January 28, 1987 |
A nightclub bouncer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly posing as a police officer and luring teen-age girls into his car, driving them to a secluded area where he molested some of them. Eric Gumieney, 29, was booked on suspicion of impersonating an officer and kidnaping after he went to the police station at the request of detectives, Sgt. Dan Hernandez said.
July 17, 1997 |
On its face it is a twisted tale of two sisters, of heroism and murder, of money and mistaken identity. On July 1, Oakland anti-drug activist Stevie Allman's modest white bungalow was firebombed, sending her to the hospital with burns over 15% of her body. Her pit bull and Chihuahua were killed. It was the drug dealers, she swore from her hospital bed, and Oakland police hopped to, declaring that they were "taking this as an offense not only against her but the entire city." Gov.
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January 3, 1992 |
The parolee arrested for impersonating a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy at the Rose Parade wore a badge belonging to a former deputy who also has been arrested, authorities said Thursday. Former Deputy August Hoffman Jr., 32, of Van Nuys was booked late Wednesday on suspicion of embezzlement for keeping the badge after he resigned in 1986, Deputy Irma Becerra said.
December 31, 1995 |
Just who is No. 24 for Texas? Apparently it's not Ron McKelvey, a 23-year-old backup defensive back and special teams player. After investigating a Saturday story in The Californian, a newspaper in Salinas, that said McKelvey is really Ron Weaver, a 30-year-old in his seventh season of college football, Texas officials branded the player an impostor. "We are satisfied that our information suggests that he falsely represented himself," Coach John Mackovic said.
March 17, 1999 |
Oh yes, they're the Great Pretenders. So complained a group of rock 'n' roll stalwarts who came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sound a sour note about the growing number of musical "impostors" who perform under the names of original groups. Three different groups calling themselves the Drifters performed in three cities on the same night last year, according to the musicians.
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November 9, 1992 |
It was 9:20 p.m. when Rosa Garcia heard knocking on her door. When she peered out the peephole, she saw three men standing outside who appeared to be police officers. So she opened the door. They flashed a badge. Garcia asked for a warrant, but they forced their way in and tied her up with duct tape. They were thieves looking for jewelry. Police impersonations such as that, law-enforcement officials say, are crimes that often go unreported.
May 31, 1999 |
Heroes rarely materialize out of thin air. When one appeared a year ago in the barrel-chested figure of Donald R. Nicholson, the Vietnam War veterans of this hill county took to him like love-struck suitors. He was everything they were not. A retired small-town police chief, Nick Nicholson, 62, walked into the Clermont County Vietnam Veterans of America post with a soldier's stride uneroded by three decades of civilian life. The men of VVA Chapter No. 649 sagged in the throes of middle age.
September 4, 1991 |
Margaret Thatcher once said that whenever she entered a roomful of other heads of state, she felt like an outsider gawking at important dignitaries. If the former British prime minister could experience doubts about her worthiness, then so could we ordinary folk. Do you react to promotions and praise with the secret cringe, "Boy, did I ever fool them"? Do you privately minimize your accomplishments, crediting them to serendipity? Rest assured: you're normal.
February 4, 1996 |
He has talked to Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne on the telephone and made the front page of the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He has allegedly spoken with coaches at USC, and, all in all, made life difficult for one of the country's best high school football players. He is the phantom. The charlatan. The impostor. But he is not Chris Claiborne. Claiborne, a linebacker and running back from John W.
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December 26, 1991 |
Sitting at the defense table, prominent criminal lawyer William Yacobozzi looked like he does at the start of any of his other trials. He scribbled notes when the prosecuting attorney asked his questions. He stared intently at the prospective jurors as they gave their answers. But when jury selection was completed Monday, Yacobozzi remained in his seat. These 12 men and women will decide his fate, not that of a client's.