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July 22, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 Carson residents joined city leaders and sheriff's officials to speak out against gang violence Saturday, four days after a 16-year-old boy was killed two blocks from his home in a suspected gang-related attack. Reginald "Reggie" Hays was fatally shot in the chest while listening to an iPod in his car parked in the 17500 block of Harwick Court on Tuesday afternoon in the Stevenson Village area of Carson, according to sheriff's officials and family members.
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February 14, 2008 | Jeffrey L. Rabin
A mother whose three children were placed in foster care allegedly kidnapped them at gunpoint during a family visit at a McDonald's restaurant Wednesday, authorities said. Damaris Amesquita, 30, allegedly pulled a handgun on the foster parent and fled with the children, Angel Amesquita, 2, Julissa Barrios, 9, and Rebeca Barrios, 11, in a green 2000 Land Rover with California license 5GKJ367. Amesquita was with her husband, Jose Amesquita, 27, the father of one of the children. Both are from Bellflower.
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July 30, 2003 | Ted Rohrlich and David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writers
Carson Mayor Daryl W. Sweeney pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from waste haulers competing for a $60-million city contract and pledged to cooperate with federal prosecutors probing other political corruption schemes in Southern California. Sweeney, 45, faces about 10 years in prison, which Asst. U.S. Atty. John Hueston said would set a record for a California public corruption case.
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December 9, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
They weren't quite screaming for ice cream, but the crowd did march vigorously outside of Ken's Ice Cream Parlor in Carson on Saturday, a last-ditch attempt to show support for a much-loved shop that will soon lose its lease. Carrying "Save Small Businesses" and other signs in one hand and ice cream cones in the other, about 20 Ken's aficionados lamented the latest predicament of owner Wanda Johnson-Pope, 68.
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February 3, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Responding to an extraordinary plea for leniency from a prosecutor, a federal judge sentenced a former Carson city councilwoman Monday to four months of home detention for conspiring with other elected officials to extort $600,000 from a bidder on a waste-hauling contract. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson also placed Raunda Frank, a former Los Angeles County public defender, on five years' probation and ordered her to pay $10,000 restitution to the city.
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April 26, 2003 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A Carson-based foster family agency that faced the loss of its state license over financial and safety issues has agreed to voluntarily close its doors, Los Angeles County officials said Friday. International Foster Family Agency, one of the largest private agencies with Los Angeles County contracts, had handled a peak of 400 foster children and their foster parents but that case load has dwindled to about 90. The county now will have to find other foster agencies to oversee services for them.
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February 11, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Olympic Committee has designated the Home Depot Center in Carson an "official training site," a move that will draw athletes, Olympic officials and world-class events, and positions Los Angeles as an Olympic business center as the USOC embarks on what appears to be a major restructuring.
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December 1, 2003 | Richard Fausset and Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writers
Before Thanksgiving weekend was over, some of the very things two families had just given thanks for were gone -- taken from them suddenly, in torrents of street violence. The families of a 19-year-old college student and a 43-year-old mother of three were reeling Sunday from the brutality of two separate drive-by shootings carried out by suspected gang members. Nicole Williamson's parents were in their Carson home early Saturday morning when they heard the gunfire.
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September 8, 2005 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A cigarette lighter being used as a toy apparently ignited last weekend's Carson townhouse fire that took the lives of five children in an extended family, a detective said Wednesday. "We believe the cause was most likely children playing with fire," said Lt. Al Grotefend of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who supervised the investigation. "It appears to be a tragic accident."
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September 5, 2005 | Amanda Covarrubias and Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writers
Five children were killed Sunday morning when their townhouse in Carson erupted in flames and they were trapped inside. Three girls and a boy, ages 6 to 8, were found dead upstairs inside the two-story unit, and a 9-year-old girl later died at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles County fire officials said. The four adults who were home, including the victims' elderly grandparents, tried to rescue the children but were pushed back by smoke and flames, officials said.
