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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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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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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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October 23, 2002
A 59-year-old Westminster woman accused of helping her husband commit suicide to end years of debilitating illness was released from jail Tuesday. The district attorney's office said the possibility of charging her will depend on the results of toxicology tests. The tests screen for alcohol, drugs and medications and will help determine what killed Mariano Lopez, said Deputy Coroner Larry Esslinger. The results could take about four weeks, he said.
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October 20, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Acting Police Chief Andrew Hall will permanently fill Westminster's top law enforcement post, left vacant by the retirement of Police Chief Jim Cook. Hall stepped in for Cook more than two months ago when the chief took medical leave and then retired Oct. 1.
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August 24, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Westminster planning commissioner is back on the job a week after being ousted at the request of a councilman who thought he was disloyal. "I thought it would make things better for everybody," Councilman Russell Paris said Thursday after persuading his colleagues to reinstate Stephen Nevarez. "It's like Steve's never been off the commission," Paris said. "He can go back to work." Paris, who had appointed Nevarez to the commission 19 months ago, asked for his removal Aug.
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July 1, 2002 | STANLEY ALLISON and DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Not even the Terminator could bring people out to the first multicultural festival in Westminster, which was hampered all weekend by small crowds. About 400 people came Sunday afternoon to hear actor and health enthusiast Arnold Schwarzenegger promote his latest cause, the After School Education and Safety Program Act. The November ballot initiative would provide elementary and junior high schools with matching state funds for after-school programs.
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