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Calif. says Facebook will remove inmates' pages

Associated Press

Facebook has agreed to work with law enforcement agencies nationwide to remove accounts set up by inmates or posted on their behalf, in part because prisoners are using the social networking site to stalk victims and direct criminal activity, California prison officials said Monday.

San Diego officer dies after 'unprovoked' shooting

LA Times blog

San Diego police officer Jeremy Henwood has died from wounds suffered in an “assassination,” a solemn-faced police Chief Bill Lansdowne announced Sunday.

Prosecutor in Jaycee Dugard case attacks parole system

LA Times

District attorney releases video taken by Phillip Garrido to bolster charges that the justice system relied too much on psychiatrists' opinions in freeing the convicted rapist and kidnapper.

Community policing reaches youths

LA Times

Officers from the LAPD's Southeast Division are taking kids from their Watts-area neighborhood on surfing trips and to sports events in an effort to reach them before gangs do. The result has been a marked decline in juvenile arrests.

Car slams into parked police cruiser, injuring 4 LAPD officers

LA Times blog

Four LAPD officers responding to a party call in West Hills were hurt -- one seriously -- early Saturday morning when a woman apparently fell asleep behind the wheel of a sports car and collided with one of their parked patrol cars, authorities said.

FBI data exchange system now fully operational

Information Week

The National Data Exchange system lets the agency share information with 18,000 local and regional criminal justice organizations.

Fatal shootings of police officers are on the rise

USA Today

Police officer deaths, including those fatally shot in the line of duty, are on pace to rise for the second straight year, despite a sustained decline in violent crime across the country.

Meth addict with flame thrower spared prison as states cut spending


Zackariah Lehnen, a 30-year-old transient, was paroled from a California prison in November after serving five months of a 16-month sentence for drug possession. He left under a program intended to reduce state costs by freeing nonviolent prisoners without supervision.

[Glendale, Calif.] Police union agrees to cut pay, contribute more to retirement

Glendale News-Press

The officers will take a pay cut and contribute more to retirement, saving the city $2.21 million.

Simi Valley, Anaheim police officers die in plane crash

Ventura County Star

A Simi Valley police officer and her boyfriend, an Anaheim police officer, were killed Sunday in a small plane crash in Winslow, Ariz.

Cities report surge in graffiti

NY Times

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Fresh blotches of graffiti decorate the backs of street signs here near the ocean.

California criminal database poorly maintained

LA Times

The information tells police and potential employers of a person's past offenses, but nearly half the arrest records don't say if a conviction ensued. State workers chase paper records trying to fill gaps.

Los Angeles shines a light on gang crime

Associated Press

It's after 10 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night, yet the park near Watts is bustling with kids.

Businesses look to cash in on 'Carmageddon'

Associated Press

Business owners touted promotions Wednesday aimed at cashing in on the upcoming closure of part of heavily traveled Interstate 405, while city officials sought to assure the public that they were ready for the effects of a possible traffic nightmare during what's being dubbed "Carmageddon" in freeway-dependent Southern California.

California DMV reiterates 30-day extension to renew car registrations in July and August

Sacramento Bee

Responding to confusion among some drivers, California Department of Motor Vehicles officials clarified Tuesday that anyone receiving a vehicle registration renewal notice in the mail this month or next will be given an extra 30 days beyond their renewal date to pay their fees.

Violent crime in L.A. continues decade-long decline

LA Times blog

Serious crime in Los Angeles dropped about 8% during the first six months of the year, continuing nearly a decade-long decline, city officials announced Tuesday.

CARMAGEDDON: Officials to rely on airborne CHP, roadway sensors

Torrance Daily Breeze

With Carmageddon looming, transportation officials said Monday they will rely on airborne CHP officers and vehicle-tracking sensors embedded in the pavement to monitor congestion and help keep motorists moving.

City Street Lane Closures During Mulholland Bridge Demolition Project

City of LA - Dept of Transportation

The Mulholland Drive Bridge will be demolished and reconstructed to accommodate the widening of the I-405 freeway and to add a northbound high-occupancy vehicle lane through the Sepulveda Pass.

Appellate court overturns Duncan's death penalty

Associated Press

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the death penalty of Joseph Edward Duncan III, saying he should have been given a competency hearing before he was allowed to waive his appeal.

Mean streets — for police

LA Times Op-Ed

Crime in Los Angeles is down, but citizen assaults on officers are up.

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