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July 20, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors awarded the owner of a Garden Grove auto body shop more than $1 million in damages after deciding that law enforcement officers improperly raided the store without a warrant, a lawyer said Wednesday. Jurors concluded that the team of officers conspired to violate Merritt L. Sharp Sr.'s civil rights when they burst into his shop in June 1997 in a search for drugs, said Sharp's attorney, Jerry L. Steering.
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May 1, 2000 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just two months since approving $500,000 in raises for police, Garden Grove officials and union representatives are again at the bargaining table negotiating new contracts for 2000. After almost a year of bitter negotiations, the City Council gave a 5% raise to rank-and-file officers and a 3% increase to sergeants in February, both on top of a 5% increase approved earlier in the year.
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March 24, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
The family of a man who died in the custody of the Garden Grove Police Department has sued the city for at least $75,000. Lenee Sadamitsu, the man's wife, and Stephanie, their daughter, filed the suit in Orange County Superior Court this week in the death of Darrell Sadamitsu, who, according the lawsuit, died in police custody on Dec. 27. During a brief incarceration, the wrongful-death lawsuit alleges, Darrell Sadamitsu "suffered grievous bodily harm . . .
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February 18, 2000 | DAVE DESMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first two months of the girls' basketball season, it seemed like Crescenta Valley High's "A" game had taken the A-train. The Falcons stumbled through preseason girls' basketball tournaments and failed to win the Pacific League for the first time since 1994. But fret not for Crescenta Valley, which found its groove when it needed it the most. A late-season drive continued Thursday night with a 61-41 rout of Palmdale in the first round of the Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs.
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February 18, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is emerging as one of California's lengthiest death-penalty cases, a jury on Thursday ruled that a gunman should die for the 1980 Garden Grove shooting spree that left one police officer dead and four people injured. Defendant John George Brown, who was already one of the longest-serving prisoners on death row, is likely to set a record once he exhausts another round of appeals.
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February 15, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for John George Brown, the man twice convicted of the 1980 killing of a Garden Grove police officer, tried to spare him the death penalty Monday by presenting witnesses who described Brown as a man troubled by a turbulent childhood. Two paternal uncles who had not seen Brown for nearly 30 years told jurors their nephew fled his Pawtucket, R.I., home when he was 15 to escape constant abuse from his parents. "They never gave him self-worth," Donald Brown, one of the uncles, testified.
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February 9, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laying bare the emotional wounds of a 20-year-old murder case, family members of a slain Garden Grove police officer testified for the first time Tuesday as prosecutors once again sought the death penalty for a man twice convicted of the crime. "We had all moved on, and then . . . this came back and smacked us in the face," said Linda Reed, 49, the widow of murdered officer Donald Reed. "It really just tears you apart."
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February 2, 2000 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury moved Tuesday to close the book on one of Orange County's bloodiest murder cases, convicting a man of a 1980 bar shooting that left a Garden Grove police officer dead and four people wounded. John George Brown's retrial lasted less than a month but was the latest chapter in a 20-year legal odyssey that had frustrated the Garden Grove Police Department and the officer's family and friends. "Certainly this was a very sad event they had to live through again," Garden Grove Police Capt.
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