BREAKING NEWS
Politics
Los Angeles Times
Overview Food Crime

Crime Coverage

  • 'Suspicious item' near Hollywood Christmas Parade route was a purse, police say

    'Suspicious item' near Hollywood Christmas Parade route was a purse, police say

    A suspicious item found Sunday afternoon near the starting point of the Hollywood Christmas Parade turned out to be a purse stuffed into a mailbox, authorities said. A bystander reported the "suspicious item" about 1:30 p.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, said Officer Rosario Herrera...

  • Homeless man charged in Hollywood attack on tourist

    A homeless man was charged Friday with slashing and wounding a Russian tourist and swinging a knife at his family outside a popular Hollywood shopping center earlier this week, prosecutors said. Prosecutors charged Donald Offerman, 54, with one count of attempted murder and four counts of assault...

  • Suspect in Hollywood stabbing booked on suspicion of attempted murder

    Suspect in Hollywood stabbing booked on suspicion of attempted murder

    A 54-year-old man has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder after police said he stabbed and wounded a tourist Wednesday near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. On Thursday, police identified the alleged attacker — who was detained by two New York police detectives — as Donald M. Offerman,...

  • Tourist stabbed near Hollywood and Highland 'suddenly, for no reason'

    Tourist stabbed near Hollywood and Highland 'suddenly, for no reason'

    A tourist was stabbed near Hollywood and Highland on Wednesday afternoon, and the suspected attacker was arrested by two off-duty New York Police Department officers, authorities said. The attack was reported at 1:10 p.m. outside Hollywood and Highland, the popular shopping and entertainment complex...

  • Mother and baby found dead in Hollywood alongside crying toddler

    Mother and baby found dead in Hollywood alongside crying toddler

     When police and firefighters entered a Hollywood apartment Monday afternoon, they found a tragic scene: a mother and baby dead and a toddler wailing. Based on preliminary evidence, police said, the mother and 1-year-old boy had been dead about two days. The emergency workers went to the home in...

  • Steve-O nabbed by LAPD after climbing atop Hollywood crane

    Steve-O nabbed by LAPD after climbing atop Hollywood crane

    The “Jackass” star Steve-O was taken into custody Sunday after he climbed atop a construction crane in Hollywood, police said. More than 80 firefighters were called to the 6000 block of West Selma Avenue about 8 p.m. on reports of a possible suicide attempt after an unidentified person was spotted...

  • Celebrity lawyers Shapiro and Geragos at odds over sex tape in actor's rape case
    Celebrity lawyers Shapiro and Geragos at odds over sex tape in actor's rape case

    The rape accounts sounded strikingly similar.

    Two women, who didn't know each other, told authorities about separate incidents in which they had accompanied actor Robert Aaron Stephens on a night out in Hollywood. They both accepted a drink from him and quickly felt dazed after drinking it. Each...

  • Police shoot man in Hollywood after he allegedly brandishes a knife
    Police shoot man in Hollywood after he allegedly brandishes a knife

    A man was shot by police in Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly brandished a knife, authorities said.

    Two police officers responded to Lexington and North Sycamore avenues about 4:16 p.m. on reports that a man was threatening people with a knife, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman...

  • Road rage in Hollywood spawns fistfight between two drivers
    Road rage in Hollywood spawns fistfight between two drivers

    A fistfight erupted in Hollywood this week after two drivers became embroiled in a dispute over a lane change.

    The brawl occurred on the southbound side of Highland Avenue next to Hollywood High School and was captured on video obtained by KTLA-TV Channel 5.

    The video shows the driver of a blue...

  • Man who brandished a gun shot by police in Hollywood, LAPD says

    A man who pointed a handgun at a group of people in Hollywood was shot and wounded by Los Angeles police officers early Sunday, a police spokeswoman said.

    Officers were near Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue about 2:10 a.m. when they saw the man arguing with three other men, said LAPD Det. Meghan...

  • L.A. Unified after-school coach is suspected of molesting nine girls

    A coach for a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program was charged Friday with multiple felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

    Ronnie Lee Roman, 42, of San Fernando, worked as a Youth Services coach for Beyond the...

  • Los Angeles police arrest man in fatal Hollywood stabbing

    Los Angeles police arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 27-year-old man the day before in Hollywood Boulevard's tourist district, authorities said.

    Raymond Jackson, 29, was arrested by LAPD detectives with the help of the FBI after an investigation that began Wednesday in...

