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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man was in critical but stable condition after he was shot in a confrontation with officers in a downtown Los Angeles parking garage, police said Monday night. No officers were injured in the shooting at the building in the 600 block of South Grand Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officer Sara Faden said earlier Monday that initial reports from the scene stated that the man was armed with a gun. On Monday night, she said it was unclear whether the suspect had a weapon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Claremont, police said Monday. The girl was attacked March 21 after the suspect entered her home while she was alone, according to the Claremont Police Department. Police said that evidence recovered at the scene led investigators to Joseph Chandler Davall, who lives in Yucca Valley. Davall was confronted Friday by officers who attempted a traffic stop. But he drove about a mile to his home and was arrested there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
Two boys were sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, police said. Both incident occurred last week, and authorities are trying to determine whether they are connected. According to KTLA-Channel 5, a teenage boy reported entering a restroom at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on Friday afternoon. A man forced him into a stall and fondled the boy's genitals, police said. On Wednesday at Hermosa Beach's Valley Park, a teen said a man physically overpowered and sexually assaulted him in the restroom there.
OPINION
April 20, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 28-year-old man who worked at a call center inside the Los Angeles Times building was being held for a mental health evaluation Saturday after he allegedly made threatening statements and handed his supervisor a pillowcase containing ammunition rounds, authorities said. The incident prompted a lockdown of The Times building Friday night as police searched the structure. The suspect, Matthew Lowes, is an employee of VXI Global Solutions, which rents space in The Times building. Lowes was reprimanded by his supervisor Friday afternoon and left the building, according to Norma Eisenman, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
You can't say anything these days without getting into trouble with the feminist thought police. For example, here's Kirsten Dunst, giving an interview to the U.K. Harper's Bazaar as part of a promotion blitz for her new film, "The Two Faces of January," slated for U.S release later this year: " 'I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued…. We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking -- it's a valuable thing my mum created.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | Times staff reports
Police were called to Los Angeles Times late Friday evening after someone made the report of a gunman in the building. UPDATE: Man in custody after shooting threat at L.A. Times building Multiple officers responded, and areas of the building were locked down. One woman reported that a co-worker had shown her a bag of bullets and said he was depressed. There were no confirmed reports of shots fired. No other details were immediately available. ALSO: Baby died in SUV while neighbors worked just a few feet away FBI: Man suspected of brutally killing his family may be in L.A. area Box of newborn kittens accidentally shipped from L.A. to San Diego metrodesk@latimes.com
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The nearly 13-minute 911 call in Denver that ended with the caller dead with a gunshot wound and her husband being taken to jail is being investigated to ensure the civilian dispatcher and responding officers properly handled the situation, police said. The suspected shooter, Richard Kirk, was ordered held without bond by a Denver judge on Wednesday. His wife, Kristine Kirk, reached 911 on Monday night to complain that her husband was hallucinating. She said the behavior was scaring her and their three children, according to a court document.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The mayor of Peoria, Ill., might have saved his Police Department and a handful of residents some grief if he had just joined Twitter. Instead, someone set up a phony but official-looking Twitter account in the name of Mayor Jim Ardis and proceeded to tweet about drugs, sexual exploits and even crack-smoking Rob Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor who's seeking reelection. Although Twitter suspended the account, the fraud was reported to the Peoria Police Department, which launched an investigation because the account impersonated a public official, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, Police Lt. Willie King Jr. told The Times on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Police will begin searching Orange County landfills in a hunt for the bodies of three women authorities say they believe were killed by two registered sex offenders charged with raping and murdering women who vanished from some of the county's toughest streets. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, are accused of killing four women, though police said they anticipate there is at least one additional victim. In a videotaped court hearing Tuesday morning, the two appeared briefly but did not enter a plea.
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