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March 18, 1986 | Associated Press
The San Jose Bees of the California League Monday signed former Dodger Derrel Thomas to play center field. The Bees did not disclose what they will pay the 35-year-old Thomas, but team spokesman Mark Wilson said the salary was "consistent with other minor league contracts." Thomas played with the Dodgers from 1979 to 1983. He spent most of last year with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he hit .207 in 63 games.
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May 8, 1994 | SEAN WATERS
Sentencing has been delayed for former Dorsey High School Coach and player Derrel Thomas, who pleaded no contest to conspiring to purchase 22 pounds of cocaine. His sentencing was moved from Tuesday to June 30. Thomas, 43 who also starred for the Los Angeles Dodgers, testified against former Sheriff's Department Deputy Rickey Ross, whose case was declared a mistrial March 11. Thomas pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy to purchase narcotics for the purpose of resale.
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July 27, 1987 | ROSS NEWHAN
Former Dodger Derrel Thomas was fired Sunday as manager of the Boise Hawks, an independent team in the Northwest League, a rookie league. General Manager Mal Fichman, who will manage the club for the final 38 games of the season, said the firing of Thomas stemmed from the club's poor play--the Hawks are 9-28--and a belief that Thomas was losing control. Fichman said that Thomas had argued with two players--on the field and in the clubhouse--during a four-game series in Bend, Ore.
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February 26, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Friday that he never planned to buy cocaine with $151,000 found in the trunk of his rented car but thought the cash was to be used for "money laundering." In Rickey Ross' first comments about the case since he was arrested in 1992, he testified that he was set up by a government informant, who had promised financial assistance and lucrative business opportunities if Ross transported the cash for him.
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February 25, 1988 | ROB FERNAS, Times Staff Writer
By night he manages the Barbary Coast, a bar in Gardena that advertises "Live Entertainment" and "Girls" across its beige stucco exterior. By day, Derrel Thomas pursues a career that is more in line with his field of expertise. The former Dodger, whose skill as a utility player was sometimes overshadowed by controversy during a 15-year major league career, is the new baseball coach at Leuzinger High School.
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January 9, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were both children of South-Central Los Angeles, boys from broken homes who left the neighborhood and made good. One was a baseball player known as one of the best utility men in the major leagues. The other was a cop, assigned to an elite Sheriff's Department narcotics team. During the 1980s, both their careers were derailed, they say, because of false accusations. The baseball player, former Dodger Derrel Thomas, left the major leagues amid rumors of drug use.
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August 1, 1993
The drug trial of former Los Angeles Dodger and Dorsey High baseball coach Derrel Thomas is scheduled to start Aug. 24, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Jury selection will begin Aug. 19. He is charged with conspiring to sell, buy and transport cocaine. Thomas, who attended Dorsey, had returned to his alma mater as a walk-on baseball coach shortly before his arrest April 24, 1992.
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May 8, 1994 | SEAN WATERS
Sentencing has been delayed for former Dorsey High School Coach and player Derrel Thomas, who pleaded no contest to conspiring to purchase 22 pounds of cocaine. His sentencing was moved from Tuesday to June 30. Thomas, 43 who also starred for the Los Angeles Dodgers, testified against former Sheriff's Department Deputy Rickey Ross, whose case was declared a mistrial March 11. Thomas pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy to purchase narcotics for the purpose of resale.
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February 15, 1994
During opening statements of the drug conspiracy trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Ross on Monday, a prosecutor portrayed him as a member of a narcotics organization who sought to purchase 22 pounds of cocaine from undercover officers. But Ross' attorney contends that he is innocent and those testifying against him, a government informant and former Los Angeles Dodger Derrel Thomas, are "men of questionable background and character."
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September 19, 1992
Former Los Angeles Dodger Derrel Thomas and an ex-sheriff's deputy have been indicted on cocaine trafficking charges, a defense atorney said Friday. Thomas, 41, of Redondo Beach, and former deputy Rickey Ross, 43, of Rialto, are charged with conspiring to sell and buy cocaine and possessing $140,000 to spend on the drug, according to Ross'sattorney, Rowan Klein.
