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SOUTHLAND: BRIEFLY : TWO GIRLS KILLED, FIVE HURT IN CRASH.

Two Los Angeles girls, ages 2 and 7, were killed and five other people were hurt Saturday when the station wagon they were in hit the center divider on north Interstate 15, about 20 miles north of Barstow.

The 2-year-old victim was identified as Dejuanhe Williams, said Tom Dewhirst, a San Bernardino County deputy coroner. The other fatally injured girl was Essence Coprich, he said.

The station wagon was part of a caravan headed to Las Vegas, said California Highway Patrol dispatcher Marylou Padilla.

The single-vehicle crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. when the driver overcorrected after changing lanes and lost control of the station wagon, Padilla said.

The driver and the two girls were thrown from the vehicle, she said. The girls died at the scene.

SOURCE: City News Service

Three injured in fall from Ferris wheel

Three children suffered bumps and bruises Saturday after they fell from a small Ferris wheel at a Glendora hot-air balloon festival, police said.

``They were really lucky,'' said Glendora police Sgt. Ernie Didier.

About 11 a.m. an operator of the 15-foot high ``kiddie'' Ferris wheel at the Citrus College carnival noticed a piece of machinery was hanging loose and went to find tape to repair it, Didier said.

After he left, the Ferris wheel malfunctioned, and one of the baskets holding three children - ages 3, 6 and 8 - turned upside down.

``There was no roof, just some canvas, and the kids fell through, bounced off the support railings and fell to the ground,'' Didier said.

A parent watching the fall flipped an emergency switch and halted the ride, Didier said.

The children were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released, Didier said.

The Ferris wheel was shut down for the rest of the one-day carnival.

SOURCE: Daily News

College student held in death of parents

SAN DIEGO - A college student was arrested Saturday for investigation of bludgeoning to death his parents at their business, police said.

Alex Valentine, 18, surrendered about 4:30 a.m. at the Sorrento Hills home he shared with his parents. Officers arriving at the home an hour earlier had found blood in Valentine's pickup truck, Lt. Jim Collins said.

The motive for the killings was unclear, he said.

Valentine was booked for investigation of murder and was being held at the San Diego County Jail. He was expected to be arraigned this week, authorities said.

Kenneth Valentine, 55, and his wife Diane, 55, were found at about 9 p.m. Friday at Environmental Management, their water purification systems business.

SOURCE: Associated Press

Town hall meeting set in San Fernando

SAN FERNANDO - Officials are inviting residents to attend a town hall meeting Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at San Fernando Elementary School, 1130 Mott St.

City officials want residents' input regarding city services, pending projects and concerns residents have about their neighbors. Members of the police department, and fire and traffic safety personnel will speak regarding the current climate threatening the safety of children. They will offer tips and ideas on how to teach children to protect themselves.

Other agenda items include the city's truancy ordinance and an update on the Four Corners Pipeline.

SOURCE: Daily News

Recreation center improvements shown

PACOIMA - New weightlifting equipment, a new gymnasium floor and a youth boxing program were unveiled Thursday evening at the David M. Gonzalez Recreation Center, 10943 Herrick Ave.

The improvements are part of an effort by City Councilman Richard Alarcon to upgrade parks in the Pacoima area. More than $40,000 from various city grants were used in this effort.

Alarcon and local youth inaugurated the new gym floor at 6 p.m. with a game of basketball. It was followed by a youth boxing exhibition.

SOURCE: Daily News

? Hazardous waste collection planned

VAN NUYS - The city of Los Angeles' Hazmobile Program to collect household hazardous waste will be at Valley College in Van Nuys on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, officials announced.

The drive-through collection program operates on an appointment-only basis. People who wish to make appointments should call the Household Hazardous Waste hotline at (800) 988-6942 up to 24 hours before the event.

Space is limited and residents are urged to call the Household Hazardous Waste hotline as soon as possible. The collections are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

SOURCE: Daily News

Attorney honored for volunteer work

Tanya Neiman, a former state public defender, has been awarded the 1996 Kutak-Dodds Prize for her work mobilizing volunteer legal professionals to help the poor in San Francisco.

The daughter of Max and Helen Neiman of Pacoima, the 46-year-old lawyer directs the Volunteer Legal Services Program for the Bar Association of San Francisco.

The $10,000 award issued by the Washington, D.C.-based National Legal Aid and Defender Association recognizes the accomplishments of attorneys who enhance the quality of life of people unable to afford legal representation.

SOURCE: Daily News
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