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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2003 | Steve Hymon and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Residents of a Claremont neighborhood became prisoners in their homes Thursday night when a flash flood poured from the San Gabriel Mountains and turned a riverbed into an 8-foot-deep rushing stream dragging cars and logs. All roads out of the community of 54 homes in Palmer Canyon were blocked by the moat of water. The flood of rain and mud roared into the foothill community about 6:44 p.m., said county fire dispatcher Anita Padgett. "They're trapped," Padgett said. However, by 8:15 p.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2001
Congratulations to Times reporter Michael Krikorian for his outstanding article, "Coming Face to Face With Sudden Death Tragedy on the Streets of L.A." (Jan. 27). The sudden deaths of Judith Lopez and her 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice, and the major injuries suffered by 6-year-old daughter Jamie at Parthenia and Tampa, were truly tragic. Witnesses like Krikorian and Sylvia Vasquez usually arrive before our police officers and firefighters, and we thank them for their efforts to help the victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2003 | Wendy Thermos and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
A man suspected of robbing more than 30 fast-food restaurants was shot to death outside an International House of Pancakes in Encino on Thursday when he pointed a revolver at undercover officers who had pursued him across the Valley, police said. The 30-year-old man had just tried to rob a nearby Taco Bell, and police in unmarked cars had followed him to the IHOP parking lot at Ventura Boulevard and Haskell Avenue at about 3 p.m., authorities said.
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April 22, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities released a man late Friday who had set off security devices at Burbank Airport earlier in the day, causing a six-hour disruption that included the closing of one terminal, an FBI investigator said Saturday. Airport security officers detained the man, a Southwest airlines passenger bound for San Jose whose name was not released, after screening his computer with an X-ray machine.
OPINION
September 12, 2009
Re " 'Freeze! Put your hands up!' Oh sorry," Opinion, Sept. 9 I was attracted to the Op-Ed; it was a catchy title to be sure. Michael Krikorian's experience was unfortunate, although not uncommon. As a Los Angeles police officer for 35 years, I saw countless incidents in which the officers were provided inaccurate information by a caring, concerned and obviously frightened citizen. Krikorian had a chance to gain insight from this and pass it along to the citizens of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2003 | Lance Pugmire and Jose Cardenas, Times Staff Writers
Two Southern California soldiers were among the 10 American military personnel killed in Iraq since last weekend, according to authorities. Pfc. Jose Casanova, 23, of El Monte was killed in Baghdad on Sunday when an Iraqi trash truck rolled over and landed on top of his vehicle, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Casanova had been serving in Iraq since January as a member of the Army's 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, based at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Cpl. Sean R.
NEWS
March 23, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON and DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There had been time for tears to dry, no time yet for wounds to heal. Santee Mayor Randy Voepel had returned to work Thursday for his first full day since the shooting at Santana High School two weeks ago. It was early afternoon when he got the telephone call. Another shooting. In neighboring El Cajon. At Granite Hills High School. "All I could do is turn on the radio and try not to cry," said Voepel, who calls himself a small-town, part-time mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2002 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A family of four--a wife, a husband, their 8-year-old daughter and his grandmother--were found stabbed to death Saturday morning in their South Whittier home, a crime scene that investigators said offered few signs of a motive. Miguel Ruiz, 37, his wife, Maritza Trejo, 41, their daughter, Jasmine, and Ruiz's grandmother, Anna Martinez, in her 70s, were known as a quiet, hard-working family involved in computer and audio equipment sales and repair, neighbors said.
OPINION
December 9, 2012 | By Michael Krikorian
In 1985, I shot someone. It happened outside the Rustic Inn, a bar in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles near Compton, which was where I spent most of my free time back then. Moments before the shooting, I had been in a barroom brawl. My friend George and I were drinking Heinekens and taking sips off a half-pint of Seagram's VO we'd stashed atop a rickety wooden beam at the beer-only bar's side-porch entrance. Three guys walked in and began staring at us. George, a big guy quick to unleash his fists, asked them - in Comptonese - what they were looking at. It was on. I'm not a great brawler, but I'm a good friend, and I couldn't let George go one-on-three.
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July 17, 2003 | Joel Rubin, Daren Briscoe and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
An 86-year-old man drove his car the length of the Santa Monica Farmers' Market early Wednesday afternoon, apparently reaching freeway speeds as he plowed through a crowd of terrified summer shoppers, killing at least nine people, including a 3-year-old girl. More than 50 people were hospitalized, 15 of them with critical injuries, after George Russell Weller of Santa Monica sped for 2 1/2 blocks through a market renowned as one of the region's culinary treasures.
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