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August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A water main break in Simi Valley could mean delays for morning commuters. All traffic westbound toward Tierra Rejada Road at Madera Road is being diverted by police, and northbound and southbound traffic on Madera should expect delays, said Simi Valley police Sgt. Jeff Dominick. Authorities have been blocking westbound traffic there since Tuesday evening, he said. Madera is one of the area's main roads to the 118 Freeway. The cause of the rupture was not immediately known.
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April 23, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Having a day off on Wednesday, Simi Valley baseball Coach Matt La Belle decided to take his players on a short field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum to see the best exhibition of baseball memorabilia outside of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Through Sept. 4, the Reagan Library has a baseball exhibition of more than 800 artifacts . Much of it is from the collection of L.A.-based Gary Cypres. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
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October 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A five-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. DRAMATIC VIDEOS OF ACCIDENT The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
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April 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
After playing into the 11th inning on Monday in a 3-3 tie, Harvard-Westlake and Loyola had a much different Mission League game on Thursday at Loyola. It was all Harvard-Westlake, which defeated the Cubs, 9-1. Jack Flaherty hit a three-run home run to help the Wolverines improve to 13-4-1 and 4-1-1 in league. Loyola (14-2-1, 6-1-1) lost an opportunity to put some distance on Harvard-Westlake. Now, if the two teams end up tied, Harvard-Westlake has the tiebreaker edge. Michael Vokulich threw four innings and Logan Simon closed.
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June 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A brush fire above Simi Valley had chewed up more than 40 acres by Thursday evening, but Ventura County firefighters have made tremendous progress in reining it in, authorities said. Capt. Mike Lindberry said 14 fire engines, more than 120 firefighters, water-dropping helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft have stalled the blaze. Those efforts were helped by a breeze that met the flames as they ran up the north face of a hill. “We're looking good,” Lindberry said of the fire, which was reported at 3:48 p.m. The flames affected local Metrolink service but were moving away from homes soon after the fire started.
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June 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Jean Merl
A former Simi Valley elementary school teacher has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a boy student. Malia Brooks, 32, who worked as a sixth-grade teacher at Garden Grove Elementary, was arrested Tuesday by Simi Valley police on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a child under 14 years old. She started at the school in 2004 and her employee evaluations were “exemplary,” said Cary Dritz, assistant superintendent at...
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July 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Authorities on Friday said they believe at least one pyrotechnic device prematurely detonated in its mortar during a Fourth of July celebration in Simi Valley on Thursday night, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other pyrotechnics and launched them into the crowd of spectators. The major fireworks malfunction at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park at 9:20 p.m. injured at least 28 people, who suffered minor to severe injuries. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people were gathered to watch the professional fireworks display.
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July 22, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Justin Campbell of Simi Valley had three hits to help the USA 12U national team defeat Hong Kong, 18-0, at the International Baseball Federation World Cup in Taiwan. Next up for the USA team is a game against Russia on Tuesday.     Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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December 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
An unidentified man was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Monday evening in Simi Valley, according to police and Metrolink officials. Police received a call about 5:15 p.m. that a pedestrian had been hit by a train traveling parallel to Cochran Street near the Madera Road overpass. An adult man was found dead at the scene. Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said the area where the man was struck was not a pedestrian crossing, nor was it near one. The 118 train was traveling between the Moorpark and Simi Valley stations when the accident occurred.
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December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire burning near the Santa Susana pass in the Simi Valley area was 20% contained Thursday morning, but crews will still have to contend with strong winds and dry conditions in order to finish putting out the flames. The fire broke out Thursday evening near Lilac Lane and Santa Susana Pass Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department were called to help at around 10:40 p.m., but they have since returned, said Katherine Main of the department.  The Sheriff's Department said full containment of the fire is expected by 6 p.m. Thursday and that some road closures were still in effect including: Santa Susana Pass Road between Box Canyon and Rocky Peak roads and the Rocky Peak Road exits from the 118 Freeway are closed in both directions.
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April 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Southwestern League has turned out to be one of the toughest in Southern California this season, with each victory an immense struggle. So it was no exception on Tuesday, where Vista Murrieta and pitcher J.T. McLellen came through with a 2-0 victory over No. 2-ranked Temecula Valley. McLellan struck out one, walked one and gave up five hits to help Vista Murrieta (13-4, 3-3) come up with a critical league victory over a very strong Temecula Valley (13-4, 4-2) team. Ian Nowak had a single and double and Angel Ortiz also had two hits.
