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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,...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Man found guilty in 2006 killing of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon
      Man found guilty in 2006 killing of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon

      The killings were separated by time and distance, their only connection buried in shared roots to a 200-acre pistachio and alfalfa ranch in Lancaster.

      The ranch is where Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar was gunned down in 2006. Miles away and months later, the body of Efrain...

    • Man arrested in Lancaster bow and arrow killing

      A 23-year-old Lancaster resident was arrested Saturday on suspicion of killing a man with a bow and arrow after the victim tried to break up an argument, sheriff deputies said.

      Garrett Adams was jailed in lieu of $1-million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The identity...

    • Man struck, killed by arrow in Lancaster

      A man struck by an arrow died after leaving a trail of blood on a Lancaster street early Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and several media reports.

      Homicide detectives responded to the 43000 block of 27th Street West about 3:30 a.m. and found the victim, KTLA...

    • School employee accused of molesting children at Lancaster church
      School employee accused of molesting children at Lancaster church

      An employee of Desert Christian Schools in Lancaster was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child molestation, authorities said.

      Jonathan Macy, 31, of Lancaster was arrested on suspicion of molesting two children at Grace Chapel Church, which is on the Desert Christian campus, as the children attended...

    • Lancaster man pleads not guilty to beating pit bull mix puppy
      Lancaster man pleads not guilty to beating pit bull mix puppy

      A Lancaster man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty after he was allegedly caught on cellphone video punching and hurling his 6-month-old pit bull mix to the ground, authorities said.

      Los Angeles County prosecutors allege the man, 53-year-old Robert Emmett Martin, body-slammed and punched...

    • Man found guilty of robbing, killing Lancaster computer store owner

      A Lancaster man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after he was found guilty of shooting the owner of a Lancaster computer store during a robbery, authorities said.

      A jury Friday found 25-year-old Timothy Jerode Johnson guilty of first-degree murder, including a special-circumstance...

    • Lancaster man charged in sexual assaults of four women
      Lancaster man charged in sexual assaults of four women

      A Lancaster man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female college student was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting three other women dating to 2009.

      James Smith, 35, was charged with two counts of forcible rape and one count of forcible oral copulation,...

    • Man held in kidnapping, sexual assault of woman in Lancaster
      Man held in kidnapping, sexual assault of woman in Lancaster

      A man was in jail Tuesday on $1-million bail in the kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

      James Smith, 35, allegedly approached the woman from behind on 33rd Street West about 2 p.m. Monday. He forced her...

    • LAPD Valley motorcycle officer held on suspicion of domestic violence

      A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Friday on suspicion of domestic violence and illegal discharging of a firearm, law enforcement officials said.

      Timothy Gallick, 42, is assigned to the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division as a motorcycle officer. Shortly before 10:30 Friday morning, the 18-year...

    • Man arrested in shooting death of ATC rider in Lancaster
      Man arrested in shooting death of ATC rider in Lancaster

      A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of gunning down a Lancaster resident as he rode his all-terrain cycle, authorities said.

      Arturo Lopez was arrested in an unincorporated area east of Lancaster after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies served two search warrants in connection...

    • Sheriff's secret air surveillance of Compton sparks outrage
      Sheriff's secret air surveillance of Compton sparks outrage

      To the 96,000 residents of Compton, the little Cessna would have looked like scores of other small planes that flew over the city each day.

      But anyone paying close attention might have noticed the single-engine craft kept circling the city in a continuous loop. What they could not have known was...

    • County consultant lays out options for jail overhaul
      County consultant lays out options for jail overhaul

      A consultant hired by Los Angeles County to develop a longterm plan for the county's aging jail facilities laid out options for a roughly $2-billion proposed overhaul of the jail system in a report released Wednesday.

      The county supervisors, concerned about deteriorating facilities and poor living...

    • Praying homeless woman egged on sidewalk; three teens arrested
      Praying homeless woman egged on sidewalk; three teens arrested

      A teenage boy faces felony assault and conspiracy charges after egging a 60-year-old homeless woman who was praying on the sidewalk in Lancaster.

      A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy witnessed the alleged attack about 1 p.m. Monday near Sierra Highway and Jackson Avenue and arrested the teen,...

    • Three men found guilty of murder in Lancaster shooting case
      Three men found guilty of murder in Lancaster shooting case

      Three men were found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in connection with the 2012 shooting of a 21-year-old man in Lancaster.

      Brandy Houston was shot 12 times during a street brawl involving about a dozen people on Nov. 29, 2012, in the 43000 block of Gadsden Avenue, authorities said.

      The...

    • Pepper spray robbery suspects arrested in Lancaster area
      Pepper spray robbery suspects arrested in Lancaster area

      Four suspects wanted in connection with two robberies involving the use of pepper spray were arrested in the Lancaster area, authorities said Thursday night.

      The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department accused the suspects of taking merchandise from Wal-Mart, Ralphs and Vons stores in the last two weeks.

      ...

