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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.
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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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September 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The California Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash in Ventura County that killed one person and shut down California 126 Wednesday morning. Authorities said that at about 3:50 a.m., a car eastbound on California 126 near the Los Angeles County line crossed over the westbound lanes, went off the side of the road and rolled over, said CHP dispatcher Jorge Ortiz. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash shut down all westbound lanes until about 6 a.m., officials said.
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August 25, 2013 | By Ashley Powers and Samantha Schaefer
Rain soaked the Southern California desert Sunday, stranding motorists on a water- and mud-choked section of highway near the Nevada border. There were no reports of any injuries. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 95 interchange near Needles Sunday afternoon, and a dispatcher said there was no indication when it would reopen. The area had been doused with heavy rain, which meteorologists described as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo. A flash-flood watch has been issued through 8 p.m. Monday for San Bernardino County and parts of Arizona and Nevada, according to the National Weather Service , meaning rain could fill normally dry washes and channels and make roads impassable.
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August 20, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Some California motorists would see the government reach deeper into their pockets under two bills approved by state lawmakers this week. The Senate on Monday approved AB 767, which allows counties to follow the lead of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties and receive authority to double a fee for auto-theft prevention that appears on vehicle registrations. The fee could go from $1 to $2 for non-commercial vehicles and from $2 to $4 for commercial vehicles. The money is used by counties to fund their programs to “deter, investigate, and prosecute vehicle theft.” The measure would increase law enforcement funding by $19 million annually.
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August 20, 2013
Pomona has seen a sharp increase in homicides   in the last two years - reversing years of declines in a city that was once notorious for its murder rate and gang wars. Including a shooting Monday night, there have been 20 killings so far this year, compared with 17 for all of 2012 and 11 for all of 2011. By contrast, homicides are down this year in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the number of homicides in areas patrolled by the   Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which hit a 50-year low in 2012, are up slightly this year.
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