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May 22, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
A new ranking of auto brands and models placed Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. at the top. Total Car Score ( www.totalcarscore.com ) looked at auto review and ratings sites and measured which brands and vehicles received the most kudos.  The idea was to develop a comprehensive evaluation that takes advantage of expert opinions and ratings of autos, said Karl Brauer, founder and chief executive of Total Car Score. Ford earned the most Total Car Score awards with a top-scoring vehicle in five of 20 categories.
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April 24, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A man has been arrested on suspicion of trying to kidnap a 15-year-old girl after he and accomplice attempted to snatch her as she walked to Valley High School in Santa Ana. Moises Rendon, 28, Santa Ana, was caught by police shortly after the attempt to abduct the teenage girl about 8:24 am, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. Police are searching for the getaway driver. As the teenage girl walked past a small red compact car parked in the 1200 block of South Sullivan Street, a man she did not know but was later identified as Rendon suddenly jumped out of the passenger seat, Bertagna said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1989
Three people were injured when a car failed to stop at a red light and struck the rear of a private school van in Anaheim, authorities said. Two schoolchildren were in the van but neither was injured, California Highway Patrol spokesman Matt Clark said. Three vehicles, including the van, were involved in the accident, which occurred about 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Wilhelmina and East streets, Clark said. The van was stopped behind a compact car at a red light when it was hit from behind by a Chevrolet El Camino, which was traveling about 40 m.p.h.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1995
Investigators are asking for public help in finding two men who kidnapped and raped a 29-year-old woman who was stranded on the Santa Ana Freeway after a car accident, California Highway Patrol officials said Thursday. The woman struck a van from behind at about 40 mph on the Santa Ana Freeway north of Alton Parkway about 5:45 p.m., triggering a chain-reaction collision involving another vehicle, CHP spokeswoman Angel Johnson said.
AUTOS
March 13, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ford is recalling its hot-selling new Escape sport-utility vehicle again -- the fifth recall for the auto since the redesigned model started selling last year. This time Ford is recalling about 7,150 cars from the 2013 model year, including the Escape, the Focus compact car and its C-Max hybrid to ensure the child lock on the rear left-hand door works properly. Ford said that in some of the vehicles, the left rear door child lock “may have been built incorrectly.” It might seem like the child lock is engaged, but it won't hold the door closed if someone attempts to open it. The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1992 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
An Oak View man who used his big-wheel truck to push an abandoned car over the edge of a 200-foot cliff near Ojai early Friday was killed when his truck also tumbled over the edge, authorities said. Robert Alan Beverland, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:15 a.m. accident off Rice Road, Deputy Coroner Mitch Breese said. An autopsy showed that Beverland died from a traumatic chest injury, Breese said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A motorcyclist suffered major head injuries Friday when she struck a car whose driver swerved to avoid a truck on the Orange Freeway, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The San Bernardino resident, 40, whose name was withheld, was southbound near Tonner Canyon Road about 7 a.m. when she struck a compact car driven by a 47-year-old Corona woman, Officer John Sisk told City News Service.
NEWS
September 5, 1986
A Santa Ana teen-ager escaped serious injury Thursday when he failed to heed warning lights and his car was struck by a slow-moving train in Tustin, police reported. Ross Jordan, 17, suffered only minor injuries and was treated and released from the Health Care Medical Center in Tustin shortly after the 10:10 a.m. accident, Tustin Police Sgt. Mike Shanahan said.
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