Crime & Justice

5 arrested for distributing 'spice' on Skid Row

More than 50 people were hospitalized recently in two mass overdoses of the artificial marijuana drug.

Family of Compton man fatally shot by FBI plans wrongful death claim

Family members of David Coborubio say he was unarmed when he was shot by agents who stormed the home with a warrant for a neighbor.

How Snapchat became a virtual confessional for sexual assault victims

A journalist wanted to tell the stories of two rape victims while protecting their identities. How would he do it?

California lawmakers approve mandatory sentencing for rape

State sexual assault law is tightened in response to the six-month sentence imposed on former Stanford student Brock Turner. He was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Obama shortens sentences of 111 federal inmates, 4 from California

The action is another round of commutations for people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses that carry sentences the president has argued are often excessive.

Patient info from LAC+USC clinic stolen from employee's car

Some patients of the LAC+USC neurosurgery clinic had their information stolen when an employee's car was broken into on July 8.

Human trafficking task force arrests 200 in SF Valley since October

The LAPD task force concentrated on areas along Sepulveda Boulevard and Lankershim Boulevard where prostitution has gone on for many years.

Social workers investigated family of dead Echo Park boy 6 times

An 11-year-old boy found dead in his mother's closet last week had been the subject of multiple reports to child welfare authorities.

FBI kills man in Compton while serving a warrant

David Coborubio was not the man authorities were looking for but a struggle occurred during the search and an FBI agent fired his weapon.

No gun found on man killed by LA County deputies

Sheriff's deputies say Donta Taylor pointed a gun at them but investigators haven't found the weapon.

Stanford sex assault case judge wants transfer to civil court

Judge Aaron Persky's six-month jail sentence for a former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman continues to cast a shadow over his career.

Dozens of SoCal postal workers charged with fraud & theft

One former Mail Handlers Union executive allegedly stole more than 150 mobile phones and traded them through a website.

Ramen noodles are now the prison currency of choice

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates. It's not just that it's tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.

Group seeks court order requiring LA to search for LaBonge records

First Amendment Coalition wants a Superior Court judge to order the city to conduct another search for boxes of files that the former city councilman's staff had asked to be destroyed last year as he left office.

Deputies fatally shoot man in Compton following foot chase

Deputies shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them on Thursday night, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Few other details were available.

Does former sheriff Baca's Alzheimer's make him incompetent for trial?

Prosecutors want a federal judge to rule on Baca's mental competence rather than have it looming over the jail abuse case as it heads toward a Dec. 6 trial date.