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  • Pedestrian shot and killed by assailant in car in Florence-Firestone area, authorities say

    Pedestrian shot and killed by assailant in car in Florence-Firestone area, authorities say

    A man was fatally shot early Wednesday morning while walking on the street in the Florence-Firestone area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man, whose identity has not been released, was walking in the 1900 block of Firestone Boulevard around 1:40 a.m. when another...

  • Man accused of snatching bike from 11-year-old boy at L.A. park

    Man accused of snatching bike from 11-year-old boy at L.A. park

    Investigators are trying to track down a man accused of snatching a bicycle from an 11-year-old boy at a park in South Los Angeles. The scene of the crime was a Halloween celebration on Oct. 31 at Ted Watkins Memorial Park in Florence-Firestone, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department....

  • Two men killed in separate South L.A. shootings

    Two men killed in separate South L.A. shootings

    Two men were killed in separate shootings in South Los Angeles on Saturday, police said. The first shooting occurred in the Florence neighborhood overnight and the second in Hyde Park in the afternoon, authorities said. In the first instance, officers responded to a report of a shooting near 84th...

  • Illegal fireworks may have caused blaze that burned warehouses in Florence area

    Illegal fireworks may have caused blaze that burned warehouses in Florence area

    A blaze in the Florence area that injured four firefighters and caused more than $1 million in damage, may have been sparked by illegal fireworks, according to reports being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Three warehouses were damaged in the fire, which began about...

  • Trio of weekend homicides include shooting over dog's injuries

    Trio of weekend homicides include shooting over dog's injuries

    Sheriff’s detectives were busy Saturday with three new homicide investigations around Los Angeles County, including a shooting in the Antelope Valley that stemmed from an argument over a dog. The dispute that appeared to have triggered that slaying Friday night in Lancaster began when a motorist...

  • Man killed, child and other man hurt in shooting near South L.A. liquor store

    Man killed, child and other man hurt in shooting near South L.A. liquor store

    A 60-year-old man was killed, and a child and young man were injured late Sunday in what authorities say was a gang-related shooting. The man was shot multiple times in the legs while he and a 19-year-old man were talking in front of a liquor store in the 1700 block of Firestone Boulevard, according...

  • Suspect in stolen taxi pursuit could face carjacking, other charges
    Suspect in stolen taxi pursuit could face carjacking, other charges

    A man accused of stealing a lime-green taxi and leading police on a two-hour pursuit through Inglewood and South Los Angeles could face several charges, police said Monday.

    Derrick Bogar, 36, was arrested Friday afternoon when an armored SWAT vehicle performed a "pursuit intervention technique"...

  • L.A. Unified urged to remain vigilant after settling sex abuse claims
    L.A. Unified urged to remain vigilant after settling sex abuse claims

    An attorney representing plaintiffs in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal thanked the L.A. Unified School District for agreeing to a $139-million settlement Friday but urged school officials to continue to push to safeguard children in the system.

    “No more rhetoric,” Brian Claypool...

  • L.A. Unified discusses possible settlement in Miramonte case
    L.A. Unified discusses possible settlement in Miramonte case

    The Los Angeles Board of Education discussed a possible settlement offer Tuesday involving a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of feeding semen to his students in what became the largest and costliest child abuse case in the school system.

    The plaintiffs' attorneys, who represent...

  • Man shot by deputy after alleged stabbing in Florence-Firestone
    Man shot by deputy after alleged stabbing in Florence-Firestone

    A man who was stabbing another man and refused to stop was shot by police Saturday in the Florence-Firestone area, authorities said.

    Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to an assault call about 6:55 p.m. in the 1100 block of East 75th Street, said Deputy Jeff Gordon.

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  • L.A. Unified alerted to possible sexual misconduct by Berndt in 1983
    L.A. Unified alerted to possible sexual misconduct by Berndt in 1983

    In 1983, a South Los Angeles elementary school principal received a call about one of his teachers, a 32-year-old just a few years on the job. On a student field trip to a museum, Mark Berndt had dropped his pants, a parent complained.

    The principal called the parent back and jotted notes about...

  • Man found covered in blood charged in stabbing death of 6-year-old son
    Man found covered in blood charged in stabbing death of 6-year-old son

    A man found standing on a front lawn in South L.A. covered in blood was charged with murder Monday in the stabbing death of his 6-year-old son.

    Alejandro Santoyo Sanchez, 38, was charged with one count of murder and assault on a child causing death, according to the Los Angeles County district...

