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September 20, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
REDONDO BEACH The body of an 18-year-old man who had vanished while swimming near the Redondo Beach Pier on Saturday night was found floating nearby Sunday morning. The New Mexico resident, whose name was not released, was in the surf about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when he disappeared, a female friend told police. A nurse returning to her beachside home after work about 6:30 a.m. found the body.
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September 13, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A ruptured sewer line in Redondo Beach sent about 10,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain and out into the ocean Sunday, causing authorities to close more than a mile of beach to swimmers. The rupture occurred about 9:30 a.m. near Pacific Coast Highway and Ruby Street, and the beach was closed after residents reported seeing sewage seep up from beneath the sidewalk and flow into a storm drain, said Redondo Beach Fire Department Division Chief Dan Madrigal.
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July 14, 2004 | Joy Buchanan, Times Staff Writer
A woman who is awaiting trial with her husband for allegedly running an Internet prostitution ring out of their home when they lived in Redondo Beach was arrested Monday on suspicion of pimping, authorities said. Police arrested Jill Ellen McGrath, 36, who had been out on bail, at her Lawndale home. Redondo Beach Police Sgt.
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June 11, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A reserve police officer pleaded no contest Thursday to three counts of possession of child pornography, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. In exchange for the plea, Randy Vincent Jones will be sentenced to 150 days in jail and five years' probation. He must register as a sex offender, officials said.
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January 15, 2004 | Azadeh Moaveni, Times Staff Writer
Starting next month, Redondo Beach restaurants must post their inspection grades as the city finally joins the county system designed to prevent food-related illness. The City Council, which had put off the issue since Los Angeles County health officials devised the system five years ago, voted last week to require the postings. Originally, Mayor Greg Hill said, "We were concerned restaurants would get a B just for having a bad day, if a cockroach happened to run across the floor.
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September 11, 2003
The partially clothed body of a man was discovered floating in the surf near the Redondo Beach Pier, police said Wednesday. Customers at a pier restaurant called police when they saw something floating near the shore of Horseshoe Beach at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, police said. "It appeared to have been in the water for less than 24 hours and there were no obvious signs of trauma, so it's not being investigated as a homicide," said Sgt. Joe Hoffman.
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August 29, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Redondo Beach Union High School student was sexually assaulted Thursday by a knife-wielding man who apparently had hidden in a bathroom stall in the girls' gym, police said. He was described as about 250 pounds and fat but not muscular, about 5 feet 9, black and 28 to 33 years old. Witnesses saw a white car speed away, police said. The attack occurred between 2:15 and 2:30 p.m., police said.
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July 15, 2003 | Joel Rubin and Katie Flynn, Times Staff Writers
A West Covina man leaped 20 feet into the ocean from a restaurant window on the Redondo Beach pier to save a 3-year-old girl who had fallen into the water, officials said Monday. "I didn't stop to think about it," said Larry Abeyta, 51, a deliveryman. "I just wanted to get ahold of the baby." After rescuing the girl, Abeyta returned to his dinner table without even giving his name and continued eating his meal of halibut and shrimp.
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June 19, 2003 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
When Redondo Beach's city manager announced a new, interim fire chief Wednesday, he made more news than he might have intended -- by tacking on an eyebrow-raising allusion to a possible consolidation with fire departments in two neighboring cities. In naming Anthon L. "Skip" Beck to take over the Redondo Beach Fire Department next week, City Manager Louis N. Garcia said making a temporary appointment was "the best option at this time."
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May 27, 2003 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
When he was 8, John Lee Douglas hit his head on concrete and awoke from what he says was a near-death experience with a new closeness to God and a new name -- Adyatma Bhagavan Sri Babajhan Al-Khalil. In 1970, he started his own religion. But it took 20 years for him to fulfill another ambitious dream -- on Monday, he threw a Memorial Day parade. And he and his volunteers did it in eight weeks.
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