Across the Area

9/11 ceremony, new street sign dedication

THE EXTERIOR SHELL of the south tower is all that remained standing after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks (FEMA photo).

A 9/11 remembrance will be held on Monday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Westminster Police Officers Memorial in the Westminster Civic Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd.

The brief program will include a flag ceremony, a moment of silence and remarks. For more information, call (714) 895-2860 or go to

Viet general honored on GG street sign

A dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Garden Grove to unveil a new street sign honoring an historic Vietnamese military commander.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Bolsa Avenue and Bushard Street. The sign there will be changed to include “Dai Lo Tran Hung Dao” beneath “Bolsa Avenue” to match recently-posted signs in Westminster.

General Tran Hung Dao was a 13th century commander credited with leading successful repulses of invasions by the Mongol warlord Kublai Khan.

For more information, call (714) 741-5200.

Suspect arrested in ambulance hi-jacking

A 24-year-old Cypress man was arrested this week for allegedly hijacking an ambulance in Westminster and finally pulling over after a 15-minute chase on the San Diego Freeway.

The California Highway Patrol identified the suspect as Christopher Crisanto. A CARE ambulance transporting Crisanto on Wednesday reported that the patient was becoming unruly and after the vehicle pulled over, the man jumped into the driver’s seat.

Moving speeds of up to 80 miles an hour, the ambulance finally stopped near the interchange of the San Diego (405) and San Gabriel River (605) freeways.

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