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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Los Angeles.

Wednesday
Aug202014

Man Arrested in Connection with Erin Corwin's Murder

(LOS ANGELES) -- The alleged lover of a missing Southern California woman has been arrested in Alaska in connection to her murder.

Erin Corwin, 19, was the pregnant wife was a U.S. Marine. She was last seen leaving her home in Twentynine Palms on June 28, and after a long search, her body was found in a 140-foot mine shaft.

Authorities say that Christopher Lee was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska in connection with Corwin's murder.

Court papers allege Lee was Corwin's lover and possibly the father of her unborn child. He was a neighbor who lived near Corwin and her husband.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Beck on Fatal Shooting: 'Important for New Police Officers to Learn from the Experience'

(LOS ANGELES) -- As protests continue in suburban St. Louis, residents in Los Angeles also are pressing police for information regarding a fatal officer shooting.

Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old who was reportedly mentally ill, was shot and killed by police just days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

During a community meeting Tuesday evening, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the audience his department is drawing what lessons it can from the incident.

"It is every important for new police officers to learn from the experience of those that have gone before them," Beck said.

Beck says Ford's autopsy results are being withheld.

"It will be released when are are confident that we have obtained the statements of witnesses," Beck said.


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Wednesday
Aug202014

Police: Alleged South Pasadena Mass Shooting Plot Was 'Viable Threat'

(LOS ANGELES) -- Police are releasing more details from the investigation into the alleged plot by two Southern California teenage boys to commit a mass shooting at South Pasadena High School

“It was a very viable threat what they were plotting,” said South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller. “They were making a huge plan of a school massacre. …During our interviews with the suspects, they, more or less, confirmed what they had talked about, very cold-heartedly.”

According to investigators, three staff members were targeted by name, as were “random” students.

Miller said the suspects, ages 16 and 17, were arrested Monday on suspicion of conspiracy and criminal threats. The arrests came after detectives watched the teens’ conversations on social media and eventually were able to get a search warrant Monday.

On Monday afternoon, officers went to two homes in South Pasadena and removed two computers. Miller said a search of the teens’ computers found the students had researched weapons as well as how to make bombs.

No weapons were found in the houses. Miller did not reveal a motive or a target date.

School is set to start Thursday.


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Two South Pasadena Teens Accused of Plotting Mass Shooting

(LOS ANGELES) -- Two teenagers were arrested in South Pasadena on Monday, accused by authorities of plotting to kill three staff members at their high school, and as many fellow students as possible.

The school district's superintendent says classes will start on Thursday as scheduled.

While one student says she has "a lot of anxiety" to return to school, another student commented, "I can't think of anyone that would do it. Everyone's really nice here, and really welcoming."

Javier Santos, a parent from the school, said, "They're all pretty good kids. You know, a lot of involvement, a lot of parent involvement and everything so I'm really surprised."


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Tuesday
Aug192014

Ten Injured When Car Crashes into Restaurant

(LOS ANGELES) --  Ten people were hurt when a vehicle crashed into a crowded pizza restaurant Monday evening in Los Angeles.

Authorities say the driver, a 60-year-old woman, hit the gas instead of the brake and jumped the curb, crashing into a Little Caesars restaurant.

Ten people were hurt, including a five-year-old girl, who is in critical condition.

LAPD Capt. Maureen Ryan said, so far, the driver has not been cited.

"We're investigating the cause of the collision and whether or not there was any impairment on the part of the driver. We don't have that yet," Ryan said.


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