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Investigators are looking into whether weight was a factor in the death of a woman who fell from a steep water ride Friday at Knott's Berry Farm. Lori Mason-Larez, 40, of Duarte fell from the Perilous Plunge ride as it dropped 115 feet at up to 50 mph. The mother of five slipped from both a seat belt and lap bar and fell to the water below.
February 25, 2006 | By Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
Don Knotts, the saucer-eyed, scarecrow-thin comic actor best known for his roles as the high-strung small-town deputy Barney Fife on the 1960s CBS series "The Andy Griffith Show" and the leisure-suit-clad landlord Ralph Furley on ABC's '70s sitcom "Three's Company," has died. He was 81. Knotts, who lived in West Los Angeles, died Friday night of lung cancer at UCLA Medical Center, according to Sherwin Bash, his longtime manager. Family members said that his longtime friend Griffth was one of his last visitors at Cedars on Friday night.
July 3, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Andy Griffith's death on Tuesday meant the most prominent cast member of the landmark "Andy Griffith Show" had finally departed. Costar Don Knotts preceded Griffith in death in 2006 and Frances Bavier (who played Aunt Bea) died in 1989. Many of Mayberry's older residents have been long gone, such as Floyd the barber (Howard McNear) in 1969 and Otis the drunk (Hal Smith) in 1994. But fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" can take heart that the streets of Mayberry haven't gone completely empty.
August 26, 1999
As Knott's Berry Farm prepared to install metal safety devices today on its wooden GhostRider roller coaster, industry experts remained perplexed over the Monday accident that injured five people on the ride. Wooden roller coasters have proven designs with tremendous safety records over decades of use, said Michael M. Black, chief executive of Roller Coaster Corp. of America in Atlanta, a leading manufacturer of wooden coasters. "They just very seldom have problems," Black said.
July 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Shares of Cedar Fair rose the most in 20 months after a report said the third-largest U.S. theme-park operator and owner of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park had hired Bear Stearns Cos. to seek a buyer that would keep the management team. Shares of Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair rose 96 cents, or 3.3%, to $29.80, their biggest jump since November 2005. The company, which has a $1.62 billion market value, may fetch $3.3 billion, or about 10 times its annual cash flow, the New York Post said.
September 18, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
It took a $1-million renovation to make Independence Hall look as pristine as the original did when it opened in Philadelphia in 1750. But, at a rededication ceremony Thursday, Knott's Berry Farm owners said it was worth the effort. "We sincerely hope this rededication will ignite the fire of patriotism for the next 230 years," said Knott's Vice President Jack Falfas.
April 14, 1995 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
Knott's Berry Farm may have suffered a setback by having to the delay the official opening of its "Jaguar!" family roller coaster by two weeks until June 17. But spring attendance remains strong. Spokesman Bob Ochsner said the Buena Park attraction is having one of the best spring break seasons in memory. The park opened a live stunt show last Saturday, its first new stunt show in 17 years. It also is trying to attract families with young children with a series of Easter mazes.
November 2, 1997
The Oct. 22 news of the sale of Knott's Berry Farm brought back a flood of memories for me. For several years during the 1960s, on her birthday, I took my daughter for a day at the "Farm." In the mid-1970s, I appeared at the Bird Cage Theatre as Edgar Allan Poe as part of the Halloween festivities. But the warmest memory is the Fourth of July program in 1975, when in front of Independence Hall before a crowd of several hundred people I rode an impressive stallion--a gray, if memory serves--dismounted and took the podium to read lines from the Declaration of Independence.
July 26, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS
Knott's Berry Farm has canceled appearances Aug. 11 and 12 by rock legend Chuck Berry. A park spokesman said Wednesday that charges of marijuana possession and child abuse leveled against Berry last week by Missouri authorities were "implied but not specifically" the cause of the cancellation. "Apparently there was a scheduling problem on his part," Knott's publicist Stuart Zanville said. "All parties agreed it was best for him not to be here at this time."
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