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3 LAPD officers plead not guilty to lying about gang ties of people they stopped

LOS ANGELES — Three Los Angeles Police Department officers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that they falsified records that claimed people they had stopped were gang members or gang associates. Braxton Shaw, 38, Michael Coblentz, 44, and Nicolas Martinez, 37, were charged just over a year ago with one count each of conspiracy to obstruct justice and multiple counts of filing a false police report and preparing false documentary evidence. The three — who were assigned at the time to the Metr...
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Messed-up license plate could cost you

Q. I saw in your column recently that people can get cited for scratching up their license plates. It wouldn’t be a good idea to assume that a license plate with peeling paint was deliberately damaged. One of my vehicles has a license plate issued in 2005 with bubbling and peeling paint. I certainly took no action to make it peel. I’ve seen a lot of other plates of similar vintage that also have peeling paint. Perhaps California was using defective paint then. Curiously, my front plate is fine, ...
Tags: News, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, DMV, Driving, CHP, Orange County, Southern California, Department of Motor Vehicles, Santa Ana, Automobile Club, Honk, Top Stories LADN


Sun Valley gang member gets 31 years in prison for shootings, illegal drug and gun sales

A federal judge sentenced a gang member from Sun Valley to 31 years in prison for taking part in gang shootings in 2016 and illegally dealing drugs and firearms throughout the San Fernando Valley, officials said Thursday. Jesus Gonzalez Jr., 27, pleaded guilty in January to multiple Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act charges of attempted murder and drug and gun sales. Gonzalez is one of 31 members of the gang charged in January 2019; so far, 17 have been convicted, said U.S. Atto...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Courts, Mcdonalds, Burger King, Puebla, University Of Southern California, Los Angeles County, Blake, Sun Valley, Gonzalez, South Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley


Encino man created 8 fake businesses, filed for $27 million in bogus COVID-19 loans, feds say

An Encino man was arrested Thursday for attempting to bilk the federal Paycheck Protection Program, created last year to prop up business struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, out of about $27 million in loans to a handful of fake companies he created, prosecutors say. Robert Benlevi, 52, was accused of fabricating the details of eight businesses he registered in California over several weeks in Summer 2020, saying each company employed 100 people and averaged $400,000 a month in payroll. ...
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55-hour 210 Freeway closure in Sylmar for pavement work

SYLMAR — Caltrans on Thursday announced a 55-hour closure of the westbound 210 Freeway in the Sylmar area this weekend as part of an ongoing repavement project. The closure, which will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday, is part of a series of 55-hour closures planned along the 210 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, Caltrans announced. This weekend’s closure will affect the westbound 210 Freeway between the 5 Freeway and Roxford Street, Caltrans reported. Also closed will be the w...
Tags: News, La, Sport, Traffic, Soccer, CalTrans, Local News, Kamala Harris, Metro, Polk Street, San Fernando Valley, Paxton Street, Sylmar, 210 Freeway, Top Stories LADN, Yarnell Street


Major emergency fire hits 80,000-square-foot former supermarket in Sun Valley

SUN VALLEY — More than 100 firefighters knocked down a major emergency blaze at a vacant former supermarket early Thursday morning in Sun Valley, authorities said. Crews responded at 3:11 a.m. to 8025 Vineland Ave., said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. A knockdown was declared an hour and 35 minutes later, she said. No injuries were reported. The large building, built in 1958, is more than 80,000 square feet. There were no further details. The scene was expected to remain ac...
Tags: News, Fire, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Malibu, Sun Valley, Woolsey, Los Angeles Fire Department, LAFD, Margaret Stewart, Top Stories LADN, Vineland Ave, Crime and Public Safety, Topanga Canyon Brush, Santa Clarita Wildfires


Rep. Maxine Waters asks for federal probe of alleged Sheriff’s Department gang in Compton

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the reported existence of a gang of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at the Compton Sheriff’s Station who call themselves the “Executioners.” Waters sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the action. “I write to ask that the United States Department of Justice take immediate action to address the reported existence of a rogue, violent gang of law enforcement officials, who ...
Tags: News, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Homeless, Lapd, Compton, Los Angeles County, U S Justice Department, South Los Angeles, Maxine Waters, Gardena, Los Angeles Sheriff s Department, Andres Guardado, Guardado


Trial begins for Michael Avenatti, accused of embezzling $10 million from clients

