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December 1, 1991 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the days after a pre-dawn fire destroyed their home, killing their three small children, Jo Ann and Ronald Parks received a huge outpouring of support. Friends and well-wishers--many from their own blue-collar community in Bell--sent cards, flowers and, most of all, cash. The tally of donations reached nearly $35,000. But even as sympathizers were opening their hearts, arson and homicide detectives were quietly opening a case.
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December 1, 1991 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the days after a pre-dawn fire destroyed their home, killing their three small children, Jo Ann and Ronald Parks received a huge outpouring of support. Friends and well-wishers--many from their own blue-collar community in Bell--sent cards, flowers and, most of all, cash. The tally of donations reached nearly $35,000. But even as sympathizers were opening their hearts, arson and homicide detectives were quietly opening a case.
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April 10, 1989 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Three small children died early Sunday in a fire that destroyed a house in Bell. Jo Ann Parks, their mother, escaped through a window with burns on her face and hands after trying unsuccessfully to reach the bedrooms where the children were trapped. Authorities identified the victims as Jessica Amber Parks, 1, and her sister RoAnn, 2, who were found in one bedroom. Ronald Edward Parks III, 4, was found in the closet of a second bedroom. The fire erupted at 12:25 a.m. Maria del Flores, who lived nearby, said it sounded "like a bomb" going off in the neighborhood on Sherman Way. Reports indicated that it was the screams of the children that awakened Jo Ann Parks.
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April 10, 1989 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Three small children died early Sunday in a fire that destroyed a house in Bell. Jo Ann Parks, their mother, escaped through a window with burns on her face and hands after trying unsuccessfully to reach the bedrooms where the children were trapped. Authorities identified the victims as Jessica Amber Parks, 1, and her sister RoAnn, 2, who were found in one bedroom. Ronald Edward Parks III, 4, was found in the closet of a second bedroom. The fire erupted at 12:25 a.m. Maria del Flores, who lived nearby, said it sounded "like a bomb" going off in the neighborhood on Sherman Way. Reports indicated that it was the screams of the children that awakened Jo Ann Parks.
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January 6, 1993 | CONSELLA A. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 26-year-old woman was found guilty Tuesday of killing her three small children in their Bell home by setting two fires in 1989. "Fire was the weapon of choice to execute her children," said Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Dinko Bozanich. Jo Ann Parks faces the death penalty or a life sentence without the possibility of parole for committing the multiple murders. The Norwalk Superior Court jury took about two days to reach its decision after a six-week trial.
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November 20, 1991 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and TINA GRIEGO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A woman whose three young children were killed in a Huntington Park apartment fire, a tragedy that drew a communitywide outpouring of sympathy and money, was charged Tuesday with murdering the youngsters by deliberately setting the blaze. Joann Parks, 25, who was arrested at her job near St. Louis, pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder with a special circumstance of arson, which could make her subject to the death penalty if convicted, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Dink J. Bozanich.
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April 11, 1989 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and RICK HOLGUIN, Times Staff Writers
The fenced-in back yard, shaded by tall eucalyptus trees, was a world away from the temporary homes that Ronald and JoAnn Parks and their three children had lived in since January. When they moved into the garage apartment in the 6900 block of Sherman Way in Bell less than two weeks ago, they told neighbors that they were ready to settle down after a string of troubles that began a year ago. But on Monday, the toy tractor, the lawn chairs and the tricycle--symbols of a new life in the suburban city for the young family--were left near the eucalyptus trees, blackened by a weekend fire that killed all three children.
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October 28, 1991 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Hitman" (citywide) opens effectively. Two middle-aged cops, longtime partners, are about to pack up a stakeout in a Manhattan warehouse district when one of them (Chuck Norris) notices suspicious flashing lights high up in a nearby building. Norris scarcely has time to comprehend that he's been set up by his partner (Michael Parks), when Parks blasts him through a warehouse window. Norris lands on top of a car several floors below but miraculously survives.
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November 9, 1989 | DAVID REYES
Jack Alward's walk in the park Wednesday was something to savor. "Twenty-six years ago, when my wife and I moved in, this was nothing more than a weed-choked lot. I remember snaking hoses over our fences to care for trees that we had planted then. Some now stand over 35 feet tall," Alward said, surveying the 30-by-100-foot parcel nicknamed "People's Park" in Newport Beach. Don't look for benches at this park because there are none. Nor are there water fountains or children's slides.
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November 6, 1995 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cherokee Parks stands 6 feet 11 and towers over the TV sports anchor who's rejecting the Dallas Maverick rookie's "bribe." Parks, a former star at Duke University and at Marina High in Huntington Beach, smiles and offers a Rolex in exchange for getting his basketball highlights on the tube. No thanks, he is told, no deal. National TV ads aren't where you expect to find many NBA rookies--even Michael Jordan had to prove himself as a rookie before becoming a marketing icon.
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June 4, 1992 | Compiled by: Times editorial researcher Michael Meyers
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