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December 15, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A former member of an Armenian terrorist organization was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for his role in a series of bombings and attempted bombings in Los Angeles that included attacks on the Swiss Consulate and an Air Canada warehouse. Vicken Tcharkhutian, 34, a former Fluor Corp. design engineer who admitted constructing many of the bombs, called himself "a true believer in the Armenian cause," but his lawyer said he has become "a different person" since the attacks in 1981 and 1982.
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March 13, 2012 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A 22-year sentence was unreasonably lenient for Al Qaeda-trained terrorist Ahmed Ressam, who drove a vehicle containing powerful explosives into the United States from Canada with the intent of bombing Los Angeles International Airport, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 7-4 ruling by the full U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to a Seattle federal judge for resentencing with the recommendation that the Algerian-born prisoner be given a term more in line with federal sentencing guidelines that call for 65 years to life for the offenses for which Ressam was convicted.
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September 19, 1987 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A former senior designer for the Fluor Corp. suspected in a series of Armenian terrorist bombings in Los Angeles was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after five years as a fugitive, authorities announced Friday. Vicken Tcharkhutian, a former Hollywood resident identified by an alleged co-conspirator as "a lunatic" who threatened others into cooperating in the bombings, was taken into custody as he got off a plane earlier this week and was held for questioning, Assistant U.S. Atty.
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May 24, 2000 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Enforcing the gag order in the Sara Jane Olson bomb plot case is proving to be problematic for Superior Court Judge James M. Ideman. Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti and star prosecution witness Patricia Hearst Shaw recently have spoken out about the case. But at a hearing on Monday, Ideman directed his ire at an attorney who publicly filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of another prosecution witness, former LAPD Officer James Bryan, who was a target of the alleged bomb plot in 1975.
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July 4, 1989
Three firebombs were hurled early Monday at a Northridge home where Buddhist services are held, igniting a fire that heavily damaged the house but injured no one, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The 3:23 a.m. fire in the 8300 block of Yolanda Avenue burned the wood-shingle roof and front windows of the house belonging to Pradit and Pachri Phongpharnich, authorities said. The couple and their two teen-age children escaped unharmed.
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April 5, 1996
A homemade bomb exploded under an unoccupied parked van early Thursday. There were no injuries. The blast went off just after midnight in the 5100 block of Hesperia Avenue, according to LAPD spokesman Manny Valladares. A Dodge van owned by the N.S. Minassian Rug Co. sustained minor damage, Valladares said. No arrests were made. Detectives from the LAPD's Criminal Conspiracy Section investigated the incident but had no suspects or motives as of late Thursday, police said.
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July 14, 1992 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pregnant teen-ager asleep on a couch in her family's apartment in a gang-plagued Van Nuys neighborhood was burned in what neighbors and friends of the victim described as a firebombing early Monday morning. Susan Rodriguez, 18, was treated for burns on her arm and released from Valley Presbyterian Hospital about eight hours after the 3:28 a.m. incident in the 7900 block of Kester Avenue. The child that she is carrying was uninjured. "She is OK," said hospital spokesman Hal Wurtzel.
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March 1, 1992 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police investigators were baffled Saturday after one of two bombs left in a dumpster blew off the hand of a man rummaging through the trash and forced the evacuation of scores of residents. "We don't have much to go on," said Detective Tom King of the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb unit. "No suspects, no motive, no overtones, no prior threats--no nothing." Jaime Castaneda, 22, remained in critical condition Saturday as his family kept vigil at Midway Hospital Medical Center.
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November 13, 1992 | JAMES QUINN
Two West Valley men pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from the destruction of a Woodland Hills mailbox that police said they blew up with a homemade bomb as as prank. Police said that one of the defendants, Ross Woolley, 29, of Woodland Hills, suffered a broken arm and other injuries Sept. 10 when the bomb exploded prematurely in the mailbox.
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September 15, 1992 | JAMES QUINN
Two West Valley men were charged on Monday with using a homemade bomb to blow up a mailbox last Thursday in Woodland Hills as a prank. Ross Woolley, 29, of Woodland Hills, who police say suffered a broken arm and other injuries when the bomb exploded prematurely inside the mailbox, is to be arraigned today in Van Nuys Superior Court. Also to be arraigned is Tony Hawkins, 24, of Reseda, who police say participated in the prank. Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert P.
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May 12, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday delayed for a third time the bombing conspiracy trial of accused 1970s urban guerrilla Sara Jane Olson to give her new defense team time to get ready. Olson, who prosecutors allege was a soldier in the Symbionese Liberation Army, a radical terrorist group, was to go on trial in August on charges of plotting with SLA members to kill Los Angeles police officers in August 1975 with pipe bombs planted under their patrol cars.
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December 29, 1999 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 25 years, a former Los Angeles police officer now claims he can identify Sara Jane Olson as the young woman who glared at him, eyes blazing with hatred, the night a pipe bomb was planted under his parked squad car at a Hollywood pancake house. James Bryan, a retired security consultant, recently emerged as the sole living eyewitness who can tie Olson to the crime scene, say documents filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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November 16, 1999
Prosecutors filed papers in Superior Court on Monday arguing the 1976 conspiracy indictment against former radical Sara Jane Olson should not be dismissed as overly broad because the grand jury had heard evidence of her direct participation in attempts to bomb Los Angeles police cars. The papers, filed by Deputy Dist. Attys. Eleanor Hunter and Michael Latin, responded to a previous defense motion asking the judge to toss out the 23-year-old indictment.
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December 6, 1998 | CECILIA RASMUSSEN
It wasn't the trial of the century, but for sheer headline-grabbing significance, it makes the O.J. Simpson trial look like a fight over a traffic ticket. The year was 1919, and the trial was a tabloid-style saga of infidelity, divorce, attempted murder, a bitterly contested will, blackmail and suicide. And it wasn't what happened inside the Los Angeles courtroom so much as the mayhem the case unleashed outside the halls of justice that caused such a stir. Maud Kafitz was no ordinary housewife.
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November 24, 1998
A bomb exploded on a Ventura Boulevard sidewalk early Monday, damaging an Italian restaurant across the street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A police bomb squad was called to Il Tiramisu, 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, about 3:15 a.m. after the bomb destroyed one of the restaurant's ceiling-high glass doors, police said. No one was injured in the restaurant, which is closed Mondays.
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May 9, 1998 | TOM BECKER
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a March 16 firebombing of a Woodman Avenue apartment that left two children seriously injured, the City Council said Friday.
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February 10, 1993 | JOSH MEYER
The Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for three attacks against the Grace Hungarian Reform Church in Reseda. Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who sponsored the motion and represents the congregation, said the $5,000 will be added to the $20,000 in reward money already pledged by church members and private contributors and $10,000 offered by the Los Angeles City Council.
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December 17, 1990
No one was inside the chicken restaurant on Sunset Boulevard when the pipe bomb blew up in August, 1989. A good thing, detectives would say. Somebody could have been killed. Investigators learned that the owner of the restaurant, Fernando Gonzales, recently "ran off to Texas" with the wife and only child of Ohannes Meguerditchian, a self-employed diamond setter, according to court records.
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March 17, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Molotov cocktail hurled through a second-story window of an apartment complex early Monday sent two children of a family of Israeli emigres to the hospital with serious burns, officials said. They have not determined a motive. "We don't know," said David Liske, an arson investigator with the Los Angeles Fire Department. "At this point, everything's an option."
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