Michael Avenatti, the high-profile civil attorney who gained fame through a lawsuit against Donald Trump and ensuing cable news appearances, embezzled nearly $10 million in settlement funds that should have gone to his clients, a U.S. attorney told jurors on Wednesday, July 21. The latest criminal jury trial involving Avenatti began at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana, with the Century City resident denying that he ever stole from any client. Avenatti – who made the last-minute decision to re...
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Orange County trial begins for Michael Avenatti, accused of embezzling millions from clients

Michael Avenatti, the high-profile civil attorney who gained fame through a lawsuit against Donald Trump and ensuing cable news appearances, embezzled nearly $10 million in settlement funds that should have gone to his clients, a U.S. attorney told jurors on Wednesday, July 21. The latest criminal jury trial involving Avenatti began at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana, with the Century City resident denying that he ever stole from any client. Avenatti – who made the last-minute decision to re...
Tags: New York, News, Colorado, California, Nike, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Johnson, Orange County, Donald Trump, Ipsy, Trump, Stormy Daniels, Hassan Whiteside, Santa Ana


Gov. Newsom signs bill to help fight retail theft during Long Beach visit

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that aims to curb organized retail theft across the state on Wednesday, July 21, during a visit to Long Beach where he also met with local mayors and police chiefs. The signing of Assembly Bill 331, which expands the California Highway Patrol’s property-crimes task force, is among several recent efforts to address an uptick in crime across California, Newsom said during a press conference on Long Beach’s Retro Row, a small business district on Fourth Street. The b...
Tags: News, California, Senate, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, California Highway Patrol, CHP, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Garcia, Assembly, Riverside, AB


Harvey Weinstein jailed in LA, could be in court Wednesday

By TERRI VERMEULEN KEITH | City News Service LOS ANGELES — Disgraced former film producer Harvey Weinstein could appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to be arraigned on sex-related charges involving five women. Weinstein, 69, was extradited from New York to Los Angeles on Tuesday. He was subsequently booked and was being held without bail, according to jail records. Earlier Tuesday, the New York Department of Corrections said custody of Weinstein “was handed over to the appropria...
Tags: New York, Celebrities, News, Sexual Assault, California, La, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Beverly Hills, Ucla, Los Angeles County, Weinstein


LAPD officer arrested, accused of filing a false police report

LOS ANGELES — A 13-year veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of filing a false police report and perjury. LAPD Internal Affairs Division personnel began investigating Officer Alejandro Castillo, who was assigned to the West Traffic Division, after unspecified concerns were identified by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office while reviewing body-worn videos of a DUI arrest Castillo made in October 2019, police said in a statement. “Investigators working...
Tags: News, Police, Office, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Dui, Lapd, Castillo, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County District Attorney s Office, El Monte, Alejandro Castillo, Top Stories LADN, Michel Moore, George Floyd


Police seek information on fatal assault of man found in Long Beach in November

LONG BEACH — Police were seeking information Tuesday on the fatal assault of a 53-year-old homeless man who was found injured in Long Beach last year. Long Beach Fire Department paramedics were called to a residence in the 1300 block of Alhambra Court just before 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 25 and took the victim, identified as Paul Machado, to a hospital, according to a Long Beach Police Department statement. Before he was taken to the hospital, Machado told an acquaintance that he was assaulted earlier ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Homeless, Homicide, Oklahoma, Northridge, Los Angeles County, Van Nuys, Gardena, Machado, Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Police Department, Top Stories LBPT


Grand jury indicts couple linked to pyrotechnic gender-reveal event that led to deadly San Bernardino County wildfire

Two people have been indicted on multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a pyrotechnic gender-reveal photo shoot that went awry and sparked last year’s deadly 22,680-acre El Dorado wildfire in San Bernardino County, the county’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. District Attorney Jason Anderson announced the charges at a news conference after a grand jury heard four days of testimony and returned 30 counts against the pair. Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee ...
Tags: News, California, Fire, Sport, Soccer, Malibu, Anderson, Morton, San Bernardino, Jim, U S Forest Service, El Dorado, San Bernardino County, USFS, San Bernardino National Forest, Woolsey


Nearly 20% of LAPD officers slow to turn on body cameras during use-of-force incidents

Officials told the Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday that while 96.3% of officers involved in use of force incidents during a one-year period activated their body-worn cameras, nearly 20% of them did so late and inconsistent with department policy. The Office of the Inspector General report analyzed 53 incidents involving 262 Los Angeles Police Department officers between June 2019 and July 2020. The department defines categorical uses of force as incidents of deadly force by an officer, and...
Tags: News, Police, Sport, Soccer, Lapd, Moore, Mark Smith, Sibley, Los Angeles Police Department, El Monte, Pacoima, Los Angeles Police Commission, Top Stories LADN, Michel Moore, Django Sibley, George Floyd


