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August 12, 2002
He became a familiar presence at memorial events after Sept. 11. Now tenor Daniel Rodriguez, New York's "singing policeman," gets top billing in "The Spirit of America Concert" (at 8 tonight on KCET). He'll be singing at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 30-31.
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NATIONAL
October 26, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In an odd series of events leaving authorities searching for answers, a Pennsylvania police officer took another officer hostage, drove him to a nearby town in a police car, and ultimately shot himself in the head. Carbon County Deputy Sheriff David Midas, 33, died after a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 8:20 p.m. Friday, according to state police. Midas went to the Lansford police station Friday night and took ammunition and an unmarked police car and drove it to the home of another off-duty officer and took him hostage, according to the Associated Press.
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WORLD
October 4, 2009 | Laura King
An Afghan policeman on a joint patrol with American troops in a province near Kabul, the capital, turned his gun on U.S. soldiers, killing two of them, Afghan officials said today. American military officials confirmed the deaths but said, without elaborating, that they had occurred in a firefight. Afghan officials said two other U.S. troops were injured in the shooting, according to the Associated Press. Instances of members of the Afghan security forces opening fire on their U.S. allies are fairly unusual, but they do occasionally take place, fueling fears that insurgents have managed to infiltrate the ranks of the Afghan police and army.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A former Sacramento police officer was ordered to stand trial on charges that he raped a 75-year-old stroke-impaired woman in 2010. Gary Dale Baker is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 17 on two counts of rape, two counts of forced oral sex, two counts of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual assault during a first-degree burglary, the Sacramento Bee reported . Baker, 50, remains free on $1-million bail. The burglary-related offenses could bring Baker a life term in prison if convicted, the paper reported.
WORLD
June 12, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Gunmen tossed a fragmentation grenade and fired on a crowded taco stand in the west-central Mexican city of Uruapan, killing a police officer and a 15-year-old worker. Four people were injured. A spokesman for the state prosecutor's office in Michoacan state said the policeman was shot while eating with a fellow officer. Before fleeing, the assailants fired at two tanks of cooking gas, which exploded, burning the teenager to death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1996
Overheard: The United States is not only policeman for the world, it's fast becoming meals-on-wheels for the world. VIRGINIA EBRIGHT Pasadena
NEWS
October 8, 1987 | From Reuters
Sikh militants fighting for an independent homeland shot and killed seven people and hacked a policeman to death in Punjab state, the Press Trust of India reported Wednesday.
NEWS
April 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
Mourners rioted today at the funeral of a boy killed during protests of government price increases, and one man died when police opened fire, residents said. Another report said a policeman also was slain.
SPORTS
October 31, 1987
Puerto Rico's top justice official has recommended against extraditing Indiana basketball Coach Bob Knight to serve a six-month sentence for hitting a policeman during the Pan American Games in 1979. Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon was expected to accept the recommendation made by Justice Secretary Hector Rivera Cruz. The incident between Knight and the policeman occurred during a practice session when the coach asked the policeman to escort a visitor out of the gym.
NEWS
March 9, 1986
Guerrilla violence killed seven Colombians on the eve of national elections for 311 seats in the National Assembly and for city councils in about 1,000 towns. In one of the worst incidents, leftist insurgents threw a bomb into a restaurant in the Caribbean port of Turbo, killing a policeman and a civilian and injuring nine people, police said. In Bogota, the capital, two guerrillas were killed after taking a mother and her two daughters hostage.
NATIONAL
January 21, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
An off-duty Las Vegas police officer shot his wife and young son before setting his home ablaze and committing suicide Monday, authorities said. A 52-year-old man dialed 911 from his Boulder City, Nev., home at 8:20 a.m.  and told a dispatcher that he had killed his wife and his son and that he planned to set his home on fire and harm any responding officers, said Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, which was handling the...
WORLD
December 14, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW - Six years after the death of crusading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a former senior police officer was found guilty in Moscow City Court on Friday for his role in the slaying and was sentenced to 11 years in prison in a trial that left many questions unanswered and the journalist's family and lawyers bitterly dissatisfied. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, formerly a police lieutenant colonel and head of the Moscow police surveillance department, was found guilty of ordering subordinates to trail Politkovskaya, providing information to hit men from the northern Caucasus and procuring a hand gun with a silencer for the attack.
