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Last Build Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:16:23 -0800


Man barricaded in Arleta home as SWAT officers respond

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:16:23 -0800

A man who barricaded himself inside an Arleta home Tuesday with a shotgun drew a swift response from officers with the Special Weapons And Tactics unit.

Accused teacher blindfolded kids for ‘tasting’ test, source says

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:10:22 -0800

The "game" conceived by Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, 61, was a tasting test during which he kept the children blindfolded, sources familiar with the investigation said.

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DNA key in case against L.A. teacher accused of classroom abuse

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:29:03 -0800

DNA evidence collected in the classroom of a teacher accused of gagging and blindfolding children and feeding them semen is considered central in the felony cases against him, a detective said. Mark Berndt was charged Tuesday with 23 felony counts...

L.A. Councilman Eric Garcetti being tweaked by fake tweets

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:20:21 -0800

Someone has created a fake Twitter account using the name of Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti -- and is making mischief for the mayoral hopeful in the process. The satirical Twitter account, which goes under the handle @Eric_Garcetti, has churned...

WWII-era Montford Point Marines sought for recognition

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:36:26 -0800

The Marine Corps and the Montford Point Marine Assn. are looking for African-Americans who trained from 1942 to 1949 at the segregated Marine facility Camp Montford Point.

Son is pictured eating food tainted by teacher, father says

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:32:20 -0800

A sheriff's detective called a parent at Miramonte Elementary last spring and told him his now 11-year-old son appeared in photos taken by teacher Mark Brendt, who is charged with abusing 23 children at the school.

Truck spills 43,000 pounds of strawberry puree onto freeway

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:27:52 -0800

A semi truck carrying strawberry puree tipped over Tuesday on an interchange along Interstate 80 in Roseville, northeast of Sacramento.

Man waves gun at woman in alleged road rage incident

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:17:02 -0800

A Costa Mesa man was arrested after allegedly pointing a handgun at a woman driving past him, police said. Michael Peck, 24, had the emergency lights on in a gray Nissan Altima in a parking lot in the 2800 block...

Parents angry they weren’t told of teacher allegations sooner

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:07:36 -0800

Parents at Miramonte Elementary School in South L.A. said they were stunned by allegations that a longtime teacher was arrested on charges that he abused at least 23 children.

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Pasadena teacher surprised with $25,000 award

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:04:06 -0800

World history and economics teacher at John Muir High School wins the Milken Educator Award -- a national prize that comes with $25,000, with no strings attached.