Jason Wells

Writer

Jason Wells no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he covered regional breaking news on the L.A. Now desk. Prior to his current assignment, he was managing news editor for Times Community News North. He’s a Central California native and graduated from San Diego State University.

Recent Articles

  • Fiery pileup on 405 Freeway kills one; witness recalls barreling truck

    Fiery pileup on 405 Freeway kills one; witness recalls barreling truck

    A deadly pileup on the southbound 405 Freeway in North Hills erupted in flames Friday morning, engulfing three vehicles and closing multiple lanes for hours as crews worked to clear the charred wreckage. The crash, which occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. near Nordhoff Street, sent flames shooting...

  • Ex-student charged in theft of 55 Apple laptops from UCLA

    Ex-student charged in theft of 55 Apple laptops from UCLA

    A former UCLA student was charged Friday in connection with stealing 55 Apple laptops from his alma mater's campus, prosecutors said. Seyed Ali Pakizehkar Hesari, 29, of Los Angeles was arrested late Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the MacBooks, valued at $33,000, from a campus library and student...

  • Serial home invasion robber who used BB gun gets 374 years in prison

    A 33-year-old man who shot a woman in the face with a BB gun as she held her child during one of a series of San Gabriel Valley home invasion robberies was sentenced Thursday to 374 years to life in prison, prosecutors said. Jose Lewis Avila was convicted in July of carrying out nine robberies...

  • Wrong-way crash kills two on 110 Freeway in downtown L.A.

    Wrong-way crash kills two on 110 Freeway in downtown L.A.

    A high-speed wrong-way crash on the southbound 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles killed two people early Thursday, authorities said. Authorities said a white Acura sedan appeared to have been traveling at roughly 100 mph when it slammed into a pickup truck at 9th Street, killing both drivers, KTLA ...

  • Man gets prison term for pimping teen girl across Southern California

    A 37-year-old Oakland man was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years to life in prison for trafficking a 16-year-old girl for prostitution across three Southern California counties, prosecutors said. Rufus McNeely was also sentenced for his role in pimping another woman in El Monte, prosecutors said. ...

  • Ex-military reservist gets prison for ID theft of fellow soldiers

    A military reservist from Pomona was sentenced to more than three years in prison Tuesday for stealing the identities of seven fellow soldiers while stationed abroad to scam 10 financial institutions in the U.S. of roughly $217,000, prosecutors said. Former U.S. Army reservist Gustavo Cervantes,...

  • Day-care worker admits to molesting four children, prosecutors say

    Day-care worker admits to molesting four children, prosecutors say

    The former owner of a Boyle Heights day-care center faces 22 years in prison after pleading no contest Monday to molesting four children, three of whom attended the facility co-owned by his wife, authorities said. Enrique Ramos, 46, of Los Angeles, was arrested in February 2013 on allegations of...

  • Water main near busy Hollywood intersection bursts again overnight

    Water main near busy Hollywood intersection bursts again overnight

    A water main break will continue to affect the busy Hollywood intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Tuesday after a second rupture occurred just as repairs were wrapping up overnight, utility officials said. Crews were completing repairs after the first break, which was...

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