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September 1, 1989 | From United Press International
Digital Microwave Corp. said it got a $3.1-million order to supply 18-GHz digital microwave radio equipment to Eastern Railway of Calcutta. The contract was awarded to WEBFIL, Digital Microwave's partner in India. WEBFIL is part of the Andrew Yule Group.
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April 15, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of arson of property and embezzlement by a public official. Marcel Melanson, 38, was accused of stealing valuable city-owned radio equipment, then setting a fire to cover up the theft. He is expected to be sentenced to three years and four months in state prison, a prosecutor said. Melanson must pay restitution, but the amount is still being determined, the prosecutor added. As a result of the plea, authorities dropped the more severe charge of arson of a structure and a second embezzlement count.
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September 27, 1990
By a 3-1 vote Tuesday, the City Council agreed to spend $342,888 to buy radio equipment that will permit communication among all city departments. "I think this is one case where more is better than less," Mayor Nicholas L. Presecan said, backing a staff proposal to accept bids from Motorola, Dictaphone and Instant Replay. The city communications system needs to be refurbished for use in a disaster such as the Feb. 28 Upland earthquake, city officials said.
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May 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings
A former Compton deputy fire chief is scheduled to appear in court Friday to face charges that he stole radio equipment, then lighted a fire to cover up the crime. Marcel Melanson was arrested at his home Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Melanson, 37, who also starred on a reality television series, was arrested on suspicion of arson and grand theft in connection with a fire in late 2011 that destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of radio equipment.
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April 9, 1991 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reported sewage spill in Del Cerro went unchecked for two days, eventually spewing over 5 million gallons of effluent into the San Diego River, because of problems with radio equipment the city uses to relay messages, water officials said Monday. A Del Cerro resident called the 24-hour emergency sewer repair number March 27 to report the spill. But the city did not send someone out until the resident called back again two days later.
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April 15, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of arson of property and embezzlement by a public official. Marcel Melanson, 38, was accused of stealing valuable city-owned radio equipment, then setting a fire to cover up the theft. He is expected to be sentenced to three years and four months in state prison, a prosecutor said. Melanson must pay restitution, but the amount is still being determined, the prosecutor added. As a result of the plea, authorities dropped the more severe charge of arson of a structure and a second embezzlement count.
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May 27, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A baffling mystery was engulfing Los Angeles: Somebody was out there stealing air--and then vanishing into thin air themselves. It sounded like a case for the Green Hornet. And that's exactly who authorities credit with ending an outbreak of radio piracy that has troubled business executives in Los Angeles for the last five years.
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May 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Angel Jennings and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Marcel Melanson was a hero in Compton. The fire battalion chief led teams that raced to help victims of car crashes and street violence. Three years ago, he got national exposure as a star of a BET reality TV program that followed Compton firefighters on emergency calls. "We're constantly battling the perception of the city," he told the Los Angeles Times when the show premiered. "It's constantly thought of as this bad place. " On Friday, he was back in the public eye, but under very different circumstances.
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June 1, 1986 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
The past and the future are bumping heads on 24 open hilltop acres long famous for radios and farming. When it was the Wallace Ranch, the property on Highridge Road was a window on the world for Don C. Wallace, who spent 40 years talking to hundreds of thousands of amateur radio buffs worldwide from W6AM, his ham radio station. The land is still farmed, the most recent crop being hay.
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May 16, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings
A former Compton deputy fire chief -- who has also starred on a reality television series -- has been arrested on suspicion of arson and grand theft in connection with a fire that destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of radio equipment in late 2011. Marcel Melanson, 37, was arrested at his home Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Compton had bought the radio and communications equipment in 2010, when the city was planning to end its contract with the Sheriff's Department and reinstate the Compton Police Department.
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May 17, 2013 | By Abby Sewell, Angel Jennings and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Marcel Melanson was a hero in Compton. The fire battalion chief led teams that raced to help victims of car crashes and street violence. Three years ago, he got national exposure as a star of a BET reality TV program that followed Compton firefighters on emergency calls. "We're constantly battling the perception of the city," he told the Los Angeles Times when the show premiered. "It's constantly thought of as this bad place. " On Friday, he was back in the public eye, but under very different circumstances.
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May 16, 2013 | By Abby Sewell and Angel Jennings
A former Compton deputy fire chief -- who has also starred on a reality television series -- has been arrested on suspicion of arson and grand theft in connection with a fire that destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of radio equipment in late 2011. Marcel Melanson, 37, was arrested at his home Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Compton had bought the radio and communications equipment in 2010, when the city was planning to end its contract with the Sheriff's Department and reinstate the Compton Police Department.
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February 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The crew of the International Space Station shoved a spacesuit stuffed with unwanted clothing and radio equipment out the door, creating a ghostly scene that resembled a cosmonaut tumbling away from the orbiting outpost, space agency officials said at Cape Canaveral. The Russian suit was equipped with a radio transmitter that was supposed to broadcast recorded messages in six languages, but the transmitter stopped operating after two orbits, NASA officials said.
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January 1, 2002 | KAREN ALEXANDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although it is home to much of Silicon Valley's high-tech ruling class, this rolling, horse-dotted community on the outskirts of Palo Alto decided in the mournful aftermath of Sept. 11 that it has a modern-day communications problem. When the mayor wanted to notify her community of a town vigil to answer the president's call for a national day of prayer, she didn't have a way to get the word out quickly.
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August 4, 2001
"New LAPD Radios Get Negative Reviews" (July 31), on the failing LAPD radio system, illustrates why our Police Department is losing officers at an unprecedented rate. The radio system is substandard and a serious safety concern. More important, the management response to this problem demonstrates the depth of our problems. When I read the headline I thought that, finally, rank-and-file officers and LAPD management could agree on something. After all, everyone wants working radios, right?
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October 5, 2000 | Renee Moilanen, (714) 966-4674
The Fire Department will get about $300,000 worth of new computer and radio equipment as part of a five-year plan to upgrade its technology. In this latest round of spending, the department will buy 17 digital radios with supporting computers and will replace its 15-year-old communication system. The system is used by all officers and commanders to reach each other and connect with the city's internal network and the Internet.
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February 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The crew of the International Space Station shoved a spacesuit stuffed with unwanted clothing and radio equipment out the door, creating a ghostly scene that resembled a cosmonaut tumbling away from the orbiting outpost, space agency officials said at Cape Canaveral. The Russian suit was equipped with a radio transmitter that was supposed to broadcast recorded messages in six languages, but the transmitter stopped operating after two orbits, NASA officials said.
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September 11, 1998
One of three defendants convicted of killing KPFK radio personality Michael Taylor has been sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison for his role in the murder. Shawn Alexander had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping in Taylor's death. Taylor, 45, was an activist noted for his controversial views on issues such as homelessness and civil rights. He was found shot to death April 23, 1995, in South-Central Los Angeles.
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