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Police find body in home after blood-soaked man greets them at door

There was a shout for help, a call to police and then a knock on the door. About 5:30 a.m. Friday in San Leandro, officers didn't know what they would find when they investigated reports of a disturbance inside a home in the 900 block of Juana Avenue. But as soon as a man opened the door, they...

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  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal

    Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal

    Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators, a stunning reversal for the longtime law enforcement leader who for years insisted he played no role in the misconduct that tarnished his agency. Baca’s plea in a downtown courtroom capped a...

  • 'Hearts are broken' after the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl in her crib

    'Hearts are broken' after the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl in her crib

    The gunfire that tore through a converted garage echoed across a Compton neighborhood. Then a woman screamed: “They shot my baby.” The father begged for help for the daughter who lay limp in his arms. Sheriff's deputies rushed the girl with the head wound to the hospital, where doctors announced...

  • Washington murder suspect surrenders to Santa Monica police

    Washington murder suspect surrenders to Santa Monica police

    A man suspected of gunning down a motorist at a Tacoma, Wash., convenience store has surrendered to Santa Monica police after more than a week on the run, authorities said.  Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, turned himself in to officers at Santa Monica Police Department headquarters at about 8:35 p.m....

  • At heart of Sheriff's Department scandal was top-secret 'Operation Pandora's Box'

    At heart of Sheriff's Department scandal was top-secret 'Operation Pandora's Box'

    At the center of the FBI's investigation into abuses at the Los Angeles County Jail was a top-secret program known as Operation Pandora's Box. That investigation took a dramatic turn Wednesday with news that retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty to a federal charge of making...

  • Compton 1-year-old killed in crib: 'They shot my baby. They shot my baby'

    Compton 1-year-old killed in crib: 'They shot my baby. They shot my baby'

    “They shot my baby. They shot my baby.” A witness to the shooting of 1-year-old Autumn Johnson heard those words moments after a gunman opened fire Tuesday evening outside the girl's home in Compton. The shooting has roiled the community. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said emotions...

  • Girl, 1, fatally shot in her crib as gunfire erupts outside Compton home

    Girl, 1, fatally shot in her crib as gunfire erupts outside Compton home

    A 1-year-old girl lying in her crib was fatally shot late Tuesday evening by a gunman who opened fire outside her family's house in Compton, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said the gunman got out of a car, walked up to the residence and fired in the direction...

  • L.A. County jail system under scrutiny

    L.A. County jail system under scrutiny

    A series of Times' stories has tracked allegations of deputy brutality and other misconduct in the Los Angeles County jail system. Got a tip? Contact reporter Cindy Chang.

  • Girl, 1, killed in Compton as gunfire erupts outside home

    Girl, 1, killed in Compton as gunfire erupts outside home

    A 1-year-old girl lying in her crib was fatally shot late Tuesday evening by a gunman who opened fire outside her family's house in Compton, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said the gunman got out of a car, walked up to the residence and fired in the direction...

  • 2 sheriff's deputies in jail abuse case won't be retried on excessive force charges

    2 sheriff's deputies in jail abuse case won't be retried on excessive force charges

    Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies struck a deal Tuesday with federal prosecutors that spares them a second trial on charges related to their beating of a handcuffed jail inmate, but cements convictions they lied about the violent encounter.The deal would clear the way for the deputies to...

  • Family of Venice homeless man fatally shot by LAPD files wrongful death lawsuits

    Family of Venice homeless man fatally shot by LAPD files wrongful death lawsuits

    The family of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer in Venice Beach last year filed wrongful-death lawsuits Tuesday against the LAPD and city in connection with the killing, attorneys for the family announced. Attorneys representing Brendon Glenn's family also called...

  • Northern California man accused of setting girlfriend on fire

    Northern California man accused of setting girlfriend on fire

    A Northern California man is accused of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire during an argument, authorities said. Late Thursday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a woman screaming in the community of Cameron Park, about 30 miles east of Sacramento....

  • Death of inmate in Lancaster prison investigated as homicide

    Death of inmate in Lancaster prison investigated as homicide

    The death of a 39-year-old inmate at a Lancaster prison is being investigated as a homicide, state officials said Monday. Rashell Clarke was found unresponsive Saturday in his cell in State Prison-Los Angeles County, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Staff...

