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October 12, 1997 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Ayers, a 46-year-old electrician and 25-year resident of West Covina, didn't know that City Council meetings were public and that he was entitled by law to attend them. "I had never done any city business," he explained. Lloyd Hahn, 70, a retired accountant, was also curious about how the city worked. He wanted to know "what [officials] really do, not just what you read or hear about," he said.
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November 21, 2005 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
Two people were killed and two others were wounded after gunfire erupted at a birthday party in a West Covina home early Sunday, officials said. Police responding to reports of shots fired at 2 a.m. found one man dead inside the house in the 2200 block of East James Avenue. A second man died of gunshot wounds after being taken to Citrus Valley Medical Center's Queen of the Valley Campus.
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March 25, 2000
A veteran West Covina police officer died Friday in a helicopter training accident near Rialto Airport. Investigators said Charles Chiles, 50, a resident of Duarte and a 14-year veteran of the West Covina Police Department, was killed when the helicopter he was piloting bounced off the ground, climbed briefly back into the air and then crashed. Officials said Chiles had been training to get his helicopter pilot's license.
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May 29, 2004 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
West Covina apologized Friday and agreed to pay $20,000 to Josh Connole, a 25-year-old antiwar activist arrested in attacks on four car dealerships and later released. Six months after Connole's release, a 23-year-old Caltech graduate student, William Jensen Cottrell, was arrested in last summer's arson and vandalism spree, which had caused more than $3.5 million in damage.
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January 27, 1998
Interim Police Chief James Dillon said he has submitted his resignation and is seeking to return to the position of commander as soon as a replacement is found. Dillon, a veteran police officer, assumed command of the West Covina Police Department Dec. 11 after Police Chief John Distelrath was placed on paid leave amid a city investigation into a series of allegations, including conflict of interest. The probe has divided the department and created turmoil.
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January 26, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Officials in the only Orange County city without computerized police records were given the go-ahead Monday night to negotiate a contract for computer services from the city of West Covina. The Seal Beach City Council approved negotiations to establish a computerized records and dispatch system to eliminate the cumbersome filing cabinet search procedures now used by its Police Department.
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September 19, 1997
Southern California's latest virtual-reality attraction will open Tuesday in the basement of West Covina City Hall. But this is no game world. Police officers and some civilians will be able to engage in high-speed chases, learn to handle out-of-control vehicles and protect themselves against armed bank robbers.
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July 26, 1995 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A police task force arrested seven convicted sex offenders in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier on Tuesday for violating a state law that requires them to register their addresses with city authorities. The sweep came after a convicted sex offender who was on parole was charged with the murder of a 26-year-old West Covina woman in May. After the slaying, some West Covina residents demanded to know why public officials did not inform them of the man's presence in their neighborhood.
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October 21, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of an 8-month-old girl was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of leaving her with a stranger while he went looking for rock cocaine, police reported. Ray Luna, 27, whose last known address was in Sylmar, was taken into custody at 3:25 a.m. by patrol officers near Parthenia Street and Columbus Avenue where he allegedly abandoned the infant to buy drugs late Sunday night, authorities said. Luna was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment and jailed at the Devonshire Station, Det.
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February 11, 1988 | ERIC WILHELMUS, Times Staff Writer
A state Supreme Court ruling has paved the way for a jury trial in a $10-million lawsuit in which a father has charged the West Covina Police Department with negligence that contributed to his 10-year-old son's death. West Covina had asked the Supreme Court to reverse a Court of Appeal ruling allowing the trial to take place. But last week, the high court let the ruling stand. The suit involves the death of Ronald Tolleson Jr.
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May 28, 2004 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
When the West Covina SWAT team unleashes Bulldog, it's not for his bite. It's for his ability to see in the dark, survive in the line of fire and provide a perfect description of a suspect to SWAT team members. Bulldog is a 150-pound remotely operated robot. It resembles the battling robots on "BattleBots" more than NASA's Mars rover. This Robocop is 5 feet tall with a claw, two cameras, a pair of halogen lights mounted on four powerful motorized wheels.
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March 15, 2002 | CARA MIA DiMASSA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two West Covina toddlers are in critical condition after apparently climbing through a hole in a fence around their home's backyard pool and nearly drowning Thursday morning, authorities said. "The moms were watching them from inside the house, but after 10 minutes they lost sight of the children," said West Covina Fire Marshal Rick Genovese. The mothers rushed outside the ranch-style house and found Miguelangel Arriaga, 3, and his cousin Ricardo Arriaga, 2, face up in the pool.
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March 28, 2001 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities are investigating why a 911 call from a woman to a West Covina dispatcher, reporting that her brother had been shot in a Northern California city, was never referred to local police as the victim lay dying for more than three hours. During the incident earlier this month, Pittsburg police finally went to the victim after Yvette Segala flew from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area and flagged down a patrol car.
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October 11, 2000
A Baldwin Park woman offered money to a jail official to clear her of felony charges after she had been arrested on suspicion of burglary, police officials alleged Tuesday. Carmen Barrios, 44, was arrested for burglary at 10:30 a.m. Monday after she entered JC Penney with an empty department store bag, filled it with clothing worth about $80 and left the store without paying, police said.
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May 10, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The family and colleagues of a West Covina police officer who was murdered 17 years ago said Tuesday that a federal appeals court ruling overturning the killer's death sentence has reopened old wounds. Until Monday, convicted killer Michael Jackson was closer than any other California inmate to being executed, authorities said. Jackson was convicted of killing Officer Kenneth Wrede in 1983 with his own shotgun. But in a 2-1 decision Monday, the U.S.
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March 25, 2000
A veteran West Covina police officer died Friday in a helicopter training accident near Rialto Airport. Investigators said Charles Chiles, 50, a resident of Duarte and a 14-year veteran of the West Covina Police Department, was killed when the helicopter he was piloting bounced off the ground, climbed briefly back into the air and then crashed. Officials said Chiles had been training to get his helicopter pilot's license.
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November 1, 1990 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Colombian national is scheduled to be arraigned today in connection with the seizure in Newhall of more than 100 pounds of cocaine estimated by authorities to be worth $15 million. Julian Alberto Zuluaga, 29, of Burbank is expected to answer charges in Los Angeles Municipal Court of possession and transportation of cocaine for sale stemming from the arrest Monday night. Investigators have described it as one of the largest cocaine seizures in the Santa Clarita Valley.
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December 6, 1997 | DANIEL YI and RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
West Covina's police chief is under investigation by the city in the wake of revelations that he hired a consultant for his department who was also his partner in private business, city officials said Friday as the council held a closed meeting to decide his fate. No decision was made Friday on the future of John T. Distelrath, a 31-year department veteran.
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October 20, 1999 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bruce Shepherd patrols the streets of West Covina on Mondays with an eye for the suspicious, the illegal, the alarming and the just-not-right. Wednesdays, his wife, Julie, takes the proverbial baton. If they're lucky, they may help save a life or catch a felon. If they're unlucky, they drive to Los Angeles' Twin Towers Jail to pick up urine samples. The Shepherds, 69 and 66 respectively, are part of West Covina's Seniors Helping Our Police--or SHOP--program.
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February 13, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO
A suspected bank robber was shot and killed early Friday outside his Studio City luxury apartment while attempting to flee from police and FBI agents. Anthony Gamboa, 24, was shot by a West Covina police officer in the hallway when he ran from his apartment on the 4100 block of Arch Drive carrying a small duffel bag, authorities said. West Covina officers, accompanied by federal agents, were serving a search and arrest warrant for Gamboa, said Lt.
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