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August 5, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
Federal agents rounded up 99 suspected illegal aliens Thursday at a Van Nuys corner considered one of the major pickup spots for day laborers in Los Angeles, authorities said. About 40 U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service investigators converged on the corner of Kester Avenue and Oxnard Street at 7 a.m. and apprehended the 97 men and two women who were thought to have been waiting to be picked for one-day jobs, INS spokesman Ron Rogers said.
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July 20, 1988 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
A 38-year-old woman described by Los Angeles police as a transient was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of kidnaping a 6-year-old boy from his parents' home in Van Nuys, where the woman had been staying as a guest.
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June 3, 1988
An alleged gang member sought since October in the murder of a Van Nuys man whose brother he had killed five years ago was in jail Thursday after being captured in San Diego, police said. Ambrosio Villagrana, 26, of Van Nuys was charged with the fatal shooting of Jorge Rafael Cuevas, 30. Cuevas was shot in an alley near Cedros Avenue and Delano Street on Oct. 16, Detective Ernie Guzman said.
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March 12, 1988
A 19-year-old Van Nuys man was being held without bail Friday in connection with the stabbing death of a teen-ager, Los Angeles police said. Police said Robert Griffin of the 7000 block Lennox Avenue stabbed Mano Juarez Estrada, 17, of Van Nuys during a fight near the corner of Sherman Way and Lennox Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Estrada was taken to Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
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February 7, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
Each day, Donald Doll figures he must be at work by 3 a.m. if he is to have enough time to get all the paper work in order and the many travelers ready for their buses. By 7:30 a.m., the buses pull up to the loading terminal and Doll is there, checking transfer papers and escorting people to the proper loading queues. The buses fill and head south to downtown, north to San Fernando or just around the corner in Van Nuys.
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October 16, 1987 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
A former Van Nuys man who fled the country to escape indictment on charges of masterminding a $1-million fraud scheme has been arrested and jailed in London on suspicion of running a call-girl ring in a fashionable section of that city, authorities said. Deputy U.S. Atty. David Katz said federal prosecutors have begun extradition proceedings against Thomas Leonard Balla, who was arrested in England with James Foster, a former Calabasas resident, on Sept. 28.
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August 14, 1987
A Panorama City man who drove a car through a fence and into the Bull Creek flood-control channel near Van Nuys Airport late Wednesday was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities said. Todd Tashima, 26, was arrested after the 9 p.m. accident on the outskirts of the California Air National Guard base near Ruffner Avenue and Arminta Street, Los Angeles Police Detective Richard Ranck said.
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July 23, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
Police have arrested a Sherman Oaks graphics artist on suspicion of murder in the strangulation of an 18-year-old woman during what may have been her first attempt at prostitution, authorities said Wednesday. Richard Heywood Jordan, 40, was arrested on suspicion of murder Tuesday afternoon at his place of work in West Hollywood, Detective Pat Anguiano said.
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July 9, 1987
Detectives have arrested two men and a woman in the shooting death of a reputed gang member whose body was found Monday in a Pacoima trash bin, police said Wednesday. Johnny Ray Johnson, 32, of Pacoima and William Joseph Carson, 28, a transient, were arrested on suspicion of murder, Lt. Bernard D. Conine said. Sheila Ann Harris, 32, of Pacoima was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder, he said.
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February 20, 1987 | STEVE CHAWKINS, Times Staff Writer
A Reseda upholsterer paralyzed after breaking his neck in Van Nuys Jail has sued the City of Los Angeles. Police said Thursday that Gilbert Amescua, 31, injured himself by diving from an upper bunk onto the floor of his cell. Nonetheless, police are responsible for Amescua's injuries, said Fred H. Klonsky, one of the attorneys who Wednesday filed suit on behalf of Amescua in U. S. District Court in Los Angeles, asking $62 million.
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