Crime & Justice

'Midnight Rider' crew denied track access before crash, CSX says

Lawsuits have been filed against CSX and the film's producers by the parents of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant killed in a train collision during filming, and two injured crew members.

Convicted sex offender charged in rape case

A convicted sex offender has been charged with posing as an undercover police officer and raping a woman in Torrance.

Some accused of campus assault say the system works against them

Young men in colleges across the country say they're being falsely accused of campus sexual assault and treated unfairly in a rush to judgment.

Calif. Sen. Rod Wright to be sentenced in perjury case

Prosecutors want Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted of lying about his legal residence, to serve six months in jail or home confinement.

Abandoned van dog death lands Los Angeles man in prison

A Los Angeles man accused of leaving a dog to die from the heat inside an abandoned stolen van has been sentenced to more than a year in state prison.

Should local police get the military's extra armored trucks?

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. These huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.

Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders

A man who authorities believe strangled dozens of women as he moved from place to place around the country was convicted Tuesday of three 1980s murders in Los Angeles.

California Superior Court judges censured for sexual misconduct, other behavior

Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner and Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward will remain on the bench despite the censures.

4 killed, several injured in a series of South LA shootings (updated)

Homicide investigators believe some of the shootings may be gang related but have not yet linked the incidents.

Captain arrested after boat runs aground in LA

Sheriff's Sgt. G. Montoya says the captain was arrested on suspicion of driving a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Associated Press.

Fighter War Machine extradited to Nevada

Mixed martial arts fighter War Machine has been extradited from California to Las Vegas to face charges he brutally beat his porn star ex-girlfriend.

Injunction blocks Los Angeles marijuana farmers market

The city attorney sought the injunction claiming it violates Proposition D, a voter-approved measure that limits the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A..

California mentally ill inmates get special units

State corrections officials agreed to create special housing units for mentally ill inmates after a federal judge ruled that keeping them in isolation violated their constitutional rights.

Map/Timeline: Man charged in series of shootings, named suspect in 4 others

Authorities say a Sylmar man is responsible for a series of shootings dating back to Aug. 20 that left four people dead. See an interactive map/timeline here.

Police don't have to share license plate data, judge rules

An L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled that local police do not have to share license plate data gathered through automatic scanners with the public.