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  • 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...

  • Postal Annex owner in San Diego County charged with packaging, shipping drugs for Mexican trafficker

    Postal Annex owner in San Diego County charged with packaging, shipping drugs for Mexican trafficker

    The owner of two San Diego County Postal Annex businesses is accused of partnering with a Mexican drug trafficking organization to package and ship addictive prescription drugs to customers across the country, according to charges filed in federal court in San Diego. Since his March arrest, Lakhwinder...

  • Two mothers shot to death at Covina home are identified

    Two mothers shot to death at Covina home are identified

    Police have identified two women who were fatally shot in a Covina home Sunday. Lynda Fick, 70, and Nicole Biewener, 23, were killed and Biewener’s 2-year-old son was shot in the back, said Covina police Lt. Rick Walczak. The toddler is in the hospital with serious internal wounds, Walczak said....

  • 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...

  • After three years, masseuse charged in buttock augmentation death

    A Long Beach massage therapist was charged Thursday with the death of a woman who went into cardiac arrest while receiving a buttock augmentation three years ago, officials said. Sandra Yaneth Pérez-Gonzalez, who also goes by Sandra Yaneth Slaughter, is facing one count of murder for the February...

  • Secret witness in Robert Durst murder case revealed to be a friend of victim Susan Berman

    Secret witness in Robert Durst murder case revealed to be a friend of victim Susan Berman

    It was finally time for the secret witness. As two bodyguards escorted the man into the courtroom through a back entrance, New York real estate scion Robert Durst leaned forward slightly, tracing the man’s steps with his eyes. It was Nathan “Nick” Chavin, his longtime friend and the man whose wedding...

  • Man drowns in aqueduct while trying to rescue his dog

    Man drowns in aqueduct while trying to rescue his dog

    A man who tried to rescue his dog after it fell into the California Aqueduct in Hesperia drowned Tuesday after he too fell into the canal, authorities say. The tragedy occurred around noon as Lucas Hermenegildo, 58, of Victorville, was on a Valentine’s Day stroll with his wife and three dogs, according...

  • Evacuations lifted for communities below Oroville Dam

    Evacuations lifted for communities below Oroville Dam

    Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Feb. 15, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Moment of truth With new rainstorms approaching, the Oroville Dam’s two crippled spillways will be put to their biggest test ever. Officials have been frantically trying to repair the emergency spillway,...

  • In 2016, crime in San Diego drops to rates comparable to the late 1950s to early 1960s

    In 2016, crime in San Diego drops to rates comparable to the late 1950s to early 1960s

    San Diego’s crime rate last year was the second-lowest in 47 years, city officials said Tuesday. The rate of violent crime dropped by nearly 5%, the lowest in four decades. Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman credited police-community partnerships and focused crime-fighting for the positive trend. The...

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