Samantha Schaefer

Writer

Samantha Schaefer no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a Web producer and contributor to L.A. Now, the Times' breaking news blog. Originally from the Bay Area, she is a UCLA graduate and has reported for the Orange County Register and KPCC.

Recent Articles

  • 10 crazy Southern California police car chases

    10 crazy Southern California police car chases

    They’ve thrown money out a window, spun doughnuts in the grass, and shaken off spike strips and PIT maneuvers only to be undone by wet cement. And in the end, they all wound up in the same place: jail. As they say, it’s not the destination that matters so much as the journey. So whether it’s with...

  • Southland history is filled with memorable police pursuits

    Southland history is filled with memorable police pursuits

    The wild police pursuit Monday was definitely one for the record books. As Southern California residents watched on TV and the Internet, a driver hit at least four other vehicles, seized a woman's car and was eventually shot by police on a Montebello street. Here are some other memorable pursuits:...

  • L.A.'s Winston Street has a colorful history

    L.A.'s Winston Street has a colorful history

    In downtown L.A., Winston Street has a history. There was the mysterious puddle of blood, and a baby stuffed in a cigar box in the late 1800s. Bodies have been tossed into dark corners, and there were the decades addicts and alcoholics spent in the dingy alley shooting up, drinking and fighting....

  • UC Berkeley law graduate gets probation for beheading exotic bird

    A UC Berkeley law school graduate student accused of beheading an exotic bird during a drunken Las Vegas trip was ordered to serve up to four years' probation. The probation term comes after Justin Alexander Teixeira, 25, of Placerville completed 190 days at a prison boot camp outside Las Vegas,...

  • In Watts, a Girl Scout uniform levels playing field for young girls

    In Watts, a Girl Scout uniform levels playing field for young girls

    Outside the police station in South Los Angeles, a group of girls assembled, colorful boxes in tow. "Do you want to buy some cookies?" "Delicious cookies!" They called out, crowding passers-by and, in their excitement, forgetting the pitches their leaders helped them refine. Just inside the lobby,...

  • Man pleads no contest to running over estranged wife's Chihuahua

    Man pleads no contest to running over estranged wife's Chihuahua

    A man accused of deliberately running over his estranged wife's Chihuahua pleaded no contest Friday to an animal cruelty charge. Michael David Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, pleaded no contest to one felony count of cruelty to an animal and admitted to using his car as a deadly weapon, according...

  • Bay Area city pays homeless $3,000 each to leave former landfill

    Bay Area city pays homeless $3,000 each to leave former landfill

    A Bay Area city will pay 28 homeless people $3,000 each to leave a former landfill that is planned to be incorporated into a state park, according to a settlement released this week. The transients who live on the Albany Bulb, which juts out into the San Francisco Bay, will receive the money in...

  • Fatal bus crash: NTSB officials confirm sequence of events

    Fatal bus crash: NTSB officials confirm sequence of events

    Federal transportation officials on Friday released a preliminary report confirming the timeline of a fiery crash in Northern California between a college-bound bus and a FedEx freight truck that killed 10, including five high school students. According to a report issued by the National Transportation...

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