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July 29, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a violation notice to a waste water treatment plant in Santa Fe Springs on Monday after receiving more than 100 foul odor complaints from residents and businesses. Air quality inspectors traced the problem to a waste water storage tank on the property of Ridgeline Energy Services USA, according to AQMD spokesman Sam Atwood. The facility, at 12345 Lakeland Road, collects and processes non-hazardous industrial waste water for treatment and discharge into the sewer.
April 12, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
- On a night when the toll of a lengthy boxing career was going to be tested in another multimillion-dollar world-title fight, the promise of a limitless future in the sport was also displayed. Oscar Valdez, a 23-year-old two-time Olympian from Nogales, Mexico, who trains in Santa Fe Springs, won his first belt, the North American Boxing Federation super-featherweight title, with a fourth-round knockout of Florida's Adrian Perez, 33, on Saturday. "Everything we practiced in the gym we showed in the ring today," Valdez (10-0, 10 knockouts)
August 5, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
After receiving more than 330 complaints about a foul odor wafting across Santa Fe Springs last week, air quality officials said Monday they had pinpointed the smell to increases in the amount of hydrogen sulfide in the air. "Hydrogen sulfide does give you that rotten-egg type smell," said Sam Atwood of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  Atwood said field inspectors tracked the odor to a wastewater storage tank on the property of...
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A man was killed in Santa Fe Springs early Thursday after he crashed his car into a light pole, splitting the vehicle in two, authorities said. The crash occurred at 1:24 a.m. near the corner of Norwalk Boulevard and Smith Avenue, said Whittier Police Lt. Steve Dean. The man was driving a 2013 two-door Toyota, which hit the pole "dead center" at an unknown speed, Dean said. The man, who Dean said had to be extricated from the wreckage, was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the man had not been identified early Thursday.
November 21, 1985
The Santa Fe Springs City Council has introduced an ordinance to assess responsible parties for costs associated with hazardous material cleanup. The proposed ordinance would allow the city to be reimbursed--in cases where negligence is established--for costs incurred when city resources, such as the Fire, Police and Public Works departments, are used to respond to and clean up incidents involving flammable, explosive or toxic materials.
January 9, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
A Metrolink train bound for Orange County from downtown L.A. fatally struck a bicyclist Thursday during the morning commute in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. The incident occurred around 7:10 a.m. near Lakeland Road and Bloomfield Avenue when the cyclist went around an arm gate and was struck by Metrolink train 682, according to Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson. No information on the identity or age of the cyclist was immediately available. [Updated, 10:38 a.m. PST Jan. 9: Metrolink officials said the railroad was cleared as of 9 a.m. Delays associated with the incident were expected to fade in time for afternoon commuters.
November 28, 2013
Re "When holiday tables are bare," Column, Nov. 26 While the Thanksgiving holiday is a time of celebration for many families, for the 49 million Americans experiencing food insecurity, these are tough times. The Great Recession forced many families and individuals into food pantry lines. It is seldom reported, but the economy has recovered a little more than 7.2 million of the 8.7 million jobs lost between the start of the recession in December 2007 and early 2010. It's not surprising that 47.6 million Americans have turned to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, called CalFresh locally)
October 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway was backed up Thursday after a motorcyclist collided with a car and wound up lying in the middle of the road. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. on the northbound 5 Freeway near Florence Avenue in the Santa Fe Springs area, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. One lane of the freeway was soon reopened as crews rushed to the scene. The motorcyclist sustained only minor injuries after other motorists stopped to protect him from getting hit by oncoming cars, Jacobs added.
September 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The Los Angeles County coroner has confirmed the identity of a 7-year-old girl killed in a car crash at a weekend car show in Santa Fe Springs. Mia Chapman of Gardena died instantly when a vehicle being driven out of the car show at 10230 Freeman Ave. veered out of control and struck her about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, officials said. Police said a number of car clubs had gathered for an event at a business Sunday. Video of the event showed classic cars and low-riders decked out with hydraulics bouncing feet into the air with crowds standing just inches away.
September 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police have arrested two family members of a 2-year-old boy who was mauled to death by a group of pit bulls in Colton on Monday. San Bernardino County jail records show Marco Zamudio, 23, and Eustulia Zamudio, 42, were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment hours after their 2-year-old relative, Samuel Zamudio of Rialto, was attacked in a backyard in Colton. KNBC-TV identified the pair as Samuel's uncle and grandmother. Each is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. PHOTOS: Toddler mauled to death by pit bulls “They weren't keeping track of their pit bulls,” neighbor Monica Cancino told KTLA-TV.
September 24, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Jason Wells
The response to a planned motorcade for a fallen Laguna Beach police officer Tuesday has taken his comrades by surprise, according to a briefing from a department captain. Longtime officer Jon Coutchie, 41, died late Saturday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Coast Highway at Cleo Street. It was the first death in the line of duty of a member of the  small police department since 1953. Coutchie's body is scheduled to be picked up at the Orange County coroner's office in Santa Ana about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.
September 23, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A block of Hollywood Boulevard is closed until Wednesday morning for two free summer concerts featuring Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake. The iconic corridor is closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive in anticipation of the huge crowds expected for the performances, which are being put on by late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. McCartney is scheduled to take the stage outside the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" theater at 4 p.m. Monday. Timberlake is set to perform Tuesday afternoon.
September 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The summer heat will make a curtain call Monday, forecasters said, before it makes way for the cooler weather of fall. “We got something for everyone this week,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet. “If you like warm weather, you'll like today. If you like cooler temperatures, you'll like Wednesday and Thursday. It's a kind of topsy-turvy week.” Angelenos along the coast are in for a warm morning with gusty winds on Monday, the weather service said.
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