De La Rosa shooting versions in dispute Trial coming to close in killing of detective

Marc S. Posner
North County News

Orange County Register
29 Oct 1992: a03.

Closing arguments got under way Wednesday in a Los Angeles County courtroom, with both sides haggling over details surrounding the June 1990 slaying of Fullerton narcotics Detective Tommy De La Rosa during a drug sting gone awry.

De La Rosa, at the conclusion of several days of wheeling and dealing, traveled to a Downey home to make a $4 million cocaine sale. About 40 seconds after entering the home on June 21, 1990, De La Rosa fell dead in the driveway. He was shot five times, but killed a suspect in the gunbattle.

Prosecutor Dan Lenhart asked a jury Wednesday to convict three of four defendants of premeditated murder during a would-be drug heist. Continue reading “De La Rosa shooting versions in dispute Trial coming to close in killing of detective”

PEOPLE Disabled spread their wings Free plane rides give kids, adults a rare look at area

Marc S. Posner
North County News

Orange County Register
18 Oct 1992: b06.

Gregory Kissel straps himself into the back seat of a Beechcraft Bonanza and flashes an excited smile — just one of many seen on this day. As the left engine on the twin prop roars to life, he wraps his arm around Walker Horton and smiles again.

Slowly, the six-seat plane taxis to the runway, following a line of others. Pilot Richard Nesbit guns the engines, goes through the final checks and gets an OK from the tower. In the blink of an eye, the plane is hurtling down Fullerton Municipal Airport’s runway.

The craft stretches skyward and soon Kissel, 21, and Horton, 27, are looking down at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Both have Down’s syndrome and are taking part in Eagle Flight 8, a program that gives free plane rides to physically and developmentally disabled children and adults. Continue reading “PEOPLE Disabled spread their wings Free plane rides give kids, adults a rare look at area”

CSUF union protests planned layoffs

Marc S. Posner
North County News

Orange County Register
13 Aug 1992: b09.

Waging the latest battle of the state’s budget war, 125 members of a California State University, Fullerton, union Wednesday protested the planned layoffs of 13 employees.

Chanting slogans such as “It’s a shame to have a state where cutbacks make us second rate,” the pickets marched in front of the university’s administration building from noon to 1 p.m.

They wore V-shaped pink ribbons as a symbol of victory over pink slips. Continue reading “CSUF union protests planned layoffs”