BRIEFLY : TWO TRAFFIC FATALITIES IDENTIFIED AS SISTERS.
The driver was identified as Pilar Delarosa, 58, of Reseda, according to Bruce Lyle of the Coroner's Office. Delarosa was pronounced dead at 4:35 p.m. at the scene of the crash. The passenger was identified as Dula Perez, 64, also of Reseda. Perez was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 4:46 p.m.
The crash occurred around 4:10 p.m. at San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway. Three others were injured - two men and the other driver, a 16-year-old boy.
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Police fatally shoot man wielding knife
A man armed with a knife was fatally shot by police Saturday while officers were trying to evacuate a neighborhood because of suspicious activity at a nearby bank, authorities said.
Officers were flagged down about 12:45 p.m. by people reporting ``suspicious activity'' near Washington Mutual Bank in South Los Angeles, said Officer Don Cox, a police spokesman.
Officers were evacuating the area near the bank when they were ``confronted by an armed individual,'' Cox said.
The officers shot the man, who died at the scene, Cox said.
Witness Kenneth Maxie said the man told police, ``I'm not bothering anyone. I'm not doing anything'' before walking to get his bicycle.
Police had their guns drawn as motorists honked their horns and people on the street screamed, ``Don't shoot him! Don't shoot him!'' Maxie said.
``It looked like a butter knife he had in his hands,'' said Tamyra White, another witness. ``It was, like, six to seven police officers with guns. He was outnumbered and outgunned, so I don't even understand why they shot him.''
After the shooting, dozens of people near the crime scene chanted: ``We want justice! We want justice!''
``He was just a neighborhood man who rode his bike,'' resident Yolanda Cole said. ``He didn't bother with nobody, didn't mess with nobody. . . . They just shot him for no reason at all.''
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Drug ring thwarted, say federal officials
A large drug-trafficking organization in the San Fernando Valley was broken up with the arrest of three men suspected of dealing as much as 200 kilograms of cocaine per month, officials said.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Sotero Orona Guzman, 37, was arrested Sept. 30 while transporting 39 kilograms of cocaine and Jose Luis Moreno, 21, of North Hollywood and Jose Salazar, 24, were arrested Oct. 1.
Following the arrest, the Southern California Drug Task Force searched a Sylmar home, turning up 107 kilograms of cocaine, $224,000 in cash and firearms, officials said. The three suspects were charged in Los Angeles Federal Court on Oct. 2, with conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
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F-22 Raptor easily reaches 1.1 Match
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - The U.S. Air Force's newest fighter, the F-22 Raptor, on Saturday traveled faster than the speed of sound for the first time during tests.
It was 51 years ago this week that the sound barrier was first broken over Edwards.
Lockheed Martin test pilot John Beesley was flying the first Raptor produced, tail number 4001, when it reached 1.1 Mach while flying at an altitude of 29,000 feet at approximately 3:25 p.m. Saturday.
``From all indications (from Beesley), the Raptor flew past the sound barrier with ease,'' said Lt. Col. C.D. Moore, commander of the F-22 Combined Test Force. ``This is just one step of many for the program.''
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|Date:||Oct 11, 1998|
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