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May 8, 2012 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A brush fire burning in the Acton area Tuesday afternoon disrupted Metrolink service and forced the closure of Soledad Canyon Road, officials said. The blaze had burned at least one structure and scorched about 20 acres near the 4700 block of West Crown Valley Road. The blaze has burned at least 40 acres, officials said. Fire crews were battling to protect structures threatened by flames as four helicopters dropped water on the blaze. Metrolink said lines were closed north of the Via Princess station.
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December 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A minimum-security inmate has escaped from the Acton Conservation Camp in Los Angeles County, a fire camp that houses some inmates who help battle brush fires across the state. Miguel Velasquez, 22, was last seen Thursday just before midnight during an inmate count, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Authorities did not describe how he escaped and simply said he "walked away. " Velasquez was serving a sentence for vandalism and criminal gang activity and was due to be released in March 2016.
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NEWS
February 6, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Ruben Vives, Rong-Gong Lin II and Jeff Gottlieb
Critical debris basins along the San Gabriel Mountains are near capacity or overflowing as another band of rain and thunderstorms bears down on the charred foothills this afternoon, prompting officials to order more evacuations as they brace for the possibility of more damaging mudslides. Evacuation orders are in place for about 500 homes in parts of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Acton. At least 41 houses have been damaged or destroyed in a hillside neighborhood in La Cañada Flintridge.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The aerial crash that killed three people working on a Discovery Channel reality TV production occurred when the helicopter collided into the base of a valley wall in Acton while preparing to shoot a scene for a military-themed show, federal aviation investigators said in a preliminary report issued Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the Feb. 10 accident, but a preliminary report by the board provides new details on the circumstances surrounding the most serious film set accident in three decades in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
An Acton man convicted of building-code violations who failed to repay thousands of dollars he owed Los Angeles County for demolishing the elaborate structure he dubbed "Phonehenge West" was sentenced this week to almost 18 months in jail. The jailing of Alan Kimble Fahey marked the end of a more than 20-year saga that pitted the retired phone technician against county code enforcement officials and led him in and out of court for the last five years. Prosecutors argued that Fahey showed a deliberate disregard for authority and had no one but himself to blame for his fate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1989
Homicide detectives were investigating the discovery of a body inside a burning car Thursday morning near Acton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Authorities had not identified the body, which was burned beyond recognition. Firefighters found the body inside the smoldering car about 7 a.m. on Agua Dulce Canyon Road half a mile north of Soledad Canyon Road, Deputy Detta Roberts said. A .45-caliber handgun was found next to the body, she said. Investigators did not know whether the gun had been fired, Roberts said, and were trying to determine whether the death was a homicide, a suicide or an accident.
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July 29, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators remained puzzled Thursday in their efforts to identify the skeletal remains found at the bottom of an embankment in rural Acton and to determine how the person died. "We don't know whether it was murder, suicide or accidental," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Detective Joe Guzman said. He said the remains, scattered over a small area, possibly by animals, included a skull, a lower jaw and three other bones that appeared to be human.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A driver going the wrong way on the Antelope Valley Freeway early Sunday morning sideswiped one car and collided head-on with another, killing a 60-year-old Palmdale man, authorities said. About 3 a.m., a 30-year-old man driving a Ford Explorer began traveling north on the southbound side of California 14 near Santiago Road in Acton, according to the California Highway Patrol. About three minutes later, the Explorer sideswiped the first car, leaving its driver with moderate injuries, and then struck a 2006 Nissan Murano, killing its driver, authorities said.
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May 26, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Bargain land and wide-open spaces drew Alan Kimble Fahey to Acton. A modest ranch house on a desert lot offered the outpost he sought. But then Fahey wanted to expand. So he began to build. And build. And build. Fahey built a barn and moved in. He traded his motorcycle for a trailer and painted it to look like a rail car. He bartered other possessions for a dump-truck load of rocks and a 60-foot workers' lift. Then he sank 108 utility poles a dozen feet into the hard-packed Antelope Valley ground.
