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  • Search underway for man suspected of killing girlfriend with hammer in East L.A.

    Search underway for man suspected of killing girlfriend with hammer in East L.A.

    A search is underway for a homeless man that sheriff’s officials say killed his girlfriend with a hammer early Saturday in East Los Angeles. Antonio Medina has been on the run since his 21-year-old girlfriend Kassandra Ochoa’s lifeless body was found about 1 a.m. in a converted garage in the 470...

  • Robbery suspect dies after being dragged under U-Haul van

    Robbery suspect dies after being dragged under U-Haul van

    A robbery suspect, who may have been run over by an accomplice, died after being dragged for more than two miles under a U-Haul van while fleeing the scene of an attempted robbery in Wilmington Saturday morning, police said. Four suspects in the van, at least one armed with a handgun, attempted...

  • Two killed, three injured in street race in Wilmington

    Two killed, three injured in street race in Wilmington

    Two people were killed Thursday and two others were seriously injured when their car spun out of control during a street race in Wilmington and crashed into a passenger van, according to Los Angeles police. A third person, the woman driving the van, suffered minor injuries. Los Angeles police Lt....

  • Former L.A. Unified teacher sentenced in sex abuse case

    Former L.A. Unified teacher sentenced in sex abuse case

    A former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who sexually assaulted four girls, including a relative, was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after being confronted in court by victims and their families. Robert Pimentel, who worked at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington,...

  • Former teacher gets 12 years in sex-abuse case

    A 58-year-old former teacher from Newport Beach was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing three of his students and a relative. Robert Pimentel pleaded no contest in Los Angeles Superior Court last month to charges that he abused the four girls between 2002 and 2012. A judge...

  • In wake of deadly Isla Vista shootings, L.A. hosts annual gun buyback

    In wake of deadly Isla Vista shootings, L.A. hosts annual gun buyback

    Los Angeles officials will host a gun buyback program on Saturday, one week after an Isla Vista man killed six people and wounded 13 near the campus of UC Santa Barbara.  "The tragedy in Santa Barbara reminded us of the horrors of gun violence," said Mayor Eric Garcetti of the May 23 attacks by...

  • Gang member gets 50 years to life in 2011 Wilmington shooting death

    A 25-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in state prison for fatally shooting a teenager in a Wilmington alley, authorities said.

    On Jan. 29, after a five-day trial, a jury convicted Misty Marie Magallon, 25, of first-degree murder with an allegation that she intentionally...

  • Homicide suspected after woman's body found inside Wilmington motel
    Homicide suspected after woman's body found inside Wilmington motel

    Los Angeles police homicide investigators continued their probe Thursday into the death of a woman whose body was found inside a Wilmington motel room.

    The body of 45-year-old Alicia Espinoza of Long Beach was found inside a room at Oscar's Motel, 1712 N. Wilmington Blvd., just after noon Tuesday,...

  • Miffed L.A. Council approves changes to over-budget port project
    Miffed L.A. Council approves changes to over-budget port project

    The Los Angeles City Council signed off Tuesday on major changes to a harbor construction project whose cost doubled in four years, with lawmakers criticizing port executives for failing to consult the council sooner.

    Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the port, said he was "blindsided"...

  • Mexico-L.A. drug ring hid meth, heroin in pipes on big rigs, feds say

    Federal prosecutors unveiled indictments Thursday against 57 members of an alleged drug trafficking ring that authorities said smuggled cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico to Los Angeles, using concealed compartments and PVC piping.

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested 18...

  • Police seek man who tried to kidnap girl, put her in trunk of car
    Police seek man who tried to kidnap girl, put her in trunk of car

    Authorities were searching Friday for a man who attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl off a street in Wilmington.

    The suspect began following the girl Wednesday near Avalon Boulevard and L Street. When she reached the 1100 block of Marine Avenue, he surprised her from behind and tried to force...

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