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California Police Suspect Crime Ring Behind Violent Home Invasions

A number of recent home invasion robberies throughout Southern California have exhibited patterns that are leading police to suspect the crimes are linked to the same group of perpetrators. NBC4 Los Angeles reports that up to a dozen of these violent crimes are being investigated as potentially having been carried out by a crime ring in the Southland area. The home invasion crimes involve similar methods and similar targets: jewelry and money. Speaking to NBC4, Police Sgt. Chris Roosen described a crime scene at a recent home invasion in Torrance. “We had two subjects enter the residence, tie up both...

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Hate Crimes Continue in L.A. County

In recent months Los Angeles County has seen a number of hate crimes ranging from destructive vandalism to violent assaults. NBC Los Angeles reports that a home in the 2000 block of Midwickhill Drive in Alhambra was severely vandalized. Responding to a residential burglary report, police found racial slurs spray painted throughout the home and extensive property damage, including food dumped on floors, cabinets and televisions broken and bleach and vinegar poured out in several place. Four guns were also stolen from the home which had been rented to a black family. “This is one of the worst things I’ve...

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Innocent Man Freed After 34 Years in Prison

A man who spent 34 years in jail for murder had his sentence overturned when a Los Angeles judge agreed he did not commit the crime. CBS Los Angeles reports Kash Delano Register (53) became a free man in downtown Los Angeles at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility after being transported from the Northern California jail where he spent more than three decades. The judge hearing Register’s retrial overturned the conviction on Thursday and by Friday afternoon, he was released. In 1979, Register was convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of Jack Sasson (78) in West Los Angeles, reports...

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Double Murder Charges against CA Teen Dropped

A Compton teen held in a capital murder case has been released after a last-minute discovery of new evidence. Charges against him have been dismissed. NBC Los Angeles reports that Justin Marquis Scott (19) had been charged with capital murder and attempted murder in an Oct. 8 homicide in Inglewood. Scott’s ex-girlfriend and the grandmother of her then-current boyfriend were shot to death. Prosecutors allege Scott confronted his ex-girlfriend, Crystallyn Nguyen (18) and her boyfriend in the 11700 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard at around 12:30 p.m. According to NBC, it was believed that Scott shot Nguyen and her boyfriend’s...

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Violent Crime Spikes in L.A. After Decades of Decline

Crime rates in Los Angeles County have been declining for decades, but a recent weekend brought a spate of homicides that may threaten this trend. NBC 4, Los Angeles, reports that across seven communities in the county, 10 people died at nine locations within 48 hours. Neither law enforcement officials nor academics in the criminal justice field have been able to determine a pattern. Some point to research indicating that media coverage of mass shootings may lead to an overall increase in violence, and suggest that the recent shooting deaths in Washington, DC, at the Naval Shipyard may have been...

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California Legislators Face a Barrage of Gun Control Laws

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, state lawmakers are considering a heavy stack of gun-control bills that could make California the most heavily legislated state in the country when it comes to firearms. The San Jose Mercury News reports that lawmakers in California are considering a number of bills that would restrict and regulate firearms in the state far beyond any other state so far. Some of the proposals include strict new regulations on ammunition, and bans on a range of semi-automatic weapons. The wave of proposals may bring a fresh push to the national gun control debate, which...

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Crime Alerts Rise Significantly in 11 L.A. Neighborhoods

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) data analyzed by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database shows that weekly crime reports are up significantly in 11 neighborhoods across the city. The Times reports that six neighborhoods experienced a marked increase in violent crime, while a further five recorded increases in property crime. Of those with violent crime increases, Vermont Square reported the largest number of incidents with 19, up from an average of 12.8 violent crimes per week. In Boyle Heights, violent crime more than doubled the weekly average of 8.0, with 18 reports. The most unusual change occurred in Gramercy...

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Tracing Guns Used in Crimes, Not so Easy

Federal law prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from collecting information on or tracking the purchase of guns. In 2003, Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas first attached an amendment, now called the Tiahrt Amendment, to a Justice Department appropriations bill. Rep. Tiahrt served from 1995 until 2011. The amendment limited the ability of the ATF to give law enforcement agencies information about guns used in crimes, including their serial numbers, manufacturers, sellers and buyers. The amendment specifically prohibited the ATF from creating a national database of guns and gun ownership. Trying to trace a gun back...