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Daily News – Pot grower with a past is free again

April 13, 2011

His criminal history is long and colorful: Busted with heroin and cocaine in Indonesia, he served two years in a corrupt Bali jail, briefly escaping once before bribing his way out. Arrested twice in 2010 for growing millions of dollars worth of marijuana plants in Granada Hills, he could have faced 10 years in prison.

Now comes perhaps the final twist in the tale of Natale “Mike” Gabriele: He’s free again.

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CNS News –  Man Who Targeted Iran Critics Skips LA Court Date

December 3, 2010

Los Angeles (AP) – A purported Iranian government agent who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hitman to kill a broadcaster critical of the Iranian regime is a fugitive from justice after missing a Los Angeles court date.

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The Ann Arbor News –  FBI investigates former Ann Arbor painter for links to Iranian government

June 17, 2010

The FBI searched a storage unit and safe deposit box in the Ann Arbor area as agents investigate whether a man who planned to kill a California radio broadcaster was working as an agent for the Iranian government, federal court records show.

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Pasadena Star News – Man who started Catalina wildfire won’t have to register as arsonist

November 19, 2009

LONG BEACH – A 51-year-old contract worker convicted of accidentally touching off a wildfire on Catalina Island in 2007 was told Thursday he does not have to register as an arsonist.

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Los Angeles Times – Was Fatal Encounter Murder or Justifiable Homicide?

April 22, 2002

LOS ANGELES — Courts: Prosecutor says suspect overreacted; his lawyer [Michael Zimbert] says he acted in self-defense.

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Glendale News Press – Man accused of serial rapes enters plea

March 22, 2002

PASADENA — An Altadena man authorities say raped women in La Crescenta and Pasadena pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Pasadena Superior Court.

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Los Angeles Times – Man Faces Charges in 4 Rapes

November 15, 2001

Crime: Prosecutors say he chose victims who were alone in homes in Glendale and Pasadena.

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The LA Times – Fatal Shooting Linked to Family’s Bloody Past

October 6, 1997

Courts: Man faces murder charge in a 1996 attack that allegedly had its origins in a remote Mexican village half a century ago.

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