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March 23, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A monthlong mystery over who illuminated the big grin on Simi Valley's Happy Face Hill has been solved: Two sisters, ages 3 and 7, did it. "They wanted to surprise me because they knew how much I love the happy face," said their mother, Allison Robertson of Simi Valley. Robertson is a business administration student at Moorpark College who tries to do her studying on weekends. Her husband, Doug, takes Tabitha and Evelyn on Saturday jaunts to give her some peace when she hits the books.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Police say road rage may be behind a car-to-car shooting on the westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar early Friday that left one man dead. Responding to a call about a traffic obstruction, California Highway Patrol officers discovered the shooting victim inside his Mitsubishi on the Roxford Street off-ramp shortly before 1 a.m.     The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released. “Preliminary evidence tends to show this is a case of road rage,” Lt. Paul Vernon said in a police statement.  “Bullet impacts and glass fragments lead us to think the shooter fired at the victim from the victim's side of the car.” Vernon said the victim was in his 30s and may have been coming from or going to work.  The CHP closed all westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway from the 118 Freeway around 3 a.m. to allow investigators to search for possible evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A pedestrian was struck and killed on the northbound 5 Freeway near Downey early Thursday, prompting officials to close three lanes of traffic and clogging the morning commute. The incident occurred south of the Rio Hondo River around 4:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol, but few details of the collision were immediately available, including the identity of the pedestrian. A SigAlert was issued about 4:30 a.m. after three lanes were shut down, backing up traffic to before the 605 Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Three lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway near Castaic were closed Wednesday morning following a traffic incident involving a tanker truck, the California Highway Patrol said. The accident was reported around 4:47 a.m. near Lake Hughes Road, the CHP said. It was not immediately known what led to the collision involving the 26,000-pound truck.  CHP officials said diesel fuel on the road prompted the closure of the freeway lanes, and that an onramp was also closed for several minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The California Highway Patrol has reopened another lane of the northbound 5 Freeway in Castaic after a traffic accident involving a 26,000-pound tanker truck. The lane was reopened about four hours after the collision was reported to the CHP. Two lanes remained closed as CHP officials continued to investigate. They said they did not know how many vehicles were involved in the collision near Lake Hughes Road, which was reported around 4:47 a.m. [Updated 10:21 a.m. PDT, March 12: Three lanes were reopened Wednesday and the fourth was due to be reopened soon after crews repaired a guardrail, the CHP said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A man trying to cross the southbound 405 Freeway in Irvine was hit by a car and killed Monday night. Officials of the Orange County Fire Authority say the accident occurred at 9:06 p.m. north of Lake Forest Drive. Arriving paramedics pronounced the 52-year-old man dead at 9:18 p.m. His name has not been released. A spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol said it was not immediately known why the man was trying to cross the freeway. Officers shut down southbound freeway traffic at Bake Parkway and issued a SigAlert.
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.
HEALTH
March 8, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
An 18-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday as he tried to run across the 5 Freeway in Sunland after surviving a multivehicle crash, officials said. The incident occurred at 4:20 a.m. in the freeway's northbound lanes north of Tuxford Street, authorities said. The man was a passenger in a 2000 Honda Accord coupe that collided with a big rig, said Officer Monica Posada of the California Highway Patrol. The car came to a stop, blocking the two left lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Wind-driven smoke from a fire deep in the Cleveland National Forest forced closure of Interstate 8 for nearly two hours in eastern San Diego County, officials said Saturday. The fire east of Pine Valley erupted at approximately noon and by 5 p.m. had covered more than 100 acres. No homes were immediately threatened. The blaze was fought by air tankers and ground units, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. ALSO: Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Eureka Medal of Honor recipient to be buried today Crash survivor killed in hit-and-run as he crosses freeway, police say Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Thirty vehicles, including a semi-truck, crashed into each other on a snowy highway in Denver on Saturday morning, killing one person and injuring several, police said . The entire northbound side of Interstate 25 remained blocked near Downing Street by the pileup as of late morning, according to traffic camera video. Ambulances and police cars surrounded the cloudy scene. No tow trucks appeared to be in the area. At least one firetruck was on the southbound side of the freeway, slowing traffic on that side as well.
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