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3 charged in slaying of Lancaster doctor

first_imgLANCASTER – Three men were charged Tuesday in the slaying of a retired plastic surgeon who was shot last year with a high-powered rifle while he was feeding livestock at his ranch near Lancaster. One of the three men, 56-year-old Nicolas Cordoba, had worked for several years for Dr. Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar as a ranch caretaker and took over ranch operations after the doctor’s death. Cordoba then brought in a partner, Efrain Martines, 47, but the two had a falling out and Cordoba arranged to have Martines killed in April this year, prosecutors said. “Cordoba is the mastermind behind the whole thing,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake said. Prosecutors said Cordoba arranged for Martinez and Verdin to drive to the ranch on the afternoon the doctor was killed. Prosecutors claim Martinez and Verdin found the doctor alone, feeding his animals, and fatally shot him with a high-powered rifle. After the doctor’s death, Cordoba ran the ranch and persuaded Martines to buy in as a partner, investigators said. But after a falling out with Martines early in 2007, Cordoba promised to pay Garcia several thousand dollars if he, Martinez and Verdin would kill Martines, prosecutors said. Garcia shot Martines with an assault rifle while Martines was working at the ranch, Blake said. Blake said Martinez and Verdin helped remove the body. Martines’ body was found several miles away in a remote area near a road. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Accused of murder in the July 5, 2006, death of Kadivar were Cordoba; Antonio Martinez, 44, who lived west of the ranch; and Arturo Rosales Verdin, 40, of the San Fernando Valley. Those three and a fourth man – Marco Garcia, 31, of the San Fernando Valley – are charged with killing Martines on April 28 this year. The four defendants were being held without bail pending arraignment Thursday. The slaying of Kandivar, 64, at his sprawling 160-acre ranch baffled friends, who described him as a diligent doctor with no apparent enemies. He had grown up on a farm in Iran, and at his Antelope Valley ranch, about 15 miles west of Lancaster, he quietly raised cattle, goats, alfalfa and pistachios. Kadivar lived in the Antelope Valley for more than 30 years. He worked at Antelope Valley Hospital for 27 years before retiring in 2003. He also had offices in Palmdale and Beverly Hills, where he lived with his wife. last_img read more

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Council looking to hear public’s view on rate of local property tax

first_imgSubmissions are being invited from members of the public on proposals to vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2019.Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to vary the rate of Local Property Tax and in particular, on the potential effects of this on households, individuals, businesses and indeed on Council services. Local Property Tax is an annual tax charged on all residential properties in Ireland and came into effect in 2013. In accordance with the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 as amended, local authorities may vary the basic rate of Local Property Tax within its own area by a maximum of 15%.This means that Donegal County Council can either increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2019 by a maximum of 15% of the 2018 rate.For example, if a house is valued at under €100,000, the Local Property Tax in 2018 would have been €90. If the Local Property Tax rate is increased by 15%, this house owner will pay €103.50 in 2019 and if the Local Property Tax rate is reduced by 15%, then this house owner will pay €76.50 in 2019.The money collected under the Local Property Tax contributes towards the cost of providing a range of local Council services including libraries, public lighting, road maintenance, housing services, fire services, dealing with illegal dumping and littering, community initiatives, beach management and tourism development initiatives.An adjustment in the rate of Local Property Tax will have an impact on the Councils capacity to deliver these services. For instance, if the rate is reduced and if funding is not available to replace this reduction, then the income available to the Council will be reduced which will in turn limit the range and extent of services and supports that can be provided in 2019. If the rate is increased then an increased level of income available to the Council will increase the capacity to deliver services and supports in 2019.Having considered a range of issues, the Council could also decide not to vary the rate and to the leave the rate the same as in 2018.Donegal County Council is keen to hear the views and opinions on any proposal to increase or decrease the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal in 2019. In particular, the Council would like to find out more about the potential effects of varying the basic rate of Local Property Tax on households, on individuals, on businesses and indeed on Council services.Further information, including a list of frequently asked questions is available on www.donegalcoco.ie .The deadline date for all submissions is the 17th August 2018 and submissions should be made in writing and emailed to LPT@donegalcoco.ie or posted to Donegal County Council, LPT Submissions, County House, Lifford, Co. Donegal. Feedback from the public will be considered by the elected members of Donegal County Council as part of the decision making process at a meeting in late September 2018 when a final decision will be made on varying the rate of Local Property Tax in Donegal.Council looking to hear public’s view on rate of local property tax was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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