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Cyclists fear new law will mean less punishment for bike thieves

LA Times blog

BICYCLE THIEF: Streetsblog Los Angeles looks at how some of the new year's new laws will affect urban movement. First up: The value threshold for grand theft charges must now be at least $950 (previously $400), meaning that bicycle thieves could face fewer penalties for stealing:

Villaraigosa cites officer hiring level in crime dip

LA Daily News

COUNCIL: Mayor wants city to continue staffing LAPD and cut budget elsewhere.

California investigates inmate's Facebook account

Associated Press

California officials are investigating a state prison inmate they suspect used a Facebook account to post messages to his mother and others from behind bars.

'Grim Sleeper' photos: 4 missing persons cases opened, 53 women identified

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police detectives said Thursday they are investigating at least four missing persons cases as a result of publicizing photos seized from the South Los Angeles property of alleged "Grim Sleeper" serial slaying suspect Lonnie David Franklin Jr.

L.A. budget chief says police hiring at risk without lease of city parking garages

LA Times

The mayor's top financial advisor says even if a deal is reached, L.A. still needs to pursue a 'drastic' round of short-term cuts that would be among the deepest of the city's current financial crisis.

L.A. budget director paints grim picture of city's finances

Contra Costa Times

The Los Angeles budget director Wednesday painted an even grimmer picture of the city's financial health, saying steeper cuts - including 10 more furlough days and shutting down some departments one day a week - would be needed to balance this year's spending plan.

Sex offender at large after cutting off monitoring device

LA Daily News

A paroled sex offender from Pacoima cut off his GPS monitoring device and was at large Wednesday, according to officials.

Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Beck trumpet drop in crime, seek funding to hire to attrition in next budget

Southern California Public Radio

The City of Los Angeles recorded the lowest number of homicides in more than 40 years - 297 murders occurred last year.

Massachusetts House leader promises 'thorough review' of GOP plan to ban parole for some violent criminals

The Boston Globe

Outraged House Republicans, criticizing the state Parole Board's decision to free a serial armed robber who shot and killed a Woburn police officer last week, demanded action today on a bill to crack down on repeat violent offenders.

Court: No warrant needed to search cell phone

MSNBC

The next time you're in California, you might not want to bring your cell phone with you.

LAPD Unlikely To Cut Jobs Amid Budget Crisis

CBS Local

Chief, mayor tout 40-year-low murder rate.

Los Angeles mayor rules out possibility of reducing police force

Xinhuanet

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday he did not favor the idea of reducing the city's police department.

$50K rewards offered for 3 South LA killings

KABC-7

A recent string of murders in South Los Angeles prompted the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday to unanimously approve three separate $50,000 rewards.

LAPD arrests man in standoff after woman is slain in Hollywood

LA Times blog

A man was in custody after holding Los Angeles police at bay for several hours Tuesday after a woman was fatally shot in a Hollywood apartment complex

Fewer murders, fewer solved

KFI AM 640

While the City of Los Angeles ended 2010 with the fewest murders on record in decades, officials admitted Tuesday the percentage of solved cases had also shrunk, perhaps as a result of overtime caps that have sharply restricted the availability of detectives.

Jam prisoners' cellphone calls? New federal report explores possibilities

LA Times blog

The Obama administration doesn't want dangerous prison inmates, such as convicted mass murderer Charles Manson to make calls or send text messages from contraband cellphones because of the possibility that they could direct new crimes.

No seat belts in 42% of fatal police car crashes

USA Today

At least 42% of police officers killed in vehicle crashes over the past three decades were not wearing seat belts or other safety restraints, according to a federal review.

For public safety, 2011 a year of big decisions

California Watch

California is carrying the weight of decades-old public safety woes into the new year.

Deputy, suspect dead in Ohio trailer park standoff

Associated Press

It began with a sheriff's deputy investigating a report of gunfire at a trailer park. By the time it was over, the deputy and the suspected shooter were dead, and a police officer was wounded in a gunbattle with the suspect.

Crackdown on mobile signs hits the Valley

LA Daily News

Officers towed more than a dozen so-called mobile billboards parked in the West San Fernando Valley on Sunday in an unprecedented crackdown against a controversial industry officials are trying to get off city streets.

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