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Anthony Kurzweil is a web producer for KTLA in Los Angeles.

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  • Two Anaheim men charged with conspiring to provide material support for ISIS appeared in a Santa Ana federal courtroom on May 22, 2015. Nader Elhuzayel is at left and Muhanad Badawi is at right. (Credit: Bill Robles)

    2 Anaheim Men Charged With Supporting ISIS Wanted to Die As Martyrs: DOJ

    Two men arrested in Southern California and charged with conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist group Islamic State had expressed a desire to die as martyrs, authorities said Friday. Muhanad Badawi, 24, and Nader Elhuzayel, 24, both of Anaheim, were arrested by FBI special agents Thursday evening, the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a news release. Badawi and Elhuzayel used social media to discuss ISIL and terrorist attacks, expressed a desire to die as martyrs and made arrangements for […]

  • Stunning GoPro video captured a shark swimming in Sunset Harbor on May 11, 2015. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Great White Shark Sightings Prompt Advisories for O.C. Beaches

    Recent great white shark sightings prompted the Huntington Beach Police Department to issue an advisory for Orange County beaches Friday. There have been several sightings during the past week off the coast of Sunset Beach and Seal Beach, according to the advisory. “Shark Advisory” signs have been posted along the entire Sunset Beach surf line and are expected to remain through the holiday weekend, according to the Police Department. Lifeguards also posted the advisory signs along the northern section of Bolsa […]

  • Michelle Betancourt began to tear up at the judge told her she would have to remain 100 yards from her sone and boyfriend during a court hearing on May 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Who Allegedly Stabbed Son, 3, Did Not Intend to Harm Him, Her Attorney Says

    A 23-year-old mother accused of stabbing her toddler son during a domestic dispute in Cudahy did not intend to harm the child, her attorney said after his client appeared in court Thursday. Michelle Betancourt was arrested Monday, several hours after deputies found her 3-year-old son critically wounded with stab wounds to his upper torso in the 3800 block of Walnut Street (map). She was due to be arraigned in the Metropolitan Branch of Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday but a judge agreed to her attorney’s request to […]

  • A man dubbed the "Band Aid Bandit" is seen in a surveillance image released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    $10,000 Reward Offered in Search for L.A. County Serial Robber Dubbed the ‘Band Aid Bandit’

    Authorities announced a $10,000 reward and released surveillance video Thursday as they asked the public for help in their search for a man they believe is responsible for at least eleven armed robberies throughout various cities in Southeast Los Angeles County. The man dubbed the “Band Aid Bandit” has “terrorized the employees of various cell phone stores, banks and jewelry stores in cities such as Norwalk, Paramount, Hawaiian Gardens, Bellflower, Lakewood, Bell Gardens, and Long Beach,” Lt. Martin Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Department’s Major […]

  • The Torrance Police Department issued this bulletin warning residents of a kidnapping scam.

    Fake Kidnappers Claim to Be Drug Cartel Members in Scam to Demand Ransom Money: Torrance Police

    Police warned residents in Torrance Thursday about a kidnapping scam to get victims to wire money to people pretending to be members of a Mexican drug cartel. The fake kidnappers contact residents by telephone and claim to be members of a drug cartel from Mexico City who have kidnapped their children, according to a Torrance Police Department bulletin describing the scam. Someone pretending to be the victim’s kidnapped child then comes on the phone and says “Mom, help me. I’m in trouble. Do […]

  • Deputies were believed to have fired teargas in response to the standoff in Topanga on May 21, 2015. (Credit: Keith Holland)

    Woman, 70, Barricaded in Topanga Mobile Home After Allegedly Displaying Gun

    A woman who called for medical assistance Thursday morning barricaded herself in a Topanga mobile home for hours after she allegedly pulled out a handgun when first responders arrived, authorities said. The incident took place in the Woodland Park Mobile Estates, located at 4201 Topanga Canyon Blvd. (map), after the 70-year-old woman called for assistance about 5:35 a.m., Deputy Knott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. When crews arrived, including a paramedic and a deputy, the woman displayed a handgun and then barricaded […]

  • A woman is seen near the front door of the Federal Building during a standoff with authorities Wednesday. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman in Custody Following Bomb Threat at Federal Building in Downtown L.A.

    A woman who claimed to have a bomb in front of the federal building in downtown Los Angeles was taken into custody after a standoff with police, who called for the building’s evacuation on Wednesday. The incident began about noon outside the building located in the 300 block of North Los Angeles Street (map) when authorities responded to a suspicious package call, according to Officer Tony Im with the Los Angeles Police Department. Video showed a woman with a backpack standing on the […]

  • German Monrreal, 19, Mario Godina, 19 (center), and Estavan Castillo, 20 (Right), are seen in images provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    3 Suspects Sought in South El Monte Fire That Left Young Mother, 2 Others Dead

    Investigators asked the public for help Tuesday in their search for three suspects allegedly involved in a fatal fire at a South El Monte business last month that left three people dead, including the mother of two young girls. The three victims were attending a birthday gathering at a tire shop in the 1200 block of Santa Anita Avenue (map) on April 25 when a group of men threw molotov cocktails into the building, trapping the trio inside, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives […]

  • Two armed robbers wanted for holding up a Fontana liquor store Monday are seen in an image provided by the Fontana Police Department.

    Armed Robbery of Fontana Liquor Store Captured on Surveillance Video; 2 Sought

    Police are searching for two armed robbers who were seen on surveillance video holding up a liquor store in Fontana Monday night. The robbers drove up to the store in the 17300 block of Arrow Boulevard (map) in a newer model silver Infinity FX35 with paper plates at about 10:30 p.m., the Fontana Police Department stated in a news release. The video showed two men running into the business wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and bandannas covering their faces. One of the men […]