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October 29, 1987
Fumiko H. Wasserman of Torrance has been appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian to fill a vacancy on the South Bay Municipal Court. Wasserman, 40, will transfer from San Pedro, where she began as a Municipal Court judge last year, to the Torrance courthouse. She replaces Judge Francis Hourigan, who was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court. Wasserman served from 1981 until 1985 on the Torrance Board of Education. Her legal background includes four years as an assistant U.
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May 18, 1990
Heather Tolles of South Pasadena pleaded not guilty Thursday in South Bay Municipal Court to two counts of murder and three other felony charges stemming from a May 5 traffic collision in Manhattan Beach that killed a pregnant woman. Tolles, 19, is charged with the murder of Laura Obele, 26, and her fetus. The Manhattan Beach woman was scheduled to give birth to a baby boy three weeks after the accident.
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April 28, 1989
A Studio City man will be arraigned today in South Bay Municipal Court on charges that he robbed 23 fast-food businesses, including 12 in the South Bay, in a three-month spree that ended with his capture last month in East Los Angeles. Deputy Dist. Atty. Julie Sulman said Gary Williams, 33, was arrested and charged with robbery after a passer-by allegedly saw him hold up a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet March 16. On Wednesday, the district attorney's office filed 28 additional counts in South Bay Municipal Court for robberies that netted between $100 and $4,500 each, Sulman said.
NEWS
May 20, 1990
Heather Tolles of South Pasadena pleaded not guilty Thursday in South Bay Municipal Court to two counts of murder and three other felony charges stemming from a May 5 traffic collision in Manhattan Beach that killed a pregnant woman. Tolles, 19, is charged with the murder of Laura Obele, 26, and her fetus. The Manhattan Beach woman was scheduled to give birth to a baby boy three weeks after the accident.
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June 20, 1997
Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce President Joseph James Catallo has been arrested and booked for possession of a handgun without a permit and possession of a controlled substance, authorities said Thursday. Catallo, 32, was arrested June 10 in Torrance after a police officer noticed a car parked at the side of the road with the trunk open. As the officer passed, he heard a man yell "Police!" and saw a woman slam the door to a house, Torrance Police Sgt. Ed La Londe said.
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May 5, 1988
Sharon K. Hendrix, the transient accused of fatally stabbing a Hermosa Beach woman as she sat in her patio, will undergo psychiatric evaluation and a court hearing to determine whether she is competent to stand trial for murder. Hendrix, 29, is accused of killing Gillian Mary Cooper, 40, as Cooper sat in front of her home on the Strand, chatting with her mother. Police said Hendrix used several aliases, including Jody Foster, and rambled incoherently after the stabbing.
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March 7, 1990
Eight employees were hospitalized and the Torrance courthouse closed for more than two hours Tuesday after a security guard trying to remove a floor stain mistakenly mixed chlorine and ammonia, creating hydrochloric acid fumes that filled the five-story building. The guard was trying to remove stains in a first-floor hallway of the courthouse on Maple Avenue at 10:30 a.m. when he poured the two cleaning agents into a bucket, said Chris Crawford, administrator of the South Bay Municipal Court.
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May 23, 1990
Charges were filed Tuesday against four people arrested in a weekend raid at an alleged casino-style gambling operation in a leased Manhattan Beach home. A fifth person who had been arrested on a drug violation was not charged. William Moritz, 53, of Los Angeles; Billy Ray Meacham, 52, of San Juan Capistrano; Nanci Nowicki, 29, of Torrance, and Roxane Elliott, 28, of Hawthorne, were charged in South Bay Municipal Court with misdemeanor gambling.
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June 14, 1991
The district attorney's office has discovered no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in expenditures at the South Bay Municipal Court but recommended this week that the county chief administrative office continue its investigation of the spending. The criminal investigation looked at court expenses approved over the past two years by the assistant administrator, Mark Lomax. The charges included a $4,600 Moscow trip for a law clerk and a series of seminars for an administrator costing $8,400.
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November 3, 1988
A pet store owner has been ordered to sell his business and pay nearly $13,000 in fines for keeping sick animals in unsanitary conditions. Richard Allen Rosenthal, 35, owner of Docktor Pet Center in Torrance, was sentenced Tuesday in South Bay Municipal Court to three years' probation for 11 misdemeanor convictions of animal cruelty and improper shop maintenance. Rosenthal was also ordered not to own or operate a business involving pets in Los Angeles County during his probation.
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