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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
Prosecutors Say Death Penalty Decision Expected in November in LAX Murder Case

Prosecutors Say Death Penalty Decision Expected in November in LAX Murder Case

The decision on whether to seek the death penalty in the case against Paul Anthony Ciancia is ultimately up to Attorney General Eric Holder.
CHP Issues Amber Alert for 2 Children

CHP Issues Amber Alert for 2 Children

The biological mother allegedly abducted them, but then she showed up Wednesday night disoriented and without the children.
Know CPR? Here's How to Get to Where You're Most Needed

Know CPR? Here's How to Get to Where You're Most Needed

An app was launched in Los Angeles County today that can connect a heart attack victim with someone nearby who knows CPR.
L.A. Councilman's Former Aide Charged in Alleged Embezzlement Scheme

L.A. Councilman's Former Aide Charged in Alleged Embezzlement Scheme

Robert Katherman Jr. is accused of conspiring with a Peninsula representative of the West Basin Water Municipal Water District.
Board of Supes Extends $10K Reward for Info that Helps Solve RHE Murder

Board of Supes Extends $10K Reward for Info that Helps Solve RHE Murder

Jeffrey Tidus, an attorney who also owned a toy store in Redondo Beach, was shot dead in his driveway.
PVE Police, City Officials to Block 'Party Hop' to Heighten Crime Prevention Awareness

PVE Police, City Officials to Block 'Party Hop' to Heighten Crime Prevention Awareness

They'll be making 19 stops throughout town. You're invited to join them.
South Bay Water District Rep Charged with Misusing Public Funds

South Bay Water District Rep Charged with Misusing Public Funds

Ronald C. Smith is accused of using about $20,000 public funds to pay for rent, boat repairs and his children’s tuition.
Police: Don't Let Hot Cars Become Death Traps

Police: Don't Let Hot Cars Become Death Traps

The temperature inside a vehicle left in the summer sun can rise nearly 34 degrees in 30 minutes.
Tips: How to Deal with a Thunderstorm

Tips: How to Deal with a Thunderstorm

When a thunderstorm is occurring, nowhere outdoors is safe from possible lightning strikes, so people should seek shelter.
Rancho Palos Verdes Nurse Who Defrauded Medicare Gets 57 Months in Prison

Rancho Palos Verdes Nurse Who Defrauded Medicare Gets 57 Months in Prison

Hee “Angela” Jung Mun pleaded guilty in 2012 to federal health care fraud charges stemming from the scheme that targeted elderly.
Appellate Court Upholds Conviction of RPV Cliff Jumper who Killed, Cooked Wife

Appellate Court Upholds Conviction of RPV Cliff Jumper who Killed, Cooked Wife

David Viens had jumped off Inspiration Point after learning that his wife's disappearance was being investigated as a homicide.
Sketch of Peninsula Peacock Killer Released

Sketch of Peninsula Peacock Killer Released

A man shot a peacock in the driveway of a home in the 27000 block of Eastvale Road on July 9, the spcaLA reports.
Deputies Suspect Threesome Behind ID Theft Spree that Snagged Local Residents

Deputies Suspect Threesome Behind ID Theft Spree that Snagged Local Residents

Victims are scattered throughout the Southland, from Rancho Palos Verdes and Hermosa Beach to Pasadena to Ontario.
UPDATED: Missing Teen's Family Help Locate Body off Rancho Palos Verdes

UPDATED: Missing Teen's Family Help Locate Body off Rancho Palos Verdes

Members of the family began screaming from Inspiration Point, saying there's somebody in the water.
Day 5 Begins in Search for Missing Swimmer off RPV

Day 5 Begins in Search for Missing Swimmer off RPV

A team of special divers was expected to continue the search today for an 18-year-old swimmer from Long Beach.
Day 3 in Search for Missing Teen Ends Without Results, to Resume Saturday

Day 3 in Search for Missing Teen Ends Without Results, to Resume Saturday

The divers scoured a cave with poor visibility in search of Joseph Sanchez of Long Beach, who is thought to have drowned while cliff jumping with friends,
Day 3: Divers, Helicopters, Boats Continue Search for Missing Swimmer [UPDATED]

Day 3: Divers, Helicopters, Boats Continue Search for Missing Swimmer [UPDATED]

Joseph Sanchez, 18, of Long Beach, was left on a rock by a friend who went to get help. He was never seen again. "Our divers began making dives at daybreak and will continue until sundown,"
RPV Man Accused of Stealing from Lomita Mosque

RPV Man Accused of Stealing from Lomita Mosque

John Gerlak was one of four people arrested this week.
Day 2 in Search for Missing Swimmer Ends, Divers to Resume Friday

Day 2 in Search for Missing Swimmer Ends, Divers to Resume Friday

Since July 1, Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards have made more than 50 ocean rescues, three of which were major.