FROM Frank Girardot
Pasadena to Sue Embezzlers Who Stole $6.4 Million The City of Bell is now famous for the embezzlement of millions in public money by public officials. Now, Pasadena is facing the loss of $6.4 million. Danny Ray Wooten, a former analyst in the Public Works Department -- and Pastor of the New Covenant Christian Fellowship Center -- has pled "not guilty" of grand theft and other charges. The City has announced a lawsuit against him to get the money back. Frank Girardot is Editor of the Pasadena Star-News .
Family of Kendrec McDade Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit A civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court today in the case of the late, black college student, Kendrec McDade, shot to death last month after a pursuit by two Pasadena Police officers. They were responding to a 911 call from a man identified as Oscar Carrillo, who said a backpack had been taken out of his car by two young black men. McDade was not armed, and the lawsuit says police handcuffed him and let him died without administering first aide. Carrillo turned out to be in the country illegally, and Pasadena Police have charged him with involuntary manslaughter. Immigration Enforcement has released him while the District Attorney studies the law.
Powerful Santa Anas Cause Mayhem Los Angeles County officials are saying that the Santa Ana windstorm is a 36-hour event. That means we've got until at least noon tomorrow before it dies down. Countywide, hundreds of trees are down, at least 340,000 homes have been without power and there may be more to come, along with broken traffic lights that snarl traffic. The worst damage so far is in the San Gabriel Valley where Frank Girardot is gathering information. The Editor of the Pasadena Star-News joins us on a cell phone because the power is out at the paper.
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