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  • Police identify murder suspect in 1997 Costa Mesa cold case

    Police identify murder suspect in 1997 Costa Mesa cold case

    It has been exactly 20 years since the body of Sunny Adrienne Sudweeks, a 26-year-old photography student, was found on her bed inside her Costa Mesa apartment. She had been raped and strangled.  Sudweeks’ family says the Orange Coast College student’s personality shone as brightly as her name....

  • 300 protest in Anaheim after videos show off-duty LAPD officer firing gun in dispute with teens

    300 protest in Anaheim after videos show off-duty LAPD officer firing gun in dispute with teens

    A day after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his gun during a confrontation with a group of teenagers in Anaheim, videos purportedly showing the encounter spread online, prompting questions about the officer’s actions.  No one was injured by the gunfire, but the images — posted on YouTube...

  • CHP officer killed during pursuit of motorcyclist

    CHP officer killed during pursuit of motorcyclist

    There is an outpouring of grief over the death of Officer Lucas Chellew, who followed his father’s footsteps into the California Highway Patrol. Authorities say Chellew was chasing a suspect who was on a motorcycle in South Sacramento on Wednesday when a collision occurred and Chellew lost control...

  • Pregnant woman loses fetus after shooting

    Pregnant woman loses fetus after shooting

    A pregnant woman lost her fetus and is in surgery after she was shot early Thursday morning near the intersection of West 77th Street and Normandie Avenue, authorities said.  The woman was shot outside in the 1300 block of West 77th Street around 1:40 a.m. and was soon thereafter taken to the hospital,...

  • Trump directives rattle L.A.'s undocumented immigrants

    Trump directives rattle L.A.'s undocumented immigrants

    Good morning. It’s Thursday, Feb. 23, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Trump’s orders shake communities Undocumented immigrants in the Los Angeles area are being “forced to rethink their daily routines and rewrite their futures” as they make sense of the sweeping executive...

  • State Bar of California seeks to discipline ex-L.A. city attorney Carmen Trutanich

    The State Bar of California is seeking to discipline former Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, claiming that as a county prosecutor he suppressed important evidence and allowed a witness to give false testimony during a 1985 murder case. Trutanich could face disbarment, suspension and other...

  • Man pleads no contest in attack that followed Dodgers' 2015 playoff loss

    Man pleads no contest in attack that followed Dodgers' 2015 playoff loss

    A 28-year-old man pleaded no contest Wednesday in connection with an assault that left another fan critically injured after a 2015 playoff game at Dodger Stadium. Michael Rae Papayans of Palos Verdes Estates will serve 14 days in jail and pay more than $100,000 in restitution after pleading no...

  • Lee Baca in court, Round 2: What will sound familiar in the retrial, and what will be new

    Lee Baca in court, Round 2: What will sound familiar in the retrial, and what will be new

    The first time Lee Baca was put on trial for obstruction of an FBI investigation, lawyers for the former Los Angeles County sheriff nearly convinced a jury that the government’s case was all smoke and no fire. Now, with a retrial set to open this week, Baca’s defense team is ready to mount another...

  • As Trump immigration crackdown comes into focus, anxiety grows along with anger

    As Trump immigration crackdown comes into focus, anxiety grows along with anger

    Cristina Reyes eyed her daughter toddling about on a patch of grass while waiting for the trolley that would take them to their Lynwood home. The 33-year-old has stuck to public transportation ever since someone stole her car last year. She and her husband contemplated buying a new one, but worried...

  • 8-year-old Pomona homicide victim was an adoptee from Taiwan

    8-year-old Pomona homicide victim was an adoptee from Taiwan

    Jonah Min Hwang, the 8-year-old who was killed in a Pomona shooting Monday evening, was a playful brother whose family adopted him from Taiwan. “We welcomed Jonah into our family less than three years ago, after adopting him from an orphanage in Taiwan,” a statement from his family read. “He had...

  • Police find a body in burned home where shooting suspect was believed to be hiding

    Police find a body in burned home where shooting suspect was believed to be hiding

    Police found a body in a burned Riverside home that they believed was the hiding spot for a man who shot at police. As SWAT teams surrounded the house on the 9300 block of Sage Street in Riverside around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, preparing to enter and look for the suspect, the house went up in flames. ...

