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November 15, 1987 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
So many adolescents are living on Orange County streets and malls that "we could have 1,000 beds and fill them up," said the director of one of the county's shelters for runaways, truants and incorrigibles. As it is, the county's three dozen beds for juvenile runaways are almost always filled at shelters such as Amparo Youth Shelter or Odyssey, both in Garden Grove, and Casa de Bienvenidos in Los Alamitos. "More and more kids are running away at earlier ages," said J. L.
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May 21, 2005 | Jack Leonard and Evelyn Larrubia, Times Staff Writers
Six teenage foster children improperly kept in a county office waiting room because social workers couldn't find shelter for them have fled over the last month, and at least one is still missing. The youths ran away about the same time state inspectors concluded that having children stay more than 24 hours in the office amounted to operation of an illegal foster home, and ordered the practice stopped.
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April 5, 1990 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state's independent watchdog group Wednesday heaped praise on a pilot program for runaways and abused youths in Hollywood that is sponsored by Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, and argued that more programs like it are needed across the state.
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April 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A 14-year-old girl who authorities say ran away from her home in the Sacramento suburbs more than two weeks ago was found in good condition in rural Missouri after hitching rides with truckers, police said. Ashleigh Markley was found in Versailles, Mo., about 40 miles southwest of Jefferson City, where she was staying with the family of a man she met at a truck stop. The man's family contacted police after hearing that Markley had been reported missing.
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August 9, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is part runaway and part throwaway, and she needs a place to stay. But she is having trouble explaining to a counselor at the Casa Youth Shelter exactly why she feels she can't go home. There are so many reasons. One of them is her brother, who recently beat her with a baseball bat.
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August 6, 2002 | EDWIN CHEN and LISA FACKLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Responding in part to the recent rash of child abduction and slaying cases, President Bush is scheduled today to announce plans for a White House conference on missing and runaway children, administration officials said late Monday. His administration also will release a "Personal Safety for Children" guidebook, describing the best ways parents can protect their children from harm and exploitation--a rare but horrifying phenomenon. Like Bush's Aug.
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March 17, 1985 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
With television cameras rolling, Assemblyman Gray Davis (D-Los Angeles) stood at the cash register at Vons market on Balboa Avenue Friday while the checkout clerk filled a grocery bag that bore pictures of missing children. It was the first of 5 million such bags Vons supermarkets will distribute in the San Diego area this year as part of a campaign by the California Grocers Assn. to find missing children. Pictures of kidnaped and runaway children will also appear on 3.
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September 7, 1987 | STACY FINZ
The Tropicana Night Club, a rundown bar on 12th Avenue located next to a blood bank, seems an unlikely harbor for runaway children. The bright yellow and maroon paint is chipping on the outside of the building and vagrants lean up against the walls of the structure next store. The inside of the Tropicana was recently shelled, and all that remains is some 1940s decor such as a wall of glass bricks and a long, curved bar with an overhead neon light that is the length of the counter.
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November 15, 1987 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
Carmen Ponce had had it, once again, with her mother. And this time her mother was fed up, too. Carmen, 14--a veteran of police stations, shelters, hospitals and boyfriends--had run away from her mother's apartment in Orange for maybe the dozenth time. So in September, her mother, Carol, gave away her daughter's bedroom furniture and threw out her clothes. Then she marched into an Orange police station and begged authorities to let her officially abandon her daughter. They refused.
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November 11, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A teenage girl who ran away from a San Diego residential center for troubled youths over the weekend called home Monday just as her parents prepared to offer a $100,000 reward to anyone helping to find her. Natalie Schneider, 14, called her grandmother in Agoura Hills from a Denny's restaurant in Pacific Beach, near San Diego, just before the news conference was to take place at 2 p.m., according to her family. She said she wanted to come home, her family said.