  • Police search for suspect, truck after fatal Hollywood stabbing
    Police search for suspect, truck after fatal Hollywood stabbing

    A man was stabbed to death early Wednesday in a Hollywood parking lot, and the suspect is believed to have fled in the victim’s pickup, police said.

    Police found the body of a man in his 20s just after 8:30 a.m. in a parking lot in the 1700 block of North Cherokee Avenue, just north of Hollywood...

  • Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound at Universal Studios
    Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound at Universal Studios

    A man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday afternoon near the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred at 2:15 p.m. and is considered a possible suicide, said Nicole Nishida, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department....

  • Homeless man not guilty in 2014 slaying at Hollywood McDonald's
    Homeless man not guilty in 2014 slaying at Hollywood McDonald's

    A jury on Friday found a 36-year-old homeless man not guilty in the beating death of a Good Samaritan after a confrontation at a Hollywood McDonald’s restaurant.

    Authorities said Jeremy Harris was yelling and cursing at a 3-year-old boy in the restaurant on June 18, 2014, when Gabriel Ortega Jr.,...

  • Indictment: Accused Hollywood arsonist tried to burn down 46 buildings
    Indictment: Accused Hollywood arsonist tried to burn down 46 buildings

    During a four-day rampage, Hollywood arson suspect Harry Burkhart set fire to or attempted to burn 46 buildings, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Monday.

    Burkhart is accused of torching cars, garages and homes in Hollywood, West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley between Dec. 30,...

  • Actor who plays 'American Horror Story's' Meep hit by car, is badly hurt
    Actor who plays 'American Horror Story's' Meep hit by car, is badly hurt

    An actor on the show “American Horror Story” was in critical condition Friday after he was hit in the head by the side-view mirror of a car in Hollywood.

    Ben Woolf, who plays the character Meep on the FX channel show, was hit by the mirror as he was jaywalking near the intersection of Hollywood...

  • No bomb found near Oscars venue; police search area out of caution
    No bomb found near Oscars venue; police search area out of caution

    The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad descended Thursday on Highland Avenue near Hollywood Boulevard -- a stone's throw from the upcoming Academy Awards show -- over reports of explosives that turned out to be unfounded.

    About 3 p.m., the possibility of a bomb prompted an effective shutdown...

  • Man arrested in deadly Hollywood Boulevard shooting
    Man arrested in deadly Hollywood Boulevard shooting

    A 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of fatally shooting a man on Hollywood Boulevard, authorities said.

    The shooting was reported around 11:40 p.m. Saturday at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue in the heart of the popular nightlife and tourist district, according to the Los...

  • Man stabbed at Hollywood & Highland intersection
    Man stabbed at Hollywood & Highland intersection

    A man was stabbed Sunday night at one of the busiest intersections in Hollywood, authorities said.

    About 9:15 p.m., he was knifed in the back at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Titus Tyler said. 

    The victim was taken to the hospital...

  • Real estate mogul shot in Rolls-Royce is too hurt to speak, LAPD says
    Real estate mogul shot in Rolls-Royce is too hurt to speak, LAPD says

    The gunman who shot real estate mogul Kameron Segal as he sat in his Rolls-Royce in Hollywood rode away in the darkness on a bicycle.

    Now, Los Angeles police detectives are hoping Segal can shed some light on why he was shot in the face Friday night at close range on Sunset Boulevard.

     “We don’t...

  • LAPD investigating shooting involving man on a bike firing on a car

    Los Angeles police are investigating a shooting that occurred in Hollywood late Friday evening. 

    The shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. when a man riding a bike shot at a car in the area of Sunset Boulevard and North Gardner Street, police said. 

    One victim was taken to a hospital. The person's...

  • Crowds flee late-night shooting in Hollywood; gunman at large
    Crowds flee late-night shooting in Hollywood; gunman at large

    Police are investigating a shooting in Hollywood early Wednesday in which authorities said a man stood on a sidewalk and began randomly firing into the air.

    The incident occurred about 2 a.m. on Hollywood Boulevard off Cosmo Street, said Sgt. Chad Lewis of the LAPD’s Hollywood division.

    “We had...

  • Street robbery in Hollywood turns deadly; two in custody
    Street robbery in Hollywood turns deadly; two in custody

    One man is dead and his alleged killer in custody after a late-night street robbery ended in a shooting in Hollywood, police said.

    The incident began just before midnight in the 1600 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard when an off-duty LAPD officer saw a man smashing the windows of cars parked along...

