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May 3, 1991 | NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 16-year-old singer was shot to death, and two other people were critically wounded, in a San Bernardino convenience store holdup that turned into a gun battle, police reported Thursday. The dead youth was identified by police as Ronnie Newt of Diamond Bar, who sang with his twin brother, Bobby, and a 10-year-old brother, Johnny, as the Newtrons on an MCA album released last year. "We are deeply saddened," a spokesperson for the Universal City-based company said Thursday.
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June 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
A gunman opened fire during a thwarted robbery at a McDonald's restaurant Monday, killing a 9-year-old girl before an off-duty police officer mortally wounded him, authorities said. The gunman entered the restaurant through the employees entrance about 3 p.m. and handed a note to the manager, who then told employees they were being robbed, police said. An off-duty Barstow officer eating in the restaurant tried to confront the gunman, who opened fire, Police Lt.
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June 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
A gunman opened fire during a thwarted robbery at a McDonald's restaurant Monday, killing a 9-year-old girl before an off-duty police officer mortally wounded him, authorities said. The gunman entered the restaurant through the employees entrance about 3 p.m. and handed a note to the manager, who then told employees they were being robbed, police said. An off-duty Barstow officer eating in the restaurant tried to confront the gunman, who opened fire, Police Lt.
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December 5, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old member of a Cambodian street gang called the Tiny Rascal Gangsters has pleaded guilty in the 1995 murders of five members of a Vietnamese family in San Bernardino. Vinh "Scrappy" Tran, one of five gang members charged in the slayings, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of murder in exchange for a sentence of up to 50 years to life in state prison. If convicted, Tran could have been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Tran and the others are charged with the Aug.
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December 5, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old member of a Cambodian street gang called the Tiny Rascal Gangsters has pleaded guilty in the 1995 murders of five members of a Vietnamese family in San Bernardino. Vinh "Scrappy" Tran, one of five gang members charged in the slayings, pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of murder in exchange for a sentence of up to 50 years to life in state prison. If convicted, Tran could have been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Tran and the others are charged with the Aug.
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June 25, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ex-convict suspected in a string of after-hours robberies, rapes and one murder in offices from San Bernardino to Los Angeles counties has been linked to at least three of the crimes by blood tests, Rialto police said Wednesday. Among the victims was Nancy Willem, a 35-year-old rape counselor and feminist activist who was raped, robbed and beaten to death Feb. 4 in a Rialto office. Police say she probably resisted the attack, enraging the rapist.
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February 12, 1987
San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators conducted a second search of the Lamb Funeral Home of Pasadena and the residence of Lawrence Lamb, 76, during which they seized documents that sheriff's spokesman Jim Bryant said may connect the undertaker with an unlicensed crematory in Hesperia and with the Coastal Eye & Tissue Bank of Santa Fe Springs.
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June 10, 1994 | JOHN JOHNSON, JOHN D. WAGNER and SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Their families had been next-door neighbors and close friends in Armenia, and the Gumuryan brothers thought it would be a relaxing break to take Armen Shakhkaramyan to Big Bear on a fishing trip. "He didn't even have a chance to say any last words," Shakhkaramyan's grieving brother, Sarkis, said Thursday, struggling to make sense of his brother's slaying. "I just don't understand. They gave them the money, and they shot them anyway. Armen was asleep, and then he was dead."
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April 19, 1987 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, Times Staff Writer
An underground animal rights group claimed Saturday to have "liberated" more than 100 rabbits from a San Bernardino County breeding farm, placing rabbits that would otherwise be sold for scientific research in "safe houses" in time for Easter Sunday. San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies confirmed that rabbits were stolen and a barn was vandalized sometime Friday night at a 13-acre farm in Bloomington, northeast of Riverside.
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May 22, 1992 | MIKE WARD and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A tense daylong standoff between police and two hostage-takers continued late Thursday night as the assailants refused to release the last of six people taken prisoner in a house after a botched "home-invasion" robbery. Three of the hostages--a 12-year-old girl and two boys, ages 1 and 2--were let go shortly before 1 p.m., and two more girls--ages 3 and 5--were released about 5 p.m. after police provided the gunmen with a "getaway" car to meet their demands.
