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May 20, 1996 | TIM MAY
Johny Carpenter, a.k.a. the "Cowboy Samaritan," will be honored Tuesday as Citizen of the Year by the East Valley Coordinating Council. Carpenter, 81, has run the Heaven on Earth Ranch in Lake View Terrace since 1969. Over the years, the ranch--which features Western storefronts, chuck wagons and horses--has welcomed thousands of disabled children and adults.
October 18, 1990 | TED BROCK
Charlene Johanneson of Elbert, Colo., was driving home with her son and daughter on Interstate 25 near Denver Sunday when a hit-and-run driver struck their car from behind. Denver Bronco Coach Dan Reeves and his wife, driving home from the Broncos' 34-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, stopped to help. After calling police on his car phone, Reeves stayed at the scene for 45 minutes until an ambulance arrived. Said Johanneson: "You know the guy wasn't feeling on top of the world.
July 30, 1990
Gary Smith helped a fellow citizen. Sadly, it cost him his life. The 35-year-old San Diego carpet layer was cut down, brutally and needlessly, because he cared enough to get involved, something so few of us do. Smith was installing a rug in a condominium when he heard screams from a woman in the building next door. He went to her rescue and chased a gun-wielding burglar. Smith, who was not armed, was shot in the face, abdomen, left arm and right thigh.
April 13, 1989
Los Angeles police have arrested three of four youths suspected in the April 2 killing of a North Hollywood man who chased the group after they tried to steal a neighbor's pickup truck. The 16-year-old alleged triggerman and a 17-year-old companion were arrested at a home in North Hollywood, and the third suspect, also 16, was arrested while walking along a street in the community, Lt. Ron LaRue said. The teen-agers were booked on suspicion of murder and were being held without bail at Sylmar Juvenile Hall.
October 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A Denver woman says a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 25 on Sunday ruined her day, but a bad day on the football field didn't stop Denver Broncos Coach Dan Reeves from stopping to help. Charlene Johanneson was driving to her home in Elbert with her two children when a hit-and-run driver slammed into her car from behind as she drove south. Reeves and his wife, on their way home from the Broncos' 34-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the first person to stop and offer assistance.
July 8, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE
While sheriff's deputies searched for her, a missing 9-year-old girl spent the night peacefully at the home of a good Samaritan who found her wandering the streets of Stanton early Tuesday and later informed authorities of her whereabouts. Cynthia Selene Ortiz, reported missing Monday night from her home in the 7900 block of Lampson Avenue, was the subject of an intense search by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
January 18, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A 20-year-old Seal Beach man who was struck by a car as he helped victims involved in an accident on the Pomona Freeway has died of his injuries, officials said Monday. George Ragheb was pronounced dead late Sunday. He had been hospitalized since Jan. 9 after he was struck as he got out of his vehicle to help after an accident near Phillips Ranch Road.
Terry Lynn Smith first saw Johnaton George last Saturday morning sitting in the car of a mutual friend outside her home. Asked to take the stranger in, Smith did not think twice. "I looked at it as me helping someone, so I wasn't scared," she said Tuesday from her small white wooden house, where George spent four nights. "I thought the Lord would bless me for that. The Lord is on my side, and I feel nothing will happen to me."
July 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
COLORADO * A "good Samaritan" paralyzed in a 1997 shooting while trying to prevent a racially motivated murder of a West African immigrant has died of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. Jeannie VanVelkinburgh, 41, was found dead at her home by her 15-year-old son, Aurora police Det. Rudy Herrera said.
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