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Flames tore through a junkyard in Sun Valley on Sunday, sending a plume of thick black smoke that was visible from nearby cities. The fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m. in the 9100 block of North Tujunga Avenue, and the blaze was fanned by winds measuring between 5 and 10 mph, said Erik Scott,...

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  • Body found in Sun Valley refrigerator ID'd as 30-year-old Van Nuys man

    Body found in Sun Valley refrigerator ID'd as 30-year-old Van Nuys man

    The body found inside an unplugged refrigerator in the backyard of a San Fernando Valley home that was doubling as a marijuana grow-house has been identified as a 30-year-old man from Van Nuys. Andranik Tadzhikyan was probably in the fridge for days, said homicide Det. Richard Wheeler of the Los...

  • Man's body is found in refrigerator behind San Fernando Valley home

    Man's body is found in refrigerator behind San Fernando Valley home

    A man's body was found Sunday morning inside a refrigerator in the backyard of a San Fernando Valley home that also housed an illegal marijuana-growing operation, police said. Officers were called to the home in the 11100 block of Runnymede Street in the Sun Valley neighborhood. There, they found...

  • Man, 21, dies after being crushed by equipment at Sun Valley industrial site

    Man, 21, dies after being crushed by equipment at Sun Valley industrial site

    A 21-year-old man died Wednesday after being crushed by heavy equipment at a concrete and asphalt recycling company in Sun Valley, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the industrial site in the 9000 block of Bradley Avenue about 1:45 p.m. and found the man dead at the scene, Los Angeles...

  • LCF resident Lisa Novick is among Green Leadership award recipients

    LCF resident Lisa Novick is among Green Leadership award recipients

    Locals representing the Sun Valley-based Theodore Payne Foundation recently received a Green Leadership award for a nonprofit organization from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in recognition of its Landscaping for Resilience Program.Created in 2012, the program allows the foundation...

  • Data science class offers L.A. Unified students a new handle on math

    Data science class offers L.A. Unified students a new handle on math

    During first period at Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, Monica Casillas asked her students to line up in order by height so she could organize a human representation of a "box-and-whisker" plot. As they filed into place — most boys went to one end, most girls to the other — Casillas...

  • FedEx truck swerves to avoid two crashes, topples on 5 Freeway

    FedEx truck swerves to avoid two crashes, topples on 5 Freeway

    An overturned FedEx truck is snarling traffic on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley after it swerved to avoid a pair of crashes and struck a concrete barrier, authorities said. All lanes but one are closed on the southbound 5 at Sheldon Street as crews work to move the overturned truck, said Officer Jennifer...

  • Driver apprehended after pursuit, standoff in stolen rental truck
    Driver apprehended after pursuit, standoff in stolen rental truck

    An innocent mistake by a rental car customer led to a slow-speed pursuit on Southern California’s freeways Monday when a thief stole a Budget rental truck and drove off.

    The pursuit came to an end about 2 p.m. when CHP officers deployed a spike strip that punctured at least two of the truck’s tires....

  • Pedestrian dies in hit-run incident in North Hollywood

    Authorities are searching for a motorist involved in a hit-and-run incident that killed a female pedestrian Friday night, Los Angeles police said.

    The unidentified victim, believed to be in her early 50s, was struck about 8:30 p.m. in an unmarked crosswalk on Saticoy Streeet near Irvine Avenue,...

  • Northbound 5 Freeway in Sun Valley partly shut down after big-rig crash
    Northbound 5 Freeway in Sun Valley partly shut down after big-rig crash

    A three-vehicle crash involving a big rig shut down all but one lane of traffic on the northbound side of the Interstate 5 Freeway, authorities said.

    The collision occurred about 10:10 p.m. just north of the Penrose Street exit in the Sun Valley neighborhood, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said. 

    The driver...

  • Boys' basketball: Sun Valley Poly stays unbeaten in East Valley League

    There was 7.9 seconds left in the game. Sun Valley Poly was clinging to a one-point lead over Verdugo Hills on Friday night. Francisco Mariscal had two free throws for the Parrots. He missed both.

    Suddenly, the Dons had a chance. They got the rebound and Leoni Aleksan had the ball. He knew exactly...

  • Hospital must pay extra $3 million in patient's stabbing death
    Hospital must pay extra $3 million in patient's stabbing death

    A Los Angeles jury decided this week that Pacifica Hospital of the Valley should pay $3 million in punitive damages to a man whose son was stabbed to death by a fellow psychiatric patient in 2012.

    The jury held the Sun Valley hospital responsible for the death of Dean Camacho, who was stabbed to...

  • Lending a helping hand
    Lending a helping hand

    Providence High staff volunteer to help Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School in Sun Valley.

