Crime & Justice

Wrestler Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka charged in girlfriend's 1983 death

Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has been charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of his girlfriend.

LA Police Commission to look into concerns over new meeting rules

The Commission has agreed to look into the American Civil Liberties Union's concerns over the new rules possibly affecting freedom of speech.

Cadillac Hotel owner arrested in killing of homeless man

The owner of Venice Beach's Cadillac Hotel was arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder after a homeless man was shot and killed near the hotel.

Jail suicide results in $1.6M settlement with LA County

Austin Losorelli was the son of an LAPD Lieutenant, who had been advised by a Sheriff's official that his mentally ill child would be safer behind bars.

3 deputies to be charged in beating of horse-riding suspect

Prosecutors announced that they plan to file criminal charges against three of the 10 deputies involved in the beating of a suspect after he tried to escape on horseback.

California to end unlimited isolation for most gang leaders

A lawsuit contended that isolating inmates in 80-square-foot cells for all but about 90 minutes each day amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Blaze at Los Angeles marijuana dispensary began with blast

Officials say 101 firefighters were dispatched to the commercial property on Broadway just after 3:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Wichita man sentence to 20 years in airport bomb plot

Terry Loewen, who pleaded guilty to attempting to drive an explosive-laden vehicle and detonate it at an airport in Wichita, Kan., has been sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison.

244 immigrants with criminal records arrested in SoCal ICE sweep

Those arrested had previously been convicted of a crime and were also either gang members or posed another threat to national security, an ICE official tells KPCC.

Court considers if California death penalty is cruel, unusual

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled last year that the death penalty was an empty promise with unpredictable delays that have seldom led to executions while jamming the state's death row.

Trial begins for California doctor in drug deaths of 3 men

Dr. Lisa Tseng has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree murder. The 45-year-old could face up to life in prison if convicted on all charges.

Brady, Goodell don't reach deal; judge will rule on 'Deflategate'

Also, Jane Rosenberg, the sketch artist whose vision of Brady at his first appearance in federal court sparked a flood of commentary, issued a new sketch of the quarterback.

Suspect arrested in shooting death of man in Venice Beach

Officials say the suspect was taken into custody without incident Sunday evening. He was not identified and described only as a resident of Venice.

Motive still sought in fatal shooting of Texas sheriff's deputy

Authorities have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles in the "execution-style" murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, but investigators have yet to make public any motive for the killing.

Their crimes reclassified, some California felons get a second chance

Approved by voters last year, Proposition 47 lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. It's giving former offenders access to better opportunities.

1 man killed, 2 injured in shooting on Venice Beach

A man in his 20s died at the scene. Investigators say a gunman drove off in a black SUV following the shooting shortly after 2 a.m. near Rose Avenue.