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Calif. teacher accused of kidnapping students at knifepoint for fast-food run

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police in Southern California have arrested a high school teacher accused of abducting three students at knife-point and ordering them to drive him to a fast-food outlet, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said John Edward Maust, 34, turned himself in and was arrested…

Los Angeles mother accused of stabbing her three daughters to death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California mother was charged on Friday with first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of her three daughters – all younger than 3 years of age – at their home in a working-class suburb of Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Carol Ann Coronado, 30, was arrested on…

Anti-bullying groups worried about California city’s vague anti-bullying ordinance

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A southern California city aims to fight back at bullies by making it a crime to pick on others, in a measure that would protect not only school children but anyone up to age 25 who is targeted for harassment. City leaders in…

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hires officers accused of sex abuse and other misconduct

Dozens of applicants were hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department although background checks turned up evidence of serious misconduct, according to a newspaper analysis. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the department made the hires in 2010 after taking over patrol of parks and government buildings from…

L.A. deputy punches special needs woman

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating one of their own officers after video surfaced showing him punching a special needs woman in the face. Passenger Jermaine Green, who recorded the incident on his cell phone, said that 42-year-old Julie Nelson had been polite before two deputies tried to…

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