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June 21, 1991 | IRIS CHANG
The Santa Paula Police Department is warning residents to look out for fraudulent telephone solicitors promising free trips to Hawaii to dupe people into revealing their credit card numbers. The solicitors usually call on weekends and introduce themselves as employees of a travel agency, police said. Residents who receive such phone calls should not give out personal information, police said.
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April 29, 2004 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Santa Paula would be better equipped and have access to more resources to fight gangs and drugs if it contracted with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department for police services, according to a department study released Wednesday. But the cost of law enforcement services in the cash-strapped city could jump from an extra $306,000 a year to more than $800,000, according to the study commissioned by the Santa Paula City Council.
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September 3, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Santa Paula Police Department will receive a state grant next week to aid in efforts to curb underage drinking in the city. The $43,931 grant from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control will be presented to Police Chief Bob Gonzales and other city officials at the City Council meeting Wednesday. Gonzales said the grant will pay for a program coordinator to instruct courses on laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.
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September 3, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Santa Paula Police Department will receive a state grant next week to aid in efforts to curb underage drinking in the city. The $43,931 grant from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control will be presented to Police Chief Bob Gonzales and other city officials at the City Council meeting Wednesday. Gonzales said the grant will pay for a program coordinator to instruct courses on laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.
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March 3, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
A Santa Paula teen-ager was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Monday after he rammed his car into the back of a Santa Paula Police Department patrol car whose driver had stopped at a red light, authorities said. Santa Paula Police Sgt. Wes Easley was treated at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital for head and neck injuries he suffered in the crash, and later released, Santa Paula Police Agent James E. Ward said. Police arrested Louis Ernest Bonilla, 18, at the scene, Ward said.
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December 27, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Leaders of a nationally known program based at the Santa Paula Police Department headquarters are questioning how much Police Chief Walt Adair supports their efforts. In a statement released Friday, National Cops 'n' Jocks Program coordinator Rich Randolph said the organization will conduct a survey to see how much support the program has in the Santa Paula department outside of rank-and-file officers.
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February 19, 1992 | SHERRY JOE
The Santa Paula Police Department will discontinue its city-operated burglary and fire alarm service by June 30, the City Council decided Tuesday. Citing the department's shrinking pool of customers, outdated alarm monitoring system and potential lawsuits, Police Chief Walter H. Adair asked the council to prohibit police response to private alarms. "We need to be getting out of the business," Adair said. "There are private alarm companies that can do it better and cheaper."
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April 11, 1999
Remember air raid sirens? They were mounted on tall poles so their warning could be heard all over a neighborhood. And what about church bells? Well, they were placed in lofty steeples so their call to worship could reach far into the countryside. So why would the city of Ventura choose to maintain a noise generator like a pistol range right in the middle of a residential area, on a cliff much higher than any pole or steeple? So that the maximum number of residents, taxpayers, voters would have their yards and homes invaded by the disturbing sound of gunfire?
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December 2, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man who allegedly used an ammunition holder to simulate a gun during a minimarket robbery Sunday night in Ventura was arrested soon after in Santa Paula, authorities said. Ventura Police Sgt. Larry White said the holdup occurred about 7 p.m. at the Circle K Market in the 11000 block of Citrus Drive. The suspect, 22-year-old Ernesto Marron of Santa Paula, allegedly entered the store holding an assault-rifle-type ammunition holder under his sweatshirt, White said.
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December 30, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON and JASON TERADA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A security guard who was a Santa Paula police reserve officer for the last two years has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the city's K mart discount department store last week, authorities said. Santa Paula Police Chief Walter H. Adair said Michael S. Fagan, 26, of Simi Valley was arrested Saturday afternoon near his home after an investigation that allegedly linked him to the early morning robbery Dec. 23.
