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By Geghard Arakelian | December 23, 2005
Though President George Bush may remain uncertain about the total ban of torturing POW detainees, a law passed by legislation last Thursday, catapulted by the torture incidents in Abu Ghraib, will go for the greater good of overseas war operations and will lessen insurgency operations in Iraq. Take note the hate and anger that stems from simply being bullied around in the playground or at home. Now imagine being forced to be naked, being shocked, beaten, blindfolded, tied to cages and having ferocious dogs held only a few feet away, ready to attack.
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By Veronica Rocha | February 17, 2010
BURBANK — Five people were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that they tortured, beat and kidnapped two loan modification agents over a financial dispute. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty determined that there was enough independent evidence during a three-day preliminary hearing to put Daniel Weston, Mary Ann Parmelee, Mario Gonzales, Marissa Parker and Gustavo Canez on trial. “You can’t imprison and torture people simply because they have stolen money from you,” Hegarty said in a Burbank courtroom.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 26, 2009
GLENDALE — A La Cañada couple and a Glendale man were among five people charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents who were working to keep the couple out of foreclosure, officials said. The couple — Daniel Weston, 52, and Mary Ann Parmelee, a 52-year-old Realtor — allegedly grew frustrated with the loan agents because they thought not enough was being done to get their home on the 4800 block of La Cañada Boulevard out of foreclosure, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
NEWS
February 23, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Thursday, February 26, 2014. Rain is expected to continue today, and temperatures will reach a high of 64 degrees and a low of 52 degrees. Here's our roundup of the top headlines in the area: A concerned residents group filed a lawsuit this week asking a Los Angeles County judge to force Glendale to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the city's coffers and return $90 million it had shifted from one fund to another since 2010.
NEWS
October 14, 2003
A Glendale man is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of beating and torturing his wife of six months. Natthavudh Matthew Vichaidit, 34, was arrested Sunday after his wife told police he slapped her, kicked her in the head and hit her repeatedly on different parts of her body, according to Glendale Police reports. Vichaidit was being held Monday on $1-million bail. Vichaidit's wife told officers her husband whipped her repeatedly with two different belts, police said.
NEWS
February 24, 2000
Paul M. Anderson LOS ANGELES -- In an unusual move, the lawyer for a man charged with the torture-murder of a Glendale woman admitted his client's guilt in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday in order to try to save the man's life. Anthony Roy Shivers faces the death penalty if convicted of the first degree murder of Jeanette Cohen because he is accused of torturing her to death. Alan Gelfand, the deputy public defender representing Shivers, will try to convince jurors that while the former California Highway Patrol dispatcher killed Cohen, Shivers did not intend to torture her and that the slaying was a crime of passion, Gelfand told jurors during opening statements in the trial.
NEWS
February 26, 2000
Paul M. Anderson GLENDALE -- The mother and brother of Jeanette Cohen will try to persuade a Superior Court judge to not let her alleged murderer escape the death penalty. Cohen's mother, Yolanda Roeber; her son, Ron Cohen; and her husband, Devon Roeber, planned to write a letter to L.A. Superior Court Judge James M. Ideman today, asking him not to throw out allegations that Anthony Roy Shivers tortured Jeanette Cohen. Ideman said Thursday he planned to grant a motion by Shivers' defense attorney throwing out the torture allegation because prosecutors hadn't proved their case.
NEWS
September 4, 2002
MOVIE IS CONFUSING FROM MINUTE ONE Michael Arvizu is a sound designer for Company of Angeles Theatre in Silver Lake and is associate and online editor for El Vaquero, Glendale Community College's student newspaper. It seems that the Internet can not only violate your privacy but it can also kill you. A visually intense film, there is something to be said about a Web site that can produce that much blood and gore, proving that there are indeed much better places to visit on the Web -- and much better movies to see as the summer wanes.
FEATURES
May 9, 2009
A recent poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 54% of those who regularly attend church at least once a week said the torture of suspected terrorists was “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42% of people who seldom attend church services agreed. What does this say about religion’s role in how we perceive justice? And where do you, and your congregation, come down on this issue?   Religious values teach us that we have a fundamental responsibility to treat all human beings, even bloodthirsty killers, with basic decency.
