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Feb 13, 2013

Fate of fugitive ex-LA cop unknown after fiery standoff; deputy killed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman thought to be a fugitive ex-cop shot and killed one police officer and wounded another in a gun fight with sheriff’s deputies who tracked him down to a mountain cabin northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday, police said.

Authorities said they presumed the shooter to be former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, 33, who is suspected of a revenge-fueled killing spree targeting police and their families. Television news footage showed smoke and flames engulfing the cabin in a heavily wooded area of the snow-covered mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. The fate of the gunman who led California authorities on a six-day manhunt was unknown.

Feb 12, 2013

LA homicide detectives sift 700 clues in manhunt for ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives were pursuing some 700 clues in their manhunt for an ex-cop suspected of a revenge-driven killing spree, Los Angeles police said on Monday, a day after a $1 million reward was posted for information leading to the fugitive’s capture.

Christopher Dorner, 33, is accused of targeting law enforcement officers and their families in three killings committed in retaliation for his 2008 firing from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Feb 11, 2013

Los Angeles Police chase 600 clues in hunt for ex-cop wanted in murders

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives in Los Angeles were following up on some 600 clues to the whereabouts of an ex-police officer suspected of killing three people, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said on Monday, the day after a $1 million reward was posted for information regarding the fugitive’s whereabouts.

Christopher Dorner, 33, has not been spotted since early on Thursday, when he is accused of ambushing two policemen at a red light in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles. One of those officers was killed, the other wounded.

Feb 8, 2013

A former police officer terrorizes Los Angeles, then vanishes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day after a bloody crime wave attributed to a former Los Angeles police officer with a deadly grudge left the city on edge, the man at the center of the drama seemed to vanish on Friday, leaving behind only a few footprints in the snow.

For more than 24 hours, the hunt for 33-year-old Christopher Dorner gripped Southern California as police pursued him through the streets of two Inland Empire communities, descended on a San Diego naval base and combed fruitlessly over a ski resort in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

Feb 8, 2013

Manhunt on for ex-California cop accused of vendetta shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police swarmed a California ski area on Thursday in their search for a fired Los Angeles policeman accused of killing three people and declaring an all-out war on law enforcement officers and their families in a rambling Internet manifesto.

Police were drawn to the area after the discovery of a burned-out pickup truck belonging to the suspect Christopher Dorner, 33.

Feb 7, 2013

Manhunt launched for ex-L.A. cop wanted in shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities in California launched a manhunt on Thursday for a fired Los Angeles policeman who threatened “warfare” on cops and was suspected in a string of shootings that killed three people, one of them a police officer, and wounded two others.

Former officer Christopher Dorner, 33, a U.S. Navy reservist who posted an online manifesto of his grievances, was suspected in an ambush shooting of two police officers in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, early on Thursday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police said.

Feb 6, 2013

Police look for leads in Los Angeles priest abuse files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles police are combing through some 12,000 pages of priest abuse records released last week by the city’s Catholic archdiocese to determine whether to open any new criminal investigations, authorities said on Tuesday.

Many of the cases detailed in the more 120 personnel files were already known to law enforcement, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said, and others could not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had run out.

Feb 5, 2013

Two California students lose fingers in tug-of-war

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Los Angeles-area high school students had fingers severed while taking part in a “spirit week” group tug-of-war contest, authorities said on Tuesday.

A boy and a girl from South El Monte High School were rushed to a local trauma center on Monday afternoon after their fingers were cut off during the tug-of-war at lunchtime, fire and school district officials said.

Feb 5, 2013

Los Angeles school district severs ties with priest accused of molestation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Unified School District has severed its ties with a priest accused in files released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles of molesting a teenage girl, a district spokesman said on Monday.

Father Joseph Pina, one of dozens of priests named in 12,000 pages of records made public by the archdiocese last week after years of legal battles, was hired as a community outreach organizer by the school district in 2002, said Tom Waldman, director of media relations for the LAUSD.

Feb 1, 2013

Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese releases priest abuse files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, after years of legal battles, released files on Thursday of priests accused of molesting children and removed a top clergyman who had been linked to efforts to conceal the abuse.

Archbishop Jose Gomez said he had stripped his predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all public and administrative duties. Mahony’s former top aide, Thomas Curry, stepped down as bishop of Santa Barbara.