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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Death of inmate in Lancaster prison investigated as homicide
    Death of inmate in Lancaster prison investigated as homicide

    The death of a 39-year-old inmate at a Lancaster prison is being investigated as a homicide, state officials said Monday.

    Rashell Clarke was found unresponsive Saturday in his cell in State Prison-Los Angeles County, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    Staff...

  • Warm temperatures, up to 70 mph winds expected in L.A., Ventura counties
    Warm temperatures, up to 70 mph winds expected in L.A., Ventura counties

    Strong winds could top 70 mph for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties Monday, increasing the risk of potentially volatile fire conditions.

    Firefighters were put on alert as powerful offshore winds, unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions prompted a red flag warning due to extreme...

  • Mitchell Englander and Janice Hahn lead pack in fundraising for supervisor's races, filings show
    Mitchell Englander and Janice Hahn lead pack in fundraising for supervisor's races, filings show

    Campaign finance reports filed Monday gave a glimpse at the strength of candidates running for two open seats on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

    The seats held by longtime Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe are up for grabs this year as both are being forced out...

  • Former Raiders player Anthony Wayne Smith sentenced to 3 life terms for murders
    Former Raiders player Anthony Wayne Smith sentenced to 3 life terms for murders

    Former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith was sentenced Friday to serve three consecutive life terms in prison for killing three men in 1999 and 2001.

    In November, a Lancaster jury found Smith, 48, guilty in the 1999 double killings of brothers Ricky and Kevin Nettles and the 2001...

  • Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shoot masked man wielding BB gun
    Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shoot masked man wielding BB gun

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting involving two of its undercover deputies who officials say opened fire on a masked man carrying a BB gun who tried to rob them in Lancaster.

    Authorities said in a statement that the two undercover officers were sitting in a...

  • Appeals court tosses out $1.1-million award to teen shot by L.A. County sheriff's deputy

    A California appeals court has thrown out a $1.1-million jury award to a man who was holding a toy gun when a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded him.

    A Los Angeles County jury had awarded the sum in 2013 to William Fetters, who was 15 years old when he was shot in the chest by...

  • 1 dead, 3 hurt in head-on collision near Palmdale

    At least one person was killed and as many as three others injured in a head-on collision Monday evening in the Pearblossom area near Palmdale, California Highway Patrol officials said.

    The deadly collision occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on Fort Tejon Road, CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

    ...

  • Kern County winds overturn multiple big rigs and close roads

    Gusty winds throughout the Mojave Desert overturned at least 10 big rigs and prompted highway closures throughout Kern County on Tuesday, authorities said. 

    No major injuries have been reported, said Officer Scott Wyatt of the California Highway Patrol's Mojave Division. The big rigs have prompted...

  • Freezing weather approaches record level in Los Angeles County
    Freezing weather approaches record level in Los Angeles County

    A cold front that’s been holding Southern California temperatures near record lows is finally loosening its frosty embrace and making way for relatively warmer weather this weekend, the National Weather Service said.

    “Today we bottomed out,” NWS senior forecaster Andrew Rorke said Wednesday morning.

    ...

  • Baby, it's freezing outside: Temperatures dip to 20s in parts of Los Angeles County
    Baby, it's freezing outside: Temperatures dip to 20s in parts of Los Angeles County

    Chilly temperatures kept Southern California residents feeling a bit frosty Tuesday as some lows dipped into the 20s and 30s.

    A cold front is funneling chilly air and winds over Southern California, forcing temperatures to plummet Monday night and early Tuesday, according to the National Weather...

  • Classes resume at Antelope Valley College after threat of violence
    Classes resume at Antelope Valley College after threat of violence

    Classes resumed at Antelope Valley College on Tuesday after an earlier threat of violence triggered a closure at both of the school's campuses, officials said.

    The school announced on its website and Facebook page morning that because of “a threat of violence against the college,” the school’s...

  • Former Raiders player Anthony Wayne Smith convicted in 3 murders
    Former Raiders player Anthony Wayne Smith convicted in 3 murders

    Former Oakland Raiders defensive end Anthony Wayne Smith was found guilty Thursday of killing three men, but a mistrial was declared in a fourth killing after jurors deadlocked.

