April 26, 1992 |
Here we are in "the Cindy Room," surrounded by remnants of her violent past and, possibly, her deadly future. From this cubbyhole near the Orange County Courthouse, two public defenders are marshaling their arguments to save Cynthia Lynn Coffman, the first woman sentenced to California's gas chamber since the Manson followers.
May 3, 1991 |
A 16-year-old singer was shot to death, and two other people were critically wounded, in a San Bernardino convenience store holdup that turned into a gun battle, police reported Thursday. The dead youth was identified by police as Ronnie Newt of Diamond Bar, who sang with his twin brother, Bobby, and a 10-year-old brother, Johnny, as the Newtrons on an MCA album released last year. "We are deeply saddened," a spokesperson for the Universal City-based company said Thursday.
June 17, 1997 |
A gunman opened fire during a thwarted robbery at a McDonald's restaurant Monday, killing a 9-year-old girl before an off-duty police officer mortally wounded him, authorities said. The gunman entered the restaurant through the employees entrance about 3 p.m. and handed a note to the manager, who then told employees they were being robbed, police said. An off-duty Barstow officer eating in the restaurant tried to confront the gunman, who opened fire, Police Lt.
November 24, 1995 |
A gunman stormed a Riverside County halfway house Thursday looking for former Los Angeles Police Sgt. Stacey C. Koon but killed a hostage instead before sheriff's deputies shot him to death, authorities said. The gunman--tentatively identified as Randall Tolbert, 35--was killed in a volley of gunfire after a sheriff's SWAT team burst into the Re-Entry Community Corrections Center in Rubidoux about 3:30 p.m.
August 3, 1991
A 15-year old girl was killed and three other teen-agers wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a San Bernardino theater, police said. The theater was showing the film "Boyz N the Hood," but police said they could not establish that the movie had any connection with the shooting. Several films were being shown at the eight-screen theater. Police said the three surviving victims were in stable condition at local hospitals. Police spokeswoman Sherrie Guerrero said five to six shots were fired.
January 24, 1992 |
Former singer Mitch McDowell of the funk group General Kane and a teen-age nephew were shot to death during a robbery at their bail bond business, authorities said Thursday. "We don't know if it was personal, professional or just a spur of the moment deal," Detective Vince Kutch said. Details about the slayings, including the type of weapon used, were not disclosed. McDowell, 37, and Akili John Davis, 18, were found dead early Wednesday by a homeless man looking for a place to sleep.