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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 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens
The rifle a gunman used to kill five people during a rampage in Santa Monica last week appears to have been modified accommodate large-capacity magazines. During the assault, John Zawahri, 23, had 40 magazines capable of holding 30 rounds each, authorities said. Zawahri fired about 100 shots during his assault, which lasted about 10 minutes, said law enforcement sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing. He fired at passing cars, a bus, pedestrians and police.
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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 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 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, 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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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It was a “perfect storm” of coincidences that led Debra Fine into a quiet neighborhood in Santa Monica last week 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, Fine was headed to record an audition to submit to the Voice. Singing, she said, is her passion. With President Obama in town, and sections of Sepulveda Boulevard blocked off, Fine headed along the side streets off Pico Boulevard.
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