    After deliberating for eight days, a Lancaster jury convicted Smith, 48, of the 1999 double killings of brothers Ricky...

  • Freezing temperatures expected after warmest October on record in Southern California
    Freezing temperatures expected after warmest October on record in Southern California

    Antelope Valley residents are in for a cold couple of days.

    A frost warning issued for Wednesday morning -- meaning temperatures could hover just above 32 degrees -- will be followed by an advisory for possible freezing temperatures after sundown, the National Weather Service said.

    The freeze advisory...

  • County approves $6-million payment to woman raped by sheriff's deputy
    County approves $6-million payment to woman raped by sheriff's deputy

    Los Angeles County officials approved a $6-million settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit by a woman who was raped by an on-duty sheriff's deputy.

    Former sheriff's deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez was sentenced to nine years in state prison last year after pleading no contest to one count of rape while under...

  • Man found in vehicle buried in mud died from drowning, coroner says
    Man found in vehicle buried in mud died from drowning, coroner says

    A man whose body was found Tuesday inside a car buried by last week’s mudslide in Palmdale drowned, coroner’s officials said.

    Robert Michael Rasmussen’s death was ruled an accident, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County coroner’s office.

    Rasmussen, 49, of Palmdale, was found only after...

  • Officials identify body found buried in mud in Palmdale after heavy downpour
    Officials identify body found buried in mud in Palmdale after heavy downpour

    Authorities have identified the driver found dead in a vehicle that was buried in mud and water in Palmdale during a heavy rainstorm and dug up this week.

    The body of Robert Michael Rasmussen, 49, of Palmdale, was found Tuesday after residents continually prodded authorities to look in the culvert...

  • Human remains found in Palmdale vehicle buried in mud
    Human remains found in Palmdale vehicle buried in mud

    Homicide investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to Palmdale on Tuesday after human remains were found in a vehicle buried in several feet of mud, authorities said.

    Los Angeles County firefighters were removing a vehicle stuck under several feet of mud in...

  • L.A. County declares local emergency for flash flood, mudslide areas
    L.A. County declares local emergency for flash flood, mudslide areas

    Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to proclaim a local emergency for northern county areas damaged by last week's severe storms.

    Such a declaration is a first step for getting state and federal aid, and lets local governments more quickly issue contracts for cleanup activities.

    The Antelope...

  • Glendale Community College football fades in second half in loss to Antelope Valley

    Football: Vaqueros have lead at half, but are still searching for first division victory after fifth consecutive defeat, 24-19.

  • Drivers describe long night on road as mudslides engulf nearly 200 vehicles
    Drivers describe long night on road as mudslides engulf nearly 200 vehicles

    Nearly 200 vehicles, including 75 tractor-trailers and two tour buses carrying passengers, were trapped on California 58 east of Tehachapi in up to 20 feet of mud and debris after torrential rains pummeled the area and forced drivers to flee.

    Multiple mudslides hammered the highway just east of...

  • L.A. County Sheriff's Department probe finds dogs suffered sun burns; vet in disbelief
    L.A. County Sheriff's Department probe finds dogs suffered sun burns; vet in disbelief

    A preliminary finding that severe burns on nine dogs in the Lancaster area were caused by the sun, not a person targeting the stray animals, was met with outrage by one of the veterinarians who treated them.

    Dr. Alan Schulman, a veterinary surgeon with years of experience in dermatological and...

  • How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?
    How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What does about $425,000 buy you in Los Angeles? In one area, an early-1900s period home and in another, a newer 3,570-square-foot house with a range of amenities. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County on the market at that price point.

    SUN VALLEY: Built in the 1940s, this renovated...

  • How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?
    How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What does about $425,000 buy you in Los Angeles? In one area, an early-1900s period home and in another, a newer 3,570-square-foot house with a range of amenities. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County on the market at that price point. A red door marks the entrance to this updated and...

  • Supermoon lunar eclipse over Lake Los Angeles
    Supermoon lunar eclipse over Lake Los Angeles

    Lynn Longos traveled with three friends to the Lake Los Angeles area, about 10 miles east of Lancaster, to photograph the Sept. 27 supermoon lunar eclipse.

