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  • Barricaded suspect in Westlake surrenders to police

    A man who had barricaded himself inside a residence Friday in Los Angeles' Westlake neighborhood has surrendered to police, authorities said.  The incident began a little after noon Friday when a man called police for help, saying that his roommate had threatened him with a gun, LAPD Officer Tony...

  • LAPD officers fire at attack suspect, search continues

    Los Angeles police are searching for a man who may have been wounded by officers after allegedly attacking a woman inside a car early Sunday morning. Police fired at the man when they came to investigate a report of a woman screaming in the 1300 block of Ingraham Street about 3:35 a.m., said Officer...

  • Man shot dead on Westlake sidewalk

    Los Angeles police detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man Sunday afternoon in Westlake. Officers responded to a call of shots fired at 1:45 p.m. and found the victim on the sidewalk near Beverly Boulevard and Benton Way, LAPD Sgt. Dave Rich said. The man, who was in his mid-20s,...

  • Police seek witnesses in fatal stabbing of homeless man featured in Times story

    Police seek witnesses in fatal stabbing of homeless man featured in Times story

    Police are looking for witnesses in the fatal stabbing of a 66-year-old man who lived under the 101 Freeway underpass at North Alvarado Street. About 11 a.m. Monday, Charles Smith was found with apparent stab wounds, said LAPD Det. Ray Martinez. Smith was last seen alive about 11 p.m. Sunday. Martinez...

  • Man did not point gun at officers, LAPD says in new account of shooting

    Man did not point gun at officers, LAPD says in new account of shooting

    A man shot and wounded this week by Los Angeles police in Westlake had not pointed a gun at officers, despite an initial report by the LAPD that he had, the department said in a press release Saturday afternoon. Jason Bangle, 39, was shot Tuesday about 10 p.m. in the 600 block of South Coronado...

  • Man shot by police after pointing gun at officers in Westlake, LAPD says

    Man shot by police after pointing gun at officers in Westlake, LAPD says

    A man was shot in the stomach by police Tuesday night and another was arrested in Westlake, police said. The man who was shot, who has not been identified, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado told reporters. No officers were hurt. The incident...

  • Gunmen in Westlake triple-shooting claimed gang ties, police say
    Gunmen in Westlake triple-shooting claimed gang ties, police say

    Three people were shot during a carjacking in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles early Wednesday, police said.

    The gunfire broke out about 3 a.m. at Coronado and Temple streets when two men identified themselves as gang members to three men in a white Chevrolet Cavalier who were dropping...

  • A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say
    A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

    A high-profile shooting can taint a gang's business dealings, so the certainty of a walk-up may be preferred to a drive-by.

  • Body found floating in MacArthur Park lake; police investigating
    Body found floating in MacArthur Park lake; police investigating

    A body was found floating in the MacArthur Park lake Thursday morning, Los Angeles police said.

    A passerby near 7th and Alvarado streets in Westlake called paramedics about 8 a.m. after seeing a body floating near the lake’s edge, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main. The...

  • Homeless man beaten, stabbed to death; 2 transients charged

    Two transients armed with a stick and a knife beat and stabbed a homeless man to death during a fight in the Westlake neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night, police said.

    “It was two against one,” said Sgt. Raul Pedroza of the Los Angeles Police Department's Olympic Station.

    The...

  • After Kings' win, NYC police commissioner honors pastrami bet
    After Kings' win, NYC police commissioner honors pastrami bet

    After the Kings took Game 5 Friday night in a thrilling double overtime win, after the New York Rangers went home, after the cup was kissed and the red carpet removed from the ice, there was still the matter of the pastrami sandwich.

    LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and New York City Police Commissioner...

  • Westlake hardware store owner dispenses tools for life
    Westlake hardware store owner dispenses tools for life

    Bertha Wooldridge is a facilitator and peace agent in a neighborhood west of downtown where gangs are active and residents have few resources.

  • Ex-NFL star James Hardy arrested after confrontation with LAPD
    Ex-NFL star James Hardy arrested after confrontation with LAPD

    Former NFL player James Hardy was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest after a violent confrontation with police that left two LAPD officers injured, authorities said Monday.

    The incident unfolded when officers in the LAPD's Rampart division responded to a call at 4 p.m. Sunday of "a man causing...

  • Man on motorcycle shot and killed in Westlake
    Man on motorcycle shot and killed in Westlake

    Police were searching for a gunman Wednesday afternoon after a man on a motorcycle was shot in killed in Westlake, authorities said.

    The motorcyclist was near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Burlington Avenue when he was shot about 1:15 p.m., said LAPD Det. John Motto of the Rampart...

  • 53-year-old baby sitter charged with killing 4-year-old girl
    53-year-old baby sitter charged with killing 4-year-old girl

    A 53-year-old Westlake woman was charged Tuesday in the death of a 4-year-old girl she was baby-sitting.

