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Boys' basketball: 6-5 freshman Aaron Reyes has Sylmar coach excited

Bort Escoto doesn't normally get too excited while coaching basketball at Sylmar _ unless he sees an officials' call he doesn't like. But he is excited about 6-foot-5 freshman Aaron Reyes, who's going to become an immediate starter for the Spartans. Playing in fall league basketball, Reyes sure...

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

    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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  • Football: QB Clarence Williams is Valley Mission League MVP

    Clarence Williams, a four-year starter at quarterback for Sylmar, has been named the player of the year from the Valley Mission League. The offensive player of the year was running back Marcus Gandy of Sylmar. The offensive lineman of the year was Brown Tuiasosopo of San Fernando. The defensive...

  • Football: Watch out, Clay Matthews; meet freshman Nehemiah Thompson of Sylmar

    Sylmar has discovered a player doing a terrific job sacking quarterbacks. Freshman outside linebacker Nehemiah Thompson, 5 feet 11, 186 pounds, has been credited with 22 sacks this season, according to Sylmar officials. "He's like a Clay Matthews," Coach John Brazil said. "He hunts the quarterback...

  • L.A. police fatally shoot knife-wielding man at Sylmar home, find body inside

    L.A. police fatally shoot knife-wielding man at Sylmar home, find body inside

    Los Angeles police fatally shot a knife-wielding man covered in blood Monday as he approached officers responding to an emergency call of a possible assault at a Sylmar home, an LAPD spokeswoman said. Shortly before 11 a.m., the man emerged from a home in the 13000 block of Gavina Avenue and was carrying...

  • Long waits outside L.A. County psychiatric units stall patients, police

    Long waits outside L.A. County psychiatric units stall patients, police

    When Los Angeles police Det. Jim Hoffman arrived at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center's psychiatric emergency department on a Saturday morning in March, he found a small crowd waiting. Two police officers from the LAPD's Central Division were sitting in a narrow hallway outside the locked psychiatric...

  • Ending senior year with a bang isn't cheap at many L.A.-area high schools

    Ending senior year with a bang isn't cheap at many L.A.-area high schools

    Maria Escobar is a single mother of three with an annual income of $45,000 after taxes. Like most parents, she wanted to give her daughter a senior year to remember. She just didn't expect the price tag. ------------ FOR THE RECORD: In the June 8 California section, an article about the costs associated...

  • Animal trailer hauling sheep, pregnant cows overturns on 210 Freeway in Sylmar

    Animal trailer hauling sheep, pregnant cows overturns on 210 Freeway in Sylmar

    An animal trailer overturned on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar on Wednesday, leaving several farm animals on the side of the interstate and prompting the California Highway Patrol to close multiple lanes. The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. on the westbound 210 at Hubbard Street, according to...

  • Man killed by police after waving, pointing gun on Sylmar streets
    Man killed by police after waving, pointing gun on Sylmar streets

    Police in Sylmar shot and killed man who was reportedly walking around, waving a gun and threatening people Thursday morning.

    Calls began coming into 911 dispatchers just before 7 a.m. about a man in the vicinity of Tyler Street and Glenoaks Boulevard threatening people and waving a gun, said LAPD...

  • Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near Pacoima

    A magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Wednesday night about four miles from Pacoima, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    The temblor occurred at 8:59 p.m. at a depth of about 5.4 miles.

    According to the USGS, the epicenter was near Sylmar, about four miles from San Fernando and 14 miles...

  • Accused Valley serial killer charged in another murder, more shootings
    Accused Valley serial killer charged in another murder, more shootings

    A suspected San Fernando Valley serial killer already charged with four fatal shootings over five days in August has been charged with three more attempted murders and the slaying of a motorist on the 210 Freeway.

    Alexander Hernandez, 34, pleaded not guilty Thursday to the murder of the Sergio...

  • Teen arrested in fatal Sylmar stabbing, 2nd suspect sought
    Teen arrested in fatal Sylmar stabbing, 2nd suspect sought

    A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he called police early Thursday about a fatal stabbing in a Sylmar town home, authorities said.

    The teen contacted police shortly before 9 a.m., telling them “something bad” had happened at the town home in the 14000 block of Astoria...

  • Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer shot down by Sylmar
    Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer shot down by Sylmar

    Soccer: Falcons fall, 1-1 (5-4 penalty kicks) in quarterfinal match of Ralph Brandt tourney.

  • Football: Sylmar's Clarence Williams is Valley Mission League MVP

    Junior quarterback Clarence Williams from Sylmar has been named the player of the year from the Valley Mission League.

    The offensive player of the year was Darius Jones from Canoga Park. The defensive players of the year were juniors Ricardo Magana of San Fernando and Andrew Simpson of Sylmar....

  • Football: Hamilton wins City Section Division II championship

    When Hamilton needed a player to step up in Saturday's City Section Division II championship game, Russell Shaw delivered. He accounted for five touchdowns in a 58-30 victory over Sylmar at the Coliseum.

