Crime & Justice

Woman charged in Los Angeles suburb church arsons

A woman has been charged with setting multiple fires, including two at churches. She was charged with seven counts of arson and one count of terrorism.

Ezell Ford: LAPD releases names of officers involved in shooting

Civil rights activists criticized the department's decision to withhold the names of the officers for two weeks. Police say they were guarding against retaliation.

Compton school board member calls for assault weapon reversal

One member of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees is calling for the board to rescind its recent policy change allowing some officers to have assault weapons.

Body found in Lakewood freeway drainage well

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Alicia Malone says the identity of the dead person was not immediately determined.

Neighbors say they hardly saw alleged serial shooter

A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the L.A. area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Border Patrol revamps practices to settle lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in Southern California routinely have told Mexican immigrants they could face months in jail while their cases are decided.

Man arrested after allegedly firing at officers

Officer Sara Faden tells the Los Angeles Times that officers tried to stop the man Tuesday night in San Pedro after they recognized him from a previous run-in with police.

19 indicted in Long Island drug ring sweep

Authorities say 44 pounds of cocaine seized by Los Angeles law enforcement last year was prepared for delivery to a home in Amityville, New York.

Man shot by federal agent during Victorville raid

The Victorville Daily Press reports the operation was one of at least three joint federal and state search warrant investigations in the High Desert on Tuesday.

3 charged with attempted murder of San Bernardino officer

Officer Gabriel Garcia and his rookie partner were approaching a group of people last Friday when one man opened fire with a handgun and the assault rifle. Garcia was critically wounded.

Beverly Hills police defend arrest of black film producer

In a widely shared Facebook post, Charles Belk said he was going to put money in a parking meter when police arrested him for a bank robbery he didn't commit.

Valley shootings: Los Angeles-area man is serial killer, authorities say

Hernandez has only been charged in one of the killings but Los Angeles County sheriff's Chief of Detectives Bill McSweeney says he is a serial killer.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective shot in the arm

An armed suspect in Lynwood shot and wounded a Sheriff's deputy, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department

Deputy says he'll call former Sheriff Lee Baca as trial witness

An L.A. County sheriff's deputy on trial for trying to thwart an FBI investigation said he'll call former Sheriff Lee Baca as a witness in his September trial.

Judge: California wait period doesn't apply to gun owners

A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers.

San Bernardino officer shootout: Suspect charged with attempted murder

The charge was added to Jonathan Contreras, 20, after further investigation of the early morning shooting that left San Bernardino police officer Gabriel Garcia in critical condition.