  • Demonstrators march in Hollywood to protest police brutality; 5 arrested
    Demonstrators march in Hollywood to protest police brutality; 5 arrested

    Five people were arrested Friday night as dozens gathered along Hollywood Boulevard  to protest police brutality.

    The demonstrations began at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, where exactly two weeks ago a man brandishing a knife was fatally shot by a Los Angeles Police...

  • Hundreds march against police brutality in 'Blackout Hollywood' protest
    Hundreds march against police brutality in 'Blackout Hollywood' protest

    Hundreds marched peacefully down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Saturday to protest the killing of unarmed African American men by police, the latest in a series of demonstrations across the nation in recent weeks.

    The march, called Blackout Hollywood, began about noon at Hollywood Boulevard...

  • Police shoot, kill assault suspect in Hollywood tourist area
    Police shoot, kill assault suspect in Hollywood tourist area

    A famous Hollywood intersection became the scene of an officer-involved shooting Friday evening when police shot and killed a man suspected of assault with a deadly weapon, authorities reported.

    Police said the shooting occurred at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue about 7 p.m. after LAPD's...

  • Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star vandalized: Police launch investigation
    Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame star vandalized: Police launch investigation

    Los Angeles police are investigating the vandalism of comedian Bill Cosby's star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was marked with the word “rapist,” officials said. A photo of the vandalism surfaced on social media Friday morning, showing “rapist” scrawled across the star three times...

  • Answers sought in beating death of Hollywood man
    Answers sought in beating death of Hollywood man

    The man was brought to Cedars Sinai in the early morning hours as a John Doe, the victim of a possible assault. He had been discovered between parked vehicles in Hollywood with two black eyes, a bruised face and a laceration on his nose.

    A police officer tried to identify him through fingerprinting,...

  • Mr. Incredible, Batgirl brawl in Hollywood; Freddy Krueger keeps peace
    Mr. Incredible, Batgirl brawl in Hollywood; Freddy Krueger keeps peace

    The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a fight between a costumed Mr. Incredible and Batgirl caught on video Tuesday afternoon on Hollywood Boulevard.

    The scuffle took place in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre and also outside of the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex.

    The...

  • LAPD helicopter makes precautionary landing at school used in 'Glee'
    LAPD helicopter makes precautionary landing at school used in 'Glee'

    A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter made a “precautionary” landing at a Hollywood high school early Friday, officials said, apparently after a warning sensor went off.

    The sensor went off about 4:15 a.m., prompting the pilot to land the aircraft as a precaution, KTLA reported. No injuries...

  • Police seek man who fatally beat disabled Navy vet in Hollywood
    Police seek man who fatally beat disabled Navy vet in Hollywood

    Louie Rodriguez loved Hollywood’s music scene.

    Last month, weeks after heart surgery, the disabled Navy veteran rode his motorized scooter with his loyal dog Hopper to attend the seventh annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood.

    But on his way back to his home early Sunday, Sept. 21,...

  • LAPD seeks public's help in slaying of man riding scooter in Hollywood
    LAPD seeks public's help in slaying of man riding scooter in Hollywood

    LAPD homicide detectives investigating the death of a man attacked while riding a scooter in Hollywood are asking for the public's help in identifying his assailant.

    Louie Rodriguez, 54, was attacked about 12:40 a.m. Sept. 21 near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, the LAPD said.  

    He was...

  • Justin Bieber cellphone incident prompts LAPD response to restaurant
    Justin Bieber cellphone incident prompts LAPD response to restaurant

    Los Angeles police responded to a Hollywood restaurant Monday night after someone used a cellphone to shoot video footage of Justin Bieber.

    Officers went to Dave & Buster's restaurant after a report that someone from Bieber's security team may have taken the cellphone, but the report was not true,...

  • LAPD motorcycle officer injured in Hollywood traffic crash
    LAPD motorcycle officer injured in Hollywood traffic crash

    A Los Angeles police motorcycle officer was injured early Thursday when he was struck by a car in Hollywood, officials said.

    The collision occurred about 5:40 a.m. at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue, said Officer Liliana Preciado.

    ------------

    FOR THE RECORD

    An...

  • LAPD seeks to limit civilian drone flights over police stations
    LAPD seeks to limit civilian drone flights over police stations

    Los Angeles police on Friday said they have asked the city attorney’s office and county prosecutors to explore whether they can legally prohibit civilians from flying drones with cameras over department-owned parking lots.

    The inquiry was sparked after a South Bay man who routinely films police...

