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October 17, 1995 | MAKI BECKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 13-year-old runaway was killed by a bullet intended for a gang member just after she called her mother from a pay phone in the Athens district of South-Central Los Angeles and asked her to pick her up and take her home, authorities said Monday. The killing of Wendy Macias had a special poignancy for law enforcement officers. The girl was a candidate for the Explorer Scout program in the LAPD's Newton Division.
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May 16, 1991 | DAVID REYES
Francisco Vargas, the youth who fled to Mexico because he was distraught that he could not get medical treatment for severe facial scarring, now wants to return to the United States, one of his teachers said Wednesday. "I told him some of the students are gathering money at our school to see if they can get enough together for the fare back," said Linda Aguirre, the boy's English teacher at South Junior High School where about $100 for Francisco has been contributed.
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January 13, 1994 | ROBERT BARKER
The Huntington Youth Shelter, designed to be a safe place for runaways in Huntington Beach and surrounding cities, is scheduled to officially open this week. Community leaders will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 12:45 p.m. at the 18-bed facility, located in Central Park just east of the Central Library. The Marine View School musical choral group will entertain, and Huntington Beach High School students will conduct tours until 5 p.m.
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June 6, 1999
The National Runaway Switchboard provides a variety of free services and information for runaways throughout the country. The switchboard can arrange for a free bus ride home or a conference call with a parent or guardian and also provides a message service for runaways and their parents. It also offers referrals for shelters, counseling services and legal help.
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May 5, 1998
Sheriff's deputies continued their search Monday for a 10-year-old Carson girl who they believe ran away from home Sunday night, authorities said. Montrece Johnson was last seen about 6 p.m. Sunday at her home on the 1600 block of West 209th Street, said Sgt. Michael Browne. He said Johnson, who has no prior history of running away, had a conversation with her mother about using the telephone before she disappeared.
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June 13, 1995 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks after she embarked on a cross-country journey, apparently prompted by an electronic computer message, 13-year-old Tara J. Noble was reunited with her family early Monday as federal investigators sought to determine how she was lured from her home in Kentucky. The Los Padrinos Child Detention Center in Downey released the girl to her parents at 1 a.m. Monday, less than 24 hours after she had contacted the Los Angeles FBI office and had been taken into protective custody by police.
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July 4, 1996
Authorities were searching Wednesday night for two brothers, ages 10 and 5, who were reported missing in the midmorning and then later seen wandering the streets of Huntington Beach. The apparent runaways, Tuan and Tonycong Nguyen, were last seen by a family member at 11 a.m. when an uncle tending to them at their Midway City home went on an errand, said Lt. Lynn Nehring of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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August 26, 1996
Citing an ongoing investigation, police said Sunday that they could not provide additional information about a 15-year-old runaway who was shot by authorities after she rammed a stolen van into an unmarked police car. The teen, whose name is not being released because of her age, was listed in critical condition. The shooting took place Friday morning in a strip mall parking lot near Ball Road and Moody Street. "There has been no change in her condition reported," Sgt. Jeff Kepley said.
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February 27, 1999 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 13-year-old Westminster girl was reunited with her family Friday after traveling to Vancouver to visit a 17-year-old boy she met over the Internet. The girl disappeared Tuesday morning after her mother dropped her off at school. She apparently traveled by bus and rail the 1,101 miles up the coast to Vancouver, according to police. Authorities found her safe at the teen's home Thursday, just two hours after she arrived, by tracing a telephone number the girl left in her bedroom.
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