Crime & Justice

OC Sheriff's budget asks for jail camera upgrades

This year, the OC Sheriff's Department is asking for money for jail surveillance upgrades, a cyber crime unit and extra patrol officers in its budget request.

2015 saw surge in LA sheriff's deputies shooting at cars

L.A. County sheriff's deputies shot into moving cars eight times in 2015—a practice discouraged as "dangerous" by department policy. Sheriff Jim McDonnell promises changes.

LA County Sheriff McDonnell on shooting into vehicles, Prop 47 savings, and more

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says his agency had eight instances in 2015 where deputies shot into moving vehicles,

LA County Sheriff's psychologist allegedly molested 2 kids

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department psychologist was charged Monday with multiple counts of sexually molesting a young boy and girl.

Prosecutors say Grim Sleeper killed more women

Prosecutors arguing for the death penalty for Lonnie Franklin Jr. will introduce evidence this week that Franklin committed more murders than originally believed.

Court rules backpack no different from clothing in gun case

Carrying a loaded gun in a backpack strapped to the body is no different from carrying it in your clothes, and a state law makes both illegal in public, the court ruled.

'El Chapo' extradition to US may proceed, Mexican judge says

Two days after Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was transferred to a prison near Juárez, Mexico, a city near the U.S. border, a federal judge in Mexico said the extradition process meets legal requirements.

San Diego DA: video of police shootings will be public

Over the weekend, police in Long Beach shot and killed a man after a caller described him as holding an Uzi in the street. The suspect turned out to have a pellet-gun replica.

Sumner Redstone mental competency case dismissed

A judge found video testimony from the 92-year-old Redstone convincing where he said he wanted his daughter to make medical decisions for him if he is incapacitated.

Long Beach police kill man carrying pellet gun

Officers reported the man failed to comply with an order to put his hands up and they opened fire when he reached for the butt of what turned out to be an assault-weapon replica in his waistband.

Alhambra police seek 3 men in string of home burglaries

Police released closed-circuit-camera photos of the men, taken during one of the recent break-ins. The men have disabled security systems during at least two of the crimes.

San Bernardino shooting: Marquez trial pushed back 8 months

The trial of Enrique Marquez Jr., who bought the rifles used in the San Bernardino attack, is being pushed back from July 19, 2016 to March 21, 2017.

OC sheriff investigating its own use of informants

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says deputies need training on which records on jailhouse informants need to be disclosed to prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Obama commutes sentences for 58 federal prisoners

A judge bemoaned the life sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. This week, relief finally came to Brown and 57 other offenders — including three from California.

Franklin guilty of 'Grim Sleeper' serial murders

A Los Angeles jury has convicted Lonnie Franklin Jr., known as the "Grim Sleeper," in a string of gruesome killings of women in South Los Angeles.

Teen arrested after small homemade bomb goes off at school

Authorities in San Diego County say 15-year-old student was arrested after a small homemade bomb exploded on the campus of a small school in Escondido.