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February 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A reputed gang member has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man five times with a screwdriver outside an Altadena restaurant, law enforcement authorities said Monday. Juan Jose Cortez, 27, was being held Monday night at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Altadena Station on $300,000 bail, according to online booking records. Department officials alleged that Cortez approached the victim Thursday as he was getting out a car with his family. Cortez began arguing and removed his shirt, exposing a gang tattoo, officials said in a statement.  "The suspect announced he was from a local gang as he tried to punch the victim," officials said.  Sheriff's officials said the two began to scuffle and the victim was attacked with the screwdriver.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A reputed gang member has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man five times with a screwdriver outside an Altadena restaurant, law enforcement authorities said Monday. Juan Jose Cortez, 27, was being held Monday night at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Altadena Station on $300,000 bail, according to online booking records. Department officials alleged that Cortez approached the victim Thursday as he was getting out a car with his family. Cortez began arguing and removed his shirt, exposing a gang tattoo, officials said in a statement.  "The suspect announced he was from a local gang as he tried to punch the victim," officials said.  Sheriff's officials said the two began to scuffle and the victim was attacked with the screwdriver.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Add Prince to the growing group of veteran artists releasing new songs seemingly out of nowhere. Like David Bowie and Justin Timberlake before him, the Purple One sprang a new tune -- in this case, a tight little fuzz-rock delight titled "Screwdriver" -- on unsuspecting fans this week, and Pop & Hiss is pleased to report that it's definitely worth your bandwidth. (Watch a lyric video for the tune below.) Prince appears to have recorded the tune with his new backing band, which may or may not be called 3rdEyeGirl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Torrance police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a Yum Yum Donuts and repeatedly stabbed the worker behind the counter in broad daylight. The attacker was described as a 6-foot-tall black man between 30 and 40 years old with a thin build who was wearing an orange, short-sleeved button-up shirt, khaki pants, a dark blue baseball cap and white tennis shoes. The man walked into the doughnut shop in the 17200 block of Prairie Avenue during the afternoon on Nov. 27 and placed an order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Torrance police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a Yum Yum Donuts and repeatedly stabbed the worker behind the counter in broad daylight. The attacker was described as a 6-foot-tall black man between 30 and 40 years old with a thin build who was wearing an orange, short-sleeved button-up shirt, khaki pants, a dark blue baseball cap and white tennis shoes. The man walked into the doughnut shop in the 17200 block of Prairie Avenue during the afternoon on Nov. 27 and placed an order.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1993
After reading your story regarding the use of screwdrivers as weapons (Oct. 3), I am convinced it is high time we registered every screwdriver owner and imposed a 15-day waiting period on the purchase of any screwdriver. I anticipate The Times' strong support for this action. DONALD E. EDDY Woodland Hills
OPINION
June 25, 2003
If Sgt. Scott Anderson of the Maywood Police Department (letter, June 20) -- or any other police officer -- thinks that the fatal shooting of a mentally disturbed, tiny woman armed with a screwdriver is justified, perhaps he should consider a different line of work. Cops are paid to be warriors, the "new centurions." We taxpayers expect a certain level of bravery from them. It has been 49 years since I had basic training as a 19-year-old Army draftee, but if I had a truncheon and couldn't neutralize a woman with a mere screwdriver without shooting her, I would be the laughingstock of every red-blooded American male I know.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1993 | THOM MROZEK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys man arrested last week on murder charges after allegedly shooting a panhandler at a Van Nuys gas station was released from jail Tuesday after prosecutors requested further investigation. Charles Hoyle, 25, was accused of shooting Reggie McKay, 25, twice Thursday night after Hoyle refused to give money to a group of five men, authorities said. Hoyle fled the station but was arrested the following morning. He told police that he fired his weapon in self-defense.
REAL ESTATE
June 11, 1989 | ANDY LANG, Associated Press
If you were starting a home workshop--and you had accomplished very little in the way of doing it yourself--which basic tools should you purchase, assuming you had to watch your budget? We recently tried this question on some of our friends who are fairly handy at fixing and making things. Everybody agreed on two of the tools that would be required. You could not get by, it was said emphatically, without a hammer and a screwdriver. No argument there. Even if you never contemplated a home workshop or planned to repair anything, a hammer and a screwdriver are needed whether you own a house or rent an apartment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1985 | GLENN BURKINS, Times Staff Writer
Genaro Samano Villanueva, the 16-year-old youth charged with murdering actor David Huffman, has a history of using screwdrivers to break into cars, witnesses testified Thursday during a pretrial hearing in Juvenile Court. Witnesses said Villanueva had been using screwdrivers to break into cars months before Huffman was stabbed to death with a screwdriver-like object while chasing someone who broke into a recreational vehicle in Balboa Park. Prosecuting attorney Harry M.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Add Prince to the growing group of veteran artists releasing new songs seemingly out of nowhere. Like David Bowie and Justin Timberlake before him, the Purple One sprang a new tune -- in this case, a tight little fuzz-rock delight titled "Screwdriver" -- on unsuspecting fans this week, and Pop & Hiss is pleased to report that it's definitely worth your bandwidth. (Watch a lyric video for the tune below.) Prince appears to have recorded the tune with his new backing band, which may or may not be called 3rdEyeGirl.
