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Judge’s decision that Scott Dekraai can’t get the death penalty draws strong responses

By Kelly Puente and Tony Saavedra|

Torrance man killed in shooting that sparked SWAT standoff in Long Beach

Authorities have identified the man who was killed Thursday afternoon in Central Long Beach as a 24-year-old Torrance resident. Joseph Patton Jr. was shot multiple times in the upper body around 2:30 p.m., sparking a search for the gunman that

By Jeremiah Dobruck|


  • Police

    157 died in encounters with police in California last year

    LOS ANGELES — Violent police encounters in California last year led to the deaths of 157 people and six officers, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday in a report that provides the first statewide tally on police use-of-force incidents. All of the state’s 800 police departments supplied detailed data from 2016, including demographic information on the civilians and officers, the type of call that led to the violence and the officers’...

    By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press|

  • News

    There’s an O.J. Simpson museum in LA - catch it before it’s gone

    LOS ANGELES — A pop-up museum dedicated to examining the legacy of former USC and NFL star O.J. Simpson will open in Chinatown today. Displays in The O.J. Museum include sports memorabilia, a 1994 Ford Bronco, board games, a collection of 60 bootleg trial T-shirts and interactive exhibits. • PHOTOS: The 1995 OJ Simpson trial -- did he get away with...

    City News Service|

  • Reckless endangerment

    Investigation launched at Port of LA security after man plunges from gantry crane

    The Port of Los Angeles said Thursday it is reviewing its security protocols after a man driving a stolen SUV — who evaded police at least twice — breached a security gate into the West Basin Shipping Terminal, climbed a gantry crane, and eventually fell or jumped to his death Wednesday night. The man was...

    Rachel Uranga

  • Assault and battery

    Raiders cornerback charged with Pasadena beating

    PASADENA >> Prosecutors have filed an assault charge against Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Lee Smith for an alleged attack that left his sister’s boyfriend severely injured in Old Pasadena on July 4, officials said Thursday. Smith, 30, of Oakland, faces felony charges of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a

    Brian Day

  • Shootings

    Long Beach SWAT surround house in Central Long Beach after fatal shooting

    A man died after being shot in Central Long Beach Thursday afternoon, and police and SWAT surrounded a nearby home where the shooting possibly took place, authorities said. The man was found with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle at about 2:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Myrtle Avenue, just north of Pacific Coast Highway, police said. Officers later determined he had been shot at a location a few blocks south. After being shot, the man drove away and crashed into a parked vehicle,...

    Staff report|

  • Fraud and false statements

    Hawthorne credit union employee, online boyfriend charged in scheme to siphon $2.6M

    A woman who worked at a Hawthorne credit union and a man she met online are facing fraud charges stemming from a scheme in which she allegedly opened more than 30 fraudulent lines of credit for her boyfriend, who then allegedly siphoned nearly $1.1 million before the potential $2.6 million scam was discovered. Indira Mohabir, 41, of La Habra and Phillip Cook, 50, who appears to have lived recently in Ohio and Georgia, are charged in an indictment returned late Wednesday by a federal...

    By City News Service|

  • Sentencing

    Man gets 11 years for human trafficking girl, 15, for sex in Long Beach

    A 28-year-old man pleaded no contest Thursday to human trafficking of a teenage girl for sex, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Patrick Lamont Harris of Los Angeles was immediately sentenced to 11 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kelley said in a release. Harris met the 15-year-old girl in February 2016 and began pimping her on a website, the release said.

    Staff reports|

  • Robbery

    Clerk recognizes shopper who robbed Long Beach clothing store months earlier, police say

    Police arrested a woman last week when a clerk at a Long Beach clothing store recognized her as the person who had robbed the shop months earlier, according to court documents. The robber, a 27-year-old woman, walked into the Styles for Less near the Traffic Circle on the morning of March 20 and shopped for about 45 minutes before heading for a cash register with the clothes she’d picked out, a Long Beach police detective wrote in a search warrant filed recently at the Governor...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Shootings

    Police arrest suspected shooter after car chase in Long Beach

    Long Beach police arrested a suspected gunman after a short car chase Wednesday night, according to authorities. Officers learned about a shooting around 7:50 p.m. when someone flagged them down in the 400 block of Almond Avenue in Alamitos Beach, police said. The gunfire didn’t hit anything, but the witness told officers the man who pulled the trigger was in a nearby car, Long Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brad Johnson said. “Officers attempted to...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Hacking

    HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘John Oliver’

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO’s Twitter accounts, including ones for “Game of Thrones” and John Oliver’s show. The group posted that “we are just testing your security” and asked HBO to contact it for an upgrade. HBO said in a statement Thursday that...


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