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December 7, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Interstate 5 at the Grapevine was reopened Saturday afternoon to slow-moving traffic after a sweeping winter storm dumped snow on California's main north-south artery, temporarily shutting the roadway. California Highway Patrol officers took turns escorting dozens of cars at a time on Interstate 5 over the Tejon Pass, traveling no faster than 35 mph in some cases, said CHP Officer Eric Priessman. The slick conditions caused several nonfatal wrecks earlier in the day before the temporary closing of the Grapevine, known for its steep hills, Priessman said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
The California Highway Patrol officer hospitalized after a collision with a trash truck Friday in Chatsworth has worked with the department for five years, authorities said. Shane Chase was en route to a call while traveling south on the curbside lane of Topanga Canyon Boulevard when the truck, traveling in the same direction in the outside lane, turned in front of him near Nordhoff Street, said LAPD Lt. Andrew Neiman. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the collision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ari Bloomekatz
A 22-year-old father suspected of fleeing the Bay Area with his 2-week-old son was captured with the infant who was unharmed, the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday evening. Mesut Guler of Sunnyvale, Calif., who allegedly took off with son Henry Guler-Romero on Tuesday afternoon, was taken into custody by Mexican law enforcement officials near the border with the U.S., authorities told news media organizations. The case prompted authorities to issue an Amber Alert. Guler allegedly told the infant's mother that he was leaving the state with the child after an argument Tuesday afternoon, according to the Sunnyvale Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Jason Wells
The SUV listed in a statewide Amber Alert issued Wednesday for a Bay Area baby allegedly abducted by his father may have been spotted in San Diego, authorities said. Authorities believe 22-year-old Mesut Guler, of Sunnyvale, abducted his 2-week-old Henry Guler-Romero late Tuesday night after an argument with the baby's mother, with whom he was living. Shortly after 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, the California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for the infant, who authorities said was believed to be with Guler in a tan, medium-sized 2004 GMC Envoy SUV with the license plate number 6HIL892.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- With every technological advance, society must answer certain questions. One of those questions may have been answered Tuesday night on a busy freeway in San Diego County. Yes, you can get a ticket for driving while wearing the new eyewear-like Google Glass wearable computer, which is now being tested nationwide for possible entry into the consumer market. Cecilia Abadie, 44, who lives in Temecula and works at a golf store in San Diego, got just such a ticket Tuesday night after being stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 15 for speeding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The 710 Freeway in Commerce was fully open Monday morning following a fiery big rig tanker crash over the weekend. The freeway was open in both directions by 5:11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The big rig, carrying an estimated 8,000 gallons of crude oil, crashed at 9:30 a.m. Sunday near Washington Boulevard, leaving the driver of the rig "severely burned," the CHP said. According to the CHP's incident log, the driver may have lost control after a flat tire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed early Friday when his big rig slammed into a pole on northbound Highway 99 in Central California, swamping traffic during the morning rush hour. California Highway Patrol Officer Kirk Arnold said initial reports indicated that it was a Foster Farms truck that caught fire after it struck a large pole on the highway at about 3:09 a.m. near Floral Avenue in Selma. A photo posted by the Fresno Bee showed a Foster Farms truck along the side of the road, it's front end collapsed and charred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2013 | By Jack Leonard
A woman who was killed when she was ejected from her car in a South Los Angeles crash this weekend was identified Sunday as a 48-year-old San Pedro resident. A Los Angeles County coroner's official said the victim was Olga Herrarte. Herrarte was killed in the 10:45 p.m. crash on Saturday in Athens, an unincorporated neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to the California Highway Patrol. The victim was a passenger in a 1982 Buick Regal when the car's driver lost control and struck several vehicles parked on 120th Street, just east of Budlong Avenue, the CHP said in a news release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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October 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
In what likely won't help the stereotype about Los Angeles drivers in the rain, there were 404 crashes on the region's rain-slicked freeways during the first storm of the season, according to the California Highway Patrol. The total, accumulated between Wednesday and Thursday morning, was 55% more compared to the same period a week earlier. There were 404 traffic accidents between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday, while during the same 24-hour period between Oct. 2-3 there were 260 crashes, said CHP Officer Ming Hsu. “People aren't used to [the rain]
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