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June 18, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A truck driver from Chino Hills was shot in the head and killed early Saturday in a bar during a robbery that turned violent, police and bar patrons said. Patrons and the owner of the Sherwood Inn said the man was a regular customer whom they knew only as Wayne, a divorced father in his early 40s. When he was shot, they said, he was cooperating fully with the robbers, who had ordered patrons to lie on the floor. "The bartender said he was quiet.
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January 21, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The husband and stepdaughter of a slain corrections officer were re-interviewed Tuesday by police investigators who had "questions about the details" of their eyewitness account of the her freeway slaying, a police spokesman said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors filed murder charges Friday against a reputed gang member suspected in the shooting death of a gas station attendant during a robbery. If convicted, Oscar Lemus, 19, of Long Beach would be eligible for the death penalty, Deputy Dist. Atty. Vickie Hix said. A 14-year-old boy, who police said made incriminating statements that link both teen-agers to the slaying, has not been formally charged. Hix said prosecutors plan to use a new law in an attempt to try him as an adult.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A truck driver from Chino Hills was shot in the head and killed early Saturday in a bar during a robbery that turned violent, police and bar patrons said. Patrons and the owner of the Sherwood Inn said the man was a regular customer whom they knew only as Wayne, a divorced father in his early 40s. When he was shot, they said, he was cooperating fully with the robbers, who had ordered patrons to lie on the floor. "The bartender said he was quiet.
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March 19, 1989 | MARIA NEWMAN, Times Staff Writer
Police discovered the bodies of a couple shot to death in their Fullerton home Saturday after their 34-year old son, himself twice wounded by gunshots, made his way to a neighbor's house, banged on the door and then collapsed. The son, Randy Ballusk, was listed in stable condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange on Saturday evening, suffering at least two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and one to the hip, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Tony Hernandez.
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January 21, 1998 | GEOFF BOUCHER and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The husband and stepdaughter of a slain corrections officer were re-interviewed Tuesday by police investigators who had "questions about the details" of their eyewitness account of the her freeway slaying, a police spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1989
Some recent gang-related killings in the county. May 28, 1988--Cornelia Mitchell, 82, of Buena Park was fatally shot by a bullet that pierced her home in what police said was gunfire from gang members, who were shooting at a rival gang member running past her home. July 3, 1988--Aburto Olympo, 18, of Santa Ana was killed and three people were injured after a gang-related argument erupted into gunfire in a parking lot at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana.
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April 16, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL and FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One month after the Orange County Grand Jury refused to issue a criminal indictment, federal officials have stepped in to review the circumstances surrounding the Christmas Day shooting of a veteran sheriff's deputy by a fellow officer during a training exercise. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether grounds exist to indict Deputy Brian P. Scanlan under federal criminal civil rights law, Justice spokesman Myron Marlin said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1991
A 54-year-old man was shot in the chest Monday, and his girlfriend was questioned in the shooting. Adaro Guillermo remained in Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center after the 3:50 p.m. shooting. Orange County sheriff's deputies were still questioning his girlfriend, Joan Picha, 49, at her home late Monday night on Via Valverde, where the shooting occurred, apparently after an argument, Lt. Jay Mendez said.
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September 29, 2002 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
An 8-year-old Dana Point girl lost her right kidney and most of her right arm and remained in critical condition a day after her father accidentally shot her at close range with his new shotgun. No charges will be filed in the Friday evening shooting, Orange County sheriff's officials said. The names of the father and the girl--who is in the intensive care unit of Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center--were not released.
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April 15, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors filed murder charges Friday against a reputed gang member suspected in the shooting death of a gas station attendant during a robbery. If convicted, Oscar Lemus, 19, of Long Beach would be eligible for the death penalty, Deputy Dist. Atty. Vickie Hix said. A 14-year-old boy, who police said made incriminating statements that link both teen-agers to the slaying, has not been formally charged. Hix said prosecutors plan to use a new law in an attempt to try him as an adult.
NEWS
April 16, 1994 | DOREEN CARVAJAL and FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One month after the Orange County Grand Jury refused to issue a criminal indictment, federal officials have stepped in to review the circumstances surrounding the Christmas Day shooting of a veteran sheriff's deputy by a fellow officer during a training exercise. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether grounds exist to indict Deputy Brian P. Scanlan under federal criminal civil rights law, Justice spokesman Myron Marlin said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1989
Some recent gang-related killings in the county. May 28, 1988--Cornelia Mitchell, 82, of Buena Park was fatally shot by a bullet that pierced her home in what police said was gunfire from gang members, who were shooting at a rival gang member running past her home. July 3, 1988--Aburto Olympo, 18, of Santa Ana was killed and three people were injured after a gang-related argument erupted into gunfire in a parking lot at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana.
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March 19, 1989 | MARIA NEWMAN, Times Staff Writer
Police discovered the bodies of a couple shot to death in their Fullerton home Saturday after their 34-year old son, himself twice wounded by gunshots, made his way to a neighbor's house, banged on the door and then collapsed. The son, Randy Ballusk, was listed in stable condition at UCI Medical Center in Orange on Saturday evening, suffering at least two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and one to the hip, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Tony Hernandez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1986 | Times staff writers Marcida Dodson and Bill Billiter compiled the Week in Review stories.
Cal State Fullerton philosophy professor Richard L. Smith was sentenced last week to at least 17 years in prison for murdering the estranged husband of his girlfriend. Smith was convicted by jury trial of murdering Donald L. Matters on May 3, 1984. The jurors rejected Smith's claim that he was insane at the time of the shooting. Orange County Superior Judge John J. Ryan sentenced Smith to serve at least 17 years and possibly life in prison.
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August 9, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Santa Ana gang members were convicted of murder in a drive-by shooting that left two people dead, including a 4-year-old boy who was sitting in a car with his family. But a separate jury, sitting in on the same trial, deadlocked on murder verdicts for a third defendant--identified by prosecutors as the actual triggerman--and convicted him on a single count of murder conspiracy. Authorities have called the Sept.
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