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  • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic.  If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

  • What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

    What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

    The pairing possibilities for craft brews at your Thanksgiving feast are nearly limitless. From lively pilsners to awaken the appetite to syrupy barleywines to settle you into your turkey-coma, beer offers the versatility to fit into any menu. One way to include beer at the table this Thanksgiving...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta. A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

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  • Former LAPD jailer accused of taking bribes from bail bond company owners

    A former LAPD jailer and a couple who owned a bail bond company were charged with operating a “bail capping” scheme at the Van Nuys jail, prosecutors said Friday. Leonard Ramirez, 44, who was a detention officer in the Van Nuys jail, allegedly gave William Aroutounian, 34, and his wife, Iryna McCormick,...

  • Police investigate vandalism of three planes at Van Nuys Airport

    Police investigate vandalism of three planes at Van Nuys Airport

    Los Angeles airport police are investigating the vandalism of three aircraft and at least one vehicle  at Van Nuys Airport, the latest in a series of security breaches at the airfield. The latest incident occurred about 9:20 p.m. April 2, when a man scaled the perimeter fence and made his way to...

  • Neighborhood Spotlight: Van Nuys

    Neighborhood Spotlight: Van Nuys

    From a hot, dry expanse of cattle ranches and wheat farms to the irrigated epicenter of the post-World War II housing boom, the trajectory of Van Nuys in the 20th century was one of real estate development at breakneck speed. Circumstances and geography conspired to put Van Nuys at the social and...

  • Video shows L.A. limo driver swinging object at motorist in apparent road-rage attack

    Video shows L.A. limo driver swinging object at motorist in apparent road-rage attack

    An investigation is underway into an apparent road-rage incident caught on video showing a limousine driver striking a Los Angeles motorist’s SUV with a heavy object. No one was arrested in the incident, but investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys station are looking into...

  • Six injured in multicar crash in Van Nuys

    Six injured in multicar crash in Van Nuys

    A five-car crash in Van Nuys sent six people to the hospital Tuesday morning, Los Angeles police said. An earlier report by authorities that one person had been killed was inaccurate, said Officer Liliana Preciado. NEWSLETTER: Get essential California headlines delivered daily >> The crash was...

  • Knife-wielding man shot dead by LAPD in Van Nuys was suspected in stabbing, police say

    Knife-wielding man shot dead by LAPD in Van Nuys was suspected in stabbing, police say

    A man shot and killed by Los Angeles police Sunday afternoon in Van Nuys was suspected of stabbing someone and was armed with a knife when confronted by officers, police said Tuesday. Rammy Jaradat, who would have turned 27 this week, died at a hospital, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said....

  • Fire tears through vacant Van Nuys hotel that previously burned in 2013
    Fire tears through vacant Van Nuys hotel that previously burned in 2013

    Dozens of firefighters battled raging flames Sunday that tore through a vacant hotel in Van Nuys.

    The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at 6500 N. Sepulveda Blvd., in a two-story structure that last operated as the Voyager Motor Inn, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian...

  • Police shoot burglary suspect in Van Nuys
    Police shoot burglary suspect in Van Nuys

    Los Angeles police officers responding to a burglary call in Van Nuys shot a man early Sunday afternoon.

    The shooting occurred about 1 p.m. in the 6900 block of Kester Avenue, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

    The man was hit, but the department...

  • Football: First TD in Super Bowl 50 scored by former Birmingham standout Malik Jackson
    Football: First TD in Super Bowl 50 scored by former Birmingham standout Malik Jackson

    Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Malik Jackson will be the answer to the trivia quesiton, "Who scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl 50?"

    The former Birmingham High defensive end fell on a fumble by Cam Newton in the end zone. It was the first career TD for Jackson, 26, who played...

  • Grant Coach Howie Levine will sing national anthem before City Section Open Division final

    Grant basketball Coach Howard Levine has been booked to sing the national anthem before the City Section Open Division final next month at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

    But Levine could be a little busy. His team has won 12 consecutive games going into this week, and what happens if Grant is in the...

  • Corporate jets tagged by vandals at Van Nuys airport
    Corporate jets tagged by vandals at Van Nuys airport

    Taggers cut the fence at Van Nuys Airport sometime Sunday evening and scrawled graffiti on three corporate jets parked near the end of the runway, police said.

    Officials discovered the tagging across the fuselages and tails of the palanes Monday morning.

    This is the second time in two years that...

  • Miami Beach may have Art Basel, but L.A. has 'Art Basil' -- and it's the pesto thing ever
    Miami Beach may have Art Basel, but L.A. has 'Art Basil' -- and it's the pesto thing ever

    This is the time of year when the art world's jet set descends on Miami Beach to check out the merch at Art Basel in between poolside parties and epic traffic jams on the causeways. If you've been watching the action on Instagram and are experiencing some serious art fair FOMO, Los Angeles artist...

  • Grant names its basketball court after Coach Howie Levine

    Grant High in Van Nuys proclaimed Thursday as "Howie Levine Day."

