Crime & Justice

Man charged with murder for pocketknife stabbing

Prosecutors said Guillermo Hector Diaz entered his estranged wife's apartment through a window and was confronted by her and her boyfriend. Diaz allegedly repeatedly stabbed the boyfriend to death.

Governor announces 105 Christmas Eve criminal pardons

Many of the crimes were minor drug offenses, including simple possession or cultivating marijuana - crime that would not be prosecuted today.

LAPD rookies excited, apprehensive as policing debate rages

The LAPD's latest class of recruits graduates with black bands over their badges. They'll face renewed debate over race, policing and the use of force.

Stabbing victim remembered as charitable cat lover

Antonia Maria Yager was a philanthropist, caretaker for stray cats and widow of a former Superior Court judge who was no stranger to controversy.

Bay Area police unions decry growing anti-police sentiment

"The vilification of front-line public servants by some politicians and media pundits has been demoralizing and unjust," a published letter states.

Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson (updated)

Protests over a police killing have returned to the St. Louis area, after a Berkeley, Mo., police officer shot and killed an armed 18-year-old black man.

Paroled rapist who cut off GPS monitor has been caught, LAPD says

A police bulletin on Tuesday warned that Joseph Serapiglia, 43, had cut off his court-ordered GPS monitoring device. Police say he is now in custody.

Court denies Polanski's motion to dismiss 1977 sex case

A nine-page order issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin states that Polanski's bid to dismiss the case cannot be addressed.

Man charged in attempted kidnapping of girl from front yard

Los Angeles County prosecutors said 61-year-old Earl Duane Williams pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that included kidnapping.

LAPD probes video of song mocking Michael Brown's death at party for ex-cops

Police are investigating whether any current officers had anything to do with a song parody sung at a party for retired cops that made fun of Michael Brown's shooting death.

Mayor halts Metro arrests for cell phone charging after KPCC report

Mayor Eric Garcetti orders Metro officials to halt the practice of warning and in some cases arresting patrons who plug in their phones for a quick recharge.

Sex offender removes GPS monitor, goes on the run in San Fernando Valley

Parolee Joseph Serapiglia, 43, was last seen near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard on Dec. 19 in Panorama City.

Clues sought in fatal stabbing in upscale LA home

Los Angeles police are searching an upscale neighborhood for clues in the death of an 86-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her bed.

Los Angeles cracks down on tow truck bandits

Los Angeles police say unsolicited tow truck drivers are showing up at the scene of accidents and holding cars for ransom.

Judge blocks Nestdrop marijuana delivery app in LA

City Attorney Mike Feuer claims Nestdrop violates the city’s regulations on pot shops. The ruling doesn't affect its delivery outside Los Angeles.

St. James Church creates fund for Redondo Beach crash victims

4 people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 8 were injured when a driver plowed into a group of pedestrians following a Christmas concert Dec. 17