Former student arrested on suspicion of plotting attack against Lancaster school

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Diavauni James Crooms, 18, who was arrested Tuesday,Dec. 20, 2016, on suspicion of attempted homicide for his alleged threats against Antelope Valley High School, is seen in a photo from his Facebook account. Crooms is a former student at the school.

An 18-year-old former student was taken into custody and is being held on $1 million bail in connection with a social media threat made against Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday.

Diavauni James Crooms, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Deputies from the Lancaster station responded at 11 a.m. Tuesday after a parent became aware of the threat on social media and a service call was made, officials said.

The sheriff’s department said Crooms was allegedly attempting to recruit students to participate in a plan to acquire weapons and attack students at the high school on a future date.

The school, located at 44900 Division St., is currently on winter break, and there was no immediate threat or danger to any students or staff, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Crooms was later detained without incident at his home at the 43400 block of Gadsden Avenue by school resource deputies and detectives, officials said.

 

LA County supervisors approve $3M contribution to immigrant defense fund

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to set aside millions of dollars for legal services to help undocumented immigrants fighting deportation.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of contributing to the L.A. Justice Fund, which is a collaborative effort between the city, county and private donors. Officials said the money for the fund would be split between the government and private foundations.

Once the cheering stopped, the jeers started from those who oppose the action. The vote means L.A. County will contribute $3 million over the next two years to the fund, with the first $1 million pledged this year.

At times, the meeting was heated as those opposed to tax funds being used to defend undocumented immigrants voiced their angry opinions.

“Illegal immigration is a crime, let’s be honest,” said David Feiner during the meeting. “We’re talking about spending millions of dollars protecting criminals from justice.”

“When you come across that border, and you don’t have the right to be here, you’re illegal,” Robert Peete told the board. “It’s the same as selling dope, shooting somebody. Illegal is illegal.”

Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the only no vote.

“I don’t think it’s responsible for the board to allocate funding for a program such as this when we’ve got nonprofits already doing it,” she said during the meeting.

Barger wants to explore the possibility of pursuing federal funds to help pay for the county’s $3 million contribution to the L.A. Justice Fund.

The American Immigration Council reports immigrants aren’t guaranteed an attorney in immigration court, with only 37 percent having legal representation.

More than 1 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the nation live in Los Angeles County.