    Its veteran basketball coach, entering his 30th season, showed up to the alumni game wearing his typical orange socks. At halftime, the principal presented him two viles of fake blood in the school colors of orange and brown.

    Then,...

  • The lutefisk dinners are here! Time to head to Van Nuys for traditional fish, meatballs, aquavit
    The lutefisk dinners are here! Time to head to Van Nuys for traditional fish, meatballs, aquavit

    With an unofficial slogan of Take the Risk, Try Lutefisk, it’s a pretty safe assumption that dining on lutefisk is not your average meal. That's what's printed on the aprons at Sons of Norway, Norrona Lodge No. 50 in Van Nuys, and you can kind of see why.

    A traditional Scandinavian dish of lye-treated...

  • A month after beer bottle shooting, officials name slain man and officers involved
    A month after beer bottle shooting, officials name slain man and officers involved

    A month after Los Angeles police killed a man after he allegedly threw a beer bottle through a patrol car window, authorities have identified the 45-year-old and the two officers who shot him.

    James Joseph Byrd died the night of Oct. 3 after he was shot multiple times by police, a coroner's spokesman...

  • Bellarmine-Jefferson football continues to fight through tough season
    Bellarmine-Jefferson football continues to fight through tough season

    Football: Guards don't quit despite 84-8 loss Saturday afternoon.

  • LAPD sends dive unit to look for potential evidence after fatal police shooting

    The LAPD sent its dive unit into a Van Nuys storm drain Thursday, looking for an "unknown dark object" that officers told investigators they saw a man holding before they fatally shot him. 

    Police said the man threw a 40-ounce beer bottle through the back window of the officers' patrol car on Saturday...

  • Officers who killed man feared ambush after seeing rap video
    Officers who killed man feared ambush after seeing rap video

    For days, a 15-second video circulated on social media that alarmed Los Angeles police.

    Taken from a vehicle parked behind a black-and-white police cruiser in downtown L.A., the clip opened with a view of the patrol car then flashed down to show someone holding a revolver. The person showed the...

  • LAPD cops who shot bottle-throwing man feared ambush after seeing video: attorney
    LAPD cops who shot bottle-throwing man feared ambush after seeing video: attorney

    Two Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot a man who threw a beer bottle through their patrol car window had been warned in roll call meetings about a possible ambush after an online video showed a man flashing a gun while filming an LAPD officer, an attorney said Tuesday.

    Attorney Gary Fullerton,...

  • L.A. police shoot a man to death after patrol car window shatters
    L.A. police shoot a man to death after patrol car window shatters

    Los Angeles police officers shot a man to death after the rear window of their police cruiser shattered while the officers were at a stoplight in Van Nuys, authorities said Sunday.

    The two officers were in their patrol car at the intersection of Sepulveda and Victory boulevards about 11:30 p.m....

  • Man fatally stabbed while panhandling in Van Nuys, police say
    Man fatally stabbed while panhandling in Van Nuys, police say

    A man was fatally stabbed while he was panhandling in Van Nuys early Tuesday, possibly by a motorist, police said.

    Police believe the man, who hasn’t been identified, may have been a transient because he was seen walking up to cars and asking drivers for money the night before.

    The man had approached...

  • Two businesses destroyed in massive Van Nuys fire
    Two businesses destroyed in massive Van Nuys fire

    Two businesses were destroyed early Thursday after flames swept through a massive one-story commercial building in Van Nuys.

    More than 160 firefighters battled the blaze that erupted about 12:11 a.m. in a large concrete building in the 14900 block of Calvert Street, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman...

  • Man shot, killed by LAPD following reports of neighbor dispute, officials say
    Man shot, killed by LAPD following reports of neighbor dispute, officials say

    Police shot and killed a man in Van Nuys late Thursday after he allegedly attacked officers who had been called to a dispute among neighbors, according to LAPD officials.

    Two officers with the LAPD's Van Nuys Division went to a home in the 14600 block of Valerio Street after a 911 caller reported...

  • Two killed, several injured in crash on 405 Freeway in Van Nuys
    Two killed, several injured in crash on 405 Freeway in Van Nuys

    A man and a child were killed and several others injured when a  big rig collided with a sport utility vehicle on the 405 Freeway in Van Nuys, shutting down the northbound lanes for hours and snarling weekend traffic, authorities said.

    The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the male...

  • One man killed, another injured in Van Nuys fire

    One man was killed and another injured after fire engulfed a converted garage in Van Nuys early Sunday, authorities said.

    A neighbor reported the fire in the 14000 block of Victory Boulevard about 4:35 a.m., according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was in a garage...

  • 'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested for alleged shoplifting at Target
    'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested for alleged shoplifting at Target

    "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards is in trouble with the law again.

    Richards was detained by loss prevention security guards Sunday at a Target in Van Nuys for shoplifting $600 in products, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Richards was shopping...

  • DWP cancels couple's $51,269.42 water bill, gives $85 credit

    Oh, about that $51,000 water bill we sent you?

    Never mind.

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has decided after an "investigation" that Savely and Stella Goreshter, who live in a Van Nuys condominium, did not use 6.7 million gallons of water between January and October of last year....

