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Joseph Serna

Joseph Serna is a Metro reporter who has been with the Los Angeles Times since 2012. He previously worked for papers in Orange County and Signal Hill, a 2.2-square-mile city surrounded by Long Beach. He was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for coverage of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack and is a graduate of California’s community college and Cal State systems.
Arrest made in 'swatting' call that sent police to Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel

Authorities traced a hoax call that sent a SWAT team racing toward the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel Thursday morning to a 36-year-old Beverly Hills man named David Pearce, who was arrested on suspicion of making a false report of an emergency.

Days after Florida massacre, L.A. County authorities raced to thwart a school shooting plot in Whittier

A school resource deputy at El Camino High School became aware of the threat on Friday and immediately contacted school administrators, who called the Sheriff’s Department, according to a spokeswoman for the department.

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