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  • Former LAPD jailer accused of taking bribes from bail bond company owners

    A former LAPD jailer and a couple who owned a bail bond company were charged with operating a “bail capping” scheme at the Van Nuys jail, prosecutors said Friday. Leonard Ramirez, 44, who was a detention officer in the Van Nuys jail, allegedly gave William Aroutounian, 34, and his wife, Iryna McCormick,...

  • Police investigate vandalism of three planes at Van Nuys Airport

    Police investigate vandalism of three planes at Van Nuys Airport

    Los Angeles airport police are investigating the vandalism of three aircraft and at least one vehicle  at Van Nuys Airport, the latest in a series of security breaches at the airfield. The latest incident occurred about 9:20 p.m. April 2, when a man scaled the perimeter fence and made his way to...

  • Video shows L.A. limo driver swinging object at motorist in apparent road-rage attack

    Video shows L.A. limo driver swinging object at motorist in apparent road-rage attack

    An investigation is underway into an apparent road-rage incident caught on video showing a limousine driver striking a Los Angeles motorist’s SUV with a heavy object. No one was arrested in the incident, but investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys station are looking into...

  • Knife-wielding man shot dead by LAPD in Van Nuys was suspected in stabbing, police say

    Knife-wielding man shot dead by LAPD in Van Nuys was suspected in stabbing, police say

    A man shot and killed by Los Angeles police Sunday afternoon in Van Nuys was suspected of stabbing someone and was armed with a knife when confronted by officers, police said Tuesday. Rammy Jaradat, who would have turned 27 this week, died at a hospital, Los Angeles County coroner's officials said....

  • Police shoot burglary suspect in Van Nuys

    Police shoot burglary suspect in Van Nuys

    Los Angeles police officers responding to a burglary call in Van Nuys shot a man early Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred about 1 p.m. in the 6900 block of Kester Avenue, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The man was hit, but the department...

  • Corporate jets tagged by vandals at Van Nuys airport

    Corporate jets tagged by vandals at Van Nuys airport

    Taggers cut the fence at Van Nuys Airport sometime Sunday evening and scrawled graffiti on three corporate jets parked near the end of the runway, police said. Officials discovered the tagging across the fuselages and tails of the palanes Monday morning. This is the second time in two years that...

  • A month after beer bottle shooting, officials name slain man and officers involved
    A month after beer bottle shooting, officials name slain man and officers involved

    A month after Los Angeles police killed a man after he allegedly threw a beer bottle through a patrol car window, authorities have identified the 45-year-old and the two officers who shot him.

    James Joseph Byrd died the night of Oct. 3 after he was shot multiple times by police, a coroner's spokesman...

  • LAPD sends dive unit to look for potential evidence after fatal police shooting

    The LAPD sent its dive unit into a Van Nuys storm drain Thursday, looking for an "unknown dark object" that officers told investigators they saw a man holding before they fatally shot him. 

    Police said the man threw a 40-ounce beer bottle through the back window of the officers' patrol car on Saturday...

  • LAPD cops who shot bottle-throwing man feared ambush after seeing video: attorney
    LAPD cops who shot bottle-throwing man feared ambush after seeing video: attorney

    Two Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot a man who threw a beer bottle through their patrol car window had been warned in roll call meetings about a possible ambush after an online video showed a man flashing a gun while filming an LAPD officer, an attorney said Tuesday.

    Attorney Gary Fullerton,...

  • L.A. police shoot a man to death after patrol car window shatters
    L.A. police shoot a man to death after patrol car window shatters

    Los Angeles police officers shot a man to death after the rear window of their police cruiser shattered while the officers were at a stoplight in Van Nuys, authorities said Sunday.

    The two officers were in their patrol car at the intersection of Sepulveda and Victory boulevards about 11:30 p.m....

  • Man fatally stabbed while panhandling in Van Nuys, police say
    Man fatally stabbed while panhandling in Van Nuys, police say

    A man was fatally stabbed while he was panhandling in Van Nuys early Tuesday, possibly by a motorist, police said.

    Police believe the man, who hasn’t been identified, may have been a transient because he was seen walking up to cars and asking drivers for money the night before.

    The man had approached...

  • 'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested for alleged shoplifting at Target
    'Real Housewives' star Kim Richards arrested for alleged shoplifting at Target

    "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kim Richards is in trouble with the law again.

    Richards was detained by loss prevention security guards Sunday at a Target in Van Nuys for shoplifting $600 in products, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Richards was shopping...

  • Trade in your gun, receive a gift card in L.A.
    Trade in your gun, receive a gift card in L.A.

