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February 4, 1997
The South Gate Police Department has released new statistics indicating a drop in violent crimes and property crimes across the city. During 1996, South Gate's homicide rate fell 33%, more than twice the figure for homicide reduction statewide over roughly the same period. Reported rapes in the city similarly dropped 26%, while robberies declined 16%. Deputy Chief George Troxcil attributed the decreases to the 94-officer department's focus on outreach programs and street gang intervention.
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May 18, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Four minority South Gate police officers who claimed they were harassed on the job because of their ties to two controversial and eventually ousted Latino city officials won a $10.4-million jury award Thursday. The award is believed to be one of the largest ever in a police employment discrimination case and represents another setback for the controversy-plagued, working-class community in southeastern Los Angeles County.
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NEWS
December 1, 1988
The South Gate Police Department has sold two more surplus police cars to the Tijuana Police Department in Mexico for $1,000 apiece. Both cars are 1985 Dodge Diplomats. Earlier this year, the South Gate police sold five other used cars to the Tijuana police for $900 each. The money goes into the city's general fund budget. The sales establish a liaison between the two police departments, South Gate Police Chief Ronald George said. "They can use the cars. It also opens communications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2002 | ANDREA PERERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police released the names Wednesday of two of the four robbery suspects who led authorities on an hourlong car chase that ended on the Golden State Freeway with the vehicle catching fire and officers killing one of the suspects. Michael Bilderrian, 18, of East Los Angeles pointed a gun at California Highway Patrol officers and was shot, said Officer Wendy Moore, a spokeswoman for the CHP. Bilderrian was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he died.
NEWS
April 15, 1993
Southeast-area residents may discuss their concerns about crime Monday with representatives from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the South Gate Police Department. The issues to be discussed at the district attorney's family forum include drug use, date rape, child abuse, domestic violence, gangs, child support and weapons on school campuses. The forum will feature Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, Police Chief Ronald P. George and other officials.
NEWS
January 27, 1994 | JILL GOTTESMAN
The City Council has agreed to extend its law enforcement contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, scrapping an earlier proposal that the city join forces with the South Gate Police Department. The new contract will run through 1998, city officials said. The city currently pays the Sheriff's Department $4.8 million per year to patrol the city.
NEWS
January 30, 1994 | JILL GOTTESMAN
The Lynwood City Council has extended its contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, scrapping an earlier proposal that recommended the city join forces with the South Gate Police Department. The new contract will run through 1998, city officials said. The city pays the Sheriff's Department $4.8 million a year to patrol the city.
NEWS
June 15, 1989
The City Council has approved a $15 monthly pay increase for the 18 reserve officers who serve with the South Gate Police Department. Compensation for the officers will jump from $35 to $50 a month. The increase will help pay for the officers' uniforms and other expenses. The council also approved increasing to 25 the number of reserve officers, who provide approximately 7,500 hours of service each year to the 89-officer department, Police Chief Ronald P. George said. The reserve officers' last pay increase was in 1982.
NEWS
July 9, 1989
Services were held Friday at Rose Hills Memorial Chapel near Whittier for South Gate Police Officer Jim Welsh, who died after a long bout with cancer. He was 48. Welsh, a resident of South Gate, died Tuesday at the City of Hope in Duarte of complications after surgery for cancer of the lymphatic system. Welsh was diagnosed with cancer in November, 1986, and began treatment. He returned to work for a time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2007 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Four minority South Gate police officers who claimed they were harassed on the job because of their ties to two controversial and eventually ousted Latino city officials won a $10.4-million jury award Thursday. The award is believed to be one of the largest ever in a police employment discrimination case and represents another setback for the controversy-plagued, working-class community in southeastern Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
South Gate Police Chief Doug Christ was fired Tuesday by City Manager Sam Nassar, who said Christ showed a "lack of leadership" during the city's recent political crisis. But some residents called the action politically motivated, noting two police unions, with the chief's support, have sponsored a recall effort to oust the council majority. Christ has been criticized by Mayor Raul Moriel for not restraining audience members at boisterous council meetings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2001 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
South Gate's police unions launched a voter recall campaign Monday against the City Council majority in a battle over the next deputy chief. The long-brewing issue escalated at the council meeting, where hundreds crowded the chambers as Mayor Raul Moriel, Vice Mayor Xochilt Ruvalcaba and council member Maria Benavides were presented with recall papers. Union officials said they also will serve city Treasurer Albert Robles, who wasn't at the meeting, with a recall notice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1999
A South Gate police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at the officer during a confrontation Sunday at a motel, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said. The identity of the dead gunman was withheld, pending notification of next of kin. Investigators declined to name the officer. The shooting took place about 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Gateway Motel, in the 8900 block of Atlantic Boulevard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1999 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
South Gate police have stirred up a mini-controversy by printing street maps that designate the general location of registered sexual offenders who live within a mile of any of the city's 13 elementary schools. Police hope the maps will encourage parents to consult the Megan's Law computer database and identify registered sex offenders in their neighborhoods. Police also said that they want to give parents the chance to change their children's route to school if they now pass an offender's home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1999
A South Gate police officer has pleaded no contest to charges of sexually assaulting a driver he pulled over during a traffic stop last year, authorities said. Robin Craven, 34, is scheduled to be sentenced March 11 in the fondling of a 23-year-old woman on Easter morning, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Nicholas Koumjian. Craven faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1998
A South Gate police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of sexually assaulting a female motorist he allegedly pulled over on Easter morning, authorities said. Robin Craven, 34, also pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that he removed a traffic citation from the police station that was written against a female friend by other officers, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Nicholas Koumjian.
NEWS
April 20, 1989
The South Gate Police Department will receive $215,000 as its share of assets seized in a narcotics raid with other law enforcement agencies. The department assisted members of the Regional Narcotics Suppression Program, which includes various Orange County law enforcement agencies, in a Feb. 10, 1987, raid in the city. The raid led to the arrest of three people and the recovery of $5,453,624 and 18 pounds of heroin in South Gate and Riverside County. Federal law allows law enforcement agencies to seize assets taken in narcotics trafficking cases.
NEWS
August 25, 1988
South Gate police detective Robert M. Todd has been awarded a $22,000 scholarship to attend Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. Todd, who received one of two full tuition scholarships given annually by the law school to sworn law enforcement officers, will start fall classes today at the Fullerton campus. The other scholarship went to a San Diego police officer who will attend the San Diego campus of the university.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1997
The South Gate Police Department has released new statistics indicating a drop in violent crimes and property crimes across the city. During 1996, South Gate's homicide rate fell 33%, more than twice the figure for homicide reduction statewide over roughly the same period. Reported rapes in the city similarly dropped 26%, while robberies declined 16%. Deputy Chief George Troxcil attributed the decreases to the 94-officer department's focus on outreach programs and street gang intervention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1996
Three South Gate police officers who were once part of a high-profile narcotics task force have charged their police chief with failing to investigate improprieties in the unit, and say they may demand a federal or state inquiry. The three officers, who say they resigned from the Southeast Cities Against Narcotics unit after blowing the whistle on investigators who withheld and used property seized from suspects, allege that Chief Ronald George protected the investigators.
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