    "We had a small window to actually shoot the moon since it disappeared into the clouds for a long while," she said.

    For more of Longos' photos,...

  • Woman is freed from locked shed in Lancaster after year of torture, officials say
    Woman is freed from locked shed in Lancaster after year of torture, officials say

    Screams alerted deputies last week to a Lancaster home, where they found a malnourished woman bruised and battered and locked inside a storage shed.

    Now authorities say the woman’s brother and his girlfriend tortured the woman for nearly a year.

    Elias Abdurahman, 61, and Sara Kebede Tadesse, 50,...

  • 3 human adult-sized skulls found at Palmdale home
    3 human adult-sized skulls found at Palmdale home

    Three adult-sized human skulls were found at a home in Palmdale, authorities said Wednesday.

    Huntington Beach police made the grim discovery Tuesday as officers executed a search warrant at the home in the 2500 block of East Avenue Q-4, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    ...

  • Man suspected of pointing laser at commercial jet over Antelope Valley

    A 27-year-old Lancaster man was arrested on suspicion of pointing a powerful laser at a commercial airliner as it flew over the Antelope Valley on Thursday night, authorities said.

    The jet's pilots, within seconds of being temporary blinded by the green light, radioed an air traffic control tower...

  • Palmdale man arrested on suspicion of abusing his family's dogs
    Palmdale man arrested on suspicion of abusing his family's dogs

    A 22-year-old Palmdale man was arrested Monday on suspicion of abusing his family's dogs, including breaking one dog's legs and injuring the neck of another, authorities said.

    Shortly before 1 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a home in the 5800 block of Saint Laurent Drive,...

  • One dead after small plane crashes near glider school
    One dead after small plane crashes near glider school

    One person was killed Thursday afternoon when a small plane crashed near a private airport in the southeast Antelope Valley.

    It is unclear whether the dead person was the pilot.

    The plane crashed about 12:12 p.m. near 165th Street and East Avenue X in Llano, said Fire Specialist David Dantic of...

  • L.A. County officials look for connections after fifth dog burned
    L.A. County officials look for connections after fifth dog burned

    The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is investigating whether a series of attacks on dogs are connected after a fifth incident was reported this week, officials said.

    On Monday, a woman in Lancaster called the agency and reported that she found a stray pit bull June 6 that...

  • Reward offered after four dogs are attacked with chemicals
    Reward offered after four dogs are attacked with chemicals

    Southern California authorities are looking for the people responsible for attacking four dogs with chemicals.

    A $4,500 reward, a portion of which came from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is being offered for information leading to an arrest. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal...

  • Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California
    Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California

    To Omar Medina, a security officer working the graveyard shift, attending Northwestern California University School of Law seemed like the ideal way to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer.

    Unlike traditional law schools with high tuitions and entrance requirements, Northwestern California offered...

  • Pimp accused of assaulting sex worker, kidnapping baby later found in shed

    What led sheriff’s investigators to a shed in the Mojave Desert this weekend, where a 13-month-old girl sat in a car seat, baking in the summer heat, unspooled Monday as a case of prostitution, human trafficking, drugs and violence.

    One of the two men arrested on suspicion of assaulting the baby’s...

  • Kidnapped 13-month-old girl found unharmed; suspects arrested

    A 13-month-old girl who was kidnapped from a motel in Palmdale early Saturday was found unharmed about 12 hours later in a shed in the Mojave Desert, authorities said.

    The infant, identified as Penelope Rodriguez, was found dehydrated but otherwise in good condition, according to Lt. Joseph Fender...

  • Burbank-Jewel City Major baseball no match for Quartz Hill

    Baseball: District 16 champs suffer 12-0 loss in first round of Section 2 Tournament on Wednesday.

  • Crescenta Valley 9-10 All-Stars eliminated from Section 2 tourney
    Crescenta Valley 9-10 All-Stars eliminated from Section 2 tourney

    Baseball: Locals able to overcome early deficits, but ultimately can't hold off Quartz Hill in 15-9 loss.

