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Suspect dead after shooting and hours-long barricade in Hollywood, police say

HOLLYWOOD >> A man believed to be armed was found dead Thursday inside a Hollywood motel room after an hours-long barricade and officer-involved shooting, authorities said. The situation unfolded in the 1700 block of Whitley Avenue around ...

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  • Kidnapping

    Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise

    LOS ANGELES >> The caller who rang Valerie Sobel’s cellphone had a horrifying message: “We have Simone’s finger. Do you want to see the rest of her in a body bag?” Then came the sound of her daughter, screaming in terror. “She called me Mom (and said) ‘I’m terrified, please help,’ “ Sobel recalled. In the hours that followed, the kidnappers talked her into wiring $4,000 for ransom. Only later did she find...

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  • Child abuse

    Social worker, police visited troubled family months before South Pasadena boy went missing

    A social worker and local police contacted a troubled San Gabriel Valley couple months before their 5-year-old son’s disappearance alarmed Southlanders far and wide, according to court documents reviewed by this publication. Now the father, a South Pasadena man, stands accused of killing the boy. • Photos:

  • Robbery

    Arrest made in string of fragrance thefts at Northridge, Westfield Topanga malls

    Police today arrested one of three women suspected in more than two dozen thefts of high-end fragrances at stores in the Northridge and Westfield Topanga shopping malls. The crimes occurred between March 30 and June 14. “The suspects would enter the businesses with empty tote or shopping bags, conceal high-dollar men’s or women’s fragrances in their empty shopping bags and leave the store(s) without paying for the merchandise,” according to a Los...

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  • Robbery

    Santa Clarita credit union robbed

    VALENCIA >> A man robbed a credit union in Valencia Tuesday and investigators are looking into his possible connection to other recent robberies in Newhall, authorities said. No weapon was seen during the robbery, which was reported about 5:15 p.m. at the Logix Credit Union in the 27000 block of McBean Parkway, according to the FBI’s Laura Eimiller. The suspect, who is white and in his 50s or 60s, passed a note, Eimiller said. In addition to looking into the...

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  • Robbery

    LA leader to offer $15K reward in search for ‘Thelma and Louise’ bandits

    Two armed women who held up a North Hills bank in brazen fashion earlier this month are allegedly connected to a string of bank robberies in the Los Angeles area, law enforcement and city officials said today. Los Angeles Police Department investigators believe the pair, along with a third male member, worked as part of a crew that hit up four banks in the San Fernando Valley, including the Chase branch in North Hills, and potentially another Chase bank in Manhattan Beach over the past...

    Elizabeth Chou

  • Homicide

    Compton fist fight escalates until Long Beach man is killed by vehicle

    COMPTON >> The sheriff’s department today identified a suspect who allegedly struck a man in Compton with a vehicle following a fight, causing fatal injuries, as Frankie Mazen III, who is wanted for questioning. Mario Melbourne Jr. of Long Beach was fatally injured about 10:55 p.m. Monday in the area of Cypress and Crane streets, authorities said. Melbourne’s friends told NBC4 he was working his security job and they were there to visit him. The suspect,...

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  • Homicide

    Downey woman finds boyfriend dead; police arrest man in Whittier

    A Downey woman returned home Monday afternoon to find her boyfriend had been killed and his body left in their backyard, according to police. Investigators believe a man who is dating the woman’s sister is responsible for the slaying, Downey police said in a statement, and he’s been arrested on suspicion of murder. Authorities have not identified the victim, but they said he and his girlfriend lived at a house in the 12200 block of Horley Avenue. The woman’s...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Burglary

    Hilary Duff’s Beverly Hills home burglarized

    LOS ANGELES >> A representative for Hilary Duff calls a burglary at the star’s Beverly Hills home “a scary and upsetting situation.” Publicist Erica Gerard says Duff is thankful her family and staff weren’t hurt in the burglary last week, which was reported by TMZ on Sunday. TMZ says Duff was vacationing in Canada at the time of the incident and the thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry. Los Angeles police would...

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  • Law and order

    Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca avoids surrender to prison, for now

    A motion was filed on behalf of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow bail pending a request for another trial. The filing automatically triggers a temporary stay, meaning Baca does not have to surrender to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday. Baca’s attorney, Nathan Hochman, said his client should be allowed to remain at home while his appeal for a new trial is pending, because he is “75 years...

    Susan Abram

  • Homicide

    Woman found at Reseda Park was killed in hit-and-run

    A 41-year-old woman found dead at Reseda Park on July 17 was killed after a hit-and-run crash, authorities said on Monday. LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Dave Peteque said the case involving Rebecca Anderson was being investigated as a homicide — but not as a murder. “As far as any kind of intent to the hit and run ... we believe the actual act is accidental, and leaving the scene is criminal,” Peteque said on Monday of the traffic-related...

    Wes Woods

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