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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
The 110 Freeway was closed at the 405 Freeway in Carson because of flooding, Caltrans District 7 announced on its Twitter feed shortly before 6 p.m. The storm that hit Southern California on Saturday is expected to drop nearly 6 inches on downtown Los Angeles - and more in the mountains and hillside areas - by the time it moves on toward the Midwest and Northeast. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for parts of Glendora, Monrovia and Azusa. In downtown Los Angeles, a large hole swallowed a chunk of street in the 200 block of North Broadway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Steve Apostolof had a frown on his face as he drove past Happy Face Hill. The hillside features a 150-foot-wide smiley face that was created in 1998 by a man armed with a weed-whacker and a sprayer of herbicide. Since then, it has become something of a curiosity piece that welcomes motorists on the 118 Freeway to Simi Valley. But in the January dusk, Apostolof couldn't see Happy Face Hill, let alone its enormous grin. "With the sun setting early, the hill was pitch-black," Apostolof said of his trip home from work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com      
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A fatal motorcycle accident has snarled rush-hour traffic on the eastbound 105 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said Monday evening. The accident was reported about 5:30 p.m. near Long Beach Boulevard in the Lynwood area. Only the right lane was open on the busy east-west artery, the CHP said. The agency declared a SigAlert. It was unclear how long the lanes would remain closed. There were no immediate details on the fatality.   ALSO: Asiana crash victim may have been killed by emergency vehicle Fugitive tweets taunts to D.A., then gets caught via Twitter trace Redlands superintendent denies cover-up of pregnant teacher case Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A man was fatally shot Sunday morning by police after a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 from San Diego to Escondido, officials said. The incident began at 7 a.m. when police tried to stop a pickup truck. Instead of pulling over, the truck raced northward, with the man allegedly holding a gun to the head of the woman who was driving, officials said. The man reportedly told police dispatchers that he had explosives in the truck. When the truck left the freeway in Escondido, police opened fire after the man refused to surrender.
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January 30, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who walked onto the northbound 57 Freeway in Orange County late Wednesday night was struck by a car and killed, authorities said. The incident occurred about 10 minutes before midnight on the freeway just north of Yorba Linda Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver was traveling about 65 mph when "for unknown reasons" the man walked into the lane in front of the car, and the driver was unable to swerve away, the CHP said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital, where he died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A traffic collision involving a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer briefly shut down the interchange from the eastbound 10 to the northbound 110 freeway during Tuesday morning's rush hour. The officer notified dispatch of the accident about 7:50 a.m., said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. The officer was taken to a local hospital for a possible leg injury. The injury was not considered life-threatening, Madera said. The California Highway Patrol had opened one lane on the freeway interchange by 8:30 a.m. with additional lanes expected to open later in the morning.
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