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August 28, 1999 | JOHN CORRIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Security guard Johnny Franklin was prepared for a big crowd, but not the horde that descended on Fedco Wednesday for its last day in business. "It was awful busy," said Franklin, who was manning the front entrance. "People were grabbing the baskets, and ramming them into the back of one another. I told them all to slow down. I haven't seen people act like that, except at a concert." By late morning, the good stuff was gone.
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October 17, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Nothing, it seems, gets between David Grigorian and his marmoset monkey. On Wednesday, the 43-year-old Van Nuys resident found himself in court once again for harboring an undocumented primate. Grigorian has told authorities that he considers Cheeta to be a member of his family, but state Department of Fish and Game officials say the animal has got to go. In January, police arrested Grigorian for allegedly shouting criminal threats in front of a house in Van Nuys.
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April 6, 1990 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An internal study of General Motors Corp.'s North American car assembly plants reportedly showed that the auto maker's Van Nuys facility had the worst production quality among the 21 plants surveyed in late 1989. The Van Nuys plant, which builds the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird sports cars, had 676 problems per 100 cars produced, according to the GM study. Comparatively, the top-ranking plant was GM's Buick City, Mich.
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April 10, 2008 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
A Van Nuys jury Wednesday ordered the death penalty for a handyman convicted of sexually assaulting three women, including a grandmother whom he killed and whose body he dumped in a desolate area of Palm Springs. The decision comes less than a week after Paul Wesley Baker, 47, disrupted the death penalty portion of his trial when he smeared his feces over his face and had to be temporarily removed from the courtroom, authorities said. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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April 18, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to stave off more violence, Los Angeles police announced Monday that they have boosted patrols in Van Nuys following a gang-related double slaying, although they see no danger that the truce among San Fernando Valley gangs is deteriorating. The killings of Armando Estrada, 18, and Miguel Angel Limon, 21, on Friday were among three gang shootings in the San Fernando Valley over the Easter weekend.
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December 29, 2006 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
A 10-year-old boy was killed and a woman suspected of drunk driving was seriously injured in a two-car collision in Van Nuys, police said Thursday. Neither the boy nor the woman, who were in separate cars, was wearing a seat belt, said Officer Phil Kirby of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
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June 4, 1990 | LEON WHITESON, Whiteson is a Los Angeles architect and author whose most recent book is "The Watts Towers of Los Angeles."
For criminal prosecutor Terry Siegel, the new Van Nuys Municipal Court is "the prettiest place I've ever worked." The building is so open and cheerful, said Siegel, that "it lightens even the often unpleasant business of prosecution." Designed by the local firm of Dworsky Associates, the $50-million, award-winning facility demonstrates how a functional building can be made graceful by the dignity of its architecture.
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November 29, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Van Nuys woman has sued the city of Los Angeles and a former police officer, alleging the officer raped her in January after driving her home from a nightclub in his patrol car. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office reviewed Reyna Royball's allegations and declined to file charges against the former officer, in part because she has a history of making false allegations, according to documents summarizing the investigation.
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December 25, 1997 | EVELYNN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of a Reseda pony ride has been ordered to serve 80 hours of community service for keeping animals at a Northridge pumpkin patch and Christmas tree lot. The animals attracted so many flies that a religious school next door issued fly swatters to its teachers and kept windows closed during classes, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
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October 24, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arguing that they want to create an identity that is not associated with crime, a group of residents is organizing to change the name of their area of Van Nuys to Lake Balboa. But so far, the city has not supported their efforts. "We're embarrassed to say we live here," said Steve Neuman, a Realtor who is leading the drive to change the area's name. Instead, he noted, residents "say we live across the street from Encino. "We should be allowed to change our name.
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February 29, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man carrying an object later identified as a microphone stand after a traffic stop and chase Wednesday night in Van Nuys. Capt. Kris Pitcher of the Los Angeles Police Department's Force Investigation Division said Thursday that it was "far too early" to make any judgments about the incident that left Byron San Jose, 25, dead at the scene. Pitcher declined to say whether the officer thought the stand and its tripod were a weapon.