    He caught touchdown passes of 54, 15 and 15 yards. He returned an interception 90 yards for...

  • Football: Anthony Muse of Sylmar has the run of the year

    Anthony Muse's 55-yard touchdown run against Eagle Rock last week in the City Section Division II semifinals was captured on video by LA36.

    "It's one of the best runs I've ever seen," Sylmar Coach John Brazil said.

    The play was a receiver reverse. Quarterback Clarence Williams handed the ball to...

  • Alleged serial killer faces more charges in Valley shootings
    Alleged serial killer faces more charges in Valley shootings

    A Sylmar man described by authorities as a serial killer was charged Thursday with three murders in connection with a five-day shooting rampage across the San Fernando Valley this past summer.

    The new charges filed Thursday against Alexander Hernandez, 34, stemmed from three separate shootings...

  • 2nd man charged in shooting that left Army veteran, 21, dead
    2nd man charged in shooting that left Army veteran, 21, dead

    Army veteran Francisco Garcia was leaving a party earlier this month in Sylmar when a dispute erupted, and the 21-year-old was shot and killed. One alleged gang member has been charged in his death, and Monday a second man was charged.

    Jerry Raymond Carmona, 26, pleaded not guilty Monday to murder,...

  • Can't we still muster compassion for a soldier whose death is no longer ironic?
    Can't we still muster compassion for a soldier whose death is no longer ironic?

    It was a case that made for good headlines and a heart-wrenching story: A young Army veteran just back from Afghanistan is shot to death on the street outside his homecoming party in Sylmar.

    "The ironies are obvious," said an LAPD lieutenant, commenting on the death of Francisco Garcia last week....

  • Army veteran slain in Sylmar never served in Afghanistan, military says
    Army veteran slain in Sylmar never served in Afghanistan, military says

    An Army veteran who was gunned down in Sylmar at his homecoming party -- purportedly for his return from a tour in Afghanistan -- actually was never deployed overseas, a military official confirmed Wednesday.

    Francisco Garcia, 21, never served in Afghanistan and was discharged from the U.S. Army...

  • Man arrested in fatal shooting of Army veteran back from Afghanistan
    Man arrested in fatal shooting of Army veteran back from Afghanistan

    An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder in connection with the weekend slaying of a 21-year-old Army veteran who had recently returned from Afghanistan, authorities said.Vincent Estrada of Sylmar was being held at Van Nuys jail on $1-million bail on suspicion of killing Francisco...

  • Football: Sylmar will be tough to beat in City Section Division II

    All Coach John Brazil of Sylmar has wanted from his team is weekly improvement so that by the time the City Section Division II playoffs began, the Spartans would be a team to watch.

    And Sylmar has done just that. It's not the same team that opened the season on Aug. 29 and lost to Crespi, 42-0.

    ...

  • Army veteran who served in Afghanistan is fatally shot in Sylmar
    Army veteran who served in Afghanistan is fatally shot in Sylmar

    A 22-year-old Army veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan was fatally shot early Sunday during a dispute outside a party at his girlfriend's home in Sylmar, police said.

    Francisco "Frankie" Garcia died at the scene of the shooting in the 13200 block of Dronfield Avenue shortly before 2...

  • Friends mourn U.S. Army veteran who was shot to death in Sylmar
    Friends mourn U.S. Army veteran who was shot to death in Sylmar

    Friends gathered at a sidewalk memorial Sunday to mourn the death of Francisco “Frankie” Garcia, a U.S. Army veteran who was shot and killed after a dispute erupted outside a party at his girlfriend’s Sylmar home.

    The mourners brought sunflowers and candles to mark the site where the 22-year-old...

  • Army veteran back from Afghanistan is shot dead in Sylmar
    Army veteran back from Afghanistan is shot dead in Sylmar

    A 21-year-old Army veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan was fatally shot after a dispute on a Sylmar street early Sunday, police said.

    Francisco Garcia died at the scene of the shooting in the 13200 block of Dronfield Street before 2 a.m., said Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon.

    "The...

  • City girls' golf: Granada Hills wins team title; Julie Ward wins individual title

    There was drama on Monday at the City Section girls' golf championship.

    On the 17th hole at Balboa Golf Course, freshman Amanda Lee of Cleveland made a 15-foot birdie putt to pull into a tie for first place with Sylmar's Julie Ward.

    On the 18th hole, a 319-yard par-4, Ward put together her best...

  • Football: Sylmar is making progress

    Sylmar (3-2) is ready to go on a six-game winning streak en route to a showdown Valley Mission League finale against Canoga Park on Nov. 7.

    By then, the Spartans' young and inexperienced offensive and defensive lines will be veterans, and that's bad news for teams in City Section Division II.

    In...

  • Boy, 5, tests positive for cocaine; parents arrested in Moorpark
    Boy, 5, tests positive for cocaine; parents arrested in Moorpark

    Cocaine was found in the system of a 5-year-old boy whose parents had been arrested on drug charges in Moorpark, according to the Ventura County sheriff’s office.

