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Driver Faces Attempted Murder Charges Over Sheriff's Recruits

22-year-old drove into a group of recruits on a training run

(Newser) - Authorities have charged a 22-year-old driver on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly plowing his vehicle into Los Angeles County sheriff’s academy recruits on a training run, injuring more than two dozen people. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Thursday that Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez...

No Charges for Cops in Killing of Man Who Was 'Biking While Black'

DA's office finds they were acting in self-defense when they fired on Dijon Kizzee

(Newser) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a man who was, the attorneys for his family say, killed for "biking while Black." Christian Morales and Michael Garcia stopped Dijon Kizzee for riding his bicycle in the wrong direction; he...

Mask Mandate Won't Return Friday to Los Angeles County

Coronavirus cases and hospitalization rates are trending down in the area

(Newser) - Update: An indoor mask mandate scheduled to take effect Friday in Los Angeles County won't, after officials decided the number of new coronavirus cases has dropped enough to make it unnecessary. Hospitalization rates also have improved, the Los Angeles Times reports. Criticism of the reimposition increased as Friday neared....

LA County DA: Unseal Secret Transcript in Polanski Case

Filmmaker's lawyers say testimony of ex-prosecutor could free Polanski in 1977 sex abuse case

(Newser) - Twice, Roman Polanski's legal team has tried to resolve his sexual abuse case in the US, to no avail. They're hoping the third time will be the charm, as the current Los Angeles County district attorney has agreed to unseal an important transcript that his predecessors have kept...

Cops Killed in Motel Shootout: 'These 2 Men Were Loved'

Suspect also died at scene in El Monte, Calif.

(Newser) - Two police officers were killed Tuesday in a shootout while investigating a possible stabbing in a suburban Los Angeles motel, and the suspect died at the scene, authorities said. The El Monte officers—a veteran of more than 22 years and a rookie with less than a year on the...

LA County Launches Guaranteed Income Pilot

Applicants for the $1,000-a-month payments need to have been hurt by pandemic

(Newser) - Los Angeles County is now accepting applications for its $1,000-a-month guaranteed income program. Under the pilot, called Breathe, 1,000 residents will be picked randomly from eligible applicants, KTLA reports. The money will be delivered through a county debit card monthly for three years, with no strings attached, "...

All Aboard Survive Crash of Sheriff's Helicopter

NTSB investigates after 6 are injured

(Newser) - Authorities on Sunday were investigating the crash of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department rescue helicopter in Southern California mountains that left six people injured. The department's Air Rescue 5 helicopter crashed shortly before 5pm Saturday while responding to a vehicle that rolled over on a winding road...

Finally, Cause of City's 'Stench of Death' Is Revealed

Fire at California warehouse filled with beauty products led to plant die-off, which led to hydrogen sulfide in the air

(Newser) - In early October, residents in Carson, Calif., started picking up on a noxious smell emanating from the Dominguez Channel, with dozens of complaints called in daily to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Some even noted they were suffering from fatigue, headaches, and respiratory issues, reports the Guardian . Now,...

One of the Strictest Vaccine Mandates in US Takes Effect

Though Los Angeles won't start enforcing it until Nov. 29

(Newser) - Update: As of Monday, Los Angeles' vaccine mandate is in effect, the AP reports. However, city officials won't start enforcing it until Nov. 29 so businesses have time to adjust to the new rules. San Francisco, New York City, and other cities around the US have some form of...

A New 'Jet Pack Man' Theory Emerges

Cops spotted human-shaped inflatable weeks after 2nd reported sighting

(Newser) - Authorities investigating sightings of apparent jet packs over Los Angeles County, Calif., say pilots may have actually witnessed a flying human-shaped inflatable. "One working theory is that pilots might have seen balloons," the FBI and FAA say in statements to KNBC after the outlet obtained police photo and...

Newsom Signs Bill to Allow Giving Family Its Land Back

California city seized Black resort property in the 1920s

(Newser) - Update: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday to permit the return of a piece of California beachfront to the family it was taken from almost 100 years ago. Several descendants of the Black couple who built a resort on the land attended the ceremony, and the governor apologized to...

Calif. Quake: 'Wine Everywhere,' 'Probably a Lot of Frightened Cats'

Magnitude 4.3 temblor jolted S. California Friday, though no reports of serious injuries, damage

(Newser) - Los Angeles County's weekend started off with a jolt, with a magnitude 4.3 quake hitting the area around Carson, Calif., on Friday evening. The US Geological Survey reports that shaking from the temblor, which hit right before 8pm local time, was felt throughout multiple counties, including Orange and...

Cops: He Intentionally Drove Into Big Rig, With 4 Kids in Tow

Cesar Iban Torres, charged with girlfriend's murder, reportedly claimed God spoke to him

(Newser) - A California man was trying to kill his girlfriend and four children when he drove his SUV into a tractor-trailer on a freeway Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The female passenger was killed, though the four children, ages 1 to 7, survived with moderate...

Made to Testify, Durst's Brother Speaks: 'He'd Like to Murder Me'

Douglas Durst fears his brother 'may have the means to do so,' despite being locked up

(Newser) - The estranged brother of Robert Durst, the real estate heir on trial in his best friend's slaying , testified under threat of subpoena Monday that the two never got along and he feared his oldest sibling would kill him. "He'd like to murder me," Douglas Durst bluntly...

'Workplace Beef' Blamed for Fire Station Shooting

Slain LA County firefighter Tory Carlon honored with vigil, procession

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Fire Chief Darly Osby has worked at Fire Station 81, one of 172 small stations in the county, and he describes it as a "small, hometown-type fire station" where people generally have an excellent working relationship. But Osby says something clearly went very wrong Tuesday, when...

Firefighter Shoots 2 Colleagues at LA County Fire Station

Man then reportedly fled to his home before setting it on fire, shooting himself

(Newser) - "As a fire chief I never thought when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger at one of our community fire stations," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters Tuesday afternoon. Osby said an off-duty firefighter killed a colleague and wounded another Tuesday...

Los Angeles County Notches a Much-Wanted Goose Egg

No COVID deaths reported on Sunday

(Newser) - It's the number every county hopes to register in the COVID fight: Zero. Los Angeles County on Sunday reported no COVID deaths for the first time in a long time, reports the Los Angeles Times . The newspaper notes that it's possible a lag in reporting times over the...

Lifeguard Earnings Here May Have You Practicing Your Strokes

Highest-paid lifeguards in LA County earned almost 400K in 2019—more than top-earning NY cops

(Newser) - It pays well to be a lifeguard in Los Angeles County. According to Forbes , seven lifeguards made more than $300,000 in 2019, which was the most recent year for which data was available, while 82 lifeguards made more than $200,000. Thirty-one lifeguards made more than $50,000 in...

Error Leads to Murder Suspect's Release from Jail

Authorities in LA County are searching for Steven Manzo

(Newser) - A murder suspect is at large in Southern California after he was mistakenly released from jail, NBC reports. Steven Manzo, 24, was released from a detention center in Lynwood following a court hearing during which the charges against him were dropped and immediately refiled, apparently leading to confusion about Manzo’...

Judge Sides With Widow of Kobe Bryant Over Deputies
Kobe Bryant's Widow
Wins in Court

Kobe Bryant's Widow Wins in Court

Vanessa Bryant can obtain the names of deputies accused of sharing crash photos

(Newser) - A federal judge in California has ruled that Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, can obtain the names of four Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who allegedly shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, their daughter Gianna, and seven others. An effort...

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