Crime & Justice

Baca called 'heartbeat' of conspiracy in opening statements

The former LA sheriff is accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. In opening statements, federal prosecutors called him "the heartbeat of the conspiracy."

FBI: No evidence LA subway threat is credible

Authorities say the anonymous caller who made the bomb threat may have reported similar phony threats in the past.

A refrigerator may have caused Oakland's deadly fire

A refrigerator is a potential source of the fire, but it's too soon to say for sure. Investigators are looking at "anything electrical" on the first floor of the warehouse near the origin of the blaze.

Police boost security after bomb threat to LA Metro

L.A. police and sheriff's deputies are beefing up security at the city's Metro stations after receiving information about a bomb threat to the Universal City station.

McDonnell appoints new undersheriff, 3 years after scandal

Three years after the former undersheriff resigned in scandal, L.A. has a new undersheriff. Sheriff McDonnell introduced Jacques “Anthony” La Berge Monday.

USC student charged with murder in stabbing of professor

The district attorney's office says 28-year-old David Jonathan Brown will be arraigned Tuesday. If convicted, Brown could face a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison.

California Supreme Court limits police searches

The ruling states that police officers may only conduct a search following a traffic stop if they believe there is probable cause a crime was committed.

Fatal officer shooting inquiry unresolved as DA Lacey sworn in

Activists criticize Jackie Lacey for not concluding an investigation into the 2015 case of an LAPD officer fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man in Venice.

Corruption case against Baca split into 2 trials

Prosecutors asked to split up the case to shield jurors from testimony about the former LA sheriff's Alzheimer's. The first trial is scheduled to start this week.

Deadly Oakland fire sends alarms through LA

After more than 30 people died in an Oakland warehouse, L.A. officials are asking the public to report warehouses being used for concerts, parties and shelter.

How to help families of the victims of the Oakland fire

Many are wondering how they can help those affected by the warehouse fire. Here’s a list of five fundraisers and ongoing relief efforts.

Murder charge possible in Oakland warehouse fire

Prosecutors say they are investigating the warehouse fire that killed 36 people as it ripped through an Oakland warehouse during a late-night dance party on Friday.

Oakland fire: dangerous conditions hamper recovery effort

At least 36 people died at a warehouse party in Oakland. But with the roof collapsed and a rain storm on the way, firefighters are racing against time to recover more victims.

Memorial planned for slain USC professor

Students and faculty will gather Monday at noon to remember Bosco Tjan, known for both his intellect and his generosity.

Students: Slain USC prof was caring; arrested student was quiet

Was grad student David Jonathan Brown, arrested in the stabbing of professor Bosco Tjan, a quiet but seemingly normal young man or troubled and filled with quiet rage?

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

Who owns an 1897 Camille Pissarro painting? The family that gave it up in 1939 to escape the Holocaust? Or the Spanish museum that bought it?