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    • Alleged second driver arrested in deadly Chatsworth street racing crash

      Alleged second driver arrested in deadly Chatsworth street racing crash

      Los Angeles police have arrested the alleged second driver in a deadly street race that left two dead in Chatsworth in February. Karen Balyan, 44, surrendered in a San Fernando Valley courtroom at 10 a.m. Tuesday with his lawyer and was jailed on two counts of murder, said LAPD Det. Bill Bustos....

    • Planned Santa Clarita street race foiled with Instagram, authorities say

      Planned Santa Clarita street race foiled with Instagram, authorities say

      A planned Santa Clarita street race was foiled by sheriff’s deputies after an anonymous tipster spotted the details on Instagram, authorities said. The tipster saw an invitation for a street race to be held near the 18500 block of Via Princessa in Canyon Country, near the 14 Freeway, according...

    • Parents of victim in illegal street race that left two dead file suit

      Parents of victim in illegal street race that left two dead file suit

      The parents of a man killed during an illegal street race in Chatsworth two months ago have sued the owner of the car that hit him. Eric Siguenza, 26, of Los Angeles was watching a nighttime speed contest near Canoga Avenue and Plummer Street on Feb. 26 when a souped-up Ford Mustang spun out of...

    • Second man suspected of driving in deadly street race charged with murder

      Second man suspected of driving in deadly street race charged with murder

      A second driver wanted in connection with an illegal street race that left two dead in Chatsworth last week has been arrested, police said. Irael Valenzuela, 38, of Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of murder after police received tips from the public about him, Los Angeles...

    • Attorney: Man held in fatal Chatsworth street race was not the driver

      Attorney: Man held in fatal Chatsworth street race was not the driver

      A man accused of killing two people with his car during an illegal street race in Chatsworth was not driving the high-performance Mustang involved in the fatal crash, his attorney said Monday. Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, was booked on suspicion of murder over the weekend after surrendering, but...

    • Suspect in L.A. street race that kills two turns self in

      Suspect in L.A. street race that kills two turns self in

      A suspect in this week's fatal Chatsworth street racing crash surrendered to police on Saturday, authorities said. Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, surrendered at the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division station, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. Gevorgyan had been identified this week as the...

    • Police frustrated by witnesses' silence in fatal Valley race
      Police frustrated by witnesses' silence in fatal Valley race

      In the hours after a high-speed crash killed two men on a wide Chatsworth street known for illegal racing, social media lit up with posts, from tributes to the dead to vigorous debates about the San Fernando Valley ritual of racing.

      While police searched for the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang...

    • Dramatic video shows deadly Chatsworth street racing crash
      Dramatic video shows deadly Chatsworth street racing crash

      Video of a Chatsworth street racing crash this week shows a Ford Mustang speeding out of control just after the start of the race and veering into spectators as sparks fly.

      The incident was fatal for two spectators. About 100 people gathered Thursday night in Gardena for a vigil in their memory.

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    • More than 60 people witnessed fatal L.A. street race; driver identified
      More than 60 people witnessed fatal L.A. street race; driver identified

      More than 60 people gathered to watch an illegal street race in Chatsworth early Thursday that turned deadly when a  "very powerful" Ford Mustang plowed into the crowd, killing two spectators, Los Angeles police said.

      The collision occurred after 2 a.m. in an area known for street racing near Canoga...

    • Man guilty of killing 2, leaving bodies to rot at Chatsworth home
      Man guilty of killing 2, leaving bodies to rot at Chatsworth home

      A man who was the subject of a search in the summer of 2011 after police discovered the decomposing bodies of his former housemates behind a Chatsworth home was convicted Tuesday on two counts of murder.

      Brent Zubek, 46, was found guilty on nine felony charges, including two counts of murder and...

    • Metrolink launches new train control safety system
      Metrolink launches new train control safety system

      Metrolink debuts the positive train control safety system on three lines, and it hopes to fully equip its network by the end of 2014.

    • Metrolink to roll out collision avoidance system
      Metrolink to roll out collision avoidance system

      Metrolink will be the first commuter service in the nation to use positive train control, which would have prevented the deadly Chatsworth crash.

    • Judge on trial in dog-feces case says alleged victim pushed him first
      Judge on trial in dog-feces case says alleged victim pushed him first

      A Los Angeles County judge on trial for battery testified Tuesday that he pushed a woman after she threw a bag of dog waste into his car, screamed expletives at him, walked onto the driveway of his Chatsworth home and pushed him.

      Superior Court Judge Craig Richman said the woman became aggressive...

    • Trial begins for L.A. judge accused of battery in dog-waste dispute
      Trial begins for L.A. judge accused of battery in dog-waste dispute

      An L.A. County Superior Court judge accused of shoving and injuring a woman during an argument about dog waste told her he was a peace officer and repeatedly tried to calm her down, his lawyer said Thursday.The dispute occurred last July on the driveway of Judge Craig Richman’s Chatsworth home...

    • CHP motorcycle officer seriously hurt in crash with trash truck

      A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was hospitalized after a collision with a trash truck Friday, authorities say.

      The collision occurred at 12:59 p.m. near the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Nordhoff Street in Chatsworth. The officer, who hasn’t been identified, was taken...

    • L.A. County judge accused of pushing, injuring woman
      L.A. County judge accused of pushing, injuring woman

      Craig Richman, a former prosecutor, is accused of punching a woman July 18 near his Chatsworth home. His attorney says the woman was the aggressor.

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