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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Los Angeles.

Friday
Oct312014

Body Found Near Bell Canyon Park

(LOS ANGELES) -- An investigation is underway after a person was found dead near a park in the West Hills section of Los Angeles on Thursday.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the body was discovered just before 5 p.m. along trails near Bell Canyon Park.

Officials didn't immediate release information on the person's identity or cause of death.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Basketball Coach Accused of Sexual Battery, Illegally Filming Students

(LOS ANGELES) -- A youth basketball coach was arrested on Monday following a lengthy investigation into allegations that he filmed his players in the bathroom.

Los Angeles Police Department officials say the investigation into Michael Miller, 50, of East Los Angeles began on Nov. 27, 2013, after several players reported being secretly videotaped in Miller's residential bathroom.

After Miller was arrested, the L.A. city attorney filed eight counts of illegal filming of his players while using his residential bathroom facilities, and one count of sexual battery.

Miller was the owner of the Los Angeles College Preparatory Academy, a program for aspiring college athletes that was run out of his home, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call (877) 527-3247.


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Thursday
Oct302014

Off-Duty LAPD Officer Arrested in Huntington Beach

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) -- An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer has been arrested for allegedly committing a lewd act in Huntington Beach.

Authorities say that detectives were in the midst of conducting a surveillance operation on Bolsa Chica Street on Oct. 23. That's when they observed a suspect, later identified as Eric Gallihier, 33, of Huntington Beach, committing a lewd act on an open pathway.

Galliher was released from custody and is currently on administrative leave. In addition to the criminal investigation, LAPD has initiated an administrative internal investigation to investigate the matter.

Galliher was hired by the LAPD in November 2011 and was assigned to the Southwest Division at the time of his arrest.

Investigators are working to determine if there are any additional victims. Anyone with information is urged to call the Huntington Beach Police Tip Line at (714) 375-5066.


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Thursday
Oct302014

LAPD Warns ATM Users to Protect PIN

(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department is warning ATM users to protect their Personal Identification Number (PIN) when using ATMs, after a recent incident.

Police are now looking for a "shoulder surfer" who they say stole money from a man's bank account, after hovering over the man's shoulder while he entered his PIN.

"When the patron walks away with the ATM transaction still active, the suspect quickly steps up, and makes another transaction, withdrawing $500," the LAPD said in a statement.

By the time the victim realized what happened, the suspect had already fled the scene.


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Wednesday
Oct292014

ATF Joins Fire Investigation at Venice Storage Facility

(LOS ANGELES) -- A specialized team of federal agents and specialists has joined the investigation of a fire at a Venice storage facility.

The Los Angeles Fire Department requested the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to activate its team due to the extensive damage to items inside the building, and potential for significant financial losses.

The 20-person ATF team arrived on Tuesday, and will join LAFD Arson investigators in piecing together what sparked the blaze.

More than 360 Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters responded around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday to the fire inside the Extra Space Storage facility on the 600-block of Venice Boulevard.

The estimated total monetary loss of the fire is still pending.


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