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July 14, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The man charged with blowing darts at women in skirts claimed innocence and said the real "dartman" came from an island where provocatively dressed women are tossed into volcanoes, a New York City prosecutor said Friday. Jerome Wright, 33, was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation after policemen at a hearing disclosed the rambling, incoherent statement he made after being charged in the attacks. Wright, who did not enter a plea at the hearing, is due back in court on Aug. 8.
July 21, 1989
A Canadian woman arrested at NBC Studios in Burbank after security guards found her in possession of two knives near where Johnny Carson's television show is taped was ordered by a judge Thursday to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Krystyna Marenchin, 39, of St. Catharines, Ont., was charged with loitering while in possession of a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor. Burbank police arrested Marenchin about 5 p.m.
June 12, 1989
A 48-year-old man who shot a rifle inside a trailer on a construction site surrendered to county sheriff's deputies after 3 1/2 hours of negotiations, a sheriff's spokesman said Sunday. The man, Marciano Sulka, who was described by deputies as "suicidal," was taken to Orange County Jail with a request for a psychiatric evaluation, Sgt. Richard Burinda said. No one was reported injured. The construction site is in the 27000 block of Paseo Espada in San Juan Capistrano. Sulka was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner after his wife and daughter were forced to flee the trailer when he fired a rifle about 11 a.m.
August 8, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
A 41-year-old Santa Paula man was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation Thursday after threatening to kill himself with a handgun in front of two police officers who stopped him following a high-speed chase in Santa Paula, authorities said. The pursuit began at 3 a.m. Thursday on California 150 at Santa Barbara Street when a southbound white 1987 Plymouth Horizon passed Santa Paula Police Officer Troyce Reynolds at a high rate of speed, officials said.
May 17, 1989 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, Times Staff Writer
A registered nurse charged with hastening the deaths of two dying patients in her care at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills was ordered Tuesday by a San Fernando Superior Court judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The evaluation will be used to help guide the court's sentencing if Linda Sue Rangel, 35, of Canyon Country pleads guilty to the two counts of attempted murder she now faces, Judge John H. Major said. Rangel was arrested Nov. 21 in connection with the deaths of Lorraine Sammons, 50, of Lake View Terrace, and Pedro Contreras, 40, of Sun Valley.
June 22, 1991 | From Associated Press
The prime suspect in the slayings of five Gainesville, Fla., college students will undergo psychiatric testing to determine his competency to face robbery and burglary charges, a judge ruled Friday. Danny Harold Rolling, 37, made his initial court appearance in connection with a Sept. 2 robbery of a Tampa grocery and a subsequent shootout with deputies. He faces additional charges here in three burglaries and the thefts of two cars.
March 12, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
A 19-year-old student at the University of Maryland has been taken into custody and hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to go on a shooting rampage on the campus Sunday. Alexander Song, a student at the university system's flagship campus in College Park, Md., allegedly promised to carry out his plans at 1:30 in the afternoon, according to a statement from the school's public safety department. "I will be on a shooting rampage tomorrow on campus," he wrote earlier in the weekend, according to the school's statement.
November 8, 1991 | MACK REED
Gang member Edward (Tony) Throop, convicted of murder in the drive-by slayings of two Saticoy men, will be evaluated by state prison officials to see whether he should be sentenced to prison or the California Youth Authority, a Ventura County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Judge Allan Steele ordered a 90-day psychiatric evaluation by Department of Corrections staff at Chino for Throop, who faces a maximum of four life sentences without possibility of parole in the April 7 slaying.
March 25, 1986 | Gary Jarlson
Mark Edward Hand was ordered Monday to stand trial May 12 on charges he splashed acid on a 4-year-old La Habra girl and her mother while they were on a family outing at a park in January. The 26-year-old Whittier resident pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity during his arraignment before Superior Court Judge James O. Perez. Hand is charged with assault with a caustic substance and assault with a deadly weapon growing out of the Jan.
November 4, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS
A 37-year-old man was held for a psychiatric evaluation Monday after an early morning, three-hour standoff with officers, according to authorities. Greg Franks would be held for as long as 72 hours, said Officer Angela Grant, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. It had not yet been determined if he would be charged with any crime. The incident began at about 2:45 a.m.
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