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    • 2 dead, 1 injured in family dispute that ended in gunfire
      2 dead, 1 injured in family dispute that ended in gunfire

      Two people were killed and a third was injured Thursday morning during a domestic violence dispute among family members in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood, police said.

      The shooting occurred about 10:53 a.m. in a home in the 1100 block of West 55th Street, said Officer Jenny Houser with the Los...

    • Teen shot by LAPD officer files federal civil rights lawsuit against city
      Teen shot by LAPD officer files federal civil rights lawsuit against city

      The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and wounded by a Los Angeles police officer this year has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.In the lawsuit filed Monday in federal court, the mother of Jamar Nicholson alleges that officers violated her son's civil rights by using excessive...

    • Police investigate daytime double killing in South L.A.
      Police investigate daytime double killing in South L.A.

      Two men were shot to death in broad daylight on a sidewalk in South Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

      Just after 12:12 p.m., a youth or young man walked up to two men, described as being in their late 30s or early 40s, shot them both and ran away, said Sgt. William Carty of the Los...

    • Fire at South L.A. church ruled arson but church was not target, officials say
      Fire at South L.A. church ruled arson but church was not target, officials say

      One of two fires that broke out early Thursday morning in South L.A. was determined to be arson, but fire officials said the church was not the target.

      Firefighters responded to an arson fire inside the Starlight Church of God in the 8500 block of South San Pedro Street at 12:27 a.m., said Los...

    • Three charged in killing of 19-year-old in South L.A. over his red shoes
      Three charged in killing of 19-year-old in South L.A. over his red shoes

      Murder charges have been filed against three men suspected of killing a 19-year-old in South L.A. over his red shoes, police said Tuesday.

      Dwight Smith, 30, and Kevin Johnson, 25, were arrested last week on suspicion of murder, said LAPD Det. Chris Barling. Murder charges were filed Friday against...

    • How much has L.A. really changed since the 1992 riots?
      How much has L.A. really changed since the 1992 riots?

      Los Angeles' recovery from the 1992 riots has been slow and uneven. The unrest, which killed 53 people and injured 2,300 others, exposed racial tensions, economic inequities and institutional dysfunction. Now, 23 years later, there have been tangible gains. The LAPD, once a predominantly white...

    • Search continues in South L.A. neighborhood for infant remains
      Search continues in South L.A. neighborhood for infant remains

      Investigators planned to continue their search Monday for body parts in a Westmont neighborhood where the dismembered body of an infant was found.

      How the days-old infant’s body came to be dumped in the residential neighborhood is still unknown, said Deputy Amber Smith of the Los Angeles County...

    • Dozens arrested in South Los Angeles street-racing bust
      Dozens arrested in South Los Angeles street-racing bust

      When the dust settled and the exhaust fumes cleared, a street-racing bust in unincorporated South L.A. early Monday led to dozens of arrests, hundreds of citations and more than 50 vehicles towed, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

      The operation launched late Sunday near West...

    • Judge declares mistrial in case of LAPD officer charged with assault
      Judge declares mistrial in case of LAPD officer charged with assault

      A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of an LAPD officer accused of kicking a woman in the groin during an arrest in 2012 that ended in the woman’s death.

      Mary O’Callaghan’s trial took an unexpected twist Thursday after an official in the Los Angeles Police Department's internal affairs...

    • Can you help locate the Teardrop Rapist? LAPD is out of leads
      Can you help locate the Teardrop Rapist? LAPD is out of leads

      Los Angeles police have renewed calls for the public's help in identifying the so-called Teardrop Rapist, who is believed to have sexually assaulted at least 35 women from Hollywood to South L.A. since 1996.

      Police on Monday said detectives had exhausted all leads. Despite DNA left behind in 10...

    • Boy killed by ice-cream truck: Grieving family disputes police account
      Boy killed by ice-cream truck: Grieving family disputes police account

      Family members of the 7-year-old boy who was run over and killed by an ice-cream truck in South Los Angeles are disputing the police account of how it happened.

      Los Angeles police say the boy, identified by family members as Jamarion Thomas, was riding his motorized bike while holding onto the...

    • Ice cream man assaulted, accused of killing child with truck in South L.A.
      Ice cream man assaulted, accused of killing child with truck in South L.A.

      An ice cream truck driver was assaulted in South L.A. after he allegedly hit and killed a child with his truck Wednesday night.

      The incident happened about 7:10 p.m. in the 200 block of East 97th Street, police said.

      The unidentified child was riding a bike when struck by the ice cream truck, police...

    • Two injured in apparent drive-by shooting in South L.A.
      Two injured in apparent drive-by shooting in South L.A.

      A male and female were shot Monday evening at a South Los Angeles intersection in an apparent drive-by attack, authorities said.

      The shooting occurred at 103rd and Main streets about 5:40 p.m., said LAPD Officer Jane Kim.

      Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle traveling south on Main Street shoot...

    • Gordo, the dog hit by a van during a police chase, is out of surgery
      Gordo, the dog hit by a van during a police chase, is out of surgery

      Gordo, the small white dog who was struck by a fleeing van during a police pursuit on live TV and won the hearts of viewers, was recovering from surgery Thursday night.

