CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2005 |
A Laytonville man who founded two Mendocino County medical marijuana clubs was shot to death during a robbery in his home early Friday. Two other people at Les Crane's home were beaten during the robbery. One suffered head injuries, the other a broken arm. Both have been released from the hospital. Police have no suspects. Laytonville is about 25 miles north of Willits.
September 11, 1990
Software Toolworks Inc., a rapidly growing maker of video games and personal-computer software, moved its headquarters from Chatsworth to Novato. Besides its corporate staff, the company also moved its research-and-development operations, and overall about 75 employees were transferred, Chairman Les Crane said. But the company left its duplicating, printing and packaging operations in Chatsworth, he said.
August 9, 1988
Software Toolworks, a publicly held Sherman Oaks computer software publisher headed by former network talk-show host and actor Les Crane, has agreed to buy for an undisclosed amount IntelliCreations/Datasoft, a privately held software publisher in Chatsworth. The companies will have combined annual sales of more than $6 million. Datasoft's titles include "The Hunt for Red October," "Bruce Lee" and "Alternate Reality-The Dungeon."
September 13, 1988
Shareholders of Software Toolworks, a Sherman Oaks developer of computer software for personal computers, have approved a reverse stock split that will reduce the company's shares outstanding from about 900 million to about 6 million. The company, which plans to move its headquarters to Chatsworth in a few weeks, is headed by former television talk-show host Les Crane. Its software programs include "Chessmaster 2000" and "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing."
August 22, 1989
Software Toolworks said it hopes to raise up to $12.7 million through a public offering of 1.5 million new shares of common stock. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Chatsworth-based company said the proceeds would be used for product development, and possibly to acquire other companies and product lines. Software Toolworks produces educational and game software for computers.
February 28, 1989
Software Toolworks, a Chatsworth publisher of computer software, said that it has agreed to buy DS Technologies, a software publisher in West Chicago, Ill., for an undisclosed amount. DS Technologies, a private company with about $2 million in annual sales, publishes software that helps protect data stored on hard disks, train people to use personal computers and organize information. Its titles include DS Tutor, DS Optimize, DS Backup and DS Help.