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July 24, 1997
The Redondo Beach Police Department will make available the Megan's Law CD-ROM database listing the whereabouts of 64,000 sex offenders. Only cities with populations of more than 200,000 are required by law to make the database available. Redondo Beach, which has a population of 36,000, is making the information available next week as a service to the community, officials said.
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August 6, 2009 | Jeff Gottlieb
Portraying law enforcers as lawbreakers, the state toxic substances enforcement agency has found that the Redondo Beach Police Department violated state codes after at least 800 hazardous lead bullet fragments from its outdoor firing range were found in the surrounding neighborhood, including an elementary school across the street. The Department of Toxic Substances Control report, dated Oct.
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October 12, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez
A man believed to have been intoxicated was struck by a car and killed after stepping into oncoming traffic in Redondo Beach, police said. The incident happened Friday at 8:10 p.m. in the 2600 block of Artesia Boulevard. The man, whose identity has not been determined, was pronounced dead at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Witnesses described the man as a local transient, about 55 years old, said Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department. The motorist, who appeared to be driving within the 35 mph speed limit, stopped immediately and was not cited.
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July 2, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Authorities recovered more than 100 illegal fireworks Wednesday and arrested two people while serving search warrants at homes in Redondo Beach and Torrance. Brian Joseph Flanigan, 40, of Torrance and Patrick Anthony German, 39, of Redondo Beach were arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of explosives, said Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department. Flanigan, who was arrested Tuesday night, was being held in lieu of $2-million bail, and German, arrested about 2 a.m. today, was being held on $200,000 bail.
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October 31, 1991
Recently, the Redondo Beach Police Department has harassed me, yelled at me through their bullhorns, and threatened to issue me citations of huge fines. Am I a criminal or potentially dangerous/destructive individual? No. I am a professional woman residing in Redondo Beach with her two dogs. After a long day at work, I enjoy taking my dogs to my local park (supported by my tax dollars) to walk, play Frisbee or ball, and unwind from a stressful day. I always pick up after my dogs and want my park kept clean and enjoyable for all to use. But alas, within minutes, one of our police officers will be bellowing at me to personally harass me to get my dogs out of the park.
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December 2, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An LAPD computer systems analyst filed suit Friday against the Redondo Beach Police Department, seeking $5 million in damages for what he alleges was a racially motivated traffic stop. Firpo Carr, a civilian who provides computer training and support to the Los Angeles Police Department, says that a Redondo Beach police officer violated his civil rights in June by pulling him over and detaining him for nearly a half an hour without probable cause.
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January 5, 1995 | BRIAN DALY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Inglewood and Redondo Beach police departments have been authorized to hire 56 officers this year using federal grants of more than $4.2 million. The money is expected under President Clinton's Cops Ahead program, which has given approval for 105 cities and counties in California to add 480 law enforcement officers. The Sheriff's Department plans to hire 49 officers with its $3.6- million share over three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1998
The Redondo Beach Police Department cited three businesses for allegedly selling alcohol to minors during an undercover operation, police said. Two teams from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Police Department used underage decoys to check 25 establishment for illegal sales, said Officer Bob Remington of the Redondo Beach department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1997
The Redondo Beach Police Department is gearing up to begin its eighth Citizen Police Academy today, an 11-week program that attempts to expose residents to the day-to-day duties of officers. Participants get a firsthand view of law enforcement by attending lectures from canine officers and the SWAT team. They also get a chance to visit a crime scene, go on a ride-along, tour police facilities and learn how to fire a gun.
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January 5, 1996
A candlelight vigil in memory of a slain Redondo Beach woman will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Redondo Beach. Madolyn Smink, 51, was discovered dead in the trunk of her car Dec. 19. Police have not released any information about their investigation. They have not announced a cause of death. The vigil, to be held at Glenn Anderson Park, was organized by Citizens Against Crime, a Redondo Beach-based group that works to help prevent crime by raising awareness and increasing citizen involvement.
