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    • Man faces charges for leaving infant outside early on Christmas morning

      The Los Angeles city attorney's office said Monday that it would prosecute a man accused of leaving his 6-month-old daughter outside early Christmas morning. Neighbors found Jose Chavarria’s daughter in a stroller outside his Pacoima home about 2:10 a.m., according to a statement from the city...

    • Alleged serial killer faces more charges in Valley shootings

      Alleged serial killer faces more charges in Valley shootings

      A Sylmar man described by authorities as a serial killer was charged Thursday with three murders in connection with a five-day shooting rampage across the San Fernando Valley this past summer. The new charges filed Thursday against Alexander Hernandez, 34, stemmed from three separate shootings...

    • Two charged in fatal hit-and-run of pedestrian in wheelchair

      Two charged in fatal hit-and-run of pedestrian in wheelchair

      Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged the driver of a Cadillac SUV with fatally striking a man in a wheelchair last month in Pacoima and fleeing the scene. Tatiana Cacho, 24, of Pacoima was arrested after detectives received anonymous tips from the public that she was behind the wheel when...

    • Tips lead to arrest in fatal hit-and-run of man in wheelchair

      Tips lead to arrest in fatal hit-and-run of man in wheelchair

      Los Angeles police have arrested the driver of a Cadillac SUV on suspicion of striking a man using a wheelchair last month in Pacoima, dragging him 100 feet and then fleeing the scene after his body was dislodged. The victim, 40-year-old Manuel Gonzalez, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital....

    • Pedestrian in wheelchair killed in hit-and-run, police say

      Authorities are continuing to search for a motorist who hit and killed a 40-year-old man in a wheelchair in Arleta on Friday night before fleeing the scene.  Manuel Dejesus Segovia Gonzalez of Pacoima was crossing Terra Bella Street just east of Cayuga Avenue at about 8 p.m. when he was hit, authorities...

    • Alleged L.A. rampage suspect smiles in court as victim's kin watches

      Alleged L.A. rampage suspect smiles in court as victim's kin watches

      The arraignment for Alex Hernandez, a 34-year-old man suspected of carrying out a series of fatal shootings in the San Fernando Valley area last month, was postponed for the second time on Wednesday. Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, Hernandez smiled as he looked over the downtown Los Angeles courtroom...

    • Main Street economic renaissance planned for Pacoima
      Main Street economic renaissance planned for Pacoima

      Lizeth Perez, 33, has lived in Pacoima all her life, but the only businesses she remembers patronizing there are a Jack in the Box and a tattoo shop that's no longer open.

      She spends her money instead in neighboring Arleta, which boasts a CVS, or Panorama City, where there's a Wal-Mart. Pacoima's...

    • Suspect in five-day shooting rampage is a 'serial killer,' police say
      Suspect in five-day shooting rampage is a 'serial killer,' police say

      A Sylmar man described by police as a "serial killer" was charged Tuesday with murder and attempted murder and is believed to be responsible for a five-day shooting rampage on Los Angeles area roadways that killed four people and wounded several others, authorities said.

      Los Angeles Police Department...

    • One in custody after series of deadly shootings in San Fernando Valley
      One in custody after series of deadly shootings in San Fernando Valley

      The first gunshots on a San Fernando street jolted people awake inside their homes.

      Police came upon a family of five in a car. A young woman was dead, her parents badly wounded.

      It was only the start.

      Forty-five minutes later and a few miles away at a Sylmar park, a man collecting recyclables...

    • Gunmen in 3 random killings 'a major public threat,' LAPD says
      Gunmen in 3 random killings 'a major public threat,' LAPD says

      Los Angeles police said late Sunday afternoon they were searching for two suspects they believe are responsible for a series of seemingly random early-morning shootings that left three people dead and four wounded in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

      Witnesses said the gunmen were driving a tan,...

    • L.A. Unified asks judge to affirm settlement in molestation case
      L.A. Unified asks judge to affirm settlement in molestation case

      The Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday requested that a judge approve a settlement agreement with the family of a student who alleged he was molested by a former Telfair Elementary School teacher.

      District officials contend that they had reached a settlement in the case involving Paul...

    • Holes found in tale of alleged shooting during iPhone sale

      The shooting appeared to be another cautionary tale about answering online ads.

      A 19-year-old told police he was shot after he responded to a Craigslist ad for an iPhone in Pacoima.

      The victim — along with his girlfriend and father who accompanied him to buy the phone — identified Alexis Soria...

    • Man, 7-year-old daughter carjacked at gunpoint outside Pacoima library
      Man, 7-year-old daughter carjacked at gunpoint outside Pacoima library

      Police are searching for a carjacker who ordered a man and his 7-year-old daughter into their truck at gunpoint outside a library in Pacoima on Monday, and then forced them to withdraw cash from an ATM before ditching them at a freeway interchange.

      The incident unfolded at about 3 p.m. when the...

    • Police find no evidence of reported shooting near Pacoima school

      Los Angeles police found no evidence to support a report of a shooting Friday afternoon that caused officials to begin evacuating Pacoima Middle School, authorities said.

      Officers were deployed to the 9900 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard about 2:40 p.m. after getting a call from a man who claimed...

    • LAPD responding to reported shooting near Pacoima school

      Los Angeles police were responding Friday afternoon to a report of a shooting at a home near a Pacoima middle school, officials said.

      Details about the reported incident were still unclear, but LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said officers were called to the 9900 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard --...

    • Man fatally struck by Metrolink train in Pacoima

      A man riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a Metrolink commuter train in Pacoima on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

      Katherine Main, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said the man died at the scene. His name has not been released.

      Jeff Lustgarten, a Metrolink spokesman,...

    • Suspect shot in arm by Los Angeles police in Pacoima
      Suspect shot in arm by Los Angeles police in Pacoima

      A man sought in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon was shot by Los Angeles police in Pacoima on Monday afternoon, officials said.

      The suspect was shot in the arm about 2:30 p.m. near Borden Avenue and Paxton Street, LAPD Sgt. Robert Ginther said.

      Details about the man's condition or...

    • Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods
      Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods

      Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 17 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

      Thirteen neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording four reports...

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