  • Van Nuys couple's $51,649.32 DWP horror story
    Van Nuys couple's $51,649.32 DWP horror story

    Mr. Goreshter gesticulates, snarls and paces in his Van Nuys condo.

    Mrs. Goreshter sits in a silent, fixed state of dread.

    "My parents are terrified," says the retired couple's daughter, Felicia.

    The beast that can not be tamed — the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — is figuratively at...

  • Trade in your gun, receive a gift card in L.A.
    Trade in your gun, receive a gift card in L.A.

    As part of the city's gun buyback program, Angelenos can anonymously trade in their firearms Saturday in exchange for up to $200 in a grocery store gift card. 

    Handguns, shotguns and rifles will draw up to $100 in a Ralph's gift card while card supplies last, and assault weapons will be worth up...

  • Search underway for handcuffed parolee who ran away from police
    Search underway for handcuffed parolee who ran away from police

    Police are searching for a parolee who leaped off a second–floor ramp at the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys station and ran away from authorities while still handcuffed.

    The parolee, whose name was not immediately available, was going to be booked at the police station on Sylmar Avenue...

  • Edible cricket farm coming soon to Van Nuys
    Edible cricket farm coming soon to Van Nuys

    Chirp chirp — it's your dinner calling. 

    Is Los Angeles ready to eat crickets? Well, yes, we've been eating them for a while now. Guelagetza serves crickets two ways, Petty Cash has off-menu chapulin tacos, and you can get a half-pound bag of crickets at Expression Oaxaquena. And now a 25-year...

  • Van Nuys standoff ends peacefully, but not before suspect allegedly fires gun
    Van Nuys standoff ends peacefully, but not before suspect allegedly fires gun

    A standoff with an armed suspect who allegedly pointed his gun at children and fired it randomly when police arrived surrendered Friday night in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police said. 

    Police and SWAT officers responded to a barricade situation around 1 p.m. in the 15900 block of Sherman Way, said...

  • Female victims of homicide often know their killers
    Female victims of homicide often know their killers

    The victims vary in age. They were killed in upscale Stevenson Ranch and on the most dangerous streets of South L.A. The specifics may differ, but the homicides of women in Los Angeles County this year take on a deadly rhythm.

    On Jan. 14, Mary Matsumoto, 72, was found shot to death in her San Pedro...

  • Plane, helicopter collide at Van Nuys Airport
    Plane, helicopter collide at Van Nuys Airport

    A small airplane and a helicopter collided Thursday afternoon at Van Nuys Airport while both aircraft were on the ground, authorities said.

    No one was injured in the incident.

    The small airplane, an Aero Commander 685, was repositioning at the airport when it struck the front of a Eurocopter AS350,...

  • LAPD detective's girlfriend arrested after 9-hour standoff, police say
    LAPD detective's girlfriend arrested after 9-hour standoff, police say

    The girlfriend of a Los Angeles police detective was taken into custody Wednesday after a roughly nine-hour standoff with police at a Van Nuys home, authorities said.

    SWAT and crisis negotiators talked to the woman, but through the early morning hours she had refused to come out of the couple’s...

  • Man arrested on suspicion of murder in girlfriend's stabbing death
    Man arrested on suspicion of murder in girlfriend's stabbing death

    Police have arrested a 41-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in a truck in Van Nuys then concocting a story about how the couple had been attacked, authorities said.

    Osmar Gomez was arrested on suspicion of murder after police investigating the stabbing couldn’t corroborate...

  • Garcetti says state should give tax breaks for quake retrofits
    Garcetti says state should give tax breaks for quake retrofits

    Flanked by property owner and tenants' rights advocates, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support a bill that would give owners a 30% tax break off the cost of seismically retrofitting vulnerable buildings.

    “We as a city cannot do this alone,” Garcetti told reporters...

  • Van Nuys man convicted of practicing immigration law without a license

    A Van Nuys man will serve time in jail after he was convicted of practicing immigration law without a license, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Wednesday.

    Jesus Lozano, 52, was the target of an undercover investigation as part of a new city-county crackdown on immigration scams.  He...

  • Suspected drunk driver runs red light, triggers Van Nuys crash, police say
    Suspected drunk driver runs red light, triggers Van Nuys crash, police say

    A 19-year-old suspected drunk driver ran a red light in Van Nuys early Tuesday and crashed into an SUV, which flipped onto its roof and landed on top of a minivan, police said.

    The crash occurred after midnight at Van Nuys and Victory boulevards, where the man, driving a Volkswagen Passat and traveling...

  • PAC with tobacco ties pushes for Nury Martinez, L.A. ballot measures
    PAC with tobacco ties pushes for Nury Martinez, L.A. ballot measures

    A political action committee partly backed by an affiliate of tobacco giant Phillip Morris USA is helping to promote the reelection bid of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and two measures to change L.A.’s election date, according to city records.

    The Sacramento-based committee, Keep...

