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June 4, 1990 | LEON WHITESON, Whiteson is a Los Angeles architect and author whose most recent book is "The Watts Towers of Los Angeles."
For criminal prosecutor Terry Siegel, the new Van Nuys Municipal Court is "the prettiest place I've ever worked." The building is so open and cheerful, said Siegel, that "it lightens even the often unpleasant business of prosecution." Designed by the local firm of Dworsky Associates, the $50-million, award-winning facility demonstrates how a functional building can be made graceful by the dignity of its architecture.
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July 4, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Van Nuys Municipal Court clerks face embezzlement charges for allegedly bilking taxpayers out of nearly $120,000 in fees for record searches. Also charged in the scheme is the husband of one of the employees, who is accused of charging clients court fees for background criminal record checks, and pocketing the money.
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SPORTS
April 19, 1989
A preliminary hearing against sports agent Lloyd Bloom, charged with three felony counts involving bad checks, has been continued until May 11. The Van Nuys Municipal Court case involves 12 checks totaling $17,000. Bloom and fellow agent Norby Walters were convicted in a federal court in Chicago last week of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud, charges stemming from their dealings with college athletes.
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July 3, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Van Nuys Municipal Court clerks face embezzlement charges for allegedly bilking taxpayers out of nearly $120,000 in records search fees. Also charged in the alleged scheme is the husband of one of the employees, who is accused of charging clients court fees for background criminal records checks, but keeping the money.
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December 19, 1989
Two Van Nuys Municipal Court judges, including one in whose courtroom a mentally deranged chiropractor fought a deadly gun battle with a bailiff, have been appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Michael B. Harwin, 42, of Hidden Hills, a former deputy Los Angeles County district attorney, was appointed a judicial commissioner in 1982 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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June 10, 1987
A 27-year-old Sunland man who allegedly ran down a Los Angeles police detective with his car last week and then fled was charged Tuesday with assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. Kerry Williams will be arraigned in Van Nuys Municipal Court before Friday, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Linda B. Greenberg. Williams was arrested Tuesday in connection with the June 3 assault after an informant telephoned police, the prosecutor said.
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June 7, 1989
A Los Angeles woman Tuesday sued a private extradition company that transported her from West Virginia last year to face criminal charges in Van Nuys Municipal Court, claiming that a guard raped her during the trip. Barbara Pater, 29, sought $6 million in damages in the suit, filed in U.S. District Court. Pater was raped in a van Oct. 16, 1988, by an employee of Extradition Corp. of America, based in Manchester, Tenn., said her attorney, Carol A. Watson. Pater was being extradited to face misdemeanor charges filed in August of illegally obtaining information from California Department of Motor Vehicles computer records, Watson said.
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October 25, 1989 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kelsey Grammer, a star of the long-running television show "Cheers" who faces a cocaine possession charge, is scheduled to appear in Van Nuys Municipal Court on Thursday to request permission to attend a court-ordered drug-abuse education program. Grammer, 34, who plays Dr. Frasier Crane, the comically egotistical psychiatrist on the popular NBC series, has been charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine stemming from his arrest April 14 by Los Angeles police.
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September 7, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 7 in Van Nuys Municipal Court to determine whether California or Nevada has jurisdiction in a $23,000 suit filed by Ten Goose Boxing of Van Nuys against the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. The suit seeks the payment by the Mirage of medical bills incurred by lightweight boxer Gabriel Ruelas of Arleta, who suffered a broken elbow during a bout at the Mirage on April 14, 1990.
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May 25, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
The son of actor Ryan O'Neal pleaded no contest this morning in Van Nuys Municipal Court to charges of drunk driving and driving with a suspended license. Griffin Patrick O'Neal, 24, was arrested by Los Angeles police in October after failing a sobriety test. O'Neal was driving a 1957 Chrysler when police pulled him over for erratic driving near Roscoe Boulevard and Woodman Avenue. He faces up to one year in jail for the offense, a spokesman for City Atty. James Hahn said. Municipal Court Commissioner Ralph Amado scheduled sentencing for July 7. In 1987, Griffin O'Neal was sentenced to 416 hours of community service for his part in the Memorial Day, 1986, boating death in Maryland of the son of film director Francis Ford Coppola.