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February 15, 1994
During opening statements of the drug conspiracy trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Ross on Monday, a prosecutor portrayed him as a member of a narcotics organization who sought to purchase 22 pounds of cocaine from undercover officers. But Ross' attorney contends that he is innocent and those testifying against him, a government informant and former Los Angeles Dodger Derrel Thomas, are "men of questionable background and character."
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January 9, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They were both children of South-Central Los Angeles, boys from broken homes who left the neighborhood and made good. One was a baseball player known as one of the best utility men in the major leagues. The other was a cop, assigned to an elite Sheriff's Department narcotics team. During the 1980s, both their careers were derailed, they say, because of false accusations. The baseball player, former Dodger Derrel Thomas, left the major leagues amid rumors of drug use.
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December 17, 1993 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles Dodger Derrel Thomas pleaded no contest Thursday to conspiring to buy and sell 22 pounds of cocaine and agreed to testify against a co-defendant in the case, Rickey Ross, an ex-sheriff's deputy. In exchange for his testimony during Ross' trial, which begins Jan. 4, Thomas will not be sentenced to more than three years in state prison, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jane Winston said.
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August 1, 1993
The drug trial of former Los Angeles Dodger and Dorsey High baseball coach Derrel Thomas is scheduled to start Aug. 24, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Jury selection will begin Aug. 19. He is charged with conspiring to sell, buy and transport cocaine. Thomas, who attended Dorsey, had returned to his alma mater as a walk-on baseball coach shortly before his arrest April 24, 1992.
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September 19, 1992
Former Los Angeles Dodger Derrel Thomas and an ex-sheriff's deputy have been indicted on cocaine trafficking charges, a defense atorney said Friday. Thomas, 41, of Redondo Beach, and former deputy Rickey Ross, 43, of Rialto, are charged with conspiring to sell and buy cocaine and possessing $140,000 to spend on the drug, according to Ross'sattorney, Rowan Klein.
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April 30, 1992 | ROB FERNAS
The arrest last week of Dorsey baseball Coach Derrel Thomas on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale was not the first time the former Dodger disappointed a group of prep athletes. Thomas coached Leuzinger's baseball team for two seasons in 1988-89. The arrival of an ex-major leaguer was met with enthusiasm at a school that was still reeling from the death of Dennis Bowman, who suffered a heart attack at age 41 in May, 1987, after coaching Leuzinger to a 142-86-2 record in nine seasons.
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December 17, 1993 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles Dodger Derrel Thomas pleaded no contest Thursday to conspiring to buy and sell 22 pounds of cocaine and agreed to testify against a co-defendant in the case, Rickey Ross, an ex-sheriff's deputy. In exchange for his testimony during Ross' trial, which begins Jan. 4, Thomas will not be sentenced to more than three years in state prison, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jane Winston said.
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February 26, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy testified Friday that he never planned to buy cocaine with $151,000 found in the trunk of his rented car but thought the cash was to be used for "money laundering." In Rickey Ross' first comments about the case since he was arrested in 1992, he testified that he was set up by a government informant, who had promised financial assistance and lucrative business opportunities if Ross transported the cash for him.
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April 28, 1992 | ERIC SHEPARD, TIMES PREP SPORTS EDITOR
With their coach sitting in Los Angeles County Jail, the Dorsey High baseball team decided Monday to continue the season. The 17-member squad, which was not allowed to discuss the arrest of Coach Derrel Thomas last Friday for suspicion of possessing drugs for sale, took the field against Harbor City Narbonne Monday. Although displaying plenty of optimism beforehand, the Dons lost the game, 6-0, dropping their record to 0-13.
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April 26, 1992 | STEPHEN BRAUN and GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They were two men who once moved in different circles, but whose lives have spiraled downward along parallel trajectories. One was a boy of summer, a former Los Angeles Dodger and California Angel who was widely heralded during his playing days as the best utility man in professional baseball. The other was a seasoned Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department narcotics investigator, a well-respected detective with 18 spotless years behind him.
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