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June 22, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 13-year-old boy remained in critical condition Friday after being struck the night before by a Metrolink train while crossing the tracks in Van Nuys. Robert Villasenor of Panorama City was on his way to a store just after 7 p.m. Thursday when he passed by a train yard switching station in the 8000 block of Haskell Avenue, police said. The conductor of a train traveling about 70 mph on its way to Moorpark said he didn't see the boy in time to avoid hitting him, police said.
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January 14, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The identities of two pilots killed in a fiery plane crash near Van Nuys Airport will not be determined and released before the middle of the week, a county coroner's official said Saturday. Lt. Joe Bale said investigators were awaiting dental records to confirm that the two bodies recovered from the wreckage Friday are those of the veteran pilots scheduled to be aboard the Cessna Citation. The ill-fated plane crashed about a half mile from the airport after taking off just before 11 a.m.
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April 7, 1998 | TOM BECKER
A zoning change application that would allow a car dealership to move into the property occupied by the Van Nuys Drive-In Theater has been approved by the city Department of Planning and Land Use Management. The City Council, which has the final say on the matter, is scheduled to review the application later this month. "Everything looks good at this point," said Tom Henry, an aide to Councilman Joel Wachs.
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March 27, 1998 | TOM BECKER
After experiencing success with its first learning center in an apartment complex on Vanowen Street, the Van Nuys Livable Neighborhood Council is looking to open at least two more in the area. Council officials are meeting with several apartment complex owners and with city officials to find the additional locations, said Carlos Ferreyra, council chairman. "The surrounding community [of the Vanowen center] has benefited greatly from having the center there," said Ferreyra.
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February 11, 2004 | From Times staff reports
A visiting Mexican priest was sentenced to one year in county jail Tuesday for fondling a teenager during a confession in August. Avdon Serratos, 32, was also placed on probation for five years and ordered to register as a sex offender. He pleaded no contest in December to committing a lewd act on the 15-year-old girl. The Roman Catholic priest fondled and kissed the girl as she was confessing her sins to him at a friend's home in Reseda, authorities said.
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December 17, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A man accused of driving over and killing another man at a Canoga Park recycling center pleaded no contest Thursday to vehicular manslaughter, according to the district attorney's office. Anthony Gary Rivota, 42, faces a maximum of six years in state prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan 3. Sheng Zhang was killed Sept. 4 at the Green Earth Recycling Center on DeSoto Avenue. He and his wife were waiting for the center to open when Rivota snatched their bag of cans and drove off.
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March 19, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A student charged with threatening to shoot up his school was released from a juvenile facility on Thursday. The Birmingham High School junior, who was arrested Tuesday, has been charged with making a criminal threat, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The 16-year-old was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. The teenager, released into the custody of his mother, is due back in a Sylmar courtroom April 2.
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January 8, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A resolution to rename the Van Nuys State Building for former state Assembly Speakers Robert Moretti and Robert Hertzberg was introduced Wednesday by Assemblyman Lloyd E. Levine (D-Van Nuys). The building would honor Moretti, the late Democratic assemblyman who represented Van Nuys from 1964 to 1974, and Hertzberg, of Sherman Oaks, a Democratic assemblyman from 1996 to 2002.
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May 24, 2002 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A head-on collision in Van Nuys of a sport utility vehicle and a minivan filled with autistic students killed one person and left two others near death on Thursday. Police said the 11:20 a.m. crash in the 6800 block of Woodley Avenue occurred when the driver of a Ford Explorer swerved to avoid children in a crosswalk and veered into oncoming traffic.
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February 27, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
Area residents will get their first look at a completed update of the Van Nuys-North Sherman Oaks Community Plan when it is unveiled today at a meeting of the city Planning Commission. The Community Plan update is designed to identify outdated land-use issues, correct inconsistent zoning designations and revise plan descriptions and plan maps.
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