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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2000
Two runaway youths received maximum sentences Wednesday for their roles in the Santa Monica murder of Shevawn Geoghegan, the 14-year-old who was bound, gagged and strangled in an abandoned building. Los Angeles Airport Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins sentenced 24-year-old Dennis Ronald Scott, convicted of second-degree murder last month, to 15 years to life in prison. Elizabeth Ann Mangham, 18, who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The sad saga of Shevawn Geoghegan's murder in Santa Monica reached a conclusion of sorts on Tuesday, when a Superior Court judge convicted the third and final suspect in the strangling death of the 14-year-old girl. Dennis Ronald Scott, 24, was found guilty of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 9.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2008 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Bob Timmins, an addiction specialist who is credited with salvaging the lives of a long list of celebrity drug users by steering them onto the path of sobriety and helping them stay there, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at his home in Marina del Rey. He was 61. In recent years Timmins conducted his work while battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said his friend Jeff McFarland. Though little known by the public at large, Timmins was a titan in the world of recovery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1991
The Christopher Commission has withdrawn its request to review the confidential personnel files of the four Los Angeles police officers charged in the Rodney G. King beating rather than allow an outsider to sit in on its closed-door deliberations, a commission lawyer said Tuesday. The requirement that a court representative be present during any discussions about the files among 10 commissioners was one of several conditions imposed Monday by Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1991
Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins backed away Friday from his earlier suggestion that a Times reporter could be fined $1,500 daily for refusing to divulge a confidential news source. That was a wise and welcome decision. But the single $1,500 fine that still stands continues to represent an unacceptable challenge in principle to the state constitutional right to protect a news source.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1999
A 96-year-old man was sentenced to five years' probation for hitting a 15-year-old girl with his car, killing her as she headed to a market for a snack. Brian Cox must also pay restitution into a fund that will make it more difficult for elderly drivers to renew their licenses, a judge ruled this week. Cox pleaded no contest to felony hit-and-run charges in December and has surrendered his license. His car struck Brandi Mitock on Nov. 5 and then he apparently became disoriented.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1991 | From United Press International
A state appellate court Monday delayed court proceedings for four police officers charged in the Rodney G. King beating so it can study a challenge to a decision to keep Superior Court Judge Bernard Kamins on the case. The 2nd District Court of Appeal granted the defense request for a stay in the case so it can have time to decide whether to hear the appeal.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2002 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
Supermarket giant Vons is set to stand trial next year for allegedly overcharging customers at a Santa Monica store. The city attorney filed a misdemeanor criminal complaint against the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company after a routine inspection of the checkout scanner at its Pavilions market on Montana Avenue found that about 30% of 20 items purchased on one trip were rung up at higher prices than labeled. Deputy City Atty. Adam Radinsky said Vons, a unit of Safeway Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1998
Describing the case as "the poster crime for torture," a Superior Court judge granted prosecutors permission Thursday to seek the death penalty in the murder trial of an enraged motorist. Robert W. Cleaves, a 70-year-old retired character actor from Venice, stands accused of murdering a rival motorist Sept. 30 by pinning the man beneath his battered car and dragging the victim more than 100 yards along a street in downtown Santa Monica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1995
A young woman who gave birth in a motel room and then allegedly put the premature newborn into a toilet has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and child endangerment charges. Karen Jeanette Jackson, 20, entered her plea in Santa Monica Superior Court on Thursday, where she has been ordered to stand trial on the charges. Judge Bernard A. Kamins scheduled a July 7 pretrial hearing.
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