  • City Council candidate Cindy Montañez faces 'an uphill battle'
    City Council candidate Cindy Montañez faces 'an uphill battle'

    As she wages a tough campaign to oust Nury Martinez from her seat on the Los Angeles City Council, rival candidate Cindy Montañez takes the same complaint to audiences in Van Nuys, Panorama City and Sunland.

    The San Fernando Valley incumbent, Montañez says, hasn't delivered on promises to clean...

  • White powder found on letter to L.A. judge; FBI investigating

    Police and hazmat crews were called to a Los Angeles courthouse Wednesday when a mailroom staffer discovered white powder on an envelope addressed to a judge.

    Just after 4 p.m., someone in the mailroom in a Van Nuys courthouse spotted a “white, dandruff-like powder” on mail addressed to Superior...

  • Man sets himself on fire in Starbucks bathroom, 90% of his body burned
    Man sets himself on fire in Starbucks bathroom, 90% of his body burned

    A 60-year-old man set himself on fire Tuesday morning after locking himself in the bathroom of a Van Nuys Starbucks, authorities said.

    The man suffered burns to 90% of his body in what police say was a suicide attempt. He was in critical condition.

    The man, who police said was a transient, came...

  • Clay Lacy Aviation begins $10-million expansion at Van Nuys Airport
    Clay Lacy Aviation begins $10-million expansion at Van Nuys Airport

    Clay Lacy Aviation broke ground Thursday on a $10-million expansion of its operations at Van Nuys Airport, putting to use a 6-acre parcel that has been vacant since 1957.

    The so-called South Campus project includes a terminal, two hangars, offices, conference facilities and ramp space for aircraft....

  • Garcetti switches sides in Valley council race, backs Martinez
    Garcetti switches sides in Valley council race, backs Martinez

    Switching his alliance, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that he is backing Councilmember Nury Martinez's bid to win reelection to her seat representing Van Nuys, Arleta and Sun Valley.

    Garcetti supported Martinez's rival, former state lawmaker Cindy Montanez, when the two women faced off...

  • Los Angeles World Airports head Gina Marie Lindsey to retire
    Los Angeles World Airports head Gina Marie Lindsey to retire

    Los Angeles airport Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, who has overseen a massive and ongoing modernization of LAX for nearly eight years, announced Tuesday that she will retire in the spring.

    "This is an appropriate time for a transition," said Lindsey, 60. "The next executive director will...

  • Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring
    Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring

    Los Angeles airport Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, who has overseen the ongoing modernization of LAX for almost eight years, announced Tuesday that she will retire effective this spring.

    "This is an appropriate time for a transition," said Lindsey, who has worked for 39 years, 33 of them...

  • Nury Martinez backers sent out illegal campaign mailers, rival says
    Nury Martinez backers sent out illegal campaign mailers, rival says

    Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez's rival in the March 3 election says an independent group backing the incumbent violated city ethics laws by sending out mailers that do not list the major donors who paid for them.

    Eric Hacopian, a campaign spokesman for challenger Cindy Montanez, said...

  • Man suspected in deadly Van Nuys stabbing turns self in
    Man suspected in deadly Van Nuys stabbing turns self in

    A 25-year-old man turned himself in to police Sunday in connection with a fatal stabbing in a Van Nuys apartment complex, police said.

    Accompanied by a pastor, Ezekiel Dear walked into a South Los Angeles police station and was interviewed by homicide detectives about the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old...

  • L.A. family's pet gator: predator or just a pussycat?
    L.A. family's pet gator: predator or just a pussycat?

    For Laura Mattson, Jaxson the alligator was an 8-foot-long link to her late husband, who adored the reptile he brought home from a Los Angeles pet store 37 years ago.

    Jaxson was Jim Mattson's "pride and joy," said his brother-in-law, Ron Gorecki. When the alligator was small, she lived in the house...

  • 8-foot alligator found in yard didn't eat cats, family says
    8-foot alligator found in yard didn't eat cats, family says

    Jaxson is cold-blooded. But the 8-foot alligator who lived in Van Nuys was not munching on neighborhood cats, the female crocodilian’s human family said Thursday.

    Officers with the Los Angeles Animal Services Department on Monday removed Jaxson from her home and took her to the Los Angeles Zoo,...

  • Alligator found at San Fernando Valley home had lived there 37 years
    Alligator found at San Fernando Valley home had lived there 37 years

    An 8-foot-long alligator has been living in the backyard of a San Fernando Valley home for about 40 years, animal control officials said Wednesday.

    Officers from the Los Angeles Animal Services Department found the alligator Monday inside a wooden crate at the home in the 13200 block of Sylvan...

  • JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided 'extreme' exploration
    JPL scientist killed in Van Nuys plane crash aided 'extreme' exploration

    Alberto Enrique Behar dedicated his career to the idea that there was no place too hot, too cold or too remote for science.

    At NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arizona State University, he developed robotic instruments that investigated Antarctic lakes, the deep ocean and volcanoes and helped...

  • Pilot killed in plane crash at Van Nuys intersection was a longtime JPL scientist
    Pilot killed in plane crash at Van Nuys intersection was a longtime JPL scientist

    The pilot killed in a small plane crash at a Van Nuys intersection Friday afternoon was a longtime scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who specialized in designing robotics for exploring the surfaces of other planets.

