Crime & Justice

Man in California pension fraud appears to have killed himself

A defendant in a bribery scandal involving the nation's largest public pensionfund appears to have shot and killed himself at a Nevada gun club.

Officials seize alligator, 2 dead cats in box in LA backyard

Animal control officers say they have seized an 8-foot alligator in a boxwith two dead cats in a suburban Los Angeles backyard.

LA sheriff: Decline of gangs helped push crime down in 2014

The drop in crime in areas patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department stands in contrast to an increase in the LAPD's crime rate.

Suspect in suburban LA shootings denies murder charges

Prosecutors say Alexander Hernandez entered his plea Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to charges that could bring the death penalty.

Ezell Ford was victim of gang gunfire years before LAPD shooting

Ford showed promise in his early years, but faced drug and weapons prosecutions and gang violence before his mental health problems surfaced.

Bank-style bulletproof doors and locks now built for school

Valley Vista High School in Huntington Beach is installing new bullet resistant doors and automated locks to protect from active shooters.

5 charged with running huge prescription drug scheme

Five people have been charged with illegally selling vast quantities of powerful and addictive prescription drugs — including the cough syrup nicknamed "purple drank."

Boston bombing lawyers call for jury to be suspended over Paris

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month.

Man who bludgeoned mother to death gets prison

A Los Angeles man who beat his mother to death with a hammer and partially dismembered her has been sentenced to prison.

Videos at murder hearing show attack of Chinese USC student

The videos displayed in a hearing against three teenagers charged with murder showed shadowy figures getting out of a car, confronting the victim and chasing him.

Can an algorithm predict child abuse?

The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services is testing an algorithm that would tell social workers which children are most at risk of abuse.

Mercury Insurance ordered to pay $27.5M for 'unapproved fees'

The state insurance commissioner on Monday said the Mercury agents collected about the same amount in unapproved fees from consumers between 1999 and 2004.

4 LA County sheriff's employees in corruption probe

Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and a parking control officer have been relieved of duty over allegations that they stole items from towed vehicles or took money from owners to avoid impounding their cars.

LAPD: Rapes, other violent crimes increased in 2014

The jump is due in part to an increase in aggravated assaults, alcohol-related brawls, domestic violence. Murders and rapes were up, too. Property crimes dipped.

From honors student to armed robber to a second chance

Darius Clark Monroe was a good kid,. So what made him rob a bank at 16? He shares his story in the documentary "Evolution of a Criminal"

Inmates set fire at LA County jail, cause brief disturbance

A Sheriff's Department statement said no one was injured during Sunday's incident inside the Men's Central Jail, and deputies quickly put out the fire. An investigation is under way.