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April 30, 1993
An Orange County man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges in connection with the seizure of about $140.2 million worth of cocaine in a Valencia condominium garage last year. Michael Martinez, 29, and an accomplice were arrested in February, federal prosecutors said. Asst. U. S. Attorney Jeffrey W. Johnson, who prosecuted the case, said Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1993
An Orange County man pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug charges in connection with the seizure of about $140.2 million worth of cocaine in a Valencia condominium garage last year. Michael Martinez, 29, and an accomplice were arrested in February, federal prosecutors said. Asst. U. S. Attorney Jeffrey W. Johnson, who prosecuted the case, said Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
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May 20, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
An Innocent Plea: Soul singer Billy Preston has pleaded not guilty to seven sex, drug and assault charges involving an alleged tryst with a 16-year-old boy. He faces up to six years in prison if convicted. Preston, 45, entered the pleas in Los Angeles County Superior Court and was ordered to return June 26 for a pretrial hearing. He remained free on $25,000 bail.
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April 1, 2004 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
Two Sun Valley men accused of helping to hide another man suspected of killing rookie Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka have pleaded guilty to charges that could carry a penalty of 16 months in prison, authorities said Wednesday. James B. Garcia, 20, the twin brother of alleged gunman David A. Garcia, and Erwin De Leon, 21, entered pleas in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank to one count each of being an accessory to murder after the fact.
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September 4, 1985 | JAMES RAINEY, Times Staff Writer
On a busy summer day, as many as 2,500 boats spill from the mouth of Marina del Rey Harbor and into the Pacific Ocean. In order to reach the open sea, boats must turn right to avoid the breakwater that guards the mouth of the harbor. Here, boats under sail and those using engines sometimes cross paths. This can be confusing and dangerous, especially when an inexperienced sailor or bellicose yachtsman becomes involved, boaters say.
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February 5, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's top federal prosecutor has been hired by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr to help investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and perjury involving President Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Thomas H. Bienert Jr. will take a leave from his job as head of the U.S. attorney's office in Santa Ana and travel to Washington today to join about a dozen other prosecutors now working on the case. He declined to elaborate on his new job.
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September 11, 2003 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Two men pleaded no contest Wednesday to attempted murder and hate-crime charges for two separate attacks with a baseball bat on gay men in Hollywood last October. Ever Wilfredo Rivera and Selvin Orlando Campos, both 20, entered pleas in Los Angeles County Superior Court. As part of a plea agreement, Judge William F. Fahey immediately sentenced Campos to 10 years in state prison and Rivera to 14 years. Rivera is believed to be the one who wielded the bat.
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February 16, 2010 | By Bob Pool
On the golf course, a little undercounting is not unheard of as players shave a stroke or two from this hole or that one to make their score more bearable back at the clubhouse. But at the tiny clubhouse in Brentwood, two employees of a golf course operated by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center have made the biggest score of all, authorities say: by undercounting greens fees and concessionaire profits and pocketing thousands of dollars. The two have been fired and are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to theft of government funds from the popular links.
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May 16, 1997 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Woodland Hills man accused of defrauding friends and fellow Friars Club members in a multimillion-dollar investment scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to four felony counts of grand theft. Joel Burakoff, 57, admitted that he stole from clients in a scheme that triggered the 1995 collapse of Gardena-based Univest Home Loan. He quietly changed his earlier not guilty pleas in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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July 19, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN and BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two Inglewood police officers pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony charges in the videotaped beating of a 16-year-old who was slammed onto the trunk of a squad car and punched in the face. Later in the day, county prosecutors decided they will not file charges against the boy, Donovan Jackson, who sheriff's deputies said refused to follow their orders while they were citing his father at a gas station for expired registration tags. Jeremy J.
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