  • Boys' basketball: Bennie Boatwright scores 50 points for Village Christian

    USC-bound Bennie Boatwright of Village Christian (9-2) earned an early Christmas present on Monday, pouring in 50 points in the Crusaders' 97-66 win over Saugus in the San Fernando Valley Invitational.

    The 6-foot-9 Boatwright made eight three-pointers.

    He had 13 points in the first quarter, nine...

  • Hit-and-run driver slams into poles; 1,140 in Sun Valley without power
    Hit-and-run driver slams into poles; 1,140 in Sun Valley without power

    Crews are working to restore electricity to more than 1,000 customers after a driver struck several power poles and fled early Friday.

    Police are continuing to look for the driver who crashed into the power poles and a fire hydrant about 1 a.m. on Lankershim Boulevard between Roscoe Boulevard and...

  • LADWP worker rescues cat, drops it 15 feet; was that really so wrong?
    LADWP worker rescues cat, drops it 15 feet; was that really so wrong?

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is facing criticism after a video showed a worker dropping a cat from a crane bucket at a height of 15 to 20 feet.

    The worker had just rescued the cat from high on a power pole in Sunland. Video shows the apparently long drop and the stunned reactions...

  • Councilwoman faces familiar foe in race for San Fernando Valley seat
    Councilwoman faces familiar foe in race for San Fernando Valley seat

    Last year's race to fill the seat of departing Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas was a grab-the-popcorn kind of show: two established public officials — and onetime allies — dueling to represent some of the most impoverished parts of the San Fernando Valley.

    On one side was Nury Martinez,...

  • Woman killed in hit-and-run in North Hollywood
    Woman killed in hit-and-run in North Hollywood

    A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle in North Hollywood, police said. 

    The incident occurred about 2:15 a.m. Saturday in the 7300 block of Lankershim Boulevard when a white Mercedes-Benz struck a 48-year-old woman pushing a shopping cart, according to a statement by the Los Angeles Police...

  • Man killed after being struck by Metrolink train in North Hollywood
    Man killed after being struck by Metrolink train in North Hollywood

    A man was fatally struck Thursday by a Metrolink train in North Hollywood, transportation officials said.

    The man was on the tracks in a nonpedestrian area near Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Bellaire Avenue when he was hit by the westbound train about 5 p.m., said Scott Johnson, a spokesman for Metrolink.

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  • Football: Village Christian has a freshman standout in Chris Love

    With a 4-0 record, Sun Valley Village Christian Coach Mark Bates is off to a good start in his first season with the Crusaders.

    And helping in a big way has been freshman defensive end Chris Love. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has become the team's best pass rusher with three sacks and four tackles...

  • Pedestrian killed by Metrolink train in North Hollywood
    Pedestrian killed by Metrolink train in North Hollywood

    A pedestrian was killed in North Hollywood early Friday after being struck a Metrolink train traveling on the Ventura line, authorities said.

    The pedestrian was hit in the 7200 block of Lankershim Boulevard at 7:46 a.m., said Lt. Mike Mendoza.

    There were no injuries aboard the train, and authorities...

  • Richard Alarcon sentencing for perjury and voter fraud delayed a month
    Richard Alarcon sentencing for perjury and voter fraud delayed a month

    A judge delayed the sentencing on Wednesday of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife for their voter fraud and perjury convictions.

    Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli set the Alarcons' next court date for Oct. 14, when Lomeli will hear motions asking for a new trial...

  • Prosecutors ask judge to sentence Alarcon to 180 days in jail
    Prosecutors ask judge to sentence Alarcon to 180 days in jail

    Los Angeles County prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence former City Councilman Richard Alarcon to 180 days in county jail and 1,000 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of perjury and voter fraud.

    “Richard Alarcon is not remorseful,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Michele Gilmer wrote...

  • Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's
    Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's

    The next time you get a longing for mole, you don't have to start shopping for the couple dozen ingredients it can take to make one. You don't even have to hop on the next plane to Oaxaca or Puebla. In Los Angeles, we've got restaurants that specialize in bringing mole negro, mole poblano, mole...

  • Boys' basketball: Village Christian settles for three transfers

    All summer, there has been speculation on how many transfers Sun Valley Village Christian might get to join Bennie Boatwright this season.

    Well, school began on Monday, and the Crusaders ended up with three transfers, according to Athletic Director Kevin Aust.

    They include Kahlil Simplis from Campbell...

  • Boys' basketball: Bennie Boatwright commits to USC

    Bennie Boatwright, a 6-foot-9 senior wing at Sun Valley Village Christian, has committed to USC, according to Scout.com.

    Boatwright is considered one of the best outside shooters among big men in Southern California.

    He was impressive last month during summer tournament action in Las Vegas.

     

    Twitter:@LATSondheimer

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  • Two L.A. school police officers expected to survive crash injuries
    Two L.A. school police officers expected to survive crash injuries

    Two Los Angeles Unified School Police officers whose patrol car collided with a dump truck Friday near a campus in Sun Valley did not sustain life-threatening injuries, officials said.

