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    • L.A. County sheriff's deputy acquitted of felony assaults, convicted of misdemeanors

      L.A. County sheriff's deputy acquitted of felony assaults, convicted of misdemeanors

      A jury Friday acquitted an L.A. County sheriff's deputy of a series of felonies in the beatings of inmates, but convicted him on three misdemeanor counts of simple assault. Prosecutors accused Jermaine Jackson of beating inmates in the Compton courthouse lockup and Twin Towers jail and said he...

    • Man convicted in beating death of his girlfriend's 13-month-old son

      A Compton jury Monday convicted a 24-year-old man of brutally beating a 13-month-old boy, who later died of his injuries, prosecutors said. Rodrigo Hernandez was found guilty of two felony counts, second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death, said Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for...

    • Woman who abandoned a newborn near a Compton bike path is sentenced to prison

      Woman who abandoned a newborn near a Compton bike path is sentenced to prison

      A 33-year-old woman was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in state prison for abandoning her newborn daughter under slabs of asphalt near a Compton bike path, prosecutors said. A judge sentenced Porche Laronda Washington after she pleaded no contest to attempted murder, according to Sarah Ardalani,...

    • Man arrested in killing of 1-year-old girl in Compton

      Man arrested in killing of 1-year-old girl in Compton

      A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing 1-year-old Autumn Johnson in Compton this month, authorities said Tuesday. A gang unit saw Ray Howard Patterson near North Bullis Road and East Rosecrans Avenue about 2 p.m. Monday and took him into custody in connection with the crime,...

    • Autumn Johnson, the Compton girl who was shot and killed in her crib, is laid to rest

      Autumn Johnson, the Compton girl who was shot and killed in her crib, is laid to rest

      Before the Saturday morning service, mourners slowly made their way up to the small lavender casket inside Judson Baptist Church in Carson. There lay 1-year-old Autumn Johnson in a purple ruffled dress, white shoes and a pearl necklace. As tearful men and women walked away, some shook their heads...

    • $75,000 reward offered in shooting death of Compton 1-year-old

      $75,000 reward offered in shooting death of Compton 1-year-old

      Officials on Wednesday increased a reward for information in the shooting death of a 1-year-old girl killed in Compton, bringing the amount to $75,000, authorities said. The city of Compton, the FBI and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are each offering $25,000, according to the Los...

    • 'Hearts are broken' after the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl in her crib
      'Hearts are broken' after the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl in her crib

      The gunfire that tore through a converted garage echoed across a Compton neighborhood.

      Then a woman screamed: “They shot my baby.”

      The father begged for help for the daughter who lay limp in his arms. Sheriff's deputies rushed the girl with the head wound to the hospital, where doctors announced...

    • Girl, 1, killed in Compton as gunfire erupts outside home
      Girl, 1, killed in Compton as gunfire erupts outside home

      A 1-year-old girl lying in her crib was fatally shot late Tuesday evening by a gunman who opened fire outside her family's house in Compton, authorities said.

      Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said the gunman got out of a car, walked up to the residence and fired in the direction...

    • Ex-Compton school board member found guilty of sexual assault

      A former Compton school board member was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting an unconscious 25-year-old man during a trip to San Diego two years ago, authorities said.

      The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before finding Skyy De'Anthony Fisher, 32, guilty of one felony count of committing oral...

    • At least one skull used in Santeria ceremonies found in Compton shop, authorities say
      At least one skull used in Santeria ceremonies found in Compton shop, authorities say

      Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives recovered at least one apparent human skull and possibly others from a Compton store where they were being used for Santeria religious ceremonies, officials said Friday.

      Sheriff's homicide investigators said no foul play is suspected. But questions remain...

    • Compton woman charged with attempted murder after abandoned baby is found in crevice
      Compton woman charged with attempted murder after abandoned baby is found in crevice

      The newborn was cold to the touch by the time a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy pulled her from a crevice in Compton. There was no one near the bike path where the 4-day-old girl had been abandoned, almost no way to explain how the crying child wound up buried under slabs of asphalt.

      The only...

    • Mother convicted of fatally stabbing 3 young daughters
      Mother convicted of fatally stabbing 3 young daughters

      A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge convicted a 32-year-old woman Monday of fatally stabbing her three young daughters.

      Judge Ricardo Ocampo found Carol Ann Coronado guilty in the slayings of her daughters Sophia, 2; Yazmine, 16 months; and Xenia, 2 months, according to the Los Angeles County...

