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    • LAPD chief says Studio City shooting was a 'suicide by cop'
      LAPD chief says Studio City shooting was a 'suicide by cop'

      The night before Seth Raines was shot to death by Los Angeles police in Studio City, a chaplain in a skid row homeless shelter pleaded with him not to leave.

      The 44-year-old Raines had made huge strides since arriving at the Union Rescue Mission, where he had recently completed an intensive, year-long...

    • L.A. County coroner identifies Studio City gunman
      L.A. County coroner identifies Studio City gunman

      The gunman who died after opening fire in a busy stretch of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City on Friday has been identified as a 44-year-old Los Angeles resident.

      Seth Raines sustained multiple gunshot wounds and died after police armed with handguns confronted him outside the Union Bank on Ventura...

    • Man runs over, kills wife while backing out of driveway
      Man runs over, kills wife while backing out of driveway

      An 80-year-old man accidentally killed his wife Monday while reversing his car out of his driveway, authorities said.

      The woman, also 80, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 1 p.m. in the 10800 block of Wrightwood Lane in Studio City, Los Angeles police Officer Jane Kim said.

      A preliminary...

    • Man arrested after barricading himself in Studio City home, police say
      Man arrested after barricading himself in Studio City home, police say

      A man who claimed to be the victim of a bank's fraudulent acts was arrested Wednesday after he threatened to kill himself and barricaded himself inside his Studio City home, police said.

      The man, whose name wasn’t immediately available, had made written threats and may have been trying to kill...

    • Television producer arrested, released in connection to sister's death
      Television producer arrested, released in connection to sister's death

      Television producer Jill Blackstone was released from custody Wednesday after her arrest in connection to the death of her deaf, partially blind sister, authorities said.

      About 12:40 p.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to a home in the 12000 block of Landale Street in Studio...

    • For families of hit-and-run victims, haunting questions remain
      For families of hit-and-run victims, haunting questions remain

      Debra Holt is relieved that the driver who struck and killed a 4-year-old girl in Glendale turned himself in. Matt Panagiotis is glad that the woman who fatally injured a judge's son and kept driving was sentenced to prison.

      Holt and Panagiotis — who themselves grieve loved ones mowed down by hit-and-run...

    • 'Django' actress Daniele Watts, boyfriend plead not guilty to lewd conduct
      'Django' actress Daniele Watts, boyfriend plead not guilty to lewd conduct

      An attorney representing "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend entered not guilty pleas on their behalf Tuesday in a lewd conduct case stemming from their high-profile detention last fall.

      Attorney Lou Shapiro confirmed that he entered the plea on behalf of his clients. Their...

    • 'Django Unchained' actress, boyfriend charged with lewd conduct
      'Django Unchained' actress, boyfriend charged with lewd conduct

      A "Django Unchained" actress and her boyfriend who accused Los Angeles police of unjustly handcuffing her last month in Studio City have been charged with lewd conduct in connection with the incident.

      Daniele L. Watts and Brian James Lucas drew national headlines after the couple alleged they were...

    • Officer in controversial stop defends actions to Police Commission
      Officer in controversial stop defends actions to Police Commission

      A Los Angeles police sergeant who was involved in the controversial detention of a “Django Unchained” actress earlier this month told the LAPD’s civilian overseers Tuesday that the department’s disciplinary system was deeply flawed and defended his own response to the incident.

      In a rare move for...

    • Officer defends actions in questioning Daniele Watts
      Officer defends actions in questioning Daniele Watts

      A Los Angeles police sergeant on Monday defended his role in handcuffing and detaining an actress who claimed she was mistreated because of her race, saying he responded to a routine call that escalated when the woman refused to identify herself. The LAPD has been criticized for Thursday’s detention...

    • 'Django' actress' detention was 'basic police work,' LAPD says
      'Django' actress' detention was 'basic police work,' LAPD says

      A Los Angeles police official defended the actions of officers who detained "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts as "basic police work" amid claims that she was mistreated.

      According to the police account of the incident, officers were responding to a 911 complaint that a couple was engaged...

    • L.A. councilman calls for stiffer penalties in graffiti cases
      L.A. councilman calls for stiffer penalties in graffiti cases

      Frustrated by tagging in his San Fernando Valley district, a Los Angeles city councilman called this week for new measures to crack down on graffiti vandals, especially when murals are defaced.

      Councilman Paul Krekorian introduced a motion Friday seeking to double the reward to $2,000 from $1,000...

    • Man gets 26 years to life for stabbing girlfriend 19 times in neck
      Man gets 26 years to life for stabbing girlfriend 19 times in neck

      A Burbank man was sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison Wednesday after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his on-and-off girlfriend 19 times in the neck.

      Stephen Joanou Jr., 27, was convicted of first-degree murder in March in the death of Patrina “Trina” Sabella, who was found in a...

    • Rapper who cut off penis, jumped from building not criminal case, police say

      Los Angeles police said they had no active investigation into what prompted rapper Andre Johnson to sever his penis and jump from a North Hollywood apartment building early Wednesday.

