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December 5, 2011 | Larry Gordon
The death of a male inmate at the state prison in Lancaster on Sunday is being investigated as a homicide, and his cellmate is the main suspect, authorities said. The dead man had been serving a sentence for a second-degree robbery committed in Los Angeles County. Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the suspect passed a note to guards at breakfast time saying his cellmate appeared to be dead. Guards found the dead man "in his bunk, under the blanket," and emergency efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, Thornton said.
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April 10, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Carlos Canino cut his teeth as an undercover agent in Los Angeles, in an era when violent crime was hitting record highs. It was the summer of 1991, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had transferred Canino to the Los Angeles office. The city was nearing 1,000 reported homicides, many of them fueled by street gangs battling for control of lucrative drug turf. Canino was detailed to a violent-crime task force, where he worked undercover with other ATF agents and Los Angeles Police Department officers targeting gang members in the Westlake and Pico-Union neighborhoods west of the downtown skyline.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1999
Whoever thought "Homicide" was not appropriate for Lifetime Television must not have seen the show (In the Know, Dec. 28). Melissa Leo as Det. Howard for years epitomized feminism. She alternated between being one of the boys, giving as good as she got, and mothering someone who was having a bad time. Under black Lt. Giardello, officers of every race, color and creed have carried out police work, holding viewers' attention with human drama rather than mindless violence. Despite the loss of important cast members, "Homicide" is still providing gritty entertainment on its original NBC network.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Richard Simon, Alana Semuels and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - The hallways were buzzing with pupils arriving for classes at Franklin Regional Senior High School when screams, shouts and the thunder of running feet broke the morning routine. "Run, run! He has a knife!" a teacher yelled Wednesday as a boy charged through the first-floor corridor, slashing and stabbing anyone who got in his way in a melee that unfolded like a scene from a horror film. He fought off a group of boys who tried to pin him down. By the time he was tackled by a security guard and vice principal, he had wounded at least 19 classmates, including three who underwent surgery for what doctors called deep, life-threatening puncture wounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of an inmate in Lancaster State Prison this week as a homicide, authorities said Sunday. Inmate Victor Earl Jones, 48, was found dead at the prison Friday afternoon, according to Deputy Lillian Peck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Peck said a sheriff's homicide detective was investigating. Coroner's officials said a preliminary investigation indicated that another inmate struck Jones with an unknown object. An autopsy was pending, Deputy Coroner Dana Bee said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police homicide investigators continued their probe Thursday into the death of a woman whose body was found inside a Wilmington motel room. The body of 45-year-old Alicia Espinoza of Long Beach was found inside a room at Oscar's Motel, 1712 N. Wilmington Blvd., just after noon Tuesday, said Officer Wendy Reyes. Los Angeles firefighters pronounced Espinoza dead at the scene, officials said. An autopsy had yet to be conducted and a cause of death has not been determined.
NATIONAL
August 8, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION, S.D. - The top federal prosecutor in South Dakota, stepping into the middle of a bitter dispute between the Oglala Lakota Nation and the FBI, has reopened a series of unsolved murder cases that tribal leaders say the FBI has for too long ignored. The homicides - shootings, stabbings and beatings, some stemming from a violent political uprising in the 1970s - have deeply frustrated residents because no arrests were ever made. Many no longer trust the FBI and believe that the bureau, with jurisdiction on federal lands, lost interest in Pine Ridge after two FBI agents died during the unrest here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Authorities in Orange County announced Friday that they are searching for a 22-year-old man from Nicaragua in connection with a homicide in a Laguna Hills neighborhood earlier in the week. The incident unfolded Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. when law enforcement officers responded to a home in the 25200 block of Stockport Street for a welfare check, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Inside the home, police found a dead man and began investigating the incident as a homicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Homicide detectives investigating the burning death of a man at a popular West Hollywood Halloween carnival are studying a graphic video of the incident to determine whether foul play may have been involved. A video posted on YouTube shows a man engulfed in a ball of fire in the middle of a crowd of people dancing to electronic music at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval on Thursday night. As the man flails, some bystanders can be heard cheering. Others helped put out the flames.  The victim, who is seen lying unresponsive on the ground after the fire was extinguished, was identified by the coroner's office as 51-year-old Gilbert Estrada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities believe the woman whose body was at an Anaheim trash collection center Friday may be the victim of homicide. The body was discovered at about 10:30 a.m. Friday in the 1100 block of North Blue Gum Street, Lt. Tim Schmidt, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times. The collection center is in the city's industrial district near the intersection of the 91 and 57 freeways. The Orange County Register reported that detectives were hoping to identify the woman through tattoos and fingerprints.
