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October 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
Three people wounded in a shooting spree that stretched from a Ridgecrest home to the middle of a desert highway are likely to survive, authorities say.   A man and a woman were found with gunshot wounds inside the trunk of the car driven by their assailant, who was later killed in a police shootout, authorities said. A 35-mile car chase lasted for nearly an hour and ended in the middle of Highway 395, not far from Ridgecrest, when several law enforcement officers opened fire on the armed driver.
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October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
A man who went on a shooting spree near Ridgecrest after killing a woman and wounding a man warned police he was going to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community, authorities said. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the man -- who was shot and killed after a nearly hourlong chase -- called a Ridgecrest police officer's cellphone early Friday and said he wanted to come to the police station and "kill all the officers but they had too many guns. " The man said he had a package for police and then warned he was "going to wreak havoc," Youngblood said.
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October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
A suspect who opened fire on passersby during an hourlong police pursuit in Central California has been killed, and two people found with bullet wounds in the trunk of his vehicle were airlifted to an area hospital, authorities said. Details about Friday morning's incident in Ridgecrest, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, were still developing, officials said. Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Office, confirmed the male suspect died after he "became involved in an exchange of gunfire" with authorities when the pursuit ended on Highway 395 roughly eight miles north of Highway 58. It was not clear when the man and woman found in the suspect's trunk sustained their injuries, nor were the extent of their injuries immediately known, Pruitt said.
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October 20, 2013 | By Paul Pringle
A 19-year-old man was driving recklessly Saturday when his car swerved across a road in the Palmdale area and hit three motorcycles, killing one person and badly injuring three others, according to the California Highway Patrol. The dead man was a 58-year-old Oxnard resident whose name was not released, officers said. Hospitalized with major injuries were Danny Rincon, 41, of Westlake Village, and Moorpark residents Richard McBee, 60, and Patty McBee, 55, according to the CHP. The driver of the car, Jose Gutierrez, of Palmdale, was arrested and jailed on unspecified charges, officers said.
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October 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A carjacking suspect from Riverside County was shot and killed Saturday by U.S. law enforcement officers near the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said. The suspect, driving a stolen Chevrolet Impala, had led California Highway Patrol officers on a southbound chase, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph before arriving at the border. After driving east on California 905, the driver came to a stop in the Otay Mesa area and began to drive toward the U.S. officers in an apparent effort to escape arrest.
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October 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A suspect led officers on a wild car chase across Los Angeles streets before bailing from his vehicle on the USC campus. The male suspect was taken into custody by officers who searched the campus, the California Highway Patrol said. The scene played out as the Trojans football team was battling Arizona in the Coliseum. CRAZY CAR CHASES ACROSS L.A. The driver was momentarily trapped as several California Highway Patrol vehicles executed a so-called PIT maneuver, which forces a fleeing vehicle to turn sideways and stop.
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September 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
All northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed at Highway 138 early Tuesday after three big rigs collided in Gorman, sending metal beams across the highway and seriously injuring one driver. The California Highway Patrol closed northbound lanes after the crash about 1:30 a.m. Monday. Some lanes were briefly reopened before sunrise, but about 6 a.m. the CHP completely shut down the main artery from Southern California to the San Joaquin Valley. Traffic was being diverted to Highway 138, said CHP Officer Scott Jobinger.
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September 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
When Karen Laspisa heard the doorbell ring at 8 a.m. on a recent morning, she jumped out of bed expecting to see her son Bryce. He had just gone off to college in Northern California for his sophomore year, and this was his first time driving home on his own. But when Laspisa opened the door, she found a California Highway Patrol officer on the porch of her Laguna Niguel home. Someone had found Bryce's tan 2003 Toyota Highlander rolled off an access road to the main launch ramp at Castaic Lake, the officer said.
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September 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
When Karen Laspisa heard the doorbell ring at 8 o'clock one recent morning, she jumped out of bed expecting to see her son Bryce. He had just gone off to college in Northern California for his sophomore year, and this was his first time driving home on his own. But when Laspisa opened the door, she found a California Highway Patrol officer on the porch of her Laguna Niguel home. Someone had found Bryce's tan 2003 Toyota Highlander rolled off an access road to the main launch ramp at Castaic Lake, the officer said.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Will the fifth time be the charm for the three-foot rule? Among the hundreds of bills on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is AB 1371 , which would require a driver to keep at least three feet of space between his or her car and a bicycle when passing. If the governor signs it, the bill would affect all motor vehicles and bicycles sharing the road in California, but it would have special significance for Los Angeles. This city -- long regarded as the nation's most car-loving, driver-centric, petroleum-fueled, bike-hating municipality -- is sponsoring the bill.
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