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Two accused of hacking victim with a 3-foot-long sword

POMONA – A trial date has been set for the two brothers accused of hacking a man with a 3-foot sword at a cabin at Mt. Baldy in September.Eric and Wesley Brockway will return to the Pomona Courthouse on April 28 to begin their trial. They have been charged with four counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, torture and aggravated mayhem, according to a Los Angeles County felony complaint.

Authorities said the brothers assaulted 47-year-old David Gregory outside Gregory’s cabin near Mt. Baldy Road.

Gregory said he has known the brothers since about 2002, when they first hiked into his canyon to escape the city below.

They became regular visitors to the area, hiking every six or eight weeks, Gregory said.

On Sept. 30, Gregory said he and the brothers barbecued chicken and drank beer together.

The men left and when Gregory awoke the next morning, he was shocked to see they had defaced the trail to his home with graffiti, he said.

The scrawl made derogatory comments about both Gregory and his dog, he said.

He cleaned up the graffiti, an act that is believed to have led to the attack.

The next time they met, Gregory said Wesley Brockway hacked at him with a sword and his older brother Eric Brockway sprayed him in the face with pepper spray. He fled the attack and was found on the road by a passer-by.

From the attack, Gregory had an arm and finger nearly severed by the sword. He was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with severe injuries and had his limbs reattached.

The two brothers pleaded not guilty in October to the charges and are still in custody.

Black Friday, 1945

The War for Warner Brothers
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The studio strike of 1945 had it all. Corrupt union bosses, movie moguls, gangsters and trade unionists.

The first thing to remember was that in 1945 there were two unions in Hollywood. One was the IATSE, led by President George E. Browne. The IATSE was straight out of Chicago and was literally affiliated with Frank Nitto (the successor to the Al Capone crime syndicate). Browne was sentenced to eight years for federal racketeering in 1941, but not before signing contracts with most of the major studios. The IATSE promised low wages and no strikes in exchange for lots of illegal money. Richard Walsh took over for Browne.

Some members launched a rebellion against the IATSE in 1939 and formed four smaller unions.

The other big studio union was the CSU, the Confederation of Studio Unions. The CSU, unlike the IATSE was a democratic union with no links to the mob. The CSU President was named Herb Sorrell. Sorrell came out of the Disney strike of 1941.

In 1943 a group of set directors broke away from the IATSE to a form a small union and voted to affiliate themselves with the CSU. The producers stalled the contract until the IATSE came in and claimed juridiction over the set directors. An arbitrator was appointed and ruled in favor of the CSU. The producers continued to refuse to recognize or bargain with the set directors, and in effect, this started the studio strike of 1945.

On March 12, 1945, the strike began.

9,000 CSU workers walked off the job while IATSE president Richard Walsh ordered his 16,000 members to cross their picket lines and go back to work. The studio heads lined up with IATSE. The Writer’s Guild, Cartoonists and CIO voted to honor CSU pickets, the Screen Actor’s Guild, the AF of L and Teamsters to support IATSE.

Notice how the Writer’s Guild supported the strike, while the Screen Actor’s didn’t. Then remember who the targets of the HUAC witchhunt were just a few years later in 1947.

Despite threats of having their cards revoked, thousands of IATSE workers refused to cross picket lines. A meeting of IATSE rebellious workers was broken up, and the leaders were suspended from the union.

The strike was poorly timed. The studios had 130 films on the shelves – a nine month supply.

The major studios augmented their security by hiring goons ( all granted LAPD licenses to carry guns) and actually put moonlighting LAPD and Burbank police on the payroll. The LAPD also had a unit called the Red Squad, who’s duty was to kick in the doors and harass suspected communists, union organizers and other undesirables.

Disney, Monogram, and some independents bargained with CSU Local 1421. Columbia, RKO, Universal, Fox and Warner Bros. did not and were affected most severely, with MGM and Paramount right behind. After several months, movie productions begun to shut down. But the workers and the CSU began to run out of money around the same time.

CSU President, Herb Sorrell, decided to make a stand at Warner Bros. On October 5th, some 300 strikers gather at Warner Bros. main gate at 4 A.M. on a typically warm day during this pivotal month. Shortly thereafter, strikebreakers, Chicago goons and county police attacked. They were armed with chains, bolts, hammers, six inch pipes, brass knuckles, wooden mallets and battery cables. The county sheriffs marched two and three abreast, steel-helmeted and reinforced with tear gas masks, and night sticks, Some carried 30-30 Garrand rifles and two were weighted down with an arsenal of tear gas bombs. The Warner Bros. studio police lobbed canisters of tear-gas from the roofs of the buildings at the entrance.

