Fire in Quartz Hill home
Woman found dead inside
LANCASTER, Calif.—Sheriff's deputies confirmed that firefighters found the body of a woman inside a two-story home in the Quartz Hill section of Lancaster after a fire brought under control.
The fire was reported at 5:15 p.m. Sunday in the 42000 block of 56th Street West, Supervisor Michael Pittman of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
The blaze was under control by 5:26 p.m.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, said the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.
Homicide detectives were sent to the scene to investigate the woman's death, the deputies said.
LANCASTER, Calif.—A Quartz Hill woman was sentenced today to 25 years to life in prison for the March 2009 death of her 18-month-old daughter, whom she initially claimed was taken from her in a violent kidnapping.
Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky imposed the term on Stacey Marie Barker, 26, who was convicted May 24 of first-degree murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse for the March 18, 2009, slaying of her daughter, Emma.
LANCASTER, Calif.—A deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster on Friday left two people wounded, one of them in critical condition, authorities said.
The shooting in the 43200 block of 18th Street West occurred about 12:47 p.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Violent crimes in areas patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declined by more than 12.5 percent in the first nine months of 2011 compared with the same period last year, according to the department.
Serious property crimes declined by 3.5 percent in sheriff’s patrol areas countywide during that period, compared to the first nine months of 2010, according to the sheriff’s department.
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—Flames erupted in a vacant, two-story apartment building today in Inglewood, but there were no reports of any injuries.
Arriving crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department quickly moved into a defensive mode as they worked to douse the blaze, which was reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the 3800 block of West 102nd Street.
Fire crews contained the blaze in about an hour, but they were still working to knock down the flames, according to County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi. No other structures were threatened.
LANCASTER - Firefighters have doused a blaze in a two-story apartment building at 2141 E. Avenue J-8 in Lancaster and transported one person to a hospital.
County fire Inspector Quvondo Johnson says the fire was reported at 1:46 p.m. and was out by 2:02 p.m. The patient's injuries aren't life-threatening, Johnson says.