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September 1, 1959

The Times, Roanoke, VA

Seeking refuge from authorities who wanted him for breaking and entering and shooting at a policeman, a young rifle-armed thug forced his way into the Marion, Va., home of Mrs. Mary...
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August 1, 1959

Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

Martin Marchello was aroused from bed in the rear of his Los Angeles liquor store by the crash of a display window. Seizing a rifle, Marchello ran to the front and fired at a burglar...
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August 1, 1959

Daily Signal, CA

In Huntington Park, Calif., liquor store proprietor Ray Glass did as he was told when one of three bandits pointed a Luger pistol and forced him to lie on the floor. After cleaning...
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August 1, 1959

The Daily News, Amarillo, TX

Teddy Jett of Borger, Tex., was friendly to two young hitchhikers he had picked up until the one in the back seat struck him on the head with a steel rod. Jett slammed on the brakes, ...
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August 1, 1959

Herald Express, Los Angeles, CA

Josephine Morreale shouted to husband Domenick who was in the back room of their Irwindale, Calif., liquor store when two bandits entered and demanded the money. One gunman ran to...
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July 1, 1959

The New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM

In Tierra Amarilla, N. Mex., shopkeeper Albert Wheeler called on neighbor Jack Taylor to cover the front when the intercom alarm rang in the store owner's bedroom. Wheeler went to...
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July 1, 1959

The Citizen, Lima, OH

A burglar who had spent 17 years in prisons for crimes in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, was killed robbing a restaurant near Lima, Ohio. Proprietor Lowell Tullis grabbed his rifle...
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July 1, 1959

The Bee, Sacramento, CA

Estquio Banayat, co-owner of a Sacramento, Calif., grocery, was sweeping the floor when a gunman entered and demanded the money. Partner Damaso Gumangan sensed trouble and emerged...
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July 1, 1959

Examiner, San Francisco, CA

A bandit pair entered Jack Swartz' San Francisco market, one pinning the proprietor's arms behind him as the other scooped money from the register. Swartz broke away and ran behind...
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July 1, 1959

Mirror News, Los Angeles, CA

Recently Eberhard Herz was tending his father-in-law's Los Angeles, Calif., store when two gunmen, armed with a Luger pistol and a sawed-off shotgun, entered. After making Herz empty...
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July 1, 1959

Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA

Albert Faller, a former Marine member of rifle and pistol teams, awoke when a burglar tampered with the bedroom door of his Pittsburgh home. Faller jumped out of bed with his cal....
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July 1, 1959

Daily News, Greensboro, NC

Three youths, free on bond while awaiting trial on six breaking and entering charges, were surprised by Sam Lovelace as they tried to burglarize his Shelby, N.C., service station....
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July 1, 1959

The Press, Grand Rapids, MI

A young thug who tried to rob the Grand Rapids, Mich., grocery of Albin Kuligowski fled when the proprietor pulled a cal. .38 pistol from his pocket and fired. Police took the bandit...
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July 1, 1959

Daily Tribune, Chicago, IL

A stick-up man was shot dead when Chicago grocer Jessie Thomas wrestled him to the floor, Thomas drawing and firing his pistol in the struggle. The slain bandit's rifle-bearing accomplice ...
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July 1, 1959

Sun, Baltimore, MD

James R. Pickett had closed his Baltimore tavern and retired to his living quarters upstairs when he heard a suspicious noise below. Pickett got his gun, found glass broken in the...
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July 1, 1959

The Times, Kansas City, KS

When the customer pulled a gun after ordering a bottle of whisky, Dave Zusman drew his pistol from under the counter of his Kansas City, Kans., liquor store and fired five times....
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July 1, 1959

The Times, Indianapolis, IN

Thwarting a holdup in Indianapolis, Ind., recently was liquor clerk Victor Sclipcea who reached under the counter for his revolver when a bandit entered brandishing a pistol. Sclipcea ...
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July 1, 1959

Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

Held up six times in recent months and veteran of a recent gun battle with a bandit, Angelo Giangrosso again decided to shoot it out when an armed thug and a companion invaded his...
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June 1, 1959

Free Press, Detroit, MI

Johnny Williams was hired to stand guard in his uncle's Detroit restaurant last Christmas after the sixth break-in. Williams' nightly vigil paid off in April when he surprised two ...
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June 1, 1959

