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Wednesday, June 13, 1990
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B4 vi:i)Ni:si)AY, junk u, i'o 1; i.os anc;i:i.i-:s i :.n:s VALLEY NEWS Man Pleads Innocent in Wounding of Officer Law enforcement: Two girls, ages 13 and 14, face similar charges in luvenile Court. The injured policewoman has shown improvement. By LESLIE BERGER TIMES STAFF WRITER A Highland Park man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assault and robbery charges in the shooting of a Los Angeles police officer who was critically wounded during a gun battle in which the defendant's companion was killed. Arvin Peter Mani, 20, was arraigned in Newhall Municipal Court in Santa Clarita. Judge Alan S. Rosenfield set bail at $1 million, and scheduled a preliminary hearing for June 21. Two other suspects, 13- and 14 -year-old girls, were to be arraigned today in the Northeast Juvenile Justice Center in Los Angeles. They face similar charges to Mani conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted grand theft of the police officer's auto with a firearm prosecutors said. All three Highland Park residents, alleged members of a gang called the Highland Park Crazies, are in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Stacy Lim, the 27-year-old policewoman, remained in guarded condition at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia but showed signs of steady improvement Tuesday, said Lt. Dave Waterman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division, where she is assigned. Waterman said Lim was conscious, breathing without a respi-. rator and communicating in sign NURSE: Charges of Refusing Care to Sick Baby Dropped GEORGE W1LHELM Los Angeles Times Arvin Peter Mani waves to an acquaintance during arraignment Tuesday in Municipal Court. language with her sister. Mani's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Alan Budde, said he would not post bail. He declined further comment. If convicted on all four felony charges, Mani would face a maximum sentence of seven years, four months in state prison, Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan M. Speer said. The suspects allegedly followed the policewoman home on the freeway because they liked the custom rims on her Ford Bronco, detectives said. Charges of murder, involving the death of 16-year-old Joel Garcia Valenzuela of Highland Park, and attempted murder, for the wounding of Lim, were not filed against any of the three suspects because detectives have determined that it was Valenzuela who provoked the fatal gun battle outside Lim's Santa Clarita home, authorities said. Speer said Tuesday that Mani was sitting in the youths' car during the confrontation early Saturday. She said it was Valenzuela and the 13-year-old girl who got out of their auto after Lim parked her truck. Speer also said Tuesday that a fifth youth, the 12-year-old brother of the 14-year-old girl, was present during the incident. He was released without charges after detectives determined he was accompanying his sister and not part of a plan to steal cars, she said. Continued from Bit gangrene from meningococcemia, a contagious blood infection that she was suffering from when she was rushed to the hospital that night. Although she had a high fever and skin blotches all over her body, Ayala was denied treatment at Panorama Community Hospital possibly because her parents could not prove they had medical insuranceand she was referred to the Olive View Medical Center, Pais said. Olive View is a county facility that offers care at low fees or free of charge to indigent patients. Panorama Community Hospital officials deny that Ayala was ever brought to the hospital that night, saying there are no records that she was there. About eight months after the incident, as part of an investigation into the incident, Ayala's parents looked at a police photo lineup and identified Nachman as the nurse who turned them away from the emergency room. Based on this and other evidence, criminal charges were filed against Nachman in December. But subsequent investigation by prosecutors and defense attorney Thomas Byrne indicated that Nachman might not have been at the hospital when the Ayalas arrived. "She has never turned anybody away, let alone an infant," Byrne said. "She has been devastated by this whole thing." 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