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May 15, 1997 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Captain of the Rowland High School cheerleading squad, honor student and senior class "teacher's pet": Who would have imagined Elizabeth Hernandez Maddex charged with robbing a bank? Not Amy Heinlein, who's known Liz since junior high and thinks "temporary insanity" is the only viable explanation if what the FBI charges is true: that her best friend, in a dark ski mask, held up a Bank of America branch in Fullerton.
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June 27, 2001 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Growing up in her Compton neighborhood, Dominique became a gangbanger almost by default. The rough crew she ran with were the only people she thought she could trust; they could relate to being 14 years old and on your own because your mother is in jail on a drug charge. She is now 16, a convicted felon herself, with a 3-month-old son and enough emotional scars to convince her that hanging out with the wrong crowd may not be a worthy life goal after all.
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May 18, 1998 | DAVE HAWKINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The triple-murder trial of Kimberly Lane, a 15-year-old Lancaster girl, begins today, posing the following choice for the jurors: * Prosecution: She was a callous schemer who manipulated two grown men into slaughtering the family that befriended them because she wanted to steal the family's pickup truck. She kicked off the killings by luring a teenage boy to a bed, where a knife was pounded through his skull with a rock.
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July 26, 2000 | From Times staff and wire reports
A 15-year-old Rialto girl accused of clubbing an elderly woman to death over the weekend was charged with murder as an adult Tuesday, but prosecutors said another girl who was with her will not be tried. San Bernardino County Deputy Dist. Atty. Ben Gonzalez identified the defendant as Christy Phillips. Police say she confessed to battering a 72-year-old widow to death on a whim Saturday after telling the victim she wanted to adopt one of her many cats. Rialto Police Lt.
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June 27, 2001 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Growing up in her Compton neighborhood, Dominique became a gangbanger almost by default. The rough crew she ran with were the only people she thought she could trust; they could relate to being 14 years old and on your own because your mother is in jail on a drug charge. She is now 16, a convicted felon herself, with a 3-month-old son and enough emotional scars to convince her that hanging out with the wrong crowd may not be a worthy life goal after all.
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April 27, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a pleasant autumn afternoon, Froggy, Chunky and Nini killed the neighbor lady. Chunky and Nini, who were 15 and 12, stabbed her 11 times. Froggy, 16, the eldest of the three sisters, stayed at home and turned up the volume on the family's two stereos to drown out the agonized screams from next door. The neighbor, 62-year-old librarian Meta Frances Murphy, had befriended the girls, often treating them to snacks or driving them to and from school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1991 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An apparent armed robbery attempt by two teen-age girls backfired early Tuesday when the motorist the two had flagged down for a ride in South Gate pulled his own gun and fired, killing one 15-year-old suspect and slightly wounding her 14-year-old companion, authorities said. The 60-year-old motorist was critically wounded in an exchange of gunfire with one of the girls, Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives said. They estimated that as many as 10 shots were fired during the 1:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The four teen-age girls had a lot in common, according to police: They lived in tony neighborhoods south of Ventura Boulevard, went to the same parties and hung out with two known gang members for thrills. Now they share something else: Police are asking prosecutors to charge all four with murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old Taft High School student at the Fallbrook Mall last weekend.
NEWS
January 20, 1997 | LIZ BRODY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kim G. takes a deep breath as she leads her class. "This is the mountain pose. It represents power, focus and energy," she explains--three necessities that are in short supply among her teenage students, who by the age of 15 may have robberies, murders and babies behind them and life sentences ahead of them. The students grudgingly try to follow, wisecracking under their breath at the ridiculousness of this.
