Crime & Justice

Rehab center sued in fatal drunk driving case

The family of a man struck by a drunk driver who drove with the dying victim on her windshield is suing the Southern California drug rehab center where she worked.

Murder Exoneration

Susan Mellen: Wrongly convicted woman declared innocent

A judge previously overturned Susan Mellen's conviction in the 1997 beating death of a homeless man. The new ruling allows her to claim about $600,000 in compensation.

Kings Voynov Suspended Hockey

LA Kings' Voynov charged with domestic violence

L.A. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been charged with felony domestic violence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Thursday.

Man charged with 4 murders in Valley shootings

Alexander Hernandez, 34, was initially charged in August with one murder, two attempted murders and three counts of animal cruelty in a series of shootings last summer.

Florida State University gunman shot dead by campus police

Tallahassee's police chief says the gunman, who opened fire at the campus library shortly after midnight, appears to have acted alone.

Police identify girl suspected in Mira Costa High threats

Investigators identified a girl suspected of being responsible for at least one of the anonymous threats against Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach.

Man spent 36 years in prison on wrongful conviction

A 69-year-old man who has spent 36 years behind bars for murder was wrongly convicted and could be released after a court hearing next week.

LAPD will change disciplinary system to add transparency

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck said he wants to add transparency to his decisions after employees said they think internal discipline is biased and unfair.

LA jail has the only 'gay wing' for male inmates

It's the only one of its kind in a major city, created to protect these prisoners from the violence and harassment they might face in the general population side of the jail.

LA County wants to expand options for at-risk youth

Supervisors say red-tape prevents less traditional non-profits, like Homeboy Industries, from getting funding to help teens turn their lives around.

2nd alleged gang member charged in veteran's death

A second alleged gang member has been charged in the killing of a 21-year-old vet, who was killed at a homecoming party in Sylmar after returning from military service.

Santa Monica restaurateur pleads guilty to serving whale meat

Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor were charged with serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators at a Santa Monica restaurant.

California man who damaged Banksy art in Utah gets probation

A Modesto man was sentenced to five years probation for defacing two murals believed to have been created by street artists Banksy.

Charles Manson gets license to marry 26-year-old

The marriage license obtained Monday by The Associated Press was issued Nov. 7 for the 80-year-old Manson and Afton Elaine Burton, who left her Midwestern home nine years ago to be near him.

Second defendant gets life in prison for USC murders

A judge Monday sentenced Javier Bolden, 22, to life in prison without parole for his role in the 2012 murders of two USC grad students from China.

Pasadena police: officer fires shot at suspect who fled traffic stop

Police say the suspect had a gun and nearly struck an officer while speeding away from the scene of a traffic stop.