Author: 2UG Staff

LOS ANGELES – Two men – one from Wisconsin, the other from North Carolina – have been charged with participating in a “swatting” spree that, over a one-week span, gained access to a dozen Ring home security door cameras nationwide, placed bogus emergency phone calls designed to elicit an armed police response, then livestreamed the events on social media, sometimes while taunting responding police officers, the Justice Department announced today. Kya Christian Nelson, a.k.a. “ChumLul,” 21, of Racine, Wisconsin, who is currently incarcerated in Kentucky in an unrelated case; and James Thomas Andrew McCarty, a.k.a. “Aspertaine,” 20, of Charlotte, North Carolina…

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SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. – On Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:51 pm, the South Pasadena Police Department received a 911 call reporting an unconscious male at a home in the 1600 Block of Meridian Avenue. Officers arrived on the scene moments later and found the victim in medical distress. Life-saving measures were performed; however, the victim succumbed to his injuries. During the investigation, several items of evidentiary value were located. Given the nature and scope of the investigation, the South Pasadena Police Department is working in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The name of the victim, a 69-year-old…

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LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has indicted two men who allegedly used the darknet and encrypted messaging applications to sell over 120,000 fentanyl-laced pills and other drugs to thousands of customers across the country. The 19-count indictment charges Rajiv Srinivasan, 37, of Houston, and Michael Ta, 24, of Westminster, in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine. Both defendants are also named in various counts alleging the distribution and possession with the intent to distribute both drugs.  According to the indictment, Srinivasan operated the account “redlightlabs” on the darknet, including the…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) announced the CHC’s new leadership for the 118th Congress which elected Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán as its Chair. “I am incredibly honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as the 25th Chair of Congressional Hispanic Caucus,” said Rep. Barragán. “Our largest Caucus ever will continue to be a leading voice for Latinos everywhere. As Chair, I plan to elevate our Members and the priorities they have for their communities. I will continue to build on the foundations of our former Chairs and work to create an equitable immigration system, improve access…

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that Capital One, N.A., will pay $2 million to settle a civil lawsuit alleging the company made unreasonably excessive calls to collect past due accounts. “Repeated phone calls from debt collectors intended to annoy, abuse or harass consumers is illegal and wrong,” District Attorney Gascón said. “My office will continue to do what is best for consumers when companies violate state laws and take advantage of them.” Under a judgment negotiated with the Delaware-headquartered company, entered yesterday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and signed by Judge Gregory…

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A project formed by a coalition of worker centers and labor organizations celebrated its new era with a holiday mixer and relaunch event LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Worker Center Network (LAWCN), a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-industry project formed by a coalition of eight worker centers and labor organizations, celebrated its official relaunch with a community gathering at its new office in Chinatown. The launch marks a new chapter for the worker center movement and is the result of a years-long effort and continued collaboration amongst worker centers and coalition partners, with a goal of improving the working conditions…

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LOS ANGELES – Assemblymember Isaac Bryan is inviting the public to attend the 2nd Annual Christmas in the Park. “We are bringing our community partners together for a day of giving and joy that has something for everyone. Just hop off the newly opened K-Line at Leimert Park. I hope you’ll join us,” said Bryan. Sunday, December 1811 a.m. – 2 p.m. Leimert Park Village43rd St. and Degnan Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90008 Isaac Bryan was elected in May 2021 to represent California’s 55th* Assembly District, which consists of Baldwin Hills, Cheviot Hills, the Crenshaw district, Century City, Culver City, Ladera…

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LOS ANGELES – A Diamond Bar man pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge for deliberately failing to pay more than $200,000 for one three-month period’s payroll taxes that were owed by a San Gabriel Valley employment staffing company. Robinson Rin Yang, 54, a.k.a. “Robert Mora,” a.k.a. “David Lee,” pleaded guilty to one count of willful failure to pay over employment taxes. According to his plea agreement, from March 2016 to March 2020, Yang operated B&S Staffing, a Covina-based staffing service business. From mid-2017 until the end of 2019, B&S accrued large unpaid employment tax liabilities, failed to make timely…

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced a Los Angeles police officer has been criminally charged in connection with the sharing of intimate photos of a person without consent. “The conduct alleged in this case can cause lasting emotional distress. No one should be subjected to these cruel and invasive actions. As a law enforcement officer who encounters victims each day, he should know the trauma that is caused when someone’s privacy is violated,” District Attorney Gascón said. Brady Lamas is charged with six misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct by distributing multiple private intimate images without…

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COMPTON, Calif. – Compton College and NextGen Policy published a case study: Every Student Is A Success Story: Basic Needs Innovation at Compton College, which details proven, student-centered basic needs strategies which provide a framework for higher-education institutions across California to follow. Higher education costs continue to increase every year. Though the state has made investments to increase financial aid to offset the rise in tuition, the ‘unseen’ costs associated with pursuing a higher education continue to serve as a major barrier to success for California students. The real costs of college include affordable housing, food, reliable transportation, healthcare, access to high-speed…

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LOS ANGELES – A San Bernardino County woman has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge for her involvement in an investment fraud scheme that caused more than $2.6 million in losses to investors, the Justice Department announced today. Sharief Deona McDowell, 57, of Loma Linda, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to one count of wire fraud. According to her plea agreement, McDowell defrauded at least 28 investors by falsely representing that she would invest their money in commodity futures and options contracts. In reality, McDowell did not trade with the investors’ money and instead misappropriated the funds for her personal use.…

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Grammy award-winning artist Jody Watley is spreading some festive cheer with the release of a jazzy rendition of the quintessential holiday song “Christmas Time Is Here” from her favorite, Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” now available on all streaming platforms. “This is an ambient and chill rendition perfect for warm cocoa, a laid-back atmosphere, and a fireplace real or virtual,” says Watley of the release due on her longtime independent imprint Avitone Recordings. “I originally recorded this for my devoted fans and had it available for a free download for a short while quite some time ago. “Christmas Time…

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LOS ANGELES – A former United States Postal Service mail carrier pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for stealing debit cards containing unemployment insurance benefits while on duty and giving them to an accomplice in exchange for cash payments and gifts. Toya Toshell Hunter, 45, of South Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. According to her plea agreement, from January 2019 to May 2020, Hunter stole mail – including letters sent by the California Employment Development Department (EDD), which administers the state’s unemployment insurance program – and then gave the stolen EDD debit cards as well…

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LOS ANGELES – A former San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on federal criminal charges alleging he abused a county jail inmate by dragging the victim by her hair on the ground from one cell into another jail cell and then obstructing a federal probe into his actions by lying about the incident in an official sheriff’s office report, the Justice Department announced today. Joshua Fischer, 40, of Grover Beach, is charged in a federal grand jury indictment with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and one count of falsification of records. According to…

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BURBANK, Calif. – Today, Disney+ announced the second season of the Emmy Award-winning Original series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder” will premiere on Wednesday, February 1. From Disney Branded Television, the series is the critically acclaimed revival of Disney’s groundbreaking “The Proud Family.” A season two guest cast featurette spotlighting guest stars Gabrielle Union, Chance the Rapper, Leslie Odom Jr., Holly Robinson Peete, Normani, and more, is now available. The series recently won “Outstanding Casting for An Animated Program” at the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNlrmBWY25Q From creator and executive producer Bruce W. Smith, and executive producer Ralph Farquhar, “The…

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