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Inmate dies in L.A. County lockup in Castaic

A Los Angeles County Jail inmate died early Sunday, shortly after fellow inmates reported that he was having a seizure. Inmates at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic told deputies about 7 a.m. that a man in their dorm was having a seizure, said Deputy Guillermina Saldaña of the L.A....

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    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Helicopter lands on 5 Freeway, airlifts child after Castaic crash

    Helicopter lands on 5 Freeway, airlifts child after Castaic crash

    The 5 Freeway in Castaic was shut down in both directions Monday morning so a helicopter could land and airlift a critically injured 4-year-old to a trauma center. The child was hurt in a three-car crash in the southbound lanes of the 5 at Hasley Canyon Road about 5 a.m., the California Highway...

  • Woman standing on I-5 shoulder killed by small SUV

    Authorities on Monday identified a woman who was killed Sunday while standing behind a pickup truck and trailer along Interstate 5 near Castaic. Cynthia Ray, 36, of Bakersfield died shortly before 2 p.m., when the driver of a small SUV hit her as she stood on the shoulder of the freeway's northbound...

  • 1 dead in 5 Freeway crash; some northbound lanes closed in Castaic

    At least one person was killed Sunday afternoon in a crash on the 5 Freeway in Castaic, authorities said. Few details were immediately available about the crash, which California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said was reported north of Lake Hughes Road shortly before 2 p.m. Cassidy said...

  • Woman barricaded in Castaic mobile home taken into custody

    Woman barricaded in Castaic mobile home taken into custody

    A woman was peacefully taken into custody hours after barricading herself inside her Castaic mobile home Wednesday, authorities said.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the 44-year-old woman kidnapped a construction worker from a roadside construction site around 10 a.m. by forcing...

  • Eight fires break out near 5 Freeway as L.A. heat wave continues

    Eight fires break out near 5 Freeway as L.A. heat wave continues

    As many as eight separate grass fires broke out near the 5 Freeway north of Castaic early Thursday, forcing an hours-long lane closure through the morning commute. The California Highway Patrol reported that the fires began in the area before 4 a.m., forcing officials to issue a SigAlert and close...

  • Sheriff's deputy saves child ejected from kayak on Pyramid Lake

    Sheriff's deputy saves child ejected from kayak on Pyramid Lake

    A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy rescued a child struggling in 50-degree water Sunday on Pyramid Lake after the kayak he was riding in capsized, authorities said. The deputy, part of the sheriff's parks bureau marine patrol, spotted the kayak flip over in high winds, ejecting the child, his...

  • 4-year-old boy who wandered away from home found dead in pool

    A 4-year-old boy who wandered away from his family's Castaic home Friday afternoon died after being found in a nearby swimming pool, sheriff's officials said.

    Travis Stratton walked away from the home in the 32500 block of  Old Road, near Lake Hughes Road, about 1 p.m., according to tweets from...

  • Most lanes of northbound 5 Freeway reopened after big-rig crash
    Most lanes of northbound 5 Freeway reopened after big-rig crash

    The California Highway Patrol has reopened another lane of the northbound 5 Freeway in Castaic after a traffic accident involving a 26,000-pound tanker truck.

    The lane was reopened about four hours after the collision was reported to the CHP.

    Two lanes remained closed as CHP officials continued...

  • Northbound 5 Freeway near Castaic down to one lane after truck crash
    Northbound 5 Freeway near Castaic down to one lane after truck crash

    Three lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway near Castaic were closed Wednesday morning following a traffic incident involving a tanker truck, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The accident was reported around 4:47 a.m. near Lake Hughes Road, the CHP said. It was not immediately known what led to...

  • Man charged with possessing large cache of stolen weapons
    Man charged with possessing large cache of stolen weapons

    A 37-year-old Simi Valley man was arrested Thursday and charged with impersonating a police officer and possessing a stolen cache of weapons including assault rifles, grenades and large amounts of ammunition.

    Jeffrey Edmonds identified himself as a Los Angeles Police Department captain and had...

  • 3 charged in connection with burning body found near Castaic
    3 charged in connection with burning body found near Castaic

    Three people have been charged in connection with the killing of a man whose burning body was found near Castaic, authorities said Wednesday night.

    Homicide detectives had been trying to determine whether the body was that of college student Bryce Laspisa, 19, who has been missing for nearly two...

  • Father's vehicle burglarized while searching for missing son
    Father's vehicle burglarized while searching for missing son

    The father of missing 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa had his vehicle burglarized while he was searching for his son near Castaic, authorities said Tuesday night.

    Two men were allegedly seen breaking into the vehicle and loading items into their pickup around 1 p.m. by an off-duty Los Angeles Police...

  • 'Death imminent' for 8-year-old boy found in washing machine

    An 8-year-old boy who was found last week in a washing machine filled with water is on life support with "death imminent," officials said Monday.

    The Castaic boy's condition was pronounced Sunday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

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  • 8-year-old rescued from washing machine recovering at hospital
    8-year-old rescued from washing machine recovering at hospital

    Detectives continued Friday to investigate the case of an 8-year-old-boy found unconscious in a washing machine filled with water in his Castaic home, authorities said.

    The boy remained in the hospital Friday, said Sgt. Brian Hudson, and no one has been arrested in connection with the Wednesday...

  • 8-year-old boy given CPR after being rescued from washing machine
    8-year-old boy given CPR after being rescued from washing machine

    Deputies gave CPR to an 8-year-old boy who was found unconscious in a washing machine filled with water in his Castaic home, authorities said Thursday afternoon.

    The boy was pulled from the machine by his father Wednesday evening.

    The father had been working in the yard in the home in the 30500...

  • Jumper on overpass forces shutdown of 5 Freeway in Castaic
    Jumper on overpass forces shutdown of 5 Freeway in Castaic

    A person threatening to jump from an overpass on the 5 Freeway in Castaic created a traffic nightmare Wednesday evening as officials shut down all lanes of the busy artery.

    The closure of all southbound and northbound lanes was at Parker Road, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The agency said...

  • Water-dropping helicopters help fight Castaic brush fire

    Three water-dropping helicopters were battling a 10-acre brush fire Friday night in the Castaic area near the 5 Freeway.

    Authorities said no homes or businesses were threatened by the blaze, and no injuries were reported.

    The fire started close to the intersection of the Old Road and Victoria Road...

  • Castaic man accused of using homemade spear to kill dog and cat
    Castaic man accused of using homemade spear to kill dog and cat

    Authorities said a Castaic man has been arrested for allegedly using a homemade spear to kill his family's cat and dog, which he later set on fire.

    Jared Foster, 23, is accused of fashioning the spear by taping a large kitchen knife to a broomstick. He used the spear, and possibly an arrow, to...

  • Castaic man kills pets with spear, dog corpse burned, deputies say

    A Castaic man was in custody for allegedly killing his family dog and cat by stabbing them with a spear-like weapon and later setting the dog's corpse on fire, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

    Jared Foster, 23, was taken into custody Wednesday night after his brother told deputies he had returned...

  • Wildfire in Castaic grows to 350 acres

    A brush fire in Castaic has grown to 350 acres and temporarily forced the evacuation of19 homes as more than 100 firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

    Inspector Keith Mora of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported. But...

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