Couple accused of involuntary manslaughter in gender-reveal ignition of El Dorado fire

Two people have been indicted on multiple charges, including involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a pyrotechnic gender-reveal photo shoot that went awry and sparked last year’s deadly 22,680-acre El Dorado wildfire in San Bernardino County, the county’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. District Attorney Jason Anderson announced the charges at a news conference after the grand jury heard four days of testimony, listened to 34 witnesses and reviewed 434 exhibits before returning 30 counts agai...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Fire, Sport, Soccer, Cherry Valley, Forest Service, Malibu, Anderson, Morton, San Bernardino, Jim, U S Forest Service, Charlie, Superior Court


Record drought in western U.S. means elevated fire risk in Southern California

While Southern California has been spared the worst impacts of the drought so far this year, the region’s vulnerability to wildfires and water shortages is expected to grow in the coming months — and decades. The western United States is experiencing its most extensive drought on record, with 89% of the region in a drought and 57% getting an “extreme” or “exceptional” designation from the National Integrated Drought Information System, a multi-agency entity led by NOAA, the National Oceanic and ...
Tags: News, California, Environment, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, West, Soccer, United States, Noaa, Local News, Orange, Sierra, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Bernardino


Off-duty Orange County DEA agent arrested on Capitol riot charges

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and JIM MUSTIAN | Associated Press An off-duty Drug Enforcement Administration agent from Orange County posed for photographs in which he flashed his DEA badge and firearm outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, according to a court filing Tuesday following the agent’s arrest. A video posted on the internet also showed Mark Sami Ibrahim carrying a flag bearing the words “Liberty or Death” outside the Capitol, about 12 minutes before a mob of people pulled apart a ne...
Tags: News, Navy, Washington, Sport, Ap, Fbi, Soccer, Army, Fox News, Pentagon, DEA, Biden, Orange County, Mccarthy, OIG, Trump


Harvey Weinstein extradited to Los Angeles to face rape and sexual assault charges

By CAROLYN THOMPSON | Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York prison officials handed over convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein for transport to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending the former movie producer’s protracted fight to delay his extradition. Weinstein, 69, was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at about 9:25 a.m., a department statement said. His spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, said Weinstein’s lawyers ha...
Tags: New York, Celebrities, News, Sexual Assault, California, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Beverly Hills, Manhattan, Associated Press, Buffalo, Ucla


Chicago man admits to luring women to LA, other cities, with modeling deals and then trafficking them

LOS ANGELES — A man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal sex trafficking charge, admitting that he lured young women to Los Angeles and elsewhere with promises of promoting their modeling careers, but instead used force, fraud and/or coercion to cause the victims to engage in commercial sex acts. Jerome Terry Jr., 45, of Chicago, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II to one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Terry is fac...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Canada, Soccer, Human Trafficking, Terry, Top Stories LADN, Otis D Wright II, Crime and Public Safety, Jerome Terry Jr, U S Attorney s Office Terry, CanadianGirlzRock Inc


Van Nuys man gets 8 months in prison for counterfeiting driver’s licenses, passports and other documents

LOS ANGELES — A San Fernando Valley man was sentenced Monday to eight months in federal prison for participating in a document-trafficking ring that created and sold counterfeit United States passport cards, Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and other documents. Nestor Perez, 32, of Van Nuys, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of conspiracy to produce, transfer and possess false identification documents, and producing false identification documents. Two co-defendants were sentenced...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Social Security, Peru, Google Maps, Public Safety, Walt Disney, Aliso Canyon, Socalgas, Hernandez, LA County, Guerrero


Deadlines extended in LA County courts as officials work through COVID-related case backlog

LOS ANGELES — The presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s court system on Monday announced an extension of deadlines in criminal trials and juvenile dependency proceedings in an effort to help the court recover from heavy caseloads affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The court will continue to take a measured, responsible approach to returning court operations to more normalized levels,” Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor said in a written statement. “Although we are advancing to try cases at a much...
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Man gets prison time for ’email compromise scams’ that included a $420,000 theft in LA

LOS ANGELES — A man was sentenced Monday to 46 months in federal prison for participating in business email compromise scams, including one in which $420,000 was stolen from a Los Angeles victim’s life insurance account, then deposited and laundered in various bank accounts set up in the names of others. Sunday Anyika, who pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter to pay $1.12 million in restitution. At the s...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, La, Theft, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Walter, Torrance, Brooklyn New York, Hollywood Hills, TD Bank, Top Stories LADN, John F Walter, Crime and Public Safety, San Bernardino Riverside LA


