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Massive sex trafficking ring included 15-year-old sold in ‘plain sight’

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Valinda man convicted of injury DUI crash during West Covina police chase

A jury convicted a Valinda man of drunken driving and leading West Covina police on a pursuit ending in a crash that left 10 people hurt, officials said. The Pomona jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Robert Anthony Lopez, ...

By Brian Day|

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  • Shootings

    One man dead, another wounded following shooting, car crash spanning Hacienda Heights, Industry

    A car-to-car shooting near the border of Hacienda Heights and Industry left one man dead and another wounded Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Gunfire was first reported about 2:20 p.m. at Clark and Ridley avenues in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County sheriff’s...

    Brian Day
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  • Homicide

    Montebello man denies killing girlfriend in Baldwin Park motel

    BALDWIN PARK >> A Montebello man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing his girlfriend at a Baldwin Park motel, a court official said. Nicolas Manos was arraigned at Pomona Superior Court for the murder of 19-year-old Nancy...

    Ruby Gonzales
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  • Animal poaching and smuggling

    Monterey Park man accused of hiding three cobras in ... potato chips?

    A Monterey Park man was arrested Tuesday on federal smuggling charges stemming from the seizure of a package that contained three king cobras hidden in potato chip canisters. Rodrigo Franco, 34, was taken into custody without incident by special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after he was named in a federal criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles last week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Franco is charged with one felony count of illegally...

    By City News Service|

  • Homicide

    Downey woman finds boyfriend dead; police arrest man in Whittier

    A Downey woman returned home Monday afternoon to find her boyfriend had been killed and his body left in their backyard, according to police. Investigators believe a man who is dating the woman’s sister is responsible for the slaying, Downey police said in a statement, and he’s been arrested on suspicion of murder. Authorities have not identified the victim, but they said he and his girlfriend lived at a house in the 12200 block of Horley Avenue. The woman’s...

    Jeremiah Dobruck
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  • Law and order

    Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca avoids surrender to prison, for now

    A motion was filed on behalf of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Monday, asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow bail pending a request for another trial. The filing automatically triggers a temporary stay, meaning Baca does not have to surrender to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday. Baca’s attorney, Nathan Hochman, said his client should be allowed to remain at home while his appeal for a new trial is pending, because he is “75 years...

    Susan Abram
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  • Crime

    DMV discovers dozens at Rose Bowl for Gold Cup using disabled placards who weren’t disabled

    Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles cited 31 people for illegally parking in handicap spaces at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Sunday. The citations were issued as part of an operation with the Pasadena Police Department during the Gold Cup semifinal soccer game between the Mexican and Jamaican national men’s teams. The drivers were cited for misusing disabled person parking placards. “As drivers arrived at the Rose Bowl, they were guided to...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Immigrant smuggling

    Death toll reaches 10 in immigrant-smuggling case in Texas

    SAN ANTONIO — The death toll climbed to 10 in the case of a broiling tractor-trailer found packed with immigrants, federal authorities said Monday as a suspect in the smuggling case awaited a court appearance. Federal prosecutors said they planned to bring charges against James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Florida. They would not immediately confirm he was the driver of the rig, though local authorities said over the weekend that the driver was...

    By ERIC GAY and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press|

  • Burglary

    Pasadena woman finds alleged burglar asleep on her floor — after he made a sandwich

    PASADENA >> A Pasadena woman awoke to find a burglar asleep on the floor of her home after breaking in, rummaging through the house and making himself a sandwich early Saturday, police said. The burglary was reported just after 6:30 a.m. in the 300 block of South Grand Avenue,...

    Brian Day
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  • Human trafficking

    10 die in immigrant-smuggling attempt in sweltering truck

    SAN ANTONIO — At least 10 people died after being crammed into the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said Sunday in what they described as an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong. The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said. Authorities were called to the parking lot late...

    By ERIC GAY and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press|

  • Crime

    Man jailed following 6-hour standoff in Montebello

    MONTEBELLO >> A man showed up at the Montebello home of his ex-girlfriend and their children, then barricaded himself inside for six hours on Friday before surrendering to a SWAT team, police said. Jose Vera, 31, was ultimately booked on suspicion of violating a restraining order, as well as an outstanding arrest warrant, according to Montebello police officials and Los Angeles County booking records. He was described as a Maywood gang member, but his city of residence was not...

    Brian Day
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