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June 30, 1993 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With this city reeling from record crime and struggling to hire 100 new officers, Fresno's recently hired police chief announced Tuesday that he is leaving to become Oakland's top officer. Chief Joseph Samuels, 43, accepted the Oakland position Monday night less than two years after being named Fresno's 15th police chief. The move is a homecoming for Samuels, who spent 17 years in the Oakland Police Department, rising to the rank of captain before taking the Fresno job in October, 1991.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1993 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With this city reeling from record crime and struggling to hire 100 new officers, Fresno's recently hired police chief announced Tuesday that he is leaving to become Oakland's top officer. Chief Joseph Samuels, 43, accepted the Oakland position Monday night less than two years after being named Fresno's 15th police chief. The move is a homecoming for Samuels, who spent 17 years in the Oakland Police Department, rising to the rank of captain before taking the Fresno job in October, 1991.
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NEWS
December 6, 1992 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One night last summer outside a posh Fresno restaurant, two men riding tandem on a stolen motorcycle, their faces concealed, tried to snatch the purse of 18-year-old Kimber Reynolds, a freshman at a Los Angeles fashion institute. Reynolds, who had come home for the weekend, resisted. One man pulled a .357 magnum from his waistband and shot her point-blank in the head. She died 26 hours later.
NEWS
December 6, 1992 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One night last summer outside a posh Fresno restaurant, two men riding tandem on a stolen motorcycle, their faces concealed, tried to snatch the purse of 18-year-old Kimber Reynolds, a freshman at a Los Angeles fashion institute. Reynolds, who had come home for the weekend, resisted. One man pulled a .357 magnum from his waistband and shot her point-blank in the head. She died 26 hours later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1995 | DWAYNE BRAY
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 25-year-old Oxnard man with murder, two weeks after police say the defendant forced his way into a Helm Drive home in that city and shot another man who had been sleeping. An arraignment for Joseph Leon Samuels was postponed until April 25. At the request of a prosecutor, Ventura County Municipal Judge John E. Dobroth doubled Samuels' bail to $500,000. Anthony Pech was slain about 2:30 a.m.
NEWS
July 17, 1997 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 2, 1999 | SARAH YANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Capt. Richard Word is sworn in today as Oakland's new police chief, here's what he has to look forward to: Mayor Jerry Brown wants a dramatic reduction in crime to fit his campaign promise of a revived Oakland; residents and business owners want to enhance community policing programs; and police officers want a leader who will better respond to their needs. Running a big city police department is daunting enough.
NEWS
March 26, 1999 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first phase of a city government shake-up promised by new Mayor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr., Oakland's popular police chief and two other department heads were forced out Thursday, one more was demoted, and the remaining six were put on notice. Sixty additional employees were issued "performance deficiency notices" by Brown and City Manager Robert Bobb, warning them to improve their work or be fired.
OPINION
February 16, 1992 | Political forecast interviews were conducted by Jeffrey Levin, who worked for state and local government.
We seem to have reached a stalemate on the policy debate over gun control. How can we resolve the conflict between those who oppose any infringement on the right to own guns and those who seek gun control? Will the conflict be resolved? The Times asked six chiefs of police in California. Robert Burgreen,chief of police, San Diego: What I see is a creeping tide of people who are changing their minds on the issue, people like myself.
NEWS
January 3, 1999 | MARIA L. LA GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jerry Brown is a pretty lucky guy. Once his $40,000, bargain-basement inauguration ends late Monday--when the pillow-sitting lovingkindness meditation is over and the final bar of Oakland blues has faded into the darkness--he can look up and survey the city he has inherited. And heave a huge sigh of relief that he's becoming mayor in 1999 and not a moment sooner. Yes, there is still poverty and drug abuse, and the school district faces great difficulties.
NEWS
July 18, 1990 | STANLEY MEISLER and SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A lurid series of stories on crack and cocaine was appearing daily on the front page of the San Francisco Examiner. And Capt. Joseph Samuels, a black Oakland police officer, was morethan a little annoyed. The Examiner spotlighted such unsavory characters as James Milton, whom it described as "a former general in the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang," whose "crack gang controlled drug turfs in East Oakland's Castlemont Corridor."
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