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A decorated California Highway Patrol officer has apparently committed suicide, a month after his arrest in the alleged rape of a woman while on his graveyard shift, authorities announced Thursday. The officer, James W. Pitsor, was found dead late Wednesday afternoon of a single shot from a rifle, said Sgt. Tom Neely of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
February 13, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
Regina Crain cherished the simplicity of Sunday mornings with her husband, Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain. He loved food, and every weekend - even when their two young children asked her to cook something else - she made his favorite breakfast: eggs, bacon and, most importantly, hash browns. He loved his hash browns. Regina always let him sleep in while she cooked, and she'd send the kids to wake him. Those are the times she will miss the most, Regina Crain said Wednesday, fighting tears, during the funeral for her husband in the Grove Community Church in Riverside.
August 28, 1987
President Reagan renewed his campaign for confirmation of Judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court today, saying, "It is time to reassert that the fundamental purpose of our justice system is to find the truth, not to coddle criminals." Reagan made the statement as he met in Los Angeles with law enforcement officers, Administration officials and Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, a former prosecutor. To the law enforcement officers, including Atty. Gen.
July 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of law enforcement officers with Taser stun guns is going up in San Joaquin County, law enforcement officers said, in spite of a nationwide debate over the health risks of shocking suspects. The Tracy Police Department trained half of its force this month on how to use the stun guns, which give victims an electric shock that renders them unable to react for about five seconds. They can be used from a distance of 20 feet.
March 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The number of federal law enforcement officers grew by 11% from 1996 to 1998, the Justice Department said. About half the growth of about 8,000 men and women was in the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Within that agency, the number of Border Patrol officers alone rose from 5,441 in 1996 to 7,714 in 1998, an increase of 42%.
As he drives through South Los Angeles on an overcast afternoon, Special Agent John Pi of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is having trouble--as usual--making up his mind. Pi, who in sunglasses looks far younger than 36, has an organized-crime case to work. But the call over a bureau radio is clear: The SWAT team is about to enter a house where it believes kidnappers are keeping a 3-year-old taken from a San Marino family two weeks earlier. The address is only five minutes away.
It began long before last February's killing of a dance club owner. But it was with that shooting--and the subsequent arrests--that Atlanta's crime ring of bodybuilding cops burst into the news. Nightclub owner Henry Lamar Jeffcoat was shot nine times in his car during a midnight robbery attempt Feb. 10.
April 29, 2013 | By Phil Willon
In the harrowing first minutes of the police shootout with suspected killer Christopher Dorner on Feb. 12 near Big Bear, officers scrambled to help two wounded officers who were ambushed outside a mountain cabin. “We need an airship! We have an officer down! Officer down!" one of the first responders shouted into his police radio. “Copy. Officer down. Officer down," a San Bernardino County Sheriff's dispatcher responded,  her stress palpable. Voices from the gun battle were captured in 12 hours of static-filled sheriff's dispatch recordings released by the San Bernardino County attorney's office Monday.
December 14, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Four South Texas law enforcement officers, including the sons of a local police chief and sheriff, are accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to guard shipments of cocaine that were smuggled across the border. Alexis Rigoberto Espinoza, 29, a police officer in Mission and the son of Hidalgo Police Chief Rodolfo "Rudy" Espinoza, appeared in federal court in McAllen on Thursday   on two counts of cocaine possession with intent to distribute. Fellow Mission Police Officer Jonathan Trevino, 29, whose father is Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, was due in court Friday with two Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies, Fabian Rodriguez, 28, and Gerardo Duran, 30. The trio was arrested Thursday when federal prosecutors announced charges against them.
September 21, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Napa County law enforcement officers have identified the body of a woman found stuffed in a 55-gallon paint drum, but they are still trying to explain how the corpse went undetected for 46 days after discovery of the barrel. "We're not computers, we're just humans," said Sheriff's Lt. John Baumgartner. The badly decomposed remains were identified as Patti Charlene Ahmed, 27, most recently of San Pablo.
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