  • Car crashes into La Puente bedroom where children are sleeping

    Car crashes into La Puente bedroom where children are sleeping

    A driver crashed a car into a La Puente bedroom where two children were sleeping and then ran away from the house early Wednesday morning, authorities said.  No one was injured. The crash happened around 2 a.m. in the 500 block of Duff Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. James...

  • Gunman who killed Whittier officer had fatally shot cousin hours earlier, police say

    Gunman who killed Whittier officer had fatally shot cousin hours earlier, police say

    One officer was killed and a second injured in a shootout with a gang member who was wounded in a Monday morning altercation in Whittier, authorities said. Three Whittier Police Department officers were responding to the scene of a traffic collision about 8 a.m. when a 26-year-old, recently paroled...

  • Man fatally stabbed in drive-by attack in El Monte

    Man fatally stabbed in drive-by attack in El Monte

    A man was fatally stabbed Sunday morning while walking in El Monte, and the assailant remains at large, authorities said. The victim was walking with his cousin just before noon in the 4200 block of Peck Road when a car pulled up alongside the pair, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez, a spokeswoman...

  • Parolee detained in fatal shooting of two Covina women and wounding of 2-year-old boy

    Parolee detained in fatal shooting of two Covina women and wounding of 2-year-old boy

    A parolee with a lengthy criminal history was detained as “a person of interest” early Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of two Covina women and the wounding of a 2-year-old boy, police said. Shortly after midnight Sunday, Lucas Doi Fick, 36, of Covina, knocked on a neighbor’s door in...

  • Escondido family is separated after mother deported to Mexico

    Escondido family is separated after mother deported to Mexico

    An Escondido family has been split in two after a mother was deported to Mexico, leaving her twin 18-year-old daughters without a parent. Just before lunchtime on Feb. 7, María Robles-Rodríguez said she was with a female friend parked in a car outside of a home where the U.S. Border Patrol was...

  • Man ordering food at taco truck in Compton is shot dead; 2 workers hurt

    Man ordering food at taco truck in Compton is shot dead; 2 workers hurt

    A man ordering food at a taco truck in Compton was shot dead Saturday night during a shooting that also wounded two of the vendor’s employees, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. when a brown sedan pulled up next to the taco truck in the 13500 block of Alameda Street and a gunman...

  • Man shot dead in Duarte drive-by attack with wife at his side

    Man shot dead in Duarte drive-by attack with wife at his side

    Authorities are continuing to search for suspects in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 39-year-old man Saturday night on a residential street in Duarte, officials said. The victim was identified as Kirinda Lavar Morehead of Duarte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s officials. Morehead was...

  • Cleanup begins after powerful storm slams Southern California

    Cleanup begins after powerful storm slams Southern California

    Cleanup was beginning across Southern California on Saturday after a storm that forecasters billed as the most powerful in years caused flooding on multiple freeways, triggered dramatic mudslides and downed hundreds of trees and power lines. The storm was moving out Saturday after dumping record...

  • "I’m a professional liar," key witness against Robert Durst once told prosecutors in recorded call

    "I’m a professional liar," key witness against Robert Durst once told prosecutors in recorded call

    A day after a longtime friend of Robert Durst testified that the multimillionaire confessed to a years-old Los Angeles murder, Durst’s legal team played a recording that could haunt one of the prosecution’s key witnesses if the case goes to trial. On the call, prosecutors confronted Nick Chavin...

  • Monster storm expected to splash down on L.A.

    Monster storm expected to splash down on L.A.

    Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Break out your canoe Southwest California is expected to get drenched Friday with the strongest storm it has seen in several years. “The afternoon commute is going to be a mess,” said Kathy Hoxsie, a...

  • Investor pleads guilty to withholding email during grand jury probe of Port of L.A. police chief

    Investor pleads guilty to withholding email during grand jury probe of Port of L.A. police chief

    A Santa Monica attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to disobeying a federal grand jury subpoena during the public-corruption investigation of the Port of Los Angeles’ former police chief. Gerard N. Casale Jr. admitted that he failed to turn over an email in response to the subpoena seeking information...

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