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September 23, 1991 | Researched by: JANICE L. JONES
Name: Bonnie Tyler Employer: Seal Beach Police Department Thumbs up: "I have to make quick decisions that affect people's safety and property with information I get from questioning and listening, never seeing. I thrive on the challenge. I never have two days or even two hours alike. I handle many tasks at once and the fast pace doesn't stress me in a negative way. I like having a job that allows me to be of service to others."
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NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Ted Rall
"By early next year," reports The Times' Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez, " the [Los Angeles Fire Department] expects its dispatchers to be using new, streamlined scripted questions that will help get LAFD ambulances en route seconds - even minutes - faster during cases of cardiac arrest and other time-critical emergencies. " I won't be so churlish as to greet this decidedly positive news with a question: Isn't it a bit odd to announce that "time-critical emergencies" occurring between now and "early next year" will be treated like they're not, well, time-critical?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 | KAY SAILLANT
An internal investigation by the Oxnard Police Department concluded Tuesday that a police dispatcher acted inappropriately when she ran a records check on a caller to the 911 emergency system. Chief Harold Hurtt said that while the dispatcher had the authority to check for outstanding warrants held against Helene Golemon, it was "not appropriate in this particular case."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
This post has been updated. See below for details. SAN DIEGO -- No guns or explosives were found in the truck of a man shot to death by a San Diego police officer after a high-speed pursuit from San Diego to Escondido, officials said Monday. During the pursuit, the man, identified as Aaron Devenere , 27, phoned a police dispatcher and said he was holding a gun to the head of the woman driving the truck and that he also had an explosive. That information was relayed to officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1987 | La MONT JONES, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 friends and co-workers turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Leah J. Clark, a Newport Beach police dispatcher who was killed last week in a hit-run auto accident. Even as Clark was remembered at services at Paramount Mortuary, California Highway Patrol investigators appealed to the public for information about the accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1998
A former senior police dispatcher has plead guilty to grand theft by embezzlement from the Police Department and has been sentenced to three years' probation, authorities said. Sean O'Connor, 23, was also ordered by Municipal Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau to perform 200 hours of community service, pay a $500 fine and make restitution to the department. He was also ordered to pay court costs.
NEWS
March 12, 1987 | United Press International
A tractor-trailer rig lost its cargo today, spilling 5,000 live chickens onto Interstate 70, state police said. "Chickens are everywhere," a police dispatcher said after the pre-dawn accident in southwestern Pennsylvania. Police closed a stretch of the highway until the chickens--dead or alive--were rounded up.
NEWS
July 15, 1985 | Associated Press
Fire swept through a barn at a boarding stable today, killing three people and at least 16 horses, authorities said. Two people were injured in the blaze at Snowbird Acres Farm, police dispatcher Eric Travena said. A Hackettstown Hospital spokesman said the three dead were two adults and a child who apparently lived above the stalls where the horses were kept. Their identities were not immediately known.
NEWS
September 28, 1990 | United Press International
An aftershock to Wednesday morning's mild earthquake was felt about 12 hours later but again caused no serious damage or injuries, authorities said Thursday. The Center for Earthquake Studies at Southeast Missouri State University here recorded the second tremor Wednesday night, a police dispatcher said. Its magnitude was 3.0, contrasted with the magnitude 4.6 initial quake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1993
A driver was arrested on suspicion of fatally hitting a 75-year-old pedestrian, police said Monday. The accident happened about 7:05 p.m. Sunday on Pacific Coast Highway, north of Mariner Drive, police dispatcher John Liebl said. Gawin Arron Thomas, 31, of Long Beach, who was driving a van, struck Robert George Schmitt of Huntington Beach, Liebl said. Police could not say if Schmitt had been in a crosswalk.
OPINION
July 16, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It is a tragedy that Trayvon Martin ended up dead in his scuffle with George Zimmerman, a tragedy that Zimmerman caused. He shouldn't have assumed that Martin was up to no good, and he shouldn't have pursued him after a police dispatcher warned him not to. And yet not every tragedy or bad judgment is proof of a crime, much less a federal civil rights violation. When federal prosecutors bring charges after defendants have been acquitted in state court, they test the principle of double jeopardy, forcing suspects to stand trial twice on essentially the same facts.
