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Downtown crime at two-year low

LA Downtown News

Recent week had less crime than any week in four years.

Dogfighting tip line launches in Los Angeles


The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday launched a 24-hour tip line for local residents to report dogfighting. Those who call the tip line (877-NO2-FITE) and provide information about a dogfighting ring, an upcoming dogfight or an individual who is involved in dogfighting will be able to collect up to $5,000 if the information leads to the arrest or conviction of individuals involved.

L.A. council confirms Beck as new police chief

LA Times

One councilman calls the hearing before their vote a 'love fest.' But some warn that the council and chief will soon be butting heads over increasing the size of the police force.

Police release sketch of man in attempted kidnapping

Daily News

Police on Tuesday released a composite drawing of a portly man who tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl as she was walking home from school in Encino.

Charlie Beck named L.A.'s new chief of police

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles City Council today appointed Charlie Beck as the city's new police chief. The council unanimously approved Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's nomination at a hearing this morning. There was no organized opposition to the nomination of Beck, currently an LAPD deputy chief, but the stakes are high.

In rebuff to city attorney, council committees support pot dispensaries

LA Times

Rejecting advice that Los Angeles must ban sales, lawmakers endorse patients' cash contributions to outlets, which cannot make a profit.

24-hour dogfighting tip line to be unveiled by L.A. County prosecutors

LA Times

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office and the Humane Society of the United States are collaborating to offer a 24-hour tip line -- and a substantial financial incentive for calling it -- to help L.A. County residents report incidents of dogfighting.

LAPD and other local police departments get state grants

Daily News

The Los Angeles Police Department is among police agencies in the Southland and statewide getting a slice of more than $3 million in traffic-safety grants intended for "Click It Or Ticket" enforcement efforts, the California Office of Traffic Safety announced Monday.

Man found guilty of murdering LAX police officer

Associated Press

A former aerospace worker has been found guilty of first-degree murder and carjacking in connection with the death of an airport police officer at Los Angeles International Airport in April 2005.

An epiphany, and an evolving philosophy of policing

LA Times

Chief-designate Charlie Beck has been with the LAPD more than 30 years -- and learned from what he calls the department's 'dark days.' He hopes his ideas will infiltrate the very fiber of his officers.

New police interceptor on horizon

The Detroit News

Ford says Crown Vic successor will be based on 2010 Taurus.

Drivers falling back into bad -- also illegal -- cell phone habits, authorities say

Contra Costa Times

California implemented a hands-free law in July 2008. In the following months, motorists generally heeded the message, authorities say. But a year and a half later, statewide data and anecdotal estimates suggest that drivers are falling back into bad habits.

Man eludes police to kill woman

LA Times

Police suspect the assailant climbed in a back window as they watched over her Mid-City apartment.

Dan Walters: California public pensions loom as big issue

Sacramento Bee

Advocates of overhauling California's troubled pension system for public employees couldn't have chosen a more providential moment to launch their reform campaign.

Beck careful not to 'jinx' job

Daily News

LAPD: Deputy chief says he won't to get too comfy before it's official.

Suspect sought in acid attack on South L.A. woman

LA Times

The LAPD asks the public for help in finding a man who allegedly raped, stabbed and beat his girlfriend on Halloween, pouring acid on her face and body to 'teach her a lesson.'

Death penalty is considered a boon by some California inmates

LA Times

Given the state moratorium on executions and an appeals process that can last for decades, inmates can expect to live a long time, and with privileges other prisoners lack.

Airing of L.A. pot ordinance set for Monday

Daily News

An ordinance aimed at regulating medical marijuana in Los Angeles will be discussed Monday at a joint session of the City Council's Public Safety and Planning and Land Use committees.

Criticism over California law that allows repeat DUI offenders to get licenses

San Mateo County Times

A Burlingame man with eight DUIs still had a valid driver's license when he got his ninth in January because he apparently never hurt or killed anyone and many of his previous convictions were outside a 10-year cutoff period used by the Department of Motor Vehicles to assess drivers, a department official explained Monday.

Burbank police chief steps down

LA Times

Tim Stehr, who became chief in 2007, did not give a reason for his resignation. Several current and former officers at the department are being investigated by the FBI.

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