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July 26, 1997
Demotions of six supervisors with the South Pasadena Police Department are being delayed until next month while the city manager discusses their impact on the force with police labor representatives, officials said. Three police lieutenants and three sergeants were told they had until July 3 to agree to a lower rank and a pay cut as part of an effort to shift more officers onto the streets and streamline management.
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January 30, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
These days a dollar can buy a can of soda, a song on iTunes - or, in South Pasadena's case, an armored vehicle. Last week the city took delivery of a vehicle known as a Peacekeeper, paying Burbank $1 for the privilege. Burbank originally received the Peacekeeper as surplus from the U.S. Air Force. The vehicle is primarily used for rescues and creates a barrier between a potential shooter and a resident or police officer, Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert said. The Peacekeeper saw no action during its Burbank years except during SWAT exercises, but South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne said that his department is boosting its SWAT training and capabilities and that he's pleased to have the vehicle.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1997
The South Pasadena Police Department has demoted three lieutenants and three sergeants and cut their pay as part of an effort to put more police officers on the streets. City Manager Sean Joyce said the demotions are not punitive, but part of a restructuring plan designed to put more of the department's 33 sworn officers in the field. "The restructuring is a result of Interim Chief [John] Anderson's review of the department," Joyce said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1999
A state Court of Appeals has upheld the termination of a South Pasadena police officer fired for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident. In a ruling handed down this week, the appeals court affirmed a Los Angeles Superior Court judge's ruling that City Manager Sean Joyce's decision to terminate Officer Scott Ziegler was proper.
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May 23, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A South Pasadena police employee has been charged with stealing money that was turned in to the department by good Samaritans who found it lying in the street, authorities said Friday. Ralph Viscuso, an owner of JJ Steakhouse in Pasadena, had placed a bag with restaurant receipts on top of his car and forgotten about it. As he drove, the bag fell off and was discovered by two employees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1997
The highest-ranking female officer with the scandal-ridden South Pasadena Police Department has filed a claim for more than $500,000, alleging she was sexually harassed by a co-worker and that Chief Thomas Mahoney failed to take proper action after she complained, city officials disclosed Thursday. Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1996
The embattled chief of the South Pasadena Police Department and the lieutenant who headed an internal investigation of a sex scandal have filed workers' compensation claims against the city, officials confirmed Friday. Interim City Manager Linda Holmes would not describe the claims, nor say whether the city was contesting them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1996
An attorney entered a not guilty plea Tuesday for a politically well-connected South Pasadena police officer accused of an off-duty hit-and-run crash that his colleagues allegedly covered up. Scott D. Ziegler, 33, was not in Pasadena Municipal Court on Tuesday morning when attorney Darryl Mounger entered the plea on his behalf on one count of misdemeanor hit and run and one count of misleading a police officer. Ziegler was not required to attend the arraignment.
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February 6, 1997 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A city-ordered investigation of the scandal-racked South Pasadena Police Department released Wednesday night found so many basic flaws in the organization that the force is now "starting at square one," officials said.
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August 1, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In this genteel city where cops on bicycles glide past stately homes and immaculately landscaped lawns, the South Pasadena Police Department is being roiled by a scandal more out of "NYPD Blue" than "Mayberry RFD." In a claim filed against the city last week, a 28-year-old local woman alleges that she carried on a two-year sexual affair with two on-duty officers, whom she says in legal documents she sometimes met for trysts in police vehicles.
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September 9, 1998
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has upheld the termination of a South Pasadena police officer fired for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident, city officials announced Monday. In a ruling handed down Friday, the judge ruled that the city manager's decision to terminate Officer Scott Ziegler was proper and he refused to grant a writ forcing the city to reinstate the former officer.
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May 26, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As a globe-trotting police officer, Michael Berkow has rebuilt a police force in war-torn Somalia, worked to restore law and order to Haiti and overseen democratic elections in Jamaica. For the last 10 months, Berkow, 43, has been exercising his passion for reform right here in South Pasadena, a small, affluent town just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.
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May 23, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A South Pasadena police employee has been charged with stealing money that was turned in to the department by good Samaritans who found it lying in the street, authorities said Friday. Ralph Viscuso, an owner of JJ Steakhouse in Pasadena, had placed a bag with restaurant receipts on top of his car and forgotten about it. As he drove, the bag fell off and was discovered by two employees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1998
South Pasadena police officers, who were demoted last year as part of a department reorganization after a series of scandals, have filed claims against the city. The city clerk's office rejected the claims for $25,000 each from Sgts. Joseph Payne and Doug Brown, officers Gabriel Thierry, Robert Bartl and DeAnn Wheeless and former Lt. Joyce Ezzell.
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January 16, 1998
A former South Pasadena police officer who pleaded no contest to a hit-and-run accident that shook the department filed a claim against the city Thursday, alleging that he was wrongfully terminated. Scott Ziegler's claim alleges that an arbitrator ruled that the city dismissed him in November 1996 without cause and that he was owed lost wages. City Manager Sean Joyce rejected that recommendation. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, does not state the damages Ziegler seeks.
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August 6, 1997 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After telling investigators that he could not have been involved in a hit-and-run crash because his car was broken down, a South Pasadena police officer and a colleague removed the carburetor from the vehicle--only to be caught in the act by fellow officers, according to city documents released Tuesday. The officer, Scott D. Ziegler, was fired last year after The Times reported on the crash and allegations that the then-police chief helped cover it up.
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August 30, 1996 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The district attorney's office is probing the South Pasadena Police Department after charging an officer with a hit-and-run crash that his colleagues allegedly covered up, officials confirmed Thursday. "It is obviously fertile ground," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Mike Carroll of the department's Special Investigations Division, which handles corruption cases. The probe goes beyond the actual crash, authorities said.
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November 2, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even as prosecutors stressed that investigations remain open, the only criminal charge stemming from a pair of South Pasadena Police Department scandals ended Friday as an attorney entered a no-contest plea on behalf of a politically connected officer whose hit-and-run crash was allegedly covered up by his colleagues. Scott D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1997
Demotions of six supervisors with the South Pasadena Police Department are being delayed until next month while the city manager discusses their impact on the force with police labor representatives, officials said. Three police lieutenants and three sergeants were told they had until July 3 to agree to a lower rank and a pay cut as part of an effort to shift more officers onto the streets and streamline management.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1997
City officials have agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit by the owner of a car damaged in a hit-and-run crash involving an off-duty police officer that was allegedly covered up by his colleagues, officials said Wednesday. City Manager Sean Joyce said he will sign off on a settlement offered by the city's insurer, the Joint Powers Insurance Authority, and accepted by the plaintiff, Marisa Colatriano.
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