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  • Torrance police investigating shooting of man in car set ablaze

    Torrance police are investigating the shooting of a man who was one of five occupants in a car destroyed by fire, authorities said. Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 3700 block of Artesia Boulevard in Torrance at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. A short time later police...

  • Detectives investigate woman's 'suspicious' death in Lomita apartment fire

    Detectives investigate woman's 'suspicious' death in Lomita apartment fire

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of woman whose body was pulled from a fiery apartment in Lomita on Tuesday morning. The woman’s death was deemed suspicious, so arson and homicide investigators will examine the fire scene to get more details, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy...

  • Connor Everts dies at 88; artist's work was focus of 1960s obscenity trial

    Connor Everts dies at 88; artist's work was focus of 1960s obscenity trial

    Connor Everts, a Los Angeles-area artist and former longshoreman whose sociopolitical art was the subject of a 1960s obscenity trial, died Sunday at his Torrance home. He was 88. The cause was not disclosed. Everts completed his early work at night after working full days on the docks. His career...

  • Allegations flowing in against the surfer gang of Lunada Bay

    Allegations flowing in against the surfer gang of Lunada Bay

    Attorneys attempting to break up a surfer gang that controls a coveted stretch of coastline in Palos Verdes Estates said more alleged victims have called them in hopes of joining the effort.  "We are being contacted by lots of people -- lots of different beachgoers who have had similar experiences,"...

  • 'Disgruntled employee' charged in chainsaw attack in Torrance

    A Compton man who authorities said chased a security guard with a chainsaw and later aimed his truck and accelerated toward a police officer was charged Thursday with multiple felonies.  Jose Felix Campos Cortez faces one felony count each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault upon...

  • Two former bag handlers arrested in connection with cocaine-smuggling plot at LAX

    Two former bag handlers arrested in connection with cocaine-smuggling plot at LAX

    Two former baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport are in federal custody after being arrested Monday morning on suspicion of cocaine trafficking, authorities said. Adrian Ponce, 27, and Alberto Preciado Gutierrez, 26, both from South Gate, have been charged with conspiracy to distribute...

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