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  • Two men plead not guilty in Montecito Heights killings of two teens

    Two alleged gang members pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing a 19-year-old woman and her teenage friend whose bodies were found in a Montecito Heights park last year. Jose Antonio Echeverria, 18, and Dallas Stone Pineda, 17, who is being prosecuted as an adult, are charged with two gang-motivated...

  • Police search for clues after gunmen fire on undercover officers

    Police search for clues after gunmen fire on undercover officers

    Los Angeles police are searching for information on several men who followed and shot at undercover officers Wednesday in Montecito Heights.  The officers were working undercover near Ernest E. Debs Regional Park at about 3:30 p.m., when three vehicles began to follow them, police said. The officers...

  • LAPD serves warrants in connection with Montecito Heights park slayings

    LAPD serves warrants in connection with Montecito Heights park slayings

    It was a chilling discovery in a popular Montecito Heights park: the bodies of two teenagers, in some bushes not far from a hiking trail. An uneasiness settled into the Northeast L.A. neighborhood as detectives tried to find who killed Gabriela Calzada, 19, and Briana Gallegos, 17. Joggers and...

  • Mystery of two young women killed in L.A. park deepens

    Mystery of two young women killed in L.A. park deepens

    When Tina Padilla met Gabriela Calzada a year ago, the teenager was fresh out of juvenile camp. Calzada wore baggy clothes and a tough-girl attitude to go with her ankle bracelet. She wasn't regularly attending school. But over the past year, Padilla saw a change in Calzada, whom friends called...

  • Police identify one of two women found dead in Montecito Heights park

    Police identify one of two women found dead in Montecito Heights park

    The leafy, meandering trails of Ernest E. Debs Regional Park are normally bustling with early-morning hikers, joggers and dog walkers. But on Thursday, less than a day after the bodies of a young woman and a teenage girl were discovered in bushes on a hillside, an eerie stillness fell over the...

  • Two bodies found in Montecito Heights park, police say

    Two bodies found in Montecito Heights park, police say

    The bodies of two adult women were found Wednesday afternoon in a public park in Los Angeles, police said. The bodies were found about 2:20 p.m. along a hillside in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights, said LAPD Sgt. Rick Colombia. The bodies were first spotted by a person who was...

  • LAPD steps up investigation of string of attacks on women in park
    LAPD steps up investigation of string of attacks on women in park

    The LAPD is stepping up its effort to identify the man believed responsible for three attacks on women in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, with officers combing the area for information.

    The man has struck at least three times this year and appears to be getting bolder and more dangerous with each...

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