Crime & Justice

Teen stabbed to death with scissors at East LA middle school

Sheriff's and school district officials say the boy was declared dead at a hospital after the stabbing shortly after school let out on Friday afternoon.

Vandals cause $50,000 in damage to Los Angeles-area cemetery

Vandals have desecrated an historic L.A.-area cemetery, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage. Two graves were attacked Tuesday night at the San Gabriel Mission Cemetery.

DNA exonerates man who served nearly 40 years for murder

Joseph Sledge, now 70, spent 37 years in prison for a crime that a three-judge panel said Friday he did not commit.

Supreme Court to review use of execution drug midazolam

The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions, eight days after the court refused to halt an execution in Oklahoma using the same drug.

L.A. County's jail population at lowest number in three years

Probation officials credit Prop 47 for restoring jail population to pre-realignment levels in a matter of weeks. And they expect the drop to continue.

Giants fan's attacker pleads guilty to federal gun crime

Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty Thursday in Los Angeles to being a felon in possession of firearms and faces 10 years in prison.

Meth-laden drone crashes near Mexico-California border

A Tijuana police spokesman said authorities were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico's border with California.

Mayor: Increasing LAFD diversity won’t threaten service

A study commissioned by the mayor is critical of the Los Angeles Fire Department's recruiting process. The agency is half white and nearly entirely male.

Calderon corruption charges: Lawyers seek delay of trial against ex-senator

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded not guilty to accepting $100,000 in bribes and trips in exchange for pushing workers' compensation legislation and a film industry tax credit scheme that was actually an FBI sting.

Police K9 killed, suspect shot after standoff

The San Jacinto Police K9 was shot while searching for a suspect, who was himself later killed after a standoff with law enforcement officers.

How to improve police relations: Eat a donut with a cop

A panel of law enforcement leaders and activists produces tension, but also some ideas on how to solve strained relations between police and some minority communities.

3 sought who shouted slurs, punched man in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the victim was crossing Santa Monica Boulevard when men inside a car began shouting at him.

Da Vinci fire: $170K reward offered in probe of downtown LA fire

Carlos Canino with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it's the largest reward he's seen in 25 years with the bureau.

Second mistrial in Halloween killing of Los Angeles boy

It was the second time a jury has deadlocked on the case of 25-year-old Leonard Hall Jr., a reputed gang member who was charged with killing a 5-year-old boy in 2010.

Los Angeles DA targets gangs sex trafficking young girls

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Tuesday that commercial sex trafficking is now the fastest-growing trend amongLos Angeles County gangs.

Supreme Court rules for bearded Muslim inmate

The justices said that inmate Gregory Holt could maintain a half-inch beard because Arkansas prison officials could not substantiate claims that the beard posed a security risk.