  • Suspect named in killing of man during dispute over hitting poodle
    Suspect named in killing of man during dispute over hitting poodle

    Last month, Michael Davis chased down a truck in Lancaster that ran over his poodle.

    Authorities said minutes later, the 22-year-old was dead, shot six times by the driver of the truck.

    Now investigators are searching for Demonte Antone Thomas, who is suspected of killing Davis.

    “There was a confrontation...

  • Crescenta Valley Junior baseball keeps on winning

    Baseball: District 16 champs open Section 2 Tournament with 9-6 victory Tuesday evening.

  • Peach picking in Llano, Calif.
    Peach picking in Llano, Calif.

    Kannan Muthuraman visited the Brian Ranch Airport U-Pick Orchard in Llano, Calif., southeast of Palmdale in May. He was there to pick cherries, but left with enough peaches to make a year's worth of spread. The peaches were amazing, he said.

    Muthuraman used a Nikon D800E.

    Each week, we're featuring...

  • Sheriff's deputies shoot, kill man in Lancaster

    Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man in Lancaster on Friday night after he pulled out a pistol during a patrol stop, authorities said.

    Deputies with the sheriff's gang unit were patrolling in the 43100 block of West Avenue K-4 about 11:30 p.m. when they stopped the suspect's vehicle, said Deputy...

  • Trio of weekend homicides include shooting over dog's injuries
    Trio of weekend homicides include shooting over dog's injuries

    Sheriff’s detectives were busy Saturday with three new homicide investigations around Los Angeles County, including a shooting in the Antelope Valley that stemmed from an argument over a dog.

    The dispute that appeared to have triggered that slaying Friday night in Lancaster began when a motorist...

  • Boy, 14, charged with stabbing 86-year-old Lancaster woman to death
    Boy, 14, charged with stabbing 86-year-old Lancaster woman to death

    A 14-year-old boy will be prosecuted as an adult in connection with the slaying of an 86-year-old woman, authorities said.

    Tony Donnell Brown was charged Monday with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree burglary in the June 18 killing of Annie Margaret Bell, according to the Los Angeles...

  • Boy, 14, arrested in stabbing death of woman in Lancaster
    Boy, 14, arrested in stabbing death of woman in Lancaster

    A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal stabbing of an elderly woman in Lancaster, authorities said.

    Investigators say Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies responded about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to a call about an "open window" at a home in the 44600 block of...

  • Lake Los Angeles woman accused of bludgeoning boyfriend with canned foods

    A Lake Los Angeles woman is expected to be arraigned Friday on charges that she bludgeoned her boyfriend to death with cans of peas, carrots and chicken broth, prosecutors said.

    Linda Clarene Jackson, 59, is charged with one count of murder in connection with the death Tuesday of her boyfriend,...

  • L.A. County communities protest planned bullet train route
    L.A. County communities protest planned bullet train route

    A diverse alliance of communities — including Los Angeles County's third-largest city — is fighting California's long-planned bullet train route into the heart of the San Fernando Valley, saying it would bring irreparable harm.

    The coordinated protest by residents and elected officials from suburban...

  • Brush fire near California Poppy Reserve is 70% contained
    Brush fire near California Poppy Reserve is 70% contained

    Firefighters were able to gain the upper hand Friday evening on a 300-acre brush fire near the California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, and the blaze is now 70% contained. 

    Aircraft from the Los Angeles County and city fire departments as well as the U.S. Forest Service were summoned to the scene...

  • Longtime L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich eyeing state Senate run
    Longtime L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich eyeing state Senate run

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Thursday that he is considering a run for the state Senate seat held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada-Flintridge).

    Both officials will be forced out of their current seats by term limits next year.

    Antonovich, 75, has represented the northern reaches...

  • L.A. County Supervisor Antonovich considering state Senate run
    L.A. County Supervisor Antonovich considering state Senate run

    Michael Antonovich, a Republican, joins Democratic Assemblymen Anthony Portantino and Mike Gatto in the race for the 25th district seat.

  • Softball: Highland's Rachel Garcia is Gatorade state player of the year

    Palmdale Highland pitcher Rachel Garcia, a UCLA signee, has been selected the Gatorade state player of the year in softball.

