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April 15, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police are investigating a shallow grave discovered off a freeway embankment in Downey as a homicide, authorities said Monday. The grave was found about 4:45 p.m. Sunday off the 105 Freeway near Bellflower Boulevard, authorities said. A California Highway Patrol deputy found the grave and notified local police. Downey Police Department homicide detectives have taken over the investigation, authorities said. The identity and description of the remains were not immediately available.
August 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A charter bus overturned on the eastbound 210 Freeway near the 605 Freeway on Thursday, injuring an estimated 30 people and closing both sides of the 210, authorities said. There was no information immediately available on the extent of the injuries passengers suffered in the 10 a.m. crash in Irwindale, east of the 605, said Officer Ed Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol. PHOTOS: Charter bus overturns on 210 Freeway Emergency crews were still en route to the scene of the crash, and it was unknown if other vehicles were  involved, he said.
November 14, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway were reopened Thursday night after a big-rig fire led authorities to shut down the busy artery in both directions in Hacienda Heights. The California Highway Patrol said the lanes were opened shortly before 9 p.m. The eastbound lanes could open around 11 p.m., the CHP said. The cab of the big rig burst into flames on the eastbound side of the freeway shortly before 3 p.m. The rig was carrying tanks filled with compressed hydrogen. The closure created a rush-hour traffic nightmare as vehicles flooded adjacent surface streets and the 10 and 210 freeways, which also run east and west across the San Gabriel Valley.
July 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested at least one person after a clash between officers and people protesting the Trayvon Martin verdict in South Los Angeles on Sunday night. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said some demonstrator threw rocks and D-cell batteries at police near the corner of Washington Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Police responded by firing less-than-lethal rounds at the demonstrators. It was unclear if anyone was hurt. The LAPD called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.
August 31, 2013 | By Carla Hall
There's plenty to weep over if you live near or drive around the 405 Freeway on the Westside during the seemingly endless construction project to widen it. Now, it turns out, the freeway feels your pain and weeps along with you. Well, actually, it's the retaining wall that keeps the hillside from cascading down onto Sepulveda Boulevard, just east of the freeway, that weeps. For the next two weeks, crews will be working on a retaining wall -- east of the freeway -- on the east side of Sepulveda Boulevard.
September 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The driver of a speeding vehicle was killed early Saturday when the vehicle crashed into a wall on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica and burst into flames, authorities said. The 2001 Ford Mustang was westbound on the freeway when the unidentified driver lost control and struck a metal guardrail, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Mustang then went up an embankment and hit the concrete wall before catching fire at about 1:35 a.m. The car's two other passengers exited the vehicle while the driver remained trapped inside, authorities said.  A 2008 Audi was unable to avoid the Mustang and struck the burning car as well as another vehicle on the freeway.
March 24, 2013 | By Bob Pool
A driver shot on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles was hospitalized in critical condition as officials searched for the gunman The victim, whose identity hasn't been released, was thrown from a car after being shot twice, investigators said.  The shooting occurred at about 5 p.m. between 8th and 9th streets, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. Police were searching for the shooter, who fled in a burgundy or gray Toyota Camry with its rear window blown out. Although officials had indicated that southbound freeway lanes might be closed for eight hours while investigators searched for clues, the two lanes closest to the center divider were reopened by about 7:15 p.m. Caltrans freeway cameras showed that traffic, backed up more than a mile, was loosening up and traffic was moving at normal speeds by 8 p.m. Investigators were attempting to determine whether the shooting might be gang-related and whether multiple perpetrators were involved, LAPD Sgt. John Kirkpatrick said.
December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The westbound 210 Freeway in Glendale reopened during rush hour after crews scrambled to clean up from a fiery big rig crash. Two trucks collided about 12:03 a.m. just east of Lowell Avenue. One "became fully engulfed" in flames, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy. Cassidy said alcohol was not suspected to have played a role in the crash. The westbound lanes were shut down for about seven hours as crews cleaned up a fuel spill.   ALSO: Girl, 14, shot dead on her bicycle in Compton is identified Big Sur wildfire grows to 500 acres; fire chief's home destroyed Sheriff's officials taped threat to arrest FBI agent, p rosecutor says Twitter:  @aribloomekatz  |  Facebook      
September 8, 2013 | By Joe Mozingo
A fire next to the 5 Freeway near Castaic has jammed traffic heading north toward the Grapevine. By 4 p.m., firefighters had knocked down the flames and were “mopping up,” said Kyle Sanford, supervising dispatcher with the L.A. County Fire Department. The California Highway Patrol said the two outside northbound lanes were still closed but should be opened by 5:15. The fire started about 1:30 and burned 3 acres in the gap of land where the northbound and southbound lanes cross north of Castaic.
September 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A North Hollywood man is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Monday morning in the death of a woman who was struck and killed by cars on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, 26, is accused of stabbing   Maria Josefina "Josie" Jimenez , 22, of Westlake, before she fell or jumped from a vehicle onto the freeway, where she was fatally hit by other drivers. Witnesses described Ricardo Jimenez's red Toyota as swerving erratically on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar Aug. 29 when it cut left across the lanes toward the shoulder, then veered hard right before correcting itself.
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