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February 12, 1991
All we are saying Is, we gave peace a chance. TOM BURNS, Acton
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2013
A camera operator on "NCIS: Los Angeles" has been hospitalized after sustaining an injury during filming of the CBS television show. The accident occurred during a stunt scene being filmed at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, said a person close to the production, which stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. The victim, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized, said the source, who was not authorized to discuss the incident. A spokeswoman for CBS declined to comment. Earlier this month, a helicopter pilot, cameraman and crew member were killed in a helicopter crash in Acton during the filming of a reality series for Discovery Channel, the worst film-set accident in California in three decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A camera operator on "NCIS:Los Angeles"  has been hospitalized after sustaining an injury during filming of the CBS television show. The accident occurred during a stunt scene being filmed at Burbank Airport, said a person close the production, which stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. The victim, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized, said the source, who was not authorized to discuss the incident. A spokeswoman for CBS declined to comment. The incident, first reported by Deadline, is the latest among several film and TV set accidents that have occurred in L.A. area in recent months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
An Acton man convicted of building-code violations who failed to repay thousands of dollars he owed Los Angeles County for demolishing the elaborate structure he dubbed "Phonehenge West" was sentenced this week to almost 18 months in jail. The jailing of Alan Kimble Fahey marked the end of a more than 20-year saga that pitted the retired phone technician against county code enforcement officials and led him in and out of court for the last five years. Prosecutors argued that Fahey showed a deliberate disregard for authority and had no one but himself to blame for his fate.
FOOD
August 31, 2012 | By David Karp
For a vision from a century ago, when farms covered Los Angeles County, there's no better time machine than Blum Ranch in Acton, southwest of Palmdale. Just off the 14 freeway, about an hour north of downtown, its 40 acres of peach and pear orchards are the largest deciduous fruit planting so close to the city. The century-old stone house, the streamlined 1940 tractor, the ancient, creaky trees and the fruit they produce are as defiantly old school as the owners, Ray and Elizabeth Billet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2012 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A brush fire burning in the Acton area Tuesday afternoon disrupted Metrolink service and forced the closure of Soledad Canyon Road, officials said. The blaze had burned at least one structure and scorched about 20 acres near the 4700 block of West Crown Valley Road. The blaze has burned at least 40 acres, officials said. Fire crews were battling to protect structures threatened by flames as four helicopters dropped water on the blaze. Metrolink said lines were closed north of the Via Princess station.
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August 6, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Workers began demolishing the largest of the ornate maze of structures dubbed Phonehenge West in Acton on Friday, and a judge suggested that the eccentric builder who erected the complex may be forced to perform community service for violating building codes. Alan Kimble Fahey, a retired phone company technician, was briefly jailed for allegedly resisting orders to tear down the complex and faced more time behind bars, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daviann L. Mitchell said Friday that his recent compliance may allow him to receive the more lenient sentence.
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August 11, 2008 | Stuart Pfeiffer
Authorities believe a mountain lion prowled onto a ranch early Sunday morning and killed a newborn horse. Residents at the home in the 32000 block of Angeles Forest Highway near Acton heard a noise about 3 a.m. and found a trail of blood leading to nearby hills, said L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Daryl Bonsall. The state Department of Fish and Game was asked to investigate. -- Stuart Pfeiffer
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
A camera operator on "NCIS:Los Angeles"  has been hospitalized after sustaining an injury during filming of the CBS television show. The accident occurred during a stunt scene being filmed at Burbank Airport, said a person close the production, which stars Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. The victim, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized, said the source, who was not authorized to discuss the incident. A spokeswoman for CBS declined to comment. The incident, first reported by Deadline, is the latest among several film and TV set accidents that have occurred in L.A. area in recent months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2011 | By Ann Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Lawyers for an Acton property owner accused of building code violations will seek to defend his elaborate home expansion project as a work of art in a trial in Lancaster slated to wrap up this week. Alan Kimble Fahey, 59, spent almost three decades constructing the 20,000-square-foot labyrinth of interconnected buildings — including a 70-foot tower — he calls Phonehenge West. In 2008, Los Angeles County code enforcement officials ordered him to stop. They have demanded that he tear the structure down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Bargain land and wide-open spaces drew Alan Kimble Fahey to Acton. A modest ranch house on a desert lot offered the outpost he sought. But then Fahey wanted to expand. So he began to build. And build. And build. Fahey built a barn and moved in. He traded his motorcycle for a trailer and painted it to look like a rail car. He bartered other possessions for a dump-truck load of rocks and a 60-foot workers' lift. Then he sank 108 utility poles a dozen feet into the hard-packed Antelope Valley ground.
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