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Tagger known as 'Liter' arrested on suspicion of defacing Vietnam veterans memorial in Venice

A man was arrested Wednesday after his moniker was found spray-painted on the face of a Vietnam War mural in Venice days before Memorial Day. Detectives had identified Angel Castro, 24, earlier this month as one of four vandals who defaced the wall bearing the names of 2,273 soldiers declared missing...

San Diego police release sketch of suspect in multiple killings of homeless men

Homicide investigators on Thursday released a sketch of the man they say has killed three homeless men and critically injured a fourth in separate, brutal attacks in San Diego. The simple pencil sketch shows a man with a large chin, prominent eyes and a cap. Investigators previously released surveillance...

2 California men fall off edge of ocean bluff while playing 'Pokemon Go'

The mania surrounding “Pokeman Go” continued Thursday as more users found themselves in precarious situations while playing the augmented reality game. In North San Diego County, two men fell off a bluff while playing the smartphone game, while farther north in Anaheim, a player was stabbed by...

Fresno police break ranks with other departments by releasing shooting video from body cameras

By releasing police body camera footage of a controversial shooting, Fresno’s police chief has gotten in the middle of a fierce debate about whether the public should have access to these videos. Law enforcement agencies across the nation are equipping their officers with body cameras in an effort...

Man sought in Arizona serial killings arrested after chase, standoff in Corona

A man who matched the description of a gunman wanted in connection with seven serial killings in the Phoenix area was taken into custody early Thursday after a pursuit and standoff on the 91 Freeway in Corona, authorities said. The California Highway Patrol began pursuing the man about 1 a.m. after...

Friend of teen killed by CHP accused of making threats against officer who opened fire

A friend of a 19-year-old man fatally shot by two undercover California Highway Patrol officers last week has been arrested on suspicion of making threats against one of the officers who opened fire, according to interviews and court documents. The 17-year-old suspect surrendered to Los Angeles...

Firefighters battling brush fire near Lake Sherwood

Ventura County firefighters were battling a brush fire in the Lake Sherwood area Wednesday evening. The Sherwood fire has burned about 78 acres. No mandatory evacuations have been ordered. https://twitter.com/actprogressive/status/753426293211951104 The Los Angeles Fire Department said the smoke...

Fresno police release body-camera footage of fatal shooting of unarmed 19-year-old

The chief of the Fresno Police Department took the rare step Wednesday of publicly releasing the body-camera video footage of officers fatally shooting an unarmed 19-year-old man last month -- a shooting that has generated fierce protests amid a roiling national debate over police brutality. Chief...

Black Lives Matter demonstrators say they aren't leaving City Hall steps

Dozens of Black Lives Matter demonstrators remained on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Wednesday afternoon, where they have pledged to stay as they call for the immediate firing of Police Chief Charlie Beck. The sit-in followed protests involving hundreds of people descending on the Los Angeles...

Former L.A. Unified teacher Rafe Esquith can continue with his lawsuit, judge rules

A popular former Los Angeles Unified teacher who was investigated and fired after allegations of inappropriate behavior will be allowed to continue his defamation lawsuit against the school district, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Rafe Esquith, a longtime teacher at Hobart...

Rescuers rappel down cliff to save stranded puppy in San Diego County

A puppy that fell into a Pauma Valley ravine was rescued over the weekend by an animal control officer who rappelled down a cliff to get to the dog. A worker at an avocado grove off North Mesa Drive first heard the 2-month old shepherd-mix pup crying Saturday morning about 8:30 a.m., said Denise...

Metro creates Twitter account for 'Pokemon Go'

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has joined the “Pokemon Go” craze, dedicating a separate Twitter account for players of the popular reality-based mobile game. The Twitter account, @PokemonGOMetro, gives players tips on where to capture Pokemon at metro stops or inside trains. The account...

Santa Monica convicts Airbnb host under tough home-sharing laws

Santa Monica, which last year passed some of the nation’s toughest regulations on short-term rentals, has now convicted its first Airbnb host under the new law, prosecutors said.  Rental operator Scott Shatford, who listed five properties on Airbnb, was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of...

Bad Robocop? Crime-fighting robot hits, rolls over child at Silicon Valley mall

A security, crime-fighting robot allegedly hit a 16-month boy on the head and ran over him at a shopping mall in Palo Alto. Tiffany Teng told KGO-TV that she and her family were visiting the Stanford Shopping Center on Thursday when the robot, also known as an autonomous data machine, suddenly...

'Pokemon Go' leads players to California facility housing sex offenders

Dan De Vaul isn’t up to speed with much of the new technology out there. So he when learned Tuesday that his Central California sober living facility, which houses released sex offenders, was a designated stop in the latest “Pokemon Go” smartphone game craze, he said he wanted no part of it. “I...

Amid crime worries, police explain how to play 'Pokemon Go' safely

The “Pokemon Go” craze has players roaming the streets in large numbers – and that has led to some brushes with law enforcement, both good and bad. Several robberies have been reported, including one in which a man stole the smartphone of a teenage brother and sister in San Francisco. Two men focused...

Joe Biden's coming to Los Angeles today, so plan your commute accordingly

Call it “Bidenjam,” or just your typical evening commute in Los Angeles, but Vice President Joe Biden is coming to town Wednesday, which means road closures and possible delays. Biden will spend part of the day in San Diego to speak about trade regulation enforcement, then come to Los Angeles to...

D.B. Cooper alive and living in San Diego? A new documentary makes that suggestion

A four-hour documentary that aired on the History Channel this week suggests the infamous airplane hijacker known worldwide as D.B. Cooper may be living out a quiet retirement in a San Diego condominium. The documentary, titled “D.B. Cooper: Case Closed?,” is the work of Ventura County filmmaker...

LAPD's Beck, Garcetti will meet with Obama in D.C. to talk policing

Los Angeles’ police chief and mayor will meet with President Obama on Wednesday for a White House discussion on race, policing and ways to heal the tensions that have flared following last week’s two high-profile police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and a sniper attack on officers...

Man yells racial slur, hurls rock into home of black family in Huntington Beach, police say

Huntington Beach police are investigating a possible hate-motivated attack against a black family after a man yelled racial slurs and threw a rock at their apartment’s sliding glass door. The attack occurred about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex at Warner Avenue and Edwards Street, Officer...

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