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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


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)


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]


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


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.

LAPD officers who stopped Hollywood gunman's rampage honored

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday showered praise on the three officers who confronted a gunman firing on people in Hollywood last week.

Suspect from LAPD's 'most wanted' list arrested at LAX

Torrance Daily Breeze

One of the Los Angeles Police Department's "most wanted" suspects was arrested as he was getting off a flight from South Korea to Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said today.

With illegal immigrants in mind, LAPD to change impound rules

LA Times

The change would let unlicensed drivers summon someone with a license, who would then be allowed to drive the car away. Chief Charlie Beck calls it a fairness issue. The police union opposes the plan.

NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

LA Times

States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

California's DUI deaths reach all-time low

LA Times blog

The number of drunk driving-related deaths dropped to a record low in California in 2010, marking the largest single-year decline in DUI fatalities in the last 14 years, a new report says.

Hollywood gunman: Friends tell LAPD of drug use, depression

LA Times blog

Friends of the gunman who opened fire on a street in Hollywood last week said 26-year-old Tyler Brehm had been acting strangely in recent weeks and appeared to be taking heavy drugs.

Amnesty for Unlicensed, Uninsured Drivers with Unregistered Cars


So much for public safety.

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