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BRIEFLY : TRIO TO STAND TRIAL FOR CHEATING WIDOW.

A man and his son and daughter-in-law were ordered Friday to stand trial on felony allegations that they stole the $250,000 nest egg of a senile, 80-year-old Val Verde widow.

Van Nuys Municipal Court Judge Lloyd Nash ordered Timothy Lawrence Watkins, 54, Loren Timothy Watkins, 29, and Christina Marie Watkins, 27, tried on charges of grand theft and elder financial abuse. An Aug. 21 arraignment is scheduled.

They are accused of defrauding Mary Cartwright, whom Timothy Watkins married just a few months after her 88-year-old husband died in March 1996.

During the four-day preliminary hearing, Deputy District Attorney Ardith Javan argued that Cartwright lacked the mental capacity to remarry, to manage her finances and to make health care decisions for herself. Witnesses testified that the widow suffered from confusion, memory loss and dementia.

The defendants also are accused of taking out $121,000 in equity loans on the Cartwright Motel, the Concorse Drive motor inn that the Cartwrights owned for decades. Authorities allege the crimes against Cartwright took place between Feb. 19, 1996, and Dec. 30, 1997.

- Daily News

Auditions for teens to be held Sunday

NEWHALL - High school-age students can audition Sunday for the Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre's six-week Apprentice Company workshop.

Participants will write, rehearse, produce and perform their own script under the direction of Carolyn Waddle Almos. The workshop is free and open to those interested in acting, writing, designing or being involved in the technical end of stage productions.

``Our apprenticeship program gives students experience in a field they may be exploring - coming together in a creative, noncompetitive environment,'' said David Stears, the company's artistic director.

Auditions will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. For information, call (805) 222-7278.

- Daily News

Electrical power restored by Friday

VALENCIA - A problem with a cable outside a Valencia electrical substation left about 1,700 Southern California Edison customers without power for a time, but service was restored to nearly everyone by daybreak Friday.

The outage occurred about 10:20 p.m. Thursday, said Edison spokesperson Tom Boyd.

``There was a failed cable outside the substation at Magic Mountain Parkway and Tourney Road,'' Boyd said. ``Many of the customers had their electricity back within an hour.''

All but 10 customers were back in service by daybreak, Boyd said.

A county fire dispatcher said there was a quarter-acre brush fire at the Valencia Country Club on Tourney Road about 11 p.m, but that had nothing to do with the outage, Boyd said.

- City News Service
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