  • Activists seek civil rights probe into CHP officer's beating of woman
    Activists seek civil rights probe into CHP officer's beating of woman

    Los Angeles civil rights activists on Tuesday asked the U.S. Attorney's civil rights division to open a formal investigation into a California Highway Patrol officer who was caught on cellphone video beating a woman on the side of a freeway.

    The footage of the officer repeatedly punching Marlene...

  • Good Samaritan killed after saving child from attack in Hollywood
    Good Samaritan killed after saving child from attack in Hollywood

    Detectives were looking Friday for a man who fatally punched a good Samaritan who tried to fend off an attack on a child at a Hollywood fast-food restaurant.

    Gabriel Ortega, 57, of Hollywood, was inside the restaurant in the 1400 block of Vine Street on June 18 when he saw another man screaming...

  • Good Samaritan killed after saving child from attack in Hollywood
    Good Samaritan killed after saving child from attack in Hollywood

    Detectives were looking Friday for a man who fatally punched a good Samaritan who tried to fend off an attack on a child at a Hollywood fast-food restaurant.

    Gabriel Ortega, 57, of Hollywood, was inside the restaurant in the 1400 block of Vine Street on June 18 when he saw another man screaming...

  • Man accused of hitting Metro bus driver identified
    Man accused of hitting Metro bus driver identified

    Authorities have identified the 51-year-old man they say struck a Metro bus driver Thursday morning. 

    Louis Bruce Gardner was booked into the Twin Towers Correctional Facility shortly after 6 a.m. His bond was set at $50,000, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's website. 

    ...

  • Man arrested for allegedly hitting female Metro bus driver in face
    Man arrested for allegedly hitting female Metro bus driver in face

    Authorities say a 51-year-old man was getting off a Metro bus in Hollywood on Thursday morning when he struck the driver in the face. 

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Transit Services Bureau said the alleged attacker was arrested on suspicion of felony battery of a transit employee....

  • Woman shot and wounded in suspected Hollywood robbery, LAPD says

    A woman was shot and wounded in a suspected robbery in Hollywood, police said Monday night.

    The woman was shot about 10:20 p.m. on North Curson Avenue near Fountain Avenue near the border with West Hollywood, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    The woman was believed to be in her 20s and was...

  • Hollywood Boulevard closed as LAPD investigates suspicious package

    Hollywood Boulevard was shut down Monday afternoon as Los Angeles police investigated a suspicious package found near a historic hotel, officials said.

    The package appears to be a box, which was left about 3:45 p.m. near the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard, said...

  • Man fatally shot outside Hollywood hotel made famous in 'Pretty Woman'
    Man fatally shot outside Hollywood hotel made famous in 'Pretty Woman'

    A man was shot to death in Hollywood early Friday outside the Las Palmas Hotel, a location made famous in the movie "Pretty Woman."

    The Los Angeles Police Department said the man was shot around 2 a.m. on Las Palmas Avenue, between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street. 

    Police said officers were...

  • Brad Pitt attacked at Hollywood premiere of 'Maleficent'
    Brad Pitt attacked at Hollywood premiere of 'Maleficent'

    Vitalii Sediuk, the red carpet prankster who allegedly attacked Brad Pitt during a premiere for “Maleficent” on Wednesday night, has had an emergency protective order filed against him, and is currently still in custody, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday.Brad Pitt...

  • Brad Pitt hit in face by prankster known for accosting celebrities
    Brad Pitt hit in face by prankster known for accosting celebrities

    A man described as a Ukrainian journalist with a red carpet-length history of bizarre incidents with celebrities remained in police custody Thursday morning after allegedly hitting actor Brad Pitt at a movie premiere.

    Vitalii Sediuk, 25, was arrested about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after Los Angeles...

  • Brad Pitt battered by man at premiere of Angelina Jolie movie
    Brad Pitt battered by man at premiere of Angelina Jolie movie

    The red-carpet entry for a Hollywood movie premiere was interrupted Wednesday evening when a 25-year-old man allegedly battered Brad Pitt, police said.

    "Some guy jumped over the barricades and made contact with Brad Pitt," Officer Nuria Vanegas of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Police...

  • Brad Pitt battered by man at premiere of Angelina Jolie movie
    Brad Pitt battered by man at premiere of Angelina Jolie movie

    The red-carpet entry for a Hollywood movie premiere was interrupted Wednesday evening when a 25-year-old man allegedly battered Brad Pitt, police said.

    "Some guy jumped over the barricades and made contact with Brad Pitt," Officer Nuria Vanegas of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Police...

