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February 19, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER
When he was growing up in the 1960s, Police Officer Harald Martin spent many hours in La Palma Park, playing ball and roughhousing with his friends. Thirty years later, Martin is still spending a lot of time in the park, but he's not having much fun. Martin, during his off-duty hours, is leading a civilian crusade to remove drug dealers, junkies and homeless alcoholics that he says have taken over the 21-acre park north of downtown and made it inhospitable for families.
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November 11, 1986
A vagrant was arrested about midnight Sunday on suspicion of murdering another transient whose body had been found several hours earlier in the dry bed of the Santa Ana River, police said. An autopsy Monday showed that the victim, a 52-year-old man who investigators believe had been living in the river bed, died of a head injury, authorities said. Police Officer Bob Gustafson said the victim's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
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December 20, 1989 | LILY ENG
The city has tried to force homeless people out of the Civic Center and parks, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County said Tuesday, notwithstanding officials' claims that its policy was only to remove discarded belongings. "The city had every intention to drive the homeless out of Santa Ana for good," said Legal Aid attorney Crystal Sims. In a city memo dated June 16, 1988, Allen E.
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November 2, 1987 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
There was a time, Jon Dibene says, when you could watch kids boldly selling illegal drugs as they rode around Sun Valley Park on their bicycles. There also was a time, says the Rev. Anthony M. Yim, when you could watch colonies of scruffy transients build large bonfires at night in North Hollywood Park. Some men slept in equally scruffy cars that lined Tujunga Avenue, the park's western boundary. But these days, say Yim and Dibene, many of the drug dealers and transients are gone.
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June 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Jurors in Fort Worth saw pictures of the twisted, bruised and bloody body of a homeless man as a former nurse's aide went on trial on charges she hit him with her car, drove home with his body lodged in the windshield and left him to die in her garage. Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the murder case both said Chante Jawan Mallard, 27, took drugs and drank heavily in the hours before she hit Gregory Biggs on a highway on Oct. 26, 2001. The defense says it was an accident, not murder.
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December 7, 1989 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Joseph's Table, a Wilmington charity that feeds homeless people and distributes free groceries to the poor, has been stung by a string of three burglaries in the past three weeks. More than $2,500 worth of food, cooking supplies and office equipment--including a typewriter--were taken during the first two break-ins, both of which occurred last month. The soup kitchen has not yet tallied its losses from the third burglary, which occurred last weekend.
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December 18, 1998 | NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sign on the wall of the building on South Figueroa Street reads: "No entry without permission." The interior, apartment units abandoned by an owner facing foreclosure, reveals the warning's ineffectiveness. Inside one apartment, a kitchen wall is spray-painted with names--G Bone, K Dog and 8 Ball--an abbreviated roll call for a gang that has claimed it as a hideaway.
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September 22, 1994 | ALEXANDER COCKBURN, Alexander Cockburn writes for the Nation and other publications
This week, Keith McHenry is sitting by the phone waiting for a call to come down to Superior Court in San Francisco to face a felony charge arising from his efforts to feed the city's homeless. San Francisco has piled other felony charges on him. So this Good Samaritan faces a possible life sentence under California's three-strikes-and-you're-out law. For feeding homeless people in San Francisco, McHenry has been arrested 92 times since 1988, though never tried and never convicted.
NEWS
October 5, 1986 | JOYCE A. VENEZIA, Associated Press Writer
When Jerry Vasseur found Matt LoBuono in his chicken coop, he pointed a pistol at LoBuono and called the police. At first, he wanted the vagrant arrested. But something about LoBuono told Vasseur this was a man who needed help, not punishment, whose only crime was trying to survive. Vasseur sent the police away and took charge of the 25-year-old vagrant. He filled out complicated forms to get financial aid for LoBuono. He took him to psychiatrists to treat his mental illness.
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July 29, 1995 | THAO HUA and SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A homeless man with a long criminal record kidnaped two boys from a park and raped them behind a nearby church, then telephoned one boy's parents and demanded ransom, police said Friday. Richard Michael Schulz, 52, who has spent more than 12 years in prison and was wanted by police, was arrested late Thursday after a brief manhunt near a hamburger restaurant, where he had expected to collect the ransom, police said.
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