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Ex-dental worker draws 9 months

WEST HILLS -- A former dental receptionist will spend nine months in jail after pleading no contest to charges of pocketing cash payments from patients and forging credit card charges to conceal the theft, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Taylor Spoor, 27, pleaded no contest to conveying a stolen credit card and falsely signing a credit card slip, said Frank Mateljan of the City Attorney's Office. In addition to his jail time, a judge ordered Spoor to pay $1,635 in restitution for 13 patients.

-- Daily News

Errors in Weiss recall move cited

The recall effort of Councilman Jack Weiss got off to a shaky start with city officials telling proponents they have to start over in the process.

City Clerk Frank Martinez said Wednesday that he told recall organizers they'd violated procedures by serving Weiss with a copy, rather than an original, of their intent to seek his recall. They also failed to get proof that Weiss had been served with the papers.

A spokesman for the recall effort said steps would be taken to resolve the issues and serve Weiss as soon as possible with the notice.

The effort is being launched by a group of Westside homeowners upset with Weiss' approval of various projects in his district.

-- Daily News

Firefighter's suit goes to trial

Jury selection began Wednesday in the trial of a lawsuit brought by a black firefighter who alleges a backlash by supervisors for speaking out about racism in the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Jabari S. Jumaane, 46, filed his Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against the department in April 2003. The 21-year LAFD veteran is asking for more than $2 million in damages.

-- City News Service

4 men, 2 women named to bench

Four men and two women were named to the Los Angeles Superior Court bench Wednesday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

David B. Gelfound, 43, of Simi Valley has been a deputy district attorney since 1994. He fills the spot left open by the retirement of Judge Victor Person.

Mitchell L. Beckloff of Santa Monica, a 45-year-old Superior Court commissioner since 2001, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Judson Morris.

Edmund Willcox Clarke, 56, of Manhattan Beach has been in private practice since 1981 and takes over for Judge David Schacter, who retired.

Graciela L. Freixes, 51, of Valencia has been a Superior Court commissioner since 2005. She fills the vacancy left by Pomona Superior Court Judge Philip Gutierrez, who resigned to accept a federal judgeship.

John H. Ing, 53, of Rancho Palos Verdes has been a Superior Court commissioner since 1997. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Otis Wright.

Kathryn A. Solorzano will take the position left open by Judge George Wu, who resigned to join the federal court bench. She has been a deputy district attorney for 17 years.

Superior Court judges receive an annual salary of more than $171,000.

-- City News Service
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Date:May 24, 2007
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