    Vanessa Denise Hawkins Scott pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse. She’s being held on $1.1 million bail.

    A relative of the victim identified...

  • Former L.A. schools chief calls iPad program illegal
    Former L.A. schools chief calls iPad program illegal

    A former L.A. schools superintendent has stepped forward to criticize a $1 billion effort to provide every student, teacher and campus administrator with a tablet or laptop computer. William J. Johnston, 87, did not object to the goal, but focused instead on using school-construction bonds to fund...

  • One dead, 2 injured in shooting near Koreatown
    One dead, 2 injured in shooting near Koreatown

    A man was killed and two women were injured in a possible gang-related shooting near Koreatown early Sunday, police said.

    A man and two women were sitting in an SUV when they were approached by a suspect, who shot at them, said Sgt. Marvin Mancia of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man was...

  • Union ads seek to publicize L.A. workers making less than $15 an hour
    Union ads seek to publicize L.A. workers making less than $15 an hour

    Promoting its campaign to bring higher wages to Los Angeles workers, a labor group released a study Tuesday that says 810,864 Angelenos live with "poverty" wages of less than $15 an hour.

    Maria Elena Durazo, chief of the county Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said that a raise to $15 would...

  • L.A. school board to debate how to fill seat of the late LaMotte
    L.A. school board to debate how to fill seat of the late LaMotte

    The Los Angeles Board of Education is scheduled Tuesday to decide whether to elect or appoint a successor to school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died this month.

    With pressure mounting from advocates for each alternative, three of six board members -- Richard Vladovic, Monica...

  • Gun reform groups unite in L.A. to remember Sandy Hook tragedy

    Social activists and religious groups will gather Saturday in Los Angeles to remember the 26 students and teachers killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and to call on Congress to act on new gun-control laws.

    The three-hour event, marking the one year anniversary of the mass shooting...

  • LAPD: 11 arrested on drug, weapons violations at Westlake motel
    LAPD: 11 arrested on drug, weapons violations at Westlake motel

    About a dozen people were arrested Wednesday when Los Angeles police raided a Westlake motel, authorities said.

    A resident at the Royal Park Motel, at 1906 W. 3rd St., said he heard police breaking down a door about 7 a.m. and watched as officers served several warrants at the location.

    Sgt. Michael...

  • Gang 'tax collector' gets life for shooting that left infant dead
    Gang 'tax collector' gets life for shooting that left infant dead

    A gang "tax collector" who helped set up 2007 shooting in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district that claimed the life of a 3-week-old boy was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the ...

  • L.A. Unified dropped from suit to limit seniority rights of teachers
    L.A. Unified dropped from suit to limit seniority rights of teachers

    The Los Angeles Unified School District has exited litigation that seeks to limit the seniority rights of California teachers by voiding several provisions of state law.

    The lawsuit, filed by the group Students Matter, originally targeted the nation's second-largest school district and two other...

  • 13 school workers, librarians indicted in textbook theft ring
    13 school workers, librarians indicted in textbook theft ring

    L.A. County prosecutors have charged 13 employees in four of the region's most financially strapped school districts with stealing thousands of textbooks for a book buyer, who allegedly paid them $200,000 in bribes.

    A 37-page indictment unsealed Thursday tells of a book-selling scheme in which...

  • Gang member convicted of murdering 3-week old baby

    The last of seven gang members accused of killing a 3-week-old baby while trying to collect "rent" from a street vendor near MacArthur Park was convicted of first-degree murder Friday.

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury also convicted Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, of several other offenses,...

  • Faced with job complaints, Loyola Law School accepting fewer students
    Faced with job complaints, Loyola Law School accepting fewer students

    With alumni complaining they can't find employment, Loyola Law School and other universities are reducing their incoming classes.

  • LAPD seeks hit-and-run driver who killed 90-year-old man on bike
    LAPD seeks hit-and-run driver who killed 90-year-old man on bike

    Los Angeles police Tuesday night were seeking help from the public in finding a hit-and-run driver who killed a 90-year-old man riding a bicycle. 

    Joo Yoon was struck in a marked crosswalk at 6th Street and Virgil Avenue in the Westlake District about 5:10 a.m. on April 27, the Los Angeles Police...

  • L.A. Unified accused of bullying in Miramonte student abuse cases
    L.A. Unified accused of bullying in Miramonte student abuse cases

    Attorneys representing a group of Miramonte students and parents responded aggressively to renewed pressure on their clients to settle abuse claims filed with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    They accused the nation's second-largest school system of bullying tactics. They also asserted...

  • Document indicates L.A. Unified knew of sexual misconduct claims
    Document indicates L.A. Unified knew of sexual misconduct claims

    School district officials knew of sexual misconduct allegations in 2009 against a teacher at a Wilmington school but failed to act, an attorney suing the Los Angeles Unified School District said Tuesday.

    The teacher, Robert Pimentel, 57, was arrested in January of this year.

    The accusations of...

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