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    • Families of two teenage best friends who drowned in L.A. River share stories and tears

      Families of two teenage best friends who drowned in L.A. River share stories and tears

      The two families gathered in a cramped apartment in Highland Park, sharing stories and tears about two boys whose bodies were pulled from a river that, even in drought, never stops running. Gustavo Ramirez, 15, and Carlos Daniel Jovel, 16, were best friends, Carlos’ mother, Reina Ardon, said Monday...

    • L.A. County supervisors order report on unexplained surge in mental competency cases

      L.A. County supervisors order report on unexplained surge in mental competency cases

      Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to commission a report by county law enforcement, public defenders and mental health workers on the dramatic, unexplained increase in mental competency cases the county has seen over the past five years. The Los Angeles mental health court saw a more...

    • Mental competency cases are surging in L.A. County and supervisors want to know why

      Mental competency cases are surging in L.A. County and supervisors want to know why

      Following a Times report on the sharp, unexplained rise in mental competency cases in Los Angeles Superior Court over the past five years, county supervisors are calling for an analysis of the causes behind the increase. Mental competency cases heard in mental health court to determine whether...

    • Metro attacks: Suspect arrested in serial bus assaults

      Metro attacks: Suspect arrested in serial bus assaults

      A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a series of eight attacks on Metro buses across Los Angeles County, officials said. Hector Resendez was arrested Friday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. Resendez was...

    • Man killed in February hit-and-run in Silver Lake still not identified

      Man killed in February hit-and-run in Silver Lake still not identified

      Nearly two months after he was struck and killed by two cars in a Silver Lake neighborhood, Los Angeles police and coroner investigators are still trying to piece together a man’s identity. LAPD Officer Fred Yamamoto said a man who appeared to be in his 40s was walking across Riverside Drive near...

    • Victims of weekend violence identified by L.A. coroner's office

      Three victims of weekend violence were identified Sunday by the L.A. County Coroner. Latorria Westbrook, 26, of Gardena, died of a gunshot wound to the head. In a separate incident, Alfred Lopez, 32, and Juan Carlos Martinez, 18, both of Los Angeles, died in an apparent car-to-car shooting. Homicide...

    • Two men killed, one wounded in Cypress Park shooting

      Two men were shot to death early Saturday morning in Cypress Park by two suspects who fled the scene, police said.

      The shooting occurred about 3:35 a.m. Saturday morning near the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Future Street, police said, when two men in one vehicle drove up to a group of three...

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