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March 12, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Authorities said Tuesday that they had arrested a man suspected of killing his 67-year-old roommate at their shared home in Westmont on Sunday. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies detained Toriano Benford, 43, at 12:20 p.m. on Monday as a suspect in the slaying of Ernest Dewitt Brannon, 67. Benford's bail was set at about $1 million. Authorities said Benford and Brannon, a minister, were both renting a room in a house in Westmont , an unincorporated neighborhood with one of the highest homicide rates in the county.
March 12, 2014
MEXICO CITY - One of the best-known leaders of Mexico's vigilante “self-defense” movement has been arrested on suspicion of participating in a double homicide, raising new doubts about the federal government's strategy of partnering with armed campesino groups in the fight against a powerful drug cartel in Michoacan state. Hipolito Mora Chavez, a lime grower who gained fame for leading one of the first local uprisings of autodefensa groups early last year in the small city of La Ruana, was arrested Tuesday evening by state officials.
March 11, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Two men were arrested Tuesday in San Bernardino County on suspicion of illegally trafficking in firearms after they allegedly sold guns to agents from the California Department of Justice. Hours after the arrest of Alvin Seal, 67, of Oildale, and Erik Stoffel, 39, of Apple Valley, investigators using search warrants discovered more than 300 handguns, rifles, two World War II grenades and one mortar round at homes on Beardsley Avenue in Oildale and on Cronese Road in Apple Valley.
March 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 36-year-old Lakeside man was charged Monday with destruction of government property in connection with an incident Sunday in which he broke into FBI property, climbed atop a roof and refused to surrender for five hours. Richard William Durant III remains in a medical facility for treatment and evaluation, according to the FBI. Once he is released, he will be booked into the federal jail in downtown San Diego. Durant is accused of climbing the fence at the FBI headquarters in the Sorrento Valley neighborhood, breaking into a garage and then making his way to the roof of a one-story annex.
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A man   arrested in the 2012 death of his boyfriend, whose head, hands and feet were scattered below the Hollywood sign, made "inconsistent and suspicious statements" to police after his partner's body parts were found, court documents showed. A search warrant affidavit filed in connection with the killing of Hervey Medellin said Medellin's partner, Gabriel Campos- Martinez , then took a polygraph test, which revealed he was "deceitful of dismembering the victim's body and having knowledge of the victim's murder.
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police said Monday a suspect in Texas has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man whose body parts--including a head--were found scattered across Griffith Park in 2012. Gabriel Campos Martinez, 38 -- described in an LAPD statement as "the suspect responsible" for the murder of Hervey Medellin -- was arrested Sunday in San Antonio. Martinez was the victim's roommate and partner, law enforcement sources said. He was being held without bail Monday pending extradition proceedings.
March 10, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Pat Garofalo may want to check the numbers before the Minnesota state representative next weighs in on NBA players running afoul of the law. To recap: Over the weekend Garofalo tweeted that no one would noticed if 70% of NBA teams folded with the “possible exception of increase in street crime.” He doubled down on the claim in an email to a website covering the NBA when he noted the league's “high arrest rate.” Turns out that...
March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Looks like the "Blarney Blowout" lived up to its name. Four police officers were slightly injured and more than 70 people were reported arrested on Saturday after a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration in Amherst, Mass. The "Blarney Blowout" turned into, well, a blowout. The air was filled with snowballs and flying beer cans as mobs of college-age partiers descended on apartment complexes near the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst. In a Saturday statement , the university took pains to denounce the "unsanctioned" Blarney Blowout, which school officials warned could result in suspension or expulsion from the university.
March 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion has been arrested in connection with the slayings, authorities said Friday. The shooting in early February also left an 8-year-old boy seriously wounded. Orange County sheriff's officials are set to release details on the case and the arrest of Ashton Sachs at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and his former wife, Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found shot to death Feb. 9 in their San Juan Capistrano home, located in an upscale neighborhood.
March 7, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Four men are in custody and a fifth is still at large after an alleged gang-related shooting that nearly killed a man at a Pomona park last month, police said. According to police, David Gayles, Dale Colbert, Anthony Wimbley, Robert Wimbley and Darrel Wimbley -- all alleged Pomona gang members -- were at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Pomona about 3 p.m. Feb. 3 when they got into a confrontation with a 24-year-old man. Police say Gayles, 22, shot and critically wounded the man, who was rushed to a  trauma center.
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