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Crime was front and center in Southern California news this week, starting Monday when “The Shield” actor Michael Jace allegedly shot wife April to death at their Hyde Park home. 

The 51-year-old actor, who police say shot his wife after she returned from picking up their two children from baseball practice, remained in custody on a charge of murder after his arraignment was postponed Thursday.

Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the gruesome killings of three young girls in their Torrance-area home Tuesday night. Their mother, Carol Coronado, is suspected of killing them before also stabbing herself. While investigators say stab wounds played a role, autopsy results on how the girls, all between the ages of 2 months and 2 1/2 years, died had yet to be released.

Coronado remained hospitalized Thursday for self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said, but she was expected to face charges in the girls' deaths.

Then on Wednesday, news broke of a woman who walked into a Bell Gardens police station claiming to have been kidnapped when she was 15 and held captive for the last 10 years.

On Thursday, prosecutors filed five felony charges — including kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, rape and three counts of lewd acts on a child — against Isidro Medrano Garcia. All of the charges relate to crimes alleged to have happened in 2004. The woman, who was not identified, had his child two years ago, authorities said. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges June 9.

Adding to the mix this week, eye-catching scenes of death along California's coastline. First, this past weekend in Marina del Rey, where thousands of anchovies died off. State wildlife officials concluded that the fish probably died because they sought refuge in the harbor, became trapped and used up all the oxygen in the water.

Similar incidents have happened before, such as in the waters of Ventura Harbor and King Harbor in Redondo Beach in recent years.

Unrelated to the fish die-off, two whale carcasses washed ashore this week, one in La Jolla near San Diego and one in Half Moon Bay. It was unclear how the mammals died.

We'll be discussing all these stories live at noon Friday, so be sure to check back on the L.A. Times homepage for the recap, and some insight into the latest developments.

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