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by Neal Putnam
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Charlie Brown voice pleads guilty to stalking doctor

A former child star who gave a voice to Charlie Brown in animated “Peanuts” television specials has pleaded guilty to stalking a La Jolla plastic surgeon and making a criminal threat to his former girlfriend.

Peter Robbins, 56, will be sentenced May 8 by San Diego Superior Court Judge Dwayne Moring and he could face a sentence of three years and four months in prison, though court records show he is more likely to be placed on probation. He remains in jail on $550,000 bail. He has agreed to abide by a 10-year restraining order forbidding contact with Dr. Lori Saltz.

According to his arrest warrant declaration, Robbins paid for breast-enhancement surgery for his girlfriend from Saltz and later demanded his money back. He made threats against her and demanded she deliver money to a hotel in Oceanside where he was staying.

Robbins later broke up with his girlfriend and harassed her, leaving as many as 45 messages on her cell phone, in some of which he talked about getting a gun.

He was first arrested Jan. 13 after refusing to pay for a meal at a La Jolla restaurant. He posted bond and was arrested days later after a warrant was filed in court regarding the stalking and death threats.

As a child, his voice was used in the classic television specials, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” among others.

Torrey Pines woman gets misdemeanor manslaughter

A Torrey Pines woman has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the Feb. 1 death of a nanny who was struck by a car in a crosswalk in Torrey Highlands.

Through her attorney, Christine Michelle Padilla, 35, pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the incident in which she ran a red light, striking and killing Montserrat Mendez, 41.

Mendez was pushing a stroller through the marked crosswalk north on Camino del Sur at Via Verrazzano around 11:45 a.m. when she was hit and dragged a distance. The baby boy in the stroller was seriously injured, but was strapped inside the stroller and did not fall out.

Padilla is also charged with failure to stop at a red light and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, both of which are misdemeanors. If she is convicted, she could face up to a year in jail.

A trial date will be set on April 26 in San Diego Superior Court.

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