    As part of the city's gun buyback program, Angelenos can anonymously trade in their firearms Saturday in exchange for up to $200 in a grocery store gift card. 

    Handguns, shotguns and rifles will draw up to $100 in a Ralph's gift card while card supplies last, and assault weapons will be worth up...

  • Search underway for handcuffed parolee who ran away from police
    Search underway for handcuffed parolee who ran away from police

    Police are searching for a parolee who leaped off a second–floor ramp at the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys station and ran away from authorities while still handcuffed.

    The parolee, whose name was not immediately available, was going to be booked at the police station on Sylmar Avenue...

  • Van Nuys standoff ends peacefully, but not before suspect allegedly fires gun
    Van Nuys standoff ends peacefully, but not before suspect allegedly fires gun

    A standoff with an armed suspect who allegedly pointed his gun at children and fired it randomly when police arrived surrendered Friday night in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police said. 

    Police and SWAT officers responded to a barricade situation around 1 p.m. in the 15900 block of Sherman Way, said...

  • Female victims of homicide often know their killers
    Female victims of homicide often know their killers

    The victims vary in age. They were killed in upscale Stevenson Ranch and on the most dangerous streets of South L.A. The specifics may differ, but the homicides of women in Los Angeles County this year take on a deadly rhythm.

    On Jan. 14, Mary Matsumoto, 72, was found shot to death in her San Pedro...

  • LAPD detective's girlfriend arrested after 9-hour standoff, police say
    LAPD detective's girlfriend arrested after 9-hour standoff, police say

    The girlfriend of a Los Angeles police detective was taken into custody Wednesday after a roughly nine-hour standoff with police at a Van Nuys home, authorities said.

    SWAT and crisis negotiators talked to the woman, but through the early morning hours she had refused to come out of the couple’s...

  • Man arrested on suspicion of murder in girlfriend's stabbing death
    Man arrested on suspicion of murder in girlfriend's stabbing death

    Police have arrested a 41-year-old man suspected of fatally stabbing his girlfriend in a truck in Van Nuys then concocting a story about how the couple had been attacked, authorities said.

    Osmar Gomez was arrested on suspicion of murder after police investigating the stabbing couldn’t corroborate...

  • Suspected drunk driver runs red light, triggers Van Nuys crash, police say
    Suspected drunk driver runs red light, triggers Van Nuys crash, police say

    A 19-year-old suspected drunk driver ran a red light in Van Nuys early Tuesday and crashed into an SUV, which flipped onto its roof and landed on top of a minivan, police said.

    The crash occurred after midnight at Van Nuys and Victory boulevards, where the man, driving a Volkswagen Passat and traveling...

  • White powder found on letter to L.A. judge; FBI investigating

    Police and hazmat crews were called to a Los Angeles courthouse Wednesday when a mailroom staffer discovered white powder on an envelope addressed to a judge.

    Just after 4 p.m., someone in the mailroom in a Van Nuys courthouse spotted a “white, dandruff-like powder” on mail addressed to Superior...

  • Man suspected in deadly Van Nuys stabbing turns self in
    Man suspected in deadly Van Nuys stabbing turns self in

    A 25-year-old man turned himself in to police Sunday in connection with a fatal stabbing in a Van Nuys apartment complex, police said.

    Accompanied by a pastor, Ezekiel Dear walked into a South Los Angeles police station and was interviewed by homicide detectives about the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old...

  • Alligator found at San Fernando Valley home had lived there 37 years
    Alligator found at San Fernando Valley home had lived there 37 years

    An 8-foot-long alligator has been living in the backyard of a San Fernando Valley home for about 40 years, animal control officials said Wednesday.

    Officers from the Los Angeles Animal Services Department found the alligator Monday inside a wooden crate at the home in the 13200 block of Sylvan...

  • One dead as small plane crashes in street near Van Nuys Airport
    One dead as small plane crashes in street near Van Nuys Airport

    A 40-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when a small plane crashed in a busy commercial intersection near Van Nuys Airport and a local hospital, fire officials said.

    The single-engine Lancair crashed about 1:14 p.m. under unknown circumstances at Vanowen Street and Hayvenhurst Avenue, according...

  • Police kill knife-wielding suspect
    Police kill knife-wielding suspect

    Los Angeles police responding to a call of a man with a knife shot and killed the suspect Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

    The call came into the West Valley station about 3:15 p.m., according to Officer Norma Eisenman. Officers responded to the scene at Victory Boulevard and Haskell Avenue,...

  • LAPD detention officer arrested in bail solicitation scheme, police say

    An LAPD detention officer has been arrested on suspicion of accepting compensation from bail agents in exchange for information about inmates booked at the Van Nuys Jail, authorities said.

