Los Angeles: Sheriff Villanueva and top aide defy watchdog subpoenas

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his second in command on Thursday defied subpoenas requiring them to testify before an oversight commission about ganglike groups of deputies and an investigative unit that has targeted the sheriff’s critics. The snub is the latest ploy in an increasingly hostile power struggle between Villanueva and the Sheriff Civilian OversightContinue reading “Los Angeles: Sheriff Villanueva and top aide defy watchdog subpoenas”

Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry charged with lying to feds hours after he denied crime in YouTube video

A federal grand jury indicted Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on charges of lying to federal investigators and another crime in connection with a probe about illegal campaign donations provided by a foreigner, prosecutors said. The announcement of the indictment in Los Angeles federal court came hours after Fortenberry, in an unusual YouTube video featuringContinue reading “Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry charged with lying to feds hours after he denied crime in YouTube video”

Long Beach school officer shoots 18-year-old, leaving her on life support

Video appears to show officer firing at fleeing car in incident fueling calls for removal of armed officers from schools An 18-year-old woman is on life support after a school safety officer shot her near a high school in Long Beach, California, this week, sparking outrage and renewing calls for armed officers to be removed fromContinue reading “Long Beach school officer shoots 18-year-old, leaving her on life support”

LAPD arrest suspect in Wi Spa attack; other agencies reviewing additional claims

Aaron Simmons, wanted by Los Angeles police for the last week on an assault with a deadly weapon charge in an attack on a member of the media during a transgender rights protest outside an L.A. spa this summer, has been arrested. Simmons was arrested by the LAPD on Wednesday morning in the San FernandoContinue reading “LAPD arrest suspect in Wi Spa attack; other agencies reviewing additional claims”

Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop

An internal police chief memo shows employees were directed to use ‘field interview cards’ which would then be reviewed The Los Angeles police department (LAPD) has directed its officers to collect the social media information of every civilian they interview, including individuals who are not arrested or accused of a crime, according to records shared with theContinue reading “Revealed: LAPD officers told to collect social media data on every civilian they stop”

California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died

When California legislators went home to their districts for their summer recess in mid-July, our state was gripped by climate disasters of historic proportions. It still is. The Dixie Fire became the second-largest single wildfire in California history. Desperately low water levels forced the Oroville hydro-electric plant offline for the first time ever, giving Californians even more reasonContinue reading “California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died”

‘Not backed by science’: L.A. County sheriff will not enforce mask mandate

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he “will not expend our limited resources” to ensure residents are following the order. He instead asked for voluntary compliance. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he will not enforce the reinstated indoor mask mandate because it contradicts guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a statement Friday, Villanueva said the departmentContinue reading “‘Not backed by science’: L.A. County sheriff will not enforce mask mandate”

LA beaches close after 17m gallons of untreated sewage discharged into bay

Health officials face anger over hours-long delay before notifying public of danger Seventeen million gallons of untreated sewage were discharged into California’s Santa Monica Bay between Sunday evening and early Monday morning, spurring beach closures, as well as criticism of how health officials notified the public about potential safety risks. The problems came to aContinue reading “LA beaches close after 17m gallons of untreated sewage discharged into bay”

LA County contract worker charged with stealing hundreds of vaccination cards

A Los Angeles County contractor working at a local COVID-19 vaccine center has been accused of stealing hundreds of blank vaccination cards.  The office of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a Wednesday press release that it had charged 45-year-old Muhammad Rauf Ahmed with one felony count of grand theft.  According to the district attorney’sContinue reading “LA County contract worker charged with stealing hundreds of vaccination cards”

Shooting reported at LA County fire station, suspect at large: Sheriff

A gunman is at large after at least one person was shot at a fire station in Southern California on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The gunfire was reported at 10:53 a.m. local time at Los Angeles County Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce, according to the sheriff’s department. Law enforcementContinue reading “Shooting reported at LA County fire station, suspect at large: Sheriff”

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