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January 7, 1999
It has been four years since 4-year-old Al Jimenez died of a brain tumor. A fir tree was planted in his memory near the kindergarten at Elmhurst School. Over the holidays, somebody chopped it down. "Of all the things to vandalize, why the tree?" asked school Principal Linda DuBois. Al was enrolled at the school when he died, touching the hearts of the classmates and parents who planted a tiny Douglas fir in his memory. It had grown to 5 feet.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1999
It has been four years since 4-year-old Al Jimenez died of a brain tumor. A fir tree was planted in his memory near the kindergarten at Elmhurst School. Over the holidays, somebody chopped it down. "Of all the things to vandalize, why the tree?" asked school Principal Linda DuBois. Al was enrolled at the school when he died, touching the hearts of the classmates and parents who planted a tiny Douglas fir in his memory. It had grown to 5 feet.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
A reward is being offered for information about $30,000 worth of vandalism to smog-analyzing machines at a Camarillo business, authorities said. Ventura County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and criminal complaint against those responsible for a break-in at R.K. Smog Service at 341 N. Dawson Drive in Camarillo. During the burglary, a number of smog analyzing machines were smashed. Police believe the crime occurred between 4 p.m. May 16 and 7:30 a.m.
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May 30, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
A reward is being offered for information about $30,000 worth of vandalism to smog-analyzing machines at a Camarillo business, authorities said. Ventura County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and criminal complaint against those responsible for a break-in at R.K. Smog Service at 341 N. Dawson Drive in Camarillo. During the burglary, a number of smog analyzing machines were smashed. Police believe the crime occurred between 4 p.m. May 16 and 7:30 a.m.
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March 30, 1993 | DOUG McCLELLAN
Burglars have stolen two computers during three recent break-ins at Glenwood Elementary School on Windsor Drive in Thousand Oaks, authorities said. During the most recent burglary March 21, thieves stole a Macintosh computer from the principal's office and ransacked desks and cabinets. They also painted gang graffiti on the walls and floor, according to the Ventura County Crime Stoppers. The first break-in was Jan.
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April 2, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
Port Hueneme police have arrested two Oxnard men as suspects in the trashing and attempted break-in at a small office building in Moranda Park earlier this week. Fidencio Lupin Hernandez, 18, and Jose Luis Mariscal, 19, were linked to the Tuesday incident through fingerprints, blood and skin found at the scene, police said. Mariscal's hand was injured when he broke one of the building's windows with his fist, Sgt. Fernando Estrella said.
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April 17, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Santa Paula police arrested four Santa Paula men and recovered a large quantity of candy from a car after a pre-dawn burglary at Santa Paula High School, authorities said Friday. After spotting a vehicle parked next to the school at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, the officers investigated and gave chase when the driver sped away, said Santa Paula Police Cmdr. Mark C. Hanson.
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May 19, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
Police have offered a reward in the arrest of a vandal who has slashed the tires on a Port Hueneme woman's vehicles 11 times in the past three months. Although Phuong (Mai) Graham said her family has been singled out because they are Vietnamese, police say they have no evidence that the slashings are racially motivated. "You'd think that if it was a hate crime, there would be literature or some message left," said Detective Rollen F. Burns.
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April 3, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura City Council on Monday will consider spending an additional $30,000 to remove graffiti because increased vandalism has drained the $55,000 set aside to finance the program this fiscal year, city officials said. Since November, the number of calls to the city's 24-hour graffiti hot line, which previously averaged about five calls a day, has shot up to an average of 25 a day, said Mike Solomon, who heads the program. "If we weren't doing this program, we would look like L.A.
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May 8, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although little gang violence has occurred in Simi Valley over the past two years, the city has been "inundated" with graffiti that have caused more than $200,000 damage in the past seven months alone, local officials say. The city's gang and graffiti problems are spelled out in a new report prepared by Simi Valley police, code enforcement officers and the city crews who clean up vandalism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
Police have offered a reward in the arrest of a vandal who has slashed the tires on a Port Hueneme woman's vehicles 11 times in the past three months. Although Phuong (Mai) Graham said her family has been singled out because they are Vietnamese, police say they have no evidence that the slashings are racially motivated. "You'd think that if it was a hate crime, there would be literature or some message left," said Detective Rollen F. Burns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1993 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although little gang violence has occurred in Simi Valley over the past two years, the city has been "inundated" with graffiti that have caused more than $200,000 damage in the past seven months alone, local officials say. The city's gang and graffiti problems are spelled out in a new report prepared by Simi Valley police, code enforcement officers and the city crews who clean up vandalism.
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May 7, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
Oxnard police have arrested four juveniles in connection with a graffiti-tagging contest that caused an estimated $5,000 in damage in the south part of the city last weekend. The four 16-year-old Oxnard youths were arrested on suspicion of participating in a contest that left graffiti on railroad crossings, trees, walls and traffic signs on Bard Road between Justin Way and Rose Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Santa Paula police arrested four Santa Paula men and recovered a large quantity of candy from a car after a pre-dawn burglary at Santa Paula High School, authorities said Friday. After spotting a vehicle parked next to the school at 2:45 a.m. Thursday, the officers investigated and gave chase when the driver sped away, said Santa Paula Police Cmdr. Mark C. Hanson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura City Council on Monday will consider spending an additional $30,000 to remove graffiti because increased vandalism has drained the $55,000 set aside to finance the program this fiscal year, city officials said. Since November, the number of calls to the city's 24-hour graffiti hot line, which previously averaged about five calls a day, has shot up to an average of 25 a day, said Mike Solomon, who heads the program. "If we weren't doing this program, we would look like L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
Port Hueneme police have arrested two Oxnard men as suspects in the trashing and attempted break-in at a small office building in Moranda Park earlier this week. Fidencio Lupin Hernandez, 18, and Jose Luis Mariscal, 19, were linked to the Tuesday incident through fingerprints, blood and skin found at the scene, police said. Mariscal's hand was injured when he broke one of the building's windows with his fist, Sgt. Fernando Estrella said.
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 20-year-old regular customer of the Heroes and Legends comic book store in Thousand Oaks was arrested Wednesday in connection with the arson and anti-Semitic vandalism of the store in September, authorities said. Investigators said several more arrests are expected soon in the incident, in which the arsonists spray-painted the building in the 1100 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard with swastikas and the phrase "Die Jew."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
Oxnard police have arrested four juveniles in connection with a graffiti-tagging contest that caused an estimated $5,000 in damage in the south part of the city last weekend. The four 16-year-old Oxnard youths were arrested on suspicion of participating in a contest that left graffiti on railroad crossings, trees, walls and traffic signs on Bard Road between Justin Way and Rose Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1993 | DOUG McCLELLAN
Burglars have stolen two computers during three recent break-ins at Glenwood Elementary School on Windsor Drive in Thousand Oaks, authorities said. During the most recent burglary March 21, thieves stole a Macintosh computer from the principal's office and ransacked desks and cabinets. They also painted gang graffiti on the walls and floor, according to the Ventura County Crime Stoppers. The first break-in was Jan.
NEWS
November 12, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 20-year-old regular customer of the Heroes and Legends comic book store in Thousand Oaks was arrested Wednesday in connection with the arson and anti-Semitic vandalism of the store in September, authorities said. Investigators said several more arrests are expected soon in the incident, in which the arsonists spray-painted the building in the 1100 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard with swastikas and the phrase "Die Jew."
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