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October 12, 2008 | Esmeralda Bermudez
A man believed to have been intoxicated was struck by a car and killed after stepping into oncoming traffic in Redondo Beach, police said. The incident happened Friday at 8:10 p.m. in the 2600 block of Artesia Boulevard. The man, whose identity has not been determined, was pronounced dead at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Witnesses described the man as a local transient, about 55 years old, said Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department. The motorist, who appeared to be driving within the 35 mph speed limit, stopped immediately and was not cited.
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October 9, 2002 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Redondo Beach police officer under orders to subdue a suspected car thief mistakenly fired a shotgun instead of a beanbag stun gun, killing the unarmed man after he got out of the car, law enforcement sources said Tuesday. The officer, identified as Michael Strosnider, 30, was described as distraught immediately after the Sunday night shooting, sources said.
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October 8, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles authorities are investigating whether a Redondo Beach police officer accidentally killed a suspected car thief by mistaking a shotgun for a beanbag stun gun, law enforcement sources said Monday. The 40-year-old man was shot to death after a high-speed pursuit through several South Bay cities late Sunday, police said. The pursuit, which began in Redondo Beach, came to a halt when the driver of a stolen sport-utility vehicle hit a curb just south of Los Angeles International Airport.
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June 7, 2002 | SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man was shot in the face by a TRW employee Thursday morning in a company parking lot in Redondo Beach, authorities said. Angel Colon, 39, of Torrance was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly shooting Jose Solis, 46, of Hawthorne during an altercation. Colon is a programmer at the aerospace and defense firm. Solis and Colon had had an ongoing argument over whether Colon was having a relationship with Solis' wife, who also works at TRW, officials said.
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January 18, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hermosa Beach Police Chief Val Straser wears Hawaiian shirts to department meetings and waxes philosophical on metaphysics and the universe's natural musical key of C. Neighboring Redondo Beach's police chief, Mel Nichols, is a straight arrow with a penchant for brown suits who frequently spends his lunch hour delivering Meals on Wheels through the local Rotary Club. Much to the dismay of residents in both communities, the two South Bay chiefs announced plans last week to retire this year.
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December 28, 2000 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Lissner is a soft-spoken retired business owner who likes to sail, snowboard and fight for your right to copies of police reports. In recent years he has conducted his own crusade to get police departments up and down the state to reduce fees for copies of reports on traffic accidents, burglaries and the like. He slowly is getting results, enough so that he was given an award this year by the California First Amendment Coalition, of which he is a member.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2009 | Ruben Vives
Authorities recovered more than 100 illegal fireworks Wednesday and arrested two people while serving search warrants at homes in Redondo Beach and Torrance. Brian Joseph Flanigan, 40, of Torrance and Patrick Anthony German, 39, of Redondo Beach were arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of explosives, said Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department. Flanigan, who was arrested Tuesday night, was being held in lieu of $2-million bail, and German, arrested about 2 a.m. today, was being held on $200,000 bail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2002 | SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man was shot in the face by a TRW employee Thursday morning in a company parking lot in Redondo Beach, authorities said. Angel Colon, 39, of Torrance was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly shooting Jose Solis, 46, of Hawthorne during an altercation. Colon is a programmer at the aerospace and defense firm. Solis and Colon had had an ongoing argument over whether Colon was having a relationship with Solis' wife, who also works at TRW, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An LAPD computer systems analyst filed suit Friday against the Redondo Beach Police Department, seeking $5 million in damages for what he alleges was a racially motivated traffic stop. Firpo Carr, a civilian who provides computer training and support to the Los Angeles Police Department, says that a Redondo Beach police officer violated his civil rights in June by pulling him over and detaining him for nearly a half an hour without probable cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Redondo Beach City Council has approved a $1-million settlement with a former city manager who sued after being fired for allegedly spying on a police union. Bill Kirchhoff, the former manager, is expected to publicly announce his acceptance of the settlement at a news conference this morning. The council's 3-2 vote for the settlement closes a divisive chapter in the city's history.
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