      In a statement, Advanced Critical Care, Emergency and Specialty Services in Culver City said that Gordo was out of surgery and...

    • Three wounded in South L.A. party bus shooting
      Three wounded in South L.A. party bus shooting

      At least three people were injured overnight when someone opened fire at a party bus driving through South Los Angeles, police said Monday.

      Gunfire broke out about 11 p.m. Sunday near the 9700 block of South Broadway, said LAPD Officer Sara Faden. The driver of the bus was hit in the eyes by shattered...

    • Two dead, one injured in back-to-back South Los Angeles shootings

      Two shootings — one involving fatalities — and an unusually high volume of calls prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to put its South Bureau on modified tactical alert Monday afternoon, a department spokeswoman said.

      The first shooting occurred at 2 p.m. at Vermont and Florence avenues in...

    • LAPD releases names of officers who shot mentally ill South L.A. man
      LAPD releases names of officers who shot mentally ill South L.A. man

      More than two weeks after the police shooting of a mentally ill man in South Los Angeles, LAPD officials on Thursday released the names of the two officers involved in the deadly incident.

      The department identified the officers who shot Ezell Ford Jr. on Aug. 11 as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio...

    • Woman wounded in third southeast L.A. drive-by shooting of the night
      Woman wounded in third southeast L.A. drive-by shooting of the night

      A woman was shot in the back in Thursday night's third drive-by shooting in southeast Los Angeles, authorities said.

      The shooting occurred about 7:10 p.m. in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood, about an hour after two gang-related drive-by shootings in the nearby community of Watts, said Sgt....

    • Man shot during attempted street robbery in South L.A.
      Man shot during attempted street robbery in South L.A.

      A man was shot in South Los Angeles Tuesday night during a botched street robbery, police said.

      The shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. on the corner of Imperial Highway and Olive Street in the community of Vermont Vista when the victim said he felt a sharp pain in his torso. When he looked down, he...

    • Beck meets with residents, activists about Ezell Ford shooting
      Beck meets with residents, activists about Ezell Ford shooting

      The atmosphere in a South Los Angeles church was at times tense Tuesday night as residents and activists peppered Los Angeles police officials with questions about two officers’ fatal shooting of a mentally ill man.

      Pictures of Ezell Ford dotted Paradise Baptist Church, where a crowd of more than...

    • Deputy shoots armed man suspected of being drug dealer, officials say
      Deputy shoots armed man suspected of being drug dealer, officials say

      A sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a suspected drug dealer early Sunday in South Los Angeles after the suspect pointed a gun at the officer, authorities said.

      The shooting occurred about 3:45 a.m. near the intersection of Main and 118th streets, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County...

    • Authorities searching for gunmen in fatal shooting
      Authorities searching for gunmen in fatal shooting

      Authorities are looking for two suspects in the fatal shooting of a woman early Saturday in front of her home in South Los Angeles.

      The shooting occurred in the 1400 block of West 104th Street at Normandie Avenue about 12:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

      Anthony...

    • LAPD probes links between kidnapping, killings in South L.A.
      LAPD probes links between kidnapping, killings in South L.A.

      Los Angeles police are investigating potential links between the kidnapping of a teenage girl who was doused with flammable liquid and two other South L.A. attacks that left two women and a 1-year-old boy dead.

      The suspect, Robert Ransom Jr., 30, has been charged with nine felony counts related...

    • LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show
      LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show

      An inspection by LAPD investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas.

    • Health clinic operator to raise workers' pay to $15 an hour
      Health clinic operator to raise workers' pay to $15 an hour

      St. John's Well Child and Family Center says it will increase employees' pay to a minimum of $15 an hour in an anti-poverty effort.

    • L.A. City Council takes step toward fracking ban
      L.A. City Council takes step toward fracking ban

      L.A. council agrees to draft rules against 'well stimulation,' but oil and gas companies say their methods have already been proven safe.

    • LAPD investigating year's first homicide after man shot on bicycle

      Los Angeles police began investigating their first homicide of the year Sunday after a 46-year-old man was shot to death while riding his bicycle in South L.A., authorities said.

      Don Jackson was approaching the 10000 block of South Main Street about 12:20 a.m. when an unknown suspect approached...

    • LAPD officer pleads not guilty to assaulting handcuffed woman
      LAPD officer pleads not guilty to assaulting handcuffed woman

      A Los Angeles police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed woman, who later died, pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to assault under color of authority.

      Mary O’Callaghan, 48, was charged last week in connection with the July 22, 2012, incident that ended with the death of Alesia Thomas.

      Prosecutors...

    • Video of LAPD officer kicking woman should be public, lawyer says
      Video of LAPD officer kicking woman should be public, lawyer says

      Video from a police cruiser camera that shows an LAPD officer kicking a restrained woman -- who later died -- needs to made public, the family attorney said Thursday.

      The Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged Officer Mary O'Callaghan on Wednesday with assault under the color of...

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