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2 plead not guilty to dynamite possession

first_img Fostersmith surrendered to police about 8:30 p.m., ending the standoff. Fostersmith’s bail was set at $535,000 and Chornuy’s and Wurth’s bail was set at $500,000.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Chornuy and Fostersmith, who has two prior drug-related convictions, operated an antiques store in the building, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Early Wednesday, city firefighters deliberately burned the industrial building in the 7900 block of Haskell Avenue where 60 to 70 sticks of old, unstable dynamite were found, authorities said. The San Diego Freeway was closed, Metrolink service from Ventura County halted and some neighboring buildings evacuated during the hour the fire burned. The dynamite was found after police responded to a call about a suspicious package in Valley Village, which led to Wurth. Wurth then led police to the building on Haskell Avenue where Fostersmith and Chornuy were found. Fostersmith fled inside the building, beginning a six-hour standoff with police, authorities said. Chornuy surrendered, telling police about the dynamite in the building. VAN NUYS- Two men pleaded not guilty Thursday in connection with the discovery of unstable dynamite in a Van Nuys industrial building, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Guy Fostersmith, 43, of Los Angeles and Arthur Chornuy, 35, of Marina del Rey were charged with felony possession of a destructive device near a public area and possession of an explosive. They pleaded not guilty during their arraignment in Van Nuys Superior Court and are scheduled to return to the courthouse Jan. 5 so a date can be set for their preliminary hearing. A third man, James Wurth, whose residence is unknown, was scheduled to be arraigned on the same charges today at the Van Nuys courthouse.last_img

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