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Glendale neighborhood on lockdown, police search for burglary suspect

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Three suspected home burglars have been captured but one is still at-large Tuesday, prompting police to lockdown a Glendale neighborhood.

Police are currently seraching yard-to-yard for the fourth suspect near the ABC and Disney Studios near the 134 freeway.

Tom Lorenz, the Glendale Police Dept. spokesman said officers saw the men run away from a home on North Everett Street around noon.

"In that particular area of town over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a rash of residential daytime ransack burglaries," Lorenz said, noting that residents have been victimized of jewelry, electronics, cash and even weapons.

KABC reports that at the end of the police pursuit, the suspects jumped into the wash and then ran north onto Paula Avenue. 


Covina police searching for man they say sexually assaulted 7-year-old

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Police circulated this drawing of the suspect. He is described as a white man between 18- and 40-years-old and between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

A man sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl outside her home over the weekend, police told ABC7, and Covina police are still searching for the man. At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, the suspect walked up to the victim and covered her mouth with his hand before carrying her to the side of the house, the L.A. Times reports. He proceeded to assault the girl until she was able to bite his hand and break free. The girl was being chased to the front of the house when an adult neighbor saw the incident and screamed. He escaped in a 2005 or newer burgundy Nissan Altima with paper plates that said "Wondries" in black and neon green letters.


21 years in state prison for man convicted of killing Art Center instructor

Norman Schureman

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Norman Schureman

Steven Ronald Honma, the Westlake Village man convicted of fatally shooting Art Center College of Design instructor Norman Schureman at a party in 2010, was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced. 

56-year-old Honma and 50-year-old Schureman were attending a Persian New Year’s Eve party on March 20, 2010. Honma was asked to leave after getting into a fight. The defendant left the party and went home, two doors away from the party. He returned with a serrated knife, numerous concealed weapons, and ammunition.

A fight ensued when Honma was asked to leave again. He drew a handgun and shot the popular Pasadena art college instructor, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Schureman was later pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Over 300 friends, co-workers, and students attended a vigil in his honor shortly after his death.


Supreme Court on GPS tracking: Police will now need a warrant

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The heyday of hidden, high-tech tracking came to a screeching halt Monday as the Su­preme Court ruled un­an­im­ously that authorities must obtain a search war­rant be­fore employing GPS tech­no­logy in pursuit of crim­in­al sus­pects.

In the case of United States v. Jones, the court found that the FBI and police violated the 4th Amendment "by attaching a GPS device to a Jeep owned by a drug suspect," explains the L.A. Times.

The GPS device helped au­thor­it­ies link Wash­ing­ton, D.C., nightclub own­er Ant­oine Jones to a sub­urb­an house used to stash money and drugs. He was sen­tenced to life in pris­on be­fore the ap­peals court over­turned the con­vic­tion.

Although justices were in agreement that a search warrant is required, they were divided on what constitutes "tracking." 


'Indiana Bones' and the case of the hiker who maybe took photos with a severed head

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Two unidentified women hike in Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign after a plastic bag containing a human head was discovered Tuesday by two women walking their dogs on a nearby trail off Canyon Drive.

Though no additional human remains were unearthed today following the disturbing discoveries this week of body parts in the Hollywood Hills, the sad and weird news still got sadder and weirder.

As of Thursday afternoon, the body-part tally stood at five, with two human hands and two human feet recovered Wednesday by cadaver dogs, including one named Indiana Bones

Additionally, there were unconfirmed reports today that the hiker may have posed for photos with the severed head after calling 911. 

Gawker reported that the L.A. Times, New York Post and TMZ were being solicited by a "prominent Hollywood photo agency" shopping around pictures of one of the women posing with the severed head. The asking price for the image was $5,000.

In a phone call with KPCC, LAPD spokesman Andy Smith confirmed that authorities heard rumors about the photos, but that they did not have any hard evidence.