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July 26, 1992 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was one of those times when work in the Organized Crime Intelligence Division became most sensitive, when snooping on purported mobsters led detectives out of the shadows and into a very public world. An informant told Los Angeles Detective Norm Bonneau that he had seen several New York Mafia figures cozy up to then-Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. at a fund-raising dinner for Brown's fledgling 1980 presidential campaign and give him a check.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1992
Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams on Thursday said he has allowed officers in the department's Organized Crime Intelligence Division to return to their 6th Street headquarters, although an investigation of the controversial unit continues.
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NEWS
July 10, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first bold strike as Los Angeles police chief, Willie L. Williams on Thursday ordered both offices of the LAPD's Organized Crime Intelligence Division "closed and sealed" because of allegations that police for years have spied on local politicians and community organizations.
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | PAUL LIEBERMAN
What's in a name? Plenty when it comes to alleged Mafia figures. And one name thrown out in former Detective Michael J. Rothmiller's book about the Los Angeles Police Department has prompted some veteran mob watchers to question his account of one episode--involving the huge Longo Toyota dealership in El Monte. In his book, "L.A.
SPORTS
July 13, 1992 | MIKE DOWNEY
This is the city. Los Angeles. My name is Downey. I carry a press badge. 9:59 a.m.: It was one of those hazy days in California when you could hardly see your hand in front of your face lift. The city of angels was unusually madness-free and the earth hadn't quaked for minutes. It was quiet. It was too quiet. I was working the What Next day shift when my boss, Commander Dwyre, walked up to my desk. He looked worried.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1992
Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams on Thursday said he has allowed officers in the department's Organized Crime Intelligence Division to return to their 6th Street headquarters, although an investigation of the controversial unit continues.
NEWS
July 11, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Under orders from Chief Willie L. Williams, Los Angeles police investigators began searching files on Friday in the department's Organized Crime Intelligence Division to determine whether the unit spied on an array of well-known politicians, actors and sports figures in what has become yet another embarrassment for the Police Department.
NEWS
July 11, 1992 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the flash of a semiautomatic pistol, Michael J. Rothmiller became either a courageous whistle-blower or a cop off the deep end. On a hot August night in 1982, the former Los Angeles Police Department detective says, he was nearly killed in an ambush set up after informants in a Mafia drug case discovered that he was an undercover officer.
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | PAUL LIEBERMAN
What's in a name? Plenty when it comes to alleged Mafia figures. And one name thrown out in former Detective Michael J. Rothmiller's book about the Los Angeles Police Department has prompted some veteran mob watchers to question his account of one episode--involving the huge Longo Toyota dealership in El Monte. In his book, "L.A.
NEWS
December 31, 1992
A Vietnamese-Chinese gang member from Alhambra has been found guilty in federal court of extorting payments from an Orange County restaurant owner by threatening vandalism and violence. Johnny Zin Chan, 30, was convicted Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court. He faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Chan attempted to extort $16,200 from Jane Phunt Sam, owner of Sam's Paradise Restaurant in Laguna Beach, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. John J. Byrne Jr., who prosecuted the case.
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was one of those times when work in the Organized Crime Intelligence Division became most sensitive, when snooping on purported mobsters led detectives out of the shadows and into a very public world. An informant told Los Angeles Detective Norm Bonneau that he had seen several New York Mafia figures cozy up to then-Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. at a fund-raising dinner for Brown's fledgling 1980 presidential campaign and give him a check.
SPORTS
July 13, 1992 | MIKE DOWNEY
This is the city. Los Angeles. My name is Downey. I carry a press badge. 9:59 a.m.: It was one of those hazy days in California when you could hardly see your hand in front of your face lift. The city of angels was unusually madness-free and the earth hadn't quaked for minutes. It was quiet. It was too quiet. I was working the What Next day shift when my boss, Commander Dwyre, walked up to my desk. He looked worried.
NEWS
July 11, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Under orders from Chief Willie L. Williams, Los Angeles police investigators began searching files on Friday in the department's Organized Crime Intelligence Division to determine whether the unit spied on an array of well-known politicians, actors and sports figures in what has become yet another embarrassment for the Police Department.
NEWS
July 11, 1992 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the flash of a semiautomatic pistol, Michael J. Rothmiller became either a courageous whistle-blower or a cop off the deep end. On a hot August night in 1982, the former Los Angeles Police Department detective says, he was nearly killed in an ambush set up after informants in a Mafia drug case discovered that he was an undercover officer.
NEWS
July 10, 1992 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first bold strike as Los Angeles police chief, Willie L. Williams on Thursday ordered both offices of the LAPD's Organized Crime Intelligence Division "closed and sealed" because of allegations that police for years have spied on local politicians and community organizations.
NEWS
January 2, 1992
Marion B. Phillips, a co-founder of the Los Angeles Police Department's Organized Crime Intelligence Division, a forerunner of similar intelligence units across the country, has died. Phillips was 85 and died in a Los Angeles hospital Saturday. With the late Capt. James Hamilton, Phillips formed an elite corps of officers who harassed organized crime figures as they tried to gain influence in this city. At the time, Police Chief William H.
NEWS
November 12, 1987
The publishers of the Pasadena Gazette, a weekly black community newspaper, have pleaded not guilty in U. S. District Court to one count of conspiracy and four counts of federal bank fraud in connection with obtaining $252,000 in loans. Hillard Hamm, 60, and his wife, Beverly Jean Hamm, 45, were arraigned Nov. 2 in Los Angeles after their indictment Oct. 22 by the Los Angeles County Grand Jury.
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