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February 12, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They hardly seem the usual suspects. She was a prestigious National Merit Scholar, a Los Angeles parochial school product and a gifted poet in her freshman year of college. He was a talented dancer and philosophy major on the verge of earning a bachelor's degree. But now Emma Freeman, 18, and Anthony Cristofani, 23, are accused of two armed robberies in this coastal university town. Some have dubbed the young woman from La Crescenta and her boyfriend a collegiate Bonnie and Clyde.
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December 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
A teenage boy faces burglary charges in connection with the theft of about 300 Christmas toys from the Salvation Army in Dinuba. Police interviewed three other teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 about the burglary, which occurred Friday night or Saturday morning. None of the teenagers' names were released because they are minors, police said. The stolen toys have not been recovered. Five anonymous tips led police to the suspects. "The last couple turned out to be good," Dinuba Police Sgt.
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NEWS
November 15, 1991 | From Associated Press
Gunmen robbing an armored car company warehouse killed three workers execution-style before fleeing when other employees stumbled onto the holdup, an official said Thursday. A special state Justice Department team helped police comb the warehouse and surrounding area, and the FBI was assisting in the investigation of Wednesday night's killings, Police Chief Jerry Galvin said. Investigators have determined that two or more gunmen were involved in the holdup at the Loomis Armored Inc.
NEWS
October 22, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent gay pastor who ran a food bank in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods was stabbed to death during a robbery at the mobile home he shared with two dachshunds, police said Thursday. The slaying of the Rev. Edward R. Sherriff, 68, follows a string of hate crimes in the Sacramento Valley, including the murder of a Redding gay couple and arson fires at three synagogues over the summer.
NEWS
October 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
A new kind of theft is quickly becoming one of the most popular and lucrative crimes among California walnut orchards. Black walnut trees are being carved up for the prized wood found at the base of trunks and in the roots of old trees. The thefts are a major irritant to walnut growers and investigators who admit that the problem is getting worse.
NEWS
September 4, 1990 | TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four well-armed teen-agers conducted a brutal, four-hour crime rampage across Fresno late Sunday and early Monday, shooting at and robbing pedestrians and shopkeepers. The 16 victims appeared to be chosen at random. One man was killed and eight others were shot and wounded in the rampage, which police said was carried out by street gang members frustrated by increased police activities in their neighborhood. Two of the injured were in critical condition late Monday.
NEWS
November 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
An armored car guard accused of slaying his partner and stealing $300,000 remained on the loose Wednesday while police questioned an alleged accomplice and recovered most of the money. In a predawn raid, a SWAT team burst into a Sacramento motel room rented to Thomas Wheelock, 20, and found cash stuffed in paper bags beneath the mattress. The money was still in the plastic wrapping of Oakland-based Armored Transport of California, where Wheelock had worked, authorities said. "Mr.
NEWS
October 22, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent gay pastor who ran a food bank in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods was stabbed to death during a robbery at the mobile home he shared with two dachshunds, police said Thursday. The slaying of the Rev. Edward R. Sherriff, 68, follows a string of hate crimes in the Sacramento Valley, including the murder of a Redding gay couple and arson fires at three synagogues over the summer.
NEWS
December 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
A teenage boy faces burglary charges in connection with the theft of about 300 Christmas toys from the Salvation Army in Dinuba. Police interviewed three other teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 about the burglary, which occurred Friday night or Saturday morning. None of the teenagers' names were released because they are minors, police said. The stolen toys have not been recovered. Five anonymous tips led police to the suspects. "The last couple turned out to be good," Dinuba Police Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1992
A former Santa Monica teacher pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he robbed and murdered a retired Glendale accountant who disappeared in 1989 but whose body has never been found. If convicted, Stanley Alan Hershey, 48, could face the death penalty on the charges filed in Shasta County in Northern California. Hershey last year was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was convicted in federal court of stealing the motor home and life savings of Gordon T. Johnson, last seen on Oct.