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May 7, 1996 | From Associated Press
Gunmen invaded a Home Depot and pistol-whipped the manager Monday before police arrived and, after a nearly three-hour siege, arrested the last of four intruders, authorities said. Ten employees of the store hid in a vault, talking to police by telephone while a SWAT team took positions outside. Three workers, including the store manager, complained of minor injuries. Their names were not disclosed. The drama began just before 5 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995
A high-speed chase on four freeways after a Friday morning armed robbery in Fontana ended in a foot chase in a South-Central Los Angeles neighborhood as two of the three suspects were arrested. Melvin Bell, 22, Christopher Kenneth Raglund, 30, and a third man allegedly robbed a Fontana convenience store about 9 a.m. and fled in a car, police said.
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August 11, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five members of a Vietnamese family were found shot to death Thursday in a suburban neighborhood so dulled to the sound of gunfire that neighbors did not report the shots. The only survivor was a 3-year-old boy who apparently spent the night alone with his dead parents, two sisters and a brother, and related the death scene to his aunt who happened to call the home the next morning.
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June 12, 1994 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ex-convict on parole for robbery has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting last week of a sportfisherman at Big Bear Lake, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Jeffory Burton Paxton, 25, was arrested Friday night by deputies who had staked out his house trailer in a vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga.
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June 10, 1994 | JOHN JOHNSON, JOHN D. WAGNER and SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Their families had been next-door neighbors and close friends in Armenia, and the Gumuryan brothers thought it would be a relaxing break to take Armen Shakhkaramyan to Big Bear on a fishing trip. "He didn't even have a chance to say any last words," Shakhkaramyan's grieving brother, Sarkis, said Thursday, struggling to make sense of his brother's slaying. "I just don't understand. They gave them the money, and they shot them anyway. Armen was asleep, and then he was dead."
NEWS
June 9, 1994 | TOM GORMAN and SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the second such fatal shooting in a month in nearby mountains, a Montebello man was killed and another man was wounded Wednesday when they and two fishing buddies were attacked alongside Big Bear Lake, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. The four men had set off for an early-morning fishing trip to the popular mountain lake and were resting in their station wagon before heading for the water when they were attacked, said Deputy Laurie Savage, a sheriff's spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1995
A high-speed chase on four freeways after a Friday morning armed robbery in Fontana ended in a foot chase in a South-Central Los Angeles neighborhood as two of the three suspects were arrested. Melvin Bell, 22, Christopher Kenneth Raglund, 30, and a third man allegedly robbed a Fontana convenience store about 9 a.m. and fled in a car, police said.
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April 23, 1992 | Associated Press
A string of 17 robberies, five rapes and one killing has been linked to a man striking at vulnerable, after-hours office workers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, police said Wednesday. The urgency of catching the armed attacker has prompted police to release crime details usually withheld in an investigation, Rialto police spokesman Terry Thompson said. The man, who breaks into "professional, suite-type offices" between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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June 25, 1992 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ex-convict suspected in a string of after-hours robberies, rapes and one murder in offices from San Bernardino to Los Angeles counties has been linked to at least three of the crimes by blood tests, Rialto police said Wednesday. Among the victims was Nancy Willem, a 35-year-old rape counselor and feminist activist who was raped, robbed and beaten to death Feb. 4 in a Rialto office. Police say she probably resisted the attack, enraging the rapist.
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May 22, 1992 | MIKE WARD and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A tense daylong standoff between police and two hostage-takers continued late Thursday night as the assailants refused to release the last of six people taken prisoner in a house after a botched "home-invasion" robbery. Three of the hostages--a 12-year-old girl and two boys, ages 1 and 2--were let go shortly before 1 p.m., and two more girls--ages 3 and 5--were released about 5 p.m. after police provided the gunmen with a "getaway" car to meet their demands.
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