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December 22, 1994
A 16-year-old boy believed to be a skinhead was arrested by sheriff's deputies Wednesday on suspicion of severely vandalizing a Jewish cemetery in Norwalk. Detective Richard Hiles of the Norwalk sheriff's station said at least $50,000 in damage was done to 39 of the 200 tombstones at the Chevra Kadisha Mortuary on Curtis & King Road. Several markers--inscribed with family names and Jewish symbols such as the Star of David--were found in piles of marble and granite.
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June 9, 2001 | Times Staff Reports
A North Hollywood man was charged with five counts of vandalism Friday for allegedly destroying more than 60 trees planted in a neighborhood improvement project in Valley Glen, said Richard Schmidt, a lawyer with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. Onni John Laine, 41, faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison, Schmidt said. Laine allegedly told officers with the Los Angeles Police Department that he cut the trees on Victory Boulevard in retaliation for traffic tickets he had received.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men described by police as neo-Nazi punk rockers were sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail for possessing a human skull and signs stolen from Jewish cemeteries, authorities said. Jacob Luis Rupe, 20, and Craig Matthew Lax, 21, were sentenced in Burbank Municipal Court after a jury found them guilty of receiving stolen property and vandalizing church property, a court clerk said.
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January 23, 2001 | NEDRA RHONE
Palmdale sheriff's detectives were searching Monday for two boys who may have vandalized a Littlerock elementary school. About 3:20 p.m. Sunday, a teacher at Daisy Gibson Elementary School on East Palmdale Boulevard saw two boys--believed to be between 8 and 12 years old--in a portable classroom next to the school, said Deputy David Miklos of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The boys ran off when they saw the teacher, who called authorities.
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March 14, 1993 | EMILY ADAMS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mailman Art Parra was just trying to help out. Walking his daily mail route in Norwalk, he could not help but notice graffiti blanketing the walls of his neighborhood. It was ugly, Parra thought, and it created a gangland atmosphere that he did not want his children to live in. So after work, Parra got some paint, brushes and a few volunteers and set about cleaning it up. For this civic effort, he expected gratitude.
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November 29, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drive-by vandals went on an overnight window-smashing spree in the Antelope Valley, damaging about 100 businesses, vehicles and houses in Palmdale, Lancaster and Quartz Hill, sheriff's deputies said Monday. Calls from people whose windows had been shattered, apparently by one or more BB guns fired from a moving vehicle, began at 9 p.m. Sunday and continued well into the next day, deputies said. "We're still interviewing victims," Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Denham said Monday afternoon.
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August 23, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A trespasser in tennis shoes has been taking heavy equipment for joy rides at local construction sites but there are no smiles from workers, who say that at least one break-in nearly caused a severe oil spill. The incidents have occurred over the past few weeks at several Santa Clarita Valley construction sites, according to a report by Deputy Scott Gibson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita Valley Station.
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May 29, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Mural by mural, they're transforming a two-mile stretch of North Hollywood's Vineland Avenue from a series of graffiti-scarred, earthquake-damaged walls and storefronts into an art history textbook's worth of street art. Under the tutelage of artist and part-time actor Tim Fields, dozens of teens from the Encino-based Halcyon Center have reclaimed three Vineland sites from taggers' scrawlings since November.
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January 6, 1999
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those who vandalized a car and painted it with racial slurs in Lancaster on Christmas. Vandals slashed the tires and broke the windows of the car, parked by an African American man outside a bowling alley in Lancaster, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.
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June 9, 2001 | Times Staff Reports
A North Hollywood man was charged with five counts of vandalism Friday for allegedly destroying more than 60 trees planted in a neighborhood improvement project in Valley Glen, said Richard Schmidt, a lawyer with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. Onni John Laine, 41, faces up to 2 1/2 years in prison, Schmidt said. Laine allegedly told officers with the Los Angeles Police Department that he cut the trees on Victory Boulevard in retaliation for traffic tickets he had received.
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April 1, 2000
Councilman Dick Stanford, who acknowledged that he was on hand when City Manager Rick Cole defaced parts of a sexually suggestive billboard in the foothills community, said he will pay for the use of the city "cherry picker" truck that Cole used for the deed. The billboard towering over Azusa Avenue said: "On Sunday April 9th, Six Beautiful Women Will Show You Their Panties."
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February 17, 2000
Six Santa Clarita Valley teenagers were taken into custody for attempting to derail a Union Pacific train, authorities said Wednesday. The boys, ages 13 to 16, hung a cinder-block tied to a rubber hose from the Via Princessa bridge overpass Feb. 7, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita station. The train engineer saw the block hanging at eye level and halted the train to inspect the tracks, the Sheriff's Department said.
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January 26, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU and ROBERTO MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Individually, each of the three ethnically motivated incidents in the Antelope Valley in the last 12 days is enough to send shudders through a region associated in recent years with vicious hate crimes.
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January 26, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU and ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Attacks against two African Americans in the Antelope Valley and the vandalism of the region's only synagogue over the past 12 days have outraged community leaders who promised Tuesday to continue fighting bigotry and hate in the north Los Angeles County suburb. "No group or people or organization should be the target of sentiments of hate or statements of bigotry. You feel violated.
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January 25, 2000
An Antelope Valley synagogue was found vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic rhetoric Monday, but authorities said they did not know who was responsible for the attack. The incident took place at Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar, 1611 E. Ave. J, either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Belland of the Lancaster substation. "They didn't burglarize it," Belland said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1999
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those who vandalized a car and painted it with racial slurs in Lancaster on Christmas. Vandals slashed the tires and broke the windows of the car, parked by an African American man outside a bowling alley in Lancaster, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2000
Councilman Dick Stanford, who acknowledged that he was on hand when City Manager Rick Cole defaced parts of a sexually suggestive billboard in the foothills community, said he will pay for the use of the city "cherry picker" truck that Cole used for the deed. The billboard towering over Azusa Avenue said: "On Sunday April 9th, Six Beautiful Women Will Show You Their Panties."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2000
An Antelope Valley synagogue was found vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic rhetoric Monday, but authorities said they did not know who was responsible for the attack. The incident took place at Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar, 1611 E. Ave. J, either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Belland of the Lancaster substation. "They didn't burglarize it," Belland said.
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January 5, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jewish groups expressed sadness and law enforcement officials acknowledged puzzlement Monday over two Jewish teenagers arrested for allegedly defacing the walls of a Calabasas school with swastikas and white-power slogans. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy J.T. Manwell said the boys, who told authorities they were Jewish and confessed to the crime, said they "thought it would be funny and get a rise out of the community. . . . They knew it would upset people." They were right.
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August 29, 1998
Seven pipe bombs found by U.S. Forest Service employees Friday in a storm drain were detonated by explosives experts. The devices were located at East Loma Alta Drive and Lake Avenue about 11 a.m., said Sheriff's Sgt. George Ducoulombier. About 30 homes were evacuated and the area was cordoned off as the sheriff's arson explosives detail used a robot to inspect the pipe bombs. After the devices were rendered safe, residents were allowed to return to their homes.
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