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January 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A woman allegedly assaulted and kidnapped by her boyfriend on Christmas Day was rescued Saturday from a Palmdale apartment, authorities said. The boyfriend, identified as Giovanni McKinnis, 19, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, domestic violence, false imprisonment and violating a restraining order, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was being held in lieu of $1-million bail. McKinnis allegedly assaulted the 19-year-old woman - who is also the mother of his child - at her Palmdale home on Dec. 25, then took her against her will, a sheriff's statement said.
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December 16, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. A Palmdale sheriff's deputy who was responding to a call before broadsiding an SUV and killing two passengers did not have sirens or lights on, authorities said Monday. The fatal crash was reported about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Avenue R and 17th Streeet.  CHP Officer Gil Hernandez said the deputy was responding to a call that did not warrant the use of lights and sirens. He said there are different levels of response for radio calls that law enforcement officers receive.  Authorities said the SUV, a 1994 Ford Explorer, was traveling north on 17th Street and the sheriff's patrol car was heading east on Avenue R when the collision occurred.  “For unknown reasons” the SUV entered the intersection “directly in front of” the patrol car, according to a CHP statement released this weekend.
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December 15, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 14-year-old girl who was shot multiple times Saturday night in Compton in what authorities believe was a gang-related shooting, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call of gunshots about 10:10 p.m. at the corner of Elm and Alameda streets and discovered the girl lying in the street, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
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December 15, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Two people who were killed when the SUV they were riding in was struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol car in Palmdale on Saturday have been identified, authorities said. The two passengers were identified as Sarah Paynter, 20, of Van Nuys and Robert Delgadillo, 31, of Palmdale, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. The unidentified driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries, while the sheriff's deputy involved in the crash sustained moderate injuries, authorities said.
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December 14, 2013 | By Lisa Girion
A Los Angeles County sheriff's patrol car and SUV collided in Palmdale on Saturday, leaving two people dead and two others with minor injuries, authorities said. The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at 17th Street East and Avenue R, said Inspector Scott Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Paramedics pronounced two people dead at the scene, he said. The sheriff's deputy involved in the accident was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. ALSO: Man's car containing his wife's ashes is stolen at carwash Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is latest campus to report meningitis case Ronni Chasen autopsy report reveals early police account of her death lisa.girion@latimes.com Twitter: @lisagirion lisa.girion@latimes.com
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December 13, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Dressed in a red Santa suit, white beard and rimless glasses balanced on his nose, Langston Patterson sits on a velvet couch and waits for his adoring fans. Some call first to make sure he will be there. They come from Palmdale, Thousand Oaks and San Bernardino, driving past many shopping malls with Santas, but none that look like him. For nearly a decade, Patterson has been the main attraction at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza during Christmastime: a rare black Santa Claus in a sea of white ones.
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December 10, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Two brothers accused of shooting and killing a 7-year-old girl in Palmdale during a car chase were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and Carlos Peralta, 19, face felony counts of murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County distirct attorney's office.  The brothers -- both of Palmdale -- also face three counts of attempted murder, along with gun and gang allegations....
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December 5, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A 39-year-old woman who allegedly kidnapped her three children remained at large Thursday, a day after the siblings were found safe. Nisshawn Murphy was being sought after she failed to heed a judge's order to relinquish custody of her children due to several criminal convictions. She allegedly kidnapped her 10-year-old son outside his Palmdale foster home and left with his two younger siblings. The 10-year-old was reported missing about 8:50 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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December 3, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Republican state Sen. Steve Knight of Palmdale said Tuesday that he too will be a candidate for the congressional seat held by Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon -- if the Santa Clarita Republican decides not to seek re-election next year. Knight's announcement comes a day after it was revealed that another Republican, former state Sen. Tony Strickland, switched from a neighboring, Ventura County-based race to McKeon's district.  Like Knight, Strickland said he would run if McKeon doesn't.  McKeon, 75, has not said whether he plans to seek re-election, but speculation has been building for months about his possible retirement.
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December 2, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A Los Angeles County Superior court judge, who earlier this year found the city of Palmdale to be in violation of the California Voting Rights Act, has ordered the city to hold  a new, by-district election for its four City Council posts. In a ruling dated last week and received by the parties over the weekend, Judge Mark V. Mooney ordered that the special election, to replace the balloting for council seats held last month, is to be conducted June 3, the same day as the California primary.
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