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June 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Two men with alleged gang ties were charged with murder and attempted murder Thursday in connection to a shooting earlier this week near Santa Monica College, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. In addition, a third man was charged with being an accessory in the shooting, which killed one man and left another in critical condition. Christopher Chonan Osumi, 19, Meliton Lorenzo Lopez, 23, and Noah Jason Farris, 32, were scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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June 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Santa Monica police said Thursday night that the gunman who killed five people last week had been denied a firearm in 2011. The revelation raises more questions about how John Zawahri got the semi-authomatic weapon he used in the attack. Law enforcement sources told The Times Wednesday that the weapon was put together from various parts, possibly in an attempt to circumvent the state's restrictions on such guns. While certain types of AR-15-style rifles are banned in California, it's legal to purchase parts that can be used to assemble and customize the guns.
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June 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The gunman who killed five people last week during a shooting rampage through Santa Monica left an "almost conversational" farewell note expressing remorse for killing his father and brother, law enforcement authorities said Thursday evening. John Zawahri, 23, also wrote that he hoped his mother would be cared for financially and said goodbye to several friends. At a news conference, police gave their most detailed account yet of Zawahri's trail of bloodshed June 7 as he made his way from his father's home on Yorkshire Avenue and along busy Pico Boulevard before storming onto the Santa Monica College campus, where he was fatally wounded by officers in the library.
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June 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people died Thursday night in Pico Rivera after two compact cars collided, authorities said. The victims appeared to have been ejected from one of the vehicles in the crash near San Gabriel River Parkway and Rose Hills Road near the 605 Freeway, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. "It's terrible," Lt. Andrew Meyer of the agency's Pico Rivera station told The Times. He said information coming from his deputies at the scene was preliminary. They were gathering evidence and trying to piece together what transpired.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Metro bus and tow truck collided in downtown Los Angeles early Wednesday, seriously injuring both drivers and sending the truck careening into a convenience store. The crash occurred about 5:10 a.m. at 5th Street and Broadway. TV news video showed the mangled front of the bus and the tow truck's cab pancaked. Both drivers had to be removed with the Jaws of Life, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. The bus driver, a 35-year-old woman, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A former Simi Valley elementary school teacher was due in court Wednesday on charges she had an unlawful relationship with a student. Malia Brooks, 32, who worked at Garden Grove Elementary, was arrested by Simi Valley police Tuesday on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a child under 14 years old, KTLA reported. She was being held in lieu of $2-million bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning, Ventura County Sheriff's Department records show. Officials with the Simi Valley Unified School District alerted police in February, telling authorities the relationship between the student and Brooks had been going on for four months, the Ventura County Star reported.
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June 12, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens
The semiautomatic weapon used in the Santa Monica shooting rampage appears to have been put together from various parts, possibly in an attempt to circumvent the state's restrictions on such guns, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. Although certain types of AR-15-style rifles are banned in California, it's legal to purchase parts used to assemble and customize the guns. Santa Monica police have said John Zawahri, 23, used an AR-15-style gun during the attack and was also carrying a .44-caliber handgun.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
It was a "perfect storm" of coincidences that led Debra Fine into a quiet neighborhood in Santa Monica last Friday at the exact moment a gunman set off on a chaotic rampage. A former Disney executive who had quit her job to spend more time with her 15-year-old twins, the 49-year-old Westwood resident was headed to record an audition to submit to the NBC singing competition "The Voice. " Singing, she said, is her passion. With President Obama in town and sections of Sepulveda Boulevard sealed off, Fine headed along the side streets off Pico Boulevard.
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June 12, 2013 | By KTLA
A 21-year-old college student at UC Riverside was in custody after pleading not guilty to trying to get her current boyfriend to kill her ex-boyfriend. According to the Press-Enterprise , Barbara Wu was charged in May with soliciting murder, making terrorist threats, vandalism, stalking and other crimes. She pleaded not guilty at a hearing Tuesday. Wu's current boyfriend got a restraining order against her, two days after she allegedly asked him to kill her former lover. In the court document, Dennis Lin wrote Wu wanted him to break the man's legs with a baseball bat, kill him and discard the body.
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June 12, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The creator of a 200-pound pink bulldog statue that was stolen in West Hollywood is willing to give another of his sculptures in exchange for it, authorities said Wednesday. The pink bulldog was part of an installation of six sculptures placed in a West Hollywood median of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, ahead of the city's annual Gay Pride parade. Someone made off with the 200-pound artwork early Monday, city officials said. "They're so fun that people might not take them seriously," said Andrew Campbell of the West Hollywood Economic Development Division.
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