    Alberto Enrique Behar, 47, was killed when the plane he was piloting went...

  • One dead as small plane crashes in street near Van Nuys Airport
    One dead as small plane crashes in street near Van Nuys Airport

    A 40-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when a small plane crashed in a busy commercial intersection near Van Nuys Airport and a local hospital, fire officials said.

    The single-engine Lancair crashed about 1:14 p.m. under unknown circumstances at Vanowen Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue, according...

  • Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat
    Spam lover's guide to L.A.: 7 great dishes with your favorite processed meat

    Fans of Spam know that it can actually be pretty great stuff. Sure, it's a chunk of gelatinous, salty meat in a little blue can, but when you put it in the hands of trained professionals, or your grandmother, it can be pure magic. 

    If you didn't grow up eating Spam, or consider it mystery meat,...

  • L.A. councilwoman: Stop registering illegal pot shops
    L.A. councilwoman: Stop registering illegal pot shops

    Los Angeles has allowed hundreds of medical marijuana shops to register to pay taxes and obtain official city certificates without determining if they are allowed under a voter-approved crackdown on the businesses. 

    But City Councilwoman Nury Martinez is pushing to immediately end the practice,...

  • What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?
    What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

    The pairing possibilities for craft brews at your Thanksgiving feast are nearly limitless. From lively pilsners to awaken the appetite to syrupy barleywines to settle you into your turkey-coma, beer offers the versatility to fit into any menu.

    One way to include beer at the table this Thanksgiving...

  • Ex-Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg heads to Senate with long-term goals
    Ex-Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg heads to Senate with long-term goals

    The first surprise on a tour of Bob Hertzberg's new house in Van Nuys is the ice cream parlor, with the former state Assembly speaker's nickname on a neon sign: "Huggy's Soda Fountain."

    Next is a screening room with hot dog, cotton candy and popcorn machines, and then, in the garage, a shiny green...

  • 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,...

  • Man nearly killed after running into fiery apartment to save his cat
    Man nearly killed after running into fiery apartment to save his cat

    A man suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday after running back into his fiery Van Nuys apartment to rescue his beloved cat, officials said.

    The cat survived and is being looked after by neighbors while the man receives medical treatment for smoke inhalation, LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said.

    ...

  • Police kill knife-wielding suspect
    Police kill knife-wielding suspect

    Los Angeles police responding to a call of a man with a knife shot and killed the suspect Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

    The call came into the West Valley station about 3:15 p.m., according to Officer Norma Eisenman. Officers responded to the scene at Victory Boulevard and Haskell Avenue,...

  • Baby rattlesnakes found at Van Nuys elementary school
    Baby rattlesnakes found at Van Nuys elementary school

    The discovery of three baby rattlesnakes at a Van Nuys elementary school has resulted in a cleanup effort.

    Two of the 10-inch rattlesnakes were found in recent weeks near a classroom at Valerio Street Elementary School, prompting a series of letters and warnings to students, staff and parents.

    ...

  • LAPD detention officer arrested in bail solicitation scheme, police say

    An LAPD detention officer has been arrested on suspicion of accepting compensation from bail agents in exchange for information about inmates booked at the Van Nuys Jail, authorities said.

    Leonard Ramirez, 42, was taken into custody Monday for bribery and participating in the bail solicitation...

  • Flintridge Sacred Heart cross-country turns in best effort on Grahn stage

    Cross-country: Senior Kayla Grahn wins Mission League championship in 18:19 for third-place Tologs, while St. Francis takes fifth.

  • Mother charged in teen's possession of gun at school
    Mother charged in teen's possession of gun at school

    The first gun was found inside a backpack belonging to a 17-year-old student at Will Rogers Continuation School in Van Nuys. The weapon was a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, loaded with six rounds, police said.

    A day later, police served a search warrant at the teenager's home and discovered...

  • Mother faces criminal charges after son allegedly takes gun to school
    Mother faces criminal charges after son allegedly takes gun to school

    Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer on Wednesday announced that he filed criminal charges against a woman whose 17-year-old son allegedly took a loaded semiautomatic handgun to school.

    Feuer said the action is "unique in the history of the city" and a first step toward holding parents accountable...

  • Evacuations lifted in Van Nuys after bomb squad searches stolen truck
    Evacuations lifted in Van Nuys after bomb squad searches stolen truck

    An LAPD bomb squad that was investigating several suspicious objects found  inside the bed of a stolen truck in Van Nuys have cleared the incident and lifted an evacation.

    Authorities said the suspicious items turned out to be a backpack, a gas can and some metal shavings.

    Earlier, authorities...

  • Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles
    Eight of the best tortas in Los Angeles

    Move over, tacos. It's time to share the spotlight with your sandwich counterpart: the torta.

    A torta is more than just a Mexican version of a beefed-up sandwich; it is an entirely different species. A good torta is usually available anywhere that a good taco is, with just as many regional variations....

  • Football: Grant is surprise team in the East Valley League

    Look who's in first place in the East Valley League. Arleta (2-0) was supposed to be on top, but who picked Van Nuys Grant (2-0) to join the Mustangs?

