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January 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Los Angeles police and city officials are expected to announce Tuesday a reward for information in the killing last November of Joseph Gatto, a well-known artist and the father of a state assemblyman, found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. Assemblyman Mike Gatto and his family will be joined by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck and homicide detectives at a 2 p.m. news conference to announce the reward. Officials have not revealed how much money will be offered.
December 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A judge dismissed Monday all claims made against the cities of Los Angeles and Riverside by a camp ranger seeking reward money offered during the search for ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White determined that Richard Heltebrake's claims were without merit. Heltebrake was also ordered to pay $15,050 in attorneys' fees to the city of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. The decision is the latest development regarding the roughly $1 million offered during the February hunt for Dorner, who killed four people and wounded three others after vowing "unconventional and asymmetrial warfare" against police.
December 16, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
Police detectives Monday announced a $75,000 reward in the killing of a reality television director at his Glassell Park home in hopes of drumming up more leads in the case. James Marcus Howe , 42, and his wife were in their home shortly before 11 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving when a person posing as a solicitor knocked on the door. Two people then ambushed the couple, and a struggle ensued. One of the intruders pulled out a handgun and fatally shot Howe. His wife, Danae, survived, but Howe died at the scene.
December 15, 2013 | KTLA
Los Angeles police and city officials will announce a $75,000 reward for information in the fatal shooting of a reality TV director and writer who was killed in a home-invasion robbery at his Glassell Park home the day before Thanksgiving. James Marcus Howe was attacked Nov. 27 when he answered his front door after hearing a knock, authorities said. When he opened the door, three people stormed into the house, shooting and killing Howe and seriously injuring his wife. Their 6-year-old was not injured.
December 4, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Giving Tuesday pulled in significantly more than last year, with some charities saying they raised more in online donations than in any previous 24-hour period. The General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church, for example, said it pulled in $6.5 million in online giving from 11,000 donors in 34 countries Tuesday. The church's donation records date back to 1948. Ben Rhodes, associate general secretary of communications and development for the United Methodists said: "This is without question the largest single day for online giving.
November 25, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The first major free-agent signing of the off-season, the St. Louis Cardinals' acquisition of shortstop Jhonny Peralta, has exposed still-open wounds in Major League Baseball on the topic of performance-enhancing drugs. Peralta was among 12 players who accepted 50-game suspensions after evidence linking him to the use of banned substances surfaced during baseball's investigation of a closed South Florida anti-aging clinic. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun received a 65-game suspension for his connection to that case.
November 24, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - For the growing numbers of home purchasers who care about energy efficiency, it's the ultimate "green" goal: Lenders should recognize the net savings that energy improvements provide to property owners and take them into account when they underwrite and set the fees for mortgages. Appraisers should also recognize the added value. The rationale: Owners of homes that reduce energy consumption pay lower utility bills than owners of energy guzzlers, so why not factor these out-of-pocket savings into calculations of household debt-to-income ratios and appraised valuations?
November 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Pomona police are offering $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in any of the city's dozens of homicides this year. Although detectives have solved some cases and have leads on others, police said in a statement that “there are still witnesses out there that do have critical information related to the unsolved cases, who can make the difference between knowing who did it and proving who did it.” Pomona police did...
November 14, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's the letter everyone's received. The one that gets your attention by saying you've won a million dollars but is actually all about selling magazine subscriptions. But what if someone truly believed they'd won that million? And what if that individual was your crabby, cranky and cantankerous father and he insisted on going to prize headquarters to collect his money? In person. That, in a nutshell, is the premise of Alexander Payne's poignant and ruefully funny "Nebraska. " But summations can't convey the filmmaking delicacy that marries tart-tongued comedy with unexpected warmth in a story that touches on family, memory, getting old and staying alive.
November 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Homicide detectives in Santa Ana were seeking the public's help Tuesday in developing leads regarding a fatal stabbing in January. Jaime Mejia Zaragoza, 38, died at the scene after he was stabbed in the 700 block of East First Street on Jan. 20, the Santa Ana Police Department said. Zaragoza was attacked after he got into an argument with someone in a parking lot, police said. He was struck in the upper body. Detectives believe there may be witnesses who have not come forward.
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