Crime & Justice

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'Yellow Alert' would broadcast hit-and-run suspect info

A state bill would create a "yellow alert" for California that would broadcast vehicle information for suspect drivers involved in serious hit-and-run collisions.

Long Beach Hate Crime Composite

Long Beach police call attack on Muslim woman a hate crime

Long beach police say they are looking for a suspect who cursed at a Muslim woman and tore off her hijab during daylight hours in a parking lot.

Officers address Moreno Valley shoot-out

Sheriff's officials have not ID'd the body, but they believe the man to be responsible for the deaths of two people and the wounding of a deputy.

California leads in cutting prison population and crime, report says

In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent--both over the national average.

Federal judge calls for a return to firing squads

Legal scholars say the judge's controversial statement is aimed less at shocking the public than asking it to confront its own relationship with the death penalty.

Is this the person killing the peacocks of Palos Verdes?

On July 9, an eyewitness saw a white male in his 50s or 60s fire a pellet gun at a peacock from a Mercedes, killing the bird.

Huge raid targets pot grows California tribal land

More than a dozen law enforcement agencies are assisting the Yurok tribe in a large-scale raid targeting illegal marijuana grows along the Klamath River.

Ex-UCLA athletic official sentenced for child porn

Officials say a former associate athletic director at UCLA has pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography.

Kim Pham beating trial: Defendant testifies she didn't kick Pham in the head

One of the women charged in the Santa Ana nightclub beating death of 23-year-old Kim Pham took the stand Monday.

Former Bank of America worker sentenced for fraud

A former Bank of America employee was sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for taking more than $1.2 million in bribes.

Murder charges filed in Stockton bank robbery

A 19-year-old man was charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of a hostage and two accomplices, and 22 counts of attempted murder in a bank robbery and gun battle.

Boston Marathon bombing: Suspect's friend guilty of impeding probe

Prosecutors say Azamat Tazhayakov shared in the decision to get rid of Tsarnaev's backpack and other items to protect him several days after the 2013 bombing.

Do Pasadena Police need civilian oversight?

City officials say there's enough accountability, but community activists say it's not independent. A community debate is scheduled for Tuesday.

Drug sentencing guidelines reduced for current prisoners

The U.S. Sentencing Commission on Friday voted unanimously to reduce terms for drug traffickers already in prison.

Fire in downtown LA building reveals drug lab

Firefighters put out a blaze in a building in downtown L.A., but a hazardous materials team was called when a drug operation was discovered inside.

Inmate dies after assault at prison in Susanville

California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.