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August 18, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
A 50-year-old teacher is scheduled to be arraigned today in Antelope Municipal Court on charges he raped a 13-year-old female student more than a year ago at a Palmdale school. Wayne Martin of Palmdale surrendered to Los Angeles county sheriff's deputies Tuesday after a two-month investigation. He will be charged with forcible rape and lewd acts with a minor under 14, said Sheriff's Deputy Carrie Stuart. Bail was set at $110,000.
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December 18, 2007 | Peter Y. Hong, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration's plan to slow the mortgage meltdown gave a lift to Wall Street. But on Hoss Ghitkammanee's street, the signs of hope are harder to find. When he steps out the front door of his Palmdale home, Ghitkammanee sees a four-bedroom house much like his own. Instead of festive holiday reindeer on the lawn, however, the place across the street is decorated with a big, red sign spiked into the dead grass, declaring that the property can be bought at an upcoming foreclosure auction.
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January 9, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
An 11-year-old boy was killed Wednesday night in a Palmdale house fire that may have started in a clothes dryer, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. The fire broke out about 11:15 p.m. at a two-story house in the 300 block of Alamosa Avenue, Fire Capt. Gary Walsh said. Firefighters arrived to find the fire burning on the first floor and a woman who said her two children were inside, he said. The boy who died was identified by the county coroner's office as Lashaul Drye.
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October 12, 2007 | Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County prosecutors should not pursue charges against three black students at Knight High School in Palmdale who were involved in a scuffle with a white security guard or against a mother who also faces charges related to the incident, activists said Thursday. About 50 demonstrators, including local and national community activists, parents of area high school students, and nearby residents, gathered at the Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse.
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November 28, 1991 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four Antelope Valley high school students have been arrested and at least four more were being sought Wednesday as members of so-called tagger groups that have covered Palmdale with an unprecedented amount of graffiti this fall, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. The arrests came after a Palmdale woman saw youngsters spraying graffiti Monday night and called deputies Tuesday with the license plate number of the youths' vehicle.
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September 4, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chamber of Commerce leaders in Lancaster and Palmdale are opening talks aimed at ripping a hole in the "cactus curtain," a mythical barrier that divides the rival high-desert cities. The talks could lead to a merger of the Palmdale and Lancaster chambers, creating one large regional group representing businesses throughout the Antelope Valley, some local leaders say.
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February 12, 1999 | NEDA RAOUF
The City Council has awarded a $239,000 contract to raze 57 rundown Antelope Valley homes. A.T.E. Environmental won a contract that includes the abatement of asbestos and septic tanks and demolition of the vacant homes, said Palmdale housing coordinator Mike Miller. "These properties are hangouts for transients and for crime activity," Miller said. For years, the city has tried to work with the owner of the homes, former Beverly Hills neurosurgeon Milton Avol, to improve the properties.
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May 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A brush fire swept through a mobile home park in the Lake Los Angeles area near Palmdale on Tuesday afternoon, destroying eight residences and leaving 10 people homeless. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the blaze, which took two hours to extinguish, killed a cat and charred five acres. No firefighters or residents were hurt. The cause of the fire, which was reported about 2 p.m. from the 39800 block of 145th Street East, was under investigation.
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September 2, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A man driving on the wrong side of the Antelope Freeway with his headlights off crashed head-on into another vehicle in Palmdale early Sunday, killing both drivers, authorities said. Neither man was identified, but both were believed to be 19 years old, said Officer Doug Kondo of the California Highway Patrol. The crash occurred at 4:30 a.m. near Avenue O, he said.
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May 23, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
Palmdale's affordable housing has helped make it the fastest-growing city in Los Angeles County, and city park officials say the 69.5% population boom over the last decade has severely affected parks and sports facilities. As a result, they are recommending that the City Council approve a motion to put a $38-million park expansion before residents in a mail-in vote next month.
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September 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A brush fire burned at least 100 acres in the high desert north of Los Angeles on Tuesday, threatening several structures and forcing the evacuation of animals in the area, officials said. The blaze was reported about 3 p.m. and was spread rapidly by 26 mph winds.
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May 30, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A brush fire swept through a mobile home park in the Lake Los Angeles area near Palmdale on Tuesday afternoon, destroying eight residences and leaving 10 people homeless. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the blaze, which took two hours to extinguish, killed a cat and charred five acres. No firefighters or residents were hurt. The cause of the fire, which was reported about 2 p.m. from the 39800 block of 145th Street East, was under investigation.
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October 12, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
A 2-year-old girl apparently drowned Wednesday, and her 3-year-old sister was hospitalized in critical condition, after they fell into a swimming pool at a vacant home in Palmdale, authorities said. The two girls made their way through slats in a wooden fence to enter the yard of a home in the 36000 block of 45th Street East. Soon afterward, a relative who was baby-sitting the sisters realized they were missing and discovered them in the pool.
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September 30, 2006 | Jesus Sanchez, Times Staff Writer
A small school bus carrying special education students in Palmdale flipped over Friday in a collision with a car, injuring seven children, one of them critically, authorities said. The bus was carrying eight students and two adults to the Palmdale Learning Plaza when it was hit by the car shortly before 9 a.m. at the intersection of 10th Street East and East Avenue R, said Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Germain Aguilera.
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August 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An early morning gunfight left two men dead and another wounded Sunday outside a bar at 10th Street West and Avenue O, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. One man died at the scene and another died soon after arriving at a hospital, according to the spokesman. The condition of the third man was not reported. The cause of the fight outside the Ten West Bar & Grill is under investigation, the sheriff's spokesman said.
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July 29, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
A 13-year-old Palmdale Pony League pitcher convicted of murdering a 15-year-old with a baseball bat was sentenced Thursday to confinement at the California Youth Authority until the age of 25. The boy, who was not identified because of his age, clubbed Jeremy Rourke in the head after the older boy, a friend of the family, teased him for losing a game. The 13-year-old could be released at the discretion of youth prison authorities before his 12-year term is completed.
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June 1, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 75-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a Metrolink train struck her as she was getting out of her car, which was stopped on the tracks, authorities said. The Metrolink train, carrying 80 people, was traveling north when it hit the woman, whose name was not released, at 4:25 p.m. at Sierra Highway and Palmdale Boulevard, said Sgt. Jeff Acton of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. No one on the train was injured, Acton said.
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July 23, 1991
Eight minutes late and $15 million short. That is the story in Palmdale, which lost a chance for a state grant to fund about two-thirds of its planned $25-million city library when part of its application to state officials in Sacramento arrived minutes after closing time Friday, city officials said Monday.
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July 7, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
A 13-year-old pitcher accused of murdering an older teenager with a baseball bat at a Palmdale Pony League game last spring acted in self-defense, after the much bigger 15-year-old victim had bullied and repeatedly shoved him, a defense lawyer argued Wednesday. At the time of 15-year-old Jeremy Rourke's death, he stood 5-foot-10 and weighed 190 pounds, towering over the 5-foot-1, 90-pound defendant, attorney William McKinney said.
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June 30, 2005 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Two bank robbery suspects were shot and wounded by police at an upscale Marina del Rey shopping plaza Wednesday morning, while in Palmdale, sheriff's deputies killed a man holding a woman hostage in a diner. Santa Monica police shot the two robbery suspects on the second floor of the Marina Market Place, where they had fled after a heist at Santa Monica's First Federal Bank.
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