    • 58-year-old man arrested in Lancaster bank robbery
      58-year-old man arrested in Lancaster bank robbery

      A 58-year-old Palmdale resident is behind bars after Los Angeles sheriff's deputies arrested him Tuesday in connection with a Lancaster bank robbery.

      Walter Glenn Compton faces one count of robbery from the March 12 holdup, Lt. David Oliva said.

      Last month, a man demanded money from a teller at...

    • Lancaster man sentenced to life in mother-daughter slayings

      A Lancaster man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his live-in girlfriend and her adult daughter, whom the mother had just met after abandoning her as a baby, a judge ruled this week.

      Christopher Anthony Brown, 44, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility...

    • Navy's Blue Angels return to the skies at Lancaster air show today
      Navy's Blue Angels return to the skies at Lancaster air show today

      Returning to the skies at full force after being grounded by federal budget cuts, the Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad will be the headline act when the inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show kicks off Friday.

      The air show will be the squadron's first of the 2014 season after...

    • 5 suspected White Power members arrested in high school burglary
      5 suspected White Power members arrested in high school burglary

      Five suspected White Power gang members were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of breaking into Eastside High School in Lancaster and stealing more than $15,000 in property and causing about $22,000 in damage to classrooms.

      In a statement, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said they arrested...

    • Lancaster man found shot dead in the desert
      Lancaster man found shot dead in the desert

      A Lancaster man was found shot to death in the desert next to his all-terrain cycle, authorities said Monday night.

      The victim was identified as Stephen Finson, 47, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

      Authorities said Finson was last seen by family members Sunday and was reported...

    • Baby placed in protective custody after coke is seized at home
      Baby placed in protective custody after coke is seized at home

      A Lancaster couple were arrested and their baby was placed in protective custody after deputies found rock cocaine and cash while serving a search warrant at a home, authorities said Thursday.

      The search warrant was served at the home in the 4800 block of West Avenue L-14 as part of a followup...

    • 200 marijuana plants, 30 pounds of dried pot seized in Lancaster
      200 marijuana plants, 30 pounds of dried pot seized in Lancaster

      Investigators seized 200 marijuana plants and about 30 pounds of dried pot during a narcotics investigation in Lancaster, law enforcement officials said Wednesday night.

      The stash was discovered Wednesday morning after Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators served a search warrant...

    • Man shot to death while stopped at a red light in Lancaster
      Man shot to death while stopped at a red light in Lancaster

      A 34-year-old man sitting in his car at a red light in Lancaster was shot to death Sunday night by a driver who pulled up next to him, authorities said.

      The shooting occurred about 8:32 p.m. near West Avenue K and 20th Street West, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

      The victim,...

    • Human remains found in Lancaster yet to be examined
      Human remains found in Lancaster yet to be examined

      Authorities have yet to examine human remains found last weekend in Lancaster.

      The remains were found about 5:40 p.m. Dec. 14 near the area between Challenger Way and East Avenue J-8, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

      Homicide detectives were sent to the scene to investigate...

    • Deputies shoot carjacking suspect with Tasers, recover weapons
      Deputies shoot carjacking suspect with Tasers, recover weapons

      A carjacking suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the car's occupant was shot with Tasers by deputies in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday.

      The suspect and an accomplice were taken into custody by deputies who recovered guns, ammunition and black masks from the pair, according to the Los...

    • Dead boy on bus was allegedly killed by his Lancaster mom's boyfriend
      Dead boy on bus was allegedly killed by his Lancaster mom's boyfriend

      A 2-year-old boy found dead aboard a bus in California City this week was allegedly killed by the boyfriend of the child's Lancaster mother, authorities said. 

      Pharaoh Vanvactor was found dead Wednesday morning at 7:25 a.m. on a Kern Regional Transit Bus. The toddler had been with 26-year-old Mathew...

    • Parolee charged with murder in Lancaster double slaying
      Parolee charged with murder in Lancaster double slaying

      A 28-year-old parolee has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting that left two men dead at a Lancaster party, authorities said Monday.

      Leo Jerome Johnson is accused of shooting Nicky Packard, 33, and Michael Sewell, 22, after the three men began arguing at the June 23 party, according...

    • Three traffic crashes leave three people dead, police say
      Three traffic crashes leave three people dead, police say

      Three traffic accidents -- two Monday morning and one Sunday night -- left three people dead and others injured in neighborhoods across L.A. County.

      In Lancaster on Sunday night, a woman driving near Avenue I and Beech Avenue drifted across the traffic lanes and crashed into a power pole just before...

    • L.A. city controller says he plans to audit DWP nonprofits
      L.A. city controller says he plans to audit DWP nonprofits

      Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin announced Friday evening that he will audit an estimated $40 million the Department of Water and Power paid to two nonprofit groups created to improve relations between the utility's managers and its largest employee union.

      In his letter to DWP General Manager...

    • Lancaster couple awarded $4.1 million in sheriff's shooting

      A federal judge has awarded $4.1 million to a couple shot 15 times by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies while the man and woman were homeless and living in a shack.

      Angel and Jennifer Lynn Mendez were lying on a futon in a wooden shack in the backyard of a private Lancaster residence in October...

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