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November 4, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A masked gunman who was waving an American flag on a 101 Freeway overpass in Santa Barbara was taken into police custody Monday after an hours-long standoff that shut down the freeway in both directions and caused a rush-hour traffic snarl, officials said. Edward Van Tassel, a 28-year-old Army veteran who served in Iraq, first surrendered his handgun to police, officials said. As part of the negotiation, Van Tassel asked authorities for a Barack Obama sign, which he posted on a chain-link fence on the overpass along with the flag he was holding, said Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte of the Santa Barbara Police Department.
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November 4, 2008 | Victoria Kim
A masked gunman who was waving an American flag on a 101 Freeway overpass in Santa Barbara was taken into police custody Monday after an hours-long standoff that shut down the freeway in both directions and caused a rush-hour traffic snarl, officials said. Edward Van Tassel, a 28-year-old Army veteran who served in Iraq, first surrendered his handgun to police, officials said. As part of the negotiation, Van Tassel asked authorities for a Barack Obama sign, which he posted on a chain-link fence on the overpass along with the flag he was holding, said Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte of the Santa Barbara Police Department.
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April 28, 2007 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
The course of true love never did run smooth, but this week it ran rougher than usual for a man suspected of stealing 26 cars in order to visit his sweetheart. The arrest of Antonio Moreno, 31, of Inglewood followed a relationship that Santa Barbara police described as "stormy." Acting on a tip, officers from a regional auto-theft task force arrested Moreno on Wednesday near his home while he was behind the wheel of a 1988 Toyota Camry.
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April 28, 2007 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
The course of true love never did run smooth, but this week it ran rougher than usual for a man suspected of stealing 26 cars in order to visit his sweetheart. The arrest of Antonio Moreno, 31, of Inglewood followed a relationship that Santa Barbara police described as "stormy." Acting on a tip, officers from a regional auto-theft task force arrested Moreno on Wednesday near his home while he was behind the wheel of a 1988 Toyota Camry.
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November 5, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY
Five suspected gang members from Ventura County were arrested in Santa Barbara early Sunday morning after one of them allegedly shot two youths during a street fight. The shooting occurred near Bath Street and Haley Street in Santa Barbara as three adults and two juveniles were returning to a party after picking up beer, said Lt. Nick Katzenstein, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara Police Department.
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March 2, 2002 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Barbara man has been charged with murder, arson and a hate crime for allegedly setting a sleeping acquaintance on fire at least in part because the man was gay. About 3 p.m. Sunday, Clinton Scott Risetter, 37, awoke in flames. He made his way to his apartment patio, where he died before firefighters reached the scene. At 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, Martin Hartmann, 38, walked into the Santa Barbara Police Department and said he had poured gasoline on Risetter and ignited it, police said.
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March 30, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to a series of serious incidents involving Ventura County gang members, local police have joined forces with Ventura County law enforcement agencies in a crackdown designed to end the violence. Many of the Ventura County gang members say they come to Santa Barbara for a good time--to cruise State Street and look at pretty girls--but increasingly, their forays north have ended in violence and even death.
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February 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A former police detective who tipped off suspected drug dealers and users has avoided a possible jail sentence in a plea deal with prosecutors that includes probation. Alfred Velasco, who resigned from the Police Department on Feb. 1, also agreed to a stipulation that he neither work nor volunteer with a law enforcement agency. Velasco allegedly tipped friends suspected of dealing and using methamphetamine and cocaine that they were being investigated by the department.
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May 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The city has hired California's largest civil appellate law firm to fight a $2.7-million sex-discrimination verdict against the Santa Barbara Police Department. Los Angeles-based Horvitz & Levy will work to reverse judgments of $1.5 million for Sgt. Juanita Smith and $1.2 million for former Officer Margaret Hause.
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April 19, 1995
A 17-year veteran of the Pasadena Police Department was selected Tuesday as acting police chief. Robert Huff, executive commander of the department, replaces Chief Jerry Oliver, who left to take over the top post at the Richmond Police Department in Virginia. The appointment takes effect Saturday. "Bob Huff's career with the Pasadena Police Department has encompassed a wide range of experiences earmarked by a flair for leadership and innovation," said City Manager Philip A. Hawkey.
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February 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A former police detective who tipped off suspected drug dealers and users has avoided a possible jail sentence in a plea deal with prosecutors that includes probation. Alfred Velasco, who resigned from the Police Department on Feb. 1, also agreed to a stipulation that he neither work nor volunteer with a law enforcement agency. Velasco allegedly tipped friends suspected of dealing and using methamphetamine and cocaine that they were being investigated by the department.
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March 2, 2002 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Barbara man has been charged with murder, arson and a hate crime for allegedly setting a sleeping acquaintance on fire at least in part because the man was gay. About 3 p.m. Sunday, Clinton Scott Risetter, 37, awoke in flames. He made his way to his apartment patio, where he died before firefighters reached the scene. At 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, Martin Hartmann, 38, walked into the Santa Barbara Police Department and said he had poured gasoline on Risetter and ignited it, police said.
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March 30, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to a series of serious incidents involving Ventura County gang members, local police have joined forces with Ventura County law enforcement agencies in a crackdown designed to end the violence. Many of the Ventura County gang members say they come to Santa Barbara for a good time--to cruise State Street and look at pretty girls--but increasingly, their forays north have ended in violence and even death.
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November 5, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY
Five suspected gang members from Ventura County were arrested in Santa Barbara early Sunday morning after one of them allegedly shot two youths during a street fight. The shooting occurred near Bath Street and Haley Street in Santa Barbara as three adults and two juveniles were returning to a party after picking up beer, said Lt. Nick Katzenstein, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara Police Department.
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August 12, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
An off-duty Santa Barbara police officer has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself and masturbating in front of two teenage girls at a Refugio State Beach campground. Brian Sawicki, 33, ran when the girls pointed him out Monday to a park ranger, according to an account from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The ranger subdued him after a chase. He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, resisting a peace officer and annoying or molesting a child. The Santa Barbara Police Department has placed Sawicki on administrative leave.
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