    Authorities say that when Marco and Sandy Cuevas were stopped and arrested Thursday in the east Ventura County community, a half-pound...

  • Football: Fans are excited for San Fernando-Sylmar showdown

    The Valley Mission League begins on Friday with the premier game as far as fans are concerned: Sylmar at San Fernando.

    "It's always meaningful," said Sylmar Coach John Brazil, who's a former San Fernando player and knows all about the rivalry.

    Imagine what Brazil feels like standing on the other...

  • Man is tied to Sylmar killing through restaurant receipt, LAPD says
    Man is tied to Sylmar killing through restaurant receipt, LAPD says

    A 23-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Monday in connection with the stabbing death of his neighbor, who was killed in Sylmar and discovered in a parked Lexus set ablaze.

    Los Angeles police detectives tied Carlo Giuliano Cresci to the killing through a restaurant receipt left in the car and other...

  • Football: Sylmar, Crenshaw respond after opening game stumbles
    Football: Sylmar, Crenshaw respond after opening game stumbles

    There's a method to the madness of an overmatched City Section team playing a Southern Section power and getting routed.

    It's called learning from the mistakes and getting better.

    That's what Sylmar and Crenshaw did last week after opening-game stumbles to top 25 Southern Section teams.

    After losing...

  • Disturbing accounts of being stalked by alleged L.A. serial killer
    Disturbing accounts of being stalked by alleged L.A. serial killer

    Witnesses have come forward to say they were stalked by a man who police say they believe is a serial killer.

    Alex Hernandez, 34, has so far been charged with fatally shooting one person and trying to kill two others. Detectives have identified him as the suspect in at least five other shootings,...

  • Shootings studied for links to fatal Valley rampage
    Shootings studied for links to fatal Valley rampage

    Authorities are investigating whether the killings of three people Sunday morning in a San Fernando Valley crime rampage are linked to a rash of recent shootings on Los Angeles-area roadways, including some that were originally considered unrelated episodes of road rage.

    Detectives have identified...

  • LAPD warns public to remain vigilant after string of shootings kills 3
    LAPD warns public to remain vigilant after string of shootings kills 3

    Los Angeles police urged residents to remain vigilant Monday morning as detectives fanned across the San Fernando Valley looking for clues behind a series of shootings that left three people dead and four others wounded.

    Detectives with the LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division “have been working...

  • One in custody after series of deadly shootings in San Fernando Valley
    One in custody after series of deadly shootings in San Fernando Valley

    The first gunshots on a San Fernando street jolted people awake inside their homes.

    Police came upon a family of five in a car. A young woman was dead, her parents badly wounded.

    It was only the start.

    Forty-five minutes later and a few miles away at a Sylmar park, a man collecting recyclables...

  • Gunmen in 3 random killings 'a major public threat,' LAPD says
    Gunmen in 3 random killings 'a major public threat,' LAPD says

    Los Angeles police said late Sunday afternoon they were searching for two suspects they believe are responsible for a series of seemingly random early-morning shootings that left three people dead and four wounded in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

    Witnesses said the gunmen were driving a tan,...

  • Authorities looking for witnesses in fatal Sylmar crash

    Investigators are looking for witnesses to a Friday evening traffic collision in Sylmar that left two people dead, police said.

    The victims were passengers in a black 2005 Nissan 300Z that lost control near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Sunshine Canyon before crashing into a van about...

  • Two killed, others injured in two-car accident in Sylmar

    Two people were killed and an unspecified number of others were injured Friday evening in a two-car collision in Sylmar.

    The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. in the area of 14747 San Fernando Road, near Sunshine Canyon Road, police said.

    An arrest is pending, police said, but the investigation...

  • Glendale Community College's Marco Estrada looks to write career's newest chapter in pen
    Glendale Community College's Marco Estrada looks to write career's newest chapter in pen

    Local product faring well in new role for first-place Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Football: Sylmar turns to quarterback Clarence Williams

    There's little doubt who's the leader and go-to player at Sylmar High. It's junior quarterback Clarence Williams, who passed for 42 touchdowns as a sophomore.

    "As he go, we go," first-year Coach John Brazil said Wednesday before practice. "We expect big things from him and he knows that."

    Williams...

  • 'Bionic eye' maker Second Sight of Sylmar files for IPO
    'Bionic eye' maker Second Sight of Sylmar files for IPO

    "Bionic eye" manufacturer Second Sight Medical Products Inc. wants to offer its stock to the public.

    The Sylmar company makes a prosthetic retina that improves vision for patients with a rare disease called retinitis pigmentosa. It filed for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange...

  • 3-year-old boy dies after being trapped in hot car in Sylmar
    3-year-old boy dies after being trapped in hot car in Sylmar

    A 3-year-boy died Wednesday after apparently becoming trapped in a car at his home amid the afternoon heat in Sylmar, Los Angeles police said.

    The child was found unconscious in the car around 3:30 p.m. in the 14400 block of Foothill Boulevard, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police...

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