Crime & Justice

Remains found of missing Fox movie executive

Gavin Smith, who worked for 20th Century Fox, was last seen on May 1, 2012, and his disappearance has been investigated as a murder.

4 biggest challenges facing LA Sheriff-elect Jim McDonnell

Jim McDonnell will take the helm of a massive agency facing multiple federal investigations. We take a look at the greatest challenges he faces as he takes office next month.

California death row inmate dies of natural causes

State prisons officials say a San Quentin death row inmate convicted of two 1985 murders in Los Angeles has died of natural causes.

Man charged over Los Angeles Griffith Park beating

A Los Angeles man who allegedly beat a homeless man with a rock at Griffith Park, leaving him in a coma, has been charged with attempted murder.

Prop 47 signals shift in tough-on-crime stance

The passage of Prop 47, which softens penalties for theft, fraud and drug possession, signals a major shift in how Californians perceives punishment for low-level offenders.

Sex-offender GPS no panacea for deterring crime

A new report says the California law mandating GPS monitoring of sex offenders can provide a false sense of security for the public.

LAPD officer charged with lewd conduct

A Los Angeles policeman has been charged with exposing himself to five people, including an 80-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl.

Suge Knight pleads not guilty in robbery case

Suge Knight has pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge filed over an incident in which a celebrity photographer accused him stealing her camera.

UC Riverside lab is latest target of vandalism

Police say there's been another apparent act of sabotage at the University of California, Riverside, where a vandal has hit labs several times this year.

Ex-Los Angeles deputy sentenced for ticket-fixing

A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who took bribes to fix tickets has been sentenced to 400 hours of community service.

Kidnapping suspect appears in Los Angeles court, FBI says

The FBI says a Seattle man charged with kidnapping his 9-year-old son and fleeing with him on his sailboat is now in the United States.

Violent crime up 9 percent in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says violent crime is up 9 percent in the city this year but the overall crime rate has fallen by 3 percent.

Halloween hit and run: Suspect faces up to 17 years on manslaughter charges

Jaquinn Bell, 31, was charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter in the hit-and-run deaths of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating.

Suspect arrested in Griffith Park attack

Tyrone C. Isumu, 54, was arrested at about 7:30 p.m. and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, police said Tuesday.

Halloween hit and run: Santa Ana leaders vow to make streets safer

Officials say they were already working on a strategic plan to make the city safer — and Friday's fatal hit and run accident shows the need for a comprehensive plan.

Police ID suspect in Halloween hit-and-run that killed 3 Santa Ana teens

Jaquinn Ramone Bell was arrested at a motel in Stanton. Two other adults and two teenage children were taken into custody but later released, according to police.