    She has led the 28-2 Bulldogs into the Southern Seciton Division 4 championshp game. She is 26-2 with an 0.21 ERA.

    She has 394 strikeouts in 163 innings and allowed 35 hits...

  • Penalties target heavy water users in Malibu, Antelope Valley, Topanga
    Penalties target heavy water users in Malibu, Antelope Valley, Topanga

    Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a conservation plan that will penalize heavy water users in the Antelope Valley, Malibu and Topanga areas.Under the proposal — intended to allow the county to comply with state drought mandates — most commercial water users and multifamily residential...

  • L.A. County goes to court to stop social worker from getting job back
    L.A. County goes to court to stop social worker from getting job back

    The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is going to court in an effort to block the return of a social worker who supervised the case of a Palmdale boy who was beaten to death. 

    Gregory Merritt successfully appealed his firing to L.A. County's civil service commission. 

    ...

  • L.A. County supervisors to vote on controversial water conservation plan
    L.A. County supervisors to vote on controversial water conservation plan

    Los Angeles County supervisors are slated to vote Tuesday on a conservation plan aimed at sharply reducing water use in the Antelope Valley, Malibu and Topanga areas to comply with state drought mandates.

    Under the proposal, most commercial water users and multifamily residential units in the Antelope...

  • Cold case solved? Two men charged in 1978 kidnapping, slaying in Palmdale
    Cold case solved? Two men charged in 1978 kidnapping, slaying in Palmdale

    Leslie Long had told her family she was proud to be working a “man's job” as a gas station attendant.The gregarious 20-year-old had taken the job at a Chevron station in Palmdale to pay for a new bedroom suite in the house she shared with her three young children and her husband, her high school...

  • L.A. County wins grant to reduce jail population
    L.A. County wins grant to reduce jail population

    Los Angeles County is among 20 government entities -- including cities, counties and one state -- that won a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation aimed at reducing jail populations.

    Nearly 200 government entities competed for the grants, which are part of a $75-million initiative...

  • Flintridge Prep baseball utilizes huge first inning to rout Desert Christian

    Baseball: Rebels score seven runs in first inning, breeze to 10-0 CIF Southern Section Division VI second-round playoff victory.

  • L.A. County supervisors delay vote on water cuts after complaints
    L.A. County supervisors delay vote on water cuts after complaints

    Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to postpone a vote on proposed water use restrictions for customers served by the county waterworks districts after residents expressed alarm at the reductions and questioned the method used to calculate target levels. 

    Under the county's proposed plan,...

  • Programs aim to boost preschool educations for low-income children
    Programs aim to boost preschool educations for low-income children

    In the isolated desert town of Lake Los Angeles, Maria Olegine visits one home after another, bringing life-changing information to mothers and their young children.

    In one home last month, she greeted 11-month-old Angie Rios with wide smiles and high fives. "Helloooo Angie! Cinco, five!"

    She gave...

  • Having a nibble at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
    Having a nibble at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

    Nancy Dushkin drove out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve at sunrise to take early-morning photos. Going in for a closer look, she spotted a caterpillar nibbling on a poppy.

    "I never would have seen it by walking the trail and looking down," she said. "Sometimes the best shots are...

  • Flintridge Prep softball goes down swinging against Vasquez

    Softball: Rebels rally in seventh, but come up short, 9-6, in CIF-SS first-round playoff game.

  • Judge denies request to revoke release of serial rapist
    Judge denies request to revoke release of serial rapist

    A Santa Clara County judge ruled Monday that serial rapist Christopher Hubbart's release into the community would not be revoked. 

    Judge Richard Loftus denied the Los Angeles County district attorney's office request to revoke Hubbart's conditional release, according to a post from the district...

  • Details of Fox executive's slaying revealed in grand jury transcripts
    Details of Fox executive's slaying revealed in grand jury transcripts

    Evan Smith recalled standing with his little brother in the foyer of John Creech's home in December 2010 and begging Creech to spare their father's life.

    Creech had recently learned that his wife was having an affair with the boys' father, Gavin Smith, after they met in rehab two years earlier.

