SANTA CLARITA: BRIEFLY : VAN DRIVER HELD FOLLOWING CRASH.CASTAIC - A Long Beach man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion of drunk driving after his van went out of control and crashed, seriously injuring a teen-age passenger, officials said.
Juan Cortez, 38, was driving south on the Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964. (5) Monday night when a rear tire lost tread, causing the van to go up a dirt hillside and overturn, said California Highway Patrol highway patrol
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways. Officer Wendy Moore.
Passenger George Ayala, 17, of Lindsay, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown out of the van, and taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment of major injuries, she said.
Cortez was arrested after being treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries, Moore said. He was being held in the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. sheriff's station jail.
SOURCE: Daily News
Grass fire damages wood-shake roof
NEWHALL - A grass fire in a wooded neighborhood Wednesday spewed burning embers em·ber
1. A small, glowing piece of coal or wood, as in a dying fire.
2. embers The smoldering coal or ash of a dying fire. onto a house briefly igniting the wood-shake roof, Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County firefighters said.
Firefighters quickly doused spot fires on the roof of the Cedar Town Street home preventing serious damage, said Capt. Darryl Coe. Nobody was injured and damage was estimated at $2,000.
``It just shows how quickly shake roofs can catch fire,'' Coe said. ``The fire was in the grass, but the roof caught fire in two or three different places. Plus we had a big pine three there that went up like a Roman candle Roman candle
A cylindrical firework that emits balls of fire and a shower of sparks.
a firework that produces a steady stream of coloured sparks [it originated in Italy]
Coe said the grass fire on the property behind the home was of suspicious nature. A crew working near where the fire started was questioned, but provided no information, Coe said.
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