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Second Tagger, "Pheb", Charged with defacing Venice Vietnam Memorial Wall

Today a second suspect was charged with defacing the Vietnam War Veteran's Memorial in Venice. Luis Daniel Median, 20, aka "Pheb," was charged with one felony count of vandalism over $400 damage with...

 

Liberty Mutual Advertises Accident Forgiveness Program, But Local DA's Won't Forgive It

Liberty Mutual Group agreed to pay a nearly million-dollar settlement regarding advertisements the insurance company aired for a car accident forgiveness program that is not available in California. Y...

 

Coolio Charged With Going Through Security at LAX, Packing a Pistol

Thursday rapper Coolio was charged for possessing a weapon while going through security at the Los Angeles International Airport. On September 17, Coolio, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey, was...

 

Patients to be Protected From Observation Status, under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

​A bill to protect hospital patients from the pitfalls of "observation" status was signed Tuesday by California Governor Jerry Brown. ​The bill, SB 1076, will require hospitals to provide...

 

Vons Stores Give Customers Plastic Bags Instead of Paper at Local Pavilions Stores

9/30: This week the Vons and Pavilions stores in Santa Monica and the local region have been selling customers "reusable" plastic bags instead of providing the usual, more environmentally-friendly...

 

Criminal Trial Ordered After the Death of a Lyft Driver in Torrance

​A man allegedly responsible for death of a Lyft driver in Torrance was ordered today to stand trial. Arturo Martinez Conchas, 21, of Hawthorne pleaded not guilty to one felony count of gross...

 

Celebrity LGBTQ YouTuber Admits on Facebook He Faked His Own Injuries

​9/29-- Today the Los Angeles District Attorney's office changed their case against Youtuber and LGBT rights commentator Calum McSwiggan to a felony vandalism charge. On September 26, McSwiggan,...

 

UC Berkeley Reinstates Anti-Israel Seminar, Over Jewish Protests of Anti-Semitism

On Monday UC Berkeley reinstated a course that had provoked controversy, not only for its virulently anti-Israel syllabus but also for its violation of University of California policy regarding politi...

 

Magistrates Don't Have To Perform Gay Marriages in North Carolina

In another North Carolina religious rights controversy, a federal district court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a NC law allowing religious accommodation for magistrates who don...

 

Gorman Pair Who Kidnapped Murder Victim's Children, Are Charged With Murder and Kidnapping

Following a multi-state manhunt for the murderers of a California woman near Gorman, the victim's stepsister and the stepsister's boyfriend were arrested in Colorado and charged today with murder and...

 

LAX Police Accused of Favoritism, Rule Bending, Tax Fraud. How safe is LAX?

The Assistant Police Chief at LAX resigned hours before CBS2 was to air an investigative report into allegations of corruption in his department. Brian Walker, 52, has admitted to misdemeanor tax...

 

Knock Knock Burglars Convicted in Pacific Palisades Theft

Four burglars engaging in "knock-knock" burglaries in Pacific Palisades received heavy sentences today after their no-contest pleas in court on Monday. Two men and two women working together were...

 

Victim Wrote His Name In Her Blood Before She Died.

A man whose victim wrote his name in her own blood was sentenced today for her murder. James Duane Grzeslo, 59, was found guilty on August 10 of the first-degree murder of his girlfriend. Grzeslo was...

 

NCAA Boycotts North Carolina to Protest State's Transgender Bathroom Laws

Two college athletic associations have stated they will boycott North Carolina to protest the state's transgender bathroom laws. North Carolina is among 29 states that will not recognize "sexual...

 

DA Files Civil Action Against Debt Collector Who Called Repeatedly Over 3 Years

Today the Los Angeles County District Attorney filed a $10 million civil lawsuit against a large debt collection company for violating state and federal laws against harassment. Jackie Lacey, the LA...

 

Cal. Farm Workers to be Paid Overtime, First State in U.S. to Pay Agriculture Overtime

California Governor Brown has signed a bill to give farm workers overtime pay. The state will become the first in the nation to grant agricultural workers the right to collect overtime pay when the...

 

Man Pleads Not Guilty to West Covina Murder, Canyon Body Dumping of Dancer

​A man accused of axing his friend in West Covina and dumping his body down a canyon pleaded not guilty today in Los Angeles Superior Court. Phillip Von Wade, 20, a resident of West Covina, is...

 

Surprise medical billing law passes State Legislature

​A bill to protect patients from surprise bills after a hospital visit was passed by the California state legislature and now awaits action by Governor Jerry Brown. The measure, AB 72, sponsored by...

 

BDS Mistakenly Disinvites Anti-Israel Filmmaker

Indirect pressure on a faculty member at Syracuse University forced her to disinvite an Israeli filmmaker from a planned 2017 conference on religion in film, as reported by Legal Insurrection. ​The...

 

Jared Drake Bell Guilty of DUI; Actor Pleads No Contest

An actor known for his roles in Ultimate Spider Man, Superhero Movie, and High Fidelity was sentenced today to four days in county jail and four years summary probation for a DUI in Glendale last...

 

Telling a 13 year old boy to shoot a 49 year old man, leads to conviction

A gang member was sentenced today after his conviction for directing a 13-year-old teen to shoot a man. Abraham Geronimo, himself only 23 years old, was found guilty by a jury in August of one count...

 

Man Gets 47 Years in Jail for Shoplifting on Third Strike Case

Today a shoplifter in Palmdale was sentenced to 47 years to life in state prison. The reason for the long sentence? It was his third strike. On March 5, 2014, the defendant, Geoffrey Scott Bueno aka...

 

Obama Administration Pushes No Cash Bail System for US Courts

In yet another face-off between the liberal left and law enforcement, the Obama Administration filed an amicus brief in a Georgia case that argues the unconstitutionality of fixed bail schedules, a...

 

"Most Dangerous Arsonist in LA History" Convicted of Setting 40 Fires in California

A serial arsonist was convicted on September 1 of multiple counts of arson. Harry Burkhart, 29, a German national, was found guilty of starting more than 40 fires in the Southland during the 2011...

 

Culture of Pressure in Traffic Court to Rule Against the Driver

The odds against drivers when it comes to parking tickets are even worse than most people think. David Goldstein, reporter for CBS2/KCAL9 is investigating a culture of pressure in traffic court to...

 

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