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January 10, 2008 | Paul Pringle
A Van Nuys man faces 40 years to life in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the 2006 strangulation of his girlfriend, authorities said. Jonathon Arthur Hendler was on parole for theft when he killed Beverly Ann Kass-Lucitt, 38, sometime between March 30 and April 2, according to the district attorney's office. Her body was found in the Sherman Way apartment they shared. Hendler, also 38, was arrested shortly afterward on suspicion of attempted bank robbery.
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December 31, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu
A small airplane made a rough landing Sunday morning at the Van Nuys airport, but no one was injured, officials said. Just after 11 a.m., the plane's brakes locked as it landed, causing moderate damage but no injuries to the two people aboard, said public information officer Treva Miller. Fire officials and paramedics arrived and shut down the runway for about 30 minutes to investigate, said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. -- Tiffany Hsu
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December 14, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu
A San Fernando Valley man was convicted Thursday of helping to murder a man whose decomposing body was found in a trash bin in a Van Nuys storage shed in 2003. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury found Jeffrey Lawrence Weaver, 37, guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Chatsworth resident Christopher Walsh, also 37. Weaver could get 56 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 7, prosecutors said. Defense attorney Seymour Amster said Weaver would appeal.
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November 29, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
A teenage girl was struck and killed Tuesday night by a vehicle when she crossed a street in Van Nuys with her mother, authorities said Wednesday. Yessenia Mayen, 16, was crossing the street near the corner of Woodley Avenue and Haynes Street about 10:20 p.m. when she was struck. After the accident, the driver stopped, gave what help he could and waited for police to arrive, LAPD officials said. A police spokeswoman called the death a "horrible accident." -- Ari B. Bloomekatz
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October 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 32-year-old butcher in an upscale grocery has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in Van Nuys in June after DNA samples linked him to the victim, police said. Fernando Lopez Garcia, 32, was arrested at his job at the Beverly Glen Marketplace in the 2900 block of North Beverly Glen Circle on Tuesday morning. Lopez Garcia, who is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail, is a suspect in two other sexual assaults in the Van Nuys area that occurred June 22, police said.
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October 24, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of west Van Nuys residents who say they are embarrassed that their community is associated with crime is campaigning to rename their neighborhood Lake Balboa, after a nearby lake of reclaimed water. So far, the city has not supported their efforts. "We're embarrassed to say we live here," said Steve Neuman, a real estate salesman who is leading the drive. "We should be allowed to change our name. If Van Nuys had such a great name, then why would we want to change it?"
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August 5, 1994 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Leaders of an anti-panhandling effort in Van Nuys have run into difficulty with Caltrans workers who are removing their controversial signs from freeway off-ramps where panhandlers congregate. The signs, which read "Don't Patronize The Vagrants, Don't Be Conned, Help Is Available" feature a menacing-looking man with his hand reaching out. They were posted on Caltrans signs at the bottom of the San Diego Freeway off-ramps at Nordhoff Street and Roscoe Boulevard.
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October 12, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
One man was killed Thursday afternoon in a Van Nuys apartment fire, officials said. Authorities said the victim, believed to be in his 20s, apparently triggered the fire while he was smoking narcotics in his bedroom. Two other occupants of the apartment rushed to safety during the blaze, and neither they nor anyone else suffered serious injuries. The fire was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. at the three-story building at 8070 Langdon Ave.
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September 15, 2007 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Two gang members were arrested Friday in connection with a shooting earlier this week near Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Walter Oswaldo Guerra, 18, of Van Nuys and Sanderson Montes, 18, of North Hollywood were being interviewed Friday night and are expected to be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon or possibly attempted murder, authorities said. Both are affiliated with the Mara Salvatrucha street gang, police said.
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