Doris Payne, 83, seen at a November court appearance, has a rap sheet that dates back decades. She pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a diamond ring from a Riverside County jewelry store. The octogenarian was sentenced to four years in custody -- two in county jail, two under mandatory supervision -- after pleading guilty to one felony count each of burglary and grand theft. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / November 5, 2013)

Calif. judge sentences elderly gem thief to jail

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — An 83-year-old woman authorities say has spent much of her life stealing stuff has been sentenced to two years in jail for taking a $22,500 diamond ring from a Palm Desert […]


Photo of suspect Robert Ransom released by the Los Angeles Police Department. (Photo credit: LAPD)

LAPD investigating possible link between teen’s attempted abduction, recent murders

LOS ANGELES ( — Police are investigating possible links between the attempted abduction of a teenage girl doused with flammable liquid and two deadly attacks in L.A. County. LAPD Commander Andrew Smith identified 30-year-old Robert […]


Gov Jerry Brown

Governor pardons 42 in LA County cases

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A man whose friend was killed as they were playing with a firearm that accidentally discharged was among 42 people pardoned today by Gov. Jerry Brown for crimes in Los Angeles […]


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Authorities say robber posed as officer

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) – Los Angeles County authorities are searching for three people, including one who posed as a police officer, in a home-invasion robbery in Diamond Bar. Sheriff’s Sgt. Christina Baker tells City […]


Maxine Doogan of the Erotic Service Providers Union, from left, Rachel West of the US PROStitutes Collective and Kimberly Horiuchi, spokesperson for the ACLU on victim compensation talk before a meeting with others who claim that the California Victims Compensation Board discriminates against sex workers by denying them benefits after having been raped. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Calif. prostitutes may gain victim compensation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are considering whether to change a decades-old anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they’re raped or beaten. Under the current system, […]


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Study: County approaches differ on prison reforms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A university study released Friday of how counties are spending $4.4 billion to implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison realignment law found that nearly 20 percent have fundamentally changed how they approach […]


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Cal contractor sting leads to 75 arrests

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California authorities arrested 75 people, some with shady pasts and most of them accused of working without proper licenses, during an undercover sting operation conducted last week by the Contrators State […]


Obituary of an abusive mother written by her children (YouTube screen grab)

Scathing obit about abusive mother goes viral

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The children of an abusive woman whose horror stories prompted Nevada to become one of the first states to allow children to sever parental ties are bidding farewell to their mother […]


Long Beach Police release video of suspect.

Long Beach police search for serial groper

LONG BEACH (CNS) – Long Beach police will canvas a neighborhood today, knocking on doors and passing out flyers, as they search for a serial groper who’s been operating in the city for the past […]


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Calif. counties seek to reduce re-offense rate

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — California’s 58 counties are grappling with the best way to cut the re-offense rate for former state prisoners who are now being released to the counties for local supervision. Under […]




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