  • Sorrow and shock as 6-year-old's stabbing death stuns South L.A. neighbors
    Sorrow and shock as 6-year-old's stabbing death stuns South L.A. neighbors

    Ernestina Quintero woke up just after midnight to the sound of neighbors pounding on her front door.

    Something terrible had happened to Nathan, the cute 6-year-old boy whom she had babysat over the years.

    The child’s body was found on a bed inside a small white trailer tucked behind a home in the...

  • After LAPD officers kill mentally ill man, activists demand answers
    After LAPD officers kill mentally ill man, activists demand answers

    Residents and community activists are demanding answers after the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by Los Angeles police officers on Monday night.

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said Wednesday he has asked for a meeting with Police Chief Charlie...

  • Protest planned after LAPD officer shoots, kills man during struggle
    Protest planned after LAPD officer shoots, kills man during struggle

    A protest is being planned for Sunday in front of Los Angeles police headquarters in downtown after a man was shot and killed by an officer this week in Florence.

    The shooting occurred about 8:20 p.m. Monday after an officer conducted "an investigative stop" in the 200 block of West 65th Street,...

  • Suspect in hit-and-run death of 4-year-old in Florence surrenders

    A man suspected in the hit-and-run death of a 4-year-old boy in Florence late Thursday surrendered to Bell Gardens police Friday afternoon, KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported

    Police turned the unidentified man over to the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, CHP Officer Patrick...

  • Child killed, woman injured in Florence hit-and-run
    Child killed, woman injured in Florence hit-and-run

    A young child died Thursday evening after being struck in Florence by a driver who fled the scene.

    Just after 7 p.m., a vehicle described as a red Kia or Honda hit the child and a female pedestrian near the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Holmes Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer...

  • Man dies in shooting in Florence-Firestone neighborhood
    Man dies in shooting in Florence-Firestone neighborhood

    A 47-year-old man died after he was shot in an unincorporated neighborhood bordering South Los Angeles, law enforcement authorities said Thursday night.

    The shooting was reported around 2:45 p.m. in the 8600 block of Maie Avenue in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles...

  • LAUSD quietly disbands Miramonte child-abuse investigative panel
    LAUSD quietly disbands Miramonte child-abuse investigative panel

    The Los Angeles school district has quietly shut down a high-profile special investigative panel intended to review the Miramonte Elementary child-abuse case, citing its cost.

    The school system had pledged to form the commission in 2012 as a measure of its commitment to protect students after the...

  • Lawyers want investigation of LAUSD destruction of abuse reports
    Lawyers want investigation of LAUSD destruction of abuse reports

    Attorneys representing students and their families in litigation over alleged sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary School called Friday for a federal investigation into the Los Angeles school district's destruction of reports containing abuse claims.

    The lawyers' remarks came after a pre-trial...

  • Allegations in Miramonte molestation case grow
    Allegations in Miramonte molestation case grow

    Previously undisclosed accusations against former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt reveal a more widespread pattern of alleged abuse, with more than 100 possible victims, including some children who said Berndt molested them, according to court documents.

    The new allegations about...

  • L.A. Unified battles lawyers over Miramonte disclosures
    L.A. Unified battles lawyers over Miramonte disclosures

    The litigation over sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary has resulted in a struggle over which documents should be part of the public record. This includes testimony that a former teacher had alerted her principal about sexual misconduct by Mark Berndt, who was subsequently arrested and later...

  • Abuse charges dropped against Miramonte teacher
    Abuse charges dropped against Miramonte teacher

    Prosecutors dismiss the case after the girl who alleged the abuse declined to testify against Martin Springer. L.A. Unified stands by its decision to fire Springer and pay $3 million in settlements.

  • Another Miramonte child abuse case emerges from the shadows
    Another Miramonte child abuse case emerges from the shadows

    Obscured by the publicity surrounding teacher Mark Berndt is the case of Martin Springer, whose criminal trial is set to begin this week.

  • Man shot to death Wednesday in South L.A.
    Man shot to death Wednesday in South L.A.

    A man was shot to death early Wednesday in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred about 6:05 a.m. in the 6800 block of Compton Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Homicide...

  • L.A. Unified accused of bullying in Miramonte student abuse cases
    L.A. Unified accused of bullying in Miramonte student abuse cases

    Attorneys representing a group of Miramonte students and parents responded aggressively to renewed pressure on their clients to settle abuse claims filed with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

    They accused the nation's second-largest school system of bullying tactics. They also asserted...

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