Author Archives: MICHAEL BALSAMO

Company set up by Michael Cohen offers to drop Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement

The company set up by Donald Trump’s former personal attorney offered Friday to rescind Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement and drop its planned $20 million lawsuit against the porn actress for allegedly violating the deal. Continue reading

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Golden State Killer trial to be held in Northern California

A former police officer suspected of being one of California’s most elusive serial killers will face a trial in Sacramento County on more than two dozen charges, including 13 murder counts, prosecutors said Tuesday. Continue reading

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Lawyers: Discharged Army specialist granted US citizenship

Lawyers for a South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who sued after the military discharged her say she’s been granted citizenship. Continue reading

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Authorities say they’ve busted large Mexico-to-US drug ring

Nearly two dozen people were arrested Wednesday and charged with using small aircraft to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine over the U.S. border at the behest of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels, authorities said. Continue reading

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LAPD chief: Officers kill a hostage for 1st time in 13 years

Los Angeles police released video Tuesday showing officers fatally shooting an armed man and the woman he was holding hostage, marking the second time LAPD gunfire has killed a bystander in the last six weeks. Continue reading

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Deadly LA market shooting started with domestic feud

A man’s feud with his grandmother turned into a bizarre and deadly confrontation that ended with a supermarket worker dead and dozens of people held hostage in a store miles away. Continue reading

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Stranded woman drank water from moss after California crash

An Oregon woman who was stranded for a week after her Jeep plunged 250 feet over a cliff into the ocean near Big Sur in California says she survived by drinking water dripping from moss. Continue reading

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California mother, boyfriend charged with murder of her son

A California woman and her boyfriend were charged Friday in the death of the woman’s 10-year-old son who had previously reported being beaten, locked up and not fed, prosecutors said. Continue reading

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Arrest made in death of boy who had complained about abuse

The boyfriend of a Southern California woman whose 10-year-old son died last week under suspicious circumstances — which followed a dozen referrals of suspected child abuse to child welfare officials over several years — was arrested Wednesday on suspi… Continue reading

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LAPD’s highly-produced body camera video draws scrutiny

In the city that’s home to Hollywood, even releasing police body camera footage is a high-quality production. Continue reading

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Suspect shot after struggle with LAPD officers in hospital

Authorities say a man was critically wounded after being shot during a struggle with Los Angeles police officers inside a hospital examination room. Continue reading

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$12M settlement after newlywed killed on LA boardwalk

An attorney for the family of an Italian honeymooner who was killed when a driver barreled down Southern California’s popular Venice Beach Boardwalk says Los Angeles has approved a $12 million settlement in the case. Continue reading

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Wife of man charged in blast probe died in ‘mysterious case’

A decade before a bomb planted in a package killed his former girlfriend, the Southern California man charged as part of the blast investigation lost his wife in what a coroner’s official termed a “mysterious case.” Continue reading

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Signs of bomb found at site of deadly California explosion

Federal and local investigators searched through debris, looking for remnants of a possible explosive device, after a blast at a Southern California medical office building that left a woman dead and three other people injured. Continue reading

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Friends, families thankful for men’s return from North Korea

Friends and relatives of the Americans held in North Korea say they’re grateful they’ve have been released back to the U.S. The men — Kim Hak Song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong Chul — were greeted by President Donald Trump early Thursday at a military base ou… Continue reading

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Genetic website subpoenaed in California serial killer probe

Investigators hunting one of California’s most elusive serial killers subpoenaed a genetic website last year while investigating an Oregon man who was misidentified as a potential suspect. Continue reading

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Authorities: Teen suspect was in relationship with victim

Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators have learned there was a romantic relationship between a 16-year-old boy and the 17-year-old boy he is suspected of fatally stabbing. Continue reading

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Police: Man acted alone to set off explosives in store

A man suspected of setting off two explosive devices in a California Sam’s Club store has been booked on suspicion of igniting a destructive device. Continue reading

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Man detained after 2 explosives set off in California store

A man was being questioned by investigators Thursday after two explosive devices detonated inside a Sam’s Club store in Southern California, police said. Continue reading

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Police: Judge admits to stealing neighbor’s underwear

A New York judge who police say repeatedly broke into his neighbor’s home to steal her underwear has been removed from the bench. Continue reading

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