February 16, 1998 |
Ensnarled in rush-hour traffic on one of this city's busiest thoroughfares, the sedan zipped up the shoulder past a few dozen cars. A no-brainer, a slam-dunk ticket, Officer Sean Hart thought as he flipped on the lights in his black-and-white and pulled over the driver. Hart could have almost predicted the reaction. "I do this all the time without getting a ticket," the driver told him curtly. "You're just pulling me over now because you've got that quota system."
June 6, 1996 |
Growing up in the peach orchards of the San Joaquin Valley, Jim Slate was a bit too innocent and coddled for his cousin Larry's taste. Larry, six months older and wiser to the world, did what he could to educate him. It was Larry who introduced Jim to his first fistfight, his first beer and his first romance. They played side by side in Pony League: Larry a catcher, all guts and tattered uniform, and Jim a meticulous outfielder with a line-drive swing.
November 13, 1993 |
A jury awarded nearly $1.5 million Friday to four women who claimed that their rights were violated during an arrest at a school board confrontation and subsequent strip-search at Tulare County Jail. Rachel Morales, who later was elected to the Dinuba City Council, got the largest award--$225,000 in compensatory damages and $175,000 in punitive damages for a total of $400,000. Her sister, Virginia Rodriguez, and Eva Vasquez and Irene Martinez were awarded $350,000 each. The U.S.
December 24, 1992 |
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Department has publicly apologized for ignoring a call to help a homeless man who appeared intoxicated but actually was dying in a gas station phone booth. Jerome Josephson, 43, died early Saturday less than an hour after the call came in to the Sheriff's Department--and despite the efforts of a local Caltrans worker who tracked down a California Highway Patrol officer and gave the victim cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
January 1, 1992 |
Thirty-three pounds of cocaine stolen from the county narcotics task force headquarters mysteriously reappeared outside the office days later, authorities said. Investigators were baffled as to who returned the cocaine Monday, six days after it was discovered missing from the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force, said sheriff's Lt. Bruce Horan. The cocaine, worth $1.5 million on the street, was on loan from local law enforcement agencies for sting operations.
November 9, 1991 |
Robert Sheills, the embattled police chief whose resignation is being sought by the local NAACP chapter, says he will not step down despite the furor over four officers accused of sending racial slurs on patrol car computers. "I would like to think it was the product of a real slow night, mindless ramblings on this machine and incredibly poor judgment on the part of the officers," Sheills said. The local chapter of the National Assn.