A man pleaded no contest April 27 to killing his grandparents at the Glendale home he shared with them, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Nathaniel Wayne Scheiern, 35, entered the pleas April 27 to one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder. Scheiern also admitted using an ax as a deadly and dangerous weapon.
Prosecutors say sometime between June 24 and June 25, 2015, Scheiern first attacked his grandmother, 82-year-old Verna Irene Scheiern, with an ax. When his grandfather, William Scheiern, 77, tried to intervene, Scheiern struck him with a hammer, according to evidence at the preliminary hearing.
On June 28, 2015, officers went to check on the couple after a family member said she couldn't reach them. When police arrived, they found the front door ajar and discovered the bodies in a bedroom.
Nathaniel Scheiern is scheduled to return to court June 22 for sentencing. He faces 41 ...
More than once, Glen Curado offered Irma Cuevas a place to stay.
Curado met Cuevas about five years ago when she began volunteering at World Harvest Food Bank. The 62-year-old was recently homeless, and although she didn’t talk much, she and her high-heeled shoes were a memorable presence.
“She worked really, really hard,” said Curado, the food bank’s CEO.
Curado and others at World Harvest were shocked and saddened when they learned that Cuevas had been found stabbed to death two months ago in the Pico-Union area.
Police have announced a $50,000 reward in the slaying and have released surveillance footage that may lead to the killer.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, a person walking in the 2600 block of West Olympic Boulevard discovered Cuevas’ body lying between two cars, police said.
The 62-year-old, who didn’t have any immediate family in the area, was identified through the California Department ...
Alecia Vamar Benson, a 48-year-old black woman, died Friday, April 28, after she suffered blunt force trauma in the 5500 block of Seacrest Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 9:30 p.m. on April 24, Benson and her son got into an argument inside her home, and she suffered “blunt force trauma,” said Los Angeles Sheriff’s Det. Kevin Acebedo.
Benson was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead on April 28 at 6:11 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Acebedo said the argument was the result of a longstanding dispute between Benson and her son, who lived with her.
Acebedo declined to comment further on the killing.
The suspect, Devon Hall, a 29-year-old black man, was taken into police custody on April 25, according to sheriff’s department records.
Hall pleaded not guilty to ...
New tips in the December 2009 slaying of a prominent civil litigation attorney at his home in Rolling Hills Estates have prompted investigators to ask for the public’s help in solving the case.
On Wednesday, family members and detectives gathered for a news conference at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau to publicize a $100,000 reward in the killing of Jeffrey Tidus, 53.
“It is our belief that there are people out there who know about this murder,” Sheriff’s Lt. Victor Lewandowski said.
Although detectives declined to state the specifics of the new leads, Lewandowski said that people have come forward in the last few months to offer new information that connects the attorney’s work with his killing.
About 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 2009, Tidus had just walked outside to get a computer from his car when his wife, Sheryl, heard ...
Lamar Thompson, a 25-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, April 27, in the 2900 block of Crenshaw Boulevard in West Adams, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 3:55 p.m., Thompson was a passenger in a tan sedan traveling down an alley when a dark SUV approached the sedan head on, Los Angeles Police Det. Nathan Kouri said.
A person got out of the SUV and fired at the sedan, Kouri said.
Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:03 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The driver of the car was not injured. The SUV continued south down the alley, then exited onto West 30th Street, police said. Authorities are trying to identify the shooter, whom they describe as a black man in his 40s.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Criminal Gang Homicide Division at ...
On the day of sentencing, after nearly two years of investigations and court proceedings, Alvin Lyles finally addressed the man who killed his 1-year-old son.
In a downtown courtroom Wednesday, Lyles gripped the edges of a lectern, reeling off a burst of angry comments and obscenities. A few yards away, Lamar Tatum played with the fray of his prison blues. He would soon be sentenced to 30 years to life for killing 13-month-old Majesty Lyles in 2015. Tatum was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this month.
“I just hope that whoever is taking care of your baby daughter is not like you,” Lyles said in a final jab at Tatum.
Tatum’s eyes finally met Lyles’.
Within moments, Tatum was struggling on the floor against sheriff’s deputies’ restraints. Lyles stood squarely at the lectern, a retort for every comment from Tatum.
Deputies asked Lyles to leave ...
Dayan Cornelius, a 29-year-old black man, died Wednesday, April 26, nearly a month after he was shot in the 4400 block of South Western Avenue in Vermont Square, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, Cornelius had stopped at a gas station when a light-colored sedan pulled alongside his vehicle, Los Angeles Police Det. Dave Garrido said.
Two men got out of the sedan, shot at Cornelius, then fled in the vehicle. Police are still trying to determine which way they went.
Cornelius, who was alone at the station, was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead at 12:07 p.m. April 26, according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
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Juan Manuel Avila Jr., a 20-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, April 25, after he was shot by Long Beach police in the 10000 block of Foster Road in Bellflower, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Long Beach police were near Paramount and Artesia boulevards about 6 a.m., when they received a Lo-Jack notification about a stolen vehicle, according to a police news release. Officers located the green 2000 Honda Accord, but the vehicle sped away, according to police.
Police pursued the sedan for almost 50 minutes through several cities. During the pursuit, a handgun was thrown out of the vehicle and was recovered near Lakewood Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue, the release said.
The pursuit ended in Bellflower when the driver entered a dead-end street. In an attempt to escape, the driver made a U-turn and drove towards the officers, accord to the release. Officers opened fire ...