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July 14, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Prosecutors on Thursday filed 10 more felony counts against Oswaldo Amezcua, the man accused of holding 15 people hostage and shooting three police officers in a Fourth of July standoff at the Santa Monica Pier. Amezcua, 25, of Baldwin Park now faces 16 felony counts in connection with the early morning shootout that started after Santa Monica police officers arrested his friend, Joseph Conrad Flores, 30. Amezcua "is realistically facing multiple life sentences," Deputy Dist. Atty.
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July 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
Four men--two brothers and two cousins, all related--were shot to death early Sunday and a fifth man was wounded in a neighborhood known as gang territory, police said. Police found the San Bernardino residents' bodies near a driveway about 1:45 a.m. Officers had made no arrests by Sunday evening and there were no descriptions of the attackers. Homicide detectives were interviewing witnesses but didn't know what led to the killings, said Lt. Larry Neigel.
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July 5, 2000 | ELISE GEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifteen-year-old Brittney Thompson will never look the same way at Gun Blade or Street Fighter 2 or any other popular video shooter games after Tuesday's visit to the arcade. The Palms teenager narrowly escaped when a real-life shooter burst into the Playland Arcade at the Santa Monica Pier, firing a gun and grabbing hostages. Brittney was having her picture taken in an arcade photo booth when the shots rang out. She didn't wait for her pictures.
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July 5, 2000 | MIKE DOWNEY
In 1874, the Santa Monica Pier was built. The new town's entire population at the time was only 300 or so. But more and more vacationers would undoubtedly be drifting toward the oceanside in the future to take up residence permanently, or to at least enjoy a happy-go-lucky holiday. Sometimes, in a spot as spectacular as this, every worry in the world can go away.
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July 5, 2000 | ELISE GEE and JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The festive early morning Fourth of July atmosphere on the Santa Monica Pier was shattered Tuesday when a murder suspect shot and wounded three police officers and two bystanders and held 15 hostages inside an arcade during a five-hour siege, police reported. The shooting sent dozens of people diving for cover and transformed the popular pier from a fun zone into a chaotic crime scene. The dramatic events forced closure of the Santa Monica landmark until the evening of the July Fourth holiday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2000
A man was shot to death in front of customers at a shopping mall Friday afternoon, police said. Richard Mendez, 28, of Westminster, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the attack at 2:30 p.m. in a public area of the Inland Center, Sgt. Ernie Lemos said. Mendez was shot during an argument, and the gunman fled with two other men in a car parked near the store, police said. The cause of the argument was not known. About 10 witnesses to the shooting were interviewed, Sgt. Bob Evans said.
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May 14, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in four years, Karen Lynch feels like a mother again. Tears still leave her face when she cradles a picture of her dead son, but she says enough time has passed that she can now have celebratory dinner, with her surviving son, without feeling sick in the stomach. Today is the first time Lynch has acknowledged Mother's Day since her ex-husband allegedly shot their 19-year-old son Tim. "It's been a terrible day for years," says the Santa Ana woman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1999
A total of $50,000 in reward money is being offered for information about the shotgun slayings of Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner George Taylor and his wife, Lynda. The Taylors were gunned down in front of their Rancho Cucamonga home on the night of March 18. The Los Angeles Superior Court's Executive Committee announced Friday that it had established a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.
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September 24, 1999 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For several months, Darlene Bourk failed to make the payments on her self-storage unit in Upland. When she discovered that the manager had auctioned off the half-dozen boxes, she frantically tried to contact the buyer. Bourk expressed no interest in the box that contained her wedding photos, storage employees said. She did not care about the box with the pair of champagne glasses and wedding cake knife.
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August 29, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man on trial for trying to kill his wife was still being sought by Fontana police Saturday for questioning in the death of his father-in-law, who was murdered hours after he testified in the man's trial, police said. Carlos Vara, 47, was shot to death in his Fontana home by a masked gunman early Friday in what police say may have been a retaliation killing. Vara testified Thursday in a Norwalk courtroom in the attempted murder trial of his daughter's estranged husband, Daniel Perez.
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