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September 8, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A cigarette lighter being used as a toy apparently ignited last weekend's Carson townhouse fire that took the lives of five children in an extended family, a detective said Wednesday. "We believe the cause was most likely children playing with fire," said Lt. Al Grotefend of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who supervised the investigation. "It appears to be a tragic accident."
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September 5, 2005 | Amanda Covarrubias and Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writers
Five children were killed Sunday morning when their townhouse in Carson erupted in flames and they were trapped inside. Three girls and a boy, ages 6 to 8, were found dead upstairs inside the two-story unit, and a 9-year-old girl later died at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles County fire officials said. The four adults who were home, including the victims' elderly grandparents, tried to rescue the children but were pushed back by smoke and flames, officials said.
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July 22, 2005 | Ammara Durrani, Times Staff Writer
A toddler and a woman taken hostage in their Carson home by a suspected bank robber on the run from sheriff's deputies were rescued unharmed early Thursday, and the man was driven out of the house with tear gas, authorities said. Kenny McGraw, 24, of Los Angeles was arrested and charged with robbery, false imprisonment and felony evading, Deputy Sheriff Scott Gage said.
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July 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A lawyer who admitted brokering a $585,000 bribe from garbage company representatives for himself and three City Council members was sentenced by a federal judge Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison. Robert Dennis Pryce Jr., 55, of Tarzana also was convicted of soliciting kickbacks from contractors he hired while serving as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee. He was one of a dozen people convicted in a wide-ranging federal investigation of official corruption in Carson.
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June 3, 2005 | Tonya Alanez, Times Staff Writer
Carson's former mayor, currently serving time in a federal prison for his role in a corruption scheme, pleaded no contest Thursday to sending out two illegally anonymous mass mailings. Superior Court Judge Kelvin Filer sentenced Daryl Sweeney to a six-month term for the two misdemeanor counts, to be served concurrently with a 71-month federal sentence stemming from a trash-hauling and bribery scheme, according to the district attorney's office.
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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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January 5, 2005 | Erica Williams, Times Staff Writer
Carson officials are counting on aggressive development efforts and new leadership from an upcoming municipal election to help shake the stigma left by a political corruption scandal. "We have a bright future," said Councilwoman Julie Ruiz Raber. "We don't want to forget what has happened, but we must move forward." The city is pushing a plan to make a 157-acre former landfill home to a team that the National Football League hopes to bring to the Los Angeles area by the 2008 season.
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December 21, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former Carson Mayor Daryl Sweeney was sentenced to nearly six years in prison and received a tongue-lashing Monday for serving as ringleader in a bribery scandal involving millions of dollars in municipal contracts. "I don't think this was about losing your way or taking a wrong turn. You're nothing more than a thief," U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson told the 47-year-old former chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry.
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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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