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71 cited for bogus disabled parking placards at L.A. County Fair in Pomona

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Monterey Park man pleads guilty to smuggling poisonous cobras in potato chip cans

LOS ANGELES (CNS) >> A Monterey Park man who accepted packages containing three highly venomous king cobras coiled up in potato chip canisters pleaded guilty today to a federal wildlife smuggling charge. Rodrigo Franco, 34, admitted to smu...

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  • Homicide

    Ex-con pleads not guilty in Las Vegas 1-punch murder case

    LAS VEGAS — A 28-year-old ex-convict pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing a California man with a single punch outside a downtown Las Vegas bar. James Michael Beach also is accused of threatening to harm a woman who identified him in to police. He spoke in court only to enter his pleas to murder and intimidating a witness charges in the death of Luis Campos. Beach remains jailed on $350,000 bail. Defense attorney Greg Knapp said outside court that he wants to check...

    By KEN RITTER Associated Press|

  • Crime

    LAPD officer injured in crash during North Hollywood chase

    NORTH HOLLYWOOD — A Los Angeles police officer was injured today in a crash during a vehicle chase of suspects in the North Hollywood area. The crash occurred about 9:35 a.m. at Whitsett Avenue and Sherman Way, said Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison. One suspect was taken into custody and at least one other suspect was being sought. It was not immediately known why police were chasing the suspects.

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  • Kidnapping

    California woman believed kidnapped by ex is found in Nevada

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Police say a California woman believed kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend has been found at a Las Vegas-area casino-hotel near the Arizona border. Henderson Officer Rod Pena says security at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino reported that Virginia Paris approached guards late Monday and told them she had been abducted. The 55-year-old woman has been taken to the hospital, but it’s unclear if she is injured. The suspect, 52-year-old Joseph...

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  • Arrests

    Wrong-way driver arrested on 118 Freeway

    CHATSWORTH >> A wrong way driver traveled westbound in the eastbound HOV lane of the 118 Freeway today but was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers before hitting any vehicles, authorities said. The wrong way driver was observed at 2 a.m. on the Ronald Reagan Freeway east of Balboa Avenue, according to the CHP. Motorists called CHP dispatch as the sedan moved slowly westbound in the eastbound HOV lane, the CHP said. The driver stopped just west of...

    City News Service|

  • Criminal punishment

    Here’s why 5 convicted killers may benefit from the Dekraai ruling

    For several convicted killers, the horrific case of Seal Beach mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai is a potential legal gift. Last month, a Superior Court ruled that Dekraai — who admitted to killing eight people at a hair salon in 2011 — should not receive the death penalty because of misconduct on the part of local prosecutors and the sheriff’s department. Instead, the worst mass murderer in county history is expected to be sentenced to eight terms of life without...

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  • Arrests

    2nd Utah police officer on paid leave over nurse arrest

    SALT LAKE CITY >> A second Salt Lake City police officer has been put on paid leave as authorities investigate the use of force in a nurse’s arrest. The July 26 incident captured on police body-camera video showed Detective Jeff Payne dragging nurse Alex Wubbels from a hospital and handcuffing her after she refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient in a car-crash investigation. The video has caused outrage since it was released...

    By the Associated Press|

  • Assault and battery

    Man seriously injured during West Hollywood assault; Suspect at-large

    WEST HOLLYWOOD >> A man was seriously injured Saturday when he was struck by what a sheriff’s sergeant called a “blunt object” at a 7-Eleven in West Hollywood, and deputies were unable to locate his assailant. Deputies were dispatched at 4:10 a.m. to the convenience store at 7950 Santa Monica Blvd. in response to an “assault with a deadly weapon” call, where the victim was injured and the suspect ran away, said Sgt. Angel Fisher of the...

    By City News Service|

  • Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest

    Judge refuses to reduce bail for fired Centinela Valley school superintendent

    Fired Centinela Valley schools Superintendent Jose Fernandez pleaded not guilty Friday to public corruption allegations that a prosecutor alleged could have bilked the district of $1.5 million to as much as $3 million. Fernandez, 57, wearing blue jail attire after spending two days behind bars, said nothing during his arraignment at the Torrance courthouse, bowing his head and looking down. He sat facing a judge with his hands cuffed behind his back. Judge Thomas Sokolov entered...

    Larry Altman
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  • Shootings

    Man fatally shot during drug deal gone bad in Van Nuys identified

    VAN NUYS >> The coroner’s office Thursday released the name of a man who was fatally wounded during a drug transaction that went awry in a Van Nuys parking lot. The victim was identified as Isidro Alba, 28, of Rowland Heights. Officers dispatched about 11:50 p.m. Sunday on a shots fired call in the 14900 block of Raymer Street found the victim, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, inside a bullet-riddled vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Police...

    City News Service|

  • Legal proceedings

    Follower: Manson threatened grisly death if she left cult

    LOS ANGELES >> A woman once under the spell of Charles Manson testified Thursday that the violent and manipulative cult leader threatened to have her die a painful death if she left the ranch where they lived. Catherine Share told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that Manson once severely beat her and got a male cult member to vow that if she ever fled the man would hunt her down and drag her back behind a car. The unusual testimony nearly 50 years after Manson’s...

    By Brian Melley The Associated Press|

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