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April 21, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Lacey deals in laughter. Six days out of the week, comedians stand on the stage of his Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club and deliver punch lines, snappy retorts and goofy gags. But these days, Lacey is hoping that the last laugh isn't on him. His 28-year-old bookkeeper, Margaret Michelle Wood, was arrested late last month on suspicion of embezzlement and fraud in what police described as an elaborate scheme that allegedly netted her $175,000 over a two-year period.
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April 21, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Lacey deals in laughter. Six days out of the week, comedians stand on the stage of his Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club and deliver punch lines, snappy retorts and goofy gags. But these days, Lacey is hoping that the last laugh isn't on him. His 28-year-old bookkeeper, Margaret Michelle Wood, was arrested late last month on suspicion of embezzlement and fraud in what police described as an elaborate scheme that allegedly netted her $175,000 over a two-year period.
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July 17, 1997
A preliminary hearing has been set for a former bookkeeper at the Hermosa Beach Comedy & Magic Club who is charged with embezzling more than $150,000 in club receipts. Margaret Michelle Wood, 28, has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of check forgery and one count of grand theft by embezzlement. On Tuesday, an Aug. 26 preliminary hearing date was set in South Bay Municipal Court.
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April 4, 1997
The owner of a longtime Hermosa Beach comedy club isn't laughing. His bookkeeper has been arrested on charges of embezzling money from the club. Margaret Michelle Wood, 28, of Torrance was arrested by Hermosa Beach police March 24 on charges of taking $175,000 over a two-year period from the Hermosa Beach Comedy and Magic Club, said Sgt. Thomas Eckert. The bookkeeper is free after posting $15,000 bail, police said.
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December 27, 1996 | DUANE NORIYUKI
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August 23, 1992 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former firefighter trainee from Torrance has been sentenced to 11 years in state prison for setting a series of South Bay fires, including several at two South Bay nightspots and one at a Torrance driving school. Douglas Hunziker, 22, must serve at least five years before he becomes eligible for parole, Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Wilson said. Hunziker has been jailed since his arrest in January at the scene of a small restroom blaze at the Red Onion nightclub in Redondo Beach.
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August 2, 1992 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former firefighter trainee from Torrance was convicted Friday of six felony arson counts and one misdemeanor charge in connection with a series of South Bay fires. The jury rejected defense claims that Douglas Hunziker's presence at the fires was merely a coincidence worthy of the Guinness Book of World Records. Hunziker, 22, who was acquitted of four other felony charges, slumped slightly, closed his eyes and rested his forehead on one hand as the verdicts were read.
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December 31, 1998
With not one but two of its albums in the top 10 of the sales chart earlier this month, 'N Sync is making a bid for the teen-pop throne that's belonged to the Backstreet Boys for the past year. The Orlando, Fla.-based vocal outfit begins a series of Southland dates that's an early prelude to a string of arena concerts in April. * 'N Sync, with Britney Spears and B*Witched, Sunday at Cox Arena, San Diego State University, 8 p.m. Sold out. (619) 594-6947. Tuesday and Jan.
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January 31, 1992 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 22-year-old former firefighter trainee was charged with 10 counts of arson Thursday for allegedly setting a series of small blazes across the South Bay, including fires near his Torrance home, a Hermosa Beach comedy club where he worked and a bar in Redondo Beach. Arson investigators said Douglas R.
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September 5, 1993 | TED JOHNSON, with staff reports
FOUR-LETTER CAMPAIGN: The Redondo Beach mayor's race is long over, but a defeated candidate found a way to have the last words. And they're not as innocuous as "Darn, I lost." Christopher Boyle in July filed a statement of organization for his campaign committee, a requirement under state law for candidates who raise more than $1,000. The name of his committee: "For Understanding Critical Knowledge You Obviously Unpossess and to Banish the Rule of All Dictatorships."
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November 14, 1985 | PATRICIA LOPEZ
JOKE: "How many Americans does it take to screw in a light bulb?" PUNCH LINE: "One." Few things are more painful than a failed attempt at comedy, both for the comedian and the audience. In place of the hoped-for laughter is uncomfortable silence and perhaps a palpable feeling of sympathy for the comedian, who quickly rushes to the next joke. Among comedians, bouncing back from such trauma is the mark of a trouper.
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