Crime & Justice

California hate crimes up; blacks, Jews, gay men targets

The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but was still a third lower than a decade ago.

South Pasadena man pleads not guilty in 5-year-old son's murder

Authorities say homicide detectives discovered the remains of Aramazd Andressian Jr. near Lake Cachuma on June 30. The boy had been missing for more than two months.

Missing South Pasadena boy's remains found

Homicide detectives say they have found the remains of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who went missing more than two months ago.

Justice Neil Gorsuch votes 100 percent of the time with most conservative colleague

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas agreed on cases involving several hotly contested issues, including same-sex marriage, gun rights, immigration and taxpayer aid to religious schools.

Fyre Festival organizer arrested for fraud

Billy McFarland of the failed Bahamas music festival has been accused of bilking investors out of $1.2 million.

Mexican Mafia ordered hits inside LA County jails, FBI says

The state’s most violent prison gang may be a bigger presence in county jails in the wake of California's effort to reduce its prison population.

LAPD SWAT officer recovering after being shot in pursuit

An officer who was shot while pursuing a homicide suspect is expected to make a full recovery, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said.

Bail system disproportionately affects people of color: report

Some state lawmakers are pushing to get rid of bail, saying it mostly benefits the rich who can afford to get out. KQED's Marisa Lagos reports that it disproportionately hurts people of color, too.

Rumble strips could curb street racing on 'Canoga Speedway'

Chatsworth's "Canoga Speedway," a stretch that's notorious for illegal street racing, just got its first set of rumble strips.

LAPD officers kill armed man in Westlake

Officers shot and killed a man in Westlake Wednesday evening when he refused to drop his gun after police deployed a beanbag shotgun.

​Robert Durst's pals resist testifying at California hearing

Stewart Altman, who graduated from high school with Durst nearly 60 years ago, and his wife appeared Wednesday in a Long Island courtroom, where their attorneys said a request by the Los Angeles district attorney to testify at a July 24 pretrial hearing was unnecessary.

Chief: More LAPD cadets may have ridden in stolen squad cars

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck would not say how many more teenage cadets may have been involved in the scandal. The civilian police commission orders a review.

OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens won't seek re-election

Hutchens was praised for her reforms, but the Sheriff's Department was criticized last year after an inmate escape and has been accused of illegally using jail informants to obtain confessions.

​Cosby case could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit

Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15.

Santa Clarita teens arrested with loaded guns say it was a prank

Two 17-year-old Santa Clarita teens were arrested Saturday for driving around with a handgun and an AR-15 rifle, both loaded. They say it was part of a kidnapping prank.

Chief Beck addresses LAPD cadets amid scandal

As the LAPD's cadet program faces intense scrutiny after two scandal-plagued weeks, Police Chief Charlie Beck committed to stricter oversight of the program.