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May 23, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The straggler in the Los Angeles stadium derby quit Sunday before it could be cut by the NFL. In a decision that was abrupt but not surprising, Carson opted out of the race two days before league owners are to meet in Washington in part to discuss bringing football back to the nation's second-largest market. The choice was made during an hour-long emergency meeting of the Carson City Council called by Mayor Jim Dear. "The timing wasn't right for an NFL stadium," Dear said.
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April 13, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The developer who controls a 157-acre toxic landfill in Carson met with the NFL this week and said the league and city still were interested in constructing a football stadium on the site. "We're all going to roll up our sleeves on our side to determine what can be done to make this economically feasible," developer Steve Hopkins said Tuesday, a day after meeting in New York with members of the NFL's staff and stadium-development team.
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November 23, 2004 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
Former Carson Mayor Pete Fajardo was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison for extortion, in a case stemming from a wide-ranging public corruption investigation in that city. Fajardo, 62, had pleaded guilty to soliciting $120,000 in bribes. In a plea agreement, he admitted demanding $50,000 from the owner of a low-income senior citizens housing complex in return for backing an $850,000 city grant that would have lowered the owner's mortgage.
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April 7, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A jewelry store owner shot an intruder to death during an attempted robbery Tuesday, authorities said. The owner opened fire after three armed men entered the store in the 200 block of East Sepulveda Boulevard about 4:45 p.m., demanded jewels and cash, and started shooting, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. The intruders fled, apparently empty-handed, and the one who had been shot collapsed and died in a nearby market.
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February 3, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Responding to an extraordinary plea for leniency from a prosecutor, a federal judge sentenced a former Carson city councilwoman Monday to four months of home detention for conspiring with other elected officials to extort $600,000 from a bidder on a waste-hauling contract. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson also placed Raunda Frank, a former Los Angeles County public defender, on five years' probation and ordered her to pay $10,000 restitution to the city.
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December 17, 2003 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A Carlsbad woman has been sentenced to probation and fined $2,500 for filing a false tax return in a bankruptcy-fraud scam involving her father, the Los Angeles lawyer who also is accused of soliciting bribes for Carson officials. Kelly Walecki, 33, of Carlsbad told authorities in March that she had received $319,314 in unearned commissions from a real estate broker doing business with her father, Robert D. Pryce Jr., a court-appointed bankruptcy trustee.
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December 1, 2003 | Richard Fausset and Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writers
Before Thanksgiving weekend was over, some of the very things two families had just given thanks for were gone -- taken from them suddenly, in torrents of street violence. The families of a 19-year-old college student and a 43-year-old mother of three were reeling Sunday from the brutality of two separate drive-by shootings carried out by suspected gang members. Nicole Williamson's parents were in their Carson home early Saturday morning when they heard the gunfire.
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October 24, 2003 | Richard Fausset and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writers
Two disabled veterans, their live-in caretaker and her boyfriend died early Thursday when a fire raged through the Carson home they all shared, authorities and neighbors said. Los Angeles County firefighters responding to the 2:30 a.m. blaze in the 19000 block of Dunbrooke Avenue put out the fire in about 15 minutes, but the four already had died -- probably from smoke inhalation, Fire Capt. Mark Savage said.
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August 6, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
About 100 members of a Catholic Church that has been declared unsafe protested to the Carson City Council on Tuesday. The dispute began when city workers and sheriff's deputies, saying the church was unsafe, interrupted a Sunday Mass on June 29 and ousted the priest and worshippers. Afterward, city officials said church officials had made the building hazardous by removing a wall during remodeling and had ignored repeated warnings to vacate the structure.
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July 30, 2003 | Ted Rohrlich and David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writers
Carson Mayor Daryl W. Sweeney pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from waste haulers competing for a $60-million city contract and pledged to cooperate with federal prosecutors probing other political corruption schemes in Southern California. Sweeney, 45, faces about 10 years in prison, which Asst. U.S. Atty. John Hueston said would set a record for a California public corruption case.
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