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April 8, 2007 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
Sugar Bunny, the pet rabbit of Cedar Street residents, has vanished, sending a chill through this quiet Santa Monica neighborhood on Easter Sunday. Children, parents and dog walkers are on the lookout. Fans have posted signs on the fence of the vacant lot where Sugar held court, and, from all reports, charmed everyone who came by. "Bring the rabbit back," said Brett Conrad, 45, who along with his wife and two children are the technical owners of Sugar Bunny. "It's not your rabbit.
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November 22, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A day after George Weller was placed on probation, his lawyers say his trial was a waste of time and money because their client was willing months ago to plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of 10 people at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. But Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Tuesday that Weller still had not accepted responsibility for the highest number of pedestrian fatalities from a traffic accident in California history.
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November 9, 2006 | From Times staff reports
Santa Monica officials said Wednesday that Timothy Jackman had been hired as the city's police chief. Jackman, a 23-year Long Beach Police Department veteran, was deputy chief of that department for the last four years. He will replace James T. Butts Jr., who after 15 years as chief of the Santa Monica force left in August to become the "security czar" for Los Angeles' four airports. Jackman, 47, has a bachelor's degree from the University of the State of New York and an MBA from UC Irvine.
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October 21, 2006 | John Spano and Martha Groves, Times Staff Writers
Rejecting the portrait of an old man who made a tragic mistake in his maroon Buick, a jury Friday found George Russell Weller guilty of felony manslaughter for running down and killing 10 people at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market in a case that set off a debate about licensing older drivers. Weller, 89, was allowed to miss the trial because he is ailing, and he was not in Los Angeles County Superior Court when the verdict was read. He could be sentenced to 18 years in prison.
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October 12, 2006 | Zan Dubin Scott, Special to The Times
HERE are the trappings for some good old-fashioned fun: the unmistakable squeak of tennis shoe on gym floor; bodies alive with sweat beads and grimaces and the dainty thwack of ball on paddle. Yes, it's table tennis. And every Sunday afternoon, the tiny balls zipping back and forth at sometimes-scary velocity turn the cavernous gym at Santa Monica College into a study in Homo sapien focus and competitive zeal.
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October 10, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
As jurors begin their first full day of deliberations today in the Santa Monica Farmers' Market trial, they face an unusual twist: Key law enforcement officers testified for the defense of George Weller, the 89-year-old charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 10 shoppers.
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October 9, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
For more than three weeks, a jury has heard testimony about George Weller, the old man who plowed his car through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market in 2003. They saw gruesome photos and heard about the 10 people he killed with his maroon 1992 Buick. They saw a two-hour tape of Weller's interview afterward with police. What they have seen very little of is Weller himself, now 89, in a wheelchair and said to be in deteriorating health and under increasing stress.
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October 7, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Jurors were told to listen to the dead as they began deliberations Friday in the case of George Weller, on trial for 10 counts of manslaughter after he drove his car through an open-air market three years ago. "Dead bodies do speak," Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Ambrose said in her closing arguments. "They do tell you something. They tell you where they were. They tell you of their injuries."
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October 6, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Jurors should believe dozens of Santa Monica residents who saw George Weller repeatedly turn the wheel, hit the brakes, and accelerate his car through a farmers' market three years ago, the prosecutor said Thursday. If Weller could see and steer, he could have stopped before killing 10 pedestrians, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Ambrose said in closing arguments in Weller's manslaughter trial. The prosecution closed its case against Weller, now 89, on Thursday.
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October 4, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Jurors virtually sat behind George Russell Weller's steering wheel Tuesday, seeing a specially prepared graphic re-creation of his deadly 20-second drive through an open-air market three years ago. With the view that the 86-year-old Weller had through the windshield of his 1992 Buick, jurors could see and feel jarring impacts as he crashed at freeway speeds through the crowded market, striking dozens of stalls and injuring more than 70 people, 10 of them fatally.
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