SU pickets had their own “white-painted air-raid warden helmets” that shone eerily in the predawn gloom. These helmets and weapons added to the perception that this strike had become a pitched battle, a war. As Sorrell recalled it, “First, they drove through the picket lines at a high rate of speed, several cars. I think we took four people to the hospital. The fire hoses were dragged out; they turned them on the people’s feet and just swept them right out from under… they threw tear gas bombs… there were women knocked down… It was a slaughter.”

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By the end of the day, some 300 police and sheriffs had been called to the scene and over 40 casualties were reported. The picketers returned the following Monday with an injunction barring the police from interfering with the strike while Warner retaliated with its own injunction limiting the number of pickets at the gate. Violence continued all week.

The CSU was breaking, but the bad publicity from this event forced the studios to make a tentative agreement.

The agreement was a farce. IATSE members who supported the strike were locked out. IATSE scabs were pushed out of the CSU jobs they were filling, but the studio held onto them.

On September 23, 1946, the studios reassigned all the CSU members from construction supervisors, foremen and maintenance men to work as journeymen carpenters on “hot set”, a position many of these men hadn’t worked in many years and a violation of their job descriptions and cause for a union grievance.

These men understandably protested and refused at which point they were given preprepared paychecks for their time and effectively sent home and subsequently locked out. Naturally, the pickets went back up, and the CSU was forced to assume the crushing burden of another strike.

The Screen Actor’s Guild turned their backs on the CSU, and after another 13 month strike, the CSU had been crushed for all time.

POMONA – A trial is set to begin Monday for two brothers accused of attacking a Mt. Baldy man with a sword and pepper spray.  Eric and Wesley Brockway are charged with attempted murder, conspiracy, torture, and aggravated mayhem in connection with the Sept. 30 incident.

Prosecutors say the brothers attacked David Gregory near his Mt. Baldy cabin, nearly severing the man’s arm and a finger, possibly because Gregory had cleaned up graffiti the brothers left a few days earlier.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Props to Hugo.  He named the upper part of the Silver Lake reservoir.  He named it “Ivanhoe.”ivanhoe-reservoir.jpg

This from our eloquent friend in Virginia:

“The family of Kevin was correct to keep you away from the funeral, they knew you’d be wiping away tears with one hand & selling & autographing the funeral program with the other & your finger would be on auto-dial to the local TV & radio stations, to come & film the whole thing!”

Kevin’s death is the second best thing that every happened to you, Kelly!

Thank you to Butch from Virginia for bringing the following to our attention. Apparentely, Kelly was “asked” (read: begged) to play a Quiet Riot song (that he never played on in the first place) in a band’s gig in Vegas. Here’s his account of his “reluctant” response:

“When I heard that I said NO! Not because I was nervous about going on stage or anything like that, I said no because of some, if not all of the flak, I caught after Kevin’s death by some who thought that, by coming on here and telling all of you the circumstances of his death and letting you all know what was going on, which was picked up by AP and UPI and put me on like a million websites, that I was trying to somehow profit from his death. I did this because I can tell you, this board was important and the people on it, were important to me and Kevin. And I felt you had a right to know. We’d both been here for quite a while, so I felt it right to tell it to all of you from the horses mouth. I felt, you had a right to know what was going on. I’m a wedding photographer in a little tiny town, I don’t want to be famous, I’m not trying to be a rock star. I’m way too old! So me, going on stage in some little club could be construed by some to appear as though that is exactly what I’m trying to do. I have in fact been very low profile on here for one thing, and I had even planned on NOT going to anymore Randy memorials, no more interviews, nothing. I was done with it all because of all the painful things that happened with Kevins passing. Don’t ask me. I resolved to have no more to say or do with any of it. And now this guy wants me to go up on stage and play a QR song? Not to mention a recent VERY painful event which has just occured to me as a result of being “whoever the hell I am”. NO! NO! NO! I ain’t doing it! Well, I’ve slowly, very slowly been changing my stance on all this. I absolutley loved Randy, and it was always so nice to always talk to his fans, and I decided I would miss that. But still. I wasn’t going to go up and play that song!

Well, he did. And now he’s selling a bunch of Randy and Kevin memorabilia!

Nice work taking the high road, Kelly!

“Please stay inside the house tonight, Dolores.  Lately there’s been violence in the streets.  The moon is full but hearts are dark, Dolores.  Danger in every stranger you meet. 

 There’s a killer in the neighborhood, Dolores.  A man who sees a girl and goes berserk.  And you’re just the kind of woman that he preys on.  And my mind stays so upset it’s hard to work.

 While I’m working nights, I’m making my collections.  A few quarters for insurance every week.  Sometimes I can hardly find directions for fear some harm may fall you on the street. 

 The paper says the slayer struck another.  Even now, the law is searching for a clue.  And they’ve called me to identify your body.  Dolores, how could I know that it was you?

 I’d you’d stayed inside the house tonight, Dolores….”