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


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  • The Air Storm Firetek Bow was nominated for W.A.T.C.H.'s annual worst toys list. (Credit: W.A.T.C.H.)

    W.A.T.C.H. Releases ’10 Worst Toys’ List

    World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), Inc. released their annual nominees for the “10 Worst Toys” of 2014. Air Storm Firetek Bow Radio Flyer Ziggle Catapencil Alphabet Zoo Rock & Stack Pull Toy SWAT Electric Machine Gun Wooden Instruments Bottle Rocket Party Lil’ Cutsies – Best Friends True Legens Orcs Battle Hammer Colored Hedgehog Click here for more information and photos of these toys.

  • Authorities responded to reports of burglars inside a tented home in Paramount on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man in Custody Following Hours-Long Standoff at Tented Home in Paramount

    One man was in custody Wednesday following an hours-long standoff with SWAT officers at a tented home in Paramount. Deputies responded about 5 a.m. to a residence in the 15700 block of Verdura Avenue (map) after burglars were reported inside, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The standoff developed when what was though to be several intruders, but turned out to be just one man, refused authorities’ instructions to exit the house, according to the LASD. The SWAT team was […]

  • Highland High School in Palmdale is seen in this image provided by Google Maps.

    Teacher Accused of Molesting Special Needs Student in Palmdale Pleads Not Guilty

    A 28-year-old teacher pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he sexually molested a 17-year-old student enrolled in a special needs program at a high school in Palmdale. Aaron Alvidrez, a long-term substitute teacher at Highland High School, allegedly assaulted the boy in a classroom and in his vehicle in September and October, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Authorities were alerted to the alleged abuse by school officials after the student reported […]

  • Sergio Vazquez was taken into custody after allegedly faking his own kidnapping in Northern California on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (Credit: Calvaras County Sheriff's Department.)

    NorCal Teen Allegedly Faked Kidnapping That Prompted Statewide Amber Alert

    A 14-year-old Northern California boy who allegedly faked his own abduction Monday morning, prompting a statewide Amber Alert, was taken into custody after being located later in the day, officials said. Sergio Vazquez, a high school freshman, claimed he was forced into a van by two men outside a San Andreas convenience store in Calaveras County at about 10:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Times reported. The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert for Vazquez Monday afternoon, describing him as a 14-year-old […]

  • Enrique Ramos appears at his sentencing hearing on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Former Boyle Heights Day Care Worker Gets 22 Years for Sexually Molesting 4 Children

    A former day care worker in Boyle Heights who pleaded no contest to sexually molesting four children, including three who attended the facility where he worked, was sentenced to 22 years in state prison Monday. During the sentencing hearing, the judge told Enrique Ramos, 46, that he “is deserving of every moment of that time,” for what she described as “despicable crimes.” Ramos will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Ramos, who ran Cano & […]

  • A boater is rescued near Point Hueneme on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

    Caught on Video: Boaters Rescued After Vessel Overturns Near Point Hueneme

    A dramatic rescue was captured on video as two people were pulled from the water after their boat overturned near Point Hueneme Sunday morning. Coast Guard officials received a call for help regarding the boaters, who were spotted in the water near their overturned vessel at about 7 a.m. A rescue helicopter was sent and crews were able to find the partially submerged vessel and the two boaters, who were not wearing life jackets, according to a U.S. Coast Guard news […]

  • Police investigated a homicide at a Garden Grove restaurant on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Killed in Apparent Stabbing at Volcano Tea House in Garden Grove; Suspect ID’d

    A 20-year-old man was arrested in a stabbing death at the Volcano Tea House  in Garden Grove on Friday, police said. Officers arrived at the tea house located in the 10100 block of Garden Grove Boulevard (map) around 11  a.m. following a “suspicious circumstances” call, Garden Grove police stated in a news release. A woman who worked at the tea house called police because she saw a man she didn’t know inside the establishment when she arrived to open the […]

  • Three vehicles caught fire on the 405 Freeway on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Credit: Melissa McComas)

    Fiery Crash Involving 5 Vehicles on 405 Freeway in North Hills Leaves 1 Dead

    One person was killed and four others were injured in a fiery crash involving several vehicles that left traffic snarled on the 405 Freeway in North Hills Friday. The crash occurred on the southbound side of the freeway near Devonshire Street at about 7:35 a.m., according to Eric French of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Three of the vehicles caught fire and were badly burned near the center divider, aerial video from Sky5 showed. A fourth vehicle came to a stop several hundred […]

  • Authorities speak to supporter of James Kretzschmar, an Irvine mountain biker, near the command post for the search for him on Nov. 13, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Irvine Mountain Biker Found in South OC Canyon After Being Reported Missing Overnight

    An Irvine mountain biker was found Thursday after authorities searched for him in a remote canyon area in south Orange County, where they believed he had gone for a ride the day before. Police received a call shortly before midnight Wednesday from a woman who said she had not heard from her husband in several hours, the Irvine Police Department stated in a news release. The woman told police that her husband, 40-year-old James Kretzschmar, may have been riding his mountain bike in the canyon […]