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October 21, 2004 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
As a student of architectural history, Bruce Emerton dreamed of living in a house designed by one of the mid-century modernists he so admires. In Pomona, he found one he could afford. Emerton's 1954 Cliff May prefab was featured this month on the 20th Annual Pomona Heritage Historic Home Tour. The light-filled ranch was the only modern home in the bunch, a 1950s vision of good affordable design in a sea of Craftsman-style houses.
October 18, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A Hesperia man already suspected of attempted murder has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to run down a parole officer, who shot and wounded the man, police said Sunday. Jessie Valdivia, 21, was apprehended Friday. Valdivia was grazed in the neck by the officer, according to the Pomona Police Department. Officers blocked an alley in the 900 block of Murray Street at 4:45 p.m. to trap two men in a stolen vehicle.
September 4, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Charles Brown passed the "look" test. The first time Tom Leach, the new coach at Pomona Diamond Ranch, saw Brown, he had that look. You know the one. "I haven't seen a guy like him," said Leach, an assistant last year at Huntington Beach Edison who has seen a lot of high school football players. "He looks like an NFL player." This is no sad-sack Charlie Brown. He is 6 feet 6, 245 pounds and as hard as a skillet. His torso, an upside-down triangle, seems hand-chiseled by one of the masters.
August 31, 2004 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is investigating charges that the Pomona City Council violated the state's open meeting law when it approved a downtown business improvement district on Aug. 2, city officials confirmed Monday. The district attorney's public integrity unit also has requested that the council rescind all decisions made in the July and August council meetings when the improvement district was on the agenda, according to Pomona city officials.
August 26, 2004 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Guadalupe Lopez and her teenage daughters are not homeless, but for the last week they've gathered their belongings and slept on the floor of a neighborhood community center in Pomona. The Lopezes and about 20 other families are protesting the closure of a place they consider their second home. "They can't get rid of us so easily," Lopez said. "This is the only way we'll get their attention."
July 26, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Police Sunday were looking for a man believed to have fatally stabbed a 12-year-old boy outside a house party in Pomona. Brandon Wallace of Claremont was sitting in a car in the 1000 block of Capper Avenue about 11:15 p.m. when he was attacked, said Pomona Police Lt. Mike Ervin. Wallace died from his injuries at a nearby hospital.
May 11, 2004 | Erin Ailworth and William Wan, Times Staff Writer
Pomona police investigating the fatal shootings Sunday night of a woman and her husband, a Navy petty officer who had just returned from Iraq, said they are uncertain if the crime is a murder-suicide or a homicide. Jose Magana, 25 and Maria Magana, 26, were found inside their home about 11:30 p.m., said police Sgt. Mark Warm. Both had gunshot wounds to the upper body. Jose Magana died at the scene. His wife died at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
May 4, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Two weeks after California Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Steiner was killed in a shooting, allegedly by an aspiring 12th Street gang member, 450 officers swept across Pomona before sunrise Monday in a "show of strength" targeting the powerful street gang. Officers from two dozen law enforcement agencies conducted 140 raids and arrested 49 people, the majority of them 12th Street members.
April 27, 2004 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Saying that local police were "outnumbered," a Pomona councilwoman called Monday for a court order against the 12th Street gang after a wannabe member had shot and killed a California Highway Patrol officer last week. Councilwoman Norma Torres called on the city's lawyers to seek an order that would prevent gatherings of the 12th Streeters, the San Gabriel Valley's largest and reportedly most ruthless gang with nearly 1,000 members and associates.
April 24, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
Two days after he reportedly admitted gunning down a California Highway Patrol officer outside a Pomona courthouse, 16-year-old Valentino Arenas appeared in the same court Friday, where he was arraigned on charges that he murdered the lawman to win stature in a street gang. Arenas, who allegedly used his parents' car to ambush CHP Officer Thomas Steiner on Wednesday, wore a white T-shirt and handcuffs as he stood before some of the same court personnel who had heard the fatal shots.
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