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Suspect in wrong-way crash has previous DUI conviction, records show

February 27, 2014

The 21-year-old driver of a Chevrolet Camaro who is suspected of DUI and causing a three-car pileup in Diamond Bar on Sunday morning that killed six people has a previous conviction for driving under the influence, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Olivia Carolee Culbreath was just 17 years old when she was convicted in […]

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Drama Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Minor

February 27, 2014

A drama and history teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a minor while he was an educator at a Southern California high school, authorities said. Peter Michaeltopher Gomez, 47, was taken into custody Friday afternoon and his bail has been set for $950,000, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The alleged sexual assaults happened […]

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Caught on Camera: Man Kidnaps, Sexually Assaults Woman in Long Beach

February 27, 2014

Police on Tuesday released surveillance video in hopes of catching a man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a disabled woman in Long Beach. The man was captured on video approaching the 53-year-old woman in a parking lot near 15th Street and Long Beach Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, according to the Long Beach […]

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Student Sexually Assaulted By Tow Truck Driver At Pierce College

February 27, 2014

WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Tuesday were searching for a tow truck company employee who allegedly sexually assaulted a Pierce College student after responding to a roadside assistance call. The incident occurred between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the parking lot of the college’s performing arts center in Woodland Hills, the Los Angeles […]

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$50,000 reward offered in Pico-Union killing of 99-cent store clerk

February 27, 2014

Police on Wednesday announced that a $50,000 reward was being offered for information in the November slaying of a 39-year-old discount store clerk in Pico-Union. Atilio Benavides-Amaya, who worked at a 99-cent store, had just gotten off a bus and was on his way home about 8:15 p.m. when he was approached by two men […]

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L.A. man loses U.S. Supreme Court case involving warrantless search

February 27, 2014

A Los Angeles man who appealed his robbery conviction all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — arguing that police had no right to search his apartment in his absence, even though another resident gave consent — lost his case Tuesday. The 6-3 ruling gives authorities more leeway to search homes without obtaining a warrant, even when […]

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31 women accuse UC Berkeley of botching sexual assault investigations

February 27, 2014

Thirty-one current and former UC Berkeley students filed two federal complaints against the university Wednesday alleging a decades-long pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations by campus administrators. The complaints allege that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants’ rights […]

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Suspect Arrested: Booked for Girlfriend’s Murder in Pasadena

February 27, 2014

UPDATE: The 18 yr old boyfriend of 19 yr old Irais Acosta has been booked for murder at Mens Central. Bail: $1-million. The music was somber as candles burned giving a glow to posters showing pictures of Irais Acosta. The 19 year old was killed Sunday. She was shot to death at an apartment complex […]

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Climate change brings more crime

February 27, 2014

February 19, 2014- A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures — on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis — are likely to produce more crime. The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests global warming will trigger more crimes including murders […]

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Crime alerts for Silver Lake, Toluca Lake and 8 other L.A. neighborhoods

February 27, 2014

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of Los Angeles Police Department data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database. Six neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Silver Lake (A) was the most unusual, recording three reports compared with a weekly average of 0.5 over […]

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