Arraignment delayed for DUI suspect

first_imgSerrato is accused of hitting Martin Granado Jr. of Whittier on July 25 as he walked home on Lambert Road, west of Mills Avenue in the unincorporated area of Whittier, according to CHP reports. If convicted, Serrato faces a minimum of four years or a maximum of 10 years in prison. Ramirez also continued the young woman’s bail of $100,000. Sitting in the back of the courtroom taking in the proceedings were more than a dozen of Granado family members and friends. Deputy District Attorney Robert Britton did not fight the defense’s continuation request. • Photo Gallery: Martin Granado funeralWHITTIER – The arraignment Thursday for a Pico Rivera woman charged with gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old California High School student while intoxicated was continued to Oct. 4. The attorney for defendant Melissa Serrato, 27, asked Judge Daniel P. Ramirez of Whittier Superior Court, Division Three, for the continuance to give a defense expert time to go over the evidence. “We need a little time for our expert to go over the evidence collected because we believe it shows the charge against my client is wrong,” attorney Stephan A. DeSales, said outside the courtroom. “It’s not unusual for the defense to want a continuance to have their experts go over the evidence,” he said. By law, Britton said, his office cannot disclose details about the case until after the preliminary hearing. According to CHP records, Serrato was heading west on Lambert in a 2007 Toyota Matrix at about 40 mph when she hit Granado, who would have been a sophomore at Cal High this fall. He later died of his injuries at UC Irvine Medical Center. Serrato was administered a breath test at the scene but authorities have not released the results. For the Granado family, the younger Martin’s death was the second they endured in a week’s span. The elder Martin’s cousin, Ralph Granado, 55, of Covina was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver July 20 on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway. He was rear-ended by a Toyota Yaris, and the impact knocked him off his motorcycle. As he tried to stand up, Ralph Granado was fatally struck by another vehicle that fled the scene. Authorities are still looking for the driver of the second vehicle. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Ralph Granado. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

49ers mailbag: First place now but where will they finish?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Another week in first place, another 49ers mailbag is here to answer questions submitted via Twitter and Instagram:Will game planning be even MORE intense and thorough for the Browns after how they played yesterday ? (@4GenSFFanFam)Browns go for 520 yards, 49ers go back to the drawing board? Nah. They prepare for an all-out assault each week, no matter the opponent. And the 49ers’ game plans sure seem better this year than past seasons – because they’re 3-0.Is Tevin Coleman the …last_img