    Leading Grant to a win over North Hollywood this past week was sophomore running back Darryl Antwan Anderson. He has put together consecutive games...

  • Dan Goossen dies at 64; boxing promoter produced world champions
    Dan Goossen dies at 64; boxing promoter produced world champions

    Boxing promoter Dan Goossen, who transformed his family's vacant San Fernando Valley field into a business that produced world champions, died Monday of complications from liver cancer, his family announced. He was 64.

    "The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter, and his final...

  • Free beer for life? MacLeod is going all in for its backers
    Free beer for life? MacLeod is going all in for its backers

    Few things in the world of beer taste as sweet as a pint on the house, and cask-focused brewery MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. is offering membership in their 54-degrees Founders Club that means you’ll never pay for a pint of ale at their bar again.

    The brewery opened in June and quickly built a following...

  • Glendale Community College cross-country enjoys top-five success

    Cross-country: Women's squad wins second race this season at Southern California Preview, while men place fifth.

  • Man shot after allegedly breaking into house
    Man shot after allegedly breaking into house

    A Glendale man was shot and injured while allegedly robbing a home in Van Nuys on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Around 11 p.m., Grachia Nalbanyan, 25, gained entry into a residence in the 6200 block of Matilija Avenue, Officer Sara Faden said.Nalbanyan came across the...

  • Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, St. Francis High cross-country show improvement in first Mission League meet
    Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, St. Francis High cross-country show improvement in first Mission League meet

    Cross-country: Tologs place third behind bronze effort from Kayla Grahn, while Golden Knights move up two spots to fourth.

  • Assailant sought in Van Nuys stabbing death

    Police were looking for leads into the stabbing death of a man in Van Nuys early Sunday. 

    The victim, described as a Latino between 45 and 50, was on the sidewalk near the intersection of Erwin Street and Van Nuys Boulevard with multiple stab wounds to his torso. A person flagged down Los Angeles...

  • 'Super scoopers' arrive in L.A. as wildfire season begins
    'Super scoopers' arrive in L.A. as wildfire season begins

    A pair of "super scooper" water-dropping aircraft have arrived in L.A. County as wildfire season officially begins amid a protracted drought that has left California particularly vulnerable.

    Already, firefighters in Central and Northern California have seen their share of wildfires, many sparked...

  • 3-month-old boy found dead in crib in Van Nuys; police investigating
    3-month-old boy found dead in crib in Van Nuys; police investigating

    Police are investigating the death of 3-month-old boy who was found dead in Van Nuys early Monday.

    The baby was found in his crib in the 7400 block of Woodman Avenue at around 4:20 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles police said.

    The LAPD's Abused Child Unit is investigating...

  • Man pleads not guilty to stabbing, shooting Target maintenance worker
    Man pleads not guilty to stabbing, shooting Target maintenance worker

    A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing and shooting a maintenance worker who was pressure washing a Target parking lot in Van Nuys, prosecutors said. 

    Erick Renteria, 24, is charged with one count each of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of resisting a peace...

  • Suspect in custody after man is fatally stabbed in neck in Van Nuys
    Suspect in custody after man is fatally stabbed in neck in Van Nuys

    A suspect was in custody after a 40-year-old man was fatally stabbed in the neck early Tuesday near a Target store in Van Nuys, police said.

    The incident took place around 5 a.m. at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Hatteras Street, according to Los Angeles police.

    Police used force to...

  • Police seek one-eyed man in connection with double killing at 7-Eleven
    Police seek one-eyed man in connection with double killing at 7-Eleven

    Police are looking for a one-eyed man suspected of fatally shooting two men Thursday morning in front of a Van Nuys 7-Eleven.

    The incident took place about 6 a.m. in the 8000 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. 

    According to police,...

  • Verbal confrontation preceded deadly 7-Eleven shooting, police say
    Verbal confrontation preceded deadly 7-Eleven shooting, police say

    A verbal confrontation led to a shooting outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in Van Nuys early Thursday. Two people were shot dead, Los Angeles police said.

    The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. in the 8200 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard and was initially reported as an assault with a deadly...

  • Free spay, neuter effort targets Chihuahuas in low-income areas
    Free spay, neuter effort targets Chihuahuas in low-income areas

    Get ready for the Chihuahua Challenge.

    A new fund launched across Los Angeles this month allows owners of the small breed to have their pets spayed and neutered for free, with special attention being paid to a high concentration of Chihuahuas owned by families in low-income areas of Los Angeles...

  • Baseball: Javier Gonzalez is new coach at Grant

    Javier Gonzalez has taken over as the baseball coach at Grant, replacing Eddie Alcantar, who will move to Sun Valley Poly as an assistant coach.

     

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  • LAPD cruiser crashes while pursuing DUI suspect; no officers hurt
    LAPD cruiser crashes while pursuing DUI suspect; no officers hurt

    A police cruiser crashed into a median early Tuesday in Van Nuys while pursuing a man suspected of driving under the influence, authorities said.

