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Posted: July 16, 2008 1:58 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Identity theft suspect faces 7 counts
A Valencia man who was arrested Friday for his role in an identity theft scheme will face at least seven felony counts, officials announced. Mohsen Moaddab, 43, appeared in Newhall Municipal Court on Tuesday morning, where the county District Attorney’s office announced it filed five felony counts of identity theft, one felony count of commercial burglary and one felony count of receiving stolen property. Since Moaddab was also on parole for identity theft, he was held without bail at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles pending future court proceedings. Moaddab was arrested after detectives were able to link him several cases of identity theft and forgery throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. A warrant was issued Friday to search his apartment in the 23900 block of Decoro Drive in Valencia, where detectives reportedly recovered information linking Moaddab to identity theft crimes involving at least seven different victims.

Charred body remains unidentified
charred body that was found next to a Pontiac minivan remained unidentified as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the county Coroner’s Office. A coroner’s spokesman said the body remains listed as “John Doe No. 122.” The charred body was found on July 1, when sheriff’s deputies responded to a grass fire on Briggs Road in Agua Dulce. The grass fire turned out to be a vehicle fire; after the fire was put out, the remains of a body were found nearby.

Fireworks-related injuries decline
Fireworks-related injuries and property loss throughout Los Angeles County decreased this year, according to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Antonovich’s report stated that the county Fire Department responded to fewer reports of structure fires, grass fires, and miscellaneous fires caused by illegal or “safe and sane” fireworks. There were no injuries reported this year — four were reported in 2007. Only $100 in property damage was reported this year, compared to nearly $600,000 in 2007. The Fire Department’s Command and Control Facility received 2,173 calls and 1,157 required investigation or dispatched personnel.


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