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January 18, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A statewide Amber Alert for a 12-year-old girl was canceled Saturday because she had left willingly with two adult acquaintances, police said. Although an investigation continued, Celina Bruno is now considered a runaway, Long Beach Police Officer Greg Schirmer said. Police did not believe she is in danger, he said. The girl was last seen about 5:15 p.m. Friday before allegedly leaving with Tony Rich, 41, and Julie Dennis, 35, Schirmer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 13-year-old boy with Down's syndrome who ran away from his parents in Venice on Sunday was found Monday in Koreatown. Jonathan Lopez ran away in the 400 block of Ocean Front Walk at about 7 p.m., according to police. The boy was spotted by a motorcycle officer at about 5:20 p.m. Monday near Western Avenue and Ingraham Street, said LAPD Officer Adriana Sanchez. He was in good condition.
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November 17, 2002 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Adriana says she looks a lot like a man she doesn't know: her father. For that, she says, she pays a price. "My mom hits me all the time," the 14-year-old says. "She hates my father, and I look just like him. I'm a reminder." Adriana, who is being identified only by her first name, says her relationship with her mother has recently deteriorated to new lows.
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August 6, 2002 | EDWIN CHEN and LISA FACKLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Responding in part to the recent rash of child abduction and slaying cases, President Bush is scheduled today to announce plans for a White House conference on missing and runaway children, administration officials said late Monday. His administration also will release a "Personal Safety for Children" guidebook, describing the best ways parents can protect their children from harm and exploitation--a rare but horrifying phenomenon. Like Bush's Aug.
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August 3, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 15-year-old boy missing for more than two years rejoined ecstatic family members Thursday after a social worker in Florida spotted his face on a Web site that posts photographs of missing children. The boy, who was 12 when reported missing, was met by his tearful mother, brother and several friends at San Diego's Lindbergh Field after an FBI agent escorted him from Florida.
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April 17, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jake von Voigt was 3, he figured out how to hop the fence behind his house. Now 7, he's gotten faster and roams farther, slipping out of school, turning up at a backyard swimming pool, or riding his bike on a six-lane, 50-mph road outside the family's gated San Bernardino County subdivision. When his parents, Bob and Marie von Voigt, find him, they scold him, but a child with Jake's level of autism cannot process scolding any more than his own name when his parents call for him.
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August 11, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping teen-age runaways are accusing each other of uncharitable behavior in a bizarre feud that includes allegations of threats, beatings and dirty tricks. The feud pits Van Nuys-based Children of the Night and its renowned executive director, Lois Lee, the subject of a "60 Minutes" profile and a television movie, against a one-man teen rescue organization in West Hills called Thursday's Child.
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February 27, 1993 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than 12 years, the bodies of two murdered teen-age girls lay side by side in a Bakersfield cemetery in graves marked simply "No. 455, A and B." The slayings, attributed to an ex-Marine helicopter pilot convicted in two other Kern County murders, were solved long ago. But despite television programs, extensive newspaper stories, and flyers and notices sent to Los Angeles-area high schools and law enforcement agencies, no one could identify the high school-age Jane Does.
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March 1, 2001 | From Associated Press
A man who turned three runaway teenage girls into prostitutes was convicted of pimping and pandering. A jury on Tuesday took less than four hours to convict Omoro Conteh McCoy, 20, of Long Beach of three counts of pimping, three counts of pandering and two counts of procuring lewd acts on children. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 23. The three girls met McCoy while roaming the streets of Anaheim. Two of them, ages 13 and 14, had run away from their Anaheim Hills home.
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May 8, 2000 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of an Irvine teenager who has been missing for four days rejected police accounts Sunday that her son was staying away voluntarily. "I feel he's alive," said Leslie Novoa, mother of 16-year-old Brandon Novoa, "but I feel there is something or someone intimidating him not to come home. "We feel he's terrified," she said. In a statement released Sunday, Irvine police said: "Brandon Novoa has made telephone contact with two separate friends (Friday night and early Saturday morning).
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