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April 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
A crew of burglars allegedly walked away with at least $6 million by cutting through the rooftops of San Gabriel Valley banks under the cover of darkness, according to law enforcement authorities. On Wednesday, authorities announced five Inland Empire men had been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the unusual bank heists. The arrests came after investigators searched for clues for more than a year and gathered DNA evidence from crime scenes. "It is one of the most elaborate crimes we have seen," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said at a news conference.
April 26, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Updated and edgy, this multi-story house sits behind gates in Hollywood Hills West. Described by the design firm as a "transitional take on a classic Mediterranean," the home retains such characteristic details as interior and exterior wrought-iron railings, arched windows and a tile roof. Location: 1427 Queens Road, Los Angeles 90069 Asking price: $3.698 million Year built: 1937 Remodel: Bravia Design House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,554 square feet Lot size: 5,882 square feet Features: Library, family room, breakfast area, kitchen island, hardwood floors, whole-house audio, terraces, outdoor living room with flat-screen TV, fountain-fed swimming pool About the area: Last year, 195 single-family homes sold in the 90069 ZIP Code at a median price of $2.25 million, according to DataQuick.
May 18, 1985 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
The Chatsworth Roofing Co., otherwise known as the Chatsworth High boys' volleyball team, was put out of business Friday night. Reason: leaky roofs. The defending City champions were outhustled, outsmarted, outplayed and outscored by a much smaller University team, 15-11, 15-7, 15-10, in the City championship match before a vocal crowd of about 1,500 at Pepperdine University. University's upset victory ended a 32-match winning streak for Chatsworth, which was 17-0 this season.
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Elks Lodge in San Pedro nearly burned to the ground early Tuesday morning after a fire started sometime in the middle of the night -- the second blaze on the property this week. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which Los Angeles Fire Department officials said started sometime before 3 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found the 33,700-square-foot, two-story building completely engulfed in flames, officials said, and it took more than 100 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the blaze.
September 27, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
In an effort to prevent a firestorm like the one that destroyed hundreds of homes in Laguna Beach in 1993, homes in San Clemente will be required to have fire-retardant tile roofs. Under the new "very high fire hazard severity zone" ordinance, homeowners who have older houses covered with wood shingles and who already plan to re-roof at least half of the dwelling within one year must now use so-called Class A roofing material.
July 4, 1989
Three small roof fires Monday at adjacent homes in Seal Beach were probably related to fireworks, but the cause remains under investigation, fire officials said. The first fire was reported at 5:37 p.m. at 4424 Elder Ave., a county fire spokesman said. Moderate damage was reported to the roof and attic, he said. Two adjacent roofs suffered similar damage in the three-alarm incident, officials said, after they were apparently ignited by sparks from the first house. No injuries were reported.
Thousand Oaks will receive $1.28 million to repair the main library's leaky roof, in a settlement agreement reached after three years of negotiations with the building's architect, construction manager and sub-contractors. With most of the settlement cash in hand, city officials on Monday said they plan to immediately begin working on the roof, which has leaked since the $9-million library was built in 1982.
January 17, 1997 | BILL BILLITER
Hoping to be reimbursed later, the City Council has decided to pay nearly $30,000 for a new roof for the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress. The city-owned building at 10161 Moody St. is leased by the Boys and Girls Club for $1 a year. City Public Works Director Mark Christoffels told the council that the lease requires the club to pay for upkeep and repairs. The club, however, has said it is unable to pay for a new roof.
Dean Scheller pulled himself out of the gutter to reach the top of his profession. He is an address painter who goes door to door volunteering to stencil street numbers in exchange for a small donation. But instead of putting them on the sides of curbs, he paints them on the tops of buildings. Only a handful of people ever see his handiwork, but in Scheller's view, they are the ones who count. "It's for the police helicopter pilots," he said. "In an emergency, they could save your life."
The leaky roof on Aaron and Candy Spelling's $48-million mansion was not their contractor's fault, a Superior Court jury found Friday, clearing a Studio City construction firm of liability. The Spellings had sought to recoup the cost of a replacement roof along with punitive damages. The nationally publicized trial cast a rare glimpse into the lavish tastes of the renowned producer responsible for "Melrose Place," "Dynasty" and a host of other prime-time soap operas.
April 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A firefighter was injured in an early morning blaze Wednesday when the roof of a house partially collapsed on him. Los Angeles firefighters responded to a call around 5:15 a.m. on the 1500 block of West 37th Street in Exposition Park, city fire officials said. Firefighters conducted an immediate search of the one-story home, which they found was vacant. It took took 47 firefighters more than half an hour to knock down the blaze. After the fire was extinguished, a firefighter inspecting the damage was injured when part of the roof in the front part of the home collapsed on him. He was able to get out safely, and was treated immediately by paramedics outside and taken to a local hospital.
