Crime & Justice

Deputies shoot, kill man allegedly wielding ax in Lancaster

A department statement says the 45-year-old man got into an argument with the neighbor Thursday night, swung the ax at the neighbor several times and threatened to kill him.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Announces Resignation

Can Baca’s guilty plea restore the Sheriff’s Department’s reputation?

An FBI investigation into alleged inmate abuse and a cover-up in the LA jails left the sheriff's department with a tattered reputation - is it being repaired?

Steven Lawrence Wright

Couple helped mistakenly released inmate during manhunt, police say

Steven Lawrence Wright was mistakenly released from custody on Jan. 30 in Los Angeles in what the jail said was a paperwork error.

Lawsuit over California high-speed rail back in court

The lawsuit claims the project can no longer keep the promises made to voters when they approved $10 billion in bonds to help pay for it.

Reward suggested for homeless man who helped find OC jail escapees

A report released Wednesday recommends awarding Matthew Hay-Chapman for alerting police last month that the pair were in San Francisco. He spotted the stolen van they were using.

City of Industry sheriff's deputies take mental health training

Sheriff's deputies in the City of Industry are taking part in a mental health training program that provides hands-on training with autistic teens.

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty to federal charges

Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators looking into abuses in county jails. More than a dozen officials and deputies have been swept up in the probe.

Rising crime causes anxiety, speculation in Long Beach

The residents of Long Beach are experiencing a double-digit boost in robberies and thefts. It’s one of many California cities posting an increase in crime in 2015.

Lawsuits filed in police shooting of unarmed man in Venice

The lawsuits allege wrongful death and excessive force in the killing of Brendon Glenn, 29. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had earlier recommended criminal charges against the officer.

An experiment in mass forgiveness

In the wake of Prop 47, which made drug possession a misdemeanor, California is showing leniency to violent offenders. Is it a much-needed reform or is it irresponsible?

What went wrong in the OC jail escape

Key questions remain about what went wrong that led to three inmates escaping from an Orange County jail. Meanwhile, sheriff's officials have stopped talking.

Police shoot, kill 22 year-old man in Anaheim park

The 22-year-old man was shot after police received reports of someone repeatedly knocking on nearby residents' doors and tracked the suspect to Sage Park.

Prosecutors, defense attorneys rest in 'Serial' case

Adnan Syed, now 35 and the subject of the popular first season of the podcast "Serial," is asking a Baltimore judge for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer made a critical mistake. Some of the evidence uncovered in the podcast has been included in the hearing.

Pasadena murder suspect mistakenly released has been caught

Steven Lawrence Wright, who was awaiting trial for a murder in Pasadena before he was released, will be held in Nevada pending extradition, sheriff's officials said.

16-year-old Jose Mendez shot, killed by police in Boyle Heights

Officer Rosario Herrera says the incident began when police started following Mendez, who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle.

Jury awards $5.7M to victim of Irvine drug-planting couple

Authorities said the couple had an ongoing feud with Kelli Peters when they planted prescription painkillers, marijuana and a pot pipe in Peters' car in 2011.