    ...

  • Man infected with HIV allegedly posed as officer and assaulted girl
    Man infected with HIV allegedly posed as officer and assaulted girl

    A man is accused of posing as a police officer and sexually assaulting a teenage girl as she walked home from school, prosecutors said.

    Joseph Kenneth Cornett, 41, is facing multiple assault, sex and kidnapping charges, including attempting unprotected sexual activity while knowingly infected with...

  • Palmdale gas station off the hook in lottery ticket probe

    A Palmdale gas station employee who mistakenly gave $75 to an undercover state compliance officer instead of advising him that he was the holder of a lottery ticket worth $75,000 did not commit fraud, lottery officials said Thursday.

    California Lottery officials said they were “satisfied that the...

  • Palmdale officials settle lawsuit, agree to voting by district
    Palmdale officials settle lawsuit, agree to voting by district

    Palmdale officials Wednesday night announced that they have agreed to major changes in their elections system, settling a widely watched lawsuit over minority representation and the California Voting Rights Act.Until now, Palmdale was a lone holdout in a string of lawsuits filed against cities...

  • Palmdale officials settle voting lawsuit, agree to set up district system
    Palmdale officials settle voting lawsuit, agree to set up district system

    Palmdale officials Wednesday night announced that they have agreed to major changes in their elections system, settling a widely watched lawsuit over minority representation and the California Voting Rights Act three weeks after a similar complaint was filed against the Glendale Unified school...

  • Chevron gas station manager blows investigator's cover in lottery ticket probe
    Chevron gas station manager blows investigator's cover in lottery ticket probe

    It turns out the story of the lucky guy who turned in a lottery ticket worth $75,000 to a Palmdale gas station and was mistakenly given only $75 in return wasn’t all that it seemed -- the ticket was fake and its owner a state compliance officer, lottery officials said Monday.

    But in a twist that...

  • Antelope Valley deputies must limit backseat detentions, be polite
    Antelope Valley deputies must limit backseat detentions, be polite

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the Antelope Valley are prohibited from routinely detaining people in the back seat of patrol cars and must start most encounters by politely introducing themselves, according to the terms of a federal settlement finalized this week.Sheriff’s deputies in...

  • Planned Santa Clarita street race foiled with Instagram, authorities say
    Planned Santa Clarita street race foiled with Instagram, authorities say

    A planned Santa Clarita street race was foiled by sheriff’s deputies after an anonymous tipster spotted the details on Instagram, authorities said.

    The tipster saw an invitation for a street race to be held near the 18500 block of Via Princessa in Canyon Country, near the 14 Freeway, according...

  • Flash floods, thunderstorms expected in Los Angeles County
    Flash floods, thunderstorms expected in Los Angeles County

    With heavy rain drenching eastern parts of Los Angeles County, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning late Thursday afternoon.

    Officials recorded rain falling at a rate of up to 1.25 inches an hour, with flooding expected on roadways in the Antelope Valley and other rural areas...

  • Woman had 74 aliases, stole Hollywood film workers' IDs, police say
    Woman had 74 aliases, stole Hollywood film workers' IDs, police say

    In all his years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Det. Danny Gore had never seen a case like this.

    When he and investigators with the Lancaster station began looking into Cathryn Parker, also known as “Katherine Gonsalves” and “Jan,” they opened up a virtual Pandora’s box of identity...

  • Antelope Valley Hospital wants more trauma center funds from L.A. County
    Antelope Valley Hospital wants more trauma center funds from L.A. County

    Antelope Valley Hospital has filed a legal claim accusing Los Angeles County officials of shortchanging the medical facility on special tax revenue intended to support costly trauma centers.

    Measure B — a parcel tax passed by voters in 2002 — raises roughly $250 million a year to help fund the...

  • Woman riding wheelchair on five-lane highway hit, killed by motorist
    Woman riding wheelchair on five-lane highway hit, killed by motorist

    A 30-year-old Rosamond woman who was riding an electric wheelchair in a southbound lane of the 14 Freeway was struck and killed by a motorist, authorities said Sunday.

