Crime

Police seek murder suspect in Hollywood

By Edwin Folven, 7/31/2014

Good Samaritan dies one month after assault

The death of a man who police described as a Good Samaritan is being investigated as a homicide after the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma he received during an altercation in June at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hollywood. Gabriel Ortega, 57, died on July [...] [...more]

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Feuer cracks down on illegal tobacco sales

By Edwin Folven, 7/31/2014

City attorney takes multi-pronged approach with regulations

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has suspended tobacco sales at 14 retailers for 30 days as part of his attempt to crack down on establishments selling tobacco products to minors. In the local area, the licenses to sell tobacco were suspended at the Beverly 76 gas station at 4700 Beverly Blvd. and at K.S. [...] [...more]

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City attorney cracks down on gang activity

7/24/2014

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed nuisance abatement lawsuits against the owners of three south Los Angeles properties, including a strip mall and an unlicensed barber shop, that were allegedly controlled by the Rollin’ 30s and Rollin’ 40s criminal street gangs and used for gang activity such as narcotics and firearms sales. The [...] [...more]

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Defendant sentenced for death in Koreatown

7/24/2014

A 67-year-old defendant entered a guilty plea on July 21 for the killing of a Koreatown resident found beaten to death in his apartment. Deputy District Attorney Sabrina Corsa said the defendant, Roy Lee Adams, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted to three prior convictions for which he received state prison [...] [...more]

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Driver pleads no contest to vehicular manslaughter

7/24/2014

A 23-year-old woman pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter on July 17 in a case resulting from a collision in which her car struck a tree, killing two passengers and injuring two others, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. The defendant, Jeanette Romero, entered the plea to two counts of vehicular manslaughter, [...] [...more]

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Plea entered in child porn case

7/24/2014

A former UCLA associate athletic director entered a no contest plea on July 21 to one misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography. Deputy District Attorney Samer Hathout, of the High Tech Crime Division, said Michael Sondheimer, 59, was immediately sentenced to three years summary probation and was ordered to register as a sex offender [...] [...more]

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Residents warned about pre-paid card scams

7/17/2014

The Los Angeles Police Department is warning citizens to beware of a common scam in which perpetrators request that a victim use a pre-paid money card to pay a bill. The crimes are usually committed via telephone, and the suspects claim they represent bill collectors for utilities, predominantly the Los Angeles Department of Water and [...] [...more]

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Suspect arrested in cold case murder investigation

7/17/2014

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section Cold Case Unit have arrested a 51-year-old suspect for an unsolved 1982 sexual assault and murder Police have been investigating the murder of 40-year-old Los Angeles resident Vivian Johnson for more than 31 years. The victim was strangled to death on Nov. 29, 1982 [...] [...more]

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Defendants convicted on federal trafficking charges

7/17/2014

Two defendants pleaded guilty on July 11 to conspiracy charges that resulted from a sex trafficking scheme that exploited adult women for prostitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Roshaun Nakia Porter, 39, and Marquis Monte Horn, 35, both of Long Beach, pleaded guilty to conspiring to engage in [...] [...more]

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Driver sought for hit and run

7/17/2014

Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division are seeking information about a driver who struck and seriously injured a 71-year-old man on June 28 in the 200 block of W. Slauson Ave. The collision occurred at approximately 12:15 p.m. as the victim, Fernando Valdivia, was standing near a gas pump at a [...] [...more]

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