As senior editor of investigations, Jack Leonard oversees the work of a team of investigative reporters. As a reporter, he was part of the team that exposed fraud and abuse in California’s conservatorship system, a series that won several national awards. He went on to investigate how early releases from L.A.’s jail system perverts justice and fosters more crime on the street. Later, he worked on a sweeping expose of abuse and corruption in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
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Search: Two deputies are overcome by fumes as they search the fired San Onofre worker’s storage unit. He allegedly made threatening calls against other employees.
The bodies of two dead people were found inside Joshua Tree National Park on Sunday, authorities said.
After a tumultuous year that included allegations of undue influence from wealthy developers and the firing of a popular leader, the California Coastal Commission has selected a new executive director.
A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Sunday in “an execution” carried out by a wanted man who was caught hours later after he carjacked one motorist, robbed a liquor store and tried to snatch a purse from a woman in Tulare County, authorities said.
If the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office agrees to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck’s request for criminal charges against an officer who shot and killed a homeless man in Venice last year, it would set the stage for an extremely rare kind of case in California, that of a police officer charged in an on-duty shooting.
A suspected car thief led police on a wild chase Friday that ended when he crashed in a Long Beach neighborhood, burst into a nearby home and shot two people and stabbed another before turning his handgun on himself, authorities said.