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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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April 4, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capping an emotion-filled hearing, a 51-year-old La Mirada metalworker was sentenced to six years in state prison Monday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a drunk-driving collision last fall that killed La Habra Police Officer Michael A. Osornio. Marco Villegas Ramirez was led away in handcuffs after the two-hour hearing, during which Osornio's relatives and fellow officers tearfully castigated the defendant and asked for the maximum 10-year sentence.
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November 6, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,000 Southland law enforcement officers paid their respects Saturday to La Habra Police Officer Michael Anthony Osornio, who was killed on duty Monday by a suspected drunk driver. About 2,000 mourners crowded into Calvary Chapel in Diamond Bar as colleagues and friends remembered Osornio as an eager young officer who on most nights could barely wait to get out of the squad room and onto patrol. "He had star quality," La Habra Police Chief Steven Staveley said.
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November 3, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The suspected drunk driver accused of killing police Officer Michael Anthony Osornio has told investigators he does not remember the fatal car crash Monday night or events leading up to it, authorities said Wednesday. "It's my understanding he didn't recall any of the incident," said Capt. Terry M. Rammell, who is supervising investigators probing the crash. Marco Villegas Ramirez, 51, whose blood-alcohol level of .
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November 2, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and DEBBIE KONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A police officer on routine patrol was fatally injured when a drunk-driving suspect ran a red light and smashed into his cruiser, demolishing it and pinning the officer inside, authorities said Tuesday. Officer Michael Osornio, 26, a former contractor who joined the La Habra Police Department 14 months ago and was recently engaged to be married, succumbed to internal injuries an hour after the collision at 9:22 p.m. Monday.
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October 24, 1994 | MIMI KO
The Police Department soon will have a high-tech fingerprinting system that will cut down on time spent searching for the identities of criminal suspects. Council members last week approved the purchase of the $60,000 system that will end the practice of fingerprinting suspects on paper cards with black ink, Police Chief Steven H. Staveley said. "Currently, when someone is arrested, we roll their fingerprints with an ink pad and paper and mail it to Sacramento or the FBI," he said.
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