NEWS
February 29, 2000
Paul M. Anderson LOS ANGELES -- It's now up to a jury acquit or decide how long a former California Highway Patrol dispatcher will spend in prison for allegedly murdering a Glendale woman. Emotions ran high among victims and even court officials Monday as the murder trial of Anthony Roy Shivers was handed to a jury. Most of the controversy revolved around Superior Court Judge James M. Ideman's decision to dismiss allegations that Shivers tortured his ex-girlfriend Jeanette Cohen before she died.
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February 23, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Thursday, February 26, 2014. Rain is expected to continue today, and temperatures will reach a high of 64 degrees and a low of 52 degrees. Here's our roundup of the top headlines in the area: A concerned residents group filed a lawsuit this week asking a Los Angeles County judge to force Glendale to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the city's coffers and return $90 million it had shifted from one fund to another since 2010.
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By Veronica Rocha | February 17, 2010
BURBANK — Five people were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges that they tortured, beat and kidnapped two loan modification agents over a financial dispute. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty determined that there was enough independent evidence during a three-day preliminary hearing to put Daniel Weston, Mary Ann Parmelee, Mario Gonzales, Marissa Parker and Gustavo Canez on trial. “You can’t imprison and torture people simply because they have stolen money from you,” Hegarty said in a Burbank courtroom.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | January 8, 2010
PASADENA — Attorneys representing five people who were charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents asked for more time Thursday to reach a potential settlement. Attorney Stephen Wegman and three other defense attorneys asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz if the case could be extended to Jan. 27 to accommodate negotiations on a possible settlement with the district attorney. Schwartz sent the case back to Burbank Superior Court to be settled.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | October 26, 2009
GLENDALE — A La Cañada couple and a Glendale man were among five people charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents who were working to keep the couple out of foreclosure, officials said. The couple — Daniel Weston, 52, and Mary Ann Parmelee, a 52-year-old Realtor — allegedly grew frustrated with the loan agents because they thought not enough was being done to get their home on the 4800 block of La Cañada Boulevard out of foreclosure, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
FEATURES
May 9, 2009
A recent poll from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 54% of those who regularly attend church at least once a week said the torture of suspected terrorists was “often” or “sometimes” justified. Only 42% of people who seldom attend church services agreed. What does this say about religion’s role in how we perceive justice? And where do you, and your congregation, come down on this issue?   Religious values teach us that we have a fundamental responsibility to treat all human beings, even bloodthirsty killers, with basic decency.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | February 16, 2008
GLENDALE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will decide next week whether to remove a hold on beef in student lunches, but Glendale Unified School District has already resolved to bring back the beef on Tuesday. The district axed beef from its menus on Feb. 4 after the Department of Agriculture announced that it would stop a San Bernardino County meat-packing company, which is now facing allegations of animal cruelty, from supplying beef to the National School Lunch Program.
NEWS
February 15, 2008
Joining a mounting call among federal lawmakers for a criminal probe into the CIA’s use of simulated drownings during interrogations, Rep. Adam Schiff, speaking at a congressional hearing last Thursday, pried Atty. Gen. Michael Mukasey on his unwillingness to open an investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice has been steadfast in its refusal to investigate whether laws prohibiting torture were violated when the CIA used “water boarding” when interrogating terrorist suspects.
NEWS
By Geghard Arakelian | December 23, 2005
Though President George Bush may remain uncertain about the total ban of torturing POW detainees, a law passed by legislation last Thursday, catapulted by the torture incidents in Abu Ghraib, will go for the greater good of overseas war operations and will lessen insurgency operations in Iraq. Take note the hate and anger that stems from simply being bullied around in the playground or at home. Now imagine being forced to be naked, being shocked, beaten, blindfolded, tied to cages and having ferocious dogs held only a few feet away, ready to attack.
NEWS
By: Barry Faulkner | October 10, 2005
First comes the devastation, then the dissection. Sometimes, the latter can be more excruciating than the former for high school football coaches, who seldom wait 24 hours to pick through the videotape remains of their latest loss. For Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley, this meant scanning the images of Friday's 23-20 nonleague overtime setback to visiting Mira Costa. In the process, a handful of potentially game-changing plays emerged.
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