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January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A woman acquitted of murder last year in connection with the high-profile slaying of an aspiring model filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Santa Monica police of intimidating witnesses and damaging her reputation. Kelly Soo Park, 48, alleges three witnesses who planned to testify on her behalf were scared off or tainted by Santa Monica Police Det. Karen Thompson. "We just want to present to the world and to the court that what's being portrayed in the media now is an incomplete story," Park's attorney, Ron Kaye, said of the lawsuit.
January 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Eureka, Calif., police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a church rectory, the Eureka Times-Standard reported. Authorities have not released the name of the victim, but Eureka Mayor Frank Jager identified him to the newspaper as the Rev. Eric Freed. A police department representative could not be reached for comment. According to the newspaper, Freed was discovered at the St. Bernard Church rectory Wednesday morning by a deacon. Freed may have been killed after a Tuesday evening Mass.
December 12, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Los Angeles police are investigating the fatal shooting of a victim believed to be a teenage boy Thursday morning in Watts. They responded about 8:45 a.m. to a fatal gunshot victim in the 9700 block of Antwerp Street in Watts, where they found a male suffering from a bullet wound, said LAPD Sgt. Joe Fleming. The victim, preliminarily identified as a 16-year-old, was taken to a hospital, where he died. His name has not been released, as family members have yet to be notified. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking victims in L.A. County Detectives were looking into the circumstances of the shooting, said LAPD Det. Deana Stark.
December 4, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - "Newtown 911, what's the location of your emergency?" The voice on the other end shook with fear. "Sandy Hook school," the woman said. "I think there's somebody shooting in here. " It was the first call received by police in Newtown, Conn., the morning of Dec. 14 after Adam Lanza had shot his way into the elementary school and begun rampaging down the corridors and into classrooms. When he was done, 20 first-graders and six school employees lay dead. Lanza, 20, who had shot his mother, Nancy, to death in their Newtown home, then killed himself.
November 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police are investigating the discovery of a burned body found in Playa Vista early Friday. Authorities said the body of an adult male was found outside about 7:15 a.m. in the 5700 block of Mesmer Avenue. Homicide detectives were on the scene, but few details were immediately available. Los Angeles County coroner officials had yet to identify the body. There have been four violent crimes in Playa Vista in the last six months , according to the Los Angeles Times crime mapping database.
November 26, 2013 | By Tina Susman, This post has been updated. See note below for details
A Connecticut judge Tuesday ordered the release of recordings of 911 calls made the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., rejecting a state prosecutor's arguments that they should remain sealed to protect witnesses and the victims' families. Judge Eliot Prescott made his decision after listening to the tapes himself, and he gave the state's attorney for the Danbury region, Stephen Sedensky III, until Dec. 4 to comply. The ruling came a day after the state released a 48-page summary of the 11-month police investigation into Adam Lanza's rampage, which killed 20 first-graders and six school employees.
November 19, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA tackle Torian White was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of felony sexual assault. UCLA police responded to a call from an apartment complex near the campus about 3 a.m., the school said in a news release. White, a redshirt sophomore from Inglewood, was arrested a short time later and booked into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Twin Towers correctional facility. As of late afternoon Tuesday, he was in custody without bail. No charges had been filed. White was scheduled to have a hearing Monday, but "we have asked for more investigation," said Jane Robinson, public information officer for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
November 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The L.A. County District Attorney's office has not made a decision yet on whether to file charges against UCLA offensive lineman Torian White, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. White was taken into custody early Sunday at an apartment complex on Glenrock Avenue near UCLA after campus police responded to a call about 3 a.m. of a disturbance there, officials said. Prosecutors received the case from UCLA police but said further investigation would be needed, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
November 15, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Miami police are investigating how a man fell out of a plane 2,000 feet above the ocean Thursday.  About 1:30 p.m., a pilot reported that the door of his Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft was open and that somebody had fallen out, Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Spc. Mark Barney told the Los Angeles Times. Police were interviewing the pilot, Miami Police Department spokesman Det. Javier Baez told The Times. Baez said he did not know whether it was a suicide, but the original report that he received said it was either a fall or a jump.  The incident happened about 8 miles southeast of the Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Barney said.
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