LA sheriff plans newser amid reports he will leave
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has scheduled a news conference amid media reports he is stepping down after 15 years in office.
Sheriff's officials say Baca will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday at department headquarters, but decline to say what it will cover.
The Los Angeles Times, KABC-TV and KNBC-TV have reported, citing multiple unidentified sources in law enforcement, that the 71-year-old Baca will leave office.
Baca has been seeking election to a fifth term, but the department and jails he heads have come under increasing heat in recent months, including a federal indictment of 18 current and former deputies.
Baca was first elected in 1998 when his incumbent opponent, Sherman Block, died just days before the vote.