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January 24, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
A one-time Rockefeller impostor accused in a three-decade-old cold-case slaying tried to sell a rug with what appeared to be a bloodstain on it, witnesses testified Monday. Christian Gerhartsreiter, 50, faces a murder charge in the death of John Sohus, who went missing in 1985 and whose remains were unearthed a decade later in the backyard of Sohus' mother's San Marino home. Gerhartsreiter, authorities say, was a con man who used a number of aliases and for years posed as Clark Rockefeller, a member of the oil and banking clan.
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January 19, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Jose Perez had dug into hundreds of backyards for his father's swimming pool business, many of them in ritzy San Marino, with its tough soil of clay and rock. One day in May 1994, he felt the shovel of his Bobcat bulldozer hit something unfamiliar. Thinking that it was perhaps decades-old trash, his father peered inside a fiberglass box and sifted through its contents, Perez recalled Wednesday in an Alhambra courtroom. His father pulled something out and held it up with the rebar.
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December 8, 2011 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
At first, the darkness was an adventure. The fireplace was set aglow, the board games came out, and Candy Weber and her family curled up on their crimson couch in the living room, trying to keep warm. But by the seventh day of the power outage triggered by last week's windstorm, camp-style living had lost its luster in one San Marino neighborhood, where more than 70 families remained without electricity for heat and other necessities Wednesday morning. "When you wake up in the morning and it's so cold you can see your breath," Weber said, "you don't want to get up. You don't want to do anything.
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November 15, 2011 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Upscale San Marino, which has its share of company executives, has a controversial answer to the Occupy movement. After about 100 anti-bank protesters marched last month on the home of Tim Sloan, chief financial officer of Wells Fargo Bank, city officials decided to take tough action. Last week, the City Council approved an ordinance creating a buffer zone between activists and their target at any future protest. Those who violate the buffer face arrest. PHOTOS: Occupy L.A. The law requires demonstrators to be 75 feet from the curb or 150 feet from the home, whichever is farther.
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October 28, 2011 | By Lisa Girion, Los Angeles Times
A physician, a pharmacist and 15 others have been charged with bilking Medicare and Medi-Cal out of millions of dollars in an elaborate prescription drug fraud that resulted in the government paying over and over for the same pills. Using stolen or illegally obtained Medicare beneficiary cards, members of the ring known as "runners" would obtain prescriptions for expensive drugs from Kenneth Wayne Johnson, a Glendale physician, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2011
BOOKS Halloween is approaching and with it comes the monthly parade of spooky, strange and goose bump-inducing events. Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre With Poe and Gorey takes the creepy tales of the two storytellers and presents them with actors from the Guild of St. George. The haunting works will be enacted throughout the moonlit grounds; children younger than 10 should not attend. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2011 | By Mary Forgione
Mary Gribble gazes up at the cathedral ceiling in the living room of the San Marino home she has lived in since 1965. "It looked like a church," the 82-year-old recalls of the day she first saw the house. "I wanted something pretty rather than grand. " She got both. The decorative tiles on staircases and fireplaces, leaded glass windows, wood floors and beams and wrought iron inside this 1926 Mediterranean certainly qualify as pretty. But there's a touch of grandness too. It cost $15,000 to build the house that was marketed as part of an exclusive subdivision ringed with orange groves and called Oak Knoll Grove, according to a history by building biographer Tim Gregory.
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May 29, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
For years, the Chinese worked hard to lure deep-pocketed American investors. Now they're the ones investing here, looking for bargains in the sluggish U.S. economy. Last week, the city of San Marino got a taste of what it's like to play host. "America can invest in China, so Chinese can invest in America. It's a win-win situation," said Yongli Zhou, chief executive of Zhejiang Yongli Industry Group, a large investment, manufacturing and textiles company, and one of about a dozen Chinese officials and business leaders visiting San Marino.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2011
Asking price: $4,788,000 Location: 1215 Shenandoah Road, San Marino 91108 Previously sold for: $190,000 in 1974 Size: Four bedrooms and six bathrooms in 5,926 square feet Lot size: More than half an acre Additional features: Pool and spa with two adjacent dressing rooms, separate laundry and maid's room, two-car garage, patio, landscaped grounds Around the neighborhood: In the first quarter,...
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May 15, 2011 | By Catherine Ho
In a nutshell, this San Marino house is cozy and English. Known as the Bodman House, the home was built in 1929 for Edward Bodman, a retired doctor from Illinois who moved to Southern California in the 1920s, and his wife, Julia. The Bodmans were Anglophiles who traveled extensively in England and were said to have asked the architect to design the home in the spirit of early English architecture. Architect John Atchison — best known for designing dozens of neoclassical public buildings in Winnipeg, Canada, in the first half of the 20th century — designed the house in the Tudor Revival style, an aesthetic modeled after the medieval cottage and characterized by thatched roofs, half-timbering and oriel (a type of bay)
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