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2 suspects jailed in T-Mobile theft

CAMARILLO - Sheriff's deputies say they have arrested two men suspected of stealing from a T-Mobile store in January.

Daniel Chagolla was arrested after detectives said in a statement that they found him living under the assumed name of Carlos Lemini in the 20000 block of Cantara Street in Canoga Park.

Officials also arrested Jorge Mendoza, 23, in his home in the 23000 block of Covello Street in West Hills, the report said. A third suspect, Saul Carrasco, 20, of Canoga Park was already in Los Angeles County custody on unrelated charges.

Officials suspect two more men of participating in the January break-in and are continuing to investigate.

- Daily News

17 to run for two City Council seats

Seventeen candidates have filed papers to run for two Los Angeles City Council seats.

In the 10th District in the Mid-City area, five candidates filed papers with the city clerk to replace Martin Ludlow, who resigned to head the county Federation of Labor. The most prominent is Herb Wesson, a former Assembly speaker.

Also running are businessman Robert David Serrano, photographer Barry E. Levine, business manager Gary K. Song and human rights advocate Warren Williams.

In the 14th District, which covers much of the city's Eastside, a dozen candidates filed to run for the seat vacated by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The leading contenders are likely to be Jose Huizar, the president of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, and Nick Pacheco, who lost the council seat to Villaraigosa in 2003.

Also running are: Olympic boxing gold medalist Paul Gonzalez; Juan ``Johnny Jay'' Jimenez, activist/organizer; David John Sanchez, educator and author; Clifford Ramirez Mosely, educator; Benjamin Luis Jimenez, storekeeper; Ruby Baxter De Vera, council office manager; Brian Heckman, attorney; Judy Lee Beres, teacher/attorney; Randy Carrillo, pastor; and Carlos Amador, an intelligence analyst.

- City News Service

Lanes will close on Santa Monica

WEST LOS ANGELES - Santa Monica Boulevard will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Sepulveda Boulevard and Overland Avenue this weekend to accommodate road crews, a public works official said.

All lanes should be reopened by about 6 a.m. Monday, said Tonya Durrell of public works.

The work is part of the largest street improvement project ever undertaken by the city: combining ``big'' and ``little'' Santa Monica boulevards between the San Diego Freeway and Beverly Hills, Durrell said.

When finished next year, the road will have three lanes in both directions, new lighting and traffic signal systems; bicycle lanes, street furniture and priority bus lanes are planned.

- City News Service

Man shot, killed near downtown

A man was found fatally shot today near downtown Los Angeles, police said.

The victim, who appeared to be 50 to 60 years old, was found face-down in the 1400 block of Dana Street, near the North University Park area, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Catherine Plows.

Plows said no witnesses to the shooting, which was reported about 6 a.m., have been located, but the attack did not appear to be gang-related.

- City News Service

Tiny Santa Paula Airport reopens

SANTA PAULA - Santa Paula Airport reopened Saturday after being closed since winter by storm-caused damage from the adjacent Santa Clara River, which eroded away one-third of the runway.

The Santa Paula Airport Association spent $635,000 repairing the runway, financed through a Small Business Administration loan.

That came on top of $4.8 million the U.S. Natural Resource Conservation Service spent diverting the river channel and replacing dirt, plus $2 million for rerouting Santa Paula Creek upstream, airport officials said.

Airport officials said they hope to return to the pre-flood average of 125 daily takeoffs and landings.

On Aug. 6-7, the airport will host its 75th anniversary Air Fair, sponsored by the city of Santa Paula, the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula and the Santa Paula Airport Association.

- Daily News

Ma'am, there's no baby yet ... uh, wait

WHITTIER - A woman and her husband said they delivered their baby boy in the toilet at their home after hospital staff told the mother she was not ready to give birth.

The two, Leah and Richard Robles Jr., said they spent five hours at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital on July 9 but went home after they were told she was not ready to deliver. Fifty minutes after arriving home, Leah had the baby in the toilet.

The baby, Richard Robles III, is healthy. The hospital's spokeswoman, Wendy Flores, said she could not comment because of federal patient privacy laws.

Leah, who also has a 5-year-old daughter, said she and her husband went to the hospital because she was past her due date, bleeding and having contractions less than two minutes apart. When the couple returned home, Leah used the toilet and suddenly realized she was having the baby.

A few seconds later, Richard Robles III emerged face up in the toilet.

Richard Jr. scooped him out of the water and held him. Then they cleaned him off and wrapped him in blankets, they said. Firefighters who arrived at the home said the parents did everything right.

- Associated Press
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