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June 5, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 13-year-old boy died Friday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Westminster, police said. The boy, whose name was not released, was crossing Edwards Street at the San Diego Freeway overpass about 3 p.m. when he was hit by someone who fled in a dark green 1993 Lexus, police said. Police later recovered the car and detained a possible suspect for questioning, a spokesman said. The boy suffered severe head injuries and died at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
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May 29, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, Times Staff Writer
Staying calm in an emergency can be a challenge, especially when you're not yet 10 years old. But in a simulated rescue effort Friday, more than 550 students at Willmore Elementary School in Westminster were willing to give it a try. Undaunted by the importance that comes with saving a life, third-grader Lorena Chavarria proved she could place an emergency call to dispatchers during Friday's drill.
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May 18, 2004
Westminster police responding to a "shots fired" call Monday afternoon found a woman dead in her home, authorities said. The name of the woman, described by a police spokesman as "in her 50s," was not released. "We're trying to sort things out," said Lt. Kevin Baker of the Westminster Police Department. He said officers were summoned to a home in the 5800 block of Lancashire Avenue about 4 p.m.
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April 14, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
State officials on Tuesday weighed the legality of a move by three Westminster school trustees to satisfy both antidiscrimination law and their Christian principles, leaving school officials and parents in limbo about the fate of $8 million in annual state funding -- and the future of the district.
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March 24, 2004 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A decision by three Orange County school trustees based on their Christian beliefs about sexual identity now has a $16-million price tag. Westminster School District officials announced Tuesday that Bank of America had refused to extend a loan in that amount because of the district's refusal to adopt a state-mandated anti-discrimination law.
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February 8, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A man died and three others were injured when three cars collided early Saturday on the San Diego Freeway, authorities said. Fidel Salazar Guefia, 51, of Lawndale died at the scene of the 4:30 a.m. accident just south of Beach Boulevard, the California Highway Patrol said. Guefia's sedan was southbound when it spun out of control, CHP spokeswoman Staci Lundquist said. Two cars then hit his vehicle. The three people suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospitals, authorities said.
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January 14, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police are searching for the driver who fled after hitting and killing a pedestrian in a Westminster intersection. Luis Garza, 49, of Fullerton died at Huntington Beach Hospital from multiple injuries, police said. Garza was in a crosswalk on Beach Boulevard near 13th Street at 11:37 p.m. Monday when he was hit by a white sport-utility vehicle or van, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call (714) 898-3315, Ext. 333.
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August 30, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
There was a time when members of the Nicholson Pipes and Drums ensemble would practice at Westminster's old 17th Street School auditorium, a drafty relic that served as a gathering spot until the school was demolished in 1997. Since then, the group has warmed up for parades and performances by marching around a local senior citizen center's dining hall or parking lot. That's about to change.
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July 4, 2003 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The body of a 59-year-old Westminster man was pulled from a lake Thursday afternoon at Mile Square Regional Park, where it may have been floating for hours, Orange County sheriff's officials said. Residents near the Fountain Valley park said they thought the body was a mannequin when they first saw it, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Investigators found no signs of foul play, Amormino said. The man, dressed in a shirt and pants and carrying identification, may have drowned, he said.
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June 26, 2003
A pedestrian was struck by a pickup and killed in Westminster on Tuesday night as she jaywalked across a busy intersection, police said. Debra Sue Rice, 44, was crossing a no-pedestrian zone at Goldenwest Street near Hazard Avenue about 8:45 p.m. when she was hit, said Westminster Police Sgt. Tom Broderson. She was pronounced dead at Huntington Beach Hospital, he said. The driver, Adam Leitch, 23, of Huntington Beach, was not injured or cited. An investigation was continuing.
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