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July 31, 2003 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
After gale-force winds toppled trees, power poles and a highway billboard in Lancaster, Los Angeles County firefighters spent Wednesday formulating a plan to battle another round of storms expected to continue until tonight. The violent weather was part of a series of storms that skipped around Southern California on Wednesday, pelting Huntington Beach, Santa Barbara and other areas with unusual summertime rainfall, said National Weather Service forecaster Bruce Rockwell.
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July 11, 2003 | Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writer
A man wanted by police in connection with a racially motivated shooting barricaded himself in a Lancaster home for about 10 hours Thursday before surrendering to SWAT team members. Deputies went to the house in the 42700 block of 45th Street West shortly before noon, seeking to arrest 19-year-old Michael Ray Kelly in connection with the "vicious" shooting of an African American man on July 2, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Carl Deeley said.
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June 28, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
More than 90% of Lancaster property owners voted to approve a proposed $25 annual increase in their street light maintenance assessment, city officials said Friday. Because of increased electricity costs, City Manager Jim Gilley said, if voters had not approved the measure, street lighting would have been reduced. Gilley said that 95 of Lancaster's 104 zones voted for the increase, which will be added to property tax bills.
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June 12, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
An effort to save Los Angeles County's inpatient hospital services in the Antelope Valley was rejected this week by a federal judge who has protected other county health services slated for elimination. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper denied a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the conversion of Lancaster's High Desert Hospital into an "ambulatory care clinic," which would handle less serious medical problems than a hospital and save the county $10 million a year.
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May 16, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Borrowing a tactic from patients and public interest law groups that has stalled cutbacks at other county health facilities, the directors of the Antelope Valley's largest hospital are threatening to seek an injunction to stop the closure of inpatient services at High Desert Hospital in Lancaster.
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April 28, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Veteran Los Angeles County probation officer Robby Robinson is new to the suburban streets of Lancaster. But in three weeks, he has learned to respect the big-city troubles plaguing its worst neighborhoods.
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January 31, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
A flight instructor and student pilot were killed Thursday night when their plane crashed into a hangar at General William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster and burst into flames, fire officials said. The student had been practicing instrument landings when the twin-engine Beechcraft crashed into the top of the hangar at 7:40 p.m. The fire spread through the hangar and destroyed a Cessna inside. No one on the ground was injured. Neither victim was identified.
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December 13, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
The city of Lancaster has hired former Republican Assemblyman George Runner as a special assistant to City Manager James Gilley. Runner, 50, recently left the 36th Assembly District due to term limits. The seat was filled by his wife, Sharon. Runner, who was mayor of Lancaster from 1995 to 1996, will be paid $100,000 a year. He will lobby Sacramento on a number of projects for the city, including a four-year public university, Gilley said.
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June 11, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 13-year-old girl was found shot to death in a Lancaster apartment early Sunday, authorities said. Evelyn Cendejas, whose body was found in an apartment in the 1100 block of West Avenue H-14, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Sonia Parra. Neighbors told police they heard gunshots around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Cendejas was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, said coroner's spokesman David Campbell.
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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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