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  • Prop. 47's effect on jail time, drug rehabilitation is mixed so far

    Prop. 47's effect on jail time, drug rehabilitation is mixed so far

    Jose Ibarra snapped on latex gloves, pushed aside an upturned sofa and rummaged through the belongings piled below an underpass in Silver Lake. Under a thin, grimy mattress and the torn pages of a pornography magazine, the Los Angeles police officer discovered two needles and a glass pipe with...

  • L.A. County to pay out $10,000 reward in church arson fire

    L.A. County to pay out $10,000 reward in church arson fire

    Four people who helped authorities track down and prosecute a man who set a Hacienda Heights church on fire in 2011 will share a $10,000 reward, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday. The reward was offered by the board three days after the April 16, 2011, fire ravaged St. John...

  • Transient accused of beating man to death claims God told him to

    A transient who is accused of beating another homeless man to death over space in a parking lot told detectives that God told him to do it. Marco Antonio Villanueva, 35, is believed to have beaten Ruben Zermeno, 56, to death with a blunt object, said Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

  • Body found in Hacienda Heights garage was that of 66-year-old woman

    Body found in Hacienda Heights garage was that of 66-year-old woman

    A body found by deputies in a Hacienda Heights garage was that of a 66-year-old woman, authorities said Thursday night. The body was discovered Thursday morning by deputies who responded to the home in the 15000 block of Las Tunas Drive, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. "Family...

  • Parolee convicted in Hacienda Heights church arson

    Parolee convicted in Hacienda Heights church arson

    A 35-year-old parolee was found guilty Tuesday of torching St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights two years ago, causing about $9 million in damage Gregory Yusuke Shiga of Hacienda Heights was convicted of five felonies, including aggravated arson, arson of a structure, arson of an...

  • Man and woman found dead in Whittier

    Man and woman found dead in Whittier

    A man and a woman were found dead Thursday in a Whittier neighborhood, authorities said. Authorities were called to the 13500 block of Lanning Drive about 10 a.m., said Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man and the woman were pronounced dead at the scene, Rouzan...

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