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June 14, 1989
A Santa Monica man who was convicted of operating a $1.3-million marketing scam that promised customers a free motorcycle simply for test driving it was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison. Joseph Samuel Filippo, 42, had pleaded guilty to three counts of mail fraud stemming from the telemarketing operation, which defrauded an estimated 4,000 people throughout the country. Assistant U.S. Atty. David Katz said Filippo promised customers that they could win title to a new $1,000 motorcycle just by driving it, filling out a marketing questionnaire and mailing in $348 for shipping and promotional charges.
May 24, 1989
Eric Lillie's parachute opened perfectly after he jumped off a construction crane on an 18-story Los Angeles office building early Tuesday, but his landing was rough--two police officers were waiting for him. "The officers were just passing by when they saw this guy jump off the building," said Sgt. Jeff Hanson. "The only question was whether he was wearing a parachute." The officers cited the 23-year-old Santa Monica man for trespassing, then went back to the station to go over the books to see if Lillie broke any other laws.
May 15, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
A 14-year-old Los Angeles boy, shot to death by rival gang members as he and friends drove through the streets of Westlake, was one of several people killed in a weekend of violence that stretched from Carson to Whittier, said officials. Salvador Garibay, 14, died in his home after he was shot in the head while sitting in a car near 6th and Union streets, Los Angeles police said. Salvador and three friends, who police said were gang members, were driving through the Westlake area when a rival gang member fired a single shot at the youths and fatally wounded the boy, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, Sgt. Sam Galluzzo said.
May 7, 1989
A Santa Monica man was shot by sheriff's deputies Saturday after he allegedly tried to ram their patrol car near the Sybil Brand Institute for Women in East Los Angeles, the Sheriff's Department said. John Sipp, 27, was treated for a minor gunshot wound to the foot and then booked for assault with a deadly weapon after a short pursuit that began when deputies saw Sipp using narcotics in a car in the jail parking lot, Deputy Detta Roberts said. Sipp drove his car into a dead end, then made a U-turn toward the patrol car, prompting deputies to open fire, she said.
May 4, 1989
A Santa Monica man has been charged in Utah with running a telephone "boiler room" that used promises of discount vacations to defraud credit-card holders. The two-count complaint alleges that Edward Kane was among several people who from June through August of 1984 helped manage Sunsets Unlimited, a Utah-based travel club in reorganization bankruptcy. To sell club memberships, Salt Lake City Prosecutor William Ryan said, Kane helped set up a boiler room office "equipped with multiple telephone hookups and a sales staff of telephone solicitors."
October 1, 1987 | ALAN ROBERTAZZI, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica High School football Coach Tebb Kusserow, who likes to stress the importance of seniority, knew that it would be hard to replace the 28 seniors lost to graduation. Only a handful of starters returned this fall from last year's 7-2-1 team, and they inherited the responsibility of providing leadership and inspiration to the younger players. His starting tailback, Glyn Milburn, is a shy, soft-spoken senior, not the type who would lead student chants at pep rallies.
March 30, 1986
A 19-year-old Santa Monica man died early Saturday of injuries suffered when the speeding sports car in which he was a passenger collided head-on with two cars during a drag race on Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles police said. Kyle Vredenburgh, was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where he died of severe head injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.
September 22, 1985
A Santa Monica man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of David A. Bellet, 22-year-old manager of the AM-PM Mini Mart at 332 Pico Blvd. Bellet, of Palms, died of massive head injuries Tuesday at Santa Monica Hospital. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Dick Tapia said Namon Lavon Tompson, 25, was taken into custody by Santa Monica police officers Thursday in the 2500 block of Ocean Park Boulevard and booked on suspicion of murder and robbery.
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