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Suspect faces life term in arson rampage

LA Times

Harry Burkhart's 'rage against Americans' inspired a four-day rampage, prosecutors say. More charges are expected as bail is set at $2.85 million.

Despite weak economy, crime in Los Angeles County still declines

LA Times

There were thousands fewer crimes reported in 2011 than 2010 in areas the LAPD and Sheriff's Department patrol. The trend puzzles some but reinforces a common police view that other factors are at play.

Suspect in parole agent shooting involved in 2002 SWAT standoff

LA Times blog

A parolee apprehended Wednesday night on suspicion of shooting a parole officer after an hours-long manhunt was involved in a standoff with SWAT officers in the same general area in 2002, law enforcement authorities told The Times.

New handgun regulation faces federal lawsuit

California Watch

A new California law that prohibits the carrying of an unloaded handgun in public already is under legal attack.

L.A. arson suspect's mother in federal custody on German warrant

LA Times blog

The mother of the suspect in a string of arson fires in Los Angeles was arrested last week at the request of the German government.

Tip from federal officials was big break in L.A. fires

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said the key break in the L.A. serial arson investigation came Saturday night when federal officials recognized a "person of interest" in the fires.

Hollywood man arrested in weekend arson spree

KPCC

A Hollywood man has been arrested in connection with the weekend spree of 53 fires from West Hollywood to the San Fernando Valley.

New year brings new laws in California

LA Times

Of 760 bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011, most take effect Jan. 1. Here are some highlights.

LAPD on tactical alert after 15-20 suspected arson fires

KTLA5

Authorities are searching for one or more suspects after a rash of arson fires in West Hollywood and Hollywood early Friday morning, including one that damaged the former residence of Jim Morrison.

US police fatalities up 13 percent in 2011 to 173

Associated Press

One Oregon police chief was killed when a man allegedly took the officer's gun and shot him in the head.

D.A. Cooley warns residents about robocall scams

Torrance Daily Breeze

An elaborate phone scam aimed at stealing credit card and ATM information is targeting Los Angeles County residents, District Attorney Steve Cooley warned Tuesday.

California executions remain in everlasting limbo

San Jose Mercury News

As California nears its sixth year without an execution, state officials find themselves once again grappling with a judge's order that concludes they've botched crafting a new and legal method of putting condemned killers to death by lethal injection.

LAPD Turns a Blind Eye to Illegal Aliens without Driver’s Licenses

PJ Media

There was a time in California when the law affected the number of illegal aliens coming over the border. Today it is the number that affects the law.

More officers dying in ambush attacks

USA Today

Despite a national campaign focused on police safety, the number of officers killed in the line of duty will increase for the second consecutive year, largely because of an alarming spike in ambush-style attacks, a Justice Department review found.

LA to Go Easier on Unlicensed Drivers - Driving it Home with John & Ken (Video)

KFI640

KFI 640's John & Ken discuss a new plan by Los Angeles' mayor and police chief to no longer impound the cars of motorists driving without a license.

Analysts: Better policing behind cut in crime

CBS News

The latest FBI figures show there's a lot less violent crime across the country this year, a trend experts attribute to a larger investment in crime prevention by government and law enforcement.

Striking before they kill

LA Daily News

Sitting in an unmarked car on a recent morning, LAPD Sgt. Ron Alberca trained his binoculars on a man who had just left Van Nuys Superior Court and was walking briskly into the nearby residential area.

If You Don’t Have a License, Who Gets the Car? [AUDIO]

KCRW

The City of Los Angeles impounds the cars of unlicensed drivers for up to 30 days, which costs an average of $2000.

FBI: Violent and Property Crime Fell In Early 2011

PoliceMag.com

Violent crime and property crimes reported to law enforcement fell in the first half of 2011 despite a stagnant economy, the FBI announced Monday.

Mayor Villaraigosa's policy to end seizure of vehicles of unlicensed drivers panned

LA Daily News

Last weekend, an unlicensed driver ran down a 60-year-old woman trying to cross the street in Panorama City, killing her.

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