      Johnson, 40, raps under the moniker "Christ Bearer" as part of the duo Northstar, which was linked to the Wu-Tang...

    • Rapper cuts off own penis, jumps from North Hollywood building, police say

      A rapper linked to the Wu-Tang Clan was injured early Wednesday after he apparently severed his penis and jumped from a North Hollywood apartment, Los Angeles police said.

      Andre Johnson, 40 -- who raps under the moniker "Christ Bearer" in the duo Northstar -- was discovered about 12:45 a.m. with...

    • Rapper cuts off penis, jumps from building in suicide attempt
      Rapper cuts off penis, jumps from building in suicide attempt

      A rapper linked to the Wu-Tang Clan was injured early Wednesday after he apparently severed his penis and jumped from a North Hollywood apartment, Los Angeles police said.

      Andre Johnson, 40 -- who raps under the moniker "Christ Bearer" in the duo Northstar -- was discovered about 12:45 a.m. with...

    • Man found guilty of fatally stabbing girlfriend in the neck 19 times
      Man found guilty of fatally stabbing girlfriend in the neck 19 times

      A 27-year-old man was found guilty Monday of fatally stabbing his on-and-off girlfriend 19 times in her neck at a Studio City park.

      A jury in a Van Nuys courtroom found Stephen Joanou Jr. of Burbank guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Patrina “Trina” Sabella, who was found dead on March...

    • CHP recommends murder charge in party bus accident
      CHP recommends murder charge in party bus accident

      Owner of party bus that had mechanical problems should be charged with murder in death of passenger who fell onto the 101 last year, CHP says.

    • CHP recommends murder charge in 101 Freeway 'party bus' death
      CHP recommends murder charge in 101 Freeway 'party bus' death

      The California Highway Patrol has recommended a murder charge be filed against the owner of a "party bus" after a 24-year-old man fell out of it and died on the 101 Freeway last year in Studio City. 

      The CHP submitted its traffic collision report for review last week in the incident in which Christopher...

    • Man accused in string of Westside bank robberies pleads not guilty
      Man accused in string of Westside bank robberies pleads not guilty

      A man who authorities say robbed seven banks in the last five months, mostly on L.A.'s Westside, has been arrested, officials said Monday.

      Alim Shamil Urmancheev, 44, of Studio City, who was arrested a week ago, is accused of robbing banks in Los Angeles and Santa Monica between September and January....

    • Search continues for local pilot whose plane crashed in China
      Search continues for local pilot whose plane crashed in China

      A Southern California pilot who lost his license twice for buzzing the Santa Monica Pier and illegally selling rides to the public remains missing after his small plane crashed in northeast China.

      David G. Riggs was reportedly flying a Lancair 320, a high-performance single-engine aircraft made...

    • Man pleads not guilty to cruelty after dog dies in stolen van

      A transient pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of animal cruelty after he allegedly stole a van with a dog inside and abandoned the vehicle, leading to the animal's death.

      Danny Fis, 29, also pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, the Los Angeles County district...

    • Man faces animal cruelty charges after dog dies in stolen van
      Man faces animal cruelty charges after dog dies in stolen van

      A man faces felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly stealing a van in Studio City and then leaving it locked up with a family dog inside, police said.

      Danny Fis, 29, was arrested Friday near where the the Honda Odyssey was allegedly ditched just hours after Los Angeles police released surveillance...

    • Mother of teen fatally shot by DEA calls for policy changes
      Mother of teen fatally shot by DEA calls for policy changes

      The mother of a high school graduate slain by drug enforcement agents in 2010 said after a federal court hearing Wednesday that policies allowing authorities in plainclothes to debrief in public should change.

      It was during one such meeting in a Studio City parking lot that Carol Champommier's...

    • Family of honors teen slain by DEA agents awarded $3 million
      Family of honors teen slain by DEA agents awarded $3 million

      In a mixed verdict, a federal judge awarded $3 million to the parents of an 18-year-old honor student shot and killed by plainclothes drug enforcement agents, but also determined that the authorities were not negligent in their actions. 

      U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald said that DEA agents...

    • Leads sought in three fatal L.A.-area hit-and-run collisions
      Leads sought in three fatal L.A.-area hit-and-run collisions

      It was a deadly weekend for pedestrians in the Los Angeles region, with police seeking the public's help in identifying the drivers involved in three fatal hit-and-run collisions.

      In one incident, a 19-year-old woman was struck and killed in South Los Angeles early Sunday morning in what a witness...

    • Hit-and-run driver sought in Studio City fatality
      Hit-and-run driver sought in Studio City fatality

      A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a 35-year-old pedestrian as he walked across the street in Studio City on Saturday night, police said.

      The victim, a Santa Monica man whose name has not been released, was walking northbound across Ventura Boulevard at Fairway Avenue about 11:45 p.m. when...

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