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June 29, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
In what would be one of the first ventures of its kind, the city of Artesia is inquiring about contracting for protection from the La Palma Police Department. Artesia, a Los Angeles County city that borders La Palma on the northwest, now has police protection from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. La Palma officials confirmed Friday that Artesia has asked about a possible shift to the La Palma Police Department. "They contacted us; we did not contact them," La Palma Chief David S.
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July 19, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A woman whose badly decomposed body was found in a La Palma garage over the weekend was slain, authorities said Monday. The body of Patricia Ann Dunthorne, 41, had been in the garage at least two weeks, police said. She was identified through dental records, said Capt. Eric Nunez, spokesman for the La Palma Police Department. He would not disclose the cause of death but said she had "obvious trauma to the head" and detectives were "convinced that the victim did die at the hands of another."
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July 4, 1996 | BILL BILLITER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the first step toward an unusual pact across county lines, the City Council voted this week to hire a consultant to study the possibility of having the La Palma Police Department serve Artesia. La Palma and Artesia will equally divide the $20,000 total cost of the study, La Palma City Manager Daniel E. Keen said. The study will probably take about three months, he said.
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July 26, 2000 | Andre Briscoe, (714) 966-5848
Jennifer Mercier became the city's newest police officer this month. Police Chief Vincent Giampa introduced Mercier to council members and city staff during a recent council meeting. Mercier, a graduate of Golden West College's Criminal Justice Training Center Police Academy, becomes the city's fourth female officer and brings the number of active police officers to 26.
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July 5, 1996 | BILL BILLITER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the first step toward an unusual pact across county lines, the City Council voted this week to hire a consultant to study the possibility of having the La Palma Police Department serve Artesia. La Palma and Artesia will equally divide the $20,000 total cost of the study, La Palma City Manager Daniel E. Keen said. The study will probably take about three months, he said. Artesia, now served by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, inquired about the possibility of contracting with neighboring La Palma for police service.
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March 12, 1995
A police officer was injured when a man suspected of drunk driving struck her parked vehicle from behind, authorities said. Officer Maggie Faust was writing a police report in her vehicle on Carmenita Road at the Artesia Freeway when a car driven by James Robert Johnson, 63, of Norwalk collided with her car about 11:20 p.m. Friday, Police Sgt. Ed Ethell said. Faust suffered injuries to her head and neck and was treated at La Palma Hospital and released, Ethell said.
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March 20, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
A flashy Beemer that can talk will soon be part of the La Palma Police Department's anti-drug program. Crevier BMW of Santa Ana is loaning the city a 1987 BMW 325i, and another donor, Tony Griego of Pursuit Specialties in Buena Park, is converting the car with lights, sirens and audio equipment enabling the car to "talk" to students about the dangers of drugs. Police said the BMW will be driven to schools as part of the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.
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August 6, 1986 | Nancy Wride \f7
A motorcyclist and his passenger who were being chased by officers were killed early Tuesday when the driver pulled onto railroad tracks and then drove into a flood control channel, police said. The passenger, identified as Robert James Kroh, 26, of Buena Park and the driver, whose name was not released pending family notification, were declared dead at the scene, police Lt. David Barr said.
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January 2, 1997 | LEE ROMNEY and LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 16-year-old boy traveling home from a Korean church in Cypress with his mother was killed in a car crash early New Year's Day in an accident police said was alcohol-related. Police had some difficulty identifying the boy because he carried as a memento the identification of his dead brother, killed last February in a car accident, said La Palma Sgt. Jim Thomas. "The sergeant who made notification [to the family] said it was the hardest thing he ever had to do," Thomas said. The 1 a.m.
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September 13, 1988 | LAURA KURTZMAN, Los Angeles Times
In a wave of similar incidents Sunday night in La Palma and nearby Cerritos that law enforcement officials believe may be related, three men brandished a submachine gun, assaulted a couple, robbed a man and raped his female companion, then ran their car into a woman on a bicycle. The crime spree began shortly after 10 p.m.
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September 1, 1999 | Louise Roug, (714) 966-5977
The Police Department hired an investigative aide in a new full-time civilian position, created to free up officers for patrol. Josta McDowell, who joined the department last week, had previously worked for the Buena Park Police Department, and will help detectives with the administrative aspects of criminal investigations, Lt. Mark Yokoyama said.
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June 6, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
When retiring Police Chief David Barr accepted the Integrity Pioneer Award this week, he became the first "top cop" in the state recognized for developing and instituting a department-wide ethics program. Given by Florida-based National Institute of Ethics, the award is one of six given annually to law enforcement agencies and police training organizations that have made significant strides toward the prevention of unethical acts.
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August 13, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
Though Councilwoman Eva Miner Bradford said she has misgivings, the City Council has approved a $98,000 contract with West Covina for police data processing. Under the yearlong contract, the city in Los Angeles County will computerize La Palma Police Department records. La Palma Police Chief David S. Barr told the City Council that his department's own automated system is outdated and has had "countless maintenance problems."
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