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  • Officials: Video, photos show man was armed when killed by L.A. County sheriff's deputies

    Officials: Video, photos show man was armed when killed by L.A. County sheriff's deputies

    Los Angeles County sheriff's officials on Sunday displayed photos and a video appearing to show a man holding a gun just before he was fatally shot Saturday by deputies in an incident that has generated debate about police use of force. Sheriff's officials said at a news conference that the man,...

  • Video shows L.A. County sheriff's deputies fatally shooting man in Lynwood

    Video shows L.A. County sheriff's deputies fatally shooting man in Lynwood

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has scheduled a news conference Sunday to discuss the fatal shooting by sheriff’s deputies of a man wielding a gun at a busy Lynwood intersection, an incident caught on a dramatic video that has sparked protests in the neighborhood. The sheriff and homicide...

  • Sheriff's Dept. graphic artist helps put a face on homicide suspects

    Sheriff's Dept. graphic artist helps put a face on homicide suspects

    Just after Father's Day last year, 65-year-old Jose Asuncion Padilla was closing up his Lynwood taco shop when three people broke in through the back door of the kitchen. They shot him within seconds. Padilla later died at a hospital. The killing of the father of six remains unsolved, and among...

  • Lynwood gunman who died in standoff was unprovoked, officials say

    Lynwood gunman who died in standoff was unprovoked, officials say

    A man who wounded a Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective in Lynwood Tuesday before barricading himself in an apartment was not part of the investigation taking place at the time, officials said. The alleged gunman, identified as Kerry Wesson, 45, was subsequently killed by a SWAT team as he exited...

  • Detectives investigating Lynwood shooting death

    Detectives investigating Lynwood shooting death

    Homicide detectives late Thursday were investigating the shooting death of a man in Lynwood. The gunfire was reported around 6:45 p.m. in 10900 block of Long Beach Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man was slain in a strip mall, according to television news...

  • Man shot dead by LAPD after confronting Crenshaw Plaza security guard

    Man shot dead by LAPD after confronting Crenshaw Plaza security guard

    The man fatally wounded by Los Angeles police officers Wednesday had been shoplifting at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and fired a gun at a security guard who tried to stop him, authorities said. The man, whose identity hasn't been released, was confronted by a security guard, who spotted him about...

  • Owner of popular Lynwood taco stand is shot, killed while closing
    Owner of popular Lynwood taco stand is shot, killed while closing

    Detectives were investigating the shooting death of a longtime taco stand owner who was fatally wounded early Monday at his business in Lynwood.

    The shop owner was identified as 65-year-old Jose Padilla, according to Craig Harvey, Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman. Padilla suffered multiple...

  • Consultant lays out options for $2-billion L.A. County jail overhaul
    Consultant lays out options for $2-billion L.A. County jail overhaul

    Proposals involve the replacement of the downtown Men's Central Jail and a women's jail in Lynwood.

  • County consultant lays out options for jail overhaul
    County consultant lays out options for jail overhaul

    A consultant hired by Los Angeles County to develop a longterm plan for the county's aging jail facilities laid out options for a roughly $2-billion proposed overhaul of the jail system in a report released Wednesday.

    The county supervisors, concerned about deteriorating facilities and poor living...

  • Woman's release from prison surprises slaying victim's family
    Woman's release from prison surprises slaying victim's family

    Family of Curtis Green, who was killed in 1981, says they weren't notified about the decision to free one of his attackers.

  • Woman freed after serving 32 years in 1981 killing
    Woman freed after serving 32 years in 1981 killing

    Mary Virginia Jones, 74, who was serving life without parole for her role in a 1981 murder, was freed from prison late Monday.

    Jones walked out of Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood around 11 p.m. to big hugs from family and friends, who shared tears and laughter.

    Patricia Elder, who...

  • Man admits forcing teen girls from Inland Empire into prostitution

    A Lynwood man pleaded guilty this week to recruiting teenage girls from local schools in the Inland Empire and forcing them into prostitution in Los Angeles.

    Paul Edward Bell, 29, an alleged member of the Rolling 60s Crips gang, pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors...

  • Argument leads to gunfire, death in Lynwood
    Argument leads to gunfire, death in Lynwood

    A witness told authorities that just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, two men stopped their respective cars in the middle of a Lynwood street and began arguing.

    One man pulled out a handgun and shot the other, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the witness told them. 

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  • Man linked to indecent exposure acts across L.A. County, cops say
    Man linked to indecent exposure acts across L.A. County, cops say

    A South Gate man who is accused of exposing himself to a 21-year-old woman in Long Beach may be connected to at least seven similar incidents in Los Angeles County, authorities said.

    The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department booked Albert Raul Pulido, 26, into the county jail until he’s moved to state...

  • Mother arrested after son found wandering Lynwood streets
    Mother arrested after son found wandering Lynwood streets

    The mother of a 2-year-old boy found wandering the streets of Lynwood was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, authorities said Thursday night.

    Asia Ramsey, 20, was taken into custody Thursday night at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Century Station, authorities said.

    Her son...

  • Man who killed woman, pushed her from car, gets 47 years to life
    Man who killed woman, pushed her from car, gets 47 years to life

    A man convicted of shooting his friend in the head, then pushing her body from a car during a police chase was sentenced Wednesday to 47 years to life in prison, authorities said.

    Juan Diego Valencia, 31, was found guilty this month of second-degree murder and evading police in the September 2012...

  • L.A. County reserve deputy arrested in stolen diamonds
    L.A. County reserve deputy arrested in stolen diamonds

    A veteran reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was fired after he was arrested by the FBI for the alleged theft of up to $1 million in diamonds, authorities said Wednesday evening.

    Billy Lulo, 47, was terminated Wednesday after being charged with one count of mail fraud,...

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