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USC assistant basketball coach charged with taking bribes in nationwide FBI sting

By Scott Wolf|

Man found shot to death on Carson street

A man was found shot to death on a Carson street Tuesday morning, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies found the man at Idabell Avenue and Fairhaven Street when they responded to a report of gunshots at 2:30 a.m., sheriff’s Deputy Kim...

By staff and wire reports|


  • Homicide

    Authorities identify LA firefighter killed in Long Beach murder-suicide

    Coroner’s officials on Monday identified the man killed in a Long Beach murder-suicide over the weekend as Wayne Havron, a 52-year-old Los Angeles firefighter. Authorities have not identified the woman killed in the murder-suicide, although police said she’s believed to be Havron’s wife. Havron was a captain at the LAFD,...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Shootings

    Shooting closes north 605 Freeway in Norwalk

    NORWALK — A portion of the 605 Freeway was shut down today after a car-to-car shooting, authorities said. It was reported at 1:53 a.m. on the northbound 605 at Alondra Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson. One driver suffered moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, Nicholson said. It was not known if the driver was wounded by the gunfire, and no suspect information was available. A SigAlert was issued at 3:46 a.m. shutting down the...

    City News Service|

  • Homicide

    L.A. city firefighter, spouse, die in murder-suicide in southeast Long Beach

    Police are investigating a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife – one of them an employee of the Los Angeles Fire Department – in southeast Long Beach, officials said Sunday morning. At about 10:45 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the 7100 block of Island Village Drive – which is off Second Street, east of Studebaker Road – to investigate a domestic call, according to a statement from Nancy Pratt, spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department.

    Press-Telegram staff|

  • Shootings

    Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> A masked gunman invaded a Nashville church Sunday and opened fire, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said. An usher confronted the shooter, who apparently shot himself in the struggle before he was arrested, police said. No motive was immediately determined. Church members told investigators that the suspect had attended services a year or two ago,...

    By KRISTIN M. HALL and JOHN RABY The Associated Press|

  • Shootings

    New video surfaces showing violent encounter moments before fatal Huntington Beach police shooting

    HUNTINGTON BEACH >> A new video surfaced Saturday, Sept. 23, of the Huntington Beach police officer shooting and killing a suspect outside of a 7-Eleven, with this one showing the male aggressively approaching the officer. Previous versions did not show as much of the encounter before the shooting. At the end, this version appears to add a...

    Scott Schwebke

  • Hate crimes

    Hate crimes in Long Beach on the rise in 2017

    Hate crimes are up this year in many large cities across California and the U.S., but Long Beach has shown a particularly pronounced increase by comparison, according to researchers at Cal State San Bernardino who track reported hate crimes. There have been 12 hate crimes reported through August this year in Long Beach, according to numbers provided by the Long Beach Police Department. There were only nine such reports in all of 2016, and at this point last year, there were only...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Higher education

    Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault rescinded California public colleges' policies unchanged for now

    Colleges nationwide no longer have to follow Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday — a move some opponents said could have a chilling effect on victims coming forward. Instead, the department, under the direction of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, has implemented interim guidelines that allow universities to use higher standards of guilt when adjudicating cases of alleged rape and other types of sexual violence, and opens...

    Chris Haire

  • Trials

    Two gang members convicted in one of Long Beach’s worst mass killings

    Two gang members were convicted Friday of first-degree murder for the killings of five people at a homeless encampment near a Long Beach freeway almost nine years ago. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about a day before finding David Cruz Ponce, 36, and Max Eliseo Rafael, 31, guilty of the Nov. 1, 2008, shooting deaths of Hamid Shraifat, 41, of Signal Hill; Vanessa Malaepule, 34, of Carson; and Frederick Neumeier, 53, Katherine Verdun, 24, and Lorenzo Villicana, 44, of...

    By Terri Vermeulen Keith City News Service|

  • Shootings

    Video shows police shooting male at 7-Eleven across from Marina High School

    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Marina High School locked down this morning as a precaution in response to an incident at the 7-Eleven across the street, which ended in police shooting a suspect. • WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO — Huntington Beach officer shoots suspect at 7-Eleven across from Marina High School A Huntington Beach police officer came in contact with a...


  • Sentencing

    Scott Dekraai, Orange County’s worst mass killer, gets life without parole for eight Seal Beach murders

    Scott Evans Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to the worst mass killing in Orange County history, will serve eight terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole, one term for each of his victims. He also was sentenced to 7 years to life for attempted murder. Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals imposed the sentence Friday, Sept. 22 in a Santa Ana courtroom, ending a nearly six-year legal battle that started when Dekraai gunned down his ex-wife and seven others at a Seal Beach...

    Tony Saavedra

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