• Sheriff: Deputy Who Claimed He Was Shot ‘No Longer Employed’ by Department

    A rookie deputy who falsely claimed he was shot in the shoulder outside the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station a week ago is no longer with the department, which will present its findings to the district attorney’s office, Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced Wednesday. An investigation determined that 21-year-old Deputy Angel Reinosa had not been ambushed on the […]

  • Death Penalty to Be Sought for Mom, Boyfriend Charged In 10-Year-Old’s Death

    The prosecution announced Wednesday that the death penalty will be sought against a Lancaster woman and her boyfriend, who are charged with the torture-murder of her 10-year-old son. Heather Barron, 29, and Kareem Leiva, 33, remain jailed without bail in connection with the June 21, 2018, death of her son, Anthony Avalos. Prosecutors allege that […]

  • Burned Body Found in Water Tank in Abandoned Lancaster Home

    A burned body was located Monday in a cistern at an abandoned home in the Lancaster area. The house appeared to be a dilapidated shack. Sheriff’s homicide detectives were sent about 9:20 a.m. to the area of 220th Street East and East Avenue F. A detective told a news photographer at the scene that the body […]

  • Mother Arrested on Suspicion of Murder, Torture After Lancaster Boy Dies

    A week after a 10-year-old Lancaster boy died following a suspicious fall and the boy’s stepfather was arrested on suspicion of murder, the boy’s mother was also arrested Friday, authorities said. Heather Barron was arrested on suspicion of murder and torture Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles County District […]

  • Stepfather Arrested on Suspicion of Murder in Death of Lancaster Boy

    Authorities arrested the stepfather of a 10-year-old Lancaster boy on suspicion of murder Wednesday after suspected physical and sexual abuse, NBC4 has learned. Kareem Leiva, 32, the stepfather of 10-year-old Anthony Avalos, was told he would be taken into custody during an interview with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives at an unmarked law […]

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