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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2007 |
Finding adoptive homes for teenage foster kids has always been a challenge. Most languish in foster care until they "age out" at 18, and many of those wind up unemployed, homeless or in jail. For foster children with criminal histories, the situation is even bleaker. Their crimes are typically disciplinary infractions or fighting, running away, vandalism or stealing, actions that might get a teenager with parents grounded but get a youth in foster care hauled off by police.
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 6, 2006 |
The headline screamed: "Girl Who Killed for Kicks Aged 14." The girl in question, green-eyed, auburn-haired Chelsea O'Mahoney, and her crew went on a "happy slap" rampage along London's South Bank one night 15 months ago. In less than an hour, they beat, kicked and stomped eight random victims. O'Mahoney filmed it with her cellphone to add to the teenage gang's only motive -- thrill. One man died.
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.