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April 30, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cavernous Mustang Club on Harbor Boulevard was once a bar owner's dream. Every night, a mix of coat-and-tie yuppies, beer-bellied bikers and off-duty soldiers crowded around a horseshoe-shaped bar, attracted by the loud rock music and the topless dancers. "The money was just pouring in," said one law enforcement official. But with success came violence.
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March 11, 1989 | MARK LANDSBAUM and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
The flamboyant former Highway Patrol officer killed in ambush at the gate of his Brea hilltop home tried to buy the notorious Mustang Club topless bar in Santa Ana before its operator was also killed in a gangland-style shooting 2 years ago, a confidential informant told authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1990 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cavernous Mustang Club on Harbor Boulevard was once a bar owner's dream. Every night, a mix of coat-and-tie yuppies, beer-bellied bikers and off-duty soldiers crowded around a horseshoe-shaped bar, attracted by the loud rock music and the topless dancers. "The money was just pouring in," said one law enforcement official. But with success came violence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
An attorney for the late Jimmy Casino, the former operator of the Mustang Club, testified Monday that he thinks the man who assumed control of that topless tavern after Casino's slaying in 1987 was involved in the death. Joe A. Dickerson testified that he begged Casino not to sign a document that transferred the Mustang Club's lease to C. William Carroll should Casino default on more than $200,000 in loans Carroll had made to him to finance the bar.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1987
A Mercedes-Benz owned by the operator of a topless bar in Santa Ana who was shot to death on New Year's Day has been found in Simi Valley, police said Wednesday. The car belonging to Jimmy Lee Casino was discovered in the parking lot of a medical center on Sycamore Street by workers who said it had been there several days, apparently abandoned, said Officer Terry Branum of the Buena Park Police Department, which is investigating the killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1987 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
Despite the recent murder of Jimmy Lee Casino and persistent tax problems, the Mustang topless bar's legal owner said Friday that he is doing everything possible to keep the Santa Ana establishment open for business. On Thursday night, just hours after private funeral services were held for Casino in West Covina, Page and Saber were on stage, dancing topless at the Mustang. Michael O. Walsh, president of Fortune Investment Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1987 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
More than $100,000 claimed on behalf of the heirs and fraud victims of slain entrepreneur Jimmy Lee Casino has been frozen by a state appellate court, setting the stage for a court battle in Santa Ana. The decision ends a standoff between courts in Los Angeles and Orange counties over which should decide who is legally entitled to the money, which was placed in an account through a plea bargain that was never completed because of Casino's execution-style killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1987 | JANE APPLEGATE and MARK LANDSBAUM, Times Staff Writers
Jimmy Lee Casino's world was shattering around him. U.S. Internal Revenue Service agents were days away from padlocking his primary source of income--the Mustang, a Santa Ana topless bar--because of unpaid payroll taxes. The Mustang's lease was to expire in February, according to bankruptcy records, and Casino owed thousands of dollars to his landlord and other creditors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
An attorney for the late Jimmy Casino, the former operator of the Mustang Club, testified Monday that he thinks the man who assumed control of that topless tavern after Casino's slaying in 1987 was involved in the death. Joe A. Dickerson testified that he begged Casino not to sign a document that transferred the Mustang Club's lease to C. William Carroll should Casino default on more than $200,000 in loans Carroll had made to him to finance the bar.
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March 11, 1989 | MARK LANDSBAUM and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
The flamboyant former Highway Patrol officer killed in ambush at the gate of his Brea hilltop home tried to buy the notorious Mustang Club topless bar in Santa Ana before its operator was also killed in a gangland-style shooting 2 years ago, a confidential informant told authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
Slain mob informant and one-time movie extra George Peter Yudzevich, a key witness last fall against members of the New York City-based Gambino organized crime family, rejected placement in the federal witness-protection program, federal authorities said Tuesday. Yudzevich spent more than four days telling a Brooklyn jury in October how he and two Gambino family members extorted thousands of dollars from a Manhattan businessman.
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March 15, 1988 | LONN JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writer
George Peter Yudzevich, who was killed in an execution-style slaying over the weekend, had dropped out of a federal witness-protection program he had entered a year ago while he was testifying against New York mobsters, a former co-defendant said Monday. "When you testify in court against known killers, it's crazy, mind-boggling that he didn't stay in that protection program," said Joe Grosso, 44, in a telephone interview from Las Vegas.
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