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Friday
Apr182014

Public Ban on E-Cigarettes Goes into Effect Saturday

(LOS ANGELES) -- A public ban on smoking e-cigarettes will go into effect on Saturday after the Los Angeles City Council passed the ban last month.

According to ABC's Los Angeles affiliate KABC, e-cigarette use will be prohibited at farmers' markets, parks, recreational areas, beaches, indoor workplaces, outdoor dining areas and any other locations where tobacco smoking is banned.

Use of e-cigarettes will be permitted in "vaping" lounges and stores and during theatrical performances.

The city council cited potential health effects in approving the ban.

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Friday
Apr182014

Hearing Postponed for Alleged Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Suspect

(LOS ANGELES) -- A man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in South Los Angeles last month had a preliminary hearing postponed on Friday.

Robert Ransom, 30, allegedly kidnapped the girl while she was on her way home from Fremont High School on March 20. She reported that he approached her with a knife and forced her into his van. The girl escaped at one point, and was spotted running naked from an alley with her hands tied and her mouth taped shut.

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Ransom on March 27, but did not immediately release details on his arrest.

Detectives told ABC's Los Angeles affiliate KABC that Ransom may be connected to two other homicides.

Ransom was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, but his appearance was postponed until May 22.

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Friday
Apr182014

LAPD Arrests Pair for Human Trafficking

(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Police have arrested a man and a woman for allegedly being involved in human trafficking.

Estrada Melvin Sandoval, 40, and Dora Alicia Valle, 50, have been arrested and charged with human trafficking of a minor.

"The arrests were the result of an ongoing three week labor related human trafficking investigation involving an 11-year-old female," the LAPD said in a statement.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Police Ask for Assistance Identifying Suspects in March Robbery

Los Angeles Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- Police are asking for public assistance in identifying two of three suspects involved in a cell phone store robbery last month.

The two men allegedly entered the T-Mobile store in North Hills on March 21 and began cutting cables and grabbing phones. Both men "simulated" guns and threatened employees. The Los Angeles Police Department said that the two men left the scene in a white Pontiac sedan.

The LAPD has images of the two suspects, as they were caught on surveillance cameras. A third suspect was not captured on camera.

The two suspects are described as black men in the mid-20s.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call (213) 838-9964.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Elderly Woman from Orange County Goes Missing

Orange County Sheriff's Department(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities are searching for a missing elderly woman from Orange County.

The missing woman has been identified as 78-year-old Alicia Flores Coto. According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Coto was last seen on Wednesday morning as she was leaving her home, located on Pallazo in the city of Laguna Niguel.

Anyone with information on Coto's whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at 714-647-7055 or 714-647-7000.

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