Bandits rob armored car in Carson

Two wearing ski masks; Loomis guard shot


A Loomis guard was shot in the heist.

CARSON (CNS)A guard was shot and wounded Tuesday, Oct. 18, during a robbery of an armored car at a Bank of America branch in an unincorporated area bordering Carson, and the suspects were being sought, authorities said.

The armored car was making a money pick-up at the Bank of America branch at 23800 S. Vermont Ave. about 11:15 a.m. when the armed guard was confronted by two male suspects wearing ski masks, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"At least one of the suspects immediately opened fire on the guard with an unknown type firearm, striking the guard multiple times in his lower extremities,'' according to the sheriff's depart- ment. "The suspects then fled with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency in a black colored sedan.''

The guard was taken to nearby Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff's department reported.

Anyone with information in the case are urged to call the Carson Sheriff's Station at (310) 830-1123.


Mark Ridley-Thomas

Ridley-Thomas criminal trial re-scheduled for November


LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The federal criminal trial for suspended Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas on bribery and conspiracy charges has been delayed until November.

Ridley-Thomas, who was suspended from the council following his indictment in October, faces trial along with former dean of the USC School of Social Work Marilyn Flynn.

The pair were initially scheduled for trial in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 9, but US District Judge Dale Fischer this week issued an order setting a Nov. 15 trial date.

The defendants are charged in a 20-count indictment alleging a secret deal whereby Ridley-Thomas—when he was a member of the county Board of Supervisors—agreed to steer county money to the university in return for admit-
ting his son Sebastian Ridley-Thomas into graduate school with a full-tuition scholarship and a paid professorship.

Flynn allegedly arranged to funnel a $100,000 donation from Ridley-Thomas' campaign funds through the university to a nonprofit to be operated by his son, a former member of the state Assembly. The donation prompted an investi-
gation by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles that remains open, prosecutors said.

In exchange, the indictment contends, Ridley-Thomas supported county contracts involving the School of Social Work, including lucrative deals to provide services to the county Department of Children and Family Services and
Probation Department, as well as an amendment to a contract with the Department of Mental Health that would bring the school millions of dollars in new revenue.

Both defendants have strongly denied any wrongdoing and promise that evidence will clear their names. Ridley-Thomas has held elected office for more than three decades.

Fisher indicated this week that she would likely deny a defense request to order separate trials for Ridley-Thomas and Flynn.