    • L.A. County sheriff's deputies describe finding baby buried alive in crevice
      L.A. County sheriff's deputies describe finding baby buried alive in crevice

      Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Collette said he recognized the cry that was coming from a crevice on a bike path in Compton, even though it was muffled.

      "The cry that I heard, as a father, was more of a cry for help, I'm hungry, but not like I'm injured and hurt,” the deputy said Monday....

    • Metro Blue Line train derails after striking car on tracks in Compton
      Metro Blue Line train derails after striking car on tracks in Compton

      A Metro light rail train derailed Monday morning after striking a car on the tracks near Compton, sheriff’s officials said.

      The Blue Line train collided with the car about 7:30 a.m. at 119th Street and Willowbrook Avenue, said Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s...

    • Have you seen a shotgun like this? It vanished from a deputy's patrol car in Compton
      Have you seen a shotgun like this? It vanished from a deputy's patrol car in Compton

      A shotgun loaded with beanbags but capable of firing lethal rounds went missing from a patrol car in Compton over the weekend, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help to find it.

      A deputy put the gun into the trunk of the car about 9 p.m. Friday at the Compton...

    • Compton selected to receive federal aid to reduce violent crime
      Compton selected to receive federal aid to reduce violent crime

      The city of Compton is partnering with federal law enforcement agencies to address long-standing problems with gang violence.The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that Compton was one of a few new cities selected to join the Violence Reduction Network, a two-year initiative aimed at providing...

    • Rapper says he has no ties to Compton pot shop where Wolf Da Boss, another man found dead
      Rapper says he has no ties to Compton pot shop where Wolf Da Boss, another man found dead

      Authorities have identified the two men found dead Wednesday night in a Compton medical marijuana shop that bears the name of rapper Chief Keef, although the rapper has denied ownership of the business.

      Wolf Da Boss, a self-described artist whose real name is Marqese Tann, 36, and Terrence Brown,...

    • Couple pleads guilty to taking money intended for abused, neglected kids

      A couple pleaded guilty Monday to taking thousands of dollars meant for the care of abused and neglected children.

      CSJ Kidogo, 74, the former chief executive of Little People's World, pleaded guilty to one felony count of misappropriation of funds and will spend six months in jail.

      His wife, Hitaji...

    • Boy, 16, fatally shot after crossing out gang graffiti in Compton
      Boy, 16, fatally shot after crossing out gang graffiti in Compton

      Detectives are looking for two people in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy who was crossing out gang graffiti in a Compton neighborhood Wednesday.

      The boy, who has not been identified, was crossing out the graffiti in the 1600 block of Largo Avenue at 11:40 a.m., when two...

    • Compton officials deny improperly inflating pay; D.A. investigation ongoing
      Compton officials deny improperly inflating pay; D.A. investigation ongoing

      Compton city officials could face criminal charges for paying themselves thousands of dollars a month to sit on commissions that often met for only a few minutes, a top prosecutor in the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

      A recent D.A. letter warning the city that the payments...

    • 22-year-old man killed, two wounded in Compton shooting
      22-year-old man killed, two wounded in Compton shooting

      A 22-year-old man was killed and two other people, including one hit by a stray bullet, were injured in a shooting Tuesday in Compton, authorities said.

      The slain man, whose identity has not yet been released, was standing with a 16-year-old boy in the 400 block of East Palmer Street about 10 a.m....

    • 9-year-old girl, two men wounded in Compton shootings
      9-year-old girl, two men wounded in Compton shootings

      A 9-year-old girl and two men were wounded Monday night in what authorities believe were related shootings in Compton.

      About 8 p.m., two men were shot outside a fish market in a shopping center near Central Avenue and Alondra Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Marc Lucio said.

      The girl...

    • Authorities investigate Compton shooting
      Authorities investigate Compton shooting

      Authorities are investigating an early morning shooting in Compton that injured one man.

      The shooting occurred at about 12:50 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Alameda and Cedar streets, said Lt. Marc Lucio of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Compton Station.

      While two men were...

    • L.A. County sheriff's deputy shoots, wounds man in Compton
      L.A. County sheriff's deputy shoots, wounds man in Compton

      A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot a man Wednesday evening in Compton, authorities said.

      The shooting occurred around 5:40 p.m. near Compton and Long Beach boulevards, according to Deputy Amber Smith, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.

      The man struck by gunfire was taken to a hospital...

    • Former NFL player Titus Young sentenced to probation in battery case
      Former NFL player Titus Young sentenced to probation in battery case

      Former NFL player Titus Young was sentenced to five years probation Tuesday and ordered to spend a year at a mental health facility in Escondido for attacking his former attorney.