  • Vitalii Sediuk allegedly attacks Brad Pitt at 'Maleficent' premiere
    Vitalii Sediuk allegedly attacks Brad Pitt at 'Maleficent' premiere

    Vitalii Sediuk, the longtime red-carpet accoster of celebrities, was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly attacking Brad Pitt as the star was making his way down the carpet for the premiere of partner Angelina Jolie’s “Maleficent.”Police took Sediuk into custody after he “made contact” with...

  • Man accused of attacking Brad Pitt has prior celebrity controversies
    Man accused of attacking Brad Pitt has prior celebrity controversies

    The 25-year-old man accused of battering Brad Pitt on the red carpet Wednesday night has been involved in previous red carpet controversies, including an incident earlier this month in which he crawled under actress America Ferrera's gown at the Cannes Film Festival in southern France.

    Los Angeles...

  • Brad Pitt attacked at Hollywood premiere of 'Maleficent'
    Brad Pitt attacked at Hollywood premiere of 'Maleficent'

    Brad Pitt was reportedly battered by a man who jumped over a barricade to get to the actor during the Hollywood premiere of "Maleficent," which stars his longtime partner, Angelina Jolie, police said Wednesday night.

    "Some guy jumped over the barricades and made contact with Brad Pitt," Officer...

  • Los Angeles turns to city veteran to run building department
    Los Angeles turns to city veteran to run building department

    Los Angeles’ interim head of the Department of Building and Safety was given the permanent job Wednesday after a 13-0 City Council confirmation vote.

    The move elevates Raymond Chan, a longtime veteran of the Department of Building and Safety. Chan has been with the agency since 1987, and was appointed...

  • Panhandler gets two years in fatal stabbing on Hollywood Walk of Fame
    Panhandler gets two years in fatal stabbing on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    A homeless man who was involved in the fatal stabbing of a Lynwood woman last year on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been sentenced to two years in prison.

    Jason Joel Wolstone, 34, pleaded guilty to assault likely to produce great bodily harm Wednesday in connection with the June 18 attack off...

  • For LGBT seniors, affordable housing is scarce and often unwelcoming
    For LGBT seniors, affordable housing is scarce and often unwelcoming

    With just one affordable housing complex catering to L.A.'s LGBT senior citizens, many struggle to find accepting low-income homes.

  • Rooney family ends dispute, agrees to bury actor at Hollywood Forever
    Rooney family ends dispute, agrees to bury actor at Hollywood Forever

    Family members in a brewing legal dispute over the body of screen legend Mickey Rooney have reached an agreement on where and how the star should be buried, heading off a potentially costly and public court fight, attorneys announced Thursday afternoon.

    The agreement comes on the eve of a court...

  • Shooting outside Hollywood nightclub leaves 1 man dead

    As bars in the area finished their last call, a fatal gunshot rang out in front of a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning, in what police described as a gang-related shooting.

    When officers arrived at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue just before 2 a.m., more than 100 people had spilled...

  • Split decision in no-bid contract suit against county health agency
    Split decision in no-bid contract suit against county health agency

    Both sides are claiming victory in the latest flare-up between Los Angeles County and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

    In a March 7 decision, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin struck down the foundation's challenge to two county contracts that were  awarded without a competitive...

  • Soap-opera pen-pal network may have led accused killer to L.A.

    Ties to 'General Hospital' fans may have led parolee to L.A., where he's accused of killing retired Hollywood High teacher Harry Major.

  • Oscars: At least 7 arrested in connection with ceremony, LAPD says
    Oscars: At least 7 arrested in connection with ceremony, LAPD says

    At least seven people were arrested in connection with the Academy Awards, Los Angeles police said Monday.

    Six of the arrests were for trespassing and one was for public intoxication, said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. The public intoxication arrest involved a person watching the event from Hollywood...

  • L.A. rain: Evacuations lifted in some foothill communities
    L.A. rain: Evacuations lifted in some foothill communities

    Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in two foothill communities threatened by mudslides below wildfire-ravaged areas.

    Glendora residents were allowed to return home Sunday when an evacuation order was lifted at 6 a.m. The 2,000-acre Colby fire in the San Gabriel Mountains in January left some...

  • Los Angeles police brace for the Academy Awards
    Los Angeles police brace for the Academy Awards

    As stars are getting red-carpet-ready, the LAPD is also preparing. Hundreds of officers are put on Oscars detail each year.

  • Hollywood's Theatre Row sees exits stage right, left as scene changes
    Hollywood's Theatre Row sees exits stage right, left as scene changes

    The curtain closes on a number of stages along Theatre Row, a mile-long stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, as rising rents and crime worries send troupes elsewhere.

  • Man charged in strangulation of retired Hollywood High teacher
    Man charged in strangulation of retired Hollywood High teacher

    A 44-year-old man was charged Thursday with killing a retired Hollywood High School teacher, authorities said.

    Scott Kratlian, also known as Scott Porter, was charged with one count of murder, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

    Kratlian was arrested...

  • Police seek leads in slaying of retired teacher in Hollywood
    Police seek leads in slaying of retired teacher in Hollywood

    Los Angeles police detectives are searching for leads in the slaying of an 82-year-old retired high school teacher last week in his Hollywood apartment.

    Harry Major was found dead Feb. 12 in the 1400 block of North Vista Street in Hollywood. Detectives found evidence of blunt force trauma and a...

  • LAPD officer found guilty of perjury in drug case
    LAPD officer found guilty of perjury in drug case

    After a jury in 2012 convicted two other officers but deadlocked on Manuel Ortiz, a new panel finds him guilty of lying under oath.

  • Man accused of smashing LAPD windows near Darth Vader charged
    Man accused of smashing LAPD windows near Darth Vader charged

    A man accused of smashing the windows of a Los Angeles police cruiser and stealing a laptop inside was charged Thursday, prosecutors said.

    Leyston Rice, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on one count each of vandalism, grand theft and burglary from a vehicle, the Los Angeles County district...

  • Protesters march through Hollywood for Kelly Thomas
    Protesters march through Hollywood for Kelly Thomas

    Scores of protesters marched through Hollywood on Saturday afternoon demanding justice for Kelly Thomas, the homeless man who died after a violent encounter with Fullerton police officers, Los Angeles police said.  

    Demonstrators marched west on the sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard, said Sgt....

  • Two men shot, woman detained in Hollywood shooting

    Police detained a woman for questioning Friday evening after two men were shot and wounded in a Hollywood apartment building.

    Shortly before 5 p.m., police were called to the building in the 1600 block of North Fuller Avenue just south of Hollywood Boulevard.

    Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Richard...

  • New state fault maps show higher earthquake risks in Hollywood
    New state fault maps show higher earthquake risks in Hollywood

    Newly released data tracing the location of the active Hollywood fault will lead to additional curbs on development in the rapidly growing area.

  • None hurt in deputy-involved shooting in Hollywood; man arrested
    None hurt in deputy-involved shooting in Hollywood; man arrested

    Authorities arrested a suspect after a deputy-involved shooting in Hollywood on Wednesday morning.

    The shooting was reported at 7:35 a.m. in the 1700 block of North Gramercy Place. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Sgt. Pauline Panis said no officers were wounded but a suspect was taken into custody after...

  • Man, 19, arrested after body found in Hollywood dumpster
    Man, 19, arrested after body found in Hollywood dumpster

    A 19-year-old Hollywood man was being held on suspicion of murder Tuesday after police say he killed a man during a robbery in Koreatown and dumped the body in a trash bin.

    Los Angeles County prosecutors are expected to charge Merdan Haydarov on Wednesday in the slaying of 49-year-old Randall Scott...

  • L.A. officials missed possible sign of quake fault in Hollywood
    L.A. officials missed possible sign of quake fault in Hollywood

    City officials overlooked a report's finding of uneven groundwater levels, often indicative of a fault, beneath a massive Hollywood project

  • Suspect in fatal Hollywood party bus shooting identified
    Suspect in fatal Hollywood party bus shooting identified

    Los Angeles police publicly identified Monday one of two suspects arrested in a party bus shooting that left one man dead and another critically wounded.

    Deondie Wilson, 26, of Lynwood and a 17-year-old were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the Friday night shooting in Hollywood,...

  • Man to be arraigned in attack on transgender woman in Hollywood
    Man to be arraigned in attack on transgender woman in Hollywood

    One of four suspects wanted in connection with an attack on a transgender woman in Hollywood this spring was scheduled to be in court Wednesday.

    Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, was scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court on charges of battery with serious bodily injury, and assault...

  • 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...

  • Second arrest made in beating of transgender woman in Hollywood
    Second arrest made in beating of transgender woman in Hollywood

    A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the beating of a transgender woman in May on Hollywood Boulevard, police said Wednesday night.

    The Los Angeles Police Department said that a male suspect had been taken into custody on suspicion of taking part in the early morning attack on...

