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  • Ex-Bell Leader Robert Rizzo to Plead Guilty to Federal Tax Evasion

    Robert Rizzo, the former Bell city manager who was caught in a public corruption scheme in 2010, agreed to plead guilty to evading hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal income tax. In a plea agreement filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Rizzo, 59, admitted guilt on two felony charges: corruption and filing a false federal tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. The agreement, which comes 10 weeks after Rizzo entered a no contest plea to 69 state criminal […]

  • Gang Member ‘Green Eyes’ ID’d as Suspect in Arleta Road-Rage Slaying

    Police have issued an arrest warrant for a San Fernando Valley gang member suspected of killing a young driver in a road-rage incident earlier this year. Luis Alberto Gutierrez, Jr., 24, was named as suspect in the July 13 Arleta slaying, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday. He had been “on the run” since investigators began asking questions about him in early August, police said. The incident occurred at 3 p.m. on Branford Avenue when three men in a […]

  • UC Riverside Staffer Diagnosed With Meningitis

    An administrator at UC Riverside has contracted bacterial meningitis, a rapidly-spreading disease that has recently cropped up at college campuses nationwide. The staffer was diagnosed and hospitalized over the weekend and will remain off campus until he or she is treated, university officials — who would not disclose the patient’s name — announced Monday. Officials said they were beginning to notify students and staff who may have been in close contact with the administrator. It was unclear which strain of meningitis […]

  • Several Protesters Taken Into Custody at Downtown Social Workers Rally

    At least seven people were taken into custody Tuesday when police responded to a large rally in downtown Los Angeles held by striking county social workers who say they’re overburdened with heavy case loads that affect children’s safety. Aerial video showed hundreds of protesters filling the intersection of Hill and Temple streets just after 1 p.m., many waving signs and carrying megaphones. Dozens of officers escorted one woman into a police car as the strikers continued to protest. Later, seven protesters […]

  • South Carolina Sheriff Refuses Presidential Order to Lower Flag for Mandela

    A South Carolina county sheriff posted online that he planned to refuse to follow a presidential order to lower American flags in memory of Nelson Mandela, the South African political icon who died Thursday. In the order, President Barack Obama asked that all public buildings — including law enforcement offices — fly U.S. flags at half-staff until sunset Monday as a sign of respect for Mandela. “We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said in his […]

  • Suspect in O.C. Rape Held on $1 Million Bail

    A Tustin man was due in court Friday after allegedly abducting a woman and sexually assaulting her in his home. Michael Curtis Hernandez, a 37-year-old construction worker, was booked on rape and kidnapping charges Wednesday, according to the Tustin Police Department. Investigators say the rape occurred on Sunday, after the suspect grabbed the female victim, then forced her inside his Tustin apartment. Hernandez has an “extensive history of prior arrests,” police say, including convictions for kidnapping, false imprisonment and child annoyance. […]

  • 2 Arrested in Blowtorch, Tire Iron Attack Outside O.C. Doughnut Shop

    Police in Orange County arrested a man and woman Friday after an altercation outside of a local doughnut shop turned violent. Fortino Rueda, Jr., 33, and Maria Guadalupe Caudillo, 40, were booked on robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. The fight began around 6:30 a.m. when Rueda and Caudillo, along with another unidentified man, allegedly attempted to steal garden equipment from a truck parked outside of Donut Villa in Santa Ana (map). While […]

  • Tearful Vigil Held for Girl, 9, Killed by Pickup in Rancho Cucamonga

    A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night in Rancho Cucamonga to mourn the death of a 9-year-old girl who was hit by a pickup truck while walking near her school the previous day. The crash occurred at East Avenue and Banyan Street (map) — less than a block from Etiwanda Colony Elementary School — around 3 p.m. Wednesday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday. “We’ve been so blessed to have her in our lives for the short amount […]

  • Bald Eagle Counting Season to Start in SoCal; Volunteers Needed

    Calling all birdwatchers: National forest officials are asking for volunteers to help count bald eagles in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains this winter. Starting on Dec. 21, forest rangers will hold monthly get-togethers, where volunteers can meet in the mountains, grab a pair of binoculars and help observe the once-endangered national bird. According to the U.S. Forest Service, counting events help authorities monitor the bald eagle population — which was close to extinction three decades ago — and […]

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