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May 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather
One suspect was taken to a hospital after a deputy-involved shooting Wednesday in Van Nuys, authorities said. Few details were immediately available about the incident, which occurred about 11:55 a.m. in the 5800 of Allott Avenue, said Deputy Aura Sierra of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Bureau were conducting surveillance, she said, but it was not clear what prompted the shooting. One suspect was shot and another taken into custody, Sierra said.
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May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A bear that spent more than an hour Wednesday morning roaming through a Sun Valley neighborhood was tranquilized and captured and will be returned to the forest, authorities said. The approximately 15-month-old bear scaled walls, climbed fences and slipped in and out of horse corrals in Sun Valley, south of the 210 Freeway, for about 1½ hours beginning about 6 a.m. About half a dozen Los Angeles police officers and a state game warden eventually cornered the bear and tranquilized it. The bear will be released in the Angeles National Forest, said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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May 22, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Labor gambled and lost. Wendy Greuel drove away much of her own base. And it's done. After two years of campaigning and more than $30 million of spinning, the next mayor of Los Angeles will be Eric Garcetti, who doesn't exactly have what you'd call a mandate. Though he won by several percentage points despite predictions of a tighter race, it looks like about four out of five registered voters blew off this election. Live video analysis: Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m. The question is whether Garcetti won the election or Greuel lost it, despite several million more dollars being spent on her behalf by independent expenditure campaigns, and you could argue it either way. But as a San Fernando Valley resident, Greuel did herself no favors by identifying herself with the most hated city agency, the L.A. Department of Water and Power.
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May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Rosanna Xia
The aroma of trash and leftover people food proved too alluring Wednesday for a bear in Sun Valley, where police and wildlife officials tracked the animal through a residential neighborhood. “The smells are what bring them there,” Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department Fish and Wildlife told KTLA-TV during an interview. “It's all about the food.” The bear appeared to be about 15 months old and had a tag on its ear, meaning it has been trapped before, Hughan said.
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May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Neighborhood fences and police cars proved no match for a bear in Sun Valley, where it hopped into backyards and roamed into horse corrals Wednesday morning. “We still don't have eyes on it,” said Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Wunsch of the Foothill station. “Officers are going to hopefully tranquilize it.” Police started getting calls from residents about 6:10 a.m. about the bear, which TV news showed having free rein through the Sun Valley community. It didn't appear to be fully grown and was seen climbing over fences into backyards, spooking horses in residents' corrals and avoiding police cars searching for it on the street.
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May 22, 2013 | By Howard Blume
Antonio Sanchez has conceded to Monica Ratliff in the contest to represent the east San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Sanchez congratulated Ratliff in a Facebook posting. "Her commitment to the children of this district is unquestionable," said Sanchez. "Her desire to raise education standards in our schools should not only be commended but also strongly supported. " Sanchez, 31, also talked about his efforts to win the seat. Live video analysis: Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m. "I dedicated night and day to this campaign," he said.
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May 11, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A 28-year-old Van Nuys man has been charged in the kidnapping and death of a Glendale man who was run over with a vehicle and shot to death in Sun Valley, authorities said this week. Hachik Maskovian faces four felony murder-related charges in the death of 33-year-old Joshua West, including that the incident was premeditated and that he was kidnapped during the April 24 incident, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. West died of multiple gunshot wounds but was also cut and suffered blunt-force trauma, said Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter.
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March 8, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Complaining about "rats the size of small dogs," debris that falls like thick snow and a pervasive, rancid odor, neighbors at a public hearing Friday protested a plan to expand a Sun Valley recycling operation into one of the largest waste-transfer facilities in the state. "Vermin run rampant," said Gary Aggas, president of the Sun Valley Neighborhood Council and one of many residents to testify before a city planning officer about the matter. "Dust blows through the neighborhood constantly....
SPORTS
March 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Bryan Alberts of Sun Valley Village Christian is 6 feet 5, 195 pounds and plays basketball with the physicality of a football player. He used his strength, aggressiveness and passion to take charge of Wednesday night's Division V state playoff game, finishing with 28 points to help the Crusaders come away with a 60-51 victory over Flintridge Prep at the Master's College. Flintridge Prep made seven three-pointers in the first quarter among its 11 baskets to take a 30-22 lead. But the Rebels made only five baskets the rest of the game.
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March 4, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Complaints about the massive open-air recycling facility in Sun Valley flow in each month in minute, sometimes stomach-turning detail. Rats have skittered off the property of Community Recycling & Resource Recovery and into a nearby business, according to calls logged by the city. Churning dust is said to be "making everyone's eyes burn," making breathing difficult and causing bloody noses among workers at a neighborhood paving firm. Gulls scavenging from piles of food waste have scattered bits of garbage from the sky. And then there is the stench, variously described in the logs as "a dead animal smell," a "rotten egg odor" and "putrid.
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