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Baby boy dies after being assaulted at home in Lancaster, authorities say

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a baby boy who died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a suspected assault at a home in Lancaster earlier this week, authorities said. The infant is believed to have been assaulted Tuesday evening at the home in the 43400 block of Gadsden Avenue,...

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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Boy saves 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped
    Boy saves 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped

    A boy, 13, is being credited with saving his 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped, authorities say.

    Lancaster sheriff’s deputies say the boy took swift action when a man entered their fenced yard in Lancaster on Saturday and grabbed hold of his sister. The man made it about 10 feet before dropping...

  • Gruesome deaths of mom, 3 kids could mean death penalty for killer

    The grisly deaths of a Lancaster woman and her three children -- who were killed because they witnessed their mother's murder -- are in the spotlight as jurors begin to hear testimony to decide whether the killer should be sentenced to death.

    Jurors in Los Angeles County will begin hearing testimony...

  • 3 killed, 2 severely injured in Lancaster crash
    3 killed, 2 severely injured in Lancaster crash

    Three people were killed and two severely injured Friday evening in an accident that involved two cars in Lancaster.

    The accident happened about 6 p.m. at 25th Street West and Avenue K, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    A Jeep containing five people went airborne and rolled...

  • Teacher charged with molesting Palmdale special needs student
    Teacher charged with molesting Palmdale special needs student

    A substitute teacher suspected of molesting a 17-year-old special needs student at a high school in Palmdale was charged Wednesday with seven felony counts, authorities said.

    Aaron Alvidrez, 28, was arrested Tuesday after one of his male students at Highland High School came forward with the allegations,...

  • Ball-hawking defense leads way for Glendale Community College football victory
    Ball-hawking defense leads way for Glendale Community College football victory

    Football: Vaqueros create eight turnovers in dominant 44-0 win over Antelope Valley College.

  • L.A. sheriff's cruiser flips over in Lancaster to avoid pedestrian
    L.A. sheriff's cruiser flips over in Lancaster to avoid pedestrian

    A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department cruiser overturned in Lancaster late Thursday after a sergeant swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian, authorities said.

    The vehicle, headed to help deputies with a runaway suspect, was driving with its lights and sirens on, said Sheriff's Deputy Lee Schriever....

  • Juvenile detention camp therapist pleads not guilty to molesting teen

    A former therapist at a juvenile detention camp pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old patient, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced.

    Ana Patricia Moennich, 36, was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual misconduct charges, Deputy Dist. Atty. Seth Carmack said...

  • Arrest ends tense 9-hour standoff with gunman in Lancaster

    A 50-year-old Lancaster man who barricaded himself inside his home for about nine hours was taken into custody Tuesday evening shortly after firing several shots at deputies, authorities said.

    Stephen Haynes walked outside his home with his hands in the air after deputies fired tear gas inside...

  • Football: Paraclete gets fourth-quarter safety to defeat Dorsey

    A safety late in the fourth quarter on a bad snap to the quarterback helped Paraclete defeat Dorsey, 16-14, on Friday.

    JJ Dirden had two interceptions for the Spirits, who also received 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Melquise Stovall.

    Dorsey faces Santa Margarita next week.

     

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