November 1, 1996 |
State officials have moved to close a home for troubled teenagers, saying the staff could not control the youths who ran amok in a series of incidents and crimes that culminated in what police called a "mini-riot." The state's action came Wednesday after the county had already removed the 68 teenagers from Pride House, a facility in the 15300 block of Saticoy Street for abused and neglected adolescents and petty criminals.
February 26, 1991
State officials have revoked the license of Camp O'Neal in the Eastern Sierra one year after a tragic Presidents' Day outing at nearby Convict Lake claimed the lives of three teen-age residents of the camp and four others. The three teen-agers died when they fell through thin ice on the lake while on a holiday excursion. Two adult staff members from the facility for troubled adolescents and two would-be rescuers drowned trying to save the boys.
February 23, 1990 |
The search for the last of seven people who drowned in this frozen Sierra lake was suspended Thursday to allow divers to rest and organizers to bring in more equipment. But as the recovery efforts quieted, a debate began over what, if anything, officials can do to guard against future tragedies. Recovery efforts were curtailed after the Truckee, Nev.
March 29, 2010 |
They shuffled in single-file lines -- heads lowered -- as they made their way to the gymnasium. For these incarcerated youths at the Central Juvenile Hall facility in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, it was time for lunch . . . and a bit of opera? "When would a girl like me ever hear opera?" said a female detainee, dressed in the facility's gray uniform, her hair pulled back in a bun. That was the point. In a first for the detention center, three members of Los Angeles Opera performed Friday afternoon for about 100 or so incarcer- ated teens as part of the "writer's retreat" conducted by InsideOUT Writers, or IOW, a nonprofit program that teaches creative writing to kids in L.A. County's juvenile hall system.
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.