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Pledge Activities Suspended at California State University, Northridge

(LOS ANGELES) -- Pledge activities for all fraternities and sororities at California State University, Northridge have been stopped after hazing allegations.

According to a statement released by William Watkins, the school's vice president for student affairs and dean of students, the alleged hazing incident involved the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha, which has been suspended by the school and also by its national headquarters.

"CSNU takes hazing allegations very seriously," the statement reads, "and we are deeply committed to protecting the health and safety of all students."

All Greek organizations will be forced to terminate pledge activities and no new recruitment will be permitted "until the university has been convinced that adequate changes have been made and will be adhered to."

"It is shocking and disappointing that this conduct persists after all the efforts undertaken by so many this fall to ensure a recruitment-and-intake process that conforms to the university's zero-tolerance policy on hazing," Wallace said in his statement.

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Police to Offer Reward in Fatal Hit-and-Run Investigation

(LOS ANGELES) -- Police on Friday will announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash on Sept. 14 that left one woman dead.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the driver, who has not been identified, struck Gloria Ortiz, 57, shortly before 8 p.m. on Sept. 14. Ortiz is believed to have been crossing Avenue 50 in a crosswalk near San Marco Place.

Witnesses described the vehicle as an older model Honda Civic. The driver is believed to have been a Hispanic man. He did not stop the vehicle and witnesses said he may have been distracted by his cell phone.

Ortiz was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Anyone with information is asked to call (213) 833-3713.

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Woman Killed After Car Crashes into Pole in Sunland

(LOS ANGELES) -- A woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Sunland early Friday morning.

According to a statement by Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman, Erik Scott, a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the 10100 block of Sunland Blvd. just after midnight. The car struck and sheared a utility pole.

The woman driving the vehicle then became trapped in the wreck.

"Despite Firefighters great efforts, utilizing cutting (and) prying tools to extricate the trapped victim, and provide medical aid, she was sadly determined dead on scene," Scott said.

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LAFD: At Least Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash

(LOS ANGELES) -- A vehicular crash in Los Angeles Thursday morning has left at least three people injured.

According to a statement from Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson, Erik Scott, the two-vehicle crash happened around 7:25 a.m. on the 22700 block of Plummer Street/

Three people suffered unknown injuries.

No further details were immediately available, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Two Residents Hospitalized, Dogs Injured in Winnetka House Fire

(LOS ANGELES) -- A man and woman were hospitalized and two dogs were injured in a house fire early Wednesday morning in the West San Fernando Valley.

The Los Angeles Fire Department received a call around 10 a.m. to the 8000 block of Quartz Avenue in Winnetka, Calif., where firefighters arrived to find the one-story home engulfed in flames.

LAFD responders rescued a male resident who suffered from smoke exposure and a burn to the elbow, while a female resident with non-fire related medical concerns asked to go to the hospital for further evaluation.

Emergency crews also rescued two dogs from the burning home, including one that was discovered hiding under a bed. Firefighters comforted the pets and provided them with life-saving oxygen.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to assist the five displaced residents from the damaged home with temporary living needs.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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