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October 9, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As nervous police officers and their chief huddled outside an emergency room Tuesday after one of their own was shot, they could not shake memories of the last tragedy to sweep the close-knit department two years ago this month. It was on Halloween night in 1994 that a drunk driver slammed into La Habra Officer Michael Anthony Osornio, making the 26-year-old rookie the department's only cop to be killed on duty in the city's 69-year history.
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October 9, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER and MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police searching a home Tuesday morning for evidence to an unsolved slaying abruptly found themselves locked in a chaotic, fatal firefight after the suspect in the killing burst from a room firing an assault rifle, authorities said. The 23-year-old gunman was killed and a La Habra patrol officer was wounded in the shootout, which ended with a dozen police officers searching in a heavy morning fog for the suspect, who had shot his way out of the home.
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October 9, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER and MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police searching a home Tuesday morning for evidence in an unsolved slaying abruptly found themselves locked in a chaotic, fatal gun battle after a man burst from a room with an assault rifle blazing away, authorities said. The 23-year-old gunman blasted his way out of the house--wounding one officer--and seemed to disappear in the heavy morning fog outside. He was found 10 minutes later in the house's backyard, bloody and dying from four gunshot wounds, police said.
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August 31, 1996 | BINH HA HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police have asked for the public's help in finding a man suspected of shooting a good Samaritan who tried to stop a barroom brawl earlier this month. The victim's leg was amputated as a result of his injuries. The victim, Juan Herrera Delgado, 32, of Anaheim, remains in serious but stable condition at Anaheim Memorial Hospital. The suspect, Jose Luis Ambrocio, 30, of La Habra, is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Det.
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August 30, 1996 | BINH HA HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police on Thursday asked for the public's help in finding a man suspected of shooting a good Samaritan who tried to stop a barroom brawl earlier this month. The victim's leg was amputated as a result of his injuries. The victim, Juan Herrera Delgado, 32, of Anaheim, remains in serious but stable condition at Anaheim Memorial Hospital. The suspect, Jose Luis Ambrocio, 30, of La Habra, is considered armed and dangerous, police said. Det.
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June 21, 1996 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The efforts of three Orange County police departments to battle domestic violence received a major boost Thursday when President Clinton announced that they were among 336 communities nationwide to share more than $46 million in grants for innovative prevention strategies. Westminster police will receive a $200,000 grant to intensify efforts to build cases against abusers when victims refuse to testify.
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December 7, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN
The city and Police Department are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of a 52-year-old gardener, officials said Tuesday. Jose Castillo Negrete, a native of Mexico who lived in La Habra with his family, was found bludgeoned to death July 12. His body was found by a passerby near railroad tracks that bisect Lambert Road between Harbor Boulevard and Palm Street, Sgt. Ron Harryman said.
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October 14, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
A police substation, entirely paid for by Target Stores to discourage theft, opens today in the parking lot of the La Habra store. The trailer, the La Habra Police Department sign, the electricity and telephones have been placed at the disposal of the Police Department, becoming the city's first police substation. Until recently, Target reported a theft every two days on average, police said. Just seeing the trailer on the property should dissuade thieves, Sgt. Perry Miller said.
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June 10, 1995 | MIMI KO
City Council members have established a $50,000 reward fund to offer incentives to people who may help police solve crimes. City Manager Lee Risner said unsolved crimes threaten the community's sense of security and "gnaw at our Police Department." Officials cited a homicide four years ago in which a homeless man was killed by blunt force. Police have yet to solve that case and a number of others, although they regularly review such cases.
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May 18, 1995 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cellophane-wrapped roses decorated the marble floor of the Peace Officer Memorial Wall at the Civic Center Plaza on Wednesday. The 37th red stem lay beside a brass plaque bearing the name of La Habra Officer Michael Anthony Osornio. The 26-year-old rookie had been on the police force only 13 months when he was struck and killed last Halloween night by a drunk driver who ran a red light.
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