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April 21, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
A man who owned a Los Angeles boot camp for troubled youths has accepted a plea deal and will serve jail time after teenagers claimed they were punched, slapped and stomped during the program, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.  Edgar Alvarado, 38, was sentenced Monday to 60 days in county jail, four years of felony probation and 30 days of community labor. In addition, Alvarado is prohibited from ever again engaging in any kind of counseling, training or care of minors, whether or not the position is paid.  Alvarado's sentencing is part of a plea deal that nixed two counts of child abuse, corporal injury to a child, and sexual battery by restraint and assault with a stun gun or Taser, according to a district attorney's office spokeswoman.  Over three years, teens were hospitalized after attending 180 Recon , a boot camp focused on "breaking down" teenagers in order to build them into positive community leaders.
April 15, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
Former NFL star Darren Sharper is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, his latest hearing in the ongoing legal saga involving sexual assault allegations in five states. Sharper, 38, has spent more than six weeks in an L.A. jail as prosecutors and his attorneys debate whether he can be held without bail on sexual assault and drug charges out of Arizona. [Updated at 9:55 a.m. PDT, April 15: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn continued the hearing to Thursday morning, citing the Wednesday matter in Arizona.
April 14, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles County officials proposed a budget Monday that would pump money into reforming major problem areas, including the jails and foster care system, while expanding county medical staffs to manage the transition to federal healthcare reform. As part of a $26-billion spending plan that builds on post-recession economic improvements, Chief Executive William T Fujioka called for adding more than 1,300 positions to county government, including nurses, social workers and staff for the newly created Sheriff's Department inspector general.
April 13, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
An SUV driven by a fatigued motorist crashed into a minivan on the Grapevine section of the 5 Freeway near Gorman on Sunday evening, critically injuring two children and four adults, the California Highway Patrol said. All six suffered major injuries and were taken by helicopter to three hospitals, said Sgt. Jon Staricka of the California Highway Patrol's Ft. Tejon office. One was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle, an L.A. County fire dispatcher said. The crash occurred about 5 p.m., when an Acura SUV in the fast lane, driven by a drowsy motorist, struck the center divider then veered back onto the freeway, striking a Honda minivan in the No. 2 lane, Staricka said.
April 11, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Elected officials in Los Angeles County and the California Legislature are launching a new push to crack down on pimps who sell underage girls and boys for sex and the customers who purchase their services. County officials announced Friday that signs would go up around the region over the next few months -- on public buses and trains and at rail stations and bus stops, as well as on 20 billboards donated by Clear Channel Outdoor -- bearing messages like, "Teens sold for sex aren't prostitutes.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Former NFL player Darren Sharper is slated for a hearing next week in Phoenix to decide whether he can continue to be held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women in Tempe last year. The Arizona charges are the latest against the Super Bowl-winning safety who has been charged with sexually assaulting four women and is under investigation in connection with another four assaults on women across several states. Los Angeles prosecutors initially charged Sharper, 38, with two rape and five drug counts, alleging he drugged and attacked two women he met at a West Hollywood club in two separate incidents.
April 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 29-year-old man accused of wounding a Los Angeles police officer after he opened fire at a Mid-City police station was charged Thursday with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer. Daniel Christoph Yealu, of Los Angeles, also faces gun allegations in connection with Monday night's shooting at LAPD's Wilshire Division station, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, prosecutors said he faces 75 years to life in state prison. Yealu, who was critically wounded by police, remains hospitalized and has not entered a plea.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report on spurring job growth in Los Angeles covers the bases, but leaves Hollywood out of the picture. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report, titled "A Time for Action," was commissioned last year by City Council President Herb Wesson and offers various prescriptions to reverse a net decline in jobs over the last two decades. The recommendations include such ideas as promoting bioscience research, establishing a regional tourism authority and combining the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
April 10, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
A new report from the blue-ribbon commission on Los Angeles County's safety net for abused and neglected children levels stinging criticism at the Board of Supervisors for a sluggish approach to reform, and declares that the system has fallen into a "state of emergency. " "Nothing short of a complete rethinking about how the county ensures safe and supportive care for abused and at-risk children will lead to the seamless and comprehensive child welfare system that the county has needed for decades," the commissioners wrote in a draft report expected to be approved in a vote Thursday afternoon.  The members of the commission said the elected Board of Supervisors has responded too slowly and failed to identify a coordinated mission and clear, measurable goals for the child-protection system.  The commission released its first set of recommendations in December.
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