CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1991 |
In a brutal murder meant to "send a message to the drug community," authorities said, a 27-year-old Westminster man and his unidentified male companion were found hacked to death in the bed of a pickup truck 40 miles east of Tacoma, Wash. Pierce County sheriff's investigators said Thursday that they have identified the body of Manuel Medina of Westminster. The victims were found early Sunday by campers who noticed a foul odor emanating from the pickup, authorities said.
May 29, 1991 |
A man arrested on charges of raping a woman and slashing her throat in a hotel here has been linked to the stabbing death of a woman whose body was found stuffed into the trunk of a car in Washington state, police said Tuesday. Authorities investigating the attack in Palm Springs early Monday on a 33-year-old woman from Arcadia said the suspect, Cal Coburn Brown, 33, implicated himself in the Washington state murder.
March 9, 1991 |
In a murder case spiked with union corruption, political conspiracy and Chinatown gangs, a King County Superior Court jury on Friday found a Tacoma man guilty of arranging the slaying of a union reformer who opposed former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
March 9, 1991 |
One of three suspect Sudafed capsules recovered in a nationwide recall has been determined to contain a highly toxic form of cyanide typically used in the metal plating industry, FBI officials confirmed Friday. Assistant special agent John Eyer said the capsule was purchased at a K mart store in the Tacoma, Wash., suburb of Lakewood and near where two people died and a third fell seriously ill after taking Sudafed 12-Hour capsules laced with cyanide.
March 7, 1991 |
Kathleen Daneker had been married only one day when she went to get some over-the-counter medicine in her bathroom. When she did not return, her husband called her, then rapped on the closed door. He tried to open the door but it would not budge. He forced it open only to find her unconscious body slumped on the floor, authorities said.
October 6, 1990 |
A $250,000 reward will be paid to a Garden Grove woman whose testimony helped convict her mother in two killings with cyanide-laced Excedrin, a spokesman for a pharmaceutical group said Friday. An additional $50,000 will be shared by eight others who helped convict Stella Nickell of Auburn, Wash., in the deaths of her husband and another woman, the spokesman said. The Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Assn.
May 10, 1990 |
Ida Ballasiotes' first thought, upon hearing the criminal history of the man who'd raped and killed her daughter, came in the form of a question. What was this guy doing out of jail? she wondered. After all, the authorities had known Gene Raymond Kane was dangerous. He'd attacked two other women 13 years before, and he'd been sitting in prison ever since. He'd received no treatment during that time, mainly because a mental hospital considered him too dangerous to handle.
November 28, 1989 |
The farming community of Acme ended its search for 18-year-old Amanda Stavik with the discovery of her body in the shallow Nooksack River near her home. She had been missing since she went jogging Friday with her dog while home from college on Thanksgiving break. The dog returned alone. Authorities believe Stavik was abducted, said Whatcom County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Peterson, who refused to discuss the condition of the remains or the cause of death pending an autopsy.