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June 27, 1985 | NANCY SKELTON, Times Staff Writer
The former Los Angeles police officer who survived the celebrated "onion field" attack launched a two-pronged campaign Wednesday to oust California Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and to put himself on the Kern County Board of Supervisors.
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June 8, 1989 | BOB BAKER and CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writers
The Rev. Rex Burns received a telephone call Monday night telling him to watch the 11 o'clock news: "Onion Field" killer Jimmy Lee Smith had messed up again. He was not surprised. Burns, who had counseled Smith in and out of prison for more than a decade, figured from recent conversations that Smith again was using drugs and losing his always-minimal enthusiasm for life on the outside. "My wife and I made a prediction a month ago that he was setting himself up to go home, and 'home' to Jimmy is prison," said the minister, an affable, street-wise man who first met Smith in the late 1970s while serving as a volunteer chaplain at Soledad Prison.
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May 5, 1994 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Karl Hettinger, the troubled survivor of the "Onion Field" attack that claimed the life of his police partner 31 years ago, died Wednesday at a hospital in Bakersfield after an illness of several months. Hettinger, 59, who suffered crushing bouts of depression and left the Los Angeles Police Department after the brutal ordeal, made a comeback as a politician in recent years, serving as a Kern County supervisor from 1987 until his defeat in a bid for reelection in 1992.
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July 12, 1985 | United Press International
The California Supreme Court has refused to free "onion field" killer Gregory Ulas Powell on bail while the justices decide if he was improperly denied parole. Justice Allen Broussard signed the one-line order Wednesday denying Powell's request for release while the court reviews the legality of the controversial revocation of Powell's 1983 parole date.
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March 9, 2008 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 70 years before the Red Line subway began whisking passengers under the Civic Center, Los Angeles was already a city with tunnel vision. Beneath the busy streets of the City of the Angels is a complex network of pedestrian tunnels that stretch several blocks from Spring and Temple streets to 1st Street and Grand Avenue. One of the tunnels existed in the early 20th century, connecting a long-gone county jail to a demolished red-sandstone county courthouse.
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December 19, 1991
A man convicted of killing a policeman in the "Onion Field" murder case that inspired a book and movie was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of heroin use, a sheriff's deputy said. Jimmy Lee Smith was stopped shortly after midnight by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who said that they saw him running from a pay telephone. While questioning him, they determined that he was under the influence of heroin, said Deputy Gabe Ramirez.
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November 7, 1989
Charles Manson's one-time defense attorney was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation Monday after the Irvine lawyer burst through a security door into the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and resisted police officers who tried to remove him, authorities said. Irving A. Kanarek was taken to Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after the unexplained outburst in the Torrance district attorney's office about 8 a.m., Torrance police said.
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November 15, 1987
Jimmy Lee Smith, a convicted killer whose role in the murder of a Los Angeles police officer was chronicled in the book "The Onion Field," was being held without bail Saturday in Burbank after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a narcotic, Burbank police said. Lt. Art Moody said Smith, 57, of North Hollywood, was driving an old Plymouth Fury when he was stopped about 10:30 p.m. Friday for a routine traffic violation in the 1000 block of North San Fernando Road.
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