June 5, 2002 |
On the dust jacket of Earl Emerson's new thriller, "Vertical Burn" (Ballantine, $24.95, 340 pages), Sue Grafton is quoted as saying it is "the most exciting book I've read in years." Though cover blurbs are generally to be approached with some skepticism, this one you can take to the bank. Barely has this compelling story begun when Seattle firefighter John Finney and his partner find themselves trapped in a warehouse blaze.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1995 |
A cabdriver helped chase two suspected teen-age carjackers, one of them armed, Friday--and said he will leave the heroics to the police next time. Police credited Abubakar A. Shagari, 23, of Gardena with helping catch two South-Central Los Angeles teen-agers arrested on suspicion of carjacking. Half a dozen other citizens also assisted. "It was a great community effort," said Los Angeles Police Officer James Blocker. Shagari said he was stopped at a red light just after 9 a.m.
June 18, 1990 |
TV sleuths who were out looking for pirates during Mike Tyson's latest heavyweight fight struck pay dirt. Home Box Office said today that teams of undercover investigators visited bars and restaurants across the country Saturday night to check for unauthorized use of its cable telecast of the heavyweight double-header in Las Vegas featuring Tyson and George Foreman. HBO said about 300 violators were found, about 40% of all places visited.
November 15, 1990 |
A man suspected of stealing a Rolls-Royce not only refused to stop the pricey car as police chased him at high speeds early today, he wouldn't answer the car phone ringing on the armrest, authorities said. After a three-mile, 70-m.p.h. chase through the Rampart district--which seldom sees a beige Rolls-Royce--the man jumped from the moving car, crashing it into a Cadillac and was caught about 2 a.m., police said. The car had been stolen at 7:10 p.m.
January 8, 1990 |
A 17-year-old suspected of robbing a convenience store today was arrested after driving a stolen vehicle off a freeway embankment during a high-speed police chase, authorities said. The suspect, whose name was withheld because of his age, was treated for minor injuries. A passenger, Brian David Hall, 19, is in critical but stable condition at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Officer Richard McMillen said. Both are from Corona, he said.
May 20, 2006
Re "Camera-Sly in Beverly Hills," May 16 Pity the poor residents of Beverly Hills. For years they prevented the construction of a subway line that would pass through their city on its way from Santa Monica to downtown. Now they are unhappy because too many cars drive through Beverly Hills every day. Rather than expending their energy seeking a law-enforcement solution to this problem, such as their proposed speed-trap cameras, they should jump on the mass transit bandwagon and demand that a line be built along Wilshire or Santa Monica boulevards.
March 5, 1999 |
Police have captured four alleged members of a criminal gang who confessed to the February kidnapping of the father of Mexican soccer star Jorge Campos, officials said. Alvaro Campos was returned unharmed Feb. 23 in return for a reported $63,000 ransom.
November 15, 1999 |
Donovan McNabb struggled in his first NFL start Sunday, but the Philadelphia Eagles took advantage of six Washington turnovers to beat the Redskins, 35-28. The Eagles (3-7) won even though McNabb, the No. 2 overall selection in this year's draft, had one of the worst statistical debuts ever for a Philadelphia quarterback. McNabb was eight of 21 passing for only 60 yards and had his only interception nullified by a penalty. He did rush for 49 yards and twice converted two-point conversions.
November 26, 1996 |
Police captured the fugitive killer of rain forest activist Chico Mendes, three years after he escaped from an Amazon prison where he was serving a 19-year sentence for the slaying. Darci Alves Pereira was arrested as he left his sister's home in the town of Guaira near the Paraguayan border, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1991
Five people were arrested on suspicion of kidnaping a 19-year-old Mexican citizen in San Ysidro on Sunday afternoon and holding him for ransom, San Diego police said. Ramon Lachino of Michoacan, Mexico, was kidnaped at Calle Primera and Via de San Ysidro at 1:08 p.m., police said. The kidnapers contacted Lachino's family and demanded $300 for his return, a police spokesman said. Officers monitored the area while relatives delivered the ransom at an undisclosed site.