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4 sentenced for their role in voter fraud scheme that bribed people on Skid Row with money, cigarettes

4 sentenced for their role in voter fraud scheme that bribed people on Skid Row with money, cigarettes

Four more men were sentenced after admitting to their involvement in a large-scale scheme to bribe homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, prosecutors said Wednesday.Richard Howard, 64, and Louis Thomas Wise, 37, both pleaded no contest Friday to subscribing a false name to a petition and registration of a fictitious person, both felonies, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a .Christopher Joseph Williams, 41, and 45-year-old Nickey Demelvin Huntley also pleaded no contest Friday to one felony...

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Jul 30
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With COVID-19 expected to remain a threat, L.A. extends relaxed parking enforcement through Aug. 16

With COVID-19 expected to remain a threat, L.A. extends relaxed parking enforcement through Aug. 16

Los Angeles’ relaxed rules for parking enforcement — which include no ticketing during residential street-sweeping and in rush-hour zones — will be in place through at least Aug. 16, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday.The rules were . But the mayor says Angelenos will need to continue staying home as much as possible through at least the first half of August.“Overall, our public health conditions remain fragile,” he said in a Friday evening briefing. “We need to fight with everything we’ve got to take back control to stop the spread, and to flatten and press down on the curve.”The virus...

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Jul 25
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Van Nuys couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide: LAPD

Van Nuys couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide: LAPD

The deaths of a man and woman found fatally shot in their Van Nuys home are being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said Wednesday.Officers found their bodies after being asked to perform at welfare check at the residence on the 14200 block of Gilmore Street around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a .Evidence at the scene led investigators to determine the pair had “entered into a mutual agreement to end their lives,” the release states. Financial struggles and deteriorating health are suspected to be motivating factors.The man shot and killed the woman...

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Jul 23
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Couple charged in beating, robbery of 80-year-old man at Lancaster grocery store

Couple charged in beating, robbery of 80-year-old man at Lancaster grocery store

A 22-year-old man and his alleged accomplice were charged Wednesday in a brutal attack at a Lancaster supermarket last week that left the 80-year-old victim in intensive care, prosecutors said.Damaris Wade, aka Papa Cill, is accused of assaulting Roberto Flores Lopez and stealing his wallet in the restroom of the Superior Grocers at the corner of Avenue J and Challenger Way the morning of July 8. He’s charged with attempted murder, elder abuse and second-degree robbery, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.Wade’s girlfriend,...

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Officials determine Robert Fuller, Black man found hanged in Palmdale, committed suicide

Officials determine Robert Fuller, Black man found hanged in Palmdale, committed suicide

A monthlong investigation has confirmed suicide was the cause of death for Robert Fuller, the 24-year-old Black man found hanging in a park near Palmdale City Hall, officials said Thursday.Detectives determined Fuller had a history of mental health struggles, and over the course of the past year had been admitted to two hospitals where he expressed suicidal ideation, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Cmdr. Chris Marks said at a news briefing.The young man appeared to have purchased the rope used in his hanging at a local Dollar Tree store in May, Marks said.The county coroner’s office ruled the...

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Police: Woman seen in racist rants at Torrance park charged in previous battery

Police: Woman seen in racist rants at Torrance park charged in previous battery

A woman whose caught-on-video racist tirades at a Torrance park made international headlines last month was charged Thursday in a separate incident from last October, officials said.A criminal complaint filed by the Torrance City Attorney’s Office charges retired social worker Lena Hernandez, 54, with misdemeanor battery in an Oct. 11 incident at the Del Amo Fashion Center, according to Torrance police.Police Chief Eve Berg previously said the Long Beach resident was suspected of “brutally assaulting” a custodian and a bystander who tried to help the victim.After Hernandez was shown in a...

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Coachella, Stagecoach postponed until October due to coronavirus

Coachella, Stagecoach postponed until October due to coronavirus

The blockbuster Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival isbeing pushed back six months to October due to concern over the spread ofcoronavirus.One of the world’s largest music events, this year’s festival was originally set for two successive weekends, kicking off April 12 and April 17 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. But the event has been postponed until the weekends of Oct. 9 and Oct. 16, the .Stagecoach — another music festival put on by Goldenvoice at the polo fields in April — will be moved to Oct. 23-25.Organizers did not say whether the previously scheduled acts would be able to...

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