BRIEFLY : MILLIONS AWARDED IN INSURANCE SUIT.A jury awarded more than $12 million to a Porter Ranch couple who claimed their insurance company wrongfully denied their $150,000 claim for damages from an aftershock af·ter·shock
1. A quake of lesser magnitude, usually one of a series, following a large earthquake in the same area.
2. of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake The Northridge earthquake occurred on January 17, 1994 at 4:31 AM Pacific Standard Time in the city of Los Angeles, California. The earthquake had a "strong" moment magnitude of 6. , lawyers said Friday.
Nancy and Jeffrey Pomerantz's attorney, Patricia Moore, said the couple had to move out of their Woodland Hills home after their claim was denied by Mid-Century Insurance Co., part of the Farmers Insurance Group.
After eight weeks of trial, the jury on Wednesday awarded the couple $260,000 in property and emotional damages and $12 million in punitive damages Monetary compensation awarded to an injured party that goes beyond that which is necessary to compensate the individual for losses and that is intended to punish the wrongdoer. .
Attorneys for the insurance company could not be reached for comment.
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Drug deal suspected in man's shooting
CANOGA PARK - An 18-year-old Northridge man shot four times during an apparent drug exchange remained in serious condition Friday afternoon, police said.
Matthew Clayton Amaral had prearranged pre·ar·range
tr.v. pre·ar·ranged, pre·ar·rang·ing, pre·ar·rang·es
To arrange in advance.
pre to meet with a 16-year-old on Roscoe Boulevard about 8 p.m. Wednesday night, said Detective Rick Swanston of the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Police Department's West Valley Division.
Detectives believe the meeting may have been drug-related, Swanston said.
The 16-year-old surrendered and was booked for attempted murder. He was detained at Sylmar Juvenile Hall.
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Transportation zone preparations OK'd
A Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee gave unanimous approval this week to preparations under way for a San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. transportation zone.
Nine cities and Los Angeles County are working together to create a Valley zone that would take over and run 34 bus routes now operated by the MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
(2) See M Technology Association.
1. (messaging) MTA - Message Transfer Agent. . Proponents say local control can improve service and increase cost effectiveness.
The MTA board's committee on planning and programming recommended Thursday that the full board approve a preapplication, a step that paves the way for an actual application.
The panel also unanimously recommended that the agency's staff draw up a plan to pay for and build more than 410 miles of freeway sound walls within five years, in the Valley and other areas of the county.
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County worker, others held in fraud
A county Department of Public Social Services worker and two Pacoima welfare recipients were arrested Friday on an indictment charging them with stealing more than $100,000 from the welfare system, prosecutors said.
Karina Lorena Hopewell, an eligibility worker, was arrested at her Palmdale home, said Deputy District Attorney John Allen.
Ruben Humberto Mattioli, 41, and his mother, Atanacia Mattioli, 67, were arrested in Pacoima.
Hopewell, 33, is charged with one count of embezzlement embezzlement, wrongful use, for one's own selfish ends, of the property of another when that property has been legally entrusted to one. Such an act was not larceny at common law because larceny was committed only when property was acquired by a "felonious taking," i. of government funds and eight counts of welfare fraud. She is being held in lieu of $180,000 bail.
Ruben Mattioli is charged with one count of embezzlement, seven counts of welfare fraud and two counts of perjury perjury (pûr`jərē), in criminal law, the act of willfully and knowingly stating a falsehood under oath or under affirmation in judicial or administrative proceedings. for getting driver's licenses in names other than his own, officials said.
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Seniors lost millions in con, officials say
A Woodland Hills woman and a Westlake Village man were accused Friday of persuading more than 1,500 primarily elderly investors to pony up more than $40 million on bogus gas and oil ventures, authorities said.
Betty Ann Rubin, 51, of Woodland Hills and Mark D. Seigel, 50, of Westlake Village were named with Alexander L. Kahan, 46, of Los Angeles and John K. Judd Jr., 41, of Manhattan Beach in a 40-count indictment a federal grand jury handed down Thursday alleging money laundering The process of taking the proceeds of criminal activity and making them appear legal.
Laundering allows criminals to transform illegally obtained gain into seemingly legitimate funds. , securities and mail fraud between 1991 and 1995.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Scheper said the defendants sold limited partnerships that promised a 10 percent annual return as part of a massive Ponzi scheme A fraudulent investment plan in which the investments of later investors are used to pay earlier investors, giving the appearance that the investments of the initial participants dramatically increase in value in a short amount of time. .
The alleged fraud was operated out of KS Resources, Weststar Exploration Inc. and Lazar Frederick & Co. in Beverly Hills.
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