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    • Man fatally shot by police after standoff at Sylmar home is identified

      Man fatally shot by police after standoff at Sylmar home is identified

      A knife-wielding man possibly suffering from mental illness who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police during a standoff in Sylmar was identified Friday morning. The man was identified as 20-year-old Cesar Frias, of Sylmar, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. Frias was pronounced dead...

    • Suspect in a series of violent crimes is shot after a chase on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley

      Suspect in a series of violent crimes is shot after a chase on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley

      For days, dozens of Los Angeles police detectives worked around the clock to track down a man suspected in a monthlong series of carjackings, robberies and shootings.The crimes stretched across Los Angeles County, from a shooting in Burbank that left two people wounded to a dramatic police chase...

    • L.A. police fatally shoot knife-wielding man at Sylmar home, find body inside

      L.A. police fatally shoot knife-wielding man at Sylmar home, find body inside

      Los Angeles police fatally shot a knife-wielding man covered in blood Monday as he approached officers responding to an emergency call of a possible assault at a Sylmar home, an LAPD spokeswoman said. Shortly before 11 a.m., the man emerged from a home in the 13000 block of Gavina Avenue and was carrying...

    • Long waits outside L.A. County psychiatric units stall patients, police

      Long waits outside L.A. County psychiatric units stall patients, police

      When Los Angeles police Det. Jim Hoffman arrived at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center's psychiatric emergency department on a Saturday morning in March, he found a small crowd waiting. Two police officers from the LAPD's Central Division were sitting in a narrow hallway outside the locked psychiatric...

    • Man killed by police after waving, pointing gun on Sylmar streets

      Man killed by police after waving, pointing gun on Sylmar streets

      Police in Sylmar shot and killed man who was reportedly walking around, waving a gun and threatening people Thursday morning. Calls began coming into 911 dispatchers just before 7 a.m. about a man in the vicinity of Tyler Street and Glenoaks Boulevard threatening people and waving a gun, said LAPD...

    • Accused Valley serial killer charged in another murder, more shootings

      Accused Valley serial killer charged in another murder, more shootings

      A suspected San Fernando Valley serial killer already charged with four fatal shootings over five days in August has been charged with three more attempted murders and the slaying of a motorist on the 210 Freeway. Alexander Hernandez, 34, pleaded not guilty Thursday to the murder of the Sergio...

    • Teen arrested in fatal Sylmar stabbing, 2nd suspect sought
      Teen arrested in fatal Sylmar stabbing, 2nd suspect sought

      A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he called police early Thursday about a fatal stabbing in a Sylmar town home, authorities said.

      The teen contacted police shortly before 9 a.m., telling them “something bad” had happened at the town home in the 14000 block of Astoria...

    • 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...

    • 2nd man charged in shooting that left Army veteran, 21, dead
      2nd man charged in shooting that left Army veteran, 21, dead

      Army veteran Francisco Garcia was leaving a party earlier this month in Sylmar when a dispute erupted, and the 21-year-old was shot and killed. One alleged gang member has been charged in his death, and Monday a second man was charged.

      Jerry Raymond Carmona, 26, pleaded not guilty Monday to murder,...

    • Army veteran slain in Sylmar never served in Afghanistan, military says
      Army veteran slain in Sylmar never served in Afghanistan, military says

      An Army veteran who was gunned down in Sylmar at his homecoming party -- purportedly for his return from a tour in Afghanistan -- actually was never deployed overseas, a military official confirmed Wednesday.

      Francisco Garcia, 21, never served in Afghanistan and was discharged from the U.S. Army...

    • Friends mourn U.S. Army veteran who was shot to death in Sylmar
      Friends mourn U.S. Army veteran who was shot to death in Sylmar

      Friends gathered at a sidewalk memorial Sunday to mourn the death of Francisco “Frankie” Garcia, a U.S. Army veteran who was shot and killed after a dispute erupted outside a party at his girlfriend’s Sylmar home.

      The mourners brought sunflowers and candles to mark the site where the 22-year-old...

    • Army veteran back from Afghanistan is shot dead in Sylmar
      Army veteran back from Afghanistan is shot dead in Sylmar

      A 21-year-old Army veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan was fatally shot after a dispute on a Sylmar street early Sunday, police said.

      Francisco Garcia died at the scene of the shooting in the 13200 block of Dronfield Street before 2 a.m., said Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon.

      "The...

    • Boy, 5, tests positive for cocaine; parents arrested in Moorpark
      Boy, 5, tests positive for cocaine; parents arrested in Moorpark

      Cocaine was found in the system of a 5-year-old boy whose parents had been arrested on drug charges in Moorpark, according to the Ventura County sheriff’s office.

      Authorities say that when Marco and Sandy Cuevas were stopped and arrested Thursday in the east Ventura County community, a half-pound...

