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May 6, 2008 | Diane Haithman
Longtime Los Angeles art dealer G. Ray Hawkins, known for a pioneering photography gallery that represented the first of its kind in Los Angeles, has been sentenced to federal prison for tax crimes. Hawkins, of Beverly Hills, was sentenced late last month by United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson to spend 12 months and one day in prison for participating in a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. The art dealer was ordered to serve 36 months on supervised release upon completing his prison sentence and was ordered to pay $35,042 in restitution to the IRS. -- Diane Haithman
December 15, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA
The Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission voted Monday to rent paddle boats at the 26-acre lake in the Sepulveda Basin, but delayed action on a plan to charge a $5 launch fee for private boat owners using the lake. By a 4-0 vote, the commission approved the paddle boat rental operation at Lake Balboa Park, to be run by parks department personnel. The boats will rent for $10 an hour or $7 per half hour.
December 8, 1998
Preservationists appeared in federal court Monday in another attempt to block further demolition of historic buildings at the old Long Beach Naval Station. Two major structures, including the tower of the administration building that served as Pacific Fleet headquarters before World War II, were demolished Nov. 24. Other buildings are scheduled for demolition in the coming weeks. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson said he would issue a written ruling on the preservationists' request.
April 22, 2000
The City Council is slated to vote Monday on whether to continue to support construction of the Long Beach Freeway extension through the western part of the city. Half of the eight-member council was not in office the last time the body endorsed the project, which would link the San Bernardino Freeway with the Foothill Freeway.
June 19, 1999
A group of San Gabriel Valley cities and associations filed a friend of the court brief in federal court Friday seeking the completion of the Long Beach Freeway extension. Lawyers for the group argued in the brief that an extensive review of the project was conducted and that South Pasadena's proposed alternative was rejected on it merits. The coalition includes the cities of Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Monterey Park, Duarte and San Marino. U.S.
August 7, 1998
A federal judge denied bail Thursday for the owner of a Hollywood Boulevard check-cashing establishment accused of brutally beating a customer to recover what he claimed was a $15,000 debt. U.S. District Court Judge Dean Pregerson agreed with a federal magistrate's earlier ruling that Norik Satamian, 47, posed a threat to the community. Satamian, owner of A & H Satamian, was indicted along with his son, Armen, 25, and son-in-law, Karen Tony Manukian, 26, last month on federal extortion charges.
November 21, 1998
A federal judge's tour of the proposed Long Beach Freeway extension scheduled for Friday was rescheduled for Dec. 3, officials said. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson said earlier in the week that he wanted to visit the corridor before ruling on a request from South Pasadena for a preliminary injunction that would stop further preparations for freeway construction. But logistical problems led officials to delay the tour.
December 23, 1998
Both sides in the battle over the proposed extension of the Long Beach Freeway asked a judge Tuesday to rule on a preliminary injunction. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson told attorneys for the Federal Highway Administration and South Pasadena that they should try to settle the legal dispute before asking him to rule. His comments came during a tour of the 6.2-mile route through Pasadena, South Pasadena and the Eastside of Los Angeles.
June 26, 1999
State and federal transportation officials have volunteered not to spend any money on constructing the Long Beach Freeway extension until a judge decides the merits of an anti-freeway lawsuit brought by the city of South Pasadena. The statement in a recent legal brief was a response to a federal judge's tentative ruling saying he intends to grant a preliminary injunction barring any money being spent on the extension's construction. In the brief, the U.S.
June 13, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG
A Sun Valley man was sentenced to two years in federal prison Monday for turning his Rottweiler dog on an African American man at a local gas station and then smashing the man's car windshield with a beer bottle. Rick Lynn McConnell, 38, also was ordered to pay restitution to his victim, Robert Gable, for the shattered windshield. Gable was not bitten by the dog. McConnell pleaded guilty earlier to two misdemeanor counts of violating Gable's constitutionally protected rights. U.S.
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