      The case stemmed from an incident last July in Willowbrook where the former Detroit Lions receiver tackled the attorney,...

    • Los Angeles pays $8 million to settle wrongful-imprisonment lawsuit
      Los Angeles pays $8 million to settle wrongful-imprisonment lawsuit

      A man whose murder conviction was thrown out by a judge after he spent 17 years in prison said Monday that an $8.3-million legal settlement from the city of Los Angeles could not make up for the years he lost behind bars.

      “We’ve suffered and we’re still suffering,” said Obie Anthony, 40, gesturing...

    • County to pay $5.3 million in fatal shooting by sheriff's deputies
      County to pay $5.3 million in fatal shooting by sheriff's deputies

      The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay $5.3 million to the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death in 2012 by sheriff's deputies in Compton.The settlement of a lawsuit in the death of Jose de la Trinidad, a father of two, came on a day when an estimated 300...

    • Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters is working without an EMT permit
      Nearly 1 in 4 Compton firefighters is working without an EMT permit

      Nearly one in four Compton firefighters is working without a permit to perform emergency medical care, a key credential required by other local fire agencies, a Times investigation has found.Out of 74 firefighters at the Compton Fire Department, 17 lack a valid emergency medical technician, or...

    • Seeking $25-million bail for 'Suge' Knight, prosecutors detail 'life of crime'
      Seeking $25-million bail for 'Suge' Knight, prosecutors detail 'life of crime'

      Arguing that Marion "Suge" Knight’s bail be set at $25 million, a Los Angeles County prosecutor called the former rap mogul a “prolific and unrepentant criminal” who has led a “shameless life of crime,” according to court papers filed Thursday.

      To back up the claim, Deputy Dist. Atty. Cynthia J....

    • Surveillance video shows deadly Suge Knight incident in Compton
      Surveillance video shows deadly Suge Knight incident in Compton

      In the weeks since Marion "Suge" Knight was charged with murder, sharply conflicting accounts have emerged about what happened in the parking lot of a Compton burger joint.

      Knight's attorneys have said the Death Row Records co-founder was threatened and fleeing for his life when he struck two men...

    • Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight
      Another hearing, another hospitalization for 'Suge' Knight

      Marion “Suge” Knight was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning before his scheduled court hearing after suffering from stomach-related medical issues, his attorney said.

      Knight was scheduled to appear in court this morning to answer to a robbery charge stemming from his run-in with an independent...

    • Compton principal on leave; students allege 'uncomfortable' searches
      Compton principal on leave; students allege 'uncomfortable' searches

      A Compton principal has been placed on leave after allegations that he searched students in an inappropriate way.

      Several male students, 16 and 17 years old, said their principal at Dominguez High School, Oscar Méndez, searched them in an inappropriate manner and made them feel "uncomfortable,"...

    • 'Suge' Knight faces new felony charge in September 2014 incident
      'Suge' Knight faces new felony charge in September 2014 incident

      Already facing murder and attempted murder charges, former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight faces yet another felony stemming from a robbery alleged to have occurred last year, prosecutors confirmed Wednesday.

      Knight, 49, was charged with threatening to kill or severely injure a photographer...

    • 'Suge' Knight remains hospitalized after 'medical emergency'
      'Suge' Knight remains hospitalized after 'medical emergency'

      Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, a day after he pleaded not guilty to a host of charges including murder and attempted murder and then had a “medical emergency,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

      Knight, 49, appeared in a Compton...

    • 'Suge' Knight pleads not guilty to murder, is taken to hospital
      'Suge' Knight pleads not guilty to murder, is taken to hospital

      Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder Tuesday in a Compton courthouse.

      Moments after, he was taken to a local hospital for an undisclosed medical reason, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida confirmed.

      She would not state his condition,...

    • Suge Knight accused of murder, attempted murder in Compton death
      Suge Knight accused of murder, attempted murder in Compton death

      Prosecutors filed murder and attempted murder charges Monday against former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, four days after officials say he barreled his red truck into two men in a parking lot in Compton, killing one of them.

      Latest: 'Suge' Knight pleads not guilty to murder, attempted murder

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    • Video may clarify Knight's intent in Compton fatality
      Video may clarify Knight's intent in Compton fatality

      Video footage taken outside Tam's Burgers in Compton may shed light on exactly what happened when Marion "Suge" Knight ran down two men with his truck Thursday, killing one of them, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

      "The video is under review by homicide detectives," said...

