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January 18, 2000
A man and woman got out of a car moments before it was struck by a freight train after the driver lost control in wet weather Monday evening, the California Highway Patrol reported. Neither was injured. Driver Carlos Olaya , 45, and passenger Stella Zapata, 48, both of Palmdale, climbed out of the Toyota Corolla before a Union Pacific train demolished it, said CHP Officer Rosa Ray. The Toyota hydroplaned on standing water about 5:45 p.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2000
A man and woman got out of a car moments before it was struck by a freight train after the driver lost control in wet weather Monday evening, the California Highway Patrol reported. Neither was injured. Driver Carlos Olaya , 45, and passenger Stella Zapata, 48, both of Palmdale, climbed out of the Toyota Corolla before a Union Pacific train demolished it, said CHP Officer Rosa Ray. The Toyota hydroplaned on standing water about 5:45 p.m.
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February 10, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a man in the parking lot of Victory Plaza on Friday, the same San Fernando Valley shopping center where a Brinks armored car guard was killed and a second was wounded Monday by robbers. Officers said the man had shouted that he had a gun and reached into his clothing as if to produce one, but no weapon was found. The unidentified man died at a hospital.
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February 6, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Brinks guard was shot and killed and another guard was wounded Monday during a shootout with masked robbers at a bank branch inside a crowded San Fernando Valley supermarket. The gunfire erupted at 6:10 p.m. at a Bank of America branch in the Albertson's at 13051 Victory Blvd. when the robbers, one carrying an assault rifle, surprised the guards, said Los Angeles Police Officer Don Cox. Los Angeles Police Lt.
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February 27, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rain that fell across an already drenched Southland on Monday triggered small landslides and flooded low-lying intersections, and forecasters said more is on its way, off and on, throughout the week and into the weekend. Meteorologists said the continuing wet weather, which has pushed rainfall totals well above average for this time of year, is the result of a dip south in high-altitude jet stream winds that are funneling the Pacific storm track directly into Southern California.
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June 25, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN and SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The pilot of a charter plane that clipped two school buses in an emergency landing in Van Nuys had made an unscheduled landing earlier in the day to unload his passengers because of apparent instrument trouble, the charter company said Thursday. Pilot Michael G. Busch had reported erratic engine gauge readings aboard the 1969 Cessna 402A on a flight from Van Nuys to Arizona on Wednesday, prompting him to make a precautionary landing in Bullhead City, Ariz., Sunshine Airlines said in a statement.
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May 12, 1998 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
El Nino isn't done yet. Rain, thundershowers and--yes, in May--even some snow are expected to hit Southern California today, and meteorologists say the much-discussed climatic phenomenon is at least partially responsible. Kevin Stenson, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., which provides forecasts for The Times, said the storm due this morning is a cold one that spent many of its formative hours over the chilly waters of the Gulf of Alaska.
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February 21, 2001 | JASON SONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of cities in northwestern Los Angeles County has secured $6 million to study ways to ease congestion on a 40-mile stretch of the Ventura and Hollywood freeways, officials said Tuesday. The three-year study will seek to determine a solution to the route's gridlock, enhance safety, improve air quality and find means of funding renovations, said Betty De Santis, president of the Las Virgenes/Malibu Council of Governments. The group is a unit of the Southern California Assn.
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May 14, 1998 | ERIKA CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A school district official said Wednesday he was shocked by the arrest of a Santa Ana elementary school teacher on suspicion of inappropriately touching three students. "We are stunned by this incident," said John Bennett, deputy superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District. The suspect, Jerome Thompson Wilhoit, 36, has been "highly thought of by the community and by his peers," Bennett said. "He was considered a leader at the school." Wilhoit was a first-year teacher at Wallace R.
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April 23, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What do a surfboard, a toaster and a hypodermic needle have in common? All three were among the items found floating in Marina del Rey on Saturday by a fleet of volunteers who paddled out in kayaks to fish garbage out of the harbor. More than 250 people lent a hand at the all-day cleanup, just one of dozens of events held across Southern California on Earth Day. All told, volunteers rid the marina of about 1,600 pounds of rubbish, including 400 pounds of recyclables.
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November 30, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Still numbed by the loss of her 15-year-old son, Susan Markowitz said Wednesday she was stunned by reports that two dozen people may have seen Nicholas Markowitz while he was held captive before his execution-style killing Aug. 8. "I have no idea who they are or what they were thinking, or what their mentality was," Markowitz said. "Maybe they didn't know. "There are several people, I wonder if there are any ethical values in their heart," she added.
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