    Los Angeles police officers began pursuing the man on Sherman Way around 1:50 a.m. after observing him running stop signs and driving without headlights,...

  • Six L.A.-area hookah lounges cited for variety of violations

    Six Los Angeles-area hookah lounges were recently cited for a variety of violations during a series of compliance checks, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    The lounges, located in Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks, were cited for violating smoking and alcohol laws, including smoking inside...

  • Evacuated Van Nuys residents return after apparent meth lab is cleared
    Evacuated Van Nuys residents return after apparent meth lab is cleared

    Residents evacuated from about two dozen apartments overnight in Van Nuys were allowed to return Monday morning after authorities secured what they called a methamphetamine lab, where fumes sent five police officers to the hospital.

    The Los Angeles police officers were responding to reports of...

  • Drug lab fumes send 5 LAPD officers, suspect to hospitals
    Drug lab fumes send 5 LAPD officers, suspect to hospitals

    Five Los Angeles police officers exposed to chemical fumes from a narcotics lab in a Van Nuys apartment were recovering early Monday, Los Angeles police said.

    The officers responded to a radio call reporting a man screaming at 14839 W. Sherman Way shortly after 10 p.m. on Sunday, LAPD Sgt. J. Hensley...

  • L.A. prosecutor's work goes beyond the courtroom
    L.A. prosecutor's work goes beyond the courtroom

    Ayelet Feiman fixed her gaze on the graffiti ringing the highway overpass, thinking out loud.

    "Is it Caltrans property?" she asked, a pen poised in one hand, a smartphone dangling from the other. "Is it city property because it's a city bridge?"

    It was a breezy Wednesday afternoon in a Panorama...

  • Crescenta Valley High softball's Cookson, Bellarmine-Jefferson's Acosta lead East All-Stars to dominating victory

    Softball: Falcons senior smacks two homers, Guards pitcher tosses four solid innings in winning accolades in 10-1 San Fernando Valley All-Star Game victory Wednesday.

  • Valley finally gets a craft brewery of its own, and there's real ale
    Valley finally gets a craft brewery of its own, and there's real ale

    The San Fernando Valley is finally getting a craft brewery of its own, and it’s an operation that will offer something unique among Los Angeles breweries: “real ale” in the British tradition.

    MacLeod Ale Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing classic British styles — think low-alcohol pale ales,...

  • Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball players gain experience in loss to Grant

    Basketball: Prior commitments deplete Falcons' squad in 45-37 defeat to Grant at Glendale Community College.

  • Valley College lockdown lifted after possible gun threat investigated
    Valley College lockdown lifted after possible gun threat investigated

    Authorities lifted a school lockdown at Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen on Monday afternoon after investigating a threat of a man possibly armed with a gun.

    Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they will continue to look into the identity of the man who called...

  • Two corporate jets donated to mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport
    Two corporate jets donated to mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport

    Clay Lacy, a legendary pilot and pioneer in aviation-related businesses, on Thursday donated two retired corporate jets to the aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport.

    The 1968 Learjet and a 1979 Gulfstream represent the largest gifts received by the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation,...

  • Baseball: Van Nuys earns trip to Dodger Stadium with dramatic walk-off victory
    Baseball: Van Nuys earns trip to Dodger Stadium with dramatic walk-off victory

     A year ago, Van Nuys won the City Section Division II championship with a 5-4, eight-inning victory over Chavez by scoring two runs.

    The Wolves topped that drama on Monday in a Division II semifinal with a 6-5 victory over Huntington Park in which Gerry Macias delivered a two-out, two-run double...

  • L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'
    L.A. Mayor Garcetti identifies city's 'Great Streets'

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's office has identified the first 15 areas to be targeted in his initiative to revitalize dozens of neighborhood streets.

    The goal of his "Great Streets" program, the mayor has said, is to make streets  more pedestrian-friendly and attract businesses. The mayor's...

  • Baseball: Luis Soto leads Fulton Prep into City Division III final

     Luis Soto hit a two-run home run in the first inning and threw six innings on the mound to help Fulton Prep defeat Animo Venice, 6-5, in a City Section Division III semifinal baseball game. He finished with two hits and three RBIs.

    Animo Venice tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth, but Christian...

  • L.A. assistant city attorney picked to head FAA airports division

    A 12-year veteran of the Los Angeles city attorney's office has been appointed to head the airports division of the Federal Aviation Administration.Eduardo A. Angeles, a senior assistant city attorney who has served as general counsel for Los Angeles World Airports, is scheduled to assume the top...

  • William Haines' custom designs from 1960 to be auctioned
    William Haines' custom designs from 1960 to be auctioned

    Legendary Hollywood interior designer William "Billy" Haines had not only a glittering client roster — Joan Crawford, Jack Warner, Betsy Bloomingdale, the Reagans and the Annenbergs — but also a devoted one.

    On Sunday, Los Angeles Modern Auctions will auction more than 30 custom Haines designs...

