CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1991
A man alleged to be the "remorseful robber," a nickname given him by police because he sometimes returned cash or valuables to his victims, was ordered Friday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Ronald Sykes, 29, of Eagle Rock, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in San Fernando Superior Court to 39 counts of robbery and one count of kidnaping in connection with a robbery. Superior Court Judge Meredith C. Taylor ordered Sykes to return to court Feb. 6 with results of the testing.
October 29, 1991 |
In the first ruling of its kind in California, a state appeals court has prohibited an employer from requiring job applicants to take psychological tests, finding that personal questions about religion and sexual orientation violate the right to privacy. In the decision, the three-judge panel also held that state law prohibits private employers from discriminating against homosexuals. Some state officials, including Gov. Pete Wilson, had already concluded that the law bars such bias.
July 16, 1991 |
Peruvian police Monday began taking psychological exams as part of a reorganization of the force ordered after a police patrol last week shot down a commercial airplane in the Amazon jungle, killing 15 people. National Police Director General Adolfo Cuba y Escobedo had announced that the 80,000-strong force would have to undergo "detailed" psychological tests to avoid similar tragedies. He said anyone who failed to pass the tests would be dismissed immediately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1991 |
Russell Siverling, the Alhambra police chief who is a lead representative for a delegation of Los Angeles County chiefs in federally sponsored talks with minority community leaders over police conduct, is a defendant in a racial bias lawsuit filed by one of his four black officers.
January 26, 1991 |
A judge ordered a psychological evaluation for a Louisiana policeman's son who has become a prime suspect in the slayings of five Gainesville, Fla., college students last summer. Marion County Circuit Court Judge Carven Angel appointed two Ocala, Fla., psychologists to evaluate Danny Harold Rolling of Shreveport, La., to determine if he is mentally competent. State Atty.
September 28, 1990 |
A church deacon charged with killing a neighborhood girl and burying her partially clad body in his basement was ordered to undergo psychiatric testing, while police prepared to excavate his yard and search for more bodies. A crowd of about 300 jeering Kingston, Mass., residents gathered outside the courthouse as Henry Meinholz, 52, was brought in for his arraignment. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
August 23, 1990
The Los Angeles Police Department puts its recruits through a series of tough, demanding and complex drills and testing procedures before accepting candidates into its Police Academy. The tests include a battery of grueling physical agility contests, along with extensive background reviews in which investigators interview the recruit's relatives, friends, teachers, past job supervisors and others.
August 23, 1990 |
All Todd Gardner ever wanted was to wear the uniform of a Los Angeles police officer. And, after working as a cop in Aurora, Colo., and San Diego, his dream came true in March when he was accepted into the Los Angeles Police Academy.
August 11, 1990 |
A new study of Hare Krishna devotees in the United States indicates that they tend to be compulsive personalities--meticulous people at ease with demanding rituals--but their mental health is otherwise comparable to people in traditional American religions. Contrary to some anti-cult literature, "no evidence of deleterious psychological effects was generally found" in longtime members of the Hindu sect, two Southern California psychologists concluded. Clinical psychologist Arnold S.
June 30, 1990 |
An incendiary device used to ignite a fire in Santa Barbara that claimed one life and more than 500 homes has been shipped to a laboratory for fingerprint testing, but investigators said Friday they are not "even close" to finding the arsonist responsible for the most destructive Southern California blaze in at least three decades. "We don't have a person or a car we can focus on right now," said Thomas E. Buckley, a U.S.