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July 11, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Saying a jury's $5.74-million verdict against West Covina police in the kidnaping and murder of a 10-year-old boy was clouded by emotion, a judge Monday slashed the award to $300,000. Pomona Superior Court Judge Robert A. Dukes ruled in the city's request that he throw out the May verdict. Dukes said the boy's father, Ronald Allan Tolleson, could either take the lower judgment or have a new trial. Tolleson said he would appeal the decision.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Saying a jury's $5.74-million verdict against West Covina police in the kidnaping and murder of a 10-year-old boy was clouded by emotion, a judge Monday slashed the award to $300,000. Pomona Superior Court Judge Robert A. Dukes ruled in the city's request that he throw out the May verdict. Dukes said the boy's father, Ronald Allan Tolleson, could either take the lower judgment or have a new trial. Tolleson said he would appeal the decision.
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February 11, 1988 | ERIC WILHELMUS, Times Staff Writer
A state Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for a jury trial in a $10-million lawsuit in which a father has charged the West Covina Police Department with negligence that contributed to his 10-year-old son's death. West Covina had asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeal ruling allowing the trial to take place. But last week, the high court let the ruling stand. The suit involves the death of Ronald Tolleson Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA and JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writers
A man convicted of kidnaping and killing a 10-year-old West Covina boy in 1980 admitted his guilt for the first time in court Monday as he testified for the city in a wrongful death suit brought by the victim's father. Danny Jerome Young, 29, said he was testifying on behalf of the city in the $10-million suit to set the record straight and remove any blame from the police who handled the murder case. "The only person who could have saved Ronnie Tolleson was God," Young testified in Pomona Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Nine years ago, soon after his son was found dead in the garage of a neighbor's home, Ronald Tolleson felt West Covina police were partly to blame. On Tuesday, a Pomona Superior Court jury agreed, awarding Tolleson a $5.7-million judgment against the city, Police Chief Craig Meacham and former Officer Larry J. Todd. In ruling against the city, the jury that heard the wrongful death lawsuit found that a "special relationship" existed between the Tolleson family and the Police Department, which did not live up to its responsibility to do everything possible to ensure Ronnie's Tolleson's safety.
NEWS
December 6, 1987 | ANDREA ESTEPA, Times Staff Writer
When 10-year-old Ronnie Tolleson was found dead in a neighbor's garage a week after he had been kidnaped from his home in 1980, the boy's father thought that the city's Police Department was partly responsible. Ronald A. Tolleson filed suit against the City of West Covina and a dozen members of the Police Department, alleging that their negligence had led to his son's death. Tolleson asked the court for $5 million in punitive damages.
NEWS
May 14, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
For years, the city has prided itself on having one of the nation's best suburban police departments. City police regularly grabbed headlines for multimillion-dollar drug busts, garnering praise from state and federal agencies. Police Chief Craig Meacham amassed an impressive resume, twice being elected by other police chiefs to represent their profession. But last week a major blow was dealt to that reputation when a Pomona Superior Court jury found the department negligent in the kidnap-murder case of 10-year-old Ronnie Tolleson Jr. in 1980.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
For years, the city of West Covina has prided itself on having one of the nation's best suburban police departments. City police regularly grabbed headlines for multimillion-dollar drug busts, garnering praise from state and federal agencies. Police Chief Craig Meacham amassed an impressive resume, twice being elected by other police chiefs to represent their profession. But last week a major blow was dealt to that reputation when a Pomona Superior Court jury found the department negligent in the kidnap-murder case of 10-year-old Ronnie Tolleson Jr. in 1980.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Ronald Allan Tolleson Sr. never believed that all those responsible for murdering his 10-year-old son were brought to justice. Although the police and district attorney have closed the case, Tolleson thinks that others who either knew of or participated in the 1980 kidnaping and killing were never identified. Last week, the jury awarded Tolleson $5.74 million in his wrongful-death lawsuit against West Covina police, who Tolleson maintains bungled the original kidnaping investigation.
NEWS
July 13, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Ronald Allan Tolleson said he felt nine years of frustration evaporate in May when a jury ruled that West Covina police were partially responsible for his son's death. After eight years of legal maneuvering--even the state Supreme Court became involved--Tolleson felt vindicated by the verdict, which held that police botched the kidnap investigation of 10-year-old Ronnie Tolleson and contributed to the boy's death. On Monday, that all changed.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
Concerned about a successful malpractice lawsuit against the Police Department over a 1980 kidnap and murder investigation, West Covina officials have begun lobbying for laws to restrict police liability. On Monday, the City Council authorized an effort to change the laws under which it lost a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Ronald Alan Tolleson, whose son was found strangled in a neighbor's home that police had searched.
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