    The woman, identified as Jennifer Jones,  was riding in the right lane of the freeway near Avenue J-2 in Lancaster about 7:53 p.m....

  • Social worker fired over child's beating death about to get job back
    Social worker fired over child's beating death about to get job back

    A Department of Children and Family Services supervisor fired after the 2013 beating death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy is close to getting his job back.

    L.A. County’s civil service commission issued their proposed decision this week to reinstate Gregory Merritt, despite the determination by child...

  • Woman fatally struck by DUI suspect while sleeping in her bed
    Woman fatally struck by DUI suspect while sleeping in her bed

    A 25-year-old man was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI after authorities say he crashed into a Lancaster home and fatally struck a woman sleeping in her bed.

    Authorities say Aaron Daniel Benson, 25, was driving a silver Toyota Tacoma west on Avenue J-12 about 11 p.m. Sunday when he collided...

  • Hail, thunderstorms visit Los Angeles as storm rolls through
    Hail, thunderstorms visit Los Angeles as storm rolls through

    A low-pressure storm system sweeping through Southern California brought rain, scattered thunderstorms and some hail late Wednesday as officials warned of possible floods and dangerous road conditions.

    Showers were expected across the Los Angeles Basin through the evening, with heavier storm cells...

  • Sex offender who abused teenage girl gets 518-year sentence

    A repeat sex offender who was found guilty of abusing a girl for six years in the Antelope Valley was sentenced Friday to more than 500 years in prison, prosecutors said.

    José de Jesús Santana Aguilar, 52, was found guilty last month of various sexual crimes relating to the abuse of a girl that...

  • Nurse's assistant sentenced for torturing two adopted children
    Nurse's assistant sentenced for torturing two adopted children

    A nurse’s assistant from Palmdale was sentenced Wednesday to seven years to life in prison for torturing two children she had adopted, prosecutors said.

    In December, Ingrid Brewer, 53, pleaded no contest to two counts of torturing the 7-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy she had adopted after serving...

  • Suspect in high-speed pursuit identified, held on multiple charges
    Suspect in high-speed pursuit identified, held on multiple charges

    A driver who police say led California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department officers on a winding high-speed pursuit through the San Fernando and Antelope valleys before surrendering Monday has been identified as a Palmdale resident.

    Sean Druschel, 33, was arrested just before 7 p.m....

  • County approves $1.5-million settlement in deputy-involved shooting
    County approves $1.5-million settlement in deputy-involved shooting

    Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $1.5-million settlement with the family of a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Watts.

    The deputy, who later faced criminal charges in connection with a separate incident, fatally shot 22-year-old Arturo Cabrales in March of...

  • Wanted man found dead in burning house after SWAT standoff in Lancaster
    Wanted man found dead in burning house after SWAT standoff in Lancaster

    A standoff with a wanted felon in Lancaster came to a dramatic end overnight when a Los Angeles County sheriff’s SWAT team fired tear gas into a home, which then caught fire, and the man was found dead inside.

    Lt. Holly Francisco said it’s unclear how the man died and his identity was not immediately...

  • Los Angeles World Airports head Gina Marie Lindsey to retire
    Los Angeles World Airports head Gina Marie Lindsey to retire

    Los Angeles airport Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, who has overseen a massive and ongoing modernization of LAX for nearly eight years, announced Tuesday that she will retire in the spring.

    "This is an appropriate time for a transition," said Lindsey, 60. "The next executive director will...

  • Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring
    Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring

    Los Angeles airport Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, who has overseen the ongoing modernization of LAX for almost eight years, announced Tuesday that she will retire effective this spring.

    "This is an appropriate time for a transition," said Lindsey, who has worked for 39 years, 33 of them...

  • Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say
    Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say

    A former star of the "Power Rangers" TV series has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said 36-year-old Ricardo Medina was jailed Sunday in the death of Joshua Sutter.

    Investigators said Medina and Sutter got into an argument...

  • Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say
    Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say

    A former star of the "Power Rangers" TV series has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said 36-year-old Ricardo Medina was jailed Sunday in the death of Joshua Sutter.

    Investigators said Medina and Sutter got into an argument...

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