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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996
A panel of Superior Court judges is calling for a $2.4-million system of alarms, closed-circuit cameras, metal detectors and guards to protect the sprawling downtown Los Angeles civil court building in the wake of a fatal shooting there last year. Endorsed by a committee of high-ranking Superior Court judges, the plan recommends hiring 43 more security guards. It comes as an increasing number of overflow cases from the criminal courthouse are being funneled to the North Hill Street facility.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1999 | DOUG SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,800 weapons, including three loaded guns, have been discovered since tightened security was imposed at the downtown Los Angeles County Courthouse five months ago, Superior Court officers said Friday. About half the weapons, most of them knives, were taken from attorneys working in the nine-story civil courthouse. Many of the weapons were small pocketknives or other commonly carried implements.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1991 | AMY PYLE and HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formed a task force to study courthouse security because a woman was stabbed Monday--allegedly by her estranged husband--outside the Van Nuys Courthouse. Supervisor Ed Edelman asked that the task force include the sheriff and the county marshal, and that its report be ready for the board in a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, a spate of shootings and gun-related threats around Los Angeles County courtrooms hearkened to the days of the Wild West. In Pomona, the mother of a murder defendant tried to sneak a gun into a courtroom. In Norwalk, two armed officers from different departments got into a beef that arose from a lawsuit. And downtown, a doctor shot and killed his ex-wife inside the civil courthouse as they prepared for a hearing to decide ownership of a car.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1991
The county Board of Supervisors, responding to the stabbing of a woman outside a Van Nuys courtroom, on Tuesday ordered an investigation to determine what steps should be taken to beef up security. Shirley Wells, 33, was stabbed six times by her estranged husband Monday after refusing to speak to him, police said. Alvin Wells, 33, was arrested after several bailiffs wrestled him away from his wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1999 | DOUG SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,800 weapons, including three loaded guns, have been discovered since tightened security was imposed at the downtown Los Angeles County Courthouse five months ago, Superior Court officers said Friday. About half the weapons, most of them knives, were taken from attorneys working in the nine-story civil courthouse. Many of the weapons were small pocketknives or other commonly carried implements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Marshal's Department next week will take over all security functions at the Van Nuys Municipal Court building, from operating metal detectors to patrolling parking lots and maintaining order in courtrooms. County Marshal Robert Mann said Friday that the change was not a response to any specific incident at the Municipal and Superior Court complex, which in the past three years has been the scene of a fatal shootout and a stabbing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, a spate of shootings and gun-related threats around Los Angeles County courtrooms hearkened to the days of the Wild West. In Pomona, the mother of a murder defendant tried to sneak a gun into a courtroom. In Norwalk, two armed officers from different departments got into a beef that arose from a lawsuit. And downtown, a doctor shot and killed his ex-wife inside the civil courthouse as they prepared for a hearing to decide ownership of a car.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996
A panel of Superior Court judges is calling for a $2.4-million system of alarms, closed-circuit cameras, metal detectors and guards to protect the sprawling downtown Los Angeles civil court building in the wake of a fatal shooting there last year. Endorsed by a committee of high-ranking Superior Court judges, the plan recommends hiring 43 more security guards. It comes as an increasing number of overflow cases from the criminal courthouse are being funneled to the North Hill Street facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Marshal's Department next week will take over all security functions at the Van Nuys Municipal Court building, from operating metal detectors to patrolling parking lots and maintaining order in courtrooms. County Marshal Robert Mann said Friday that the change was not a response to any specific incident at the Municipal and Superior Court complex, which in the past three years has been the scene of a fatal shootout and a stabbing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1991 | AMY PYLE and HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formed a task force to study courthouse security because a woman was stabbed Monday--allegedly by her estranged husband--outside the Van Nuys Courthouse. Supervisor Ed Edelman asked that the task force include the sheriff and the county marshal, and that its report be ready for the board in a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1991
The county Board of Supervisors, responding to the stabbing of a woman outside a Van Nuys courtroom, on Tuesday ordered an investigation to determine what steps should be taken to beef up security. Shirley Wells, 33, was stabbed six times by her estranged husband Monday after refusing to speak to him, police said. Alvin Wells, 33, was arrested after several bailiffs wrestled him away from his wife.
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