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Ex-Assemblyman Tom Calderon sentenced to a year in federal custody in bribery case

Former California Assemblyman Tom Calderon, a member of a now disgraced California political dynasty, was sentenced Monday to a year in federal custody for laundering bribes taken by his brother. Citing Calderon’s significant health problems, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder showed some...

Man accused of bludgeoning his friend with an ax and dumping the body pleads not guilty

A man accused of bludgeoning his friend to death with an ax and then dumping his body in Azusa Canyon pleaded not guilty Monday, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.  Phillip Von Wade, 20, was charged Monday with one count of murder in the death of Rahkeem Reyes, 27. The felony...

Man in Halloween mask robs Placentia gas station

Police are searching for a man who robbed a Placentia gas station at gunpoint while wearing a Halloween mask early Monday.  A robbery was reported at the Chevron gas station in the 300 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue about 1:20 a.m., Placentia Police Sgt. Bryce Angel said.  The clerk told police...

Woman in Bay Area police sex scandal is charged with battery in Florida

The woman authorities say is the victim at the center of a sex scandal involving several Bay Area police agencies has been formally charged with simple battery in Florida following the controversial decision to send her to an out-of-state rehabilitation facility even though she is expected to serve...

9/11 memorial on Los Angeles college campus is vandalized

Nearly 3,000 flags planted around Occidental College to remember the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks were trashed Sunday, a group says. Members of the Occidental College Republican Club discovered the destruction early Sunday on the Eagle Rock campus as well as fliers, they said, that  “shamed...

Earthquake: 3.3 quake strikes near Crescent City

A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Monday afternoon nine miles from Crescent City, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:17 p.m. PDT at a depth of 13.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 65 miles from McKinleyville and 71 miles from...

High school drumline coach in Visalia is arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a student

A Visalia band teacher was arrested Saturday in connection with having a sexual relationship with a high school student, police said. Derek Nishamoto, 48, was taken into custody about 12:15 p.m. on suspicion of numerous felony sexual assault charges, including unlawful sexual acts with a minor,...

As seat on L.A. Police Commission opens, Garcetti nominates a former adviser to the board

A longtime advocate for social change in Los Angeles could become the city’s newest Police Commission member, replacing a member of the oversight panel who is stepping down from her post. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that he had nominated Shane Murphy Goldsmith to the five-person Police Commission....

Man held in 'revenge porn' case after uploading sex video on pornographic website, police say

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of making a sex video with a woman he dated and then uploading it to a pornographic website after she cut off communication with him, police said Monday. Sergio Ortiz faces one count of distributing a private image of someone’s intimate body parts...

Big tides could trigger large earthquakes, study says

Big tides could help push small earthquakes to grow into very large temblors, a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience said Monday. In a review of the world’s largest temblors, a team of Japanese scientists found that powerful earthquakes tend to occur during periods of strong tides,...

Accusation against prominent vaccine skeptic sparks new battle over immunizations

Dr. Robert Sears is one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccination world, a hero to parents suspicious of childhood immunizations that public health officials say are crucial to preventing disease outbreaks. So when the Medical Board of California announced last week that it was moving to pull...

Why was this man charged and convicted of murder?

Good morning. It is Monday, Sept. 12. There’s a “flasher” at the Beverly Center. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES State’s case Raymond Lee Jennings spent 11 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. And he places blame for his incarceration at the feet of...

Armed robbery suspect is shot and wounded by Long Beach police

Police in Long Beach shot and wounded a person suspected of carrying out an armed robbery Sunday, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 3:20 p.m. while officers were investigating the robbery near Lemon Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, according to Marlene Arrona, a spokeswoman for the...

Body of missing 27-year-old found in Azusa Canyon; man arrested on suspicion of murder

Investigators found the body of a missing 27-year-old man in Azusa Canyon on Saturday, a day after announcing they had arrested another man in connection with his disappearance.  The body of Rakheem Reyes, a professional dancer who went by the name “Rocky,” was discovered in a remote area five...

Community college football player arrested after punching game official in the head, officials say

A community college football player was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony battery after he punched a game official in the head Saturday night, authorities said. Police say a scuffle broke out on the field between Ventura College and Mount San Antonio College players at about 8:15 p.m....

Thousands rally against gay marriage in Tijuana: 'We have the right to defend our values'

Thousands of opponents of same-sex marriage, including Tijuana’s new Roman Catholic archbishop, gathered for a rally in the city Saturday to protest Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed constitutional reform favoring the right of couples to marry regardless of gender identity or sexual...

134 Freeway in Eagle Rock closed after gunman reportedly shoots at LAPD vehicle

The 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock was closed in both directions on Sunday morning as authorities reportedly were searching for a person who shot at an LAPD vehicle.   Police believe shots were fired from the 134 Freeway, striking an officer’s vehicle as he drove along Eagle Vista, according to KTLA. The...

12-year-old girl shot and wounded in South L.A., police say

A 12-year-old girl was likely the unintended target of a drive-by shooting when she was struck by bullets Saturday night in South L.A., according to police.  The girl was standing with a group of people either in a driveway or on the street in the 1500 block of East 92nd Street about 10 p.m. when...

Antelope Valley residents air grievances about how L.A. sheriff's deputies treat minorities

Antelope Valley residents who gathered at a special forum on Saturday offered a mixed assessment of how Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are treating locals after the county approved a settlement with U.S. officials who concluded that the department systematically profiled and harassed racial...

One person dead and several injured in Culver City hit-and-run crash

One person was killed and five others were injured in Culver City on Saturday when the driver of a stolen car ran a red light and plowed into another vehicle at a major intersection while trying to evade police.  Culver City police officers tried to pull over a car without license plates about...

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