March 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 36-year-old Lakeside man was charged Monday with destruction of government property in connection with an incident Sunday in which he broke into FBI property, climbed atop a roof and refused to surrender for five hours. Richard William Durant III remains in a medical facility for treatment and evaluation, according to the FBI. Once he is released, he will be booked into the federal jail in downtown San Diego. Durant is accused of climbing the fence at the FBI headquarters in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood, breaking into a garage and then making his way to the roof of a one-story annex.
February 28, 2014 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
The roof of a warehouse in Burbank collapsed Friday, rupturing a gas line Friday morning, and forcing an evacuation. The warehouse, at 3083 Lima St., is part of a block-long, one-story building that also houses three other businesses, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said. The roof collapse caused an estimated 40-by-40-foot hole and broke a gas line, and 10 to 20 people working in the adjacent offices had to evacuate the building, he told the Burbank Leader . “The roof is actually on the floor,” Hendrickson said, adding that rain was falling into the building.
February 26, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Japheth Peleti has no shortage of unpleasant stories from decades of living across a fence from a sprawling oil refinery. He and his family have contended with rumbling noises that rattle their windows, coped with skunk-like odors, plumes of vapor and smoke and seen their whole block lighted up at night from the orange glow of refinery flares. "We're so used to it that it's become a normal part of life," Peleti said. For nearly as long, the 48-year old has suspected air pollution from the Phillips 66 refinery is one reason most of his family suffers from asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
February 12, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
In the debate over how to confront climate change, carbon dioxide gets most of the attention. But at the city level, new research suggests, we ought to be looking just as critically at how urban growth  is raising temperatures. A group of researchers found that as urban areas in the United States expand, so too will the “ heat island effect ,” in which pavement, rooftops, parking lots and other hard surfaces absorb heat and slowly release it, boosting temperatures higher than rural surroundings.
January 30, 2014 | Lauren Beale
Crowned by the sale of a Malibu estate for $74.5 million, the number of houses sold last year at $1 million and above statewide jumped to a six-year high, according to real estate information service DataQuick. In the strongest showing, the number of homes sold at $2 million and up set state, Southern California and L.A. County records. "The luxury market did bounce back last year," said housing market analyst Paul Habibi , a real estate lecturer at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.
March 27, 2012 | Henry Chu
Naomi Wormell is a vicar, not a vigilante. But these days, she finds it hard to choose Christian charity over some swift -- and terrible -- retribution. The centuries-old church she leads in this quiet English village has fallen victim to a plague sweeping across Britain. Like hungry locusts, metal thieves have repeatedly attacked St. Mary's Church, swooping down on its roof in the dead of night and stripping away large sections of its Victorian-era lead cladding. Six times over a four-month period, the heartsick residents of Hatfield Broad Oak awoke to discover yet another piece of their history stolen, most likely to be melted down and sold for scrap.
August 16, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Auto buyers are trading the open air for high-tech glass. Ford Motor Co. reported that sales of vehicles with so-called vista or panoramic roofs are soaring. About half the buyers of its Explorer and Edge sport-utility vehicles and about a third of its Flex upright station wagon buyers are purchasing the option — essentially a long, sweeping sunroof or two skylight-like panels. The glass roof upgrade can cost as much as $1,600. Meanwhile, sales of convertible cars are lagging behind the rest of the market, auto information firm R.L. Polk & Co. reported.
January 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A fire that broke out at a two-story vacant car dealership at the edge of Ladera Heights early Tuesday morning -- trapping two people on the roof -- is "suspicious in nature," authorities said. The fire began at about 2:25 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Centinela Avenue near the border of Westchester. Firefighters who arrived on the scene had to rescue two people who may have been homeless and stuck on the roof, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. After they were rescued, the two people disappeared, Main said.
December 25, 2013 | By Les Gapay
Recently, in my old hometown in Montana, a man died of exposure. According to news reports, he was a Wal-Mart employee in the town of Miles City, homeless and living in his car when the weather plunged to 27 degrees below zero. We tend to shrug off the homeless when we see them pushing their shopping carts or holding up signs asking for money. They're mentally ill, we assume, or drug addicts. But I know from experience that a lot of the homeless are like that man in Montana: struggling to make it but not quite able to. For the 6 1/2 years I was homeless, I never had a shopping cart, nor did I have a mental illness or a drug problem.
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