an unidentified companion were walking by an apartment building in the 8500 block of Sunland Boulevard about 1 a.m.
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May 18, 1998 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and DARRYL FEARS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault fell by 10% in Los Angeles last year, reflecting a nationwide downward turn within cities of at least 100,000, according to preliminary FBI statistics released Sunday. Overall, violent crime fell by 5% nationwide, and property crime including arson, car theft and burglary fell by 4%, the federal statistics show. In raw numbers, Los Angeles police reported 135 fewer murders last year than the 709 in 1996.
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February 24, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire station used a new tool recently to nab two Granada Hills 18-year-olds believed to have burglarized and vandalized 20 schools in the area. The cases were all similar. Desktop computers were overturned, windows shattered and the chemical snow of fire extinguishers sprayed across classrooms.
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February 24, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Detectives at the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire station used a new tool recently to nab two Granada Hills 18-year-olds believed to have burglarized and vandalized 20 schools in the area. The cases were all similar. Desktop computers were overturned, windows shattered and the chemical snow of fire extinguishers sprayed across classrooms.
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June 20, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men were killed and five other people were wounded in three separate shootings early Saturday morning in the northeast San Fernando Valley, police said. Authorities did not know if the incidents were related. In Sun Valley, a man was fatally shot and his companion was wounded when they were approached by two men, one of whom opened fire, police said. Dan Tapia, 24, and an unidentified companion were walking by an apartment building in the 8500 block of Sunland Boulevard about 1 a.m.
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November 24, 1997 | TOM BECKER and HUGO MARTIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Crime figures in the San Fernando Valley dropped dramatically during the first half of 1997, in keeping with the continuing national trend of falling crime rates, according to the FBI's annual crime report, which compares figures for the first six months of the year against statistics for the same period in 1996.
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