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August 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells
All lanes of the 101 Freeway were closed at Shoup Avenue in Woodland Hills on Thursday as authorities investigated a possible pipe bomb, the California Highway Patrol said. A Caltrans crew reportedly found the suspicious device along the freeway and called authorities at 8:12 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. All lanes of the freeway in both directions were closed while a bomb squad investigated. A Sigalert was issued for the stretch of freeway as traffic started backing up in both directions.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with four felony counts after police allegedly found three pipe bombs in his SUV during a traffic stop in Northridge. David Patton, of Encino, had allegedly been driving with one of the pipe bombs between his feet on the floorboard when he was pulled over Wednesday for appearing to be "a little bit under the influence of narcotics," LAPD Capt. Stephen Carmona  told KTLA-TV . Police discovered the bombs during a more thorough search of his SUV, prosecutors said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A fugitive wanted for allegedly possessing pipe bombs that he left in residential areas around Palm Springs has been arrested, months after he fled a Riverside County halfway house, authorities said. Edward Allen Costa, 48, was captured Monday in Banning, where federal investigators learned over the weekend he had been living, according to a statement Tuesday from the FBI. He was arrested by federal agents and Banning police. Costa is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court later Tuesday.
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January 19, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Traffic was backed up on the southbound 110 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles after a suspicious object found on a Montebello bus Sunday night prompted the closure of a connector road feeding several ramps, officials said. California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said the connector road that leads to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Street offramps would remain closed until 3:30 a.m. Monday. The closure was requested about 10 p.m. by Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad investigators, who responded to a report of a possible pipe bomb found on the bus, which was parked along Beaudry Avenue, between 6th and 4th streets.
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January 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A pipe bomb that was found Monday in front of the main entrance to the El Dorado County Probation Department near Sacramento failed to explode possibly because it malfunctioned, authorities said. The pipe was about 8 inches long and capped on both ends. It was attached to what looked like a makeshift fuse and "appeared to have been hastily dropped by unknown individuals," according to a news release from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.  About two dozen people from the Shingle Springs, Calif., probation office were evacuated while an explosives team investigated.  Authorities declared the scene clear about three hours after the pipe bomb was discovered.
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May 10, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
HOUSTON -- A paramedic who responded to the massive explosion in West, Texas, last month faced charges on Friday after federal investigators discovered he had the makings of a pipe bomb, authorities said. It was not clear whether his arrest, which happened late Thursday, was connected to the ongoing investigation of the April 17 explosion, which killed 14 people and wounded more than 160. West Paramedic Bryce Reed appeared Friday in federal court in the county seat of Waco, Texas, on federal charges of unlawfully possessing an unregistered destructive device, according to a statement released to the Los Angeles Times by U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and ATF Special Agent in Charge Robert Champion.
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February 22, 1987 | United Press International
A computer firm employee was critically injured by nails and other debris discharged by a pipe bomb that exploded Friday when he picked up a white burlap bag in a company parking lot, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Traffic was backed up on the southbound 110 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles after a suspicious object found on a Montebello bus Sunday night prompted the closure of a connector road feeding several ramps, officials said. California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said the connector road that leads to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Street offramps would remain closed until 3:30 a.m. Monday. The closure was requested about 10 p.m. by Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad investigators, who responded to a report of a possible pipe bomb found on the bus, which was parked along Beaudry Avenue, between 6th and 4th streets.
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September 4, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police Tuesday morning found the remains of a pipe bomb that exploded over the weekend at McAuliffe Middle School and the remnants of a second bomb that fizzled. The explosion caused no damage, police said. There were no reported injuries at the school.
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June 19, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was dispatched Wednesday morning to help the FBI serve a search warrant in central L.A., police officials said. The FBI was serving a search warrant in the 5100 block of Washington Boulevard when they requested the assistance of the LAPD's bomb squad just before 8 a.m., Lt. Nick Barbara said. During their search, FBI agents saw a firecracker and also an item they mistook for a pipe bomb, triggering the request for assistance, Barbara said.
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January 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A pipe bomb that was found Monday in front of the main entrance to the El Dorado County Probation Department near Sacramento failed to explode possibly because it malfunctioned, authorities said. The pipe was about 8 inches long and capped on both ends. It was attached to what looked like a makeshift fuse and "appeared to have been hastily dropped by unknown individuals," according to a news release from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.  About two dozen people from the Shingle Springs, Calif., probation office were evacuated while an explosives team investigated.  Authorities declared the scene clear about three hours after the pipe bomb was discovered.
