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November 12, 1998
Concerned over the welfare of two young children left orphans after the murder-suicide of their parents, officers at the San Fernando Police Department have started a fund. Bedding, clothing, toys, money and other donations are needed for Manuel Sida Jr., 6, and his 4-year-old sister Guadalupe, who has Down syndrome. The children were taken in by their aunt and uncle, said Sgt. Tony Ruelas of the San Fernando Police Department.
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February 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A woman died after she was stabbed in San Fernando, authorities said Thursday night. The attack was reported around 3:30 p.m. in 300 block of Harps Street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. His name and age were not released. Homicide detectives from the Sheriff's Department were assisting the San Fernando Police Department in the investigation. No other details were immediately available. Since January 2007, at least five other homicides have been reported in San Fernando, according to The Times' Homicide Report database . [For the record 7:30 a.m. PST Feb. 14: An earlier version of this post misspelled Harps Street as Harts Street and incorrectly identified the victim as being male.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
Former San Fernando Mayor Jess Margarito faces felony charges for allegedly crediting friends and acquaintances with court-ordered community service they did not perform, authorities said Thursday. Capping a three-year investigation by the San Fernando Police Department, prosecutors filed forgery charges Monday against Margarito, a longtime San Fernando power broker who also served as a city councilman and parks director. If convicted, he faces up to four years and four months in state prison.
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November 2, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
As chief of the San Fernando Police Department, Robert Ordelheide cherishes simplicity. He can learn about a problem, choose a plan of attack and see specific results right before his eyes -- sometimes all in the same day. Life with a department composed of 38 officers and 32 civilian personnel feels right to him, especially with the massively complex LAPD right next door. "It's so small here that you know who you're dealing with and not fighting a lot of bureaucracy," he said.
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November 26, 1993 | GEOFFREY MOHAN
As residents head out for the famed after-Thanksgiving buying blitzes, volunteers in San Fernando would like to add a few items to shopping lists--food, clothes and cash for the needy. The city is gearing up for its annual food basket drive, hoping to gather enough canned or packaged food by Dec. 15 to be able to deliver baskets to about 150 families.
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October 7, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
A federally funded local law enforcement block grant of $49,860 was awarded to the city this week to help improve public safety. The program, established by the federal departments of Commerce, Justice and State, awards funds annually to help communities reduce crime. "We're very excited," said San Fernando City Administrator John Ornelas. "We applied about eight months ago and it was a very lengthy application process."
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October 20, 1995
WHERE TO GET MONEY: City of San Fernando Public Works Director Mike Drake was the first to cash out. He approached the new automated teller bank machine installed Thursday in the lobby of the San Fernando Police Department headquarters, stuck in his card and punched in his personal identification number.
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April 24, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted tonight in the latest enforcement effort by the San Fernando Police Department to crack down on drunk drivers. The department stepped up patrols last year after a rash of fatal accidents on major thoroughfares such as Glenoaks Boulevard were caused by drunk drivers, Lt. Dan Peavy said. As a result, drunk-driving arrests rose from 48 during the first three months of 1992 to 155 during the same period this year.
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September 2, 1995 | TIM MAY
An automated teller machine will be installed inside the San Fernando Police Department headquarters on 1st Street. The cash-dispensing machine should be in place by the end of the month, said Bea Walker, branch manager of the U.S. Postal Service Federal Credit Union in Mission Hills, which will supply the ATM.
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June 22, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a man who has tried three times to abduct girls in San Fernando. Sgt. Bill Greene of the San Fernando Police Department said Tuesday that his department has released a composite sketch of the man officials believe is responsible for accosting three girls since April. "We're making the assumption that they are related because of the similarities of the vehicle and the suspect's description," Greene said.
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April 14, 2006 | Amanda Covarrubias and Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writers
First, 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle got fined. Then she got famous. She got a $114 jaywalking ticket and now people the world over know her story about why she thinks the motorcycle cop did her wrong. Editorial writers from Sacramento to Scotland have rushed to Coyle's defense. Strangers in distant lands are rising to support her. Camera crews show up at her Sunland trailer unannounced, wanting Coyle to repeat the story once again. And she doesn't even have a phone.
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June 3, 2003 | Michael Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Speeders in San Fernando, beware. The bikers are back. After an absence of 47 years, the motorcycle unit of the San Fernando Police Department has been reinstated with one main objective: to slow down motorists. "When I took over as chief, the citizens told me the biggest issues were traffic and safety concerns such as speeding and cutting in and out," said Chief Anthony Alba, adding that one reason motorists speed in the city is that it's surrounded by three freeways.
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May 5, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dominick Rivetti, the veteran chief of the San Fernando Police Department, retired from the force this week, saying he plans to take a job with the Los Angeles district attorney's office. The 52-year-old chief said Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley asked him to work as that office's liaison to area law enforcement agencies, replacing Joseph De Ladurantey, who held the post under former D.A. Gil Garcetti. Rivetti joined the San Fernando department in 1970 as an officer and became chief in 1986.
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October 7, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
A federally funded local law enforcement block grant of $49,860 was awarded to the city this week to help improve public safety. The program, established by the federal departments of Commerce, Justice and State, awards funds annually to help communities reduce crime. "We're very excited," said San Fernando City Administrator John Ornelas. "We applied about eight months ago and it was a very lengthy application process."
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September 5, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angelina Hernandez ate dinner with her fiance and friends on Christmas Eve 1999 and left for a few minutes to get dessert. She never returned. About 9:20 p.m. a drunk driver ran through a stop sign at Orange Grove Avenue and 7th Street in San Fernando and struck her car. Hernandez, 23, who lived in Sylmar and worked at a bank, died at the scene. She is survived by a daughter, Adriana, 9, and a son, David, 5. "She just left for pie," said her fiance, David Galvez, 25.
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September 5, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After Angelina Hernandez ate dinner with her fiance and friends on Christmas Eve 1999, she left for a few minutes to get dessert. She never returned. About 9:20 p.m. a drunk driver ran through a stop sign at the intersection of Orange Grove Avenue and 7th Street in San Fernando and struck her car. Hernandez, 23, who lived in Sylmar and worked at a bank, died at the scene. She is survived by a daughter, Adriana, 9, and a son, David, 5. "She just left for pie," said her fiance, David Galvez, 25.
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April 17, 2000
Braving flames, smoke and exploding helium tanks, two San Fernando police officers rescued two men who were trapped in a burning house early Sunday, authorities said. The fire destroyed a flower and gift shop and damaged an adjoining three-bedroom house, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. Resident Sara Gonzalez, 54, thanked Officers Christian Colelli and Carlos Topete for their actions. Gonzalez said she smelled heavy smoke about 2 a.m. and rushed to the phone.
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September 12, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
The city of San Fernando has received a federal grant to hire a police officer to counsel troubled youth at schools full time. The $125,000 grant will help pay the new officer's salary for three years, said Tom Waldman, a spokesman for Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Mission Hills). The funds are being provided by the U.S. Justice Department's COPS in Schools program, he said.
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