    • Man is tied to Sylmar killing through restaurant receipt, LAPD says
      Man is tied to Sylmar killing through restaurant receipt, LAPD says

      A 23-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Monday in connection with the stabbing death of his neighbor, who was killed in Sylmar and discovered in a parked Lexus set ablaze.

      Los Angeles police detectives tied Carlo Giuliano Cresci to the killing through a restaurant receipt left in the car and other...

    • Disturbing accounts of being stalked by alleged L.A. serial killer
      Disturbing accounts of being stalked by alleged L.A. serial killer

      Witnesses have come forward to say they were stalked by a man who police say they believe is a serial killer.

      Alex Hernandez, 34, has so far been charged with fatally shooting one person and trying to kill two others. Detectives have identified him as the suspect in at least five other shootings,...

    • Shootings studied for links to fatal Valley rampage
      Shootings studied for links to fatal Valley rampage

      Authorities are investigating whether the killings of three people Sunday morning in a San Fernando Valley crime rampage are linked to a rash of recent shootings on Los Angeles-area roadways, including some that were originally considered unrelated episodes of road rage.

      Detectives have identified...

    • LAPD warns public to remain vigilant after string of shootings kills 3
      LAPD warns public to remain vigilant after string of shootings kills 3

      Los Angeles police urged residents to remain vigilant Monday morning as detectives fanned across the San Fernando Valley looking for clues behind a series of shootings that left three people dead and four others wounded.

      Detectives with the LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division “have been working...

    • 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,...

    • Authorities looking for witnesses in fatal Sylmar crash

      Investigators are looking for witnesses to a Friday evening traffic collision in Sylmar that left two people dead, police said.

      The victims were passengers in a black 2005 Nissan 300Z that lost control near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Sunshine Canyon before crashing into a van about...

    • 3-year-old boy dies after being trapped in hot car in Sylmar
      3-year-old boy dies after being trapped in hot car in Sylmar

      A 3-year-boy died Wednesday after apparently becoming trapped in a car at his home amid the afternoon heat in Sylmar, Los Angeles police said.

      The child was found unconscious in the car around 3:30 p.m. in the 14400 block of Foothill Boulevard, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police...

    • L.A. prosecutor's work goes beyond the courtroom
      L.A. prosecutor's work goes beyond the courtroom

      Ayelet Feiman fixed her gaze on the graffiti ringing the highway overpass, thinking out loud.

      "Is it Caltrans property?" she asked, a pen poised in one hand, a smartphone dangling from the other. "Is it city property because it's a city bridge?"

      It was a breezy Wednesday afternoon in a Panorama...

    • Converted barn owner charged with safety violations after fire kills 4
      Converted barn owner charged with safety violations after fire kills 4

      The owner of a converted, metal-clad barn in Sylmar that went up in flames in January, killing a family of four, was charged Friday with failing to install smoke detectors in the structure and illegally expanding its living quarters, prosecutors said.

      Los Angeles firefighters who fought their way...

    • Owner of Sylmar building where fire killed family of 4 is charged
      Owner of Sylmar building where fire killed family of 4 is charged

      The owner of a converted, metal-clad barn in Sylmar that went up in flames in January, killing a family of four, was charged Friday with failing to install smoke detectors in a structure that prosecutors say was illegally converted into living quarters.

      Firefighters who fought their way into the...

    • Man found dead in burning car was killed before fire began, police say
      Man found dead in burning car was killed before fire began, police say

      Police believe a 26-year-old Berkeley man was killed before the Lexus he was found in over the weekend in Sylmar was set ablaze.

      "The fire was started to cover the crime, but not to kill him," Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said in a statement.

      Police said Monday no arrests have been made in...

    • $50,000 reward offered in 210 Freeway road-rage killing
      $50,000 reward offered in 210 Freeway road-rage killing

      A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of a man driving on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar during an apparent road-rage incident.

      Sergio Sanchez, 35, was killed March 14 on the freeway near Hubbard Street; investigators believe his car also was struck...

    • Nurse stabbed at Sylmar hospital listed as critical but a 'fighter'
      Nurse stabbed at Sylmar hospital listed as critical but a 'fighter'

      A nurse remained in critical condition Monday after being stabbed multiple times in a Sylmar hospital, officials said.

      “She’s said to be a fighter, and she’s hanging in there,” said Lt. Denise Stephenson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s County Services Bureau.

      A man entered the Olive View-UCLA...

    • Two nurses stabbed at L.A. County hospitals in separate incidents
      Two nurses stabbed at L.A. County hospitals in separate incidents

      Two on-duty nurses were stabbed in separate incidents at Los Angeles-area hospitals Sunday, leaving one of them hospitalized in critical condition, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

      The first stabbing occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar at around 2 a.m., when a...

    • Sylmar man arrested in connection with stabbing death of his mother

      A 22-year-old Sylmar man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the stabbing death of his mother, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.  

