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L.A. area law enforcement urges vigilance following Nice terror attack

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department are urging residents to remain vigilant of suspicious behavior following a deadly terror attack in France, but say neither agency has received “specific or credible threats” locally. A truck attack on crowds celebrating...

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  • Woman found dead in West Hollywood trash bin

    Woman found dead in West Hollywood trash bin

    A woman was found dead Wednesday in a West Hollywood trash bin across the street from Cedars-Sinai Hospital, authorities said. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded about noon to the 8700 block of Beverly Boulevard behind the site of the former Jerry’s Famous Deli...

  • Bay Area man charged with attacking Google campus, destroying self-driving car

    Bay Area man charged with attacking Google campus, destroying self-driving car

    A man who complained that Google was “watching” him is expected to appear in federal court this week on charges that he destroyed one of the company’s self-driving cars and terrorized its Silicon Valley campus with gunfire and arson attacks. Raul Murillo Diaz, 30, of Oakland was taken into custody...

  • Surveillance video shows man snatching girl away from mother inside Victorville store

    Surveillance video shows man snatching girl away from mother inside Victorville store

    A man has been arrested in connection with snatching a 4-year-old girl as she stood next to her mother inside a store in Victorville, authorities announced Wednesday. Terry Ransom, 24, of Hesperia was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and child cruelty, according to Mara Rodriguez,...

  • Deadly CHP shooting raises concerns about officers opening fire at moving vehicles

    Deadly CHP shooting raises concerns about officers opening fire at moving vehicles

    When two undercover California Highway Patrol officers opened fire on a moving vehicle in Fullerton this weekend, they used a tactic that federal authorities and law enforcement experts consider dangerous and has been banned by police leaders in Los Angeles, New York and several other major U.S....

  • Santa Ana postal worker accused of stealing 6,200 credit cards through the mail

    Santa Ana postal worker accused of stealing 6,200 credit cards through the mail

    A U.S. Postal Service worker accused of stealing thousands of people’s credit cards to buy luxury cars, watches and handbags for his wife is expected to plead guilty in federal court, authorities said Tuesday. Prosecutors said that for the right price, Santa Ana mail processing worker Chinh Vuong...

  • Man charged with assault, attempted murder of 80-year-old woman attacked inside her Hollywood apartment

    Man charged with assault, attempted murder of 80-year-old woman attacked inside her Hollywood apartment

    A 33-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and assault after authorities say he forced his way into a Hollywood retirement complex and attacked an 80-year-old woman, leaving her critically injured. Marcus Datwione Peete was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of attempted...

  • 3-year-old boy drowns during Fourth of July party

    3-year-old boy drowns during Fourth of July party

    A 3-year-old boy drowned after he fell into a pool during a Fourth of July party in Palmdale, authorities said. The boy and his mother were attending a party in the 37700 block of 50th Street East, where a celebration was underway Monday night, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department...

  • Former top L.A. County sheriff's official given 5-year sentence for obstructing FBI probe

    Former top L.A. County sheriff's official given 5-year sentence for obstructing FBI probe

    For years, allegations of inmate beatings by sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County jails swirled. When they did, one name surfaced over and over: Paul Tanaka. Tanaka, a Sheriff’s Department veteran who rose to become second in command of one of the county’s largest police agencies, was dogged...

  • Street racing may be factor in deadly Ventura Boulevard collision

    Street racing may be factor in deadly Ventura Boulevard collision

    Illegal street racing may have led to a violent crash on Ventura Boulevard on Saturday that left three people dead and four others injured. Los Angeles police investigators continue to scour evidence taken from the deadly collision that occurred about 9 p.m. in the 20900 block of Ventura Boulevard...

  • Neo-Nazis didn't start the violence at state Capitol, police say

    Neo-Nazis didn't start the violence at state Capitol, police say

    A series of violent clashes this weekend involving neo-Nazis permitted to rally at the state Capitol was initiated not by the white nationalist group but by counter-protesters, a law enforcement official said Monday. “If I had to say who started it and who didn’t, I’d say the permitted group didn’t...

  • Man accidentally backs over and kills girlfriend's child with pickup truck

    Man accidentally backs over and kills girlfriend's child with pickup truck

    A man accidentally ran over and killed his girlfriend’s toddler Sunday as he backed his pickup out of a driveway in Compton, authorities said. The man, who was not identified by investigators, was backing out of a driveway in the 600 block of North Willow Avenue at 10:06 p.m. when he felt as though...

  • Gunman takes hostages in Palmdale home, shoots himself

    An armed man who held six to seven people hostage in a Palmdale home is in critical condition after shooting himself, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Weapons Team, along with other units, responded to a call of a barricaded suspect about 12:25 p.m. Saturday in...

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