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January 5, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER and EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Four people, two of them children, were killed Sunday afternoon when their car smashed into another vehicle in Palmdale and plunged off an embankment on the rain-slickened Antelope Valley Freeway. Among the dead were a 7-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy, a man in his 30s and a woman in her mid-20s. Authorities believe that they were all members of the same family, but declined to identify them Sunday night because relatives had not been told of their deaths.
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December 11, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caltrans crews forced to halt rock-blasting Tuesday after they found an apparent bobcat den will have to delay work until spring because of a possibly endangered plant growing at the site of a road-widening project along the Antelope Valley Freeway in Agua Dulce. The plants found near the $31-million project could be lily, wild onion, monardilla, buckwheat or rabbit brush, all native to the area, but Caltrans environmentalists say they won't know for sure until they bloom in spring.
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December 10, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caltrans crews preparing to set off explosives along a section of the Antelope Valley Freeway were stopped in their tracks Tuesday morning when workers discovered what appeared to be a bobcat den in the mountainside along the highway. The rock blasting is part of a $31-million road-widening project, which includes construction of a carpool lane between Agua Dulce Canyon and Escondido Canyon roads in the Santa Clarita Valley.
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October 6, 1997 | JULIA SCHEERES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two people were killed and five were injured in two traffic accidents over the weekend in Reseda and the Antelope Valley. Before dawn Sunday, two men were killed when their 1987 Chevrolet sedan overturned along the Antelope Valley Freeway, just north of the Red Rover Mine Road exit, the California Highway Patrol said. The victims were identified as Julian Garcia, 25, and Ernest Gonzales Jr., 23, according to the county coroner's office.
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July 5, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After battling brush fires for four days, local fire agencies enjoyed a relatively quiet Fourth of July. A 400-acre brush fire that threatened homes and created massive traffic jams on the Antelope Valley and Golden State freeways Thursday afternoon was extinguished by early Friday morning, county fire officials said. In the Angeles National Forest, a persistent blaze sparked near Azusa on Tuesday by a homeowner using a brush-clearing device continued to burn.
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July 4, 1997 | JOHN JOHNSON and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Homeowners in Hawaiian shirts and sheriff's deputies in uniform, shoveling a last-ditch barrier and grabbing hoses to help firefighters, beat back a brush fire Thursday that threatened a housing development and snarled holiday traffic for hours by closing the Antelope Valley Freeway. "You just jump in and help out, because these guys have their hands full," said Jerry Cormier, 39, clad in a sports shirt and shorts and leaning on a shovel beside a "hot spot."
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April 16, 1997
Residents of Santa Clarita, especially those living in the Saugus area, will be getting another badly needed access road to the Antelope Valley Freeway next month, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich's office announced Tuesday. A one-mile stretch of road connecting Plum Canyon Road to Whites Canyon Road will open May 5, joining Bouquet Canyon Road--one of the city's busiest thoroughfares--to the freeway.
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March 21, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men and two boys stole a motor home from Covina early Thursday and led police on a five-hour chase at speeds up to 95 mph until the unwieldy vehicle became stuck on a dirt road in the Mojave Desert, the California Highway Patrol reported. "I don't know where they wanted to end up," said Officer Scott Weldy of the CHP's Antelope Valley station. Timothy Bossart, 24, of Palmdale, and Peyton Canary, 18, of Covina were taken into custody, Weldy said. The two boys are from Palmdale, he said.
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January 28, 1997 | GREG SANDOVAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was a classic nightmare; a suspected robber, fleeing from a gun battle with police, burst into their backyard, wearing a military outfit and firing an AK-47. Run? Pray? "He told me I was going with him," said Ja'Nice Wolfe. "I told him, 'The hell I am.' " Then, during a scuffle, her boyfriend, Thomas Thrun, whacked the gunman with a tire iron and Wolfe polished him off with blows to the neck and head using a shovel.
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