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New Lawsuit Accuses CA Superintendent of Sexual Assault

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Lawsuit: Montebello superintendent sexually assaulted a man
Montebello Unified School District then-Interim Superintendent Anthony Martinez speaks during a school board meeting in Montebello, Calif. Feb. 16 2017. (Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

LOS ANGELES (Whittier Daily News) — A lawsuit accuses Montebello Unified Superintendent Anthony Martinez of sexual battery and gender violence after rebuffing his pledges to help the plaintiff in his educational endeavors in exchange for sexual favors.

It is unclear what the relationship between the plaintiff and the school district or superintendent is.

In the lawsuit, Martinez is accused of promising Walther Medina money, educational boosts and even assistance with obtaining citizenship in return for a sexual relationship.

His attorney, Santa Monica-based Michael Freiman, filed the lawsuit Nov. 1. Neither could be reached for comment.

Medina is seeking unspecified damages.In an email, Mark D. Baute, Martinez’s attorney, said his client “is entirely innocent.”“We […]

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Starbucks Sued for Refusing to Redeem Gift Card for Cash in WeHo

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Patch.com) — The Starbucks Corp. is being sued by a customer who alleges the coffee shop chain in 2019 wrongfully denied him a $1.70 cash redemption for the balance on his gift card at one of its West Hollywood stores, maintaining the company was obligated to do so by law.

Robert Paskey’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages as well as a court order that Starbucks provide cash redemptions for gift cards having a balance of less than $10.

A Starbucks representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the suit filed Thursday.

Paskey went to the location in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard on Dec. 26 and a clerk there denied him his request for the $1.70 cash redemption on his gift card, telling […]

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Ex-‘RHOC’ Lauri Peterson’s Son Freed in Plea Deal For Attempted Murder

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Ex-'RHOC' Star Lauri Peterson's Son Freed After Plea Deal in Attempted Murder Case

(TMZ) — The son of ex-“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Lauri Peterson is off the hook for attempted murder — thanks to a sweet plea deal — and he’s walking out of jail.

Josh Waring pled guilty to felony counts of assault with a firearm, evading a peace officer, 2 counts of assault, hit-and-run with property damage and battery … this according to court records. Waring’s attorney, Joel Garson , tells us Waring will get time served and be released later today. As we’ve reported … Waring’s been locked up for nearly 4 years while waiting for his trial since his July 2016 arrest when he was accused of shooting a man outside a sober living home.

outside a sober living home. He initially pled not guilty.

It’s been a harrowing time for Waring behind bars. As we first reported … he was ambushed back in October 2019 at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana and brutally assaulted by another inmate wielding razors wrapped in towels.Play video content

Waring suffered deep gashes to his chest and face. Waring’s lawyer believed the attack could have been retaliation against Josh for filing a federal lawsuit against Orange County and its Sheriff’s Department for violating his civil rights.

He was transferred to another jail shortly after the attack … but now he’s walking free.

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Senior Tenant Sues Santa Monica Landlord to Stay in Her Home

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SANTA MONICA (Santa Monica Daily Press)– A 72-year-old woman with disabilities who has lived in the same Santa Monica studio for 38 years has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against her landlords.

In the suit filed Monday, St. James v. Bills, tenant Zandra St. James charges that her landlord violated state law by refusing to accept her housing choice voucher to offset her monthly rent. As a result, St. James faces eviction.

St. James’ apartment is rent-controlled, but with annual incremental increases. The rent has risen to the point that it now demands more than 90 percent of her monthly Social Security disability check.

She was awarded a housing choice voucher in 2019 and immediately sought to use the subsidy to help pay her […]

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