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August 24, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Relatives and neighbors of a 10-year-old South Gate boy who was struck and killed in a crosswalk Saturday called on city officials to install more safety devices at the busy intersection. Ricardo Mercado was killed while crossing Tweedy Boulevard at San Vincente Avenue with his mother and two sisters at 11:24 a.m. They were on their way home after buying Popsicles at a nearby store. A woman driving a Volkswagen SUV was making a left turn from San Vincente Avenue onto Tweedy Boulevard when she struck the family, said Sgt. Tim Williams of the South Gate Police Department.
August 10, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The message of the proposed freeway signs doesn't seem controversial, memorializing individuals killed in traffic accidents and urging California motorists to drive safely. But a proposal to allow families to pay the California Department of Transportation to put up dozens of such signs along state highways has been caught up in a revolt by environmentalists against what they see as the growing clutter of signs and billboards along California roadways. The latest flare-up involves plans to expand a program that allows families to pay $1,000 to cover the cost of signs that read, "Please Don't Drink and Drive -- In Memory of . . ."
June 7, 2009 | Devorah Lauter, Lauter is a special correspondent.
Brazilian military officials announced Saturday that they had found two bodies and some debris from the Paris-bound Air France flight that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with 228 passengers and crew aboard. Two male bodies, a leather briefcase containing an Air France boarding pass, a numbered blue seat and a nylon backpack were fished out of the ocean about 400 miles northeast of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago off Brazil's northern coast, Col.
June 2, 2009 | Achrene Sicakyuz and Sebastian Rotella
Relatives waited in anguish for word of their loved ones late Monday after officials said there was little hope of finding any survivors of the Air France jetliner carrying 228 people that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. The Airbus A330 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris flew into a wall of tropical thunderstorms, encountering heavy turbulence and experiencing an electrical failure, shortly before disappearing Monday morning, authorities said.
April 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A helicopter returning from a North Sea oil platform went down off the northeast coast of Scotland with 16 people on board, and police said at least eight were killed. Scotland's Grampian Police said eight bodies had been recovered from the sea and that the search for the other passengers was continuing. A spokesman for the BP oil company said the helicopter was working for the company and was returning to Britain from an offshore oil field.
April 2, 2009 | Associated Press
Los Angeles police are trying to find an ambulance driver who ran over and killed a man who was sleeping in a driveway. Police asked for the public's help Wednesday to track down the driver involved in the March 26 incident. A witness told police that 45-year-old David Ronald Bork was sleeping in the rear driveway of a business when a private ambulance struck him. Bork died at the scene of extensive head trauma. Police say there might have been a passenger in the ambulance.
April 1, 2009 | Julie Cart
Two women were killed and a man critically injured Tuesday when they were struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk, authorities said. Sgt. Chris Tatar of the West Hollywood sheriff's station said at least two cars were involved in the accident, which occurred at 6:24 p.m. near the corner of Fountain and La Brea avenues, on the border of West Hollywood and Los Angeles. After colliding with another vehicle, one car continued along Fountain and struck the pedestrians in the crosswalk, Tatar said.
March 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A woman fell to her death from a balcony at a Daytona Beach motel. Heather Crawford, 30, of Frostburg was either standing on a chair on the balcony or sitting on the railing when she fell just before 3 a.m., the Daytona Beach Police Department said. A security guard at the motel found Crawford's body after he heard a thud and went to investigate. Crawford was on vacation with her boyfriend. No foul play is suspected, police said.
March 27, 2009 | Christine Hanley
A woman whose body was found floating in Huntington Harbour early Thursday morning apparently fell into the water near her boat, after walking back from a bar where she had hit her head, authorities said Thursday. Police have not ruled out foul play in the death of Anna Krivenkoff, 45, who lived aboard a 27-foot sport boat. But information gathered so far indicates that she was probably injured at or near Turc's bar and then walked 175 yards to the dock before falling into the harbor, according to Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russell Reinhart.
March 21, 2009 | Mike Anton
Two men were killed and two others injured when an industrial-sized electric water heater exploded in a Rancho Santa Margarita plastics factory. The blast at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday was of such force that it shot the water heater through the roof of the south Orange County facility. It then came crashing down inside the building. Killed were Isidro Echeverria, 34, of Oceanside and Jose Jimenez, 51, of Garden Grove.
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