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April 8, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A San Clemente man is in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after discovering a big rig is tougher to drive than it looks, authorities said. Dennis Du Bois, 25, is charged with hijacking a tractor-trailer truck Wednesday from the Whittaker brake-check facility on the Golden State Freeway north of Castaic. The suspect drove to the site in a car at about 2 p.m.
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September 14, 1998
A bizarre bus chase in the San Gabriel Valley ended Sunday morning with the arrest of a man who allegedly stole a Metropolitan Transportation Authority vehicle and even picked up passengers. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said David Ward, 50, who they believe is a transient, broke into the empty bus in Monrovia when the driver was taking a break. Ward drove along the bus' route, picking up between three and 10 passengers, said Sgt. Steve Petersen.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1998
A bizarre bus chase in the San Gabriel Valley ended Sunday morning with the arrest of a man who allegedly stole a Metropolitan Transportation Authority vehicle and even picked up passengers. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said David Ward, 50, who they believe is a transient, broke into the empty bus in Monrovia when the driver was taking a break. Ward drove along the bus' route, picking up between three and 10 passengers, said Sgt. Steve Petersen.
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April 5, 1997
The driver of a bus that led South Gate police on a short chase Thursday night before smashing into a house, seriously injuring himself and critically hurting a man, had stolen the vehicle, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman said Friday. The MTA driver had parked at a designated rest stop at Garfield Avenue and Florence Place and was taking a break when the suspect hopped aboard and drove off just before 7 p.m., spokeswoman Mary Ann Maskerey said. Police say the MTA driver flagged down patrol officers, who initiated a chase that ended when the bus hit two cars, a man and a house near Chalet Drive and Foster Bridge Boulevard.
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September 14, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The culprits who stole a $45,000 tractor-trailer that had been detached from the cab of a big rig proved that they are not above smaller temptations as well by grabbing a handful of snack food worth about $5 from another trailer parked nearby. The thieves broke into a locked trailer containing about 20,000 pounds of fruit roll-ups, but apparently didn't think the entire cargo was valuable enough to steal, authorities said.
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July 4, 1995
Talk about family feuds. Thomas D. Sutherland, 25, apparently wanted to end his by plowing down his brother's Long Beach house with a stolen bulldozer, police said Monday. Sutherland had smashed a station wagon in the driveway of his 37-year-old brother's home and torn up 56 feet of city sidewalk by the time police arrived Sunday evening, Long Beach Police Cpl. Josef Levy said. Police were still trying to figure out why Sutherland was so angry at his brother, whose name was not released.
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September 10, 1993
A Glendale woman stole an ambulance that had unloaded a heart attack victim at a Burbank hospital Thursday night and led firefighters in a fire engine on a wild mile-long chase before she was caught, authorities said. Gay Simeon, 34, allegedly waited outside Thompson Memorial Medical Center, 466 E. Olive St., until paramedics rushed a patient inside before hopping into the ambulance and speeding off, said Burbank Fire Department spokesman Mike Hand.
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January 2, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This is the kind of caper the Hardy Boys would have loved--the case of the missing airplane. On Dec. 17, workers at the Quail Lake Sky Park here brought Seth Broche's single-engine plane out of its hangar for a routine examination by his mechanic. The Cessna 210 was inspected, but the aircraft was not immediately returned to its berth. The next day, it was gone. The disappearance has baffled Broche, who has been refurbishing the Cessna since he bought it in October.
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April 5, 1997
The driver of a bus that led South Gate police on a short chase Thursday night before smashing into a house, seriously injuring himself and critically hurting a man, had stolen the vehicle, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman said Friday. The MTA driver had parked at a designated rest stop at Garfield Avenue and Florence Place and was taking a break when the suspect hopped aboard and drove off just before 7 p.m., spokeswoman Mary Ann Maskerey said. Police say the MTA driver flagged down patrol officers, who initiated a chase that ended when the bus hit two cars, a man and a house near Chalet Drive and Foster Bridge Boulevard.
