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March 8, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia
A 64-year-old man was killed Saturday in a boat crash during an organized race in San Dimas, officials said. The crash occurred at about 11 a.m. on a lake in Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park. The lead boat lost control, and the boat traveling directly behind crashed into the first boat, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. John Stanley said. Gregory Belda of Los Angeles, who was in the first boat, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's records.
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March 7, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
A minor earthquake near Marina del Rey gave the Westside a mild jolt Friday evening. The quake measured 3.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 8:16 p.m. The epicenter was a mile southeast of Marina del Rey. The quick shake was categorized by the Geological Survey as weak to light across much of the L.A. basin. ALSO: Strong winds, high surf forecast for Southern California Third-graders caught smoking pot at school face disciplinary action Hunt continues in Fontana for mountain lion deemed 'imminent threat' Twitter: @finneganlatimes michael.finnegan@latimes.com
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March 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Sacramento authorities are investigating what looks to be a failed attempt to steal the Golden Spike from the California State Railroad Museum late Wednesday. The case housing the spike, which is actually a twin of the ceremonial one used by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Continental Railroad, was damaged, said Steve Van Etten, California parks peace officers supervisor. “There's no evidence that any artifact in the museum was stolen or damaged,” Van Etten said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say that a Newsweek reporter's story exposing what the magazine claims is the founder of Bitcoin did quote them and the man featured in the article accurately, a spokesman said. The San Gabriel Valley suburb of Temple City  was inundated by reporters Thursday after Newsweek alleged resident Dorian Nakamoto was really "Satoshi Nakamoto," the man behind the virtual currency. In the Newsweek article he is quoted as telling the reporter "I'm no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it" while deputies are present.
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March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An 18-year-old man suspected of being a prolific graffiti vandal in Vista, Calif., has been arrested, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Friday. The 303 acts of graffiti vandalism that the man, Bladimir Lopez, has been linked to have cost the city approximately $89,500 to clean, the department said. Lopez was arrested at home. The Sheriff's Department uses a computer system called Graffiti Tracker to gather information about instances of graffiti and to look for patterns, officials said.
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March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Jason Wells
Authorities continued their hunt Thursday morning for what they said was an "aggressive" mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana and came at police officers "a total of four times" amid a hail of bullets before retreating. Authorities said they do not believe that the large cat -- deemed an "imminent threat" to public safety -- was hit by the gunfire, prompting an overnight search that continued into the predawn hours Thursday. Fontana police said in a statement that the incident began about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when a resident in the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive heard his dog crying out and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his dead 100-pound German shepherd.
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March 6, 2014 | By Tony Barboza, Adolfo Flores and Joseph Serna
Two Southern California high schools were placed on lockdown Thursday as police investigated a bomb threat and a call of a student being held hostage at gunpoint. The two unrelated reports were deemed hoaxes by authorities. Beverly Hills police received a call about 2:45 p.m. from a person claiming to be a 16-year-old being held hostage by a man with a gun at Beverly Hills High School, said Lt. Lincoln Hoshino. Though many students had already gone home, those who remained were placed on lockdown while officers conducted a full search of the campus.
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March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 21-year-old man was killed and another critically wounded after three men were fired upon Wednesday at close range in a Harbor City parking lot. Shailo Leafa of Torrance died at the hospital after he was struck at least once, said Los Angeles police Lt. Eric Holyfield. Another man who was also hit remained in critical condition Thursday. The third person was not hit. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The shooter, or shooters, approached the three men at 9:40 p.m. in a parking lot in the 200 block of Western Avenue before firing multiple rounds, Holyfield said.
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March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities on Thursday called off the search for a mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana after an “exhaustive” 24 hours. “We believe the contact our officers had with the mountain lion [Wednesday] scared it back into the canyon," Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones said in a statement. Officers responding to the incident shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday initially scared off the large cat from a home's front yard after firing multiple rounds. B ut it returned four times, coming toward officers before returning to the gorge, according to police.
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March 6, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
A man has been banned from the Glendale Galleria for three years after being arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure inside a department store, police said. Keane Dean, 25, of Santa Clarita was banned from the mall after his Feb. 28 arrest at Macy's for allegedly inappropriately touching himself, said Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot. Prosecutors this week charged Dean with indecent exposure, vandalism and burglary, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
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