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October 31, 2011 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The very first time Shaina Olmanson took her oldest child trick-or-treating, she saw the holiday — and its chocolaty, sugary spoils — in a new light. "You walk around and they get a giant bag of candy," says the mother of four, who lives in St. Paul, Minn. "Then what do you do? Just let them have at it, or what?" This question will be on the minds of millions of parents Monday night after their kids collect candy bars, lollipops, peanut butter cups and other goodies from well-meaning neighbors: The National Confectioners Assn.
Attorneys in the trial of three men accused of gunning down a group of Pasadena children on Halloween night, 1993, turned their case over to the jury Wednesday, wrapping up almost two months of testimony about a crime so horrible it shocked even the most cynical residents of Southern California and the nation.
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A detective investigating the gruesome burning death of a man on Halloween night said Monday that it appears the man may have accidentally started the fire himself while trying to light a cigarette. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Richard Biddle, a bystander recounted seeing the victim, Gilbert Estrada, accidentally ignite the hood of his Halloween costume with a cigarette lighter. When Estrada pulled the hood off his head, the flames spread to his back, eventually engulfing his whole body, the bystander said.
November 5, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Ten sex offenders were arrested for allegedly violating their parole on Halloween, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. In an effort dubbed “Operation Boo,” the Sheriff's Department's Regional Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on Halloween night and checked on 358 sex offenders to make sure they were staying away from trick-or-treaters and obeying their curfews,...
October 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police are trying to sustain a relative calm established last year, in contrast to this city's reputation for rowdy downtown Halloween parties. This year, police plan to have as many as 450 officers on the street on Halloween night.
December 4, 1990 | United Press International
Seven young men were charged with murder, assault and rioting in the beating death of a homeless man on Halloween night, prosecutors said Monday. The group, wearing monster masks and wielding a meat cleaver, attacked and killed Carlos Melendez, 35, after he refused to give them money, officials said.
October 31, 2003 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Today, this Atlanta suburb will hold a noontime Halloween celebration. Kids will come in costume. Their parents will smile proudly. Few will recall the tragedy 40 years ago that changed the meaning of Halloween here. Roy Pritchard Jr., 60, remembers it because he was there and helped dig for survivors. For years afterward, he didn't like going to the town square at night.
November 14, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 34-year-old Camarillo man who was struck by a car Halloween night as he was rode his bicycle home from work has died from his injuries, authorities said Wednesday. Josh Halpern had been bicycling on Central Avenue east of Beardsley Road when he was struck. Authorities said it was dark at the time and the bicycle lacked reflectors. After two weeks in the intensive-care unit at Ventura County Medical Center, Halpern was pronounced dead Monday. The driver of the car was not cited.
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