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POSTED March 5, 2012 8:44 p.m.

JUDGE SAYS BACKYARD BOAT MUST SHOVE OFF : NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — A Southern California man who's been restoring a 72-foot antique boat in his yard has been ordered to move the vessel.

The Los Angeles Times reports a judge issued a preliminary injunction last week saying 65-year-old Dennis Holland must move the boat before a trial to determine its long-term fate begins April 30.

Holland may face fines of $1,000 a day if he doesn't move it, which he says is impossible at this stage.

He has been restoring the 1916 ketch called the Shawnee in his Newport Beach yard since 2006 and had a permit to do it, but it expired last year when he refused to give a completion date.

The City Council then voted to pursue legal action.

TAX PREPARER ACCUSED OF ORDERING HIT ON 2: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Internal Revenue Service agent whose business catered to wealthy San Diego residents is accused of ordering two former customers killed to prevent them from testifying against him on charges that he siphoned off $11 million.

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a second person — a man who was allegedly ordered to pay a hitman $100,000 for gunning down the women from San Diego's La Jolla area and suburban Rancho Santa Fe.

Steven Martinez was charged Friday with witness tampering. The 50-year-old former IRS agent faces a pretrial hearing this month on charges that he stole millions of dollars in his tax preparation business. The two women he allegedly targeted for assassination are key government witnesses in the case.

SNOWMOBILER DIES AFTER TRIGGERING SIERRA AVALANCHE: MARKLEEVILLE  (AP) — A Nevada man riding a snowmobile has died after he apparently triggered an avalanche in Alpine County.

The Sierra Avalanche Center reports that the slide happened around 3:30 p.m. Friday after a late-season storm dumped more than 6 feet of snow in the area.

The coroner identified the victim Monday as 35-year-old Daniel Kuhner of Minden, Nev.

Authorities say the wave of snow carried Kuhner downhill, into trees and buried him and his snowmobile. His companions found him dead but were unable to pull him out.

Searchers recovered the body Saturday after using explosives to clear the area of further avalanche danger.

The slide near Carson Pass came a day after a skier also died in a human-triggered avalanche about 40 miles to the north, near the Alpine Meadows Resort.

AUDIT REQUESTED OF LA TEACHER SEX MISCONDUCT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — An assemblyman representing southeast Los Angeles has requested a state audit of how the Los Angeles Unified School District handles employee sexual misconduct.

Bell Gardens Democrat Ricardo Lara said in a statement Monday that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee will review his request on Wednesday.

Lara represents the unincorporated area of Los Angeles where Miramonte Elementary School is located. In January, a former teacher there was arrested and charged with 23 counts of lewd acts on children. Since then, the district has seen a flurry of sex abuse claims.

Lara says there appears to be lapses in the timely identification and removal of teachers accused of misconduct. He says the audit could help identify procedures and policies that need strengthening.

'CARMAGEDDON' STRETCH OF 405 OPEN AFTER NIGHT WORK: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Overnight work on the Los Angeles-area freeway project that led to last summer's so-called "Carmageddon" ended on time early Monday and caused few problems for motorists.

California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs says two lanes of the freeway remained open during the overnight work.

The work is being done the southbound side of Interstate 405 between the 101 Freeway and Getty Center Drive overnight, but it reopened early Monday before morning rush hour.

The work to build temporary supports for the Mulholland Bridge started Friday night and will continue through Wednesday.

The bridge's south side was torn down last summer.

RECORD HEAT IN THE 90S IN CALIFORNIA: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Record temperatures have sent thousands of Californians to the beaches to enjoy a winter weather heat wave.

A 65-year record was shattered in Santa Cruz on Sunday, where the 83 degree high eclipsed the previous record 79 degrees set on March 4, 1947.

In Southern California, the National Weather Service says temperatures on Sunday hit a record 95 degrees in Fullerton, 91 degrees in long Beach, 87 degrees at Los Angeles International Airport, 88 degrees in Camarillo and 85 degrees in Oxnard.

Beaches from Santa Cruz to Orange County were crowded with sun-seekers.

AUTOPSY RESULTS DUE ON LA TEEN ATHLETE'S DEATH: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say an autopsy is being done to determine the cause of a high school athlete's death.

Los Angeles police said they were investigating 17-year-old Salvador Preciado's Friday night death as toxic poisoning from alcohol.

Friends told KCBS that Preciado was so drunk he fell off a table and hit his head. One friend took him to another friend's home so he could sleep it off.

But when the teen's mother couldn't reach him on his cell phone, she went to the house and discovered her son dead.

More than 200 students and relatives attended a memorial Sunday night outside Panorama High School where Preciado was scheduled to graduate this year.

 

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