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Los Angeles college evacuated and locked down after report of man with gun

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles college and nearby occupational center were being evacuated and locked down on Friday after reports that a missing and suicidal man could be armed and in the vicinity, police said. A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said officers were searching for the missing…

Woman ejected from moving LAPD car says cop was sexually assaulting her

A 27-year-old Los Angeles pharmacist has sued the Los Angeles Police Department over injuries she sustained when she was thrown from a moving squad car. The New York Daily News reported that Kim Nguyen says she fell from the car as she struggled to escape sexual assault by a police…

Police arrest 28-year-old man linked to dry ice ‘bombs’ at Los Angeles airport

A man has been arrested in connection with explosive devices made from dry ice found at the Los Angeles International Airport, police said Wednesday. The suspect, Dicarlo Bennett, was taken into custody Tuesday and booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft. Bail has been set at $1…

Former California cop arrested for raping prostitutes while in uniform

A former police officer in Southern California was arrested Thursday for allegedly raping two prostitutes while he was in uniform or carrying his service gun, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The charges in this case describe disgraceful abuses of police authority that simply cannot be tolerated in our society,”…

UPDATE: L.A. police close inquiry into Scientology leader’s wife

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday closed their inquiry into the whereabouts of the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, a police spokesman said. The location of Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, had come under police investigation after actress Leah Remini, who recently left…

Coroner says Canadian tourist found in hotel water tank died of natural causes

Coroner’s officials say that a Canadian tourist whose body was found in a Los Angeles hotel’s water tank died from an accidental drowning. According to the Los Angeles Times, medical examiners found no signs of trauma on the body of Elisa Lam, and toxicology reports returned clean. Lam’s body was…

LAPD say ex-cop Dorner in manhunt faces possible death penalty

Police following hundreds of tips say accused murderer may have had help in evading dragnet around Big Bear ski resort Police in California are chasing more than 1,000 tips and reported sightings of Christopher Dorner, the fugitive former police officer who has eluded a massive manhunt and is eligible for…

‘Violent’ Madonna stalker escapes from hospital

A man convicted of stalking Madonna and who has “very violent tendencies” has escaped from a psychiatric hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Thursday. Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, who was convicted in 1996 of stalking Madonna — he once scaled a wall of the star’s Hollywood home and…

Two suspects charged over LA arson spree

LOS ANGELES — Two men have been charged over a spree of more than 50 arson attacks which kept Hollywood on edge over the New Year holiday, Los Angeles police said Monday, after a fourth night of fires. A new suspect, named as 55-year-old Alejandro Pineta, was arrested in the…

Shots fired at Chinese consulate in LA: police

LOS ANGELES — Shots were fired at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles on Thursday, but no one was injured, police said, adding that an Asian suspect was being sought. The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that the shooting occurred after a scuffle between protesters outside the building and a…

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