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December 15, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three men were found shot to death Sunday morning in a house on a normally quiet residential street, authorities said. The shooting occurred shortly before noon in the 13800 block of Eustace Street. The men, all in their 20s, were each shot multiple times and were declared dead at the scene, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. "Their injuries were profoundly traumatic. The nature of their injuries defied any resuscitative efforts," he said.
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December 13, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks will be the grand marshal of the 30th annual Pacoima Christmas Parade, which begins at 9 this morning. Begun in 1967 by the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce, the event has become a holiday tradition in the northeast Valley, attracting thousands of spectators each year. The parade will be followed by a Holiday Festival at David Gonzales Park, featuring a crafts market and live music and dance groups. The theme of this year's parade is "Unity in the Community."
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October 17, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon has called for a moratorium on training flights at Whiteman Airport following the latest in a rash of plane crashes near the northeast San Fernando Valley facility. The latest incident occurred last month when a single-engine plane that had just left Whiteman Airport dropped from the sky, striking two homes, killing two passengers and critically injuring the pilot. Cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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October 2, 1997
Using dental X-rays, county coroner's officials have identified the two passengers killed in a plane crash last week near Whiteman Airport. Coroner's investigator Robert Fierro said Gordon Hechter, 41, and Manuel Melena, 32, both of Pacoima, were passengers in a four-seat Ryan Navion that crashed through the bedroom of a home on Hoyt Street shortly after takeoff on Sept. 25, damaging that and another house.
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September 30, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The plane that crashed into two homes last week shortly after takeoff, killing two passengers, did not have a history of mechanical problems and there were no safety complaints about the pilot, who operated a business out of Whiteman Airport. Pilot Michael Boolen, 44, of North Hills, remained in critical condition at County-USC Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns over about 30% of his body, said Adelaida De La Cerda, a hospital spokeswoman.
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September 26, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS and CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A light plane that developed engine trouble taking off from Whiteman Airport on Thursday night crashed into two houses in Pacoima and burst into flames, killing two passengers and setting the houses afire. The pilot escaped the wreckage but was hospitalized in critical condition with cuts and burns. It was at least the sixth crash in the neighborhood since May of last year involving planes en route to and from Whiteman Airport. The prior crashes caused at least one death.
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September 26, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS and CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A light plane that developed engine trouble after taking off from Whiteman Airport on Thursday night crashed into two houses and burst into flames, killing two passengers and setting the houses afire. The pilot escaped the wreckage but was hospitalized in critical condition with cuts and burns. It was at least the sixth crash in the neighborhood since May of last year involving planes coming to and from Whiteman Airport. The prior crashes caused at least one death.
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September 24, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI
Low-income seniors who need legal help with Social Security, consumer fraud and other issues may apply for appointments to meet with a legal representative Thursday at a senior center. All low-income Los Angeles residents who are at least 60 are eligible for free legal services. Priority will be given to people in the greatest economic need so applicants will be asked to provide information on income and resources.
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September 17, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Small businesses in Pacoima and 34 other communities nationwide can benefit from a new federal loan program designed to aid communities suffering from high unemployment, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills) announced Tuesday. The program, which provides as much as $750,000 in Small Business Administration loans to eligible businesses, was created as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993 but only went into effect in August, Berman aides said.
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