Frank Stoltze

Public Safety Correspondent

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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

Southern Californians Reach Out to Hurricane Evacuees

Latisse Mills of South Central Los Angeles is one of the many volunteers in Southern California who are going the extra mile to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Evacuee Celebrates Birthday in Southland

21-year old Brandon McIntyre is staying at the Dream Center in Echo Park, along with many other refugees of Hurricane Katrina. His parents remain in Baton Rouge, but he came to Southern California for "the experience."

Echo Park Ministry Houses Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

The Dream Center in Echo Park is housing more than a hundred evacuees of Hurricane Katrina, including 48-year old Joclyn Cash, who is staying there with her daughter, two grandsons, and eight other members of her extended family. Her father remains missing in New Orleans.

Local Doctors Return From Emotional New Orleans Trip

A team of Southland doctors and nurses held an emotional news conference describing their experiences treating hurricane victims in New Orleans.

Mayor Introduces Student Safety Initiative

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LA school officials introduce the "Safe School Zones" initiative which is designed to improve safety for students traveling to and from designated campuses.

LA Man Describes Horror of Hurricane Katrina

Kirk Robert, a 50-year old mechanic for the Department of Water and Power, was visiting his father in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck. His father is still missing.

Grand Jury Indicts Four in Southland Terror Plot

A federal grand jury has indicted four men on charges of planning a terror plot in Southern California. The plot was allegedly hatched inside a state prison.

Library Seeks to Put Human Face on Felons

The Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research is collecting stories and artifacts from people who have been incarcerated. KPCC's Frank Stoltze talked with former inmate Walter Ragsdale, who recently spoke at the library.

Muhammad Supporters Challenge Police Commission

The LA Police Commission heard from supporters of Tony Muhammad who say the LAPD launched an unprovoked attack on the Nation of Islam Minister. The LAPD says Muhammad challenged officers.

Anti-Terror Training Added to Crime Prevention Program

The 15-year old federal "Weed and Seed" program has handed out small grants to police and community groups to help reduce crime and create job training. Now anti-terror training will be added to the list.

Local Imam Ministers to Muslims in Prison

Imam Sayd Shakel ministers to prisoners at the federal complex in Victorville. He says more Imams are needed in prisons to combat radical forms of Islam.

So Cal Muslims Issue Appeal in Wake of Terror Plot Reports

Southern California Muslim leaders are asking people to hold their judgment after three members of an Inglewood mosque are arrested in connection with an alleged terrorism plot.

Officials Investigate So Cal Terrorism Plot

Three Southern California men are in custody as officials investigate a terrorism plot that may have connections to a state prison.

CIty Council Considers Renewing Sunshine Landfill Contract

The LA City Council is set to debate a proposal that would keep the trash flowing into the Sunshine Canyon Landfill, but some on the City Council want to see the landfill closed for good.

Murder of Woman Prompts Call For Gang Violence Summit

South LA community activists want the city to host a summit tackling the problem of gang violence following the death of 63-year old Lois Coles who was killed by a stray bullet from a gang shootout.