Crime

Florida man guilty of lesser counts in loud music shooting

A Florida man has been convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder after an argument over loud music outside of a convenience store.

Driver charged with murder in deadly wrong-way freeway crash

The L.A. County District Attorney's Office charged Olivia Culbreath, 21, with six counts of murder related to a crash on Sunday that killed six people. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Man wounded in South LA shooting dies

Adrian Dawson, 22, died in a car-to-car shooting Wednesday. He was transported to a hospital near USC but later pronounced dead.

Initiative to resume Calif. executions begins circulating

No prisoner has been executed since 2006, when the courts ruled California's lethal injection protocol violated the Constitution’s 8th Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishment.

LAPD: One person wounded in apparent gang shooting in South LA

One person has been wounded in a car-to-car shooting that occurred in South Los Angeles late Wednesday morning. Police say the victim is in stable condition.

LA DA launches sex-trafficking diversion program (updated)

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Wednesday that minors engaging in sex for pay will be viewed as victims, not criminals.

MADD plans vigil for victims of 60 Freeway wrong-way crash

The accused driver was taken into custody and is being held on $6 million bail, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s Department jail records.

Kim Pham beating: Judge finds enough evidence for trial (updated)

At the end of two days of testimony, Judge Thomas Borris ordered Vanesa Zavala and Candace Brito to face trial on murder charges for the beating death of Kim Pham.

Colby fire suspects plead not guilty in federal court

Three men are charged with setting the fire that destroyed five homes, damaged 17 others and caused evacuations in the Glendora and Azusa areas.

FBI offers $10k to catch anyone pointing lasers at airplanes

The FAA reports a steady uptick in the number of so-called "laser strikes" across the U.S. since it first started keeping track in 2005.

DA: Lethal force used against ex-LAPD cop Dorner justified

The San Bernardino County District Attorney issued a report on Christopher Dorner's last stand near Big Bear last year. It found the law enforcement officers involved acted lawfully.

Sushi chefs plead guilty to selling whale meat

Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda, who worked at the The Hump at Santa Monica Airport, each face up to three years in federal prison, plus fines and community service.

LASD inspector general: 'The power that I have comes from you'

New L.A. County Sheriff's Inspector General Max Huntsman acknowledges he lacks formal power but says the fact all eyes are on the department should help encourage change.

LA: Certain businesses must post anti-human trafficking posters

Advocates are urging businesses to post signs with hotline numbers for people to report human trafficking. City leaders say they are unsatisfied with the level of compliance.

Kim Pham hearing: Detective reveals she went undercover in jail cell

Candace Brito, 27, and Vanesa Zavala, 25, have pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Both are being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bail in connection with the beating death of Kim Pham outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

LA murder suspect Oscar Bridges nabbed in San Francisco

Bridges was wanted in connection with the Jan. 23 stabbing death of 21-year-old Robert Brewer of Texas at a motel in L.A. County's unincorporated Westmont area.