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June 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Trains on the San Bernardino Metrolink lines were being delayed during the rush-hour commute Thursday after a train struck a pedestrian east of Montclair, the transit agency said. Train 331 was headed for Los Angeles when it struck a pedestrian who had trespassed onto the track, Metrolink said on its Twitter account. Passengers were being advised to use their tickets to board the F oothill Transit Silver Streak bus at Montclair to travel to Union Station in downtown L.A. [Updated 6:26 p.m.: Trains are now running at restricted speeds and the bus bridge has been canceled, Metrolink said.
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June 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
Three men linked to a shooting near Santa Monica College that left one man dead and another victim critically wounded are due in court Thursday. Christopher Chonan Osumi, 19 and Meliton Lorenzo Lopez, 23, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder and were being held in lieu of $1-million bail. Noah Jason Farris, 32 , was arrested for allegedly being an accessory to a felony. Farris served time in state prison and was under the supervision of county probation authorities, police said in a statement.
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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 Samantha Schaefer
Rapper 2 Chainz was arrested at LAX this week after officials found marijuana and a bottle of “purple drank” in his checked bag. Tauheed Epps, 35, was removed from a departing flight and arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, according to a statement from Sgt. Belinda Nettles, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Airport Police. Airport police responded to a narcotics investigation in the baggage check area of Terminal 5 at about 1 p.m. Tuesday. Transportation Security Administration agents told officers they found marijuana and a bottle of promethazine with codeine, the key ingredients in the drink known as “sizzurp” or "purple drank," in Epps' checked bag. 2 Chainz was taken to the airport police station for preliminary processing and then booked at the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division without incident, Nettles said.
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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
The gunman who killed five people in Santa Monica last week fired off about 100 rounds during a rampage that lasted 10 to 15 minutes, according to law enforcement officials. Authorities are trying to trace the semi-automatic weapon John Zawahri , 23, used. Officials have said the gunman was well armed and had the ability to use about 1,300 rounds. But the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, told The Times investigators found evidence of about 100 rounds fired at the five shooting scenes that stretched from his father's home to Santa Monica College.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A recording of the discussion among emergency personnel related to Paris Jackson's apparent suicide attempt last week has been released to the media. In the recordings, obtained by the Associated Press, paramedics are told Michael Jackson's teenage daughter had taken 20 Motrin pain reliever pills and used a knife to cut herself. The night before the apparent suicide attempt, Paris  tweeted : "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay.
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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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