  • Hollywood tour bus vendors worry about job losses amid crackdown
    Hollywood tour bus vendors worry about job losses amid crackdown

    For 90 minutes Monday, City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, accompanied by Los Angeles street officials and a scrum of TV cameras, informed Hollywood tour bus operators that they can no longer sell tickets from sidewalk kiosks.

    The mood seemed to be one of disbelief.

    "I never thought this day would...

  • Man arrested in double stabbing case on Hollywood Boulevard

    A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a double stabbing on Labor Day near the Walk of Fame that left two people injured, police said Thursday night.

    Danny Moreno, who lives in the Simi Valley area, was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, the Los Angeles...

  • Immigration activists cheer Trust Act at Hollywood rally
    Immigration activists cheer Trust Act at Hollywood rally

    More than 1,000 activists ended their hours-long rally and march through Hollywood on Saturday on a high note after getting word that Gov. Jerry Brown had signed several bills that would ease conditions for immigrants.

    Just before noon on Saturday, a swelling crowd of union workers, immigrants...

  • Obama looks to Hollywood to help promote his healthcare law
    Obama looks to Hollywood to help promote his healthcare law

    A Hollywood comedy website and others could be key in getting enough Americans to sign up for coverage under the law, especially 18-to-35-year-olds. But opponents are waging their own campaign.

  • Protesters in Hollywood oppose U.S. intervention in Syria
    Protesters in Hollywood oppose U.S. intervention in Syria

    A protest in Hollywood against U.S. military intervention in Syria snarled traffic Sunday but remained peaceful, police said.

    Witnesses said more than 100 people gathered on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, and video taken at the scene showed them chanting "Hands off Syria" and holding...

  • Opponents of Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers sue developer, city
    Opponents of Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers sue developer, city

    Opponents of the Millennium Hollywood skyscraper project filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the developer and the city, seeking to overturn the city’s approval of 39- and 35-story towers.

    The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleges that the city failed to disclose important...

  • Joe Francis of 'Girls Gone Wild' gets 270 days for assault, imprisonment
    Joe Francis of 'Girls Gone Wild' gets 270 days for assault, imprisonment

    "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for an assault and false imprisonment of three women.

    Francis, 40, was released on bond and is expected to appeal the verdict, which followed a two-week trial in May. He blasted the verdict...

  • Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death
    Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death

    Journalist Michael Hastings, who was killed in a fiery Los Angeles crash in June, died of "traumatic injuries" as a result of the accident and had traces of drugs in his system, Los Angeles coroner's officials said Tuesday.

    Hastings, 33, died June 18 in a single-vehicle accident. His car burst...

  • Hollywood's Blvd6200 project escaped review despite fault threat
    Hollywood's Blvd6200 project escaped review despite fault threat

    L.A. could have required a seismic evaluation of the site near the Hollywood fault but did not do so. The $200-million Blvd6200 project, next to the Pantages Theatre, will include 500 apartments.

  • Development near Hollywood fault allowed without seismic study
    Development near Hollywood fault allowed without seismic study

    A sprawling $200-million commercial and residential development under construction next to the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard was approved by Los Angeles city officials without a seismic evaluation, even though it sits next to an active earthquake fault capable of producing a devastating...

  • LAPD seeks suspects in Hollywood robbery-kidnap case
    LAPD seeks suspects in Hollywood robbery-kidnap case

    Los Angeles police Thursday night were seeking the public's help in tracking down three suspects who kidnapped and robbed a man in Hollywood.

    The victim was sitting in his parked car in the 8000 block of Carlton Way on July 23 when a white Chevy van pulled up. Three men jumped out of the vehicle...

  • Man accused of keeping girl in box confessed to growing marijuana
    Man accused of keeping girl in box confessed to growing marijuana

    This post has been corrected. See below for details.

    A Lake County man accused of holding a 15-year-old Los Angeles girl captive in a metal box and cultivating more than 1,000 marijuana plants on his Northern California property has confessed to running the operation, federal prosecutors said.

    ...

  • Review: 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' gives traitor day in court
    Review: 'The Last Days of Judas Iscariot' gives traitor day in court

    Judas Iscariot: Worst friend ever or fall guy in a greater plan for the salvation of mankind? Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” explores differing perspectives on the Christian canon’s most reviled figure through the secular prism of a legal courtroom.

    In Breedlove Productions’...

  • Teen who allegedly helped set off Hollywood, Crenshaw crimes arrested
    Teen who allegedly helped set off Hollywood, Crenshaw crimes arrested

    Los Angeles police announced Wednesday the arrest of a 16-year-old boy in connection with a series of robberies and other crimes in Crenshaw and Hollywood, saying they believe he used social media to help organize the illegal activity.

