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June 25, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Stanley R. Lerner, a 25-year-old UCLA dropout-turned-entrepreneurial phenom, today could be the day to say goodby to his symbols of success: the fire-engine red Porsche, the champagne fund-raisers, the Beverly Hills office with the black marble and chrome desk, the pricey paintings that hang in his Rodeo Drive gallery. Today, Lerner is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Tagasuki to be sentenced on charges of conspiracy to deal cocaine.
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June 25, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Stanley R. Lerner, a 25-year-old UCLA dropout-turned-entrepreneurial phenom, today could be the day to say goodby to his symbols of success: the fire-engine red Porsche, the champagne fund-raisers, the Beverly Hills office with the black marble and chrome desk, the pricey paintings that hang in his Rodeo Drive gallery. Today, Lerner is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Tagasuki to be sentenced on charges of conspiracy to deal cocaine.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Monday is normally a slow night at Donte's; sometimes the musicians outnumber the customers. This Monday, however, the North Hollywood club was packed as early as 9 p.m. and was still busy well after midnight. The reason: this was a "Tribute to Donte's," organized by some of the musicians who have worked there over the years. In particular it was a salute to Carey Leverette, who was one of the three partners when Donte's became a jazz haven in June 1966.
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October 25, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent Beverly Hills art dealer was charged with five counts of grand theft Tuesday in connection with a widening police investigation into art fraud in Southern California. Lee Sonnier, former manager of the Upstairs Gallery on Rodeo Drive, was charged with failing to deliver four pieces of art that were sold for about $872,000. Three were works attributed to the Impressionist master Pierre Auguste Renoir and one was a drawing.
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April 7, 1988 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
Carey Leverette, the founder, owner, manager, booking agent, dishwasher and trash man at Donte's--probably the oldest continuing jazz joint in Los Angeles--was found dead in his cluttered office Wednesday. His death at age 63 was the final note in a dirge that began months ago when Leverette, struggling against mounting bills and diminishing business, realized that he could no longer keep the venerable North Hollywood club alive.
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October 14, 1989 | ALAN CITRON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two prominent Beverly Hills art dealers have emerged as key figures in a multimillion-dollar art fraud case that is causing severe repercussions for some Southland art dealers as an investigation by Los Angeles and federal authorities expands. A Los Angeles police affidavit obtained by The Times names Lee Sonnier, 42, former manager of the prestigious Rodeo Drive branch of Upstairs Gallery, as a primary suspect in the case. It also identifies Stanley R.
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April 21, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Times Staff Writer
David Robert Silvert, who raised the hopes of jazz aficionados when he announced plans in October to refurbish and reopen Donte's, the legendary North Hollywood nightclub, has been jailed in Arizona on five real estate fraud charges, authorities said Thursday. The nightspot, which showcased such well-known musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Art Pepper before closing in April, 1988, after 22 years, was auctioned earlier this month to satisfy a $97,000 lien against the property.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Carey Leverette sits in the booth-sized, litter-cluttered office in back of Donte's. At 63 and in uncertain health, he looks tired. He says he has been tired for years. Soon, though, there will be time, not for booking musicians and taking out trash and washing dishes and filling salt and pepper shakers and buying food and liquor and paying bills, but time to lie back and reminisce.
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January 25, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 16 months after authorities raided Upstairs Gallery in a sweeping investigation of phony art sales that sent tremors through the tightknit world of Beverly Hills art traders, most of the scandal has quietly faded. The gallery--ultimately declared a victim--is going out of business and charges have been dismissed against a key target of the probe.
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