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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 Robert J. Lopez
A Chino Hills man was arrested after allegedly brandished a knife and trying to force an underage girl to perform a sex act, authorities said Thursday. Brandon Barbour, 20, confronted the girl Tuesday morning as she walked to school, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The girl ran away and reported what happened to school officials, who alerted authorities. The girl spotted Barbour on Wednesday in her apartment complex and told her father. He detained the suspect until deputies arrived.
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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 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 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, ParisĀ  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 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 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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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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