December 2, 1994 |
As 16-year-old Patrick gazed across the darkened neighborhood, his eyes settled on a distant hill. There, in the cool of night, the lights of Joplin Boys Ranch sparkled like a beacon. "I love looking up there," he said, pointing toward the juvenile detention center. "It reminds me where I could have ended up." Certainly, Patrick and the other long-term residents of Boys Town Southern California could have been sent to any of several facilities for troubled youths.
February 19, 1999 |
Fifteen-year-old George Peterson applied to Eagle Academy to escape the temptations of drugs, petty crime and idleness. But minutes after he and 44 other students arrived at the front gate, George just wanted to escape. A phalanx of tough-looking drill instructors appeared seemingly from nowhere and began pounding on the bus, screaming at the boys to fall out, line up, shut up. They marched the "recruits" to the barracks, shaved their heads, issued camouflage fatigues and assigned them bunks.
February 24, 1990 |
The two widows--one young, one older--clutched each other in a tearful embrace. Strangers before this moment, they were now bound by tragedy. "Be brave," a frail Ruth Anderson whispered to Terry Cutter. "They were both great men." The poignant meeting came Friday as more than 200 residents of this picturesque resort area crammed into the U.S.
February 21, 1990 |
Most of his friends figured he would die a hero, because when disaster erupted in the eastern Sierra Nevada, Vidar Anderson was almost always there. Forest fires, plane crashes, mountain rescues--these were like a call to arms for Anderson, 58, a volunteer member of the Long Valley Fire Department. Tall and wiry, the retired school bus driver would invariably be the first on the scene. He was aggressive, friends and colleagues said, selfless, and ever calm in the face of danger.
June 14, 1990 |
Calling for better treatment of youngsters confined at Orange County Juvenile Hall, a judge ordered the county Wednesday to obey strict new rules before throwing adolescent detainees into padded rooms or cuffing them to their beds. Superior Court Judge Linda H. McLaughlin concluded that such disciplinary methods--when imposed by unqualified people and conducted without proper supervision--violates the teen-agers' constitutional right to be free from bodily restraint.
November 20, 1989 |
The case was chilling. A woman had been raped, then stabbed in the chest. The victim had lived to tell about it. And the jury of 12 had found the defendant guilty. Afterward, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roosevelt Dorn retreated to his chambers to ponder the sentencing of this man whose criminal record began in his early teens. It was the kind of case that distressed the judge--another face that mirrored the failures of the juvenile justice system.
February 21, 1990 |
The U.S. Forest Service, the agency with jurisdiction over Convict Lake, has set no standards for ice thickness, air temperature or other conditions to be met before the public is allowed to venture onto the frozen lake, a spokesman for the Forest Service said Tuesday.
March 16, 1990 |
The consulting psychiatrist for Camp O'Neal, the Sierra Nevada home for troubled youth central to the Convict Lake tragedy in which seven people drowned last month, was arrested Thursday in Newport Beach on suspicion of sexually abusing an adult patient. Newport Beach police also served search warrants at Dr. James Harrington White's Newport Beach clinic, his Newport Beach home and his other residences in Palm Desert and Mammoth Lakes, near Camp O'Neal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1990 |
The four teen-agers sauntered down a darkened Long Beach street until they reached a delivery truck parked at the curb. Three of the four stationed themselves as lookouts. The fourth approached the truck's broad white side. He produced a spray can from under his coat and painted in quick, deft strokes. Moments later, the only trace of the outlaws was their handiwork: a string of black, stylized letters marking the fleeting presence of these vandals of the night. Time elapsed: about 20 seconds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1987 |
The first two suspects weren't hard to miss. They were hurling bottles at four police cars trolling 67th Street near Kansas Avenue. As the bottles fell, missing their targets, beams from police flashlights caught two youths jumping over a fence. This time youthful agility was no match for a hard-cornering car. The chase ended in a yard on 66th Street. 'Freeze!' yelled officer Rosemary Sanchez, her gun drawn. The two teen-agers stopped, not even daring to look back. It was a little past 10 p.m.