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April 13, 1990 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state report says Long Beach had the largest increase in serious crimes of any major California city last year, prompting police to demand that more officers be hired and neighborhood activists to organize special citizen patrols. Major crimes shot up 25% in 1989 over the previous year, with the murder rate increasing by 46% in the same period, according to the Bureau of Criminal Statistics in the state Department of Justice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1997
The driver of a bus that led South Gate police on a short chase Thursday night before smashing into a house, seriously injuring himself and critically hurting a man, had stolen the vehicle, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokeswoman said Friday. The MTA driver had parked at a designated rest stop at Garfield Avenue and Florence Place and was taking a break when the suspect hopped aboard and drove off just before 7 p.m., spokeswoman Mary Ann Maskerey said.
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July 4, 1995
Talk about family feuds. Thomas D. Sutherland, 25, apparently wanted to end his by plowing down his brother's Long Beach house with a stolen bulldozer, police said Monday. Sutherland had smashed a station wagon in the driveway of his 37-year-old brother's home and torn up 56 feet of city sidewalk by the time police arrived Sunday evening, Long Beach Police Cpl. Josef Levy said. Police were still trying to figure out why Sutherland was so angry at his brother, whose name was not released.
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January 4, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man driving a stolen big rig truck on the rain-slick Antelope Valley Freeway spun into a school bus Tuesday morning--causing minor injuries to five students--then fled the scene on foot. About 45 students were aboard the bus headed for the first day of classes at the new La Mesa Junior High School in Canyon Country when the truck forced the bus partly off the southbound side of the freeway just south of Sand Canyon Road, authorities said.
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January 2, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This is the kind of caper the Hardy Boys would have loved--the case of the missing airplane. On Dec. 17, workers at the Quail Lake Sky Park here brought Seth Broche's single-engine plane out of its hangar for a routine examination by his mechanic. The Cessna 210 was inspected, but the aircraft was not immediately returned to its berth. The next day, it was gone. The disappearance has baffled Broche, who has been refurbishing the Cessna since he bought it in October.
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December 14, 1994
The crime rate dropped across the nation in the first half of 1994, and Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley-area cities were part of the trend. Citywide, 378 homicides were reported during the first six months of this year, contrasted with 532 during the same period in 1993. For all eight crimes covered in a recent FBI survey, the decrease was 13%, surpassing an average 6% drop for U.S. cities of more than 1 million residents. In Lancaster, there were 12.3% fewer crimes; in Santa Clarita, 3.
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September 28, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO
A $40,000 race car was stolen from in front of the owner's house Tuesday morning, Los Angeles police said. Also taken were a custom-built trailer and a white F-150 Ford truck. The thieves were fortunate to find the race car still parked on the trailer and attached to the truck, Police Sgt. Dan Maestro said. About 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, the car's owner, Nicholas Johanides, parked the truck and adjoining trailer and race car outside his house in the 5800 block of Oakdale Avenue, police said.
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January 4, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man driving a stolen big rig truck on the rain-slick Antelope Valley Freeway spun into a school bus Tuesday morning--causing minor injuries to five students--then fled the scene on foot. About 45 students were aboard the bus headed for the first day of classes at the new La Mesa Junior High School in Canyon Country when the truck forced the bus partly off the southbound side of the freeway just south of Sand Canyon Road, authorities said.
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September 28, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO
A $40,000 race car was stolen from in front of the owner's house Tuesday morning, Los Angeles police said. Also taken were a custom-built trailer and a white F-150 Ford truck. The thieves were fortunate to find the race car still parked on the trailer and attached to the truck, Police Sgt. Dan Maestro said. About 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, the car's owner, Nicholas Johanides, parked the truck and adjoining trailer and race car outside his house in the 5800 block of Oakdale Avenue, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The culprits who stole a $45,000 tractor-trailer that had been detached from the cab of a big rig proved that they are not above smaller temptations as well by grabbing a handful of snack food worth about $5 from another trailer parked nearby. The thieves broke into a locked trailer containing about 20,000 pounds of fruit roll-ups, but apparently didn't think the entire cargo was valuable enough to steal, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1994 | DOUGLAS ALGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A San Clemente man is in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail after discovering a big rig is tougher to drive than it looks, authorities said. Dennis Du Bois, 25, is charged with hijacking a tractor-trailer truck Wednesday from the Whittaker brake-check facility on the Golden State Freeway north of Castaic. The suspect drove to the site in a car at about 2 p.m.
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