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  • LAPD's first 'volunteer citizen patrol' to hit San Fernando Valley streets to battle property crime

    LAPD's first 'volunteer citizen patrol' to hit San Fernando Valley streets to battle property crime

    Los Angeles police on Thursday formally introduced the department's first "volunteer citizen patrol," a 15-person pilot program based in the San Fernando Valley that officials hope will eventually spread across the city. The volunteers will not carry guns and won't take enforcement action, Los...

  • 19-year-old woman killed by suspected drunk driver in Northridge

    A 19-year-old woman was killed early Sunday after her vehicle was struck by a suspected drunk driver in Northridge, authorities said. The woman’s Ford Mustang was hit by a Honda Civic as she traveled through the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Lindley Avenue at about 3:40 a.m., said Liliana...

  • Police suspend search at CSUN after report of shots fired

    Police suspend search at CSUN after report of shots fired

    Los Angeles police searched Cal State Northridge after shots were fired and two men were seen running into a dorm, police said. Police received a report of shots fired about 1:10 p.m. at Kinzie Street and Lindley Avenue in front of the University Park Apartments near CSUN, Los Angeles police Officer...

  • Man arrested in attempted 'suicide by cop'

    Man arrested in attempted 'suicide by cop'

    Authorities have arrested a man they said attempted to commit “suicide by cop” after ramming into a patrol car with the hope of provoking a deputy to shoot him. Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Daniel Hoon Chang rear-ended Deputy Maria Ramirez’s patrol car about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday while...

  • Another CSUN fraternity being investigated for possible hazing

    Another CSUN fraternity being investigated for possible hazing

    School officials said late Thursday that a fraternity at Cal State Northridge was under investigation for possible hazing, months after a pledge at a different Greek organization died during a mandatory hike. In a letter posted by school newspaper the Daily Sundial, William Watkins, vice president...

  • LAPD: CSUN student killed after trying to sell car on Craigslist

    LAPD: CSUN student killed after trying to sell car on Craigslist

    Los Angeles police alleged Monday that a 28-year-old man fatally stabbed a Cal State Northridge student who went missing more than a month ago after trying to sell his luxury car on Craigslist. Agustin Fernandez of Long Beach was charged Monday with one count of murder in the death of Abdullah...

  • Capital murder charge filed in death of Cal State Northridge student
    Capital murder charge filed in death of Cal State Northridge student

    A 28-year-old Long Beach man was charged Monday with capital murder in the death of a Cal State Northridge student from Saudi Arabia missing since last month.

    Agustin Rosendo Fernandez, 28, was charged with one count of murder in the death of 23-year-old Abdullah Abdullahtif Alkadi, the Los Angeles...

  • Police looking for three suspects in CSUN carjacking
    Police looking for three suspects in CSUN carjacking

    Authorities are searching for three armed suspects who stole a vehicle at gunpoint on campus at Cal State Northridge, police said Saturday.

    The suspects, two men and a woman, approached the victim about 11:35 p.m. Friday in a campus parking lot south of Lassen Street, university police officials...

  • Circumstances of deadly CSUN fraternity hike unclear
    Circumstances of deadly CSUN fraternity hike unclear

    Armando Villa and a group of fraternity pledge brothers set out for their hike Monday night, climbing a trail at the edge of Angeles National Forest barefoot. They left their cellphones behind, carrying only some water.

    But Tuesday, as the sun beat down on the chaparral-covered slopes, their water...

  • L.A. area resident, how safe do you feel?
    L.A. area resident, how safe do you feel?

    They could have been gunshots, the pop-pop-pop of staccato explosions I heard through my kitchen window on Friday night.

    I stepped outside and surveyed the darkness from my frontyard. I could hear cheering from the house next door.

    The Kings had just won the Stanley Cup. Those were fireworks I'd...

  • LAPD has yet to interview Justin Bieber in cellphone probe
    LAPD has yet to interview Justin Bieber in cellphone probe

    Los Angeles police have yet to question pop star Justin Bieber in connection with their investigation into whether he took a woman’s cellphone at a miniature golf course, police said.

    The woman told police at the department’s Devonshire Division that the incident took place Monday around 10:30...

  • Justin Bieber accused of trying to take woman's cellphone
    Justin Bieber accused of trying to take woman's cellphone

    Detectives were interviewing a woman who accused Justin Bieber of trying to take her cellphone in the San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles police official said Tuesday night.

    The woman said Bieber allegedly grabbed the phone because he thought she was taking pictures of him at a miniature golf course,...

  • Justin Bieber accused of attempted robbery, LAPD says
    Justin Bieber accused of attempted robbery, LAPD says

    Los Angeles police said Tuesday night that detectives were interviewing a victim of an alleged attempted robbery by Justin Bieber.

    "He has been accused of attempted robbery," Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    She said the incident allegedly took place around 10:30...

  • Justin Bieber accused of attempted robbery, LAPD says
    Justin Bieber accused of attempted robbery, LAPD says

    Los Angeles police said Tuesday night that detectives were interviewing a victim of an alleged attempted robbery by Justin Bieber.

    "He has been accused of attempted robbery," Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    She said the incident allegedly took place around 10:30...

  • Political leaders urge more preparation for the next big earthquake
    Political leaders urge more preparation for the next big earthquake

    California political leaders marked the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake Friday by calling for more aggressive preparations for the bigger one that seismologists say is inevitable.Pete Wilson, who was governor when the 1994 quake knocked down buildings and freeway overpasses, ruptured...

  • FBI seeks info on bank robbers hitting Westside, San Fernando Valley
    FBI seeks info on bank robbers hitting Westside, San Fernando Valley

    Federal and local authorities are seeking information about two bank robbers suspected in a combined 19 cases dating to 2012.

    The first suspect, nicknamed the "Valley Bandit," has been linked to 11 bank robberies across the San Fernando Valley, the FBI said. The first occurred at a Northridge Bank...

  • Earthquake risks have evolved since Northridge
    Earthquake risks have evolved since Northridge

    Cellphone and Wi-Fi communications have proliferated since the 1994 disaster and raise new seismic safety concerns.

  • Two to stand trial in kidnapping, sexual assault of Northridge girl
    Two to stand trial in kidnapping, sexual assault of Northridge girl

    A judge Wednesday ordered two men accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Northridge girl from her home this year to stand trial, authorities said.

    One of the men, Tobias Dustin Summers, faces about three dozen counts, including sexual assault.

    Investigators said Summers, 32, broke into the girl's...

  • Northridge kidnap suspect in court; girl's family offers thanks
    Northridge kidnap suspect in court; girl's family offers thanks

    The man suspected of kidnapping a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home and sexually assaulting her appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, but did not enter a plea.

    The arraignment for Tobias Dustin Summers was instead pushed back to May 2.

    Summers, a 32-year-old felon and reputed gang...

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