Crime & Justice

2 LA County deputies convicted of jail beating cover-up

Prosecutors said that in 2009 the deputies choked, struck, kicked and pepper-sprayed handcuffed inmate Bret Phillips and then wrote falsified reports indicating he attacked them.

Man arrested for grand theft — while impersonating a priest

The LAPD arrested 59-year-old Erwin Mena on Tuesday for posing as a Catholic priest — and keeping "church donations" for himself.

LAPD shooting of homeless man was in department policy, panel decides

Charly "Africa" Keunang was shot six times by officers on March 1. The circumstances surrounding his death have been hotly debated.

SoCal Gas faces criminal charges over Porter Ranch gas leak

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed charges against the company for failing to immediately report the Porter Ranch natural gas leak to state authorities.

LA Supes offer $20K reward for info on released felon

Steven Lawrence Wright, 37, was being held on murder charges — as well as on a five-day contempt of court. He was accidentally released early after the contempt of court was up.

OC jail escape: Deputies may have improperly counted inmates

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said it appears inmate counts done on the day three men escaped from Central Men's jail were not conducted properly.

Judge orders 2nd deposition for Cosby in lawsuit

Judy Huth sued Cosby in late 2014, claiming he forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15.

LA sheriff seeks help after mistakenly releasing murder suspect

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help in catching an inmate officials mistakenly released Saturday.

Justice Department to review San Francisco PD following Mario Woods

The decision comes two months after officers fatally shot Mario Woods, a 26-year-old black man. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee asked for a federal probe into the shooting, which was captured on video.

OC jail escape: Insufficient evidence to hold ESL teacher, DA says

Prosecutors say they don't have enough evidence to hold an ESL teacher suspected of aiding in the escape of three inmates from Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana.

2 escaped inmates return to Orange County jail

Because they are an escape risk, Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu will be housed in a different area and in a different manner than the rest of the jail population, said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

'Hipster Bandit' goes mainstream as FBI seeks info

The FBI is seeking the public's help to identify the bank robber, who they believe may have ties to Los Angeles. Keep your eyes peeled at artisanal coffee shops.

OC Jail escape: 1 inmate turns himself in; escapees were in San Jose

The other two escapees remain on the loose and were with Bac Duong in the San Jose area as of Thursday, before he headed back south and turned himself in without them.

Anaheim police have secretly been using cell phone surveillance devices

The technology was made available to other Orange County police departments outside Anaheim as well, according to the ACLU of Northern California.

Jail ESL teacher held for aiding in Orange County escape

The teacher is suspected of providing maps and other tools that helped three inmates with their escape. She is suspected of having "some type of relationship" with one of them.

Wrongful death lawsuit against Caitlyn Jenner dismissed

Jenner's sport utility vehicle crashed on Pacific Coast Highway in February 2015, pushing Kim Howe's car into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a Hummer.