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July 19, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
For many, the dirt track at the Los Angeles Police Academy marked the end of their attempts to become motorcycle patrol officers. For Joanna Brownell, it was the beginning. It was along this dusty course in Elysian Park that Brownell conquered such grueling motorcycle maneuvers as skidding the bike on its side and, without dismounting, setting it upright again.
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July 24, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A woman tearfully admitted to a Los Angeles police officer that she hired another officer, William E. Leasure, to arrange the killing of her former husband, according to a tape played in court Thursday. "I asked Leasure to kill him (her former husband)," Paulette de los Reyes, 44, told Officer David Scroggins last year. "I never gave him (Leasure) any money. . . . He said, 'Paulette, I may need a favor from you someday.'
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July 12, 1987 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
The man proclaimed himself and his colleague to be Christians and told the audience, "If we followed God's rules, we wouldn't be here tonight." He stressed the importance of the church in community life and in the fight against drugs. "God didn't give us a spirit of fear," his colleague declared. "He gave us a spirit of courage." Sunday services at the Crystal Cathedral? Hardly. The man and his colleague, John R. Wilbanks and Vance M. Proctor, are Los Angeles police captains.
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July 19, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
For many, the dirt track at the Los Angeles Police Academy marked the end of their attempts to become motorcycle patrol officers. For Joanna Brownell, it was the beginning. It was along this dusty course in Elysian Park that Brownell conquered such grueling motorcycle maneuvers as skidding the bike on its side and, without dismounting, setting it upright again.
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July 17, 1987 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Responding to what some contend is the growing presence of "born-again" Christians among ranking officers, the Los Angeles Police Commission has directed that Chief Daryl F. Gates draft a policy statement intended to prohibit religion from influencing any Police Department activity. Commission President Robert M.
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July 24, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A woman tearfully admitted to a Los Angeles police officer that she hired another officer, William E. Leasure, to arrange the killing of her former husband, according to a tape played in court Thursday. "I asked Leasure to kill him (her former husband)," Paulette de los Reyes, 44, told Officer David Scroggins last year. "I never gave him (Leasure) any money. . . . He said, 'Paulette, I may need a favor from you someday.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1987
In my opinion it is absurd for the U.S. State Department to allocate $200,000 to send Los Angeles Police Department personnel to Argentina to train the police in the city of Cordoba. If the nation of Argentina is as anxious as it seems to improve its police operations, then it should absorb the cost of such a program, not the U.S. taxpayers. LEON SMITH Los Angeles Smith is a detective in the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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February 8, 1988
Streets around the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles were closed for more than half an hour this morning while Los Angeles Police Department bomb personnel inspected and finally blew up a "suspicious package" they thought might have been a bomb. The package, which contained no explosives, turned out to be a tool box. Officers said traffic on Temple, Aliso and Main streets returned to normal shortly before noon. Traffic on the adjacent Hollywood Freeway was not affected, officer said.
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April 6, 2002 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 4-year-old girl was reunited with her parents late Friday, seven hours after she was taken by two men who carjacked her mother's sport utility vehicle outside a Northridge store. Komal Surani was found safe shortly before 11 p.m., still strapped in her car seat in an industrial section of North Hollywood, by a Los Angeles police car theft unit. She had been missing since 3:45 p.m. when two men assaulted her mother with a screwdriver in the parking lot of Costco at 8810 Tampa Ave.
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April 30, 2011 | By Rich Connell, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials have launched an investigation into allegations that two on-duty city traffic officers participated in a pornographic video using city uniforms and a city vehicle. The Department of Transportation employees were placed on administrative leave Thursday pending completion of the inquiry, according to Amir Sedadi, the agency's interim general manager. The investigation stems from inquiries by KNBC Channel 4, which planned to air an investigative report on the employees Friday night.
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July 17, 1987 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Responding to what some contend is the growing presence of "born-again" Christians among ranking officers, the Los Angeles Police Commission has directed that Chief Daryl F. Gates draft a policy statement intended to prohibit religion from influencing any Police Department activity. Commission President Robert M.
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July 12, 1987 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
The man proclaimed himself and his colleague to be Christians and told the audience, "If we followed God's rules, we wouldn't be here tonight." He stressed the importance of the church in community life and in the fight against drugs. "God didn't give us a spirit of fear," his colleague declared. "He gave us a spirit of courage." Sunday services at the Crystal Cathedral? Hardly. The man and his colleague, John R. Wilbanks and Vance M. Proctor, are Los Angeles police captains.
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February 6, 2001 | ZANTO PEABODY and MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The home of an elderly West Hills couple found slain in their bed had been set afire early Monday in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime, police said. Firefighters responding to a small blaze at a residence in the 7200 block of Pomelo Drive made the discovery shortly after 7 a.m. as they entered the home of William Lasky, 76, and his wife, Bertha, 73, authorities said. The couple had just returned Saturday from a Caribbean cruise, friends said.
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August 26, 1994 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito on Thursday granted O.J. Simpson's lawyers an emergency hearing today in which they will try to block prosecutors from gathering more evidence against the former football great during a grand jury inquiry of Simpson's longtime friend Al Cowlings. Meanwhile, a police detective whom the defense has claimed is racist and possibly corrupt, fought back Thursday by asking Ito to deny a defense request for his personnel records.
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