      Officers responding to a call at a home in the 13900 block of Herron Street found a 55-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds lying on...

    • Road rage suspected in deadly car-to-car 210 Freeway shooting
      Road rage suspected in deadly car-to-car 210 Freeway shooting

      Police say road rage may be behind a car-to-car shooting on the westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar early Friday that left one man dead.

      Responding to a call about a traffic obstruction, California Highway Patrol officers discovered the shooting victim inside his Mitsubishi on the Roxford Street off-ramp...

    • Investigators probe cause of deadly Sylmar fire that killed family
      Investigators probe cause of deadly Sylmar fire that killed family

      Investigators say they still don't know the cause of a deadly fire that ripped through a converted barn in Sylmar on Monday, killing a family of four.

      Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigator Robert McLoud said authorities have ruled out all appliances in the home as possible sources for...

    • Fire in converted barn kills family of four
      Fire in converted barn kills family of four

      A husband, wife and two children were pronounced dead after firefighters were called to the converted barn in Sylmar. Officials say no smoke detectors were present.

    • Teen pleads not guilty to attempted murder in hit-and-run
      Teen pleads not guilty to attempted murder in hit-and-run

      An 18-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from a November incident in Lakeview Terrace in which he is accused of dragging two teenage girls underneath his car and then leaving them.

      Miguel Angel Jimenez pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to two felony...

    • Man pleads not guilty to murder in Sylmar birthday-party stabbing
      Man pleads not guilty to murder in Sylmar birthday-party stabbing

      A man accused of fatally stabbing a 19-year-old at a birthday party in Sylmar in 2012 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of murder.

      David Gage Silva, 21, was at the party with two male cousins, one of whom was friends with Adrian Rosas Morales, who was celebrating his 25th birthday.

      About...

    • Accused of fatally burning his mother, Reseda man to stand trial

      A 26-year-old Reseda man accused of fatally burning his mother was ordered to stand trial Monday afternoon at the San Fernando courthouse.

      There was “overwhelming evidence" to try Phillip Chang on charges alleging that he attacked his sleeping mother with a makeshift blowtorch and chased her as...

    • Man to be arraigned on a murder charge in 210 Freeway death in Sylmar
      Man to be arraigned on a murder charge in 210 Freeway death in Sylmar

      A North Hollywood man is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge Monday morning in the death of a woman who was struck and killed by cars on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar.

      Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, 26, is accused of stabbing Maria Josefina "Josie" Jimenez, 22, of Westlake, before she fell or jumped...

    • Man allegedly stabbed woman who fell from car, is charged with murder
      Man allegedly stabbed woman who fell from car, is charged with murder

      Prosecutors charged a 26-year-old North Hollywood man Tuesday with killing a woman who died after falling from a moving car on the 210 Freeway.

      Ricardo “Rick” Jimenez, 26, used a knife on the woman moments before her death, authorities believe. He turned himself in to authorities over the weekend...

    • Murder on the 210? Police stumped by mysterious freeway death
      Murder on the 210? Police stumped by mysterious freeway death

      Authorities have not ruled out murder in the mysterious case of a woman who was fatally struck Thursday on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar.

      According to witnesses, a red car was being driven erratically when a woman either fell out, was pushed or jumped out of a passenger-side door and was hit by at...

    • 210 Freeway lanes reopen after woman is struck, killed in fast lane
      210 Freeway lanes reopen after woman is struck, killed in fast lane

      The eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway have been reopened in Sylmar, where earlier Thursday morning a woman was killed after she was possibly pushed out of a speeding car onto the fast lane.

      All eastbound lanes between the 5 Freeway and Hubbard Street were closed for about eight hours after the...

    • Woman possibly pushed out of car on 210 Freeway, is hit, killed
      Woman possibly pushed out of car on 210 Freeway, is hit, killed

      Police are investigating the death of a woman who was possibly pushed out of a moving car in the fast lane of the eastbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar on Thursday morning.

      The incident occurred about 1 a.m. near Hubbard Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

      All eastbound lanes and onramps...

    • Sylmar man allegedly molested two girls at mom's day care
      Sylmar man allegedly molested two girls at mom's day care

      Los Angeles police detectives say a 47-year-old man molested at least two girls and possibly many more at his mother's Sylmar babysitting service, where he hid a camera to allegedly create child pornography.

      Israel Sanchez was charged Thursday with molesting a child under 14 after he was interviewed...

    • He's no Santa: Man arrested after getting stuck in chimney in Sylmar
      He's no Santa: Man arrested after getting stuck in chimney in Sylmar

      A man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing after he was forced to call police when he found himself trapped in a chimney at the Sylmar Recreation Center.

      Police said the man had been wandering around Monday night and somehow ended up on the roof of the center, then in the chimney, where he...

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