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Protesters gather in Westmont after deputies fatally shoot Black man they say dropped bundle with gun inside after punching 1 of them

Protesters gather in Westmont after deputies fatally shoot Black man they say dropped bundle with gun inside after punching 1 of them

A protest erupted Monday night after a Black man was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies in the Westmont area of South Los Angeles earlier in the day, officials said.Deputies saw a man riding a bicycle in the area of 110th Street and Budlong Avenue around 3 p.m., and made a U-turn to approach him for violating a vehicle code, sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean said during an evening briefing.At that time, the man got off his bike and started to run northbound on Budlong Avenue towards 109th Place, according to Dean. The deputies briefly lost sight of him and then found him near the 1200 block of...

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L.A. County partners with Citizen to send users anonymous alerts if they come in contact with COVID-19 patients

L.A. County partners with Citizen to send users anonymous alerts if they come in contact with COVID-19 patients

Los Angeles County has partnered with to create a COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app, that sends anonymous notifications if a close contact tests positive, officials announced Wednesday.The app uses a phone’s built-in Bluetooth to anonymously track people with whom you’ve come into close proximity, Supervisor Kathryn Barger said during a news briefing. If an individual has an extended contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19, they will receive a notification to get tested.“Contact tracing is a lengthy process that relies on information shared by people who test positive...

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Mayor Garcetti announces new LAPD bureau aimed at ‘community-driven policing’

Mayor Garcetti announces new LAPD bureau aimed at ‘community-driven policing’

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the creation of a new community safety bureau within the Los Angeles Police Department Monday.The Community Safety Partnership Bureau, funded through existing LAPD resources, will expand a city initiative that places officers on five year assignments in one place, with the intention of building relationships with the communities that they serve and in an effort to reduce crime and develop trust, according to Mayor Garcetti.“It is a set of policies and procedures and people, but it’s also an approach to how we police,” the mayor said. “We want every Angeleno to...

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2 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Baldwin Park

2 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Baldwin Park

Detectives were investigating a shooting death of a man and a woman in Baldwin Park Thursday, officials said.Detectives were dispatched to a residential area on the 3300 block of Athol Street around 2:05 p.m. in response to a 911 call about a possible domestic violence incident, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. They arrived to find a man and a woman with gunshot wounds.Both victims were deceased, the department said.A third person who suffered from severe injuries was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to deputies.A...

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Man charged with stealing a dozen cars throughout L.A. County after getting arrested, released at least 11 times

Man charged with stealing a dozen cars throughout L.A. County after getting arrested, released at least 11 times

A Huntington Park man was charged in four separate felony cases for allegedly stealing more than a dozen cars in the Los Angeles area, officials said Tuesday.Jose Enrique Esquivel, aka Jose Esquibel, 24, faces a total of 14 felony counts for car thefts that occured between March and June, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office . He is charged with 11 counts of driving or taking a vehicle without consent and with one count of second-degree burglary of a vehicle.Esquivel was arrested and released at least 11 times between April 28 and June 15, officials said.On March 30,...

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Jul 22
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Streets flood in Newport Beach as region faces high tide, elevated surf

Streets flood in Newport Beach as region faces high tide, elevated surf

An area of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach was flooded Friday night while the region was under a high tide and elevated surf advisory.The combination of the surf and high tides were predicted to possibly produce minor coastal flooding in the evening, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory was in effect from 6 p.m. Friday until noon Monday.Dangerous rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions were expected, the agency said.Officers were assisting with diverting traffic Friday night, Lt. Eric Little of the Newport Beach Police Department said, adding that there was...

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Lakewood mall shut down after large fight involving teens

Lakewood mall shut down after large fight involving teens

The Lakewood Center mall was closed Friday afternoon following a sizable fight involving teens, officials said.Reports on social media alleged that looting took place; however, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that was not the case. There was some theft and property damage, however, as the crowd dispersed, Lakewood Mayor Todd Rogers said in a .Deputies responded to a call of a large fight involving an unknown number of juveniles at the mall’s food court, according to the department. Details on the reason for the fight were not yet available.Over 300 people were involved in...

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Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks vandalized by employees of Ventura County sheriff’s and DA’s office

Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks vandalized by employees of Ventura County sheriff’s and DA’s office

A Black Lives Matter sign in Thousand Oaks was vandalized on at least three separate occasions, including by a sheriff’s office employee and a district attorney’s office employee, officials said Saturday.The sign, which consists of a tarp with the letters “BLM” painted on it, has been displayed along a fence on Westlake Boulevard for the last three weeks. It has been damaged and removed several times, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, prompting the owner of the sign to place a surveillance camera nearby.Detectives recognized 60-year-old Darrin Stone — an employee of the...

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All COVID-19 testing centers in L.A. city closed Saturday due to ‘safety worries’ amid George Floyd protests

All COVID-19 testing centers in L.A. city closed Saturday due to ‘safety worries’ amid George Floyd protests

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that all COVID-19 testing centers in the city closed Saturday afternoon due to safety concerns as continued throughout the city.“We need to make sure, especially in communities that have less power, that we are able to make sure people don’t disproportionately die because of the color of their skin,” the mayor said. “We can’t do that when the city breaks down.”All of the testing sites closed as of 3 p.m. the mayor said “because of the safety worries across the city.”It wasn’t immediately clear if the other testing sites outside the city within broader...

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City of L.A. allows businesses to resume in-store shopping, houses of worship to operate starting Wednesday

City of L.A. allows businesses to resume in-store shopping, houses of worship to operate starting Wednesday

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that all retail businesses may reopen for in-person shopping and houses of worship can resume operations starting Wednesday, both as long as they follow proper safety laws.“It is very clear that we have earned this day,” Garcetti said. “Los Angeles, it is time to move forward to reopen, to look at more that we can do safely, safely, safely.”The briefing comes just an hour after L.A. County, which remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in California, announced that it too would allow in-store shopping and church services, and would...

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5 men charged with stealing nearly $2 million in burglary ring throughout SoCal

5 men charged with stealing nearly $2 million in burglary ring throughout SoCal

Five men were charged Monday for allegedly running a burglary ring responsible for stealing $1.9 million across several Southern California counties, officials said.Investigators from multiple agencies issued simultaneous search warrants in Los Angeles County Friday, and arrested Jurandir Endnilson Penate, 24, Erick Daniel Soria, 27, Alvaro Ramos, 37, Eugene Yi, 35, and Sergio Soto, 33, all of Los Angeles, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.The men allegedly stole nearly $2 million in cash, guns, designer watches, purses and jewelry in at least 44 residential...

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Man who was killed in Pasadena police shooting after a pursuit identified

Man who was killed in Pasadena police shooting after a pursuit identified

A man who was killed after a police shooting at the end of a pursuit in Pasadena Friday was identified by authorities Sunday.Lloyd Nelson Jr., 47, died after around 3:10 p.m. Friday, near the corner of Walnut Street and Meridith Avenue, after he failed to pull over a 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage for a vehicle code violation, the Pasadena Police Department said. A preliminary investigation found that Nelson shot at officers immediately at the end of the pursuit, resulting in the exchange of gunfire, the department said Sunday.The chase lasted about 20 minutes before officers forced the vehicle to...

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