NATIONAL
July 16, 2013 | By David Horsey
A string of misperceptions has driven the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy from the very beginning, including the public misperception that perfect justice can be found in a court of law. The misperception that propelled events from the very start was Zimmerman's assumption that a black kid in a hoodie did not belong in his neighborhood. If he had known Martin was the guest of a local resident with no other mission than to reach home with the package of Skittles he had just purchased, Zimmerman would not have followed the young man. In fact, if he had simply not held a stereotype in his head that a young African American in a hoodie is very likely a criminal, Martin would be alive today and Zimmerman would not have had his own life turned upside down.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two police investigators outlined their interviews with George Zimmerman as the prosecution and defense in the murder case sparred over inconsistencies in the neighborhood watch volunteer's statements about how he met and shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman talked to police right after the shooting, then again after midnight at the police station.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Jurors heard the voice of George Zimmerman describe his fateful confrontation with unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin as police investigators who interviewed the neighborhood watch volunteer took the stand on Monday. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, a 17-year-old African American, on Feb. 26, 2012, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense. Defense attorneys have not said whether Zimmerman will take the stand on his own behalf when the defense presents its case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A former Newport Beach police dispatcher claims in a lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by the police chief, discriminated against and wrongfully terminated. As is common, the city and police department are also named as defendants in the suit, but most of the allegations involve the chief. The city attorney, police chief and city manager on Thursday flatly denied the complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court. Christine Hougan alleges that Police Chief Jay Johnson made inappropriate comments and used his position to intimidate her after her husband, a former police officer, testified against department officials in a separate 2008 case.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A north Texas man is accused of carving a pentagram into his 6-year-old son's back, telling a police dispatcher that he did it because 12-12-12 was a “holy day,” police said. Brent Troy Bartel was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Wednesday, Richland Hills police Sgt. Nathan Stringer told the Los Angeles Times. Bartel was arrested shortly after he called 911 at 12:10 a.m., according to a statement police released to The Times. “What's going on there?
NEWS
September 2, 1987 | United Press International
More than 1,000 residents were evacuated early today because of a chlorine gas leak at the city's water treatment plant, but police said later the danger appeared to be passing without incident. "We've already opened up some roads. The cloud (of gas) is fading," police dispatcher W. G. Walker said at about 9:45 a.m. EDT. Chlorine gas, which is used to purify water, can be fatal if breathed.
NEWS
January 24, 1993 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a previously undisclosed radio transcript, a Los Angeles police dispatcher suggests that Rodney G. King was beaten because he angered officers who pursued him on a high-speed chase--not because he was combative, as the four officers accused in the beating have maintained. The transcript, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, could be used in the upcoming federal trial of the officers, in which prosecutors hope to prove that the policemen worked together to violate King's civil rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2012 | Kate Mather, Nicole Santa Cruz and Christopher Goffard
The tip was an unusual one, especially in a city often ranked as the safest in the nation. The caller, who identified himself as a concerned parent, told an Irvine police dispatcher that he had seen a woman driving erratically, parking at Plaza Vista School, and hiding drugs in her car's back seat. He had more help to offer: He knew the culprit's name. And he had a license plate. Based on that call on the afternoon of Feb. 16, 2011, Irvine police pulled school volunteer Kelli Peters from the elementary school classroom where she was working and searched her car. They found a bag with marijuana, Percocet and Vicodin.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2012 | By Richard Fausset, Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
ATLANTA - On the night George Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, a witness said he saw some of the scuffle - and described a black man in a dark hoodie on top of a white or Latino man, punching him repeatedly, "mixed martial arts style. " Then there was a pop, the witness told police, according to documents made public Thursday in Zimmerman's second-degree murder case. Soon, he said, the man in the hoodie was "laid out in the grass. " The detail, one of many in a trove of discovery records released by prosecutors, could bolster Zimmerman's contention that he acted in self-defense on the night of Feb. 26, after he called police and reported Martin as a suspicious character in his neighborhood.
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