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February 27, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quick-thinking deputies outwitted a suspected drug dealer who tried to escape from a court holding area by confiscating an identification wristband from a detainee scheduled to be released, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Robert Valdez, 19, was at Van Nuys Municipal Court Tuesday to be processed on charges of possession of an illegal substance for sale when he physically threatened another detainee if the man did not hand over his ID, Deputy Angie Prewett said.
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November 2, 1996 | JOHN M. GONZALES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 84-year-old aunt of a prominent Van Nuys Municipal Court judge was beaten to death after returning from the store and surprising thieves who had broken into her home, authorities said Friday. The body of Grace Perrin was discovered by a neighbor Thursday at about 4:30 p.m. near the back door of her small, well-kept house in the 14400 block of Miranda Street in Van Nuys.
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May 28, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN and JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In his flamboyant career as a loan broker and real estate dealer, Michael D. (Mickey) Henschel has been more than a match for the legal system. Numerous lawsuits for fraud, and convictions for grand theft and other crimes, have hardly slowed him down. The 46-year-old Van Nuys businessman also has become persona non grata in the bankruptcy court, thanks to a string of allegedly abusive bankruptcies that have helped Henschel avoid paying creditors and tens of thousands of dollars in rent.
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April 23, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
Friday was just like any other day in Division 118 of Van Nuys Municipal Court--with a few exceptions. The judge was a cherub-cheeked, pony-tailed fifth-grader named Maya. The jurors swung their feet as they sat in their swivel chairs, and the bailiff stood 4-feet, 5-inches tall. No, it was not a specialized legal case involving the altitudinally challenged.
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March 24, 1994
Our 21-year-old son is dead. His killer, the driver in a one-car crash, was sentenced to 60 days in county jail for taking a human life. Was justice served? On Oct. 24, 1993, our son, a senior at Loyola Marymount University, was the only passenger in an automobile in which the driver lost control at 71 m.p.h. in third gear (from the police report) and crossed four lanes before hitting the berm and becoming airborne for 52 feet and then hitting a tree. This all happened at the 101/405 interchange.
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March 13, 1994 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Van Nuys courtrooms converted to high-tech fortresses at a cost of $140,000 for trials involving potentially violent defendants or spectators have seldom been used for that purpose, partly because judges and lawyers dislike the oppressive atmosphere they create. Instead, a steady stream of traffic scofflaws, evicted tenants and compliant crooks have argued their cases there--protected by the best bullet-resistant glass and high-security doors that money can buy.
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December 27, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is investigating allegations that at least one Van Nuys Municipal Court employee illegally fixed parking tickets, authorities said. The temporary clerk, a student worker, was dismissed in October after an internal audit uncovered irregularities, court officials said. "The matter had been referred to us by the court, and we are investigating it," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert N. Jorgensen.
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June 13, 1989
A Van Nuys baby-sitter pleaded not guilty Monday to the fatal beating of an 18-month-old girl who had been left in her care. Nova Marcia Thompson, 34, entered the plea during her arraignment on a charge of murder and two counts of child abuse in Van Nuys Municipal Court. Thompson is accused of fatally beating Jasmine Lynn Sanders of Van Nuys, who was found bruised and unconscious Thursday in Thompson's home in the 14300 block of Vanowen Street. The toddler was taken to Valley Presbyterian Hospital, where she died late Friday.
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June 15, 1993 | THOM MROZEK
A wealthy Van Nuys businessman who owned a shopping center was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison for filing two court documents that stated he was too poor to pay $48 to file a lawsuit. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp also ordered Amnon Charash, 49, to pay a $10,000 fine. "It was ludicrous in light of your wealth and financial condition," Schempp said after Charash pleaded for mercy.
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December 28, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Marshal's Department next week will take over all security functions at the Van Nuys Municipal Court building, from operating metal detectors to patrolling parking lots and maintaining order in courtrooms. County Marshal Robert Mann said Friday that the change was not a response to any specific incident at the Municipal and Superior Court complex, which in the past three years has been the scene of a fatal shootout and a stabbing.
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