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April 12, 2014 | By Steve Galluzzo
On Saturday night at the Arcadia Invitational, Long Beach Poly's Ariana Washington showed why she has won back-to-back titles in both the 100 and 200 meters. The Oregon-bound senior won the Invitational girls 100-meter dash in a wind-aided 11.38 seconds, the second-fastest in the nation under any conditions this season. She also anchored the Jackrabbits' 4x100 relay, which finished third. Poly's 4x400 relay of Hollie Harris, Autumn Wright, Kaelin Roberts and Ebony Crear won in 3:47.23.  Defending state pole vault champion Kaitlyn Merritt of Santa Margarita cleared 13 feet, six inches to repeat and Dos Pueblos senior Stamatia Scarvelis broke the meet shot put record with a throw of 52 feet, 1.25 inches and won the discus with a throw of 172 feet, seven inches.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Senior JK Torres of West Ranch scored 12 goals on Monday night in a 22-6 lacrosse victory over Simi Valley. Torres is one of the top scorers in California. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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April 6, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
BASEBALL SUNBELT LEAGUE Elsinore 3, Lakeside 2   NONLEAGUE Downey 4-11, Santa Fe 0-1 Estancia 12, Brethren Christian 0 Rancho Alamitos 4-3, Cerritos Valley Christian 2-8 Yorba Linda 7-1, Eastvale Roosevelt 4-5   TOURNAMENTS CENTURY Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 5, Century 2 Costa Mesa 18, Santa Ana Valley 0   CORONA CENTENNIAL Kaiser 5, Palm Desert 2 Mayfair 5, Xavier Prep 4 ...
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A 12-game winning streak isn't too shabby. That's what Los Angeles Loyola accomplished on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Redondo. It was the Cubs' 12th consecutive victory since a season opening loss to Calabasas. Jack Poulson threw five innings for the victory. Dustin Shirley had a two-run double. John Cashman threw five shutout innings in Chatsworth's 6-2 win over Westlake. Josh Garcia had three RBIs. North Hollywood defeated Van Nuys, 5-4. Eddie Torres had a two-run home run to help the Huskies wipe out a 4-1 deficit.
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April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Saugus received 11 strikeouts from Eric Little in coming away with a 6-1 victory over Hart on Wednesday in a Foothill League game. Hart came in with a 10-0-1 record. Cody Miller hit a home run for the Indians. West Ranch defeated Canyon, 8-0. Christy Frierson and A.J. West combined on a two-hitter. Parker Bacon and Jake Spurlin each had three hits. In the Marmonte League, Newbury Park defeated Westlake, 4-3. Thomas Ponticelli threw the complete game.  Royal defeated Calabasas, 5-1. Kurt Johnson struck out nine in six innings.
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July 9, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The same pyrotechnics that malfunctioned in Simi Valley, causing at least one explosive to launch into the crowd , also failed during a Laguna Hills show, according to Bay Fireworks. The fireworks shells were manufactured in China, according to Chief Executive Dennis Brady Jr., who described the two malfunctions as "similar" in an email. "Thankfully we did not experience the same chain reaction," he wrote of the Laguna Hills incident.  This is the second year in a row that the fireworks show in Laguna Hills has been canceled early after a pyrotechnic malfunction, said City Manager Bruce Channing.
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March 31, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
The 1990s brought a more diverse population to Ventura County. Due largely to an influx of Latinos in every local city, and a boom in upscale housing in the east county, the number of Ventura County residents rose to 753,000--up 84,000 in 10 years. The people pictured below represent the region's increasing diversity. * Sean Navabi, 20, and Vanessa Keller, 17, are hillside neighbors in Wood Ranch, above a tour-quality golf course and behind huge iron gates in a neighborhood called "The Legacy."
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March 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 17-year-old Simi Valley boy drowned in Yosemite National Park as he attempted to rescue his parents, authorities said Thursday. The incident is the first drowning in Yosemite this year, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. The Mariposa County Sheriff's Department identified the teen as Walter Gonzalez. The incident occurred Sunday around 3 p.m. at a popular swimming area known as Devil's Elbow, part of the Merced River and two miles west of Yosemite Village, authorities said.
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