  • Man killed woman with hammer, hid body in apartment wall, prosecutors say

    Man killed woman with hammer, hid body in apartment wall, prosecutors say

    The roommate of a woman whose remains were found behind a wall in Lomita last year has been charged in her death, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Monday. Randolph Garbutt, 43, was arrested last week on suspicion of killing Raven Joy Campbell, 37, with a hammer in 2009. He is charged with murder...

  • Murder suspect mistakenly released from L.A. County jail is captured

    Murder suspect mistakenly released from L.A. County jail is captured

    A murder suspect who has been on the lam since being mistakenly freed from jail in Los Angeles County was captured Monday in Boulder City, Nev., Sheriff's Department officials announced. Steven Lawrence Wright was arrested at a hotel Monday morning before noon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

  • Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies lead Hemet police to pursuit suspect

    Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies lead Hemet police to pursuit suspect

    Some criminal suspects are undone by DNA evidence, some by wire taps and others by a friend who turned police informant. Then there’s motorcyclist Joseph Kopff. As Hemet police describe it, the fleeing biker was fingered by a box of Girl Scout cookies and a thank you note. “People have called him...

  • Washington murder suspect who fled on skateboard is in L.A., officials say

    Washington murder suspect who fled on skateboard is in L.A., officials say

    He's accused of unleashing a fusillade of deadly gunfire at a Tacoma, Wash., convenience store and then fleeing the scene on a skateboard. Now, federal authorities say Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, has escaped to Los Angeles and residents should watch out. “Robert Grott should be considered armed and...

  • Mistakenly released murder suspect remains at large

    Mistakenly released murder suspect remains at large

    Nearly a week after Los Angeles County sheriff’s employees mistakenly released a suspected killer from jail, law enforcement officers have yet to find him, officials said Friday. Steven Lawrence Wright, 37, was released at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. However, sheriff’s officials didn't realize he was...

  • Two charged with murder in the Montecito Heights killings of two teens

    Two charged with murder in the Montecito Heights killings of two teens

    The fear in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles lingered long after the grisly discovery last fall of two teenagers killed at Ernest E. Debs Regional Park. Some locals changed their daily routines, avoiding favorite hiking trails or nightly walks. Others stayed away from the popular...

  • UCLA police arrest man suspected in sexual assault of student in dorm

    UCLA police arrest man suspected in sexual assault of student in dorm

    Police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a UCLA student inside her dorm on campus after a house party, officials announced Thursday. Kvon Harris, 21, already was wanted for check fraud when the student identified him as her attacker following the Westwood party last month, officials...

  • Mistaken ID case: Man was jailed despite being 9 inches taller than the wanted man

    Mario A. Garcia was booked into a Los Angeles County jail after law enforcement mistook him for a man with an identical birth date and the same first and last names. Garcia protested that deputies had the wrong man: The other Garcia, wanted on a warrant, was 9 inches shorter, 40 pounds lighter...

  • Former Port of L.A. police chief admits to tax evasion and lying to the FBI

    Former Port of L.A. police chief admits to tax evasion and lying to the FBI

    The former chief of police at the Port of Los Angeles pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of tax evasion and providing a false statement to the FBI. Ronald Boyd, who previously oversaw the police agency at one of the nation's busiest seaports, also admitted to a misdemeanor count of failure...

  • After Police Commission rules LAPD shooting violated policy, family urges criminal charges

    After Police Commission rules LAPD shooting violated policy, family urges criminal charges

    A day after the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled an officer violated LAPD policy in fatally shooting an unarmed man in Burbank, his family and their attorney called on prosecutors to file manslaughter charges against the cop. Flanked by Sergio Navas' parents and the mother of his children, the...

  • Judge bars Suge Knight from visitors, phone calls in jail

    Judge bars Suge Knight from visitors, phone calls in jail

    Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight's access to visitors and phone calls has been completely cut off at the request of sheriff's investigators, court records shows. Court records show Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William C. Ryan on Friday cut Knight's access to phone calls and non-attorney...

  • Transient killed elderly La Verne couple for a cellphone, prosecutors say

    Transient killed elderly La Verne couple for a cellphone, prosecutors say

    The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has charged a transient with capital murder, accusing him of bludgeoning an elderly La Verne couple to death and stealing the wife’s cellphone. Luke Fabela, 23, was charged in the deaths of Shirley Isom, 74, and Armie “Troy” Isom, 89, the owners...

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