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City of Industry sheriff's deputies take mental health training

Sheriff's deputies in the City of Industry are taking part in a mental health training program that provides hands-on training with autistic teens.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Announces Resignation

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty to federal charges


Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators looking into abuses in county jails. More than a dozen officials and deputies have been swept up in the probe.


Rising crime causes anxiety, speculation in Long Beach

The residents of Long Beach are experiencing a double-digit boost in robberies and thefts. It’s one of many California cities posting an increase in crime in 2015.

Lawsuits filed in police shooting of unarmed man in Venice

The lawsuits allege wrongful death and excessive force in the killing of Brendon Glenn, 29. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had earlier recommended criminal charges against the officer.

An experiment in mass forgiveness

In the wake of Prop 47, which made drug possession a misdemeanor, California is showing leniency to violent offenders. Is it a much-needed reform or is it irresponsible?

What went wrong in the OC jail escape

Key questions remain about what went wrong that led to three inmates escaping from an Orange County jail. Meanwhile, sheriff's officials have stopped talking.

Police shoot, kill 22 year-old man in Anaheim park

The 22-year-old man was shot after police received reports of someone repeatedly knocking on nearby residents' doors and tracked the suspect to Sage Park.

Prosecutors, defense attorneys rest in 'Serial' case

Adnan Syed, now 35 and the subject of the popular first season of the podcast "Serial," is asking a Baltimore judge for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer made a critical mistake. Some of the evidence uncovered in the podcast has been included in the hearing.

Pasadena murder suspect mistakenly released has been caught

Steven Lawrence Wright, who was awaiting trial for a murder in Pasadena before he was released, will be held in Nevada pending extradition, sheriff's officials said.

16-year-old Jose Mendez shot, killed by police in Boyle Heights

Officer Rosario Herrera says the incident began when police started following Mendez, who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle.

Jury awards $5.7M to victim of Irvine drug-planting couple

Authorities said the couple had an ongoing feud with Kelli Peters when they planted prescription painkillers, marijuana and a pot pipe in Peters' car in 2011.

Parole recommended for former California Mexican Mafia chief

California parole commissioners are again recommending release for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement.

Northridge quadruple killer sentenced to death

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Ka Pasasouk was fueled by drugs and alcohol when he opened fire in 2012 outside a Northridge home in what started as a robbery.

Man charged with murder in Washington may be in Los Angeles

The FBI said in a statement Thursday that 29-year-old Robert Deshawn Grott spent Tuesday night in a downtown L.A. hotel.

Doctor gets 30 years to life for over-prescribing painkillers

Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng's second-degree murder conviction in October is rare for a doctor. It came after a dozen of her patients died.

2 teens charged with murder of 2 young women at Montecito Heights park

The teens who have been charged are suspected of being gang members, according to the DA's office, and the murders were allegedly gang-related.