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Despite court order to give up weapons, Tehama gunman fired guns with impunity, frightening neighbors

In March, a Tehama County judge ordered Kevin Janson Neal to stay away from neighbors and turn in his firearms. But that edict, part of a temporary restraining order sought by his neighbor, did not keep Neal away from his weapons. Residents said that in recent months they heard him him shooting...

South L.A. man charged with threats against sheriff's deputies and others at Inglewood courthouse

A South Los Angeles man was arrested by federal authorities Wednesday for allegedly making a series of online threats to kill law enforcement personnel and others at the Inglewood courthouse, a nearby school and a private business. John Patrice Hale, 42, who used the online moniker “Frost K Blizzard,”...

Harvey Weinstein's accusers sue his company, alleging negligence

Legal woes for the Weinstein Co. mounted on Wednesday when the company was hit with a class-action lawsuit on behalf of dozens of women accusing co-founder Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, battery and lewd conduct. The lawsuit filed in a Southern California branch of the federal court is the...

Mother's boyfriend guilty of murder in torture death of 8-year-old Palmdale boy

A 37-year-old man accused of torturing and beating his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son to death in a case that called into question the county’s child welfare system was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. Jurors deliberated for about six hours before returning the verdict against Isauro Aguirre,...

3 more Legionnaires' cases — one fatal — reported in outbreak linked to Disneyland

Orange County health officials said Wednesday that three more people had been infected with Legionnaires’ disease, including one who died, as part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland. In total, 15 people who spent time in Anaheim or visited Disneyland between September and early November have been...

Appeals court weighs whether to reject Trump University settlement so former student can take the president to trial

A federal appeals court appeared reluctant Wednesday to scuttle a Trump University settlement so that a former student may try to take the president to trial. The $25-million settlement, reached days after President Trump’s election, stemmed from lawsuits alleging that Trump engaged in fraud by...

Police search Westlake for man in connection with homicide case; nearby schools on temporary lockdown

Three school campuses were briefly locked down Wednesday morning as police in the western part of west of downtown Los Angeles chased a suspect wanted in connection with a killing. A joint FBI and LAPD task force was following a suspect when he “dumped his car in an alley and fled on foot” around...

Killer who escaped Hawaii psychiatric hospital is captured in California

The search for a dangerous man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to San Jose ended Wednesday after authorities located him in the Central Valley. A source told this newspaper that Randall Saito was taken into custody Wednesday in San Joaquin County. He had been seen in Stockton...

Anaheim teen arrested on suspicion of making school shooting threats

An Anaheim teenager was arrested Tuesday after making social media threats about shootings at four different high schools, authorities said. A Western High School student saw a screenshot of the threatening Instagram post on Snapchat, and contacted Anaheim police on Sunday evening, said Anaheim...

High-speed rail authority says environmental reviews won't be completed until 2020

The state’s bullet train authority acknowledged Tuesday evening that it would fail to meet its self-imposed deadline to complete by 2018 the project’s environmental reviews, which determine the exact route that the electrified rail line would take between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The authority...

Should brick-and-mortar shops be able to veto sidewalk vendors?

When pushcart vendors try to set up shop in front of his East Hollywood gas station, Jacques Massachi tells them to leave. “I don’t allow them. I just don’t allow them,” Massachi said. The sidewalk sellers can end up obstructing traffic in and out of the gas station, he complained. And if they...

Housing crisis can be good news, if you're a landlord

As I write about the housing market in California, where high prices are forcing people into their cars, onto streets and farther from where they work, one thing is clear: I’m not making any friends among landlords. They sniff at the suggestion that some of their ilk are greedy, and they especially...

Palm Springs elects an all-LGBTQ City Council, showing the power of gay politics

With its tolerant culture, Midcentury architectural style and lively arts scene, Palm Springs has for decades been a mecca for the LGBTQ community. The city is ranked first in the state and third in the nation among cities with the most same-sex couples per 1,000 households, according to an analysis...

Rancho Tehama gunman killed his wife and hid her body under their home, authorities say

A rampaging gunman killed five people in Rancho Tehama, including his wife, whose body was found hidden beneath the floor of their home, authorities said Wednesday. At a Wednesday morning news conference, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said that gunman Kevin Janson Neal, 44, likely...

Burglar stole expensive wine by putting bottles down his pants, police say

The Glendale Police Department is hoping the public can identify a man suspected of stealing from a pair of liquor stores after releasing surveillance photos that appear to show him shoving bottles of wine down his pants. The thefts were reported Oct. 12 from Mission Wine and Spirits at 708 S....

Gunman's rampage exposes dark 'underbelly' of small Northern California community

Rancho Tehama resident Jayne Barnes-Vinson — whose two grandsons were among those hiding beneath desks as a gunman fired into their school — said she is torn between love for the small enclave and an awareness of what she called its “underbelly,” including drug users. The boys, Jaydon, 9, and Jordan,...

Orange County takes a step toward banning pot sales and distribution in unincorporated areas

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance banning marijuana sales, distribution and cultivation in unincorporated parts of the county. Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson cast the lone dissenting vote. He argued the board was ignoring the will...

78 bulldogs found in 'disgusting and unsanitary' conditions in Westminster

Police seized 78 French and English bulldogs from what authorities say was an apparent puppy mill operating in Westminster. KNBC-TV reports that police sent the pups into the care of Westminster Adoption Group Services and have opened a criminal investigation into the dogs’ owner. Westminster police...

Essential California: Rampage in a Northern California town

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Nov. 15, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Shooting rampage in Northern California A gunman killed four people and wounded at least 10, including two children, in a shooting rampage in Tehama...

Authorities searching for missing Boyle Heights toddler

Authorities are searching for a 15-month-old boy who they say was abducted by his father in Boyle Heights. Noe Reyna’s father, who is known as Carlos Reyna or Ivan Reyna, took his son even though he knew Department of Children and Family Services had a court order to take Noe into protective custody,...

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