WORLD
November 17, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JABALIYA, Gaza Strip - Stepping over his daughter's mangled teddy bear and pink bedroom curtains, math teacher Hossam Dadah salvaged what he could from the wreckage of his home and said he's had enough. Two of his children were hospitalized after Israeli airstrikes destroyed the three-story house next door, which was owned by a Hamas official. "This has to end," said Dadah, his black hair covered with concrete dust from the explosion. Hamas should quit while it's ahead, he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Jacob Silverman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Woes of the True Policeman A Novel Roberto Bolaño, translated from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 256 pp., $25 An early death isn't the end for a writer. Like a special dispensation from the pope, it can be one path to literary canonization, as well as to bestsellerdom. David Foster Wallace and Roberto Bolaño are the preeminent recent examples of this paradigm, though anyone from John Kennedy Toole to Sylvia Plath may also apply. But soon the fans want more, the heirs require succor, and so the posthumous editions begin to appear.
WORLD
August 17, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - No sooner had freshly minted Afghan policeman Mohammad Ismail been issued his service weapon than he turned it on his American mentors. The killings of two Americans and the wounding of a third Friday by the new recruit to an Afghan village police force brought the number of U.S. forces killed in "insider" shootings - attacks by Afghan allies on Western troops - to nine in 11 days. Underscoring the scope and perniciousness of the problem, another such shooting took place just hours later in nearby Kandahar province, but did not result in any deaths except that of the assailant, an Afghan soldier.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Leon Logothetis
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. --David Russell The Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile journey from Britain to Mongolia, is a road trip, for heaven's sake. So far, I've gotten acquainted with the the Ukrainian police (50 euro, about $62, fine for speeding) and the Ukrainian police again (I evaded them). I didn't meet the Russian police, although I had laid in a store of vodka in case I did. Now my co-driver, Steve, and I were getting ready to cross into Kazakhstan , where the police apparently were very eager to get acquainted.
NEWS
May 17, 1987
I am still utterly disgusted at the removal of "Heart of the City." I haven't seen another television show yet that has combined a portrayal of such a loving and caring family with intriguing and realistic plots about the life of an undercover policeman. Karen Bowman, Los Angeles
NEWS
November 9, 1988 | Associated Press
Police questioned one man Tuesday and searched a heavily wooded area of Faulkner County for more suspects in the shooting death of a Conway policeman. Ray Noblitt, 42, of Vilonia, an 11-year veteran of the force, was shot late Monday after he had stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle.
NEWS
July 20, 2012 | By Leon Logothetis
The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it. --Dudley Moore Lightning doesn't strike twice, although if you're in Ukraine it just might. You'd think I'd learned my lesson after Thursday's near-miss with a Ukranian prison cell. (I wonder what my friend the Ukranian policeman is doing with my 50 euro fine.) From this encounter, I learned again that speeding is bad. This is a good thing to know on a 10,000-mile road trip called the Mongol Rally that started Saturday in Britain and ends in about five weeks at Ulan Bator, Mongolia.  Speeding also happens to be a crime in most countries, except maybe Germany where we have the autobahn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A San Bernardino County prosecutor Tuesday urged a jury not to be swayed by testimony that the antidepressant Zoloft put a former Westminster police detective in a fog that made him not responsible for kidnapping and raping a waitress in 2010. Deputy Dist. Atty. Debbie Ploghaus called the so-called Zoloft defense, backed by a psychiatrist's testimony, "a bunch of baloney" and a desperate attempt by Anthony Nicholas Orban to sidestep overwhelming evidence against him. Orban was identified by the victim, was implicated by his best friend, was captured on security video footage at the scene of the attack and left his police service weapon, with his name on it, in the victim's car. Ploghaus told the jury that while bar-hopping in Ontario before the kidnapping, Orban groped a woman's chest, grabbed a man's crotch and repeatedly texted a former girlfriend hoping for an afternoon tryst.
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