    The front end of the officers' cruiser was left heavily crumpled in the collision with a large dump truck at  8:17...

  • 2 L.A. school police officers seriously injured in collision
    2 L.A. school police officers seriously injured in collision

    Two Los Angeles Unified School Police officers were airlifted to a local trauma center Friday after their patrol car collided with a dump truck near a campus in Sun Valley, officials said.

    Few details about the crash were immediately available, but it occurred about 8:17 a.m. near Richard E. Byrd...

  • Former state lawmaker Romero calls Alarcon verdicts 'heart-breaking'
    Former state lawmaker Romero calls Alarcon verdicts 'heart-breaking'

    Former California legislator Gloria Romero called it “heartbreaking” when a Los Angeles jury delivered perjury and voter fraud verdicts Wednesday against former City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife.But the 12-year lawmaker from Los Angeles who served in both the state Assembly and Senate...

  • Former Councilman Richard Alarcon, wife guilty of voter fraud, perjury
    Former Councilman Richard Alarcon, wife guilty of voter fraud, perjury

    Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife were convicted Wednesday of some but not all voter-fraud and perjury charges brought in a case that accused them of lying about where they lived so he would be qualified to run for his council seat.

    A seven-woman, five-man jury delivered...

  • Boys' basketball: Village Christian is getting 7-foot-3 transfer

    Sun Valley Village Christian appears to be the destination for 7-foot-3 Jean Marc Christ Koumadje, a native of Senagal who played last season for Florida Montverde.

    Zagsblog.com quoted Koumadje's guardian as saying that Koumadje will spend the 2014-15 school year at Village Christian, which returns...

  • Jury begins deliberating Alarcon perjury, voter fraud case
    Jury begins deliberating Alarcon perjury, voter fraud case

    After a nearly monthlong trial, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife headed to the jury Thursday.

    The panel of seven women and five men will now determine whether Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, are guilty of...

  • Perjury, voter fraud case against Alarcon and wife goes to the jury
    Perjury, voter fraud case against Alarcon and wife goes to the jury

    After a trial spanning nearly a month, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife headed to the jury on Thursday.

    The panel of seven women and five men will now determine whether Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, are...

  • A primer: Comparing voter fraud charges against two L.A. politicians
    A primer: Comparing voter fraud charges against two L.A. politicians

    With closing arguments set to begin Wednesday in the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, parallels have been drawn between his case and another residency law prosecution involving a veteran Los Angeles-area politician.

    In January, state Sen. Roderick...

  • Alarcon, wife decline to testify; defense rests in voter fraud trial
    Alarcon, wife decline to testify; defense rests in voter fraud trial

    The defense in the perjury and voter fraud trial of Richard Alarcon rested its case Tuesday with neither the former Los Angeles city councilman nor his wife taking the witness stand on their own behalf.

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of falsely stating that they lived in a home in Panorama...

  • Alarcon scheduler testifies he often spent time at Panorama City home
    Alarcon scheduler testifies he often spent time at Panorama City home

    The defense in the perjury and voter fraud trial of Richard Alarcon called the former Los Angeles City Councilman's longtime scheduler as its main witness Monday to testify that Alarcon often spent time at his Panorama City home.

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of lying about where they...

  • Prosecution in Alarcon fraud trial focuses on activity at two homes
    Prosecution in Alarcon fraud trial focuses on activity at two homes

    With its last witnesses Friday, the prosecution in the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon focused on what was happening at two homes owned by Alarcon and his wife in the final months before they were served with search warrants in January 2010.

    Alarcon...

  • Politicians testify against Alarcons in perjury, fraud trial
    Politicians testify against Alarcons in perjury, fraud trial

    With just a few prosecution witnesses left to call, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon focused Tuesday on testimony from two fellow politicians.

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of lying about whether they lived at a house in Panorama...

  • Greuel testifies Alarcon asked her to move council district boundary
    Greuel testifies Alarcon asked her to move council district boundary

    In the perjury trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, former colleague Wendy Greuel testified Tuesday that Alarcon once asked to move his Sun Valley home from her district into his. 

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused of lying about where they lived so he could run to...

  • Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra testifies in Alarcon voter fraud trial
    Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra testifies in Alarcon voter fraud trial

    In the perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, state Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) testified for the prosecution Tuesday that he knew of plans to turn Alarcon's Panorama City home into a condominium complex. 

    Alarcon and his wife have been accused...

  • Richard Alarcon's perjury and voter fraud trial to resume this week
    Richard Alarcon's perjury and voter fraud trial to resume this week

    In his ongoing perjury and voter fraud trial, former Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon is seeking to fend off two intertwined lines of attack by prosecutors: that he allegedly lived illegally outside his district and was a career politician who put personal ambition first.

    Alarcon's attorneys...

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