Movie crew member drowns in pool
"The Lone Ranger"
PALMDALE, Calif.—A crew member on "The Lone Ranger" movie starring Johnny Depp drowned today on a ranch near Palmdale that is frequently used as a movie set, authorities said.
Paramedics and deputies were sent to the 5700 block of Soledad Canyon Road shortly after 9 a.m., said sheriff's Deputy Dan McPherson of the Palmdale Station. The man, who was not immediately identified, was airlifted to a hospital, where he died.
He had been working in a "deep'' pool at the location and was wearing scuba equipment, McPherson said.
Walt Disney Studios issued a statement confirming that he was a crew member.
"We regretfully confirm that a 'Lone Ranger' crew member has passed away after being taken to a local hospital. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time, and our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event."
The circumstances of the death were under investigation by the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, according to the sheriff's department.
Keller Williams Realty, in conjunction with Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Mall, announced the results of their recent Red Day events.
Between their food drive and Red Day Walk, the groups raised $12,645 in cash and more than 10,000 pounds of food for local charities including South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), Grace Resources, the WAVE Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Peter Sagan of Slovakia sprinted past Australian Michael Matthews to win today’s third stage of the Tour of California, the nation’s largest cycling event.
Sagan completed the 110.3-mile stage from Palmdale to Santa Clarita in four hours, 20 minutes, 31 seconds. Each of the next 99 cyclists were credited with the same time.
“The last three kilometers were crazy with all the sprinters who wanted to win,” Sagan said.
PALMDALE, Calif. — The eighth edition of the Tour of California begins two days of racing in Los Angeles County today with a 110.3-mile stage from Palmdale to Santa Clarita.
The 121 cyclists will leave from Marie Kerr Park at 11:20 a.m. for a stage that will feature racing through the hills north of Santa Clarita along San Francisquito Canyon and a 22-mile climb up Lake Hughes Road, followed by a gradual 18-mile descent down Spunky Canyon and Bouquet Road.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Southland again will bake in dry heat today, creating what the National Weather Service (NWS) called an “elevated fire danger” falling short of red flag conditions.
“A strong upper-level high-pressure system in combination with weak onshore flow near the surface brought record-breaking triple-digit heat to portions of the valleys and foothills on Sunday,” noted an NWS advisory.
Four people, including two men who stopped an assailant involved in an attack last November on a woman in Monterey Park, were honored Wednesday as “courageous citizens” by District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Hoa “Tony” Luong, 21, of Rosemead, was lauded for coming to the aid of a 60-year-old woman as she was being struck in the back of the head with a claw hammer and struggling with the assailant in a residential neighborhood of Monterey Park.