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The judge granted the postponement and later found Santos not guilty of the assault. (In a separate proceeding, a Superior Court judge also declined around that time to sign an "order of protection" requested by Weymouth against Santos.)
Weymouth later filed a complaint against Alldredge with the State Bar of Arizona, which declined to pursue the matter in spite of a staff attorney's telling Alldredge in writing that the Judge O'Connor reference "gave the appearance of impropriety."
"Brian has an M.O. of using his mother to go out to dinner or golf with potential investors and then sucks them into investing in his car washes," Weymouth wrote to New Times recently.
O'Connor has a short response to the allegations.
"He is a professional liar," O'Connor says of Weymouth. "I really wish I never had laid eyes on him. He has caused a lot of people nothing but grief."
Brian Weymouth is charged with stealing a large amount of property and trafficking at least some of it.
Another part of the indictment alleges that the theft happened a few weeks after he filed phony paperwork with two state agencies in an attempt to legitimize the upcoming heist.
Last October's grand jury indictment dramatically upped the ante for Weymouth in what already had been an ongoing series of bitterly fought lawsuits involving the Cooper and Chavez camps. It is his first known brush with the criminal justice system.
A native of Washington state, Brian Weymouth landed in Arizona in the late 1970s to attend Central Arizona College as a baseball pitcher.
Weymouth crafted a decent college career, first at Central and later at ASU.
After college, he married a Scottsdale girl (his wife, Renee, is a former Mrs. Arizona America winner) and eventually migrated into the restaurant business.
Weymouth won some publicity in the early '90s when Acapulco Bay Beach Club, his high-profile restaurant on East Thomas Road, became one of the first in the nation to institute mandatory drug testing for current and prospective employees. (It came after Phoenix cops raided the place.)
The nation's drug czar, Bill Bennett, deemed Weymouth a "model citizen."
But Weymouth was struggling financially. Court records show that he and his wife declared bankruptcy in October 1986 and again in April 1993. They also filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy (a reorganization of assets and debts) in May 1992, after the state of Arizona issued a lien of almost $7,000 in unpaid taxes.
Weymouth is resilient. In 1996, he and another local guy bought the Arizona Sandsharks indoor soccer franchise from sports mogul and developer Jerry Colangelo. But the league folded the following year, before the team could play another game.
The Weymouths have three children, all of whom have won athletic scholarships to colleges (one still is in school).
Weymouth was deeply involved in his kids' sporting activities. Not only did he coach his two sons in the Arcadia youth baseball leagues, but he also announced games over the public-address system, entertaining parents and players with his sense of humor.
Weymouth always has been all about connections, and a ball yard is as good a place as any to make them. Around 1996, he befriended Alice Cooper, a fellow coach in the league.
Cooper still may have a reputation as a shock rocker (with boa constrictors, guillotines, and such), but off the stage, he is a teetotaling, born-again Christian and family man more interested in driving ranges and chord progressions than business. But Weymouth approached Cooper with a proposition that sounded intriguing:
The Arizona Diamondbacks were set to begin their inaugural season in 1998.
Weymouth's idea (at least he claims it was his) was to build the Taj Mahal of bars near the ballpark, with a unique thematic twist that would mix sports and rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
"Alice never had come to me with a business idea, ever," Cooper manager Shep Gordon recalls, "but he asked me if I would talk to Weymouth. So I did. I gave Brian a hard time at first, but I warmed to the idea and decided that we should go for it."
A site on Jackson Street just south of the Phoenix Suns' arena and a few blocks from the new ballpark seemed perfect.
A management company, Celebrity Restaurants, was created as Coopers'town's parent company, with about 40 percent each held by Cooper and Weymouth and the remaining 20 percent by Gordon.
Weymouth was to oversee construction and then manage the restaurant.
Business boomed at Coopers'town for years, and the place became a fixture for usually packed weekend music shows, pay-for-view boxing events, and other entertainment.
Weymouth continued to run the restaurant as his primary business partners, Gordon and Cooper, were living in Maui and on a golf course, respectively.
Weymouth was able to purchase a 35-foot boat and dock it in San Diego as a present for his wife, Renee.
But by early 2006, Gordon wrote in an e-mail that tensions over Coopers'town finances were escalating. "Things are about to get nuclear," he wrote of the schism between Weymouth and the Cooper/Gordon tandem.