Crime & Justice

OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens won't seek re-election

Hutchens was praised for her reforms, but the Sheriff's Department was criticized last year after an inmate escape and has been accused of illegally using jail informants to obtain confessions.

​Cosby case could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15.

Santa Clarita teens arrested with loaded guns say it was a prank

Two 17-year-old Santa Clarita teens were arrested Saturday for driving around with a handgun and an AR-15 rifle, both loaded. They say it was part of a kidnapping prank.

Chief Beck addresses LAPD cadets amid scandal

As the LAPD's cadet program faces intense scrutiny after two scandal-plagued weeks, Police Chief Charlie Beck committed to stricter oversight of the program.

Jerry Brown blocks parole for Charles Manson follower

For the fifth time, California governor Jerry Brown rejected a state panel's recommendation that convicted killer Bruce Davis receive parole.

South Pasadena father denies he killed missing son

An attorney for a man arrested on suspicion of killing his 5-year-old son, who has been missing for two months, says his client is innocent.

Family of slain 14-year-old sues LA, LAPD officer

The officer shot and killed Jesse Romero during a pursuit after police responded to a report of gang-related graffiti. The family contests the LAPD's account.

LA-area father arrested on suspicion of killing missing son

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the father of a 5-year-old who has been missing for two months has been arrested on suspicion of his son's murder.

Sheriff’s oversight panel ponders what needs fixing

The nine-member civilian panel overseeing the L.A. County Sheriff's Department seeks to answer a critical question: Which issues should it tackle to influence change?

Veteran LAPD officer arrested for sex with 15-year-old cadet

A veteran Los Angeles police officer has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old cadet who's suspected of joyriding in stolen patrol cars.

Deputy bullet meant for dog accidentally kills Palmdale teen

Early Thursday morning, on-duty deputies were met by an aggressive pit bull who bit one of them. They opened fire and accidentally struck a 17-year-old male, who later died.

​Palmdale mayor charged with corruption

Jim Ledford was charged Wednesday with conspiracy, conflict of interest and three counts of perjury. Ledford has been Palmdale's mayor for 25 years.

Sheriff's oversight panel will reassess its priorities

Some members of the civilian panel feel they're spreading themselves thin by trying to focus on too many issues at once.

Urinating man at Pasadena Metro station heavily armed

Authorities say a man caught urinating in public at a Los Angeles County light rail station was found to be heavily armed.

How legal pot could cut California’s police searches dramatically

Colorado and Washington saw searches by police officers fall sharply after legalizing marijuana — a trend that could have implications for California.

A daycare center fronting for a major cocaine dealer?

Law enforcement arrested a man and his son and seized more than 20 kilos of cocaine at the Highland Park home that served as a daycare center.