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June 14, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An out-of-work Lake Forest factory worker confessed to investigators that he shot and killed an Orange County sheriff's deputy outside a convenience store early Saturday, law enforcement sources said Sunday. Maurice Gerald Steskal, 39, was arrested less than six hours after the shooting as he drove away from his apartment just blocks from where a gunman riddled the deputy's patrol car with an assault weapon.
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May 7, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Knott's Berry Farm, under fire for a Cinco de Mayo promotion that drew thousands of teenagers from school and required 200 riot officers to calm, agreed Thursday to reimburse police for their efforts. But officials at school districts across Los Angeles and Orange counties remained critical of the theme park, saying that the high absentee rates Wednesday will cost them tens of thousands of dollars in lost funding.
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May 6, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Drawn in part by television and radio promotions, tens of thousands of youths converged on Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, disrupting traffic and commerce and sparking scattered violence until hundreds of riot police restored order. The event's 5-cent admission price was heavily publicized on KIIS-FM, a music station popular among teens, and also promoted on Spanish-language station KMEX-TV.
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March 20, 1999
A man accused of hitting a Newport Beach police officer with his car and dragging her 70 feet was arrested in Italy on Thursday, police said. Authorities said Jeffrey Wayne Minor, 30, of Hemet fled the United States in February after failing to appear at an Orange County court hearing on the assault charge. Mark Geller of the Orange County district attorney's office said the arrest was a carefully coordinated effort by Interpol, the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department and Newport Beach police.
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March 20, 1999 | CRYSTAL CARREON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man accused of assault on a Newport Beach police officer who pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving was arrested in Italy on Thursday, police said. Authorities said Jeffrey Wayne Minor, 30, of Hemet fled the U.S. in February after failing to appear at an Orange County court hearing on the assault charge. Mark Geller of the Orange County district attorney's office said the arrest was a carefully coordinated effort by Interpol, the FBI, the U.S.
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February 26, 1999
An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a driver who failed to show up in court on charges that he dragged a police officer with his Porsche after a Dec. 20 traffic stop. Officials said Jeffrey Wayne Minor, 30, who has a long history of drunk driving, was due in Harbor Court in Newport Beach for a pretrial hearing on charges of felony assault and hit-and-run. They said he also had failed to appear last week at a scheduled probation hearing in Riverside County. Newport Beach Police Lt.
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February 24, 1999 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Irvine man accused of assaulting a Newport Beach police officer failed to appear at a probation hearing in Riverside County last week in an unrelated case and may be a fugitive, authorities said. Newport Beach police said Jeffrey Wayne Minor, 30, may be in hiding and might try to duck a scheduled court appearance in Orange County this week. Authorities said Minor has a history of alcohol-related offenses. "He's dangerous when he starts drinking," Newport Beach Police Sgt. Mike McDermott said.
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February 24, 1999
A man accused of assaulting a Newport Beach police officer failed to appear at a probation hearing last week for an unrelated case in Riverside County, authorities said. Newport Beach police said Jeffrey Wayne Minor, 30, of Irvine, may be in hiding. Minor is scheduled to appear at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach on Thursday on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a Newport Beach police officer. On Dec. 20, Officer Kristen O'Donnell stopped Minor on suspicion of drunk driving.
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September 18, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four Garden Grove police officers injured by a man who hit them with metal barbell plates were in good condition Thursday, authorities said. The officers, whose names were not released, were treated at the scene by paramedics and at a hospital for bruises and lacerations. Three were released shortly after the Wednesday night confrontation; the fourth was held for overnight observation.
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September 17, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A disagreement between a Garden Grove man and his mother escalated into an altercation Wednesday that resulted in trips to the hospital for him and four police officers. Officials said Robert Edward Curry, 26, was treated for dog bites, effects of pepper spray and injuries resulting from being struck by beanbags, while the officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries resulting from being attacked with barbells.
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