    The teen was arrested Monday on suspicion of inciting a riot,...

  • Man headed to court in attacks during Zimmerman protests
    Man headed to court in attacks during Zimmerman protests

    A Los Angeles man will return to court later this month after being accused of accosting two news crews covering the protests of the George Zimmerman verdict in Leimert Park.

    Shareef Abdullah, 28, and nine teenagers allegedly committed criminal acts during a series of otherwise peaceful protests...

  • Man, 9 teens charged after Zimmerman protests, Hollywood robberies
    Man, 9 teens charged after Zimmerman protests, Hollywood robberies

    A Los Angeles man and nine teenagers who allegedly committed criminal acts during a series of otherwise peaceful protests last week have been charged, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    The group was among those arrested during a series of demonstrations against the George Zimmerman acquittal in the slaying...

  • LAPD responds to reports of gunfire in Hollywood
    LAPD responds to reports of gunfire in Hollywood

    Los Angeles police swarmed a Hollywood neighborhood Tuesday evening after a report of gunshots fired.

    The gunfire was reported about 5:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Fuller Avenue near Fountain Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Officers were checking an apartment building in the...

  • 'Bash mob' is a no-show in Long Beach, but police remain on alert
    'Bash mob' is a no-show in Long Beach, but police remain on alert

    Law enforcement officers across the Southland continued to be on alert Friday for signs of roving groups of vandals like the one that struck Hollywood on Tuesday night, even as one such “bash mob” failed to materialize in Long Beach. Police there had warned residents about a potential attack by...

  • Long Beach police brace for possible 'bash mob' rolling crime wave

    Long Beach police are bracing for a possible "bash mob" Friday and warning potential participants that they will be arrested if they contribute to mayhem and commit any crimes.

    A Long Beach Police Department news release about the threatened event defined a bash mob as a "planned, sudden assembly...

  • Hollywood Boulevard workers recall frantic scene during robberies

    It was about 8:30 p.m. when Jose Rosales noticed several people running by his Hollywood Boulevard shop.

    When he went to check what was going on, he saw a teenage boy shoving a wad of T-shirts into a backpack. Rosales sensed that something was wrong and immediately started to lock up the camera...

  • LAPD to release photos of additional Hollywood robbery suspects

    Los Angeles police announced Wednesday plans to release photos taken along camera-concentrated Hollywood Boulevard in hopes of tracking down additional suspects in a two-hour robbery rampage the night before.

    At a Wednesday morning news conference on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland...

  • LAPD scours social media about Hollywood robberies, sources say

    Police are scouring social media in their investigation of a roving band of youths that hit Hollywood Boulevard in a two-hour robbery rampage, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

    Investigators are examining whether Tuesday night's events were planned or promoted via Twitter,...

  • LAPD: Roving Hollywood robbers may also be Zimmerman protest vandals
    LAPD: Roving Hollywood robbers may also be Zimmerman protest vandals

    A band of robbers that tore through Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday night appear to be some of the same youths who were attacking people and vandalizing stores in the Crenshaw district earlier this week where demonstrators were protesting the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict, police said.

    The...

  • 12 arrested as Hollywood hit by roaming bands of robbers, police say
    12 arrested as Hollywood hit by roaming bands of robbers, police say

    A dozen people were in custody Wednesday morning following a wild night of cat and mouse between Los Angeles police and marauding bands of youths who were robbing tourists and storefronts in Hollywood, officials said.

    One adult and 11 juveniles were arrested Tuesday night, and all but one were...

  • Trayvon Martin protesters block freeway, streets; LAPD moves in
    Trayvon Martin protesters block freeway, streets; LAPD moves in

    The Los Angeles Police Department was trying to get a handle on pockets of protesters blocking traffic in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict Sunday night.

    Police patrol cars and motorcycle units were streaming into areas of Crenshaw Boulevard where some protesters standing in the streets, slowing...

  • Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods
    Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods

    Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 17 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

    Thirteen neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording four reports...

  • 1 killed, 2 wounded in early morning L.A. shootings
    1 killed, 2 wounded in early morning L.A. shootings

    One person was killed and two others were wounded in three separate shootings Monday morning in Los Angeles, including at a Hollywood nightclub.

    "There’s been a lot of shootings this morning," said Los Angeles police officer Christopher No.

    The latest violence was in Arlington Heights, where a...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
60°