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Los Angeles Times

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Past articles by Alene:

Walgreens agrees to pay San Francisco nearly $230 million to settle opioid lawsuit

The settlement follows a federal judge's finding last year that the drugstore chain doled out hundreds of thousands of "red flag" prescription drug orders without investigation. → Read More

13-year-old girl missing from Pico Rivera is found in Montebello

Annahi Tejeda walked out of her Pico Rivera home after an argument with her mother, authorities say. → Read More

Victims identified as mystery surrounds Benedict Canyon shooting that left 3 dead

Residents were left shocked after a fatal shooting during a gathering in the quiet cul-de-sac of Benedict Canyon, a neighborhood north of Beverly Hills. → Read More

Monterey Park shooter: Glimpses into a 'miserable' life

Investigators continued to puzzle over what pushed Huu Can Tran to carry out a mass shooting at a Monterey Park dance studio, focusing on the possibility he was driven by jealousy. → Read More

Not invited to the dance: A possible motive for Monterey Park shooting

Search warrants at the home of Huu Can Tran uncovered weapons, ammunition and items that led officials to suspect he was manufacturing firearm suppressors. → Read More

3 injured in back-to-back home invasion attacks in El Monte

El Monte police were investigating three back-to-back home invasion attacks early Sunday morning that left three people injured. → Read More

Memo: Deputy who kneeled on inmate's head won't be charged

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who kneeled on the head of a handcuffed inmate last year will not face criminal charges, D.A.'s memo says. → Read More

Robert Luna to become L.A. County sheriff as Alex Villanueva concedes

Robert Luna, the retired police chief of Long Beach, will be Los Angeles County's next sheriff after incumbent Alex Villanueva conceded Tuesday. → Read More

Sheriff Villanueva's chances for second term dwindle as Luna's lead holds strong

The latest election results show Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva trailing his challenger, Robert Luna, by 20 percentage points. → Read More

L.A. County deputies who shot and killed Dijon Kizzee will not be charged

Christian Morales and Michael Garcia won't be charged in the August 2020 shooting of Dijon Kizzee, whose death in South L.A. sparked days of protests. → Read More

L.A. County Sheriff Villanueva still trails Luna as a new round of election results released

A new round of election results released Thursday show Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva continuing to trail badly against his opponent Robert Luna. → Read More

District attorney investigating Villanueva after deputies were asked to donate to campaign

L.A. County prosecutors say they are looking into whether Sheriff Alex Villanueva violated California law when he solicited donations from deputies. → Read More

Luna has solid lead over Villanueva in sheriff's race, poll shows

Retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna has gained support among likely voters in the race for Los Angeles County sheriff as he holds a solid lead over incumbent Alex Villanueva, according to a new poll. → Read More

L.A. County to pay $47.6 million over alleged misconduct by sheriff's deputies

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $47.6 million to settle several lawsuits over allegations of misconduct by sheriff’s deputies → Read More

Veterinarian contradicts Sheriff's Dept account of K-9 death

A veterinarian cited in an internal Sheriff's Department memo about a police dog's death contradicted the investigator's account of what happened. → Read More

Sheriff Villanueva is at war with nearly everyone. Will it cost him his job?

Sheriff Alex Villanueva is fighting battles on multiple fronts and, with a couple of weeks before election day, is fighting for his political survival. → Read More

L.A. sheriff targeted lieutenant for donating to opponent, lawsuit says

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s lieutenant alleges he was targeted with a criminal investigation based on fabricated allegations after donating to a candidate running for sheriff against incumbent Alex Villanueva. → Read More

Sheriff Villanueva bans inspector general from department facilities

Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that he is banning Inspector General Max Huntsman from department facilities and databases, blocking him from overseeing the Sheriff’s Department. → Read More

In new poll, challenger Robert Luna has lead over L.A. County Sheriff Villanueva

In the race for Los Angeles County sheriff, retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna has a formidable lead among likely voters over the incumbent, Alex Villanueva, a new poll shows. → Read More

Sheriff's detective followed protocol in Kuehl search warrant, judge finds

A judge found Thursday that an L.A. County sheriff’s investigator followed proper protocols when he obtained a warrant for last week's raids. → Read More