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SIMI VALLEY: BRIEFLY : 5 HURT IN 3-CAR CRASH; ONE DRIVER ARRESTED.

MOORPARK - A 25-year-old Pacoima man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a traffic crash Sunday night that left five people injured, Ventura County Sheriff's Department officials said.

According to authorities, Martin Bravo was driving a Ford Taurus station wagon east on New Los Angeles Avenue near Flory Avenue about 9:20 p.m. when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a BMW driven by 18-year-old Steve Cortes of Moorpark.

The BMW was forced into another westbound lane where a Ford van driven by 62-year-old Consuelo Rios of Moorpark hit the driver's side of the BMW, sheriff's officials said.

All three drivers were hurt in the collision. Cortes was in the intensive care unit at Simi Valley Hospital.

Also hurt were Paulino Rios, 62, of Moorpark and Luis Ruiz, 17, of Oxnard. Ruiz and Rios were treated for minor injuries and released.

Bravo was treated for his injuries and then booked for felony driving under the influence, sheriff's officials said.

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Police seek two men in rape in parking lot

SIMI VALLEY - A 37-year-old transient was sexually assaulted Sunday morning by two men who forced her into a car and drove to several locations before raping her in a fast-food restaurant parking lot, police said.

The unidentified woman was sitting on a bus bench on Cochran and First streets about 1 a.m. when the two men forced her into a white 1980s Pontiac Firebird with a black eagle emblem on the hood, officials said.

The men drove the victim to several locations in the city before stopping in the rear parking lot of the Burger King in the 1100 block of Los Angeles Avenue, where they took the woman from the car and disrobed her. One man then held the woman down while the other assaulted her, police said.

The first suspect was described as white and approximately 21 years old, about 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds with a large build, short brown curly hair, blue eyes and ``Jessica'' tattooed on his chest, police said.

The second suspect was described as approximately 25 years old, about 5-8, weighing 145 pounds with a slender build, straight brown hair and wearing a gold baseball cap, police said.

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Sentencing scheduled in robbery shootout

VENTURA - Sentencing is set for Wednesday for a Reseda man convicted for the death of his partner during a shootout with Los Angeles police following a Newbury Park liquor store robbery in June 1995.

Robert Cunningham's bid for a new trial was denied Monday and sentencing was postponed two days. Cunningham faces as much as four consecutive life terms - one without the possibility for parole - for the death of his partner, Daniel Soly, and the attempted murder of three Los Angeles Police Department officers, said Deputy District Attorney Don Glynn.

Soly was killed by undercover police who had trailed the pair from the San Fernando Valley to the liquor store and then confronted them after the robbery.

Cunningham was held responsible for the death when he was convicted in December of murder as well as charges of attempted murder, burglary and robbery.
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