San Fernando Valley roundup: I-5 big rig crash slows Monday morning commute, Ex-LAUSD teacher pleads no contest to molestation charges

Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, August 21. A big rig crash on I-5 snarled traffic for hours in Burbank on Monday.

The early-morning crash on northbound Interstate 5 near the Scott Road exit resulted in the closure of three lanes as officials worked to clean up a nearly 1,000 gallon fuel spill. Burbank Leader

Recent studies suggest that Central and South American populations are now on the rise in the San Fernando Valley. LA Observed

A former LAUSD teacher pleaded no contest to 13 counts of a lewd act on a child and faces 25 years to life in prison. Paul Chapel, who taught third grade at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima, is accused of molesting 13 former students. LA Times

North Hollywood will be the pilot community for a disaster preparedness program. The program is a collaboration between the American Red Cross and the Los Angeles Police Department. Patch

Of 926 vehicles screened in a Saturday-night sobriety checkpoint in Burbank, only one person was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Burbank Leader.

-- Joshua Cox, Times Community News

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