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May 4, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A convicted killer who escaped from Vacaville prison last month was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly robbed a diner with a sawed-off shotgun, police said. David Anderson, 36, was taken into custody at Rudford's restaurant about 1 a.m., according to San Diego police spokesman Bill Jacobson. Anderson, who was alone, did not resist arrest. Jacobson said the unidentified amount of money he had taken from the cash register was recovered.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
A convicted killer who escaped from Vacaville prison last month was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly robbed a diner with a sawed-off shotgun, police said. David Anderson, 36, was taken into custody at Rudford's restaurant about 1 a.m., according to San Diego police spokesman Bill Jacobson. Anderson, who was alone, did not resist arrest. Jacobson said the unidentified amount of money he had taken from the cash register was recovered.
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August 18, 1991 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's Detective Floyd Feese remembers the moment he first suspected that he was tracking a fellow law enforcement officer. It was late July, after the serial rapist whom Feese was hunting had struck the fifth time, and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department had begun an elaborate surveillance operation at local beaches, complete with decoy deputies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1992
A member of a gang that went on a robbery spree and shot a vacationing Huntington Beach police officer was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 30 years in prison. Soloman E. James, 20, pleaded guilty in September to attempted murder in the 1990 shotgun assault on Officer Robert Barr, who was visiting San Diego with his family. The officer, then 42, was at a motel in civilian clothes when the robbers entered and demanded his wallet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1989
Two gunmen wanted for a department store robbery led law agencies from two counties on an hour-long 95-m.p.h. chase through Orange and Los Angeles counties until they came to a halt at a Boyle Heights intersection in Los Angeles. During the chase, the suspects reportedly fired a saweed-off shotgun at pursuing officers in Orange county but did not hit anyone. Officers did not return the fire.
NEWS
January 6, 1989
San Diego police and U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed two suspected bandits and wounded two others after they allegedly tried to rob the lawmen in a canyon, authorities said. Police Sgt. Nate Caplan said that the officers involved in the shooting were members of the Border Crimes Prevention Unit, a joint police-Border Patrol unit that patrols canyons infested with Mexican bandits who prey on illegal aliens slipping into the United States.
BUSINESS
November 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
The California Avocado Commission has paid out more than $10,000 in the past four months to 26 people statewide who reported or captured avocado thieves. The reward money is being disbursed from a $30,000 fund the commission established in July. The reward is part of a $774,000 anti-theft program that included the hiring of a three-member undercover investigation unit of county sheriff's deputies.
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July 5, 1991 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The missing accomplice of a San Diego County sheriff's deputy who was killed by a fellow officer as he robbed a home here was one of a team of deputies that had recently searched the house for drugs, the house's owner claimed Thursday. The homeowner, Donald Van Ort, 32, was tied up and beaten by off-duty Deputy Michael Stanewich in the robbery that ended when Stanewich, an undercover narcotics officer, was fatally shot by a colleague and close friend.
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November 16, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Less than 48 hours after his abduction from the San Diego Wild Animal Park, Fred, the sidekick cockatoo of the 1970s television series "Baretta," was found walking in the middle of a road near the park, police said. The feathered star was rescued about 8 a.m. Thursday by two television cable employees, one a fan of the former cop show, as they were driving to an assignment. After nibbling on a sandwich from the lunch box of one of his rescuers, Fred was safely returned to the park.
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May 30, 1990 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is insufficient evidence to file murder charges against a suspect in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy along the U.S.-Mexico border, prosecutors said Tuesday, but authorities instead accused the man of the bow-and-arrow robberies of two groups of undocumented immigrants. The robberies--committed within 10 minutes of each other in March and involving a total of seven victims--are not connected to the murder case, said Luis Aragon, the deputy district attorney who is handling the case.
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November 19, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Billy Ray Waldon, whose first wife testified that he found "life . . . a game to see what you could get away with," was convicted of three first-degree murder charges and 21 other counts by a San Diego County Superior Court jury. The verdict ended a 4 1/2-month case dealing with a mid-1980s killing, rape and robbery rampage that prosecutors argued arose out of Waldon's effort to commit perfect crimes to display his "superior" intelligence.
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August 18, 1991 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's Detective Floyd Feese remembers the moment he first suspected that he was tracking a fellow law enforcement officer. It was late July, after the serial rapist whom Feese was hunting had struck the fifth time, and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department had begun an elaborate surveillance operation at local beaches, complete with decoy deputies.
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August 17, 1991 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Diego Police Officer Henry Hubbard Jr., linked to a series of attempted robberies and sexual assaults at local beaches over the past two months, probably knew about police stakeouts at those locations, a ranking police administrator said Friday. Assistant Chief Cal Krosch said investigators from the Sex Crimes Division were conducting at least five stakeouts at city beaches over that same time, looking for a masked suspect.
NEWS
August 16, 1991 | MARK PLATTE and AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An off-duty San Diego police officer, arrested Thursday on suspicion of the attempted rape of a woman and the attempted murder of her two male companions at a state beach, is the prime suspect in a series of robberies and sexual assaults along the coast from Solana Beach to La Jolla. Calling the situation the Police Department's "worst nightmare come true," Police Chief Bob Burgreen announced that Henry Hubbard Jr.
NEWS
July 7, 1991 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Diego sheriff's deputy identified as a possible accomplice in a foiled armed robbery in which one deputy fatally shot another has an ironclad alibi and has been ruled out as a suspect, investigators have told the victim and his attorney. As a result, officials said, the San Diego Sheriff's Department has all but dismissed the possibility that a second officer was involved in an attempted armed robbery Wednesday in the home of Donald Van Ort.
NEWS
July 6, 1991 | MARK PLATTE and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The victim of a beating by a San Diego sheriff's deputy called Friday on federal authorities to investigate the case and determine whether other deputies were involved in the plan to rob his home. Sheriff's Deputy Michael Stanewich was shot to death Wednesday by a fellow deputy called to the home during the robbery.
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May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities said there is currently not sufficient evidence to file murder charges against a suspect in the shooting of a 12-year-old boy along the U.S.-Mexican border, but they did accuse the man of the bow-and-arrow robberies of two groups of illegal immigrants. The alleged robberies--committed within 10 minutes of each other in March and involving a total of seven victims--are not connected to the murder, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Luis Aragon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1991
A couple suspected in a series of robberies in Orange County, San Diego and Sacramento were arrested after allegedly robbing an art supply shop here Monday afternoon. After a short chase, police captured the couple Monday afternoon after they allegedly robbed the Michaels Arts and Crafts store on Orangethorpe Avenue at gunpoint at about 1:15 p.m. Police did not say how much money was taken.
NEWS
July 5, 1991 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN and JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The missing accomplice of a San Diego County sheriff's deputy who was killed by a fellow officer as he robbed a home here was one of a team of deputies that had recently searched the house for drugs, the house's owner claimed Thursday. The homeowner, Donald Van Ort, 32, was tied up and beaten by off-duty Deputy Michael Stanewich in the robbery that ended when Stanewich, an undercover narcotics officer, was fatally shot by a colleague and close friend.
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July 4, 1991 | MARK PLATTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An off-duty sheriff's deputy was shot and killed Wednesday by a fellow deputy, and close friend, who found him beating the owner of an Encinitas-area home during an armed robbery, authorities said.
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