    Leonard Ramirez, 42, was taken into custody Monday for bribery and participating in the bail solicitation...

  • Mother charged in teen's possession of gun at school
    Mother charged in teen's possession of gun at school

    The first gun was found inside a backpack belonging to a 17-year-old student at Will Rogers Continuation School in Van Nuys. The weapon was a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, loaded with six rounds, police said.

    A day later, police served a search warrant at the teenager's home and discovered...

  • Mother faces criminal charges after son allegedly takes gun to school
    Mother faces criminal charges after son allegedly takes gun to school

    Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer on Wednesday announced that he filed criminal charges against a woman whose 17-year-old son allegedly took a loaded semiautomatic handgun to school.

    Feuer said the action is "unique in the history of the city" and a first step toward holding parents accountable...

  • Man shot after allegedly breaking into house
    Man shot after allegedly breaking into house

    A Glendale man was shot and injured while allegedly robbing a home in Van Nuys on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Around 11 p.m., Grachia Nalbanyan, 25, gained entry into a residence in the 6200 block of Matilija Avenue, Officer Sara Faden said.Nalbanyan came across the...

  • Assailant sought in Van Nuys stabbing death

    Police were looking for leads into the stabbing death of a man in Van Nuys early Sunday. 

    The victim, described as a Latino between 45 and 50, was on the sidewalk near the intersection of Erwin Street and Van Nuys Boulevard with multiple stab wounds to his torso. A person flagged down Los Angeles...

  • 3-month-old boy found dead in crib in Van Nuys; police investigating
    3-month-old boy found dead in crib in Van Nuys; police investigating

    Police are investigating the death of 3-month-old boy who was found dead in Van Nuys early Monday.

    The baby was found in his crib in the 7400 block of Woodman Avenue at around 4:20 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles police said.

    The LAPD's Abused Child Unit is investigating...

  • Man pleads not guilty to stabbing, shooting Target maintenance worker
    Man pleads not guilty to stabbing, shooting Target maintenance worker

    A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing and shooting a maintenance worker who was pressure washing a Target parking lot in Van Nuys, prosecutors said. 

    Erick Renteria, 24, is charged with one count each of murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of resisting a peace...

  • Police seek one-eyed man in connection with double killing at 7-Eleven
    Police seek one-eyed man in connection with double killing at 7-Eleven

    Police are looking for a one-eyed man suspected of fatally shooting two men Thursday morning in front of a Van Nuys 7-Eleven.

    The incident took place about 6 a.m. in the 8000 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. 

    According to police,...

  • Verbal confrontation preceded deadly 7-Eleven shooting, police say
    Verbal confrontation preceded deadly 7-Eleven shooting, police say

    A verbal confrontation led to a shooting outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in Van Nuys early Thursday. Two people were shot dead, Los Angeles police said.

    The shooting occurred about 6 a.m. in the 8200 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard and was initially reported as an assault with a deadly...

  • LAPD cruiser crashes while pursuing DUI suspect; no officers hurt
    LAPD cruiser crashes while pursuing DUI suspect; no officers hurt

    A police cruiser crashed into a median early Tuesday in Van Nuys while pursuing a man suspected of driving under the influence, authorities said.

    Los Angeles police officers began pursuing the man on Sherman Way around 1:50 a.m. after observing him running stop signs and driving without headlights,...

  • Six L.A.-area hookah lounges cited for variety of violations

    Six Los Angeles-area hookah lounges were recently cited for a variety of violations during a series of compliance checks, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    The lounges, located in Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks, were cited for violating smoking and alcohol laws, including smoking inside...

  • Evacuated Van Nuys residents return after apparent meth lab is cleared
    Evacuated Van Nuys residents return after apparent meth lab is cleared

    Residents evacuated from about two dozen apartments overnight in Van Nuys were allowed to return Monday morning after authorities secured what they called a methamphetamine lab, where fumes sent five police officers to the hospital.

    The Los Angeles police officers were responding to reports of...

  • Drug lab fumes send 5 LAPD officers, suspect to hospitals
    Drug lab fumes send 5 LAPD officers, suspect to hospitals

    Five Los Angeles police officers exposed to chemical fumes from a narcotics lab in a Van Nuys apartment were recovering early Monday, Los Angeles police said.

    The officers responded to a radio call reporting a man screaming at 14839 W. Sherman Way shortly after 10 p.m. on Sunday, LAPD Sgt. J. Hensley...

  • 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...

