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July 6, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY and PHUONG NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For the third year straight, Huntington Beach became ground zero for Independence Day trouble. There were torched sofas, blazing trash cans, overturned bus benches, dozens of yards trampled by rowdy party-goers and more than 100 arrests late Tuesday. For the first time in the city's Fourth of July history, there was also a killing.
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May 20, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
Knott's Berry Farm will pay more than $13,000 by the end of the week to the city of Buena Park to reimburse it for police overtime and other costs incurred during the park's ill-fated Cinco de Mayo promotion. "We've always reimbursed them for costs," park spokesman Bob Ochsner said. "The only difference is that this wasn't planned." Thousands of teens ditched school May 5 to take advantage of Knott's 5-cent admission price. By 10 a.m.
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May 12, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Knott's Berry Farm will receive a $13,000 bill next week from Buena Park police officials, who have tallied up their tab for quelling thousands of rowdy teenagers who skipped school for a Cinco de Mayo promotion at the park. The amount covers the cost of 69 officers who were sent to the near-riot on the morning of May 5, as well as overtime for the half-dozen officers who had to be called in to help, Buena Park Police Chief Richard M. Tefank said Tuesday.
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May 12, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Knott's Berry Farm will receive a $13,000 bill next week from Buena Park police officials, who have tallied up their tab for quelling thousands of rowdy teenagers who skipped school for a Cinco de Mayo promotion at the park. The amount covers the cost of 69 officers who were sent to the near-riot on the morning of May 5, as well as overtime for the half-dozen officers who had to be called in to help, Buena Park Police Chief Richard M. Tefank said Tuesday.
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May 6, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Drawn in part by television and radio promotions, tens of thousands of youths converged on Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, disrupting traffic and commerce and sparking scattered violence until hundreds of riot police restored order. The event's 5-cent admission price was heavily publicized on KIIS-FM, a music station popular among teens, and also promoted on Spanish-language station KMEX-TV.
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May 20, 1999 | From Times staff and wire reports
Knott's Berry Farm will pay more than $13,000 by the end of the week to the city of Buena Park to reimburse it for police overtime and other costs incurred during the park's ill-fated Cinco de Mayo promotion. "We've always reimbursed them for costs," park spokesman Bob Ochsner said. "The only difference is that this wasn't planned." Thousands of teens ditched school May 5 to take advantage of Knott's 5-cent admission price. By 10 a.m.
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September 9, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Police Chief Ronald E. Lowenberg this week defended police tactics to deal with unruly Fourth of July revelers that resulted in minimal property damage and injuries. Lowenberg said that while "the critics came out of the woodwork" less than 24 hours after the melee broke out downtown on July 4, he is confident his department "did the right thing." "One thing we learned this year over '93 is we didn't hesitate at all when the crowd went from a crowd to a mob," Lowenberg said.
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July 12, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
The City Council announced a $125,000 lawsuit settlement this week with a woman who alleged a police officer broke her jaw and loosened five teeth on July 4, 1994. Allison Jill Gonsowski was a 17-year-old Edison High School student when, she said, an officer hit her in the face with a baton during an unprovoked attack. The holiday was one of the most raucous in a history of troubled Fourths for the city.
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March 13, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials suspended 22 students at Fountain Valley High School after a campus melee prompted by escalating racial tensions between white and Asian-American students, police and school administrators said Friday. Teachers and school officials broke up the brawl, which erupted shortly after the start of school Thursday, police said. One 17-year-old student who was stabbed in the head and ear with a pencil was treated at a local hospital and released, administrators and students said.
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July 6, 1995 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As this city cleaned up Wednesday after a deadly Fourth of July celebration, federal authorities were reviewing a FBI report to decide whether they will file civil-rights charges against some city police officers who allegedly used excessive force to quell last year's Independence Day disturbance, officials said. John Hoos, an FBI spokesman in Los Angeles, confirmed that the bureau recently submitted a report on alleged misconduct involving Huntington Beach police officers to the U.S.
