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February 21, 1993
A Lancaster city official reported that the cost of cleaning up graffiti has escalated significantly, as has the number of graffiti complaints. Public Works Department Director Jeff Long told the Lancaster City Council that from July 1, 1992, to Dec. 31, 1992, the city spent $71,403 on sand, paint and labor to clean up graffiti-vandalized property. During the 1992 fiscal year, from July 1, 1991, to June 30, 1992, the graffiti cleanup cost the city $85,759.
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August 12, 2008 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
As a stream of walkers trickled through Lancaster's main park one recent morning, Marie Ann Nicholson fell into step beside Mayor R. Rex Parris. There was a boarded-up house on the street where her daughter lives in a "nice neighborhood," Nicholson told Parris. The property was vacant. The front lawn had dried up. "It's a total eyesore," said Nicholson, 71, a lifelong resident of Lancaster.
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August 12, 2008 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
As a stream of walkers trickled through Lancaster's main park one recent morning, Marie Ann Nicholson fell into step beside Mayor R. Rex Parris. There was a boarded-up house on the street where her daughter lives in a "nice neighborhood," Nicholson told Parris. The property was vacant. The front lawn had dried up. "It's a total eyesore," said Nicholson, 71, a lifelong resident of Lancaster.
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April 24, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Anna Gorman
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are investigating a riot that occurred this week involving hundreds of immigration detainees at a county-run facility in Lancaster, where guards used tear gas grenades to restore order, authorities said Wednesday. The disturbance at the Mira Loma Detention Center began Tuesday morning when a fight broke out between two detainees from rival gangs, then escalated by 1:30 p.m. into a melee in the center's outdoor yard, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
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February 26, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed World War II African American flying unit, will be on hand Sunday when the Lancaster City Council unveils a monument in their honor. In keeping with a tradition of recognizing the achievements of aviators, the city has placed a 6-foot brick pillar with a bronze plaque in front of the Western Hotel Museum, 357 W. Lancaster Blvd., to mark the airmen's place in history. The 4:15 p.m.
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April 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A man fatally shot his former girlfriend Thursday in a park near a youth baseball game and then killed himself, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 5 p.m. at Skytower Park, near 32nd Street East and Avenue K-4, said sheriff's Deputy Bill Spear. The man approached his ex-girlfriend and shot her several times, Spear said. He then turned the gun on himself and fired one round. The man died at the scene. The woman died at a hospital.
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August 31, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
A Lancaster man suspected of fondling several young girls at two local elementary schools was arrested early Thursday, authorities said. Andrew Ortega, 21, was booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts against children under the age of 14, authorities said. He was being held on $100,000 bond at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lancaster station. Ortega is suspected of grabbing and fondling several young girls, including at least three 7-year-olds, deputies said.
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June 20, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS
I stood in a driveway in Lancaster with two stubble-haired young white men, just talking about life as the sun went down on the Antelope Valley. They looked and dressed something like the youths portrayed in an article last November in the New Yorker magazine, which described an apocalyptic Antelope Valley where skinhead gangs wage race war on minorities. Minorities like me.
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September 4, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chamber of Commerce leaders in Lancaster and Palmdale are opening talks aimed at ripping a hole in the "cactus curtain," a mythical barrier that divides the rival high-desert cities. The talks could lead to a merger of the Palmdale and Lancaster chambers, creating one large regional group representing businesses throughout the Antelope Valley, some local leaders say.
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January 25, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 20 years ago, a small group of residents peered into the future and saw an Antelope Valley that troubled them: millions of people, widespread residential and commercial development and little apparent regard for the fragile desert. They asked city officials in 1981 to set aside land so future generations would be able to appreciate the pristine landscapes, regardless of the suburban sprawl that might surround them.
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April 13, 2008 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Fearful that their area might be getting more criminals from throughout Los Angeles County, some residents of the Antelope Valley voiced concerns Saturday over a proposal to expand Lancaster's Mira Loma Detention Center complex. "We're tired of being a dumping ground, and that's what we're being used for," Fred Sellas, a 15-year resident of Palmdale, said at a town hall meeting inside Palmdale's City Council Chambers. "Just because we got a lot of space, a lot of dirt up here . . .
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March 20, 2008
Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a 62-year-old man found dead in a street with an arrow in his chest. Authorities say retired NASA employee Angel Martinez was on one of his frequent late-night walks in Lancaster on March 11 when he was hit in the chest. There are no suspects in the case. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, whose motion resulted in the reward, says Martinez had recently been released from a hospice and walked at night because he had trouble sleeping.
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December 1, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein
The convicted arsonist suspected of setting a string of brush fires in the Lake Hughes area during the height of the October firestorms in Southern California was charged Friday with eight counts of arson, authorities said. Rickey Jimenez, 52, of Lake Hughes was arrested Wednesday night and pleaded not guilty during his arraignment at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. Sheriff's officials allege he drove around the Lake Hughes area Oct.
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October 17, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Two motorists were killed and two others critically injured Tuesday in a series of vehicle pileups that occurred in a blinding sandstorm on the Antelope Valley Freeway in Lancaster. Authorities said the three crashes, all within minutes of each other on the northbound 14 Freeway at Avenue B, occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. Fifteen vehicles, four of them big rigs, were involved. Officials did not provide the names of the two dead, describing them only as men apparently in their 70s.
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August 31, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
A Lancaster man suspected of fondling several young girls at two local elementary schools was arrested early Thursday, authorities said. Andrew Ortega, 21, was booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts against children under the age of 14, authorities said. He was being held on $100,000 bond at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lancaster station. Ortega is suspected of grabbing and fondling several young girls, including at least three 7-year-olds, deputies said.
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May 21, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's illegal drag racing culture took another bloody turn early Sunday in Lancaster, when a passing driver veered into a crowd of spectators, leaving two men dead and three men hospitalized. Some onlookers then jumped into their cars, chased down the driver and held him for deputies, authorities said. The driver was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run. "It was a pretty horrendous scene," Sgt.
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December 18, 2001 | From Times staff reports
Sheriff's deputies Monday identified a man who was killed when the car he was driving rolled over in rural Lancaster. Martel Culver, 18, was driving north on 10th Street East near Avenue H-8 when his car drifted off the road and rolled at least once, deputies said. The victim was ejected and died of his injuries at Antelope Valley Hospital. Culver, a longtime North Hills resident, had recently moved to Lancaster.
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June 28, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A brush fire swept across 500 acres in the western Antelope Valley on Monday, destroying one building and forcing some nearby residents to evacuate. About 200 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze, reported about 1:30 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Ron Haralson. A second, smaller fire broke out to the south near the Santa Clarita Valley around 5:30 p.m., Haralson said. It burned about two acres before more than 100 firefighters put it out about 40 minutes later.
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July 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two brothers died Friday of injuries they suffered in a Lancaster house fire that left their father hospitalized with second-degree burns, authorities said. The boys, ages 3 and 4, suffered cardiac arrest and smoke inhalation. Firefighters found them in the upper floor of a two-story home in Elizabeth Lake, a suburb 60 miles north of Los Angeles, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Chris Freeman. The boys were pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital.
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April 17, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A taxi driver was shot to death in his cab late Saturday in Lancaster, Los Angeles County sheriffs officials said in a statement Sunday. Witnesses said they heard a crash and saw that a taxi had hit two parked cars in the 44800 block of Fenhold Street, the statement said. Two men were seen getting out of the back of the taxi and running away. The driver, whose name had not been released, died from a gunshot wound to the chest before authorities arrived.
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