  • L.A. Council seeks to curb new adult businesses in parts of Valley
    L.A. Council seeks to curb new adult businesses in parts of Valley

    New strip clubs, massage parlors and other “adult entertainment” will be temporarily barred from getting city permits along four streets in Sun Valley and Van Nuys, under new rules that the Los Angeles City Council voted to draft Tuesday. The restrictions would also curb new liquor stores, hotels...

  • L.A. councilwoman targets sex trade in her Valley district
    L.A. councilwoman targets sex trade in her Valley district

    In the mornings, when Dakeya Brown-Kane takes her 3-year-old daughter to preschool, she tries to distract her with paper to draw on so she overlooks the scantily clad women outside.

    But it's hard to ignore the sultry billboard for the La Perla gentlemen's club near their apartment window on Sepulveda...

  • Man accused of writing anti-Semitic graffiti charged with hate crimes

    A man accused of scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti outside a Jewish-owned business in Van Nuys has been charged with multiple hate crimes by Los Angeles city prosecutors.

    Amos Hason, 49, allegedly painted swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti on a fence and trash bin behind the plumbing business....

  • Sheriff candidates step up rhetoric at second debate
    Sheriff candidates step up rhetoric at second debate

    Rivals vying to run the L.A. County Sheriff's Department raise accusations of mismanagement and opportunism at Van Nuys forum.

  • Candidates for L.A. County sheriff sharpen attacks at second debate

    The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate.

    Unlike the debate last month, this time the candidates directed multiple barbs at the men...

  • Police seek clues in fatal Van Nuys shooting
    Police seek clues in fatal Van Nuys shooting

    Detectives are looking for witnesses in a fatal parking lot shooting of a 28-year-old man in Van Nuys, authorities said Wednesday.

    A small group of people were inside a restaurant in the 13640 block of Burbank Boulevard about 6:10 p.m. Monday when a dispute arose, said Los Angeles police Lt. Steve...

  • Man shot and killed in Van Nuys; police search for gunman
    Man shot and killed in Van Nuys; police search for gunman

    A 22-year-old man who was gunned down on a Van Nuys street has died from his wounds, Los Angeles police said Wednesday night.

    Ramiro Melendez-Lobos was walking southbound on Cedros Avenue at Delano Street when a man approached and opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, the Los Angeles Police...

  • Possible explosive substance left at LAFD Station 39, police say
    Possible explosive substance left at LAFD Station 39, police say

    A suspect was taken into custody after allegedly leaving a possible explosive substance at a fire station in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police said Tuesday night. 

    The suspect was seen leaving Station 39 in the 14000 block of Sylvan Street about 8:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said.

    Officer...

  • Skateboard attacker sexually battered women, LAPD says
    Skateboard attacker sexually battered women, LAPD says

    Los Angeles police Tuesday night were looking for a man who has sexually battered three women in Van Nuys while swooping by them on a skateboard.

    The man approached the woman from behind and grabbed them, the Los Angeles Police Department said. 

    The incidents took place between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m....

  • Homeless man arrested after girl sexually assaulted on bus 3 times
    Homeless man arrested after girl sexually assaulted on bus 3 times

    A homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl on a Metro bus three times in the San Fernando Valley has been arrested, sheriff's officials said.

    Majdeddin Nahvi faces five misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and two counts of annoying or molesting a child, the Los Angeles County...

  • Police raid Internet cafe over suspected illegal gambling
    Police raid Internet cafe over suspected illegal gambling

    Los Angeles police arrested 23 people on misdemeanor charges in a raid on a Van Nuys Internet cafe suspected of hosting an illegal gambling operation, the LAPD said Friday.

    Officers from the Van Nuys vice unit served a search warrant Thursday at the Talk & Win Internet cafe on Sherman Way after...

  • NBA's Lamar Odom charged with DUI, due in court in two weeks
    NBA's Lamar Odom charged with DUI, due in court in two weeks

    Lamar Odom has been charged with driving under the influence, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Friday.

    The NBA free agent was arrested Aug. 30 after he was spotted allegedly driving erratically on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, the California Highway Patrol said.

    CHP officials...

  • NBA's Lamar Odom charged with DUI, due in court in two weeks
    NBA's Lamar Odom charged with DUI, due in court in two weeks

    Lamar Odom has been charged with driving under the influence, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Friday.

    The NBA free agent was arrested Aug. 30 after he was spotted allegedly driving erratically on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, the California Highway Patrol said.

    CHP officials...

  • Ex-Dodger Milton Bradley convicted of spousal battery
    Ex-Dodger Milton Bradley convicted of spousal battery

    Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was convicted Monday on nine counts of physically attacking and threatening his estranged wife, prosecutors said.

    Bradley, who played during parts of two turbulent seasons with the Dodgers, was found guilty of four counts of spousal battery,...

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