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CALIFORNIA

$30 million bail set for Garrido

PLACERVILLE — A judge on Monday set bail at $30 million for a Northern California man accused of kidnapping a girl and holding her captive for 18 years.

In setting the high amount, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister cited the serious nature of the charges, injuries to the girl and the fact that Phillip Garrido was on parole at the time of the purported abduction.

Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, have pleaded not guilty to 29 charges of kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment and have been held without bail in an El Dorado County jail.

The couple are accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard from her home near South Lake Tahoe in 1991, then holding her captive in a backyard jumble of tents and sheds for nearly two decades. Authorities say Mr. Garrido fathered two daughters with Miss Dugard.

GEORGIA

Judge: King kin to discuss estate

ATLANTA — A judge has ordered the surviving children of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King to hold a shareholders’ meeting to discuss their father’s estate.

The Rev. Bernice King and Martin Luther King III sued their brother, Dexter King, last year to force him to open the books of their father’s estate. The lawsuit claimed Dexter King, the estate’s administrator, has refused to provide documents concerning the estate’s operations.

The three siblings are the sole shareholders, directors and officers of a company that manages their father’s intellectual property, but they have not met for an annual shareholders’ meeting since 2004.

Dexter King has also sued his sister, who administers their mother’s estate.

NEVADA

Dealer robbed by Simpson suing

LAS VEGAS — A memorabilia dealer who had several heart attacks after being robbed at gunpoint by O.J. Simpson is suing the former football star and five men who were with him, seeking unspecified civil damages.

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