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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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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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December 15, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Lancaster probation officer pleaded no contest Friday to charges that he stalked a former girlfriend and tried to extort money from her. George Wilbur Griffith Jr., 55, is to be sentenced Jan. 14 to one year in jail and five years' probation under a plea agreement. He also is expected to be ordered to stay away from the woman. Griffith worked as a night supervisor for six youth camps run by the L.A. County Probation Department.
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December 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
An argument between Lancaster roommates escalated to gunfire, leaving one man dead and another in custody, authorities said Friday. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrived at the apartment in the 45000 block of Logue Court shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. They found 39-year-old Leonard Garcia shot in the upper body, a sheriff's spokesman said. Garcia was later pronounced dead. His roommate, 29-year-old Edwin Gonzalez, was arrested on suspicion of murder.
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November 30, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While the trees haven't been cut down yet, the legal ground has been cleared for the city of Lancaster to hand over premium parkland to big-box retailer Costco. Officials say they had to give up about 4.5 shady acres of Lancaster City Park's 71 acres to keep the city's largest sales-tax generator from fleeing to neighboring Palmdale. Costco will now move next to the park from a less central site in west Lancaster.
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November 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Two train workers were treated for minor injuries at a Lancaster hospital after the freight train in which they were riding jumped the tracks Wednesday night three miles south of Mojave. Four locomotives and 24 cars on the Union Pacific freight train jumped the tracks, causing the lead locomotive to overturn, said Capt. Doug Johnston of the Kern County Fire Department.
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November 20, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Law enforcement officials are searching for a man who left a package covered with threatening messages at a post office Monday, causing a seven-hour evacuation of the building on 20th Street West. The shoebox-sized parcel was left at 4:30 a.m. in a 24-hour lobby. On the package were drawings of two buildings exploding and a poem that read: "Roses are red, violets are blue/soon God's wrath/will be upon you." It contained laundry detergent.
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November 6, 2001 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Lancaster probation officer was arrested Monday on suspicion of threatening, stalking and filing a false crime report against a woman he once dated, according to the district attorney's office. Gordon Wilbur Griffith Jr., 55, was booked on 10 felony and four misdemeanor counts after sheriff's deputies arrested him at his home, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
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January 27, 2000 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An African American teenager who claimed that he was assaulted by three skinheads earlier this month admitted to authorities in Lancaster on Wednesday that he lied to avoid punishment for being in a fight with two black classmates. The 15-year-old confessed to a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective who confronted him with conflicting accounts of the attack. The boy said he had in fact gotten into a fight with two high school acquaintances and worried about damaging his braces.
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