Trial starts for man accused of crime spree including fatal shooting of a motorist in Panorama City

LOS ANGELES — A man on trial for allegedly being involved in a violent crime spree in which a motorist was shot to death in Panorama City and a wrong-way freeway crash that left a woman and her three children injured was tied to the crimes through GPS evidence from a car he regularly drove, a prosecutor told jurors Monday. Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told the downtown Los Angeles jury in his opening statement that Artyom Gasparyan’s alleged months-long crime spree came to an end on Ja...
Tags: News, Office, Los Angeles, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Long Beach, Homicide, Oklahoma, Lapd, Silver Lake, Northridge, Anaheim, Los Angeles County, McKinney


LAPD bomb squad miscalculated explosives before South LA blast, chief says

Technicians with the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad thought they were putting 16.5 pounds of explosive material they confiscated during a raid for illegal fireworks at a home in South L.A. on June 30 inside a containment vehicle, where they would safely detonate it, authorities said. LAPD Chief Michel Moore gives an update into the June 30 fireworks blast that sent 17 neighbors and first responders to the hospital and destroyed an LAPD bomb squad truck. Chief Moore was joined by AT...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Oklahoma, Lapd, San Pedro, Colton, Moore, ATF, Los Angeles Police Department, South LA, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Gardena, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


29 women say San Pedro suspect in Kristin Smart’s death abused them

More than two dozen women described disturbing and dangerous encounters — including sexual assaults while they were semi-conscious and felt drugged — with the man charged with killing missing California college student Kristin Smart. Incidents with Paul Flores ranged from creepy stalking to unwanted touching to aggressive sexual behavior to, more recently, being drugged and raped after meeting him at bars, according to a document unsealed Wednesday in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. Flore...
Tags: News, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Fbi, Soccer, Flores, San Pedro, San Luis Obispo, PAUL, Tribune, Los Angeles County, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County


1 dead, 1 arrested after collision in Orange

A two-vehicle collision in Orange on Sunday afternoon left one driver dead and a second driver under arrest. Officers shortly after 4 p.m. responded to reports of a crash in the intersection of West Sycamore Avenue and North Main Street, Orange Police Sgt. Phil McMullin said. The adult male driver of a Mazda Protege was pronounced dead at the scene, McMullin said. He was the only occupant of that car. The driver of a Honda Accord was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while in...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Dui, Honda, Orange, Monrovia, Mazda, Contreras, Pacoima, Mazda Protege, McMullin, Top Stories OCR, Phil McMullin


Married couple shot to death near Gardena were from Oklahoma, coroner says

A married couple shot to death near Gardena on Thursday were identified as Oklahoma residents, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Rance Hill, 44, and Amanda Hill, 39, were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at around 8:47 p.m. on Thursday near the 12700 block of S. Western Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. On Sunday, the coroner’s office said the couple were from Oklahoma. There little information available about the circumstances of the co...
Tags: News, Shooting, California, Sport, Soccer, Oklahoma, Chatsworth, Southern California, Los Angeles County, Knott, Western Avenue, Gardena, Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department, Nationals Park, L A County, El Segundo Boulevard


Colton man linked to thefts of catalytic converters in San Bernardino, Riverside, LA counties

San Bernardino County sheriff’s investigators have arrested a man who they say went on a catalytic converter-stealing spree in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. The investigation began on May 26 when a woman came out of a store in Rancho Cucamonga and saw a man underneath her car attempting to cut off its  catalytic converter. He fled in a green BMW X5, a sheriff’s news release on Thursday said. Investigators got the license plate of the car and traced it to a motel in Colton, ...
Tags: News, Theft, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Colton, Lopez, San Bernardino County, Hollywood Hills, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Sun, San Bernardino Riverside, Crime and Public Safety, San Bernardino Riverside LA, Juan Carlos Espino Lopez


Dispute over loud music leads Valley Glen man to kill neighbor, police say

A dispute between neighbors over music turned deadly when one shot the other after coaxing him downstairs at a Valley Glen apartment complex Saturday morning, July 17, authorities said. Los Angeles police officers were called to the 6800 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue about 2:40 a.m. on a report of a shooting and found the victim had been shot multiple times, police said. The victim, identified by police as Aduard Avetisyan, 35, died at the scene, police said. Also found was the suspect, who t...
Tags: Crime, News, Shooting, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Chatsworth, Southern California, Knott, Top Stories LADN, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Valley Glen, Crime and Public Safety, Woodland Hills Tarzana, Aduard Avetisyan