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February 21, 2010 | By Mike Anton
When Russ Leach became Riverside's police chief in 2000, he inherited a department drowning in accusations of unprofessional behavior and racism. The controversial shooting death of a 19-year-old black woman by white officers led to angry protests and an order by federal and state justice officials to reform the department's "dysfunctional relationship" with the black community. "That's a death blow," Leach said of that time. "If you're an alcoholic, you've got to be all the way down before you can start up again.
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February 18, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at a Riverside church, police said Tuesday. Gionatan Ricard Almaraz , who lives in Moreno Valley, was arrested Tuesday after a parent of the alleged victim called authorities, the Riverside Police Department said. Almaraz was a staff member at Riverside Apostolic Church, where the alleged victim was a member. Police said the girl was assaulted at the church. Almaraz was being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of felony sexual contact with a minor and seducing a minor via telephone or Internet, police said.
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July 28, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
A 16-year-old boy died Saturday after crashing his motorcycle while performing stunts in a high school parking lot, police said Sunday. The boy was "doing a variety of high-speed stunts" in the parking lot of Martin Luther King Jr. High School about 7:20 p.m. when he lost control of his 2008 Yamaha R1 motorcycle and crashed into a wall, according to a Riverside Police Department news release. The boy, who was not identified, was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said.
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April 14, 2010 | By David Kelly
Former Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach received preferential treatment when he was stopped in February after crashing his city-owned car following a night of drinking, according to an internal review of the incident. Normally, Riverside police would have conducted a field sobriety test, collected physical evidence and made an arrest, the report said. Instead, they drove the chief home. "It is clear that the former chief was given preferential treatment," said City Manager Bradley Hudson in a statement released late Tuesday.
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February 18, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at a Riverside church, police said Tuesday. Gionatan Ricard Almaraz , who lives in Moreno Valley, was arrested Tuesday after a parent of the alleged victim called authorities, the Riverside Police Department said. Almaraz was a staff member at Riverside Apostolic Church, where the alleged victim was a member. Police said the girl was assaulted at the church. Almaraz was being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of felony sexual contact with a minor and seducing a minor via telephone or Internet, police said.
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November 24, 1999
The Riverside Police Department is seeking help in identifying the body of a woman, burned beyond recognition, who was found in an orange grove. Forensic experts believe the woman was white or Latino, 26 to 33 years old and 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-4. Forensic experts said she had breast implants. She was found Sept. 1 near Victoria Street and Tyler Avenue in Riverside. She was wearing a dress made by clothing manufacturer Blue Asphalt, which had black, gray, white, blue and red horizontal stripes.
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September 5, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
A man who displayed signs of "stimulant drug use" crashed his Mercedes-Benz through a gate at Riverside Municipal Airport on Tuesday morning and tried to steal a small airplane, authorities said. Orlando Brown, 25, of Riverside allegedly rammed through the gate and two chain-link fences about 6 a.m., then began looking at several parked planes. He entered one and tried to start it, but was arrested before he succeeded, said Steven Frasher, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.
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February 6, 2003 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A 22-year-old Redlands man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of killing a retired college professor in his isolated hilltop home in early January, Riverside authorities said. Police said the suspect, Johnathan Ross Luther, had shown up at the professor's home nearly a month before the shooting but left without incident. Police said he returned, however, on Jan. 2. Professor Brian Jacques was hit by bullets fired through his bedroom window at 6:50 p.m. that Thursday as he lay in bed.
OPINION
July 11, 1999
Separate federal investigations into the Riverside Police Department and the police shooting death of Tyisha Miller in Riverside last December might not ease tensions but they could provide more of what everyone professes to want: information. Miller was alone and passed out inside her locked car at a gas station--with a gun in her lap. Relatives, unable to rouse her, called the police. The four officers who responded decided to break a window in the car and grab the gun.
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February 25, 2009 | Corina Knoll
A 38-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 17-month-old son, authorities said Tuesday. The toddler was found dead about 11 p.m. Monday in his family's home in the 5600 block of Via Terreno with blunt-force trauma to his head and a puncture wound to his stomach, said Sgt. Mark Rossi of the Riverside Police Department. "In the preliminary investigation, we believe that an object was used," Rossi said. The boy's stay-at-home mother, Lori Burchett, was arrested after police arrived.