The Press, Fort Worth, TX

When all the customers had left the Fort Worth grocery and he had finished his soft drink, a young thug shoved proprietor W.H. Browne aside, brandished a pistol, and demanded that...
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June 1, 1959

Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX

As Paul Smith was unlocking the door of his Fort Worth market, he felt a gun in his side. Smith whirled, knocked the gunman's hand askew, drew the cal. .38 revolver which he carries...
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June 1, 1959

The Observer, Charlotte, NC

After a series of break-ins of his gas station near Mooresville, N.C., Roy Bumgardner was sleeping in the place when two intruders removed an air conditioning unit to gain entrance....
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June 1, 1959

Journal, Atlanta, GA

Hope Crane opened fire with a cal. .22 pistol when burglars attempted to gain entry to his Atlanta store. Crane had returned to his place of business late in the evening and found...
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May 1, 1959

Blade, Toledo, OH

Lowell Tullis awoke in his home when the burglar alarm sytem was triggered in his nearby Lima, Ohio, restaurant. Armed with a rifle, Tullis sped to the restaurant door, fired through...
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May 1, 1959

Newsday, Long Island, NY

When 2 armed men told New York City package-store owner Sam Kole to empty the register, Kole drew his pistol and began firing. One bandit fled, crashing through the store's plate...
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May 1, 1959

The News, Detroit, MI

Two masked gunmen trapped themselves in Roscoe Campbell's Detroit drugstore in the course of a holdup by locking the front door and removing the key ring to open a jammed cash register....
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May 1, 1959

Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles grocer Harold Hee grabbed his shotgun and set off in pursuit of 3 bandits who had just robbed his wife. The storekeeper got to the getaway car in time to get the drop...
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May 1, 1959

Beacon Journal, Akron, OH

When night mechanic Donald Geiger came to work at an Akron, Ohio, coffee firm, he spied a broken window and investigated. Hearing movement inside, Geiger ran to his home a few doors...
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May 1, 1959

The Tribune, Tampa, FL

Mrs. Walter Haumesser was watching television in her Tampa, Fla., home with her sister when a young intruder pointed a gun at them and demanded money. The gunman permitted Mrs. Haumesser...
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May 1, 1959

Evening News, Newark, NJ

An 83-year-old man recently received the civilian valor award citation "for exceptional police service" from the New Jersey State Patrolmen's Benevolent Association for killing a...
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May 1, 1959

News, Detroit, MI

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, a 4-time victim of robbers, glanced at her pistol behind the counter when a bandit entered her patent medicine store in Detroit, menaced her with hand in pocket,...
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May 1, 1959

Morning News, Dallas, TX

Dallas laundromat owner B.L. Shrum surprised 3 burglars ransacking the shop's coin machines when he unexpectedly returned one evening. Shrum halted them with a single revolver shot...
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May 1, 1959

Post, Denver, CO

Two bandits tore the hinges off the door of a Denver grocery fleeing before 69-year-old Clyde M. Rost's revolver bullets. When one of the gunmen told the grocer "Don't move or we'll...
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May 1, 1959

Independent, Long Beach, CA

An ex-prizefighter pistol-whipped a Long Beach, Calif., pharmacist and forced him and a clerk to lie on the floor as he rifled the safe. Disappointed at the small sum it contained,...
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May 1, 1959

Times, Los Angeles, CA

When a handerchief-masked gunman entered his Long Beach, Calif., liquor shop and delicatessen, Elree H. Waugh snatched his cal. 45 pistol from the desk drawer and began firing. Four...
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April 1, 1959

Daily News, New York, NY

Bronx building superintendent Anthony De Oliviera fired a shotgun at a robber breaking into coin boxes of basement vending machines. Police took the felon, a known narcotics addict,...
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April 1, 1959

UPI, OH

Dale Leonard, 17, working in a Dayton, Ohio, pharmacy storeroom, saw two gunmen force his boss to lie on the floor while they rifled the register. By prearranged signal, Leonard alerted ...
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April 1, 1959

Times, Camden, NJ

Camden, N.J., auto dealer William G. Rohrer returned to his office in the late evening to pick up a package and saw an intruder dart from the room. Grabbing a pistol from the desk,...
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