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Essential California: A court system kept in the dark

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Aug. 14, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Just as Pittsburg Police Officer Michael Sibbitt was about to testify in a murder trial, news of his prior misconduct reached the court — from a police...

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  • Gang member who killed 19-year-old woman and stuffed her body in cooler gets life in prison

    A gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a 19-year-old Huntington Beach woman whose body was found stuffed in a cooler in an abandoned car, authorities said. A Los Angeles County jury on July 12 convicted Anthony Robert Moreno, 40, of Hacienda Heights...

  • Woman suspected of fatally shooting husband in Malibu home

    Woman suspected of fatally shooting husband in Malibu home

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 76-year-old woman they suspect of shooting her husband at their Malibu home Wednesday evening. Sheriff deputies from the Lost Hills station were called about 10:27 p.m. Wednesday to a home in the 500 block of Westlake Boulevard, officials said....

  • Man arrested in shootings that left 2 dead and 3 injured, including his pregnant girlfriend

    Authorities arrested a 25-year-old man Wednesday on suspicion of killing two people and wounding three others, including his pregnant girlfriend, in two separate shootings in Gardena and Lynwood a day earlier. Selvin Salazar was visiting friends Tuesday in Gardena when he became upset for “unknown...

  • Naked man takes woman hostage at knifepoint in Whittier area

    A naked man in a “drug-induced psychosis” took a woman hostage at knifepoint early Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The standoff occurred around 7 a.m. in the 14000 block of Dicky Street in unincorporated Whittier. The naked suspect was under the influence...

  • Essential California: New LAPD video of a tragic incident

    Essential California: New LAPD video of a tragic incident

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Aug. 1, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Outside a homeless outreach center in Van Nuys on June 16, Guillermo Perez grabbed a woman and put a knife to her neck. Three police officers shot...

  • In L.A.'s street-racing scene, 'likes' and followers can be just as important as engines and tires

    In L.A.'s street-racing scene, 'likes' and followers can be just as important as engines and tires

    Two at a time, the vehicles blasted down a Compton roadway scarred by skid marks from past races. Drivers playfully mocked each other, placing small bets on each contest. Then, someone shouted. “Cops!” Drivers and onlookers scurried into the nearest car, tearing away from the area as the blue and...

  • 5 dead, including 2 children, as Redding fire rages out of control

    5 dead, including 2 children, as Redding fire rages out of control

    A massive wildfire in Northern California has claimed the lives of three more people as it continued to spread Saturday, burning more than 83,000 acres and threatening new communities as firefighters struggled to keep up. Melody Bledsoe, 70, and her great-grandchildren, 5-year-old James Roberts...

  • Essential California: In Redding, fire burns a path of destruction

    Essential California: In Redding, fire burns a path of destruction

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, July 28. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES A destructive wildfire in and around Redding has killed at least two people, including a city firefighter, and destroyed 500 structures, officials...

  • Man wanted in death of New York City nurse is charged with North Hollywood sex assault

    A man considered a person of interest in a New York City homicide was charged this week with sexually assaulting a woman in North Hollywood, officials said. Danueal Drayton, 27, of Brooklyn, was arrested Tuesday by detectives from the Los Angeles and New York City police departments, authorities...

  • L.A. County prosecutors won't charge actor Ed Westwick over assault allegations

    L.A. County prosecutors won't charge actor Ed Westwick over assault allegations

    Los Angeles County prosecutors said they will not file criminal charges against "Gossip Girl" actor Ed Westwick, who was accused of sexual assault by three women. One of the women, actress Kristina Cohen, described her allegations in a post on Facebook, claiming the British actor raped her at a...

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