• Transportation

    71 cited for bogus disabled parking placards at L.A. County Fair in Pomona

    Investigators checking disabled placards on vehicles parked outside the L.A. County Fair last weekend issued 71 misdemeanor citations for fraudulently using the parking passes, authorities said. California Department of Motor Vehicle investigators conducted the enforcement crackdown Sunday outside Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley...

    Brian Day

  • Animal poaching and smuggling

    Monterey Park man pleads guilty to smuggling poisonous cobras in potato chip cans

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) >> A Monterey Park man who accepted packages containing three highly venomous king cobras coiled up in potato chip canisters pleaded guilty today to a federal wildlife smuggling charge. Rodrigo Franco, 34, admitted to smuggling another 20 or so cobras, as well as sending protected turtles to Hong Kong, according to his plea agreement. Prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of no more than 18 months in exchange for the plea. A Dec. 7 sentencing hearing was...


  • Shootings

    Suspect is ‘down’ in officer-involved shooting on downtown LA streets

    An officer-involved shooting involving the California Highway Patrol and a downed suspect occurred Tuesday morning on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said. The shooting, in which one suspect was listed as “down” was reported at 6:08 a.m. Tuesday at Third Street south of Spring Street, said CHP Officer Christian Cracraft. Cracraft had no further information. At this time it is unclear if the suspect was shot or otherwise injured. Los...

    Wes Woods

  • Sexual assault

    Attempted rape suspect arrested at work after Van Nuys assault, police say

    VAN NUYS >> Police Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old man suspected of attempting to rape a woman nearly a month ago in Van Nuys. Antonio Reyes of Arleta was arrested at work and booked on suspicion of attempted rape, police said at a news conference at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Station. The woman, who is in her 30s, fought the suspect off when she was assaulted near her apartment about 5:40 a.m. on Aug. 12 in the 14400 block of Vanowen Street, near...

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  • Hate crimes

    Increase in violent confrontations in California

    Violent and hostile confrontations statewide that resulted in crimes, arrests, significant property damage, cancellation of a scheduled event or injuries are on track to double in 2017 compared to 2016, according to a report released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. In California, there were 13 such incidents in all of 2016. But for 2017, by the end of August, there were 15 incidents. Last year, around the same time, there were...

    Deepa Bharath

  • Homicide

    Ex-con pleads not guilty in Las Vegas 1-punch murder case

    LAS VEGAS — A 28-year-old ex-convict pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing a California man with a single punch outside a downtown Las Vegas bar. James Michael Beach also is accused of threatening to harm a woman who identified him in to police. He spoke in court only to enter his pleas to murder and intimidating a witness charges in the death of Luis Campos. Beach remains jailed on $350,000 bail. Defense attorney Greg Knapp said outside court that he wants to check...

    By KEN RITTER Associated Press|

  • Crime

    LAPD officer injured in crash during North Hollywood chase

    NORTH HOLLYWOOD — A Los Angeles police officer was injured today in a crash during a vehicle chase of suspects in the North Hollywood area. The crash occurred about 9:35 a.m. at Whitsett Avenue and Sherman Way, said Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison. One suspect was taken into custody and at least one other suspect was being sought. It was not immediately known why police were chasing the suspects.

    City News Service|

  • Kidnapping

    California woman believed kidnapped by ex is found in Nevada

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Police say a California woman believed kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend has been found at a Las Vegas-area casino-hotel near the Arizona border. Henderson Officer Rod Pena says security at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino reported that Virginia Paris approached guards late Monday and told them she had been abducted. The 55-year-old woman has been taken to the hospital, but it’s unclear if she is injured. The suspect, 52-year-old Joseph...


  • Arrests

    Wrong-way driver arrested on 118 Freeway

    CHATSWORTH >> A wrong way driver traveled westbound in the eastbound HOV lane of the 118 Freeway today but was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers before hitting any vehicles, authorities said. The wrong way driver was observed at 2 a.m. on the Ronald Reagan Freeway east of Balboa Avenue, according to the CHP. Motorists called CHP dispatch as the sedan moved slowly westbound in the eastbound HOV lane, the CHP said. The driver stopped just west of...

    City News Service|

  • Criminal punishment

    Here’s why 5 convicted killers may benefit from the Dekraai ruling

    For several convicted killers, the horrific case of Seal Beach mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai is a potential legal gift. Last month, a Superior Court ruled that Dekraai — who admitted to killing eight people at a hair salon in 2011 — should not receive the death penalty because of misconduct on the part of local prosecutors and the sheriff’s department. Instead, the worst mass murderer in county history is expected to be sentenced to eight terms of life without...

    Tony Saavedra

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