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  • Man held in carjacking and robbery in Willowbrook, Boyle Heights

    One of two men was arrested Saturday in connection with an armed carjacking in South Los Angeles and a robbery in which the cash register of a market was stolen, authorities said. The men, one of whom was armed with a revolver, approached a motorist in a Toyota Camry in the 1400 block of East 118th...

  • L.A. seeks injunction to end gang activity at Watts home

    L.A. seeks injunction to end gang activity at Watts home

    Bullets have left pockmarks in homes and frontyard fences in the 2000 block of East 110th Street in Watts.On Saturday nights, neighbors say, young men walk to a house at the end of the cul-de-sac, where they drink, do drugs, blast music and crowd the road. Parents tell law enforcement that they...

  • County approves $1.5-million settlement in deputy-involved shooting

    County approves $1.5-million settlement in deputy-involved shooting

    Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $1.5-million settlement with the family of a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Watts. The deputy, who later faced criminal charges in connection with a separate incident, fatally shot 22-year-old Arturo Cabrales in March of...

  • LAPD husband, wife to be honored at State of the Union

    LAPD husband, wife to be honored at State of the Union

    It wasn’t long ago when children attending the 99th Street Elementary School in Watts feared police so much they’d run at the sheer sight of a uniformed officer, sometimes screaming, “They are going to arrest us.” When LAPD Capt. Phil Tingirides, commanding officer of Southeast Division, and his...

  • L.A. man pleads guilty in fatal Christmas Day baseball bat dispute

    L.A. man pleads guilty in fatal Christmas Day baseball bat dispute

    A Los Angeles man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his stepfather on Christmas morning last year during an argument over a baseball bat. Rudy Flores, 22, accepted a plea deal and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 17 to 16 years to life in prison for killing 54-year-old Nery Ambrosio, according...

  • Police suspect gang rivalry in two Watts shootings 20 minutes apart

    Two men were wounded, one critically, in drive-by shootings that took place 20 minutes apart Thursday in Watts, authorities said.  The first shooting occurred near 108th Street and Gorman Avenue about 5:40 p.m., said Sgt. Scott Stevens of the Los Angeles Police Department. A 19-year-old man was...

  • In Watts, a Girl Scout uniform levels playing field for young girls
    In Watts, a Girl Scout uniform levels playing field for young girls

    Outside the police station in South Los Angeles, a group of girls assembled, colorful boxes in tow.

    "Do you want to buy some cookies?" "Delicious cookies!" They called out, crowding passers-by and, in their excitement, forgetting the pitches their leaders helped them refine. Just inside the lobby,...

  • LAPD seeks clues in deadly Valentine's Day stabbing
    LAPD seeks clues in deadly Valentine's Day stabbing

    Los Angeles police Monday night were looking for the killer or killers of a 63-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Watts on Valentine's Day.

    Samuel Benton was lying on a sidewalk in the 1500 block of East 112th Street when he was spotted by a passerby about 7 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department...

  • In Jordan Downs housing project, police are forging a new relationship
    In Jordan Downs housing project, police are forging a new relationship

    A program begun in 2011 aims to make officers more a part of this Watts community instead of 'the invading army.' It's working, slowly.

  • Police arrest man in Christmas stabbing death of his stepfather
    Police arrest man in Christmas stabbing death of his stepfather

    Los Angeles police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of fatally stabbing his stepfather during a Christmas morning dispute inside the family’s Watts apartment.

    Rudy Flores began arguing with his mother shortly before 11 a.m. when she was unable to help him locate a baseball bat, according...

  • Soil contamination a hurdle for new Jordan Downs housing plan
    Soil contamination a hurdle for new Jordan Downs housing plan

    The L.A. city housing authority has promised to remove contaminated soil, but some argue the chemical levels will still be too high.

  • In Watts, man stabs father to death on Christmas Day
    In Watts, man stabs father to death on Christmas Day

    A man stabbed his father to death in Watts on Wednesday, police said.

    The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. in the 1900 block of East 105th Street, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Wes Lin.

    Lin said the incident may have been "a family dispute where an adult son stabbed his father" and...

  • Man killed in drive-by shooting in Watts, police say
    Man killed in drive-by shooting in Watts, police say

    Police on Wednesday were searching for those responsible for the drive-by shooting death of a man in Watts.

    The man was standing outside of a home near Compton Avenue and East 107th Street on Tuesday night when someone fired a round striking him in the chest about 7:20 p.m., said Los Angeles Police...

  • Foundation pledges $5 million for Watts social, educational programs
    Foundation pledges $5 million for Watts social, educational programs

    The Caruso Family Foundation has pledged $5 million to provide tutors, mentors and scholarships to children living in Watts.

  • One person shot dead in Watts, LAPD says
    One person shot dead in Watts, LAPD says

    One person was shot dead near the Imperial Courts Housing project in Watts, police said Monday night.

    The shooting was reported shortly before 8 p.m., according to officers at the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Division Station.

    The victim was reported down near the housing project's...

  • Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods
    Crime alerts for Encino and 16 other L.A. neighborhoods

    Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 17 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

    Thirteen neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Encino (A) was the most unusual, recording four reports...

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