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June 25, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of failed talks, Santa Paula police officers will start working without a contract Tuesday, with the police union's chief negotiator accusing the city of blocking a settlement. While both sides have said they hoped to avoid the acrimony of past years' bargaining, negotiator Bill Davis of the Santa Paula Police Officers Assn. said no agreement is in sight, despite talks in the Ventura County city since September.
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November 15, 2000
For the second time in a year, Los Angeles police have arrested 30-year-old Pedro Sotelo on suspicion of counterfeiting thousands of Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus passes, MTA officials said Tuesday. Sotelo was arrested last Thursday by detectives who had him under surveillance. A search of his apartment later turned up several hundred bogus passes. Police said they found printing plates and high-speed production equipment capable of making up to 10,000 passes a month. The suspect was arrested along with two women last December for allegedly manufacturing and distributing fake passes, the MTA said.
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September 9, 1999
After a four-hour meeting punctuated by boos and jeers from the audience, the Santa Paula City Council voted 3-2 to give police a 2% raise for the coming 12 months, but not the retroactive raises the 29-member force wanted. Union members said they saw the vote as a failure and will go back to the drawing board to see how they can secure more money. They would not rule out the possibility of filing a lawsuit over unfair labor practices but said it was too early to seriously discuss such a step.
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September 8, 1999 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 200 supporters of the city's police force urged the City Council on Tuesday to continue negotiations with officers to give them their first pay raise in two years, along with retroactive salary. Additionally, Chamber of Commerce officials and several business owners spoke out in favor of the force, which has been working without a contract since 1997. "There must be something wrong," said John Macik, vice president of Santa Paula Chevrolet.
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April 11, 1999
Remember air raid sirens? They were mounted on tall poles so their warning could be heard all over a neighborhood. And what about church bells? Well, they were placed in lofty steeples so their call to worship could reach far into the countryside. So why would the city of Ventura choose to maintain a noise generator like a pistol range right in the middle of a residential area, on a cliff much higher than any pole or steeple? So that the maximum number of residents, taxpayers, voters would have their yards and homes invaded by the disturbing sound of gunfire?
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December 27, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Leaders of a nationally known program based at the Santa Paula Police Department headquarters are questioning how much Police Chief Walt Adair supports their efforts. In a statement released Friday, National Cops 'n' Jocks Program coordinator Rich Randolph said the organization will conduct a survey to see how much support the program has in the Santa Paula department outside of rank-and-file officers.
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December 7, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An autopsy is planned for this morning in connection with the Friday death of a 33-year-old Santa Paula man who got into a fatal altercation earlier this week. The victim, Darryl Solis apparently was involved in a fight Wednesday night with two people at a house in the 100 block of South Steckel Drive. Solis was in a coma with critical head injuries when he was dropped off at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital's emergency room about 11:10 p.m., authorities said.
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October 20, 1990 | MACK REED and SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Ventura County district attorney's office on Friday cleared the Santa Paula Police Department of any wrongdoing in the case of a man who died last month in the Santa Paula jail. District attorney's investigators concluded that Daniel Guajardo, 23, who was found dead about 10 hours after his arrest Sept. 3, died from ingesting lethal doses of cocaine and lidocaine, Deputy Dist. Atty. Peter D. Kossoris said. Santa Paula police arrested Guajardo about 5 p.m.
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January 26, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police Chief Walt Adair admits that sometimes he would rather be flying than handling the delicate financial and political matters of the local force. The 30-year police veteran--an avid flier who spends his vacation days ferrying planes around the world for a local company--has hit a little turbulence recently over the state of the Santa Paula Police Department. But Adair, who says he is not one to back down from a challenge, has no immediate plans to start flying planes for a living.
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December 30, 1996 | SCOTT STEEPLETON and JASON TERADA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A security guard who was a Santa Paula police reserve officer for the last two years has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at the city's K mart discount department store last week, authorities said. Santa Paula Police Chief Walter H. Adair said Michael S. Fagan, 26, of Simi Valley was arrested Saturday afternoon near his home after an investigation that allegedly linked him to the early morning robbery Dec. 23.
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