    • 'Suge' Knight, no stranger to legal trouble, faces most serious charges
      'Suge' Knight, no stranger to legal trouble, faces most serious charges

      From the beginning, Marion "Suge" Knight's life as a rap impresario was closely intertwined with the gangster ways extolled by his artists in their music.

      His first notable brush with the law came in 1993, when as a leader of Death Row Records he was charged with using a gun to attack two aspiring...

    • Suge Knight likely to remain in custody over the weekend, attorney says
      Suge Knight likely to remain in custody over the weekend, attorney says

      Rap mogul Suge Knight will likely remain jailed through the weekend following his arrest for allegedly running over two men outside a burger joint in Compton, killing one.

      Knight isn't expected to make bail until Monday, his attorney, James Blatt, said Friday. His bail was set at $2 million.

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    • 'Suge' Knight accused of murder; lawyer says he was fleeing for his life
      'Suge' Knight accused of murder; lawyer says he was fleeing for his life

      Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was fleeing for his life when he allegedly ran over two people – killing one of them – in Compton on Thursday afternoon, his attorney James Blatt says.

      MORE: Cellphone records will back Suge Knight's story, lawyer says

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    • Suge Knight suspected of killing one, injuring another with his truck
      Suge Knight suspected of killing one, injuring another with his truck

      Notorious former rap music mogul Suge Knight is suspected of running two men over in his truck Thursday afternoon after an argument on a film set in Compton.

      The confrontation began around 3 p.m. when Knight and two unidentified men began arguing on the set of "Straight Outta Compton," a biopic...

    • One man killed, one injured in Compton shooting
      One man killed, one injured in Compton shooting

      A shooting Wednesday in Compton left one man dead, another man injured and a third unharmed, authorities said.

      About 11:45 a.m. in the 900 block of West Poplar Street, a group came upon the three men, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Grace Medrano said.

      A man in the group brandished a gun and...

    • Suspect's death results in $8-million jury award

      A Long Beach civil jury Wednesday awarded $8 million to the family of a man whose lawyers argued that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies choked him during a violent struggle in Compton.

      Darren Burley died 12 days after an Aug. 3, 2012, arrest, in which deputies acknowledged punching the 29-year-old,...

    • Police search for shooter who killed woman in Compton
      Police search for shooter who killed woman in Compton

      Los Angeles County law enforcement authorities were searching Thursday night for the suspect who shot and killed a woman in Compton on Christmas night.

      At around 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call that gunshots had been fired near the intersection of W. 154th...

    • Authorities search for suspect in drive-by shooting of homeless man

      Sheriff’s investigators on Saturday were still searching for the gunman responsible for the fatal drive-by shooting of a homeless man in Compton the day before, authorities said.

      The 29-year-old victim was identified as Alfredo Buenobaca, said Joyce Kato, an investigator with the Los Angeles County...

    • Man found fatally shot inside Compton home
      Man found fatally shot inside Compton home

      Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 35-year-old man found inside a Compton home early Saturday.

      Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the victim as Darrell Lynn Echols of Los Angeles. 

      Deputies responded around 2:14 a.m. to reports...

    • Brawl between two brothers ends in younger man's death
      Brawl between two brothers ends in younger man's death

      A 44-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of shooting and killing his brother during a fight in Compton, authorities said.

      Witnesses told authorities that the man and his 25-year-old brother got into an argument, which quickly turned into a brawl, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of...

    • Compton Unified policy on rifles draws criticism but isn't unusual

      At a quiet July school board meeting, Compton school police chief William Wu matter-of-factly explained that his officers would need AR-15 semiautomatic rifles to adequately protect students and staff from a heavily armed shooter if such a nightmare unfolded on a campus.

      With little fanfare or...

    • Man trying to flee gunfire is killed in Compton, officials say
      Man trying to flee gunfire is killed in Compton, officials say

      A 22-year-old man was shot to death just after midnight Thursday in Compton, making him the city's 29th homicide over the last 12 months.

      The man, who was not immediately identified, was found at 12:29 a.m. lying in the driveway of a home in the 800 block of West Maple Street, according to the...

    • Compton school official accused of sexual assault is urged to step down

      Community leaders called for the resignation of school board member Skyy Fisher on Friday, a day after he was released from jail on suspicion of sexually assaulting a man who was alseep.

      Activist Najee Ali said Fisher “has become an embarrassment for the city of Compton and [the] school board.”...

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