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November 28, 1992 | JANE HULSE
Arraignment for the suspect charged with the arson of a Thousand Oaks comic-book store was postponed Wednesday because he is getting a new attorney. Christopher Nagano, 20, will be arraigned Tuesday in Ventura County Municipal Court. He is in the process of hiring attorney Louis B. Samonsky, who said he would seek a reduction in Nagano's $500,000 bail at the arraignment hearing. The Heroes and Legends comic-book store was gutted by fire on Sept. 18.
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May 22, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
A fire early Thursday in a Woodland Hills motel, which investigators suspect was set by an arsonist, left two people suffering from smoke inhalation and damaged four rooms, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The fire at the Woodland Hills Motor Lodge, 22621 Ventura Blvd., began about 2:20 a.m. and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, said department spokesman Jim Wells. The fire was put out in about 27 minutes by 45 firefighters.
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August 19, 1993 | THOM MROZEK
A Los Angeles police officer accused of falsely reporting that his car had been stolen, then setting fire to the vehicle to collect the insurance money pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Van Nuys Municipal Court to charges of arson and insurance fraud. Stuart Howard Guy, 28, a 4 1/2-year LAPD veteran stationed at the Harbor Division, was arrested in July after Fire Department investigators spent months looking into a Sept. 2, 1992, car fire in the 6100 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys.
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June 11, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
A weekend fire that broke out in the administration building of Valley College in Van Nuys is believed to have been set after a hole was drilled in a door and gasoline poured through, a college spokeswoman said Thursday. It will cost the college as much as $85,000 to repair smoke damage from Saturday morning's blaze, which caused no injuries. The fire is under investigation by Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators.
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April 7, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO
Gov. Pete Wilson on Tuesday added $10,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest of arsonists who set a Reseda church afire three times in less than nine months. The money, drawn from the state's General Fund, brings the total reward for information on the burning of Grace Hungarian Reformed Church to $50,000, a Wilson spokesman said. The 140-member church at 18858 Erwin St. was destroyed by fire Dec. 13, a $300,000 loss, according to church officials.
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April 16, 1993 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 41-year-old transient, previously cleared of setting a $2.5-million fire in Studio City, pleaded guilty Thursday to setting two small fires along Ventura Boulevard and was sentenced to the time he has already served in County Jail awaiting trial. San Fernando Superior Court Judge Meredith C. Taylor sentenced John Charles Kellogges to three years in state prison for one count and two years on the second count, but ordered them to be served concurrently.
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December 1, 1993 | THOM MROZEK
A Van Nuys man was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on charges of throwing at least two Molotov cocktails into the insurance agency where his estranged wife worked. James Michael Salazar, a 27-year-old musician, is charged with one count of arson in the Oct. 22 fire at the H&H Insurance Co. in the 6700 block of Kester Avenue in Van Nuys.
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November 19, 1993 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suspect in the arson fire that killed three people and injured 19 in a Downtown tenement was arraigned in Municipal Court on Thursday on two counts of making terrorist threats. Julio Garcia, 35, a former tenant of the residence hotel at 1120 S. Grand Ave., faces up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted of threatening to burn down the building and harm a maintenance man.
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November 10, 1993 | THOM MROZEK
A Sherman Oaks man was convicted of attempted arson Tuesday for throwing an ignited tennis ball behind a shopping mall after he was turned down for a job there as a security officer. Shane Stewart, 21, pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge stemming from an incident early Monday morning at the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square. Van Nuys Municipal Judge Alan Ellis sentenced Stewart to 30 days in jail and ordered him to stay away from the shopping center for two years.
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October 31, 1993 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old San Fernando man has been arrested in connection with a fire that caused $100,000 in damage to a local Pizza Hut after he allegedly confessed that he wanted revenge against restaurant workers who helped police capture a fleeing teen-ager.
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