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March 30, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
As bars in the area finished their last call, a fatal gunshot rang out in front of a Hollywood nightclub early Sunday morning, in what police described as a gang-related shooting. When officers arrived at Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue just before 2 a.m., more than 100 people had spilled into the intersection and were hovering around a man bleeding onto the street, said Sgt. David Legaspi of the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.
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March 16, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in Norwalk that left one man dead early Sunday morning, authorities said. Deputies responded to multiple calls of gunshots about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 12000 block of Lowemont Street, said Lt. Jason Skeen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A man in his 20s was found on the sidewalk and pronounced dead at the scene, he said. The shooting is believed to be gang related, Skeen said, and sheriff's homicide and gang detectives are handling the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities believe the woman whose body was at an Anaheim trash collection center Friday may be the victim of homicide. The body was discovered at about 10:30 a.m. Friday in the 1100 block of North Blue Gum Street, Lt. Tim Schmidt, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times. The collection center is in the city's industrial district near the intersection of the 91 and 57 freeways. The Orange County Register reported that detectives were hoping to identify the woman through tattoos and fingerprints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Friday on a conveyor belt inside an Anaheim trash sorting facility as a homicide. The woman, believed to be between the age of 20 and 40, has not been identified, said Lt. Tim Schmidt, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department. He declined to elaborate on why authorities classified her death as a homicide,  citing the ongoing investigation. A section of the garbage collection site, in the 1100 block of North Blue Gum Street, remained closed Friday afternoon as coroner's officials conducted their examination.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Prosecutors have filed murder charges against four men in connection with a brawl five years ago that left two people fatally wounded by gunfire in an alley near a Long Beach flower shop. Authorities said that when the officers arrived at the scene in the 2000 block of Del Amo Boulevard in the early afternoon of March 1, 2009, they found two men with gunshot wounds: Long Beach residents Austin Seng and Chamreun Kong, both of whom died. A preliminary investigation revealed that two groups of men were engaged in a fight, and that shots were fired from one group into the next, striking Seng and Kong, according to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Police are looking for a 27-year-old man in connection with a Friday night shooting in Redondo Beach that left a Gardena man dead. The victim, Bobby Darren Reynolds, 38, was visiting relatives when he was shot multiple times at about 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Ralston Lane. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Redondo Beach Police Capt. Jeff Hink said Reynolds appeared to have been targeted. “We don't think it was random,” Hink said. But investigators do not know the motive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A dive into the deep dark depths of the La Brea Tar Pits by Los Angeles police Thursday paid off for investigators, who said they recovered multiple items from a cold homicide case. At 6 a.m. Thursday, personnel with the LAPD's Metropolitan Division, criminal gang homicide unit - as well as Long Beach police and port police - gathered in the 5800 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Authorities deployed heavy equipment, including metal detectors on land and in the tar, high-powered magnets and sonar to map the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives are seeking information about the shooting death of a man in Paramount. The shooting took place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 7200 block of Richfield Street. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead, authorities said. No further details were immediately available. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Homicide detectives were called to the scene of two deaths Tuesday morning, one involving a stabbing in Norwalk, the other a shooting in Sun Valley, police said. In Norwalk, a man was found with stab wounds at about 6:50 a.m. at the intersection of Studebaker Road and Ferina Street. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the man has not yet been fully identified and appears to be in his 50s. There was no immediate word of any suspects or arrests.
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