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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1988
The Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a plan to provide financial assistance to the county's Victim-Witness Assistance Program that will allow it to continue helping victims of domestic abuse obtain court orders against their attackers. The board's action Tuesday allows the program to continue the service for at least another six months. The board also established an 11-member committee that will seek permanent private-sector funding for the service.
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March 24, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as the woman opens the door and studies the two men in suits on her front porch, she knows the news is bad. She slumps against the wall and says softly: "No, Jesus, no." The two homicide detectives confirm that a 15-year-old boy just killed in a drive-by was the woman's nephew. They get the information they need and are ready to move on. But Norma Johnson's job is just beginning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1990
In September, 1986, two weeks after I was married, a would-be burglar assaulted me in my West Los Angeles apartment. I was severely beaten about the head and chest, all for the sake of money. When the ambulance arrived, I said that I couldn't afford to take it. The police officer said he would get me information about an agency that would help. A week later, I found out about the Crime Victim Center in Los Angeles. There, I learned about a victim-witness assistance program through the state that offered financial aid for my subsequent counseling and doctor bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1992 | BOB ELSTON
When her pager jolts her out of sleep during the night, Pat Bell of Huntington Beach, grandmother of 11, feels "a little tingle of excitement." Within minutes, Bell, a volunteer for the Crisis Response Team in Irvine, is out of bed and traveling to the scene of a violent crime, steeled only by her sincerity and compassion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1992 | BOB ELSTON
When her pager jolts her out of sleep during the night, Pat Bell of Huntington Beach, grandmother of 11, feels "a little tingle of excitement." Within minutes, Bell, a volunteer for the Crisis Response Team in Irvine, is out of bed and traveling to the scene of a violent crime, steeled only by her sincerity and compassion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
The case began like any of thousands that filter through the legal system each year. A frightened woman, beaten by her husband, went to court and got a protective order to keep him at bay. It wasn't until the next morning that J.E.T. Rutter, the now-retired Superior Court judge who signed that order several years ago, heard about the case's tragic outcome: the woman, unaware that she could get police to serve the order on her husband, had her sister do it.
NEWS
May 22, 1988 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
When the killers came, Alexandra Hernandez and her family were watching television. Without warning, the front of the East Compton home was strafed with automatic rifle fire from a Soviet-style AK-47. Alexandra's 6-year-old sister died; her father was fatally wounded. Paramedics raced her mother, brother and young cousin to hospitals. All alone, Alexandra, 16, notified relatives of the tragedy and then, as best she could into the early morning hours, answered the questions of sheriff's deputies.
NEWS
March 24, 1994 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as the woman opens the door and studies the two men in suits on her front porch, she knows the news is bad. She slumps against the wall and says softly: "No, Jesus, no." The two homicide detectives confirm that a 15-year-old boy just killed in a drive-by was the woman's nephew. They get the information they need and are ready to move on. But Norma Johnson's job is just beginning.
NEWS
May 28, 1987 | GARY LIBMAN
While a Los Angeles equipment rental company was closed for the weekend in 1981, two employees unlocked the gate, backed a truck into the yard and stole a 40-foot boom lift. They drove the lift to a contractor, who bought it for $12,000 and used it for two years before police intervened. Although a court convicted the thieves, original owner Ben Hinkle faced the loss of wear and tear on the $28,000 lift and the deprivation of potential rent of $1,000 a month between 1981 and 1983.
NEWS
September 28, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, Times Staff Writer
A 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl who was kidnaped from her home and raped last weekend is recovering exceptionally well, thanks to her generous reserves of strength and self-confidence, her counselor said Wednesday. "She seems to be bouncing back pretty well," said Susan Perdue, a counselor who aids Orange County crime victims through a state-funded program. "She has a good sense of who she is, and she's self-confident, so that helps her a lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1990
In September, 1986, two weeks after I was married, a would-be burglar assaulted me in my West Los Angeles apartment. I was severely beaten about the head and chest, all for the sake of money. When the ambulance arrived, I said that I couldn't afford to take it. The police officer said he would get me information about an agency that would help. A week later, I found out about the Crime Victim Center in Los Angeles. There, I learned about a victim-witness assistance program through the state that offered financial aid for my subsequent counseling and doctor bills.
NEWS
September 28, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, Times Staff Writer
A 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl who was kidnaped from her home and raped last weekend is recovering exceptionally well, thanks to her generous reserves of strength and self-confidence, her counselor said Wednesday. "She seems to be bouncing back pretty well," said Susan Perdue, a counselor who aids Orange County crime victims through a state-funded program. "She has a good sense of who she is, and she's self-confident, so that helps her a lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
The case began like any of thousands that filter through the legal system each year. A frightened woman, beaten by her husband, went to court and got a protective order to keep him at bay. It wasn't until the next morning that J.E.T. Rutter, the now-retired Superior Court judge who signed that order several years ago, heard about the case's tragic outcome: the woman, unaware that she could get police to serve the order on her husband, had her sister do it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1988
The Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a plan to provide financial assistance to the county's Victim-Witness Assistance Program that will allow it to continue helping victims of domestic abuse obtain court orders against their attackers. The board's action Tuesday allows the program to continue the service for at least another six months. The board also established an 11-member committee that will seek permanent private-sector funding for the service.
NEWS
May 22, 1988 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
When the killers came, Alexandra Hernandez and her family were watching television. Without warning, the front of the East Compton home was strafed with automatic rifle fire from a Soviet-style AK-47. Alexandra's 6-year-old sister died; her father was fatally wounded. Paramedics raced her mother, brother and young cousin to hospitals. All alone, Alexandra, 16, notified relatives of the tragedy and then, as best she could into the early morning hours, answered the questions of sheriff's deputies.
NEWS
May 28, 1987 | GARY LIBMAN
While a Los Angeles equipment rental company was closed for the weekend in 1981, two employees unlocked the gate, backed a truck into the yard and stole a 40-foot boom lift. They drove the lift to a contractor, who bought it for $12,000 and used it for two years before police intervened. Although a court convicted the thieves, original owner Ben Hinkle faced the loss of wear and tear on the $28,000 lift and the deprivation of potential rent of $1,000 a month between 1981 and 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A community rally will be held Saturday to help garner support for Weed and Seed, the city's program aimed at ridding neighborhoods of violent and drug-related crimes. The rally is just one tactic under the unique program, which pairs law enforcement and community service groups to stamp out crime and provide a safe environment for residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1990 | MAJA RADEVITCH
The county's Victim/Witness Assistance program is applying for $165,000 in state funds to continue the program for its 11th year. The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the application at today's meeting. The remainder of the $310,389 needed to operate the program in fiscal year 1990-91 is expected to come from the county. "The Victim/Witness Program provides assistance to anyone who suffered a personal, violent crime," said Kathleen McGoldrick, director of the program.
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