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BRIEFLY 'FREAKS AND GEEKS' ACTOR IS ARRESTED.

``Freaks and Geeks'' TV actor Riley Smith was arrested and booked for investigation of drunk driving.

Smith, 22, was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer that was weaving on the Ventura Freeway near Coldwater Canyon Avenue at 2 a.m. Thursday when the California Highway Patrol stopped him, CHP Lt. Bruce Moncher said.

He was arrested and booked at the Van Nuys jail on suspicion of drunk driving, the lieutenant said. He was later released.

Smith's agent Mike Einseld said there would be no comment.

The actor plays the football player boyfriend of character Cindy Sanders, played by Natasha Melnick, in a recurring role on the NBC-TV show.

- Associated Press

Boy injured in fall OK, official says

GRANADA HILLS - A 6-year-old boy injured in a fall on a playground in Granada Hills and taken to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles on Thursday should be OK, a hospital representative said.

The boy, who fell to the ground from a piece of playground equipment at a church school in the 10900 block of Zelzah Avenue, was taken to the pediatric hospital by Los Angeles firefighters about 4 p.m., said fire spokesman Jim Wells.

- City News Service

Police warn about danger of channels

With more rain predicted for the weekend, Los Angeles police are warning it's not only dangerous to venture into flood control channels, it's also illegal.

Various laws prohibit people from playing or being in flood control channels, and police Cmdr. David Kalish said officers would cite anyone spotted in one.

If you see someone fall into a flood channel, call 911. Don't get into the water to try to rescue the person; if possible, throw a buoyant object.

If you are swept or fall into a flood control:

--Try to stay calm and watch for rescuers.

--Float on your back with your legs downstream.

--Keep your head up so you can see where you are going.

--Use your legs to push away from obstacles.

While it may be natural to grab stationary objects, most deaths result from people being pinned against debris.

- City News Service

CHP commander to retire on June 1

The commander of the California Highway Patrol's Southern Division will retire from the force June 1, capping a 34-year career, a spokesman announced Thursday.

Chief Edward Gomez has headed the Southern Division for the 13 years, said CHP Sgt. Rhett Price. A celebration is planned June 1 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

``As commander of Southern Division, Chief Gomez oversaw the day-to-day operations of more than 1,600 sworn officers and support personnel,'' Price said. He also said the chief always found ways to donate his personal time to numerous community organizations.''

Gomez and his wife, Nina, will continue to live in Pasadena.

- City News Service

Ahmanson Ranch hearing is planned

AGOURA HILLS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public hearing on the Ahmanson Ranch project at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Agoura Hills-Calabasas Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road.

Comments and testimony at the hearing, which is expected to last until 2 p.m., will be considered when the regulatory agency decides whether to grant a permit for the 3,050-home development, which also includes 400,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Local and federal politicians including Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Woodland Hills, are expected to attend.

- Daily News
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