January 31, 1999
Many thanks to Victor Merina for his profile of my brother, the late Sherman Block, longtime sheriff of Los Angeles County ("Requiem for a Heavyweight," Dec. 20). Merina underlined the humanity, humility and courage of my brother, who dedicated his life to the Sheriff's Department, the people of the county and his family. Melvyn Block Chatsworth
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1998 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff-elect Lee Baca is poised to promote a cadre of his political supporters to the top positions on his command staff, while urging departmental officials who opposed him to retire or face demotion, sheriff's sources said Thursday. Assistant Sheriff Michael E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1998
Re "Sheriff Block Dies; His Campaign Still On, Backers Say," Oct. 30: I wish I could convey in these written words the high-pitched, incredulous sound in my voice when I ask: "Has this town gone nuts?!" Am I the only one who sees how ludicrous this continuing campaign is? It was bad enough that a man so ill that there was no way he could carry out his duties was still campaigning to be sheriff. But now the man is dead (I'm very sorry for his family and friends) and before he dies he "made it clear to me (Jay Grodin, chairman of the campaign committee)
November 2, 1998 |
With the ringing words of an ancient Hebrew prayer and the blare of a silver trumpet, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block was laid to rest Sunday, just two days before the election that he had hoped would herald his fifth term as sheriff of the nation's most populous county. "May his repose be peace," prayed Sheriff's Department chaplain Rabbi Henry E. Kraus, his voice bouncing out into the sun-drenched Hollywood Bowl, where Block's funeral service was held.
October 30, 1998 |
Sheriff Sherman Block, who led the nation's largest county law enforcement agency for almost 17 years, died Thursday night at USC University Hospital, three days after surgery to remove a massive blood clot from his brain. He was 74. The sheriff--locked in a hotly contested battle for reelection against challenger Lee Baca, a former sheriff's chief who had made the incumbent's health a campaign issue--was pronounced dead at 7:52 p.m., according to his department's spokeswoman.
October 27, 1998 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block underwent four hours of surgery Monday to remove a blood clot the size of a golf ball from his brain. Although the sheriff--who is 74 years old and already ailing--survived the operation, his faculties may be "significantly impaired," a medical source familiar with the case said Monday night. "He ought to survive," the source said. "He could make an excellent recovery, but there is also the possibility that he will be significantly impaired cognitively.