NEWS
March 15, 1993 | LAURIE BECKLUND and MARC LACEY
One day, a fellow probation officer handed Irene Davila a new case file on a gang member. " 'Here, you'll like this one; she doesn't have any problems,' " Davila recalls her colleague saying. "No problems! She was 15, had a 2-year-old, a new baby and a mother who wouldn't sign for birth control . . . so she went out and had a back-alley abortion that means she can't have kids anymore." Something's wrong with this picture, Davila thought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998 | DAVE HAWKINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On her daughter's first birthday, 16-year-old Kimberly Lane of Lancaster got a haircut to "make her look young," donned a white dress over an electric-shock control belt, and went on trial for three murders. After a jury was selected Monday, the prosecution and defense delivered opening statements Tuesday in a trial that could lead to the teenager being sentenced to life in prison. Two men convicted earlier await the judge's decision whether to sentence them to death or life imprisonment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1998 | DAVE HAWKINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The triple-murder trial of Kimberly Lane, a 15-year-old Lancaster girl, begins today, posing the following choice for the jurors: * Prosecution: She was a callous schemer who manipulated two grown men into slaughtering the family that befriended them because she wanted to steal the family's pickup truck. She kicked off the killings by luring a teenage boy to a bed, where a knife was pounded through his skull with a rock.
NEWS
May 15, 1997 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Captain of the Rowland High School cheerleading squad, honor student and senior class "teacher's pet": Who would have imagined Elizabeth Hernandez Maddex charged with robbing a bank? Not Amy Heinlein, who's known Liz since junior high and thinks "temporary insanity" is the only viable explanation if what the FBI charges is true: that her best friend, in a dark ski mask, held up a Bank of America branch in Fullerton.
NEWS
January 20, 1997 | LIZ BRODY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kim G. takes a deep breath as she leads her class. "This is the mountain pose. It represents power, focus and energy," she explains--three necessities that are in short supply among her teenage students, who by the age of 15 may have robberies, murders and babies behind them and life sentences ahead of them. The students grudgingly try to follow, wisecracking under their breath at the ridiculousness of this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1995 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Murder and conspiracy charges were filed Thursday against a 17-year-old Studio City girl who police say was behind the wheel of a car involved in a fatal drive-by shooting at the Fallbrook Mall in West Hills two weeks ago. Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Taklender, filing deputy in the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Court bureau, said he will also seek to try the girl--whose name was not released because of her age--as an adult.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The four teen-age girls had a lot in common, according to police: They lived in tony neighborhoods south of Ventura Boulevard, went to the same parties and hung out with two known gang members for thrills. Now they share something else: Police are asking prosecutors to charge all four with murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old Taft High School student at the Fallbrook Mall last weekend.
NEWS
May 12, 1993 | Associated Press
Three teen-age girls led by a 13-year-old armed with a .38-caliber revolver were arrested at a doughnut shop early Tuesday for investigation of a carjacking rampage. The "fearsome threesome," as police described them, allegedly hijacked a car in Redwood City on Monday morning and drove it to Daly City. After wrecking the car, they stole a second vehicle, police said. The girls were trying to rob the driver of a third car when he slapped the revolver out of the 13-year-old's hand, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2000 | From Times staff and wire reports
A 15-year-old Rialto girl accused of clubbing an elderly woman to death over the weekend was charged with murder as an adult Tuesday, but prosecutors said another girl who was with her will not be tried. San Bernardino County Deputy Dist. Atty. Ben Gonzalez identified the defendant as Christy Phillips. Police say she confessed to battering a 72-year-old widow to death on a whim Saturday after telling the victim she wanted to adopt one of her many cats. Rialto Police Lt.
NEWS
May 12, 1993 | Associated Press
Three teen-age girls led by a 13-year-old armed with a .38-caliber revolver were arrested at a doughnut shop early Tuesday for investigation of a carjacking rampage. The "fearsome threesome," as police described them, allegedly hijacked a car in Redwood City on Monday morning and drove it to Daly City. After wrecking the car, they stole a second vehicle, police said. The girls were trying to rob the driver of a third car when he slapped the revolver out of the 13-year-old's hand, police said.
NEWS
April 27, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a pleasant autumn afternoon, Froggy, Chunky and Nini killed the neighbor lady. Chunky and Nini, who were 15 and 12, stabbed her 11 times. Froggy, 16, the eldest of the three sisters, stayed at home and turned up the volume on the family's two stereos to drown out the agonized screams from next door. The neighbor, 62-year-old librarian Meta Frances Murphy, had befriended the girls, often treating them to snacks or driving them to and from school.
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