OPINION
June 25, 2003
If Sgt. Scott Anderson of the Maywood Police Department (letter, June 20) -- or any other police officer -- thinks that the fatal shooting of a mentally disturbed, tiny woman armed with a screwdriver is justified, perhaps he should consider a different line of work. Cops are paid to be warriors, the "new centurions." We taxpayers expect a certain level of bravery from them. It has been 49 years since I had basic training as a 19-year-old Army draftee, but if I had a truncheon and couldn't neutralize a woman with a mere screwdriver without shooting her, I would be the laughingstock of every red-blooded American male I know.
OPINION
April 27, 2002
Re "Was Fatal Encounter Murder or Justifiable Homicide?" April 22: When police officers pump a zillion bullets into an elderly homeless woman, a mentally impaired home dweller, a Halloween party guest or a startled woman who had fallen asleep on the side of the road, murder charges are never filed. "The officers were reasonably in fear of their lives" is the official statement. If Travarla Atwell Saffore--who killed a man who had not only chased him through the streets for 20 minutes but was found with a screwdriver in his pocket--were a police officer, instead of the district attorney's office filing murder charges it would be giving the official statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2000 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Friday approved spending $975,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Margaret Mitchell, the 102-pound homeless woman fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer last year. The city's civilian Police Commission had ruled that the shooting violated the department's policies on the use of deadly force.
NEWS
February 16, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A sharply divided Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday rejected the recommendation of Chief Bernard C. Parks and found that the fatal police shooting of a frail homeless woman last year violated department policy. Three of the five commissioners sided with their civilian watchdog, Inspector General Jeffrey C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1999 | JOSH MEYER and STEVE BERRY and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Flatly contradicting the official account given by Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks, two eyewitnesses who were just feet away when an officer fatally shot a mentally ill homeless woman have told The Times that Margaret Laverne Mitchell was attempting to flee and never attacked the two officers with a screwdriver, as they have alleged.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 1989 | DON WALLER
This is really Zoo York City noisemeisters Sonic Youth working in semi-serious disguise and in love with Madonna, as evidenced by their affectionate send-up/tribute/deconstruction of "Into the Groovey," an '86 one-off single that's easily the most interplanetary, extraordinary, supernatural thang here. (Though Kim Gordon's dryly knowing delivery of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" and the 16 tons o' screwdriver guitar pyrotechnics associated with SY thembeautifulselves that get splattered across both sides of this longplayear come thigh-quiveringly close.
OPINION
April 27, 2002
Re "Was Fatal Encounter Murder or Justifiable Homicide?" April 22: When police officers pump a zillion bullets into an elderly homeless woman, a mentally impaired home dweller, a Halloween party guest or a startled woman who had fallen asleep on the side of the road, murder charges are never filed. "The officers were reasonably in fear of their lives" is the official statement. If Travarla Atwell Saffore--who killed a man who had not only chased him through the streets for 20 minutes but was found with a screwdriver in his pocket--were a police officer, instead of the district attorney's office filing murder charges it would be giving the official statement.
HOME & GARDEN
May 22, 1999 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Driving screws should be among the easiest of all operations performed in the home or shop. But if you don't have the right screwdriver, it can be one of the most frustrating. The basic screwdriver has four parts: handle, shank, blade and tip. Although wood-handled screwdrivers are available, those with plastic handles are preferred because of their greater strength and lower cost. Screwdrivers come in a number of sizes, and tip designs correspond to several screw heads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1998 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Oxnard officer was acting in self-defense when he fired 13 shots into a 46-year-old man and killed him after the man lurched toward him with an 18-inch screwdriver, a district attorney's review concluded Wednesday. Albert Trujillo Flores was shot by Oxnard Police Officer Jack Kujawa about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 6 after he stopped Flores, who was riding his bicycle erratically along a south Oxnard street.
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