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Iguana wanna go home? Not when he can find a cozier place to park.

October 06, 1994

LOST AND FOUND: It's hard to imagine who was more traumatized when Pete and Charlene Partida lost their pet iguana: the Partidas, the lizard or the neighbor who found him.

When the iguana, named Noun, disappeared from their Harbor City home, the Partidas posted signs in the neighborhood and took to the streets to search for him.

The Partidas had owned the iguana for two years, and the house just wasn't the same without Noun to slither down from the silk trees in the living room and glare at anyone who dared to sit in Pete's chair.

Noun was not outside in the trees or hiding in the shrubs. It turns out he was two streets away, underneath the hood of a neighbor's car, trying to keep warm. The neighbor just happened to check the oil in his car before going to work and found the 2-foot-long lizard staring at him.

After nudging Noun out of the car, the neighbor knew just who the lizard belonged to, Pete Partida said. That was partly because of the sign the Partidas had put up, and also because Charlene and some friends were standing around looking up into the trees for Noun.

"He drove by saying, 'Hey, you guys lose an iguana?' " Pete Partida said.

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Rancho Palos Verdes bus riders will receive a dollop of sunshine, even at night and on cloudy days.

After realizing that city bus stops were not located near electrical power sources, the City Council voted Tuesday to install solar-powered lights at eight stops, said Veronica Dolleschel, a city staffer.

About $15,000 in Proposition A funds, which are reserved for transit projects, will be used to install the solar panels, Dolleschel said.

Rancho Palos Verdes will save money by avoiding the costs associated with installing electrical hookups and paying electric bills, she added.

Sunshine-powered lights are expected to be in place by March, 1995, Dolleschel said. The lights, set by timers, are to go on at dusk and turn off shortly after the last bus passes around 9 p.m. The solar panels store energy, so the lights still will function even when the sun's not out.

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DOG GONE, AGAIN: Cassie--or maybe it's Lady--the missing and possibly abducted 2-year-old black chow mix, was spotted Thursday evening. But she's gone again.

Sheriff's officials said the dog was checked into a Torrance kennel by a woman who signed the register Cruelly Derille. A kennel employee made the connection between the name and Cruella De Vil, the evil, dognaping villain in Disney's classic "101 Dalmatians."

But the employee didn't call police until the dog had been taken away.

Using a phony name and address at the kennel, Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives contend, is the latest attempt by Lawndale Planning Commissioner Edie Warwick to hide the dog from her rightful owners.

It all began when Warwick found the dog she calls Lady on Sept. 11. Lawndale resident Joseph French and his family lost a black chow mix named Cassie that same day.

The Frenches went to Warwick's house a few days later in response to an ad to claim the dog, but Warwick refused to give it to them. The chow was not convincingly affectionate with the family, she said.

The Frenches called the cops. Warwick refused to turn over the dog to deputies. Last week, she said the chow disappeared from her yard.

Because Warwick will not cooperate with detectives, the district attorney charged her with delaying an investigation and misappropriating lost property. She was scheduled to be arraigned today.

More charges could be filed if Warwick is hiding the dog, detectives said.

An employee of the Kennel Club recognized the dog from a newspaper account and tipped deputies that the dog had been there. No one knows where it is now, although kennel manager Wanda McDonald says "Cruelly" looked a lot like Warwick. Warwick declined to comment.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"One of the problems with this lodge is its age. We lose about 30 members a year due to deaths."

--Norman McHale, exalted ruler of the Carson Moose Lodge, on the declining membership in area service and fraternal organizations. J8.

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