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  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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...

  • Lancaster man shown on video abusing puppy gets probation

    Lancaster man shown on video abusing puppy gets probation

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to probation Wednesday after pleading no contest to punching and body-slamming his 6-month-old pit bull mix puppy, prosecutors said. Robert Emmett Martin, 54, entered the plea to one felony count of cruelty to an animal, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office...

  • 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...

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