Phonehenge West creator ordered to jail
A judge declared Friday that the creator of the elaborate Phonehenge West complex in the Antelope Valley "blatantly disregarded the court's orders" and ordered Alan Kimble Fahey to jail.
Fahey was convicted in June of code violations for building the structure -- but prosecutors said they found no "significant evidence" that Fahey had made any effort to comply with the judge's orders and remove parts of it.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell set Fahey's bail at $75,000 and had deputies escort the 59-year-old Acton man from the courtroom. The stiff penalty drew protests afterward from an overflow crowd of Fahey's backers. Like him, they oppose what they consider excessively stringent building codes.
Photos: Phonehenge West
A retired phone service technician, Fahey spent almost 30 years constructing the 20,000-square-foot labyrinth of interconnected buildings, stopping only when Los Angeles County code enforcement officials forced him to in 2008. The creation, which includes a 70-foot tower, is a hodgepodge of reddish buildings — some built with telephone poles — connected by bridges and ramps. Fahey keeps a guest book that visitors sign.
--Ann M. Simmons
Photo: Alan Kimble Fahey at Phonehenge West. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times