NEWS
February 12, 1999 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They hardly seem the usual suspects. She was a prestigious National Merit Scholar, a Los Angeles parochial school product and a gifted poet in her freshman year of college. He was a talented dancer and philosophy major on the verge of earning a bachelor's degree. But now Emma Freeman, 18, and Anthony Cristofani, 23, are accused of two armed robberies in this coastal university town. Some have dubbed the young woman from La Crescenta and her boyfriend a collegiate Bonnie and Clyde.
NEWS
April 29, 1998 | From Associated Press
Two robbers and a hostage died Tuesday after a botched robbery attempt at a jewelry store, police said. A SWAT team stormed Ly Tai Jewelry after attempts to phone the suspects inside failed. They used bullhorns to order the suspects to surrender but got no response. The SWAT team then set off four flash grenades outside the front of the store before entering the back of the shop where the suspects' bodies were found.
NEWS
November 27, 1997 | From Associated Press
An armored car guard accused of slaying his partner and stealing $300,000 remained on the loose Wednesday while police questioned an alleged accomplice and recovered most of the money. In a predawn raid, a SWAT team burst into a Sacramento motel room rented to Thomas Wheelock, 20, and found cash stuffed in paper bags beneath the mattress. The money was still in the plastic wrapping of Oakland-based Armored Transport of California, where Wheelock had worked, authorities said. "Mr.
NEWS
January 8, 1997 | From Associated Press
A distraught mother who turned in her 14-year-old daughter as a suspect in the murder of a convenience store clerk just wanted to "do the right thing," police said Tuesday. "She's a very good lady and she tries to do what's right," Sgt. Mike Clark said. The girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was charged with murder and robbery in the stabbing of 43-year-old Satnam Singh Sohit of Emeryville. Sohit was stabbed several times with a kitchen knife early on Dec.
NEWS
October 8, 1995 | From Associated Press
A new kind of theft is quickly becoming one of the most popular and lucrative crimes among California walnut orchards. Black walnut trees are being carved up for the prized wood found at the base of trunks and in the roots of old trees. The thefts are a major irritant to walnut growers and investigators who admit that the problem is getting worse.
SPORTS
December 3, 1994 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Stanford freshman Tiger Woods, the 1994 U.S. Amateur golf champion from Cypress, suffered no major injuries during a robbery in a campus parking lot Wednesday night. Woods was robbed at knifepoint, then knocked to the pavement at about 11:10 p.m. outside Stanford's Stern Hall dormitory. Stanford police did not release the name of the victim in a university release, but Earl Woods, Tiger's father, confirmed that it was his son.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Photos of hundreds of Vietnamese-American men, some of whom have never been arrested, have been assembled by police investigating attacks on Vietnamese families. The album contains about 430 photos and is used in photo lineups for crime victims, said acting Police Chief Fred Abram. Most are young Vietnamese men who have been arrested before. But some have never been arrested. The practice is legal, Abram said, adding, "We do not stop people on the street.
NEWS
March 30, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A cabdriver ordered to pay $24,595 to a mugger he caught by pinning him with his taxi will get a new day in court. Superior Court Judge Carlos Bea granted Holden Charles Hollom a new trial, saying the evidence contradicts the jury's finding that the cabdriver used excessive force. "I think that justice is regaining its balance and I eagerly look forward to a new trial where the jury can come to a true verdict," said Hollom, 51.
NEWS
May 20, 1994 | Associated Press
An 85-year-old woman who was badly hurt in a car wreck was robbed by two men who reached through a smashed window, stole her purse and coat and ran off, police said. According to police, Dorothy Albrightson lost control of her car Wednesday. The car flipped over, leaving the Sunnyvale woman trapped, bleeding and suspended by her seat belt. Witnesses who saw the men talking to Albrightson thought the pair was trying to help her. But moments later, the two ran away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1994 | From Times Wire Services
Armed carjackers who led police on a 65-mile chase before crashing and fleeing into the county Hall of Records in Downtown released a hostage early Monday and surrendered, police said. Four people, including a California Highway Patrol officer, were hurt during the chase. The gunmen held a woman hostage for about nine hours in the bullet-ridden building. The sobbing woman, identified only as a county worker, was escorted out of the building by SWAT team members and was unharmed, said Lt.
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