Author Archives: MICHAEL BALSAMO

{FD} Residents grieve, commit to rebuilding after mudslides

Residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito gathered to grieve, pay tribute to victims and commit to rebuilding their cherished community. Continue reading

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{FD} Prayers for California mudslide victims; death toll hits 20

Recovery crews are slowly making progress digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees in a California community that was ravaged by deadly mudslides. Continue reading

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{FD} California mudslides happened as cellphone alerts went out

Residents of the area hit the hardest by the deadly flash floods in Southern California didn’t heed a voluntary evacuation. Continue reading

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{FD} Residents didn’t heed voluntary evacuation before mudslide

Residents of the area hit the hardest by the deadly flash floods in Southern California didn’t heed a voluntary evacuation. Continue reading

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{FD} California man arrested in fatal Kansas police shooting

A law enforcement official says police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax phone call that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Kansas. Continue reading

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{FD} Los Angeles deputies aim to quell tide of human trafficking

Los Angeles County is trying something new to get women out of the sex trade. Continue reading

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{FD} California cops bust multimillion-dollar weed ‘fortress’

Police in Southern California have seized 35,000 marijuana plants and shut down an operation they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month. Continue reading

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{FD} California shooting rampage highlights “ghost guns”

The man who went on a shooting rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He secretly built them at home. Continue reading

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{FD} Sheriff: Las Vegas shooter had lost money, been depressed

The top lawman in Las Vegas says the gunman who killed 58 people at a concert last month had lost a significant amount of money in the previous two years and that it may be a “determining factor” in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Continue reading

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{FD} Correction: Las Vegas Shooting story

Nearly two weeks after the Las Vegas mass shooting, authorities have yet to sort out the basic facts. Continue reading

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{FD} Hotel: Gunman shot at crowd seconds after shooting guard

A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Continue reading

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{FD} Suspect arrested decades after pregnant woman found dead

A suspect has been arrested in the killing of a pregnant woman whose ***** body was found on a Los Angeles County beach in 1980, sheriff’s investigators said Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman arrested after brandishing gun at Kardashian boutique

Authorities say they have arrested a woman who pointed a gun at employees inside the Kardashian-owned DASH boutique in West Hollywood and later threatened reporters with a machete. Continue reading

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{FD} Man fatally shot after ordering California workers to ground

A man with a bag over his hands followed an employee into a state office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, took “an aggressive shooting stance” and ordered workers to the ground before an officer fatally shot him, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Authorities: California woman kidnapped by ex-boyfriend

A man considered armed and dangerous kidnapped his former girlfriend in California and was spotted in Arizona as he held her against her will, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} APNewsBreak: Motel 6 to pay to settle human trafficking suit

Motel 6 has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Los Angeles that alleged one of the chain’s locations was a base for human traffickers, drug dealers and gang members, prosecutors said. Continue reading

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{FD} California dad gets 25 to life in son’s smothering death

A California father who admitted killing his 5-year-old son amid a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Man fired at Chinese Consulate in LA before taking own life

Police say a man opened fire outside of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles before turning the gun on himself. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: California man pleads guilty to killing son

The Latest on a California father accused of murdering his 5-year-old son (all times local): 7:40 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} California man pleads guilty to killing son after Disneyland

A California man charged with killing his 5-year-old son after a family trip to Disneyland is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} 3 accused of pimping teens in California trafficking ring

California law enforcement officials say they’ve made arrests in what they believe to be one of the largest human trafficking cases in the western U.S. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are expected… Continue reading

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{FD} Inmates’ escape video shows everything is caught on tape

In an age when everything else is captured for public consumption on a smartphone, why not your own jailbreak? Continue reading

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{FD} Grand jury: LA pursuits cause ‘unnecessary’ injuries, deaths

A grand jury has found police chases in Los Angeles are causing unnecessary bystander injuries and deaths. Continue reading

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{FD} California man pleads not guilty to killing 5-year-old son

The father of a 5-year-old boy whose body was found near a Southern California lake pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Official: Suspect streamed shootout on Facebook

The Latest on the shooting of a Los Angeles police officer (all times local): 11 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Los Angeles police officer wounded in shooting with suspect

A Los Angeles police officer who was shot Thursday during an exchange of gunfire with a homicide suspect is expected to make a full recovery, the police chief said. Continue reading

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{FD} California man isn’t asked, doesn’t say where missing son is

Detectives believe a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for two months was killed by his father after a family trip to Disneyland. Continue reading

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{FD} 4 more Los Angeles youth police cadets arrested in scandal

Los Angeles’ police chief says four more teenage police cadets have been arrested in a widening probe launched after three police cruisers, stun guns and radios were stolen from a police station. Continue reading

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{FD} Wife, lover arrested in famous hairdresser’s slaying in LA

Police have arrested the wife of an internationally known hairdresser and beauty company executive who was found beaten and stabbed to death at a Los Angeles home earlier this year. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: 3 teen cadets take cruisers, patrol LA until caught

Three teenagers in a program for those who may want to become officers stole three Los Angeles Police Department vehicles and went on patrol around the city before leading authorities on wild pursuits that ended with crashes, Chief Charlie Beck said. Continue reading

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{FD} Teen cadets stole Los Angeles police cars, stun guns, radios

Two boys and a girl who were part of a program for teens who may want to become police officers stole three Los Angeles Police Department vehicles and went on patrol around the city before leading actual officers on wild pursuits that ended with crashe… Continue reading

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{FD} Man arrested in connection with Los Angeles apartment fire

A man was arrested Monday in connection with a fire that burned two apartment buildings under construction, damaged adjacent residential structures and displaced 20 people, Los Angeles fire officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} LAPD uses spit from sidewalk to tie suspect to 2 killings

A man has been arrested and is suspected of killing a teenage girl and a 22-year-old woman who vanished from their Los Angeles neighborhoods months apart in 2011 and dumping their bodies along California freeways, police said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} San Bernardino attack suspects shot up to 27 times

Authorities have released a detailed report that includes the accounts of more than two dozen law enforcement officers involved in a shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino terror attack. Continue reading

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{FD} LA sheriff says feds should restore military gear for police

The leader of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department said Wednesday that federal officials should restore the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies to ensure officers aren’t put in danger when responding to active shoo… Continue reading

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{FD} California mother pleads for 5-year-old boy’s safe return

The mother of a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for nearly a month made a heart-wrenching plea Wednesday for her son’s safe return, saying she believes he’s alive and just wants to hug him again. Continue reading

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