Kidnap suspect search closes downtown LA streets

Pepper Tree Motel

KABC | April 17, 2014 DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Hill Street and Broadway were closed between 8th and 9th streets due to a search for a kidnapping suspect downtown. FBI and LAPD personnel were in pursuit of a kidnapping suspect considered armed and dangerous. The chase began in the area of Boyle Heights around 12:30 [...]

Armenian Power Gang Leaders Convicted for Their Role in Racketeering Conspiracy

Armenian Power gang tattoo

Department of Justice | April 17, 2014 Two leaders of the Armenian Power gang were found guilty today by a federal jury in Los Angeles for their participation in a racketeering conspiracy that included extortion, bank fraud targeting elderly bank customers and a sophisticated credit and debit card skimming scheme that stole account numbers and [...]

“System Doesn’t Work” Says Mother of Woman Allegedly Killed by Parolees Wearing GPS Devices

GPS Devices_recidivist victims

Willian Avila and Vikki Vargas (Los Angeles Times) | April 16, 2014 The mother of a woman allegedly killed by two parolees who were wearing GPS ankle bracelets said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have prevented her daughter’s slaying. “California is responsible for them, and evidently their system doesn’t work,” Jodi Piere Estepp told [...]

Helping relatives help children

Holy Family Day Home

Los Angeles Times editorial board | April 15, 2014 Enormous public resources go to foster families and group homes, and those expenditures are appropriate because the county and state are the virtual guardians for thousands of abused and neglected children. As such, the state and the county are duty-bound to ensure that the children receive [...]

Superior Court judge rules in favor of Irwindale officials accused of corruption

Irwindale City Councilman Mark Breceda, left, and former Irwindale City Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez, second from right, appear in court in 2010.

Sarah Favot (Pasadena Star-News) | April 15, 2014 LOS ANGELES >> A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Irwindale officials in their attempt to dismiss some of the public corruption charges alleged against them. The charges of embezzlement, conflict of interest and misappropriation of public funds against Mayor Mark Breceda, City Councilman [...]

Ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo Sentenced in Tax Evasion Case

Bell City Mgr Robert Rizzo

Steven Covelman (NBCLA) | April 14, 2014 Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo will serve 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion after being sentenced Monday. Rizzo is also ordered to pay nearly $256,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. In January, Rizzo pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to defraud [...]

California’s medical prison beset by waste and mismanagement

California Health Care Facility

Paige St. John (Los Angeles Times) | April 12, 2014 FRENCH CAMP, Calif. —California’s $840-million medical prison — the largest in the nation — was built to provide care to more than 1,800 inmates. When fully operational, it was supposed to help the state’s prison system emerge from a decade of federal oversight brought on [...]

Sacramento struggles to understand its ‘hybrid’ gang problem as social media sparks local beefs

Donald “Lavish D” Oliver

Raheem F. Hosseini (News Review) | April 10, 2014 Nine days before allegedly participating in an ambush of a music rival inside of Arden Fair mall—one that sparked a series of gang shootings across the city—south Sacramento rapper Donald “Lavish D” Oliver granted a rare interview to the Siccness, a website dedicated to hip-hop and [...]

County officials, state lawmakers launch anti-sex trafficking push

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe

Abby Sewell (Los Angeles Times) | April 11, 2014 Elected officials in Los Angeles County and the California Legislature are launching a new push to crack down on pimps who sell underage girls and boys for sex and the customers who purchase their services. County officials announced Friday that signs would go up around the [...]

California contract killer for drug cartel confesses to 40 killings

Jose Manuel Martinez

KABC | April 10, 2014 FRESNO, Calif. — A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with killing nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Errek Jett, the district attorney in Lawrence County, Ala., said that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, [...]

SAN BERNARDINO: Officer cleared in gang member’s killing


John Asbury (The Press-Enterprise) | April 10, 2014 A San Bernardino police officer who killed a gang member in 2012 was returning fire in self defense, prosecutors announced Thursday. San Bernardino County prosecutors cleared San Bernardino police Officer Serbando Saenz of criminal charges in the Jan 7, 2012, killing of Lorenzo Baca, 39, of San [...]

LAUSD to aid its disadvantaged students

john deasy school

By Stefani Camille www. Staff Writer April 08, 2014 L.A. Unified School District is the largest in California, and thanks to Superintendent John Deasy, the district will use a budget of $837 million specifically aimed at boosting services for students who are low-income, learning English and in foster care. Deasy spoke at the Board [...]

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