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May 8, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
School officials concerned about losing state funding after massive truancy triggered by a Knott's Berry Farm promotion worried needlessly, state officials said Friday. Many Orange and Los Angeles county school districts had high absenteeism Wednesday, when the amusement park teamed with KIIS-FM to offer admission for 5 cents on Cinco de Mayo. School financing is based on attendance figures. School officials had said they might ask Knott's to reimburse them.
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May 7, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Knott's Berry Farm, under fire for a Cinco de Mayo promotion that drew thousands of teenagers from school and required 200 riot officers to calm, agreed Thursday to reimburse police for their efforts. But officials at school districts across Los Angeles and Orange counties remained critical of the theme park, saying that the high absentee rates Wednesday will cost them tens of thousands of dollars in lost funding.
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May 7, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA and E. SCOTT RECKARD and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Knott's Berry Farm, under fire for a Cinco de Mayo celebration that required about 200 riot officers to calm rowdy youths, agreed Thursday to reimburse police for their efforts. But officials at school districts in Los Angeles and Orange counties remained critical of the theme park, saying the event caused high absentee rates Wednesday that will cost them tens of thousands of dollars in lost state funding.
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May 6, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Drawn in part by television and radio promotions, tens of thousands of youths converged on Knott's Berry Farm for a Cinco de Mayo celebration Wednesday, disrupting traffic and commerce and sparking scattered violence. When more than 200 officers in riot gear arrived at the scene just before noon, they faced a hail of rocks and bottles. Some teens began fighting with each other and stopped traffic on nearby streets.
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May 6, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and E. SCOTT RECKARD and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Drawn in part by television and radio promotions, tens of thousands of youths converged on Knott's Berry Farm on Wednesday for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, disrupting traffic and commerce and sparking scattered violence until hundreds of riot police restored order. The event's 5-cent admission price was heavily publicized on KIIS-FM, a music station popular among teens, and also promoted on Spanish-language station KMEX-TV.
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June 30, 1998 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is the Huntington Beach recipe for preventing trouble on the Fourth of July: Put lots of police officers on the street, pay them $100,000 in overtime. Arrest hundreds who drink in public or disturb the peace. This zero-tolerance formula to eradicate public drinking is effective. "Hooligans who get drunk and act like idiots," said Police Chief Ronald E. Lowenberg, "go to jail."
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July 15, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police said Thursday that they located a videotape confiscated from a bicyclist July 4 and may use it as evidence to seek criminal charges against him. * Huntington Beach spokesman Michael Corcoran said police believe that the tape may show that the owner, Michael W. Thayer, three times ignored police orders to leave the scene when they were trying to control crowds during the nighttime melee near the downtown.
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July 20, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police will not press charges against Michael W. Thayer, 21, who complained that his videotape was seized during the Fourth of July melee in downtown Huntington Beach, a department spokesman said Tuesday. Moreover, Lt. Jim Cutshaw said, Thayer will get his tape back. Police had previously said they might use the tape as evidence that Thayer had ignored three separate police requests to clear the area.
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July 12, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY
The City Council announced a $125,000 lawsuit settlement this week with a woman who alleged a police officer broke her jaw and loosened five teeth on July 4, 1994. Allison Jill Gonsowski was a 17-year-old Edison High School student when, she said, an officer hit her in the face with a baton during an unprovoked attack. The holiday was one of the most raucous in a history of troubled Fourths for the city.
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July 6, 1997 | LEE ROMNEY and JOHN CANALIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After years of failed attempts to keep a lid on riotous partyers without exerting an overly aggressive police presence, law enforcement seemed to strike a balance this Independence Day, keeping the peace here while making one-fifth the number of last year's arrests. Some of the rowdier drinkers, however, might have heeded the message of years past by going to Newport Beach, where arrests climbed as police grappled with larger crowds. By 2:30 a.m.
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