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Nicole Santa Cruz

Nicole Santa Cruz writes the Homicide Report for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the staff in 2009, she has covered Orange County and national news such as the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the Louisiana oil spill. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona who misses Tucson’s Mexican food and desert sunsets.
In plea deal, man is sentenced to 22 years in fiery street race that killed 3 people

Dealio Lockhart was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison for his role in a fiery street racing crash that killed three people on the 5 Freeway in Commerce. After the crash, the LAPD and CHP formed a task force to tackle the problem of illicit racing.

New billboard campaign aims to spark fresh clues in unsolved killings

A longtime advocate for family members whose loved ones have been killed has worked to bring 10 bus shelter posters to different parts of L.A. featuring pictures of victims whose killings remain unsolved.

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