  • L.A. Council seeks to curb new adult businesses in parts of Valley
    L.A. Council seeks to curb new adult businesses in parts of Valley

    New strip clubs, massage parlors and other “adult entertainment” will be temporarily barred from getting city permits along four streets in Sun Valley and Van Nuys, under new rules that the Los Angeles City Council voted to draft Tuesday. The restrictions would also curb new liquor stores, hotels...

  • L.A. councilwoman targets sex trade in her Valley district
    L.A. councilwoman targets sex trade in her Valley district

    In the mornings, when Dakeya Brown-Kane takes her 3-year-old daughter to preschool, she tries to distract her with paper to draw on so she overlooks the scantily clad women outside.

    But it's hard to ignore the sultry billboard for the La Perla gentlemen's club near their apartment window on Sepulveda...

  • Man accused of writing anti-Semitic graffiti charged with hate crimes

    A man accused of scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti outside a Jewish-owned business in Van Nuys has been charged with multiple hate crimes by Los Angeles city prosecutors.

    Amos Hason, 49, allegedly painted swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on a fence and trash bin behind the plumbing business....

  • Hate-crime charges filed in anti-Semitic graffiti case in Van Nuys
    Hate-crime charges filed in anti-Semitic graffiti case in Van Nuys

    A man accused of scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti outside a Jewish-owned business in Van Nuys has been charged with multiple hate crimes by Los Angeles city prosecutors.

    Amos Hason 49, allegedly painted swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on a fence and trash bin behind the plumbing business....

  • Deputies union ordered to pay L.A. Times in failed censorship suit

    Months after it unsuccessfully sought to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information gleaned from officers' personnel files, a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has been ordered to pay the newspaper more than $41,000 in legal fees.

    In a final ruling issued Wednesday,...

  • Man killed by Metrolink train in Van Nuys

    An eastbound Metrolink train struck and killed a man a mile before the Van Nuys station late Friday afternoon, an agency official said.

    The incident, reported by the train crew at 4:43 p.m., occurred in an area where pedestrians are prohibited, according to Scott Johnson, a Metrolink spokesman.

    ...

  • At this burger stand, the thrill may be gone, but the grill is not
    At this burger stand, the thrill may be gone, but the grill is not

    Bill Elwell has been flipping burgers at his Valley stand for 49 years. He doesn't want any more business, but try telling his patrons that.

  • Sheriff candidates step up rhetoric at second debate
    Sheriff candidates step up rhetoric at second debate

    Rivals vying to run the L.A. County Sheriff's Department raise accusations of mismanagement and opportunism at Van Nuys forum.

  • Candidates for L.A. County sheriff sharpen attacks at second debate

    The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate.

    Unlike the debate last month, this time the candidates directed multiple barbs at the men...

  • Fare evasion on the Orange Line has fallen, transit officials say
    Fare evasion on the Orange Line has fallen, transit officials say

    Fare evasion along the Metro Orange Line has fallen significantly since law enforcement began a more aggressive campaign to check passengers' fares and issue citations and warnings, authorities said Tuesday. 

    The ratio of passengers riding the San Fernando Valley busway for free fell to 7% and...

  • Councilwoman, city attorney call for crackdown on Valley prostitution
    Councilwoman, city attorney call for crackdown on Valley prostitution

    Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley.

    Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind...

  • Police seek clues in fatal Van Nuys shooting
    Police seek clues in fatal Van Nuys shooting

    Detectives are looking for witnesses in a fatal parking lot shooting of a 28-year-old man in Van Nuys, authorities said Wednesday.

    A small group of people were inside a restaurant in the 13640 block of Burbank Boulevard about 6:10 p.m. Monday when a dispute arose, said Los Angeles police Lt. Steve...

  • Woman who allegedly called in threat to Valley College is arrested
    Woman who allegedly called in threat to Valley College is arrested

    A 21-year-old woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly calling Los Angeles Valley College and threatening to “shoot up” the school, authorities said.

    Authorities say the Los Angeles County sheriff’s bureau at the college received a call Thursday about 9 a.m. from a person threatening to "shoot...

  • L.A. woman sues McDonald's over hot coffee, 20 years after huge verdict
    L.A. woman sues McDonald's over hot coffee, 20 years after huge verdict

    A woman has filed suit against McDonald’s Corp., saying she was burned by hot coffee that spilled on her at one of the fast-food chain’s Los Angeles restaurants.

    The lawsuit comes 20 years after a jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who was badly burned after she spilled hot coffee into her lap...

  • Man shot and killed in Van Nuys; police search for gunman
    Man shot and killed in Van Nuys; police search for gunman

    A 22-year-old man who was gunned down on a Van Nuys street has died from his wounds, Los Angeles police said Wednesday night.

    Ramiro Melendez-Lobos was walking southbound on Cedros Avenue at Delano Street when a man approached and opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, the Los Angeles Police...

  • Aviation buffs of Condor Squadron keep vintage WWII aircraft flying
    Aviation buffs of Condor Squadron keep vintage WWII aircraft flying

    The Condor Squadron, based at Van Nuys airport, maintains and flies eight AT-6/SNJ Texans. The sturdy aircraft was used to train pilots during WWII and the Korean War.

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