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83 Charged in 'Blow to Cold-Blooded Prison Gang'

Mexican Mafia 'operated like an illegal government'

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wielded the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting "taxes" on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't... More »

LA County Cops Fire at Pit Bull, Kill Teenager

17-year-old had been trying to restrain animal

(Newser) - A 17-year-old in Palmdale, Calif., was shot dead early Thursday after he tried to stop somebody else's pit bull from attacking police officers. Los Angeles County officials say Armando Garcia-Muro was hit by a "skip round" that ricocheted off the ground when deputies fired at the charging animal,... More »

Former LA Sheriff Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

Lee Baca was found guilty of obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A longtime Los Angeles County sheriff was sentenced to three years in federal prison Friday by a judge who accused him of "blind obedience to a corrupt culture," the AP reports. According to KABC , Lee Baca, who served as sheriff for 15 years, was found guilty of obstructing... More »

Murdered Woman's 3 Missing Kids Found at NM Motel

2 suspects—including slain California woman's sister—still on the run

(Newser) - A huge sigh of relief in a troubling case came Wednesday as authorities found the three missing kids of a murdered woman in a New Mexico motel, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kimberly Harvill was found slain on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three... More »

LA Sheriff: We're Looking Into Biggest Loser Drug Rumors

Ex-contestants say show's weight-loss tactics ruined their metabolisms and their lives

(Newser) - A New York Post exposé on alleged drug distribution on the Biggest Loser has now led to a probe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, BuzzFeed reports. The investigation officially started last month after an unnamed journalist "advised Malibu/Lost Hills station personnel of a news report regarding... More »

4 Shot Dead in NYE Washing Machine Dispute

Cops say son managed to get gun away from drunk father

(Newser) - A man shot and killed his wife and two others in his home on New Year's Eve before his son wrestled the gun away and fatally shot him in a chain of events apparently set off by a dispute over a washing machine, authorities in a Los Angeles suburb... More »

Lost Hiker's Cries for Help Heard Over Half a Mile

Woman, 23, went astray in remote California, had to spend night

(Newser) - A lost hiker stranded on a mountainside north of Los Angeles might still be there now if her voice had been a little weaker. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the 23-year-old woman was rescued from a remote part of the Angeles National Forest on Monday morning after... More »

Someone Is Burning Dogs in California

LA County offers $25K reward

(Newser) - Since July, at least seven dogs in and around Los Angeles County have been burned, likely with battery acid or another chemical—and now the county is offering a $25,000 reward for help finding the person or people behind the attacks. Two of the dogs (some of which have... More »

Cops: Red Power Ranger Killed Roommate

Ricardo Medina allegedly stabbed man with sword

(Newser) - A former Power Ranger has been booked on a murder charge after allegedly killing his roommate with a sword, police in Los Angeles County say. Ricardo Medina, who played the Red Power Ranger in Power Rangers Wild Force, allegedly got in a fight with roommate Joshua Sutter, retreated to his... More »

Cops: Wife Kills LA-Area Mayor

Daniel Crespo's wife released after questioning

(Newser) - The town of Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County has been stunned by the murder of its mayor, who police say was shot dead by his wife during a domestic dispute that also involved their 19-year-old son. Daniel Crespo, 45, was shot several times by his wife, Levette, after the... More »

Fast & Furious Star Paul Walker Dead in Crash

Actor was a passenger in friend's car: Facebook message

(Newser) - Paul Walker, the star of the Fast & Furious movie series, died today in a car crash that killed two people north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40. A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and... More »

2 Cops Hurt in LA County Hostage Drama

Gunman surrenders peacefully after 9 hours

(Newser) - A crisis negotiation team managed to bring a hostage standoff to a peaceful end last night after a tense nine hours. The standoff began when a man in an Inglewood home opened fire on two officers who arrived to investigate reports of a family disturbance. A male officer was hurt... More »

Toxic Waste 'Vanishes' Off California Coast

Compounds mysteriously lower along Palos Verdes Shelf

(Newser) - Scientists are scratching their heads over evidence that toxic waste fouling the California seafloor has begun to disappear—for no real reason, the LA Times reports. A 17-square-mile area off the coast of LA county has long been a horrific dumping ground for the pesticide DDT and industrial compounds known... More »

LA Bus Drivers: Pesticides Are Making Us Sick

Petition calls for end to spraying in buses

(Newser) - It's probably among the last places you'd expect pesticides to be sprayed: inside Los Angeles County buses. But that is indeed the case, and now bus drivers say they've become sick as a result. Some 110 drivers have signed a petition calling for the spraying to stop;... More »

California Wildfire Burns Path to the Sea

Winds poised to worsen flames that have scorched 8K acres

(Newser) - Authorities are warning of "extreme fire danger" as Southern California wildfires continue to rage , having already cut a 10-mile path to the Pacific. The Springs Fire already scorched 8,000 acres of land, and it's putting 2,000 homes at risk, CNN reports. Winds today of some 35mph... More »

LA Sheriff Tells Pols to Turn in Their Badges

Move has nothing to do with nightclub photo, says his office

(Newser) - LA County Sheriff Lee Baca has told politicians in dozens of towns to turn in their badges. The badges, which look like those issued to deputies but read "City Official Los Angeles County" instead of "deputy sheriff," came under scrutiny after three small-town officials were busted on... More »

Cops: Calif. Dad Killed Kids, Put Bodies in Trash

Man arrested after cleaning crew finds bloodstains in apartment

(Newser) - Police in Los Angeles County have the grim task of searching a landfill for the bodies of a toddler and a baby they believe were killed by their father and dumped in the trash. Investigators believe Shazer Fernando Limas stabbed his boys, a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old, to death along... More »

'Phonehenge' Creator Guilty of Outlaw Building

Alan Kimble Fahey could get years in prison for wacky structure

(Newser) - The druids of Stonehenge never had to worry about construction permits. But now the creator of a modern-day Phonehenge West has been found guilty of violating California building codes and could face years in prison. Alan Kimble Fahey has been found guilty—so far—of nine misdemeanor violations, and the... More »

Police Seek Missing Wife Under Hubby's Cafe

LA restaurant owner jumps off cliff to avoid detectives

(Newser) - Police are ripping apart a restaurant in Los Angeles County looking for the body of the owner's missing wife. David Viens, who runs the Thyme Contemporary Cafe, has been arrested on suspicion of his wife's murder, the Los Angeles Times reports. Viens expanded the cafe and added new floors and... More »

Worker Dies in Cubicle, Not Found for Day

LA County employee Rebecca Wells, 51, found dead at desk

(Newser) - A Los Angeles County employee lay dead and slumped over her desk in an office cubicle for what could have been as long as a day before anybody noticed, police say. Rebecca Wells, a 51-year-old auditor who had recently become a grandmother, was found by a security guard Saturday afternoon,... More »

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