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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2000
Two days after a man shot five people on the Santa Monica pier, city officials said Monday they believe the pier, a world famous tourist destination visited by more than 3 million people each year, is safe. A police substation is right on the pier, they stressed. "I'm not sure what else could be done in terms of security," said Jan Palchikoff, executive director of the organization that runs the pier. "I'm sorry it happened, but it truly is an isolated incident."
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NEWS
May 27, 1993
Aside from the fact it is answerable to an elected City Council, there is one excellent reason why the Santa Monica Police Department does not need a watchdog oversight board: The council majority, aligned with Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, can use its numerical superiority to make our Police Department answerable to a civilian review board composed of a 100% SMRR super-majority. One need only to look at the city's past 15 years to see the SMRR Marxists and radical multiculturalists at work trying to strip this city of the mainstream American values of personal responsibility and the right of the majority to protection of their economic interests and their own personal safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2006 | Hemmy So, Times Staff Writer
An undercover officer with the Santa Monica Police Department was shot in the wrist early Thursday when a gunman opened fire on his car, authorities said. Officer Walter Ramirez, 25, a four-year veteran, was treated at a local hospital and released, Santa Monica Police Lt. Frank Fabrega said. The alleged gunman, Michael Espindola, 20, of Santa Monica, was arrested on charges of attempted murder of a police officer and being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica Police Department has started to enforce that city's controversial new park closure law, issuing scores of warnings last weekend and three citations since then to people in parks after midnight. The enforcement push followed a monthlong effort to inform park regulars that it is now against the law to be in the parks between midnight and 5 a.m., Sgt. Gary Gallinot said.
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April 24, 1992 | BERNICE HIRABAYASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Ballantyne will be able to carry on a family tradition that has lasted five generations thanks to some good police work. Ballantyne, 67, returned from visiting her grandson in Oakland last month to find that her heirloom 3.2-carat diamond ring had been stolen. The ring had been passed down from her great-great-grandmother in Holland to the eldest daughter in the family. She received it on her 40th birthday.
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March 9, 1991 | JULIO MORAN and IRENE CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Monterey Park police believe that last weekend's fatal crash of a single-engine plane into a house was intentional, after discovering that the pilot had left his wife a suicide note several days earlier. Miltiadis Alexiadis, 32, of Lancaster, was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m. last Saturday after his Piper 28 aircraft struck a house in the 1000 block of Brightwood Street, leaving debris over a two-block area. There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.
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September 25, 1994 | TIM MAY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Santa Monica police sergeant, shot twice in an exchange of gunfire with a hit-and-run suspect in Van Nuys on Friday, has been released from a hospital in good condition, authorities said Saturday. Sgt. Ralph (Tim) Bauer, a 23-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department, was released from Northridge Hospital Medical Center just a few hours after he was shot in the neck and back Friday evening. Authorities said Bauer's bulletproof vest saved his life.
NEWS
December 25, 1994
The Los Angeles County Boy Scouts has changed its motto to "Bee Prepared" as part of a community service project in Culver City to get out the word about Africanized honeybees--the so-called killer bees that have struck fear and fascination into Southlanders. The Scouts take the bee threat so seriously that they staged a simulation of a bee-stinging incident.
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July 30, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Santa Monica officials have ordered an independent review of the Police Department's conduct during an investigation of a school board member who witnessed a fight between two youths. The decision came Tuesday after school board member Oscar de la Torre, a critic of the Police Department, accused the department of pursuing a politically motivated probe into an incident in March next to the Pico Youth & Family Center he operates. After a four-month child endangerment investigation of De la Torre by Santa Monica police, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office last week declined to file charges against the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member.
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June 9, 1992 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two young men, teachers at a nearby nursery school, had taken the two young women out for a quiet evening on the town. Acquaintances say the four had gone to the Promenade in Santa Monica, probably eaten dinner and taken in a movie, and apparently were on their way home, northbound on 14th Street in a Honda sedan. Heading west on Wilshire Boulevard in a Jeep Cherokee were two other young men who had spent the evening at the home of a friend in West Los Angeles.
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