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October 18, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A woman perished in a house fire late Tuesday in the 1800 block of East Kramer Drive, officials said. Firefighters arrived at the woman's two-story home about 11:30 p.m. to find the building engulfed in flames. Rescuers found the woman lying near the stairs on the first floor, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Frank Garrido said.
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July 22, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 Carson residents joined city leaders and sheriff's officials to speak out against gang violence Saturday, four days after a 16-year-old boy was killed two blocks from his home in a suspected gang-related attack. Reginald "Reggie" Hays was fatally shot in the chest while listening to an iPod in his car parked in the 17500 block of Harwick Court on Tuesday afternoon in the Stevenson Village area of Carson, according to sheriff's officials and family members.
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February 23, 2007 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
The saga of the Carson slap is on its way to the courtroom. There may have been much guffawing about it all, but Vera Robles DeWitt is going to court for whacking Carson Commissioner Jan Schaefer at a City Council meeting Feb. 6. The charge is misdemeanor battery, which carries a not-so-funny maximum punishment of six months in jail. DeWitt bopped Schaefer on the back of the head with a sheaf of papers as she passed the commissioner in council chambers.
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February 11, 2007 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
One thing is certain: Carson Public Works Commissioner Jan Schaefer got bopped on the back of the head with a bunch of papers. That's on tape. She didn't get hit in the eye, as Mayor Jim Dear was quick to claim. But was the blow enough to send her reeling to the floor in apparent agony? Or was her fall spur-of-the-moment melodrama? Was it a heavy bop or a light bop? These questions have been circulating inside and outside of Carson all week.
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January 9, 2007 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Tennis Assn. said Monday it essentially has taken its key summer tournaments in Carson and New Haven, Conn., off the table for now by not applying for slots on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour for 2009, a decision that raises questions about the future of those events. The USTA owns the New Haven tournament, and holds 25% of the event in Carson, which is held at the Home Depot Center. The Anschutz Entertainment Group owns the other 75%. Both hard-court events are part of the U.S.
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November 5, 2006 | Matt Lait, Times Staff Writer
Two employees of a Carson gas station -- one who planned to retire soon and the other who was just starting on the job -- were shot to death early Saturday. The bodies of Eduardo Roco, 74, of Carson and Esther Arteaga, 32, of Wilmington were found behind the sales counter by the owner about 5 a.m., according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials. Detectives believe the employees were shot about 4:20 a.m., based on cash register receipts, said Deputy Maribel Rizo.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Oil giant BP and Edison International said Friday that they would spend $1 billion to build a one-of-a-kind hydrogen power plant in Carson to supply the region with badly needed electricity without polluting the air. Slated for completion in 2011 next to BP's Carson oil refinery, the 500-megawatt facility would be the world's largest hydrogen-fired power plant, churning out enough electricity to serve more than 300,000 average homes, executives said at a news conference that drew Gov.
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October 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
At least three people died and two others were critically injured Saturday when their vehicle jumped a curb and crashed into a fire hydrant in an unincorporated area near Carson, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The high-speed, singlevehicle crash occurred about 5:20 p.m. on Wilmington Avenue south of Victoria Street, said CHP Officer Alex Gonzalez. The two critically injured passengers were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he said.
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October 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
At least three people died and two others were critically injured Saturday when their vehicle jumped a curb and crashed into a fire hydrant in an unincorporated area near Carson, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The high-speed, singlevehicle crash occurred about 5:20 p.m. on Wilmington Avenue south of Victoria Street, said CHP Officer Alex Gonzalez. The two critically injured passengers were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he said.
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September 17, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Long Beach police officer running after a suspected car thief was injured when he was struck by a police cruiser, authorities said. The chase began just before 10 p.m. Friday after officers tried to initiate a traffic stop in Long Beach, said Officer Jason Wong of the Long Beach Police Department. The suspect drove off and led the officers on a chase into Carson, where the vehicle crashed and the driver fled on foot, Wong said.
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