Alene Tchekmedyian covers the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She previously wrote about the county’s criminal courts and breaking news throughout California. Before joining The Times in 2016, she reported on crime and policing for the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader. She grew up in Huntington Beach and graduated from UCLA.
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A Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said the sheriff, who is vaccinated, had contracted the virus
In a sworn declaration, a retired chief highlights failures by the Sheriff’s Department to fully investigate gang-like groups of deputies.
The gunman shot both officers seconds after they entered his motel room, a source said, then took one of their guns and fired at other officers.
A year after L.A. County Deputy Doug Johnson took graphic photos of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash scene that were then passed around, he was caught up in another scandal.
In a two-man contest, the Democratic Party — and anti-Villanueva voters — could rally around a challenger.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva maintains a lead over retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, but not one big enough to win outright.
Police were investigating back-to-back shootings Friday night in Long Beach, including one that left a man wounded on a beach bike path and a second that left another man dead and a woman injured.
Former and current Los Angeles sheriff’s officials testified Tuesday about so-called “deputy gangs” allegedly operating within the department.
The sheriff’s wife, a former deputy, has carved out an influential role within her husband’s inner circle, officials in the department said.
Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to file charges against donors to Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s 2018 campaign, saying there was insufficient evidence to prove that contributions were funneled through one person.