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Mainland diver sentenced for death in Catalina waters San Pedro man At one point during his dives, Rascon became entangled in his gets four years gear or in kelp. for manslaughter Rather than coming to Rascon's aid, Lightner called the Coast Guard to report a "missing diver." BY JIM WATSON According to the prosecutor, Lightner continued to avoid help- A San Pedro man was convict- ing his diver and when the Coast ed of involuntary manslaughter Guard arrived they found Rascon earlier this month for the death of deceased in 80 feet of water. a fellow diver in 2013 off the coast Forensics later determined that of Catalina. Rascon died from drowning due to Craig Lightner, 50, was sen- air embolism. tenced to four years in prison This was not Lightner's first for his role in the death of Mark brush with the law. Rascon, 47. In 2004, he admitted to smug- According to Carol Rose, gling Mexican citizens into the Deputy District Attorney for Los country on at least four occasions. Angeles County, Lightner and He was also previously sen- Rascon traveled to Catalina to tenced to 46 months in prison catch blue-banded Gobies on July and fined $60,000 for taking in a 27, 2013. The taking of the blue- human-smuggling operation. banded Goby is illegal. He also pleaded guilty to ille- Lightner furnished the diving gaily smuggling angelfish from gear to Rascon, however.the equip- Mexico and was under investi- ment was reportedly unsafe and gated for trafficking cocaine and Rascon was not given any direc- marijuana, although charges were tion in how to use it properly, never filed. On the Water length / 800which told us the fish From page 4 was about 418 pounds! After we dressed the fish out completely, we overly full of men, fish and water, divided the meat into three sec- and was dangerously close to dip- tions. One of the sections weighed ping to allow more ocean in. Not out at 127 pounds, fully dressed. a good thing. We got her started If there is a moral to the story, and never stopped until we made and there is always one, it is that the harbor, the ocean is an infinitely amazing Karen made it back ahead of surprise. Scotty and Gone were US to alert the media, however, we heading out with a plan to fish learned that Avalon had passed Mako. They had 50# test on a 50 an ordinance just after the movie wide with a 150# fine leader. They "Jaws" that prevented anyone from were optimistic, excited and ready entering the harbor or from weigh- for anything, almost. Who would ing sharks within the city limits, have known they would find them- We could not even hoist the fish selves locked onto a monstor fish for pictures, "bad for tourism" we for more than six hours in a small were told. boat on the open ocean. We head Undeterred, we taped the fishout to find adventure, and to find out at 93 inches long, and 60 inch- out something about ourselves, es around. We proceeded to dress and in this seemingly endless mass the fish outside the harbor and ev- of liquid mystery we discover why ery time we looked at the fish, we fishing is such an addiction ... be- just had to laugh at the size of this cause you just never know. monster. We never did get to weigh Capt. John of Afishinadso her, but we did manage to get some Charters can be reached at 888- insight into the size of this fish us- 613-7770 or john@afishinados. ing the formula girth squared X com. Golf cart is recovered one hour after loss reported The following is the Avalon Sheriff's Station significant inci- dents report for the week of Oct. 22 to Oct. 29. "It is important to note that no assump- tion of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the con- tent of the information provided in this report. Many people who get arrested do not get con- victed or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrested," said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Station. October 25 At 12:15 a.m., Ryley Oneill, M/27, a resident of Lomita and Erik Nulty, M/27, a resident of Torrance were arrested at Two Harbors for drunk in public. Capt. Doug Fetteroll Station commander Avenue stolen from an unlocked storage box in the 300 block of Clarissa Avenue. Emergency training CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training was held October 26 at City Hall on Friday, Saturday At 12:40 a.m.,and Sunday. Twenty community Bassem Ghobryal, volunteers attended the training M/40, a resident ofwhich was taught by members of Elmwood Park, was the Long Beach Fire Department arrested for drunk inand the Los Angeles County public. Sheriff's Department. The train- . At 1:38 a.m., ing was made possible and orga- Margarito Mulgado, nized by Janet Seebert from the M/36, an Avalon resi-CIMC. Our heartfelt appreciation dent, was arrested for goes out to all the volunteers who drunk in public, sacrificed their entire weekend to At 1:40 a.m., a win- attend the training as it shows how dow to a business in much they care about our com- the 100 block of Sumner munity. For more details, see the was broken, story on page 6. Oct. 27 Golf carts October 22 No significant incidents.One golf cart was reported- . A resident reported the theft ly stolen from the 100 block of of a Disabled Person Parking October 28 Sumner Avenue. It was recovered Placard from their golf cart, which A license plate was reported approximately one hour later near was parked in the 200 block of stolen from a golf cart at Casino Banning Drive and Metropole Crescent Avenue. Point. Avenue. Anyone with information At9:30p.m.,ThaddeusMagill,regarding the taking of another October 23 M/25, a resident of Oregon, was person's golf cart, without their No significant incidents, arrested for battery, permission, is encouraged to noti- fy the detectives at the Avalon October 24 October 29 Sheriff's Station. Under California No significant incidents. An Avalon resident reported Law, it is a felony to "Joyride" and beach chairs and umbrellas were prosecution will be sought. Free Shipping ]For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! The Vape Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! Beginners to Advanced Users Friendly Service, No Snobbery! 2139 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90815 562 -494-1442 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, October 31, 2014 : 5