Crime & Justice

Bell scandal: Last of 7 officials to be sentenced gets 1 year in jail

Former Bell City Councilman Victor Bello's sentencing brings to an end a string of criminal cases in the corruption scandal that rocked the town in southeast Los Angeles County.

LAPD searching for gun that fell off police cycle

Officials say the gun's locking mechanism broke and the gun fell off Thursday near South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Slain USC student's parents grieve son's death

The parents of a Chinese USC graduate student who was beaten to death arrived in the U.S. and broke down in tears after seeing their son's body at a funeral home.

Feds stage massive raid on El Monte Flores gang

According to the US Attorney's Office, El Monte Flores is an older gang in the region, with an estimated 800 members and a history of targeting African Americans.

Cocos Fire update: Judge orders psych evaluation for wildfire suspect

The girl briefly appeared in juvenile court Wednesday on allegations she intentionally started a fire that destroyed 36 homes and one business north of San Diego in May.

USC murder: Friends of victim, suspects flood courtroom

Friends and family of the victim and suspects flooded the courtroom where four teens accused of beating to death a USC graduate student from China appeared Tuesday.

Man convicted of murdering Iraq War vet roommate Maribel Ramos

A 55-year-old was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday for killing his roommate, an Iraq War veteran who was missing for two weeks before her body was found.

LA supervisors postpone vote on $20M proposal to divert mentally ill from jail (updated)

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $20 million proposal for diverting offenders with mental illness out of jail.

Husband arrested in death of LA Clippers player's aunt

Police say Michael Williams is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife, Tanganyika Williams, who is the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.

LAPD identifies suspects in murder of USC student from China

Los Angeles police have arrested four suspects in connection with the beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji near campus.

Suspect in Bully Fire charged with involuntary manslaughter

Prosecutors in Northern California have filed involuntary manslaughter charges against a man suspected of starting a wildfire that left one person dead.

LA police union says city patrolled by 'ghost cars'

The Los Angeles police inspector general is investigating allegations filed by union officers that high-level supervisors are over-reporting how many patrol cars they actually have on the street.

Autopsy: Burglar killed by Long Beach homeowner was not pregnant

Los Angeles County prosecutors are awaiting the police investigation into an 80-year-old man who says he fatally shot a burglar in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley.

USC offers counseling to Chinese students after killing

Police said Xinran Ji, an engineering student from China, was assaulted early Thursday morning on the street near his off-campus apartment building.

UPS driver arrested on federal gun trafficking charges

The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.

Are opponents of the death penalty adding to its problems?

It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions.