LA City Attorney Closes Wilmington Marijuana Dispensaries
LOS ANGELES – On Feb. 24, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced that his office has ensured a temporary restraining order to stop the operation of 420 Collective, an illegal medical marijuana business in Wilmington.
Feuer plans to extend his restrictions against six other Wilmington marijuana businesses clustered within a six block span of each other. His enforcement efforts have already resulted in the closure of 18 dispensaries within the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division.
The operators of 420 Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary at 408 N. Avalon Blvd. in Wilmington, are charged in a civil lawsuit with violations of Proposition D, zoning code violations and unlawful business practices. The property owner faces similar charges.
The maximum penalty for each violation is $2,500 daily. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ross Klein granted a temporary restraining order restricting the business from operating. A hearing date for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for March 19 in at the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach.
The locations for the six other dispensaries are Weedland (646 N. Avalon Blvd.); Wilmington Organic Wellness (618 N. Avalon Blvd.); Wilmington Buds (712 N. Avalon Blvd.); LA Collective Herbal (728 N. Avalon; Avalon Center (814 N. Avalon Blvd.) and Avalon Medical Center (1019 N. Avalon Blvd.).
Motorcycle Collision Results in Death
LONG BEACH — A 19-year-old woman died in a motorcycle collision, Feb. 24, on the Interstate 710 overpass near Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, officials said.
Two motorcycle riders collided with the wall of the 710 overpass at about 6:30 p.m. Long Beach Police Department officers responded to the call and found a 2003 Suzuki GSXR 1000 and the riders.
Investigators found that the motorcycle driver and passenger were traveling eastbound on Ocean Boulevard over the Gerald Desmond Bridge at a high speed. The driver took the northbound 710 Freeway overpass, where he was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle and collided with the wall on their right side. The collision ejected both riders off the motorcycle and over the wall of the overpass onto Ocean Boulevard.
The driver came to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard. The passenger fell on the eastbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard and was immediately struck by a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was traveling eastbound.
The motorcycle came to rest on the overpass about 620 feet past where the riders were ejected.
The driver of the motorcycle was a 20-year-old man from Anaheim. He was transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition. The driver had a valid license to drive a motorcycle and current insurance.
The woman, also was an Anaheim resident, was a passenger. She was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identities are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee was identified as a 68-year-old Long Beach resident. He did not sustain any injuries.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-5520 or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.
Former Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Income Tax Returns
LOS ANGELES – On Feb. 23, a former self-employed income tax preparer pleaded guilty to filing false federal income tax returns for clients that understated tax liabilities by thousands of dollars, IRS officials stated.
Susan E. Amezcua, a former operator of Four Seasons Income Tax Services with offices in Long Beach and Bellflower, pleaded guilty to two-count charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. The two counts to which Amezcua pleaded guilty relate to the 2008 and 2009 federal income tax returns filed on behalf of clients, which included false deductions and credits, reducing the taxpayers’ liability by $8,757 and $5,340, respectively.
Amezcua prepared, or supervised the preparation of, federal income tax returns for clients of for the calendar years of 2009 and 2010 through Four Seasons Income Tax Services, which were usually filed electronically with the IRS. These actions resulted in an attempted loss to the government of more than $1 million.
While preparing or supervising the preparation, Amezcua claimed fraudulent itemized deductions and credits, such as false employee, hobby and cell phone expenses. Consequently, the returns understated the amount of taxes that the defendant’s clients owed by several thousand dollars.
She faces a statutory maximum sentence of six years in federal prison and a fine of $500,000 when she is sentenced July 20. She may further be ordered to pay restitution of about $523,000.