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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Oakland community is mourning the loss of freelance photographer Lionel “Ray” Fluker, who was gunned down at a gas station last week. Fluker, 54, who photographed for the Oakland Tribune off and on between 1995 and 2007, was shot at a Valero gas station not far from his home Friday night about 10 p.m., the Tribune reported. A public funeral is scheduled for Saturday. Police said he was not the intended target. The man who police believe was the intended target was also hit and sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The mother of a Northridge girl who was abducted in the middle of the night was awakened by a sound just before she discovered her daughter was gone, police said. After checking on her daughter at 1 a.m. Wednesday, the mother awoke again around 3:40 a.m. to a noise. When she got up to check on her daughter, she noticed the 10-year-old girl's door was ajar. When she peered inside her daughter's bedroom, it was empty. "It's every parent's nightmare,” said LAPD Capt. Kris Pitcher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Seven people suspected of being illegal immigrants from Mexico were discovered in the Imperial Valley inside a chilled tractor-trailer that was carrying watermelons, the U.S. Border Patrol said. The vehicle was stopped for inspection at 4 a.m. Thursday at the checkpoint on Highway 86 between Salton City and Westmorland, on the edge of the Salton Sea. A Border Patrol dog alerted agents to possible illegal immigrants, the Border Patrol said. A woman and six men, ages 20 to 52, were found in the trailer, which was refrigerated to 48 degrees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By Lauren Williams, Times Community News
A dead man found in an Anaheim gas station driveway probably died of self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said Wednesday. Police first suspected Richard Swartz, 66, whose last known address was in Costa Mesa, was murdered. His body was found in the driveway of a Mobil gas station at Lincoln Avenue and Sunkist Street in Anaheim on March 19, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn. Swartz was pronounced dead 30 to 45 minutes later at a hospital. Based on evidence and the autopsy, police determined that he most likely killed himself, Dunn said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police seeking to unravel how 10-year-old Nicole Ryan vanished from her Northridge home early Wednesday only to be dropped off several hours later in Woodland Hills have blocked off three crime scenes. LAPD detectives scoured a Goodwill parking lot where the unknown person left her shortly before 3 p.m. as well as a nearby gas station. They also continued to examine the girl's home for evidence. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, LAPD officials said they believe Nicole was dropped off and then recognized by a bystander, who pointed her out to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
In an attempt to track down suspects, Long Beach police Monday released video footage from a gas station where two people, including a 10-year-old boy, were shot last week. The boy was sitting in a parked car with his parents at a gas station near Long Beach and Del Amo boulevards Friday night when a dispute between several other men escalated into gunfire, authorities said. At least one of the bullets hit the boy, critically wounding him. He was apparently not involved in the altercation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2013 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
A bank's branch office in Alhambra is helping Fame Rybicki become famous. The 91-year-old former school administrator and community activist was startled to discover that a photograph taken of her in August 1926 had been incorporated into a large mural that decorates a newly opened Wells Fargo office on the city's Main Street. The mural is a montage of historic photos that salute 112-year-old Alhambra's early days. A 5-year-old Rybicki is shown standing with family members and uniformed attendants in front of several cars gassing up at her father's service station.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Rapper DMX was arrested in South Carolina early Wednesday on a charge of driving without a license. The rapper recently completed a stint behind bars after his probation was revoked for the same reason and because he refused to submit to a drug test. The 42-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested after police said they saw him leaving a gas station in Greer, in northwestern South Carolina, around 1 a.m., the Associated Press reported. He was taken to jail, then released after paying a fine.
SPORTS
February 8, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Colorado Rockies superstar Todd Helton, who has made $156 million in his career, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Wednesday near Denver. And what was so pressing that the first baseman needed to be allegedly driving while drunk? He went to a gas station to buy lottery tickets. That is, according to the official report filed by Thornton, Colo., police. According to the report, cops tracked down the all-star first baseman after receiving a tip that his car had struck the center divider in the street before turning into the gas station.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris has filed a civil lawsuit against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Co., accusing them of violating state laws on hazardous materials and hazardous waste. The lawsuit accuses the parties of failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline at more than 780 gas stations in California. "Safe storage of gasoline is not only common sense, it is essential to protecting the integrity of California's groundwater resources," Harris said.
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