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Minister suspect in molestations

THOUSAND OAKS -- The pastor of an Idaho church was being held Thursday in lieu of $1 million bail after being arrested on suspicion of molesting a female student at Thousand Oaks Baptist School from 1983 to 1989, Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said.

William Alan Malgren, 52, is accused of molesting a girl from age 7 to 14, officials said. He was a pastor at the affiliated Thousand Oaks Baptist Church at the time.

Malgren left California in 1989, and has since worked for churches in Washington, Iowa and Idaho, police said. He is expected to be extradited from Idaho to Ventura County.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Mike Hartmann at (805) 371-8397 or Sgt. Barbara Payton at (805) 371-8397.

-- Daily News

Not-guilty plea entered by coach

SAN FERNANDO -- An assistant soccer coach at Sylmar High School pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he molested nine teenage boys, authorities said.

Eduardo Colocho, 27, is being held in lieu of $3 million bail pending an Oct. 26 preliminary hearing. He is accused of molesting the boys, ages 14-17, starting in April 2003 and ending in mid-September, when he was arrested.

-- Daily News

Muslim leader accepts award

A Muslim leader received an award from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations on Thursday, despite criticism from several Jewish organizations over harsh comments he made about Israel.

Dr. Maher Hathout, a 70-year-old retired cardiologist who serves as chairman of the Islamic Center of Southern California and a senior adviser to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, received the John Allen Buggs Award for promoting interfaith alliances at a luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore hotel.

The decision drew bitter criticism from some Jewish leaders who called the Egyptian-born Hathout an extremist because of comments he made at a Jerusalem Day rally in Washington, D.C., in 2000, referring to Israel as an ``apartheid brutal state'' and its leaders as ``butchers.''

-- City News Services

Autopsy: Man shot many times

BAKERSFIELD -- An autopsy determined that a 19-year-old Van Nuys man whose body was found on a dirt road was shot more than five times, authorities said Thursday.

The body of Saul Betancourt was found off Highway 99 between a carrot field and an orange grove, about 12 miles north of the Grapevine. He had been dead for less than 24 hours when a farmworker found his body Tuesday morning, Kern County officials said.

-- Daily News

Oct. 23 deadline for voter sign-ups

Residents have until Oct. 23 to register for the Nov. 7 election, officials said Thursday.

Prospective voters must be U.S. citizens and Los Angeles County residents who will be at least 18 by Election Day. Voters cannot have a felony record.

Voter registration forms are available at libraries, fire stations, post offices and city clerk's offices or online at www.lavote.net.

For information, call (562) 466-1310 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. For assistance in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese, call (800) 481-8683.

-- Daily News

Car-pool permits for hybrids grow

The Department of Motor Vehicles has said it will extend and expand a permit program allowing hybrid car owners to drive solo in car-pool lanes.

Under new rules signed into law this week, the program will add an additional 10,000 available permits and extend its run from 2008 until 2011.

The program has benefited from rising gasoline prices and an explosion in popularity of hybrids. Currently, 1,500 hybrids owners are awaiting permits. About 3,000 are available.

-- Daily News
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