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February 21, 2010 | By Mike Anton
When Russ Leach became Riverside's police chief in 2000, he inherited a department drowning in accusations of unprofessional behavior and racism. The controversial shooting death of a 19-year-old black woman by white officers led to angry protests and an order by federal and state justice officials to reform the department's "dysfunctional relationship" with the black community. "That's a death blow," Leach said of that time. "If you're an alcoholic, you've got to be all the way down before you can start up again.
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February 25, 2009 | Corina Knoll
A 38-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 17-month-old son, authorities said Tuesday. The toddler was found dead about 11 p.m. Monday in his family's home in the 5600 block of Via Terreno with blunt-force trauma to his head and a puncture wound to his stomach, said Sgt. Mark Rossi of the Riverside Police Department. "In the preliminary investigation, we believe that an object was used," Rossi said. The boy's stay-at-home mother, Lori Burchett, was arrested after police arrived.
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July 28, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
A 16-year-old boy died Saturday after crashing his motorcycle while performing stunts in a high school parking lot, police said Sunday. The boy was "doing a variety of high-speed stunts" in the parking lot of Martin Luther King Jr. High School about 7:20 p.m. when he lost control of his 2008 Yamaha R1 motorcycle and crashed into a wall, according to a Riverside Police Department news release. The boy, who was not identified, was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died from his injuries, police said.
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January 14, 2008 | Daniela Perdomo, Times Staff Writer
The number of homicides in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties either saw a sharp drop or remained mostly unchanged last year compared to 2006, according to new crime statistics. Homicides fell from 12 in 2006 to six in 2007 in the area patrolled by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, officials said. The sheriff's jurisdiction includes 12 of the county's 34 cities, serving a population of about 3.2 million people.
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December 29, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
A Navy wife and her boyfriend were in police custody Friday after being charged in connection with the August death of the woman's 2-year-old daughter. Riverside police arrested Kaori Wearing, 33, Friday in San Diego for alleged child endangerment and being an accessory to a crime, said Steven Frasher, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.
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September 5, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
A man who displayed signs of "stimulant drug use" crashed his Mercedes-Benz through a gate at Riverside Municipal Airport on Tuesday morning and tried to steal a small airplane, authorities said. Orlando Brown, 25, of Riverside allegedly rammed through the gate and two chain-link fences about 6 a.m., then began looking at several parked planes. He entered one and tried to start it, but was arrested before he succeeded, said Steven Frasher, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.
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July 27, 2004 | Matthew Lopas, Times Staff Writer
Local protesters are revving up for a demonstration outside Vice President Dick Cheney's fundraising dinner in Riverside on Tuesday, but authorities are not expecting a major disruption. Cheney is scheduled to speak at a $1,000-per-plate dinner for Republican senatorial candidate Bill Jones at the Mission Inn.
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May 12, 1992 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the second sexual harassment verdict against the Buena Park Police Department this year, a Superior Court jury on Monday awarded $195,000 to a former officer who alleged that two co-workers made lewd and sexist remarks and pinched and slapped her on the buttocks during her two years with the department. In her suit, Sandra Jean McClaren, 26, accused Buena Park Police Lt. Anthony Kelly and former Sgt.
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August 16, 2007 | Joe Mozingo and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has filed charges against a former Marine sergeant for his alleged role in the killing of eight unarmed Iraqi prisoners during a November 2004 battle in Fallouja, according to military and civilian sources. Jose Nazario, a Murrieta resident who worked as a sworn officer in the Riverside Police Department until his termination last week, is expected to appear in a federal courtroom in Riverside today.
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December 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A Riverside police officer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining workers' compensation benefits. Laura DiGiorgio of Ontario suffered work-related injuries while making an arrest last year. She did not disclose previous injuries, which directly related to the work-injury claim, said Susan Mickey, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County district attorney's office.
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