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September 5, 2007 | Mubashir Zaidi and Henry Chu, Special to The Times
Police stepped up security and put this capital on high alert Tuesday after apparent twin suicide bombings in a nearby army garrison city killed 25 people and injured more than 60. The double blasts struck at the heart of Pakistan's military establishment in Rawalpindi, which adjoins Islamabad and is home to President Pervez Musharraf and other senior government figures.
January 25, 2007 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard police officer who ran over and killed a female sunbather while on beach patrol in an SUV will not face criminal charges, though the accident is a "great tragedy," the Ventura County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Senior Officer Frank Brisslinger drove a Chevy Tahoe directly over Cindy Conolly, 49, as she lay on Mandalay Beach last June. But prosecutors cannot prove that he was driving negligently at the time of the incident, according to a 54-page report released by Dist.
October 26, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
A woman run over by an Oxnard police beach patrol while sunbathing didn't immediately die despite multiple fractures to her chest and skull, according to a coroner's report made public Wednesday. Cindy Conolly, 49, was moving and was attempting to breathe when a swimmer came to her aid within minutes of being run over by the Chevy Tahoe SUV on June 12, the report said.
October 10, 2006
Here is a look at some of the legal issues surrounding camping by the homeless on the streets and sidewalks of skid row. Question: Why is the issue so controversial? Answer: The city of Los Angeles has an ordinance that prohibits people from camping on streets and sidewalks. Such camps are a particular problem on skid row, which has the city's largest concentration of homeless people. In 2003, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit challenging the ordinance.
September 26, 2006 | Ashraf Khalil and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
Shu Woo runs visitors through a grim digital slide show of life in the heart of skid row. Through the plate-glass window and steel security grate of his family's ABC Toys company on San Pedro Street, Woo has taken dozens of photos and video clips: homeless drug addicts "cooking up" heroin and injecting themselves on the sidewalk right in front of their building; a man injecting a woman in the veins of her neck; another man urinating on the storefront in broad daylight.
September 25, 2006 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
Outside the Union Rescue Mission on Sunday on San Julian Street, Debbie Dues surveyed the uniformed police officers, on foot and riding bicycles, who were visible in three directions. "Today at least there's no drug-selling because there's cops on every corner," said Dues, a two-year skid row resident with no bottom teeth and a shiny gold scarf wrapped around her head.
June 27, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Two Orange County cities are balking at the prospect of paying for sheriff's patrols of their harbors, a service the county has provided for decades. The result is that Newport Beach may decide its own Police Department should staff the patrol boats there. The county spends $10 million a year for the Sheriff's Department to patrol the county's 42 miles of coastline, as well as the county harbor in Dana Point and city harbors in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
April 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Students were encouraged to return to North Pole Middle School with the assurance that police would patrol the halls following the weekend arrest of six seventh-graders suspected of plotting a deadly attack. Nine other seventh-graders were suspended in connection with the elaborate scheme to allegedly kill faculty and students using guns and knives. "We're going to have school," said Principal Ernie Manzie. "We feel that all the students involved are not at school so it's safe."
April 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Police Department has begun assigning cadets to patrol "crime hot spots" for one month of field training as part of the Police Academy curriculum, the mayor's office said Wednesday. More than 40 police cadets will fan out to neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley starting today. Patrolling on foot will allow cadets "to gain hands-on community policing experience" and increase the police presence in neighborhoods, the mayor's office said.
March 31, 2006 | Lynn Doan, Times Staff Writer
Responding to a spate of gang violence at Los Angeles' Jordan Downs housing project, city officials are launching an unusual program that links surveillance cameras to stepped-up police patrols, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Thursday.
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