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October 9, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Anaheim Police Officer Steve Stempniak's career as a crisis negotiator began the day he pushed open a bathroom door and found a despondent 17-year-old sitting on the floor slowly working a knife back and forth across his wrists. As blood began oozing out, Stempniak started talking to the youth to gain his trust--and save his life. An hour later, the teen-ager surrendered, ending his suicide attempt and launching Stempniak on a new path within the Anaheim Police Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
Anaheim Police Officer Steve Stempniak's career as a crisis negotiator began the day he pushed open a bathroom door and found a despondent 17-year-old sitting on the floor slowly working a knife back and forth across his wrists. As blood began oozing out, Stempniak started talking to the youth to gain his trust--and save his life. An hour later, the teen-ager surrendered, ending his suicide attempt and launching Stempniak on a new path within the Anaheim Police Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1986 | DAVID REYES and ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writers
An armed 45-year-old man with a history of mental illness barricaded himself inside his Anaheim home for nearly 24 hours and withstood a heavy barrage of tear gas before police lured him out Monday afternoon with a pack of cigarettes, police said. The cigarettes, tossed onto the walk in front of his house, brought Frank Benjamin Kovaletz--dubbed "Crazy Frankie" by his neighbors--outside long enough for police to arrest him.
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March 22, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and OTTO STRONG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police, held at bay for 19 hours by a heavily armed man who sprayed occasional volleys of gunfire at them, captured the man Sunday afternoon after he fell asleep inside an apartment that he had seized and barricaded, authorities said. The quiet capture of Brian Main, described as a transient from Huntington Beach, contrasted with the tense, nearly daylong standoff for about 40 police officers and dozens of residents who had been evacuated from their homes Saturday night and Sunday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1986 | DAVID REYES and ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
An armed, 45-year-old Anaheim man with a history of mental illness barricaded himself inside his home for almost 24 hours and withstood a barrage of tear gas before police lured him out Monday afternoon, Anaheim police said. It was a pack of cigarettes, tossed onto the walk in front of his house, that finally brought Frank Benjamin Kovaletz--dubbed "Crazy Frankie" by his neighbors--outside long enough for police to grab him.
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October 8, 1989 | JEAN DAVIDSON and DAVE LESHER, Times Staff Writers
A 33-year-old man, reportedly distraught over the recent breakup with his girlfriend, shot and killed the woman's son Saturday and then held her elderly mother hostage for nearly six hours before releasing her and surrendering, Anaheim police and witnesses said. Darren Look, 21, was shot when he ran to his mother's defense after a suspect identified by police as George William Burnside of Anaheim stormed into the family's home with a gun and a hand grenade, a witness said.
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