Child abductor in custody
Children reunited with mother
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Two children illegally taken from their mother about 10 months ago were back at home today, thanks to a thorough California Highway Patrol officer who arrested the father on Saturday.
Officer Brett Rinehart stopped a Chevrolet pickup at Vermont Avenue and 111th Street just after noon on Saturday, and learned the driver, later identified as the father of the 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy in the vehicle, was wanted for felony vandalism.
Rashid Hasan Ali Akbar, 33, also was wanted for illegally taking the children about 10 months ago, according to the CHP. The children were returned to their mother.
Part of the reason Rinehart stopped the pickup was because its registration was expired. Its windows were tinted darker than what state law allows, as well, according to the CHP.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A water main ruptured today in an unincorporated area north of Inglewood, causing some street flooding and disrupting residential water service.
The break occurred in the area of 62nd Street and Overhill Drive in Windsor Hills, just west of Los Angeles, around 2 a.m., drawing Los Angeles County firefighters to the site, said fire dispatch Supervisor Ed Pickett.
The flooding affected both sides of La Brea Avenue from 64th Street to 62nd Street, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Anthony Martin.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Ground will be broken tomorrow on a project that will convert carpool lanes on stretches of the Harbor (110) and San Bernardino (10) freeways into toll lanes accessible to solo drivers.
The so-called Express Lanes project will transform about 25 miles of carpool lanes on the highways into high occupancy toll, or HOT lanes, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Solo drivers will be required to pay a toll that will range from 25 cents to $1.40 per mile, depending on traffic.
PALMDALE, Calif.—Nine firefighters were injured when a U.S. Forest Service truck rolled off the side of a Palmdale road near the Angeles National Forest when the driver apparently swerved to avoid a dog, authorities said today.
The crash occurred at 9:33 p.m. Monday on Mount Emma Road, east of Cheseboro Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Krystal Carter said. A dog was found at the scene uninjured, and animal control officers were called to take it away, Carter said.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officers will be out in force on the July Fourth weekend, on the lookout for motorists driving drunk, speeding, or otherwise violating traffic laws.
The CHP’s Maximum Enforcement Period, during which all available officers will be assigned to patrol duties, will begin at 6 p.m. and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Monday, said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Law enforcement officers will be out in force over the Memorial Day weekend targeting motorists who drink and drive, drive too fast or who are just reckless.
The California Highway Patrol's "maximum enforcement period'' begins at 6 p.m. and continues through 11:59 p.m. Monday, and all available officers will be on patrol, said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.