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December 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A former paramedic who became a public face of grief for a Texas town after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion was sentenced to prison Wednesday in connection with a pipe bomb, which was unrelated to the blast.  Bryce Reed was sentenced to 21 months in state prison followed by three years of supervised release, a spokeswoman for the federal court in Waco, Texas, told the Los Angeles Times. Reed remains free on bond pending his surrender to prison authorities, she said. At his sentencing, Reed denied any role in the April 17 plant explosion in West, Texas, where 15 people were killed.
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November 12, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A fugitive wanted for allegedly possessing pipe bombs that he left in residential areas around Palm Springs has been arrested, months after he fled a Riverside County halfway house, authorities said. Edward Allen Costa, 48, was captured Monday in Banning, where federal investigators learned over the weekend he had been living, according to a statement Tuesday from the FBI. He was arrested by federal agents and Banning police. Costa is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court later Tuesday.
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October 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Federal investigators offered a $10,000 reward Wednesday in the hope that it will help lead to the capture of a convicted felon accused of possessing pipe bombs in Palm Springs -- a man who has been missing since he fled a halfway house nearly two months ago. Edward Allen Costa, 48, was indicted last month on six counts of possessing unregistered destructive devices and one count of escape from custody, according to a statement from the FBI. Federal...
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October 20, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Twenty-eight years ago, more than 1,000 people gathered at a Catholic church in Orange to mourn Alex Odeh, a Palestinian American civil rights leader who was killed when a pipe bomb ripped apart his Santa Ana offices. Odeh, who was 41 and the father of three, was remembered as a gentle, peaceful man, "an American in the highest sense of the word," as former U.S. Sen. James Abourezk (D-S.D.), who spoke at the funeral, put it. The White House condemned the killing as an act of terrorism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A West L.A. man who police said had more than a dozen pipe bombs in his home was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday. Robert Colt Wilson, 29, pleaded no contest in a Los Angeles County courtroom Tuesday to felony charges of possessing a destructive device, ingredients to make a destructive device and having a controlled substance with a firearm. Wilson was arrested May 14 after police pulled him over for a traffic violation in Marina del Rey. Authorities found drugs, a loaded gun and one pipe bomb in his car. Police then obtained a warrant to search his home in the 3800 block of Overland Avenue in Palms, where they found 17 more pipe bombs.
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December 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A former paramedic who became a public face of grief for a Texas town after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion was sentenced to prison Wednesday in connection with a pipe bomb, which was unrelated to the blast.  Bryce Reed was sentenced to 21 months in state prison followed by three years of supervised release, a spokeswoman for the federal court in Waco, Texas, told the Los Angeles Times. Reed remains free on bond pending his surrender to prison authorities, she said. At his sentencing, Reed denied any role in the April 17 plant explosion in West, Texas, where 15 people were killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A blast early Wednesday at a Santa Ana hardware story that investigator initially suspected was caused by a pipe bomb is now being blamed on a battery that exploded. Authorities "determined it was some type of battery; how it exploded we don't know," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. "Why it was there we don't know," he added. The explosion at Orchard Supply Hardware at 1975 E. 17th St. occurred at about 9 a.m., Bertagna said. Authorities initially feared that a pipe bomb might have detonated.
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September 12, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Federal authorities are asking for the public's help finding a man accused of leaving half a dozen crudely made pipe bombs strewn around residential neighborhoods last year in Palm Springs. Edward Allen Costa, 48, a sometimes-handyman investigators say was known to use meth, escaped when he signed out of a "halfway house" in Rubidoux last month and never came back, prosecutors allege. He had been sentenced to a year in prison for possessing a .357 Magnum revolver and 106 rounds of ammunition as a felon, a U.S. attorney's office news release said Thursday.
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September 4, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Fullerton man was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl as she slept during a residential burglary in Buena Park, prosecutors said. The incident was one in a string of burglaries. Prosecutors said Joel Solis Aguirre, 24, broke into a home in June 2010 and was searching for property to steal when saw the girl asleep upstairs. When the girl began to cry, Aguirre fled, leaving fingerprints, prosecutors said. A few days later, he broke into another home and stole wallets, purses and cellphones.
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