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September 30, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
At 11:30 on the morning of Sept. 19, some 60 engineers and conductors gathered at a modest La Crescenta house. They had come to memorialize Robert Sanchez, the engineer killed a week earlier when the Metrolink train he was driving collided with a Union Pacific freight train.
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January 26, 2012
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2012
Jonathan 'Jack' Idema Convicted of running private Afghan jail Jonathan "Jack" Idema, 55, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces convicted of running a private jail in Afghanistan where he tortured terrorism suspects, died of AIDS on Saturday, according to the director-general of police in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Arturo Olivares Mendiola. Idema had moved to Mexico after being released from prison in Afghanistan in 2007, when he was pardoned by President Hamid Karzai as part of a general amnesty.
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January 22, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez and Dan Weikel and Rich Connell
Federal safety officials called for railroads to install cameras and voice recorders in every locomotive cab in the nation as they publicly warned Thursday that cellphone texting by engineers and conductors was a growing and lethal danger. The call came as members of the National Transportation Safety Board publicly concluded their investigation into the deadly collision of a commuter train and a freight train in Chatsworth in 2008 -- a crash they blamed on a Metrolink engineer who passed a stop signal as he sent a message from his phone.
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March 17, 1997
Robert J. Sanchez, 40, died Tuesday at his home in Payson, Ariz. Sanchez was born March 29, 1956, in Camarillo. He is survived by his wife, Susie; daughter Sherie of Payson; and father Henry M. Sanchez; brother Ralph H. Sanchez; son Robert Jr.; daughter Rhiannon; son Rudy; and daughter Rina, all from Camarillo. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chapel of the Islands, Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo. A chapel service will follow at 1 p.m.
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September 18, 2008 | Robert J. Lopez and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Federal investigators said Wednesday that records from Metrolink engineer Robert M. Sanchez's cellphone show that he sent and received text messages while on duty Friday, the day he was involved in a catastrophic train collision in Chatsworth. However, investigators have not yet analyzed the records to determine whether Sanchez was using his phone at the time his train slammed into an oncoming Union Pacific freight train in an accident that left 25 people dead and 135 others injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez and Dan Weikel and Rich Connell
Federal safety officials called for railroads to install cameras and voice recorders in every locomotive cab in the nation as they publicly warned Thursday that cellphone texting by engineers and conductors was a growing and lethal danger. The call came as members of the National Transportation Safety Board publicly concluded their investigation into the deadly collision of a commuter train and a freight train in Chatsworth in 2008 -- a crash they blamed on a Metrolink engineer who passed a stop signal as he sent a message from his phone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez and Steve Hymon
Lawyers for victims of the Chatsworth Metrolink crash alleged Tuesday that officials with the contractor that provides crewmen to the commuter rail service knew that the engineer involved in the deadly crash had a history of sending text messages while on duty. The allegation came from an employee of Connex Railroad, which provides Metrolink with engineers and conductors.
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February 28, 2009 | Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez
Federal investigators have cellphone text messages indicating that the engineer blamed for last fall's Metrolink rail disaster in Chatsworth sometimes allowed teenagers to ride with him in the cabs of locomotives while carrying passengers, The Times has learned There is no evidence that any teenagers, described by sources as rail enthusiasts, rode the commuter rail with engineer Robert M. Sanchez on the day of the accident last Sept. 12.
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June 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The remains of an adult and three children discovered in a car submerged in a central New Mexico lake may be linked to the 2001 case of a man accused of abducting his three sons, authorities said. State Police spokesman Lt. Eric Garcia said there was a "strong possibility" that the remains that state police divers discovered in a Ford Taurus submerged about 15 feet under Cochiti Lake were linked to Richard Robert Sanchez's disappearance with his sons, Richard, 12; Daniel, 9; and Christopher, 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2009 | Rich Connell and Robert J. Lopez
Federal investigators have cellphone text messages indicating that the engineer blamed for last fall's Metrolink rail disaster in Chatsworth sometimes allowed teenagers to ride with him in the cabs of locomotives while carrying passengers, The Times has learned There is no evidence that any teenagers, described by sources as rail enthusiasts, rode the commuter rail with engineer Robert M. Sanchez on the day of the accident last Sept. 12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez and Steve Hymon
Lawyers for victims of the Chatsworth Metrolink crash alleged Tuesday that officials with the contractor that provides crewmen to the commuter rail service knew that the engineer involved in the deadly crash had a history of sending text messages while on duty. The allegation came from an employee of Connex Railroad, which provides Metrolink with engineers and conductors.
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September 30, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
At 11:30 on the morning of Sept. 19, some 60 engineers and conductors gathered at a modest La Crescenta house. They had come to memorialize Robert Sanchez, the engineer killed a week earlier when the Metrolink train he was driving collided with a Union Pacific freight train.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2008 | Robert J. Lopez and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Federal investigators said Wednesday that records from Metrolink engineer Robert M. Sanchez's cellphone show that he sent and received text messages while on duty Friday, the day he was involved in a catastrophic train collision in Chatsworth. However, investigators have not yet analyzed the records to determine whether Sanchez was using his phone at the time his train slammed into an oncoming Union Pacific freight train in an accident that left 25 people dead and 135 others injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1997
Robert J. Sanchez, 40, died Tuesday at his home in Payson, Ariz. Sanchez was born March 29, 1956, in Camarillo. He is survived by his wife, Susie; daughter Sherie of Payson; and father Henry M. Sanchez; brother Ralph H. Sanchez; son Robert Jr.; daughter Rhiannon; son Rudy; and daughter Rina, all from Camarillo. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chapel of the Islands, Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo. A chapel service will follow at 1 p.m.
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March 9, 1988 | United Press International
A proposal to use "tortilla-grams" to alert illegal aliens about the government's amnesty program has failed to generate total support in the South Bay. The Immigration and Naturalization Service said Tuesday that only one of four tortilla companies agreed to stuff the bilingual reminders reading "Don't Get Left Behind, Apply by May 4" into their corn and flour tortilla packages. "It wasn't a vehement, strong reaction against the idea," Robert Sanchez, an INS spokesman, said.
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April 10, 2000
A motorist who died of injuries suffered in a two-car accident in Fountain Valley on Saturday has been identified as Robert Sanchez, 38, of Huntington Beach. Sanchez was northbound on Brookhurst Street when he collided with a vehicle making a left-hand turn onto Ellis Avenue about 8 p.m., according to police. He was taken to Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, where he was pronounced dead. The two people in the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.
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