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BRIEFLY OFFICER INJURED CHASING ROBBER.

VAN NUYS - A Los Angeles police officer chasing a robbery suspect was struck by a hit-and-run-driver Thursday evening, but sustained only minor injuries, police said.

The officer was taken to a hospital after the incident at Victory Boulevard and Atoll Avenue, police said.

- City News Service

House fire leaves man with burns

SUNLAND - A man was critically burned in a house fire early Thursday in the 8300 block of Jayseel Street that caused an estimated $120,000 in damages to the structure and $35,000 to its contents, a fire spokesman said.

The cause was not immediately known.

- City News Service

Valley man gets 15 months in jail

A Sherman Oaks man was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in federal prison for identity theft and filing false income tax returns seeking nearly $1.2 million in refunds, authorities said.

Chuck Nnamdi Opara, 32, pleaded guilty earlier to two counts of making false claims to the government and two counts of identity theft, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Zweiback.

- City News Service

Owner admits kickback lies

A Calabasas man has pleaded guilty to federal charges for lying about a scheme in which he demanded that employees of his landscaping company kick back part of their wages, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Steve Salke, 48, owned and operated Aztec Landscape Engineering in Woodland Hills.

- Daily News

Mom: Not guilty of leaving baby

A Woodland Hills woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that she left her newborn son in the parking lot of West Hills Hospital and Medical Center.

Rosemary Gutierrez, 27, is charged with one count each of child abuse and child abandonment. She is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail.

- City News Service

Teachers union backs governor

United Teachers Los Angeles, the second-largest teachers local in the country, endorsed Gov. Gray Davis' re-election bid, the governor's campaign office said Thursday.

- City News Service

DWP celebrates its 100th year

Los Angeles city officials celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Department of Water and Power on Thursday with festivities at the El Pueblo monument where the city's water delivery system was first implemented.

Much of the event was dedicated to honoring the department's first chief engineer, William Mulholland, who oversaw construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct that reached into the Eastern Sierras and still provides the city with half its water supply.

- City News Service

No TV coverage of Bowl service

The Trinity Broadcasting Network's withdrawal from next month's Easter pageant at the Hollywood Bowl means there will probably be no televised coverage of the annual sunrise service, event planners said.

There is not enough time now to arrange for even a local broadcast, according to Hollywood Bowl Easter Sunrise Service Inc. TBN pulled out citing bad publicity from an ongoing dispute between the two groups.

- City News Service

Police seek teen in shooting case

VALLEY GLEN - A man was hospitalized and police sought a teen-age assailant after a shooting Thursday afternoon in the 6200 block of Fulton Avenue, authorities said.

- City News Service

Likely drug deal leaves man shot

WOODLAND HILLS - A 25-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder Thursday night in the 5900 block of Nevada Avenue in an apparent drug deal, police said.

Police interviewed the man and neighbors shortly after the 7:30 p.m. incident.

- Daily News
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