Crime & Justice

Virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

Los Angeles police alone have received more than 250 reports of such crimes in the past two years, and people have wired more than $100,000.

LAPD justified in killing of 14-year-old boy, commission rules

The L.A. Police Commission decided the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jesse Romero, 14, was justified. Romero was one of the youngest people ever killed by the LAPD.

Former LA County Sheriff Baca's prison term delayed

Baca is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals allow him remain free on bond pending his appeal. The request automatically delays his surrender pending a decision.

LA Sheriff Baca's prosecutor: The corruption 'shocked' him

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox reflects on his prosecution of ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials, and the need "to stop that culture" of impunity.

LA police shoot knife-wielding man in Westlake

School police officers at Esperanza Elementary came across a Hispanic male holding a knife around 2:45 a.m. near 7th Street and South Union Avenue.

VW's settlement in emissions scandal reaches $1.3 billion

Volkswagen Group of America acknowledges rigging 11 million of its vehicles with software used to cheat on vehicle emissions tests.

OJ Simpson granted parole after nearly 9 years in prison

A Nevada parole board decided Thursday that the 70-year-old former football, TV and movie star will be released in October after serving his minimum term for armed robbery and assault with a weapon.

LA County mulls $400K for family of man killed by deputies

A witness said she saw Antonio Perez with a gun as sheriff's deputies chased him, but no gun was found at the scene of the 2015 shooting.

​OJ Simpson measures well in Nevada parole risk assessment

The former football star will have a lot going for him when he asks board members to release him after serving more than eight years for armed robbery.

Armed man shot by Riverside County deputies dies at hospital

Deputies responded to a Moreno Valley apartment complex following reports of a man with a gun threatening family members Saturday.

3 women rob convenience stores using a stun gun

They robbed a drug store in Temple City and a grocer in Arcadia, shocking a security guard who attempted to stop them on their way out.

Former Compton official pleads guilty in $4M embezzlement

Prosecutors said that for six years, Galvan skimmed about $3.7 million from cash collected from parking fines, business licenses and city fees.

What’s behind the fight over LA sheriff’s deputies' identities

Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to give prosecutors a list of 300 deputies with a history of misconduct. The deputies' union sued; an appeals court has blocked McDonnell.

DUI car crash injures 5 teens in Santa Ana

Five teenagers were injured in a car crash in Santa Ana Thursday morning. The 16-year-old driver ran the car into a pole after hitting two pedestrians.

California violates civil rights of Latinos on Medi-Cal, suit says

"As the program became more brown, the state invested less green" for provider reimbursements, says a plaintiff lawyer. The state says it hasn't found systemic access issues.

Too frequent and too dangerous: Police chases slammed by LA grand jury

A report by the L.A. County Grand Jury criticizes police pursuits, arguing that chasing non-violent criminals is not worth the risk of deaths and injuries to bystanders.