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Man stabbed on Montebello bus dies of injuries two months after attack

A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stabbing a fellow passenger while riding a Montebello bus in April now faces murder charges after the victim died of his injuries at a hospital on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities announced that the suspect,...

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  • Family of cyclist killed by L.A. sheriff's deputy driving patrol car to be paid $12 million

    Family of cyclist killed by L.A. sheriff's deputy driving patrol car to be paid $12 million

    The family of a cyclist struck and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy patrol car will be paid nearly $12 million by the county in a legal settlement announced this week. Attorneys for the family of Milton Olin Jr. said Wednesday that they uncovered new evidence showing the on-duty...

  • Woman arrested in connection with triple homicide in Leimert Park

    Woman arrested in connection with triple homicide in Leimert Park

    A woman has been arrested in connection with the deaths of a couple and their adult son whose bodies were found stacked on top of one another in a house in Leimert Park. Nancy Jackson, 55, was arrested by LAPD South Bureau homicide detectives on Wednesday, hours after she was named a “material...

  • Cyclist killed in hit-and-run crash in Compton

    Authorities are searching for a motorist responsible for a hit-and-run crash that killed a cyclist in Compton early Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded to a call just after midnight Sunday at the intersection of Bradfield Avenue and Alondra Boulevard,...

  • 300-mile memorial torch relay will honor fallen L.A. County peace officers

    300-mile memorial torch relay will honor fallen L.A. County peace officers

    A 300-mile torch relay run honoring Los Angeles County peace officers killed in the line of duty kicks off Friday morning in downtown Los Angeles and continues through the weekend. Relay runners will visit all but one of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s patrol stations during the 41st...

  • D.A.'s Hollywood sex crimes unit weighs charges against Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal and others

    D.A.'s Hollywood sex crimes unit weighs charges against Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal and others

    A special task force of Los Angeles County prosecutors is determining whether to file various sexual abuse charges against at least a half-dozen Hollywood celebrities, including producer Harvey Weinstein and actors Ed Westwick and Steven Seagal. It is unclear whether any of the cases will result...

  • Essential California: The 'gravely disabled' debate

    Essential California: The 'gravely disabled' debate

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, April 18, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES With homelessness surging throughout California, some argue that authorities need wider latitude in deciding when someone should be removed from...

  • California death row inmate to be freed; no retrial planned

    A man who spent nearly 25 years on California's death row for raping and killing a toddler before his conviction was overturned won't be retried and could be freed within days, authorities said Tuesday. Vicente Benavides Figueroa, 68, has remained in prison even though the state Supreme Court last...

  • Three hit-and-run crashes in South L.A. prompt calls for more Vision Zero action

    Three hit-and-run crashes in South L.A. prompt calls for more Vision Zero action

    Four fatal traffic collisions in a week in South Los Angeles, three of which were hit-and-run crashes, have drawn frustration and criticism from residents and advocates who say city officials should do more to protect pedestrians and cyclists. Since April 10, residents of four neighborhoods have...

  • Essential California: Killing the L.A. dream

    Essential California: Killing the L.A. dream

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, April 17, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES For L.A.’s young, the dream of getting ahead — let alone owning a home — is fading fast. According to a survey released Monday by the Luskin School...

  • From the Archives: Murder suspect caught wearing a hat, not hiding behind it

    From the Archives: Murder suspect caught wearing a hat, not hiding behind it

    After frustrating news photographers by hiding behind his trademark hat, L. Ewing Scott was captured behind bars with a miniature camera, which Scott had failed to notice, held by Times staff photographer Howard Maxwell. In May 1955, Scott’s wife, Evelyn Throsby Scott, went missing. In March 1956,...

  • As Stephon Clark lay motionless, officers thought he might be armed and 'pretending,' new footage shows

    As Stephon Clark lay motionless, officers thought he might be armed and 'pretending,' new footage shows

    Video footage released Monday by the Sacramento Police Department shows that officers waited almost five minutes after firing their weapons to approach Stephon Clark to deliver medical aid out of apparent concern that he was armed and playing dead as he lay motionless in his grandmother’s backyard....

  • Prosecutors say Durst murdered his best friend to cover his tracks for killing another woman: His wife

    Prosecutors say Durst murdered his best friend to cover his tracks for killing another woman: His wife

    As Los Angeles County prosecutors pieced together their murder case against Robert Durst — the eccentric New York real estate scion accused of killing his best friend Susan Berman in 2000 — they followed a path that led to the opposite coast and decades into the past. Another devastated family....

  • L.A. police and firefighters rush to join controversial retirement program

    L.A. police and firefighters rush to join controversial retirement program

    The controversial program that pays veteran Los Angeles police officers and firefighters nearly double for the last five years of their careers received a flood of new enrollees in February, records show. The rush to join the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP program, coincided with a Times...

  • Essential California: A renewed vision for The Times

    Essential California: A renewed vision for The Times

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, April 14, Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Something big is happening at the Los Angeles Times. We’re returning to local ownership after 18 tumultuous years under Chicago control. Billionaire...

  • Former producer for Rosie O'Donnell charged in sister's 2015 slaying

    Former producer for Rosie O'Donnell charged in sister's 2015 slaying

    Television producer Jill Blackstone is facing extradition from Maryland after being charged in the 2015 slaying of her deaf and partially blind sister in Studio City, Los Angeles police said Thursday. Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a murder charge against the producer last month, following...

  • Long Beach doctor arrested after allegedly sending lewd photos to undercover officer posing as teen

    Long Beach doctor arrested after allegedly sending lewd photos to undercover officer posing as teen

    Los Angeles police have arrested a Long Beach physician who allegedly sent a lewd photograph to an undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old girl on the internet. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit arrested Jonathon Ellis, 35, after he contacted the undercover...

  • Suspect in Montebello bus stabbing arrested

    Suspect in Montebello bus stabbing arrested

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives have arrested a man suspected of stabbing another man aboard a Montebello bus on Monday. Detectives arrested Manuel Ortiz, a 27-year-old transient, at about 1 a.m. Monday while Ortiz was being treated at a medical facility for unspecified reasons,...

  • ICE agents under investigation after fleeing couple die in car crash

    ICE agents under investigation after fleeing couple die in car crash

    The deaths of two Central Valley farmworkers in a car accident near Delano has become a flash point in the immigration battle between California and federal officials cracking down on people in the country illegally. The parents of six were killed in a car crash while they were fleeing Immigration...

  • Essential California: Calling the California National Guard

    Essential California: Calling the California National Guard

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, April 12, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Gov. Jerry Brown agreed on Wednesday to expand the California National Guard’s efforts on crime and drug issues that cross the state’s border with...

  • Kevin Spacey assault accusations under review by L.A. prosecutors

    Kevin Spacey assault accusations under review by L.A. prosecutors

    The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is reviewing a case of alleged sexual abuse involving Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, officials said Wednesday. “Yes. I can confirm our office did receive a case involving Kevin Spacey,” Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office,...

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