Art hotel counts Joburg’s decades

first_img30 August 2010The 12 decades of Johannesburg’s existence are reflected in the 12 rooms making up a new boutique hotel at Main Street Life, one of Joburg’s newest places to be seen, and the brainchild of the same developer who brought the successful Arts on Main to the inner city.The 1960s was the decade the miniskirt hit the world; a man stepped on the moon; Sharpeville happened and Nelson Mandela was jailed. In Joburg, smoking in cinemas was banned, while bikinis were forbidden at swimming pools. And the Carlton Centre was opened.That spectacular building is the theme of one of the 12 specially decorated rooms in the 12 Decades Art Hotel at Main Street Life in Johannesburg’s CBD. The room is referred to as 50 Storeys, and was put together by clothing designer Colleen Alborough.One of Joburg’s newest places to be seen, Main Street Life opened in February this year. It offers Joburgers a new way to spend their hard-earned cash. Malva, the concept store on the ground floor of the seven-storey residential building, buzzes with customers stopping in for a sandwich and coffee, or to see a play, or just to chill and buy an item from its selection of designer gear and decor.To complete the picture, Main Street Life offers The Bioscope, an independent art house cinema.Twelve designers and artists were asked to each design a room of the hotel, taking a theme from the 12 decades that Johannesburg has been in existence, since 1886.So you can stay in the Sir Abe Bailey room, done by Prospero and Anna Bailey; or the Main Street Constellations room, by artist Kim Lieberman; or the A Part Love A Part Hate room, by fashion label Love Jozi; or Minehaus by decor design company Dokter and Misses; or the Catwalk Customs room, by designers Black Coffee; or The House That Jack Built by artist Kim Stern.The hotel opened in mid-July, and bookings are growing steadily, says general manager Henning Booysen. Rates range from R650 a night for the smaller rooms, to R950 for the premium room, Perpetual Liberty, by architect Enrico Daffonchio.Work is ongoing on the roof of the hotel, which eventually will have a splash pool, a boxing gym, two viewing decks, a bar and a telescope. There will be a restaurant on the ground floor of the building.Jonathan Liebmann is the developer of Main Street Life, a follow-up to his successful Arts on Main several blocks down the road.Arts on MainLiebmann bought the five warehouses – now a collection of interleading buildings between Fox, Main and Berea streets in the eastern CBD that make up Arts on Main – in late 2008. By mid-2009 several galleries had moved in, and it has become the hip venue to exhibit work.Tenants include Bailey’s African History Archives, the Goodman Gallery, the David Krut Gallery, the Seippel Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, the Nirox Foundation, a literature project called Right on the Rim, an architect’s firm and an advertising company. The anchor tenant is renowned artist William Kentridge.Arts on Main is pulled together around a restaurant, Canteen, which opens on to a courtyard filled with olive and lemon trees. In June, Liebmann received a Johannesburg Development Agency Halala award in the category Relaxing and Playing Joburg.Several new hotels have opened in Johannesburg’s inner city in the past few years. This month, the Reef Hotels Gold opened on the corner of Harrison and Anderson streets, with 120 standard and deluxe rooms. It is a converted 1970s office building, and plays on the theme of the city’s gold history.In 2007, the 100-room Mapungubwe Hotel opened on the western edge of the CBD. Shortly afterwards, the Ashanti Hotel opened across the road, with 78 rooms. Around the same time, Isibaya House opened, with 103 stylish apartments.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Proteas start Sri Lanka tour with a win

first_img4 July 2014 Hashim Amla starred for the Proteas in the opening match of their tour of Sri Lanka, striking a 79-ball 104 before retiring as South Africa thrashed a Sri Lanka Cricket Board President’s XI by 108 runs in Moratuwa on Thursday. The warm-up match saw both teams employ 15-man squads, and for most of the South Africans it was a productive outing. Faf du Plessis weighed in with 41, captain AB de Villiers matched that score and retired out after only 27 deliveries, while JP Duminy contributed 54 as the Proteas posted 297 for 9 in their 50 overs. Lahiru Gamage, with 3 for 36 in his 10 overs, and Suraj Randiv, with 3 for 47, were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers.Sri Lankan Board President’s XI innings Needing almost six runs an over to win, the Board President’s XI lasted only 39.3 overs before they were bowled out for 189. Randiv top scored with 53, while Dinesh Chandimal made 50. The South African fast bowlers fared well, with Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Ryan MCLaren and Wayne Parnell all getting among the wickets. Morne Morkel, with 3 for 29 in seven overs, was the most successful of the Proteas’ quicks, while off-spinner Aaron Phangiso snapped up 2 for 9 in 2.2 overs.‘That is what warm-up games are about’ “It was nice to pick up some batting time,” Amla said after the match. “Most of us (batsmen) that got in managed to spend some time at the crease. That is what warm-up games are about.” “Personally it’s nice to get some runs ahead of the series,” he added. “The thinking ahead of the game was to try and get a few runs, retire out, then get the other batsmen in. After I reached my 50, I figured it was a good time to lift the scoring rate.” The squad has two more training sessions to fine-tune their game ahead of the first one-day international against Sri Lanka on Sunday. “From a team perspective, time on our legs was important,” Amla said. “A lot of the players who were involved in the IPL have been out for a month or so. It was good for them to get back into fielding for the whole day. Our 50 overs, along with the training sessions in the heat, are important in helping us acclimatise.”Concern about Kallis The only concern for the Proteas was all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who was withdrawn from the match after complaining of stiffness in his back during warm-up drills. Proteas team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee explained: “This morning he felt some discomfort in the upper right back region and was withdrawn from the match today as a precaution. Our physio, Brandon Jackson, treated him for most of the day and we will monitor him overnight to see how he responds to the treatment. “If he doesn’t respond to therapy, we will plan to get a scan done tomorrow. We are quite hopeful that some of the stiffness will settle down overnight.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more