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Ashley Soley-Cerro is a digital news producer for KTLA.com in Los Angeles.


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  • Bystander video shows arrest of a 52-year-old homeless man on Venice Beach last August.

    Video Captures Homeless Man Being Punched, Hogtied by LAPD: Attorney

    An attorney has called for a federal investigation after he says LAPD officers intentionally fabricated and, or withheld crucial evidence regarding a violent arrest of a mentally ill homeless man that was captured on cellphone video and recently released. Cellphone video released Wednesday shows eight Los Angeles Police Department officers using a Taser on Samuel Calhoun Arrington, as well as hogtying him and repeatedly punching him on the Venice boardwalk near Sunset Avenue and Ocean Front Walk (map), attorney Nazareth Haysbert […]

  • A man was shot after allegedly pointing a gun in front of Olive Vista Middle School in Sylmar, police said on April 23, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Allegedly Armed Man Shot, Killed Near Sylmar Middle School: LAPD

    A man allegedly seen pointing a gun in front of a Sylmar middle school was shot and killed Thursday morning, police said. The armed man was in front of Olive Vista Middle School, located at 14600 Tyler St. (map), and pointing a gun when the shooting occurred, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im said around 7:09 a.m. The man was shot and taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Officer Rosario Herrera said. Officers later stated he died. […]

  • Firefighters are seen placing an oxygen mark over a parrot in Idaho. (Credit: KBOI)

    Firefighters Hear Screams for Help, Find Parrots in Burning Idaho Home

    Firefighters say they heard screams for help while battling a blaze at an Idaho home recently, and were surprised to discover parrots instead of humans, TV station KBOI reports. The firefighters were at the exterior of a Boise, Idaho home on Friday when they say they heard screams for help. “What was actually recorded was them saying fire, fire,” Victor Islas with the Middleton Fire Department told KBOI. “That’s what we got. ‘Help. Fire.’ Yeah. It’s a smart bird, smart bird. […]

  • The yearlong California Incline closure began on April 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Yearlong California Incline Closure, Construction Project Is Underway in Santa Monica

    Motorists were expected to face heavier traffic in Santa Monica as a yearlong reconstruction project for the California Incline Bridge got underway on Sunday evening, hours earlier than scheduled. The project aimed to demolish a bridge connecting Ocean and California avenues to the Pacific Coast Highway (map) and construct a new one that met seismic standards, the project website stated. The new bridge would also include a wider sidewalk and bicycle lane. The north and south ends of the bridge were expected […]

  • SWAT officials responded to a barricade situation in Silver Lake on April 18, 2015. (Credit: Kirk Cruz)

    Mental Delusion Leads to Standoff in Silver Lake; No Crime Committed: LAPD

    SWAT officials responded to Silver Lake after a woman had a mental delusion that someone threatened her with a gun, police said Sunday. Police and SWAT officials responded to a report of an alleged assault near Hamilton Way and Murray Drive (map) Saturday afternoon and believed a barricaded person was inside a home, officials said. Investigators discovered the person who allegedly threatened the woman with a gun was at a picnic during the alleged incident, and no crime had been […]

  • A seal was recovered after four men allegedly abducted its sibling from Dockweiler State Beach on April 19, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Officials Search for People Who Allegedly Abducted Sea Lion From Dockweiler Beach

    Two men and two women abducted a sea lion after taunting its sibling and mother at Dockweiler State Beach early Sunday morning, officials said. If caught, the four people face federal charges since sea lions are protected animals, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Paula Davidson said. The department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force was investigating the incident. A witness reported the abduction took place at the beach, located in the 12500 block of Vista Del Mar (map), around 3:13 a.m. to police, Davidson […]

  • A massive plume of smoke rose above a brush fire in the Chino Hills area on Saturday, April 18, 2015. (Credit: Fredy Avila)

    Unattended Cooking Fire Caused Massive Highway Fire in Chino Hills Area: Officials

    An unattended cooking fire caused the so-called Highway Fire that has burned 1,020 acres near the Prado Dam in the Chino Hills area, officials said Sunday. Hours after evacuation orders were lifted and a smoke advisory went into effect, Cal Fire’s Riverside division said the blaze was 35 percent contained. The fire was reported about 6:12 p.m. Saturday near the interchange of the 71 and 91 freeways (map), officials said. The burned area held at 300 acres overnight with 15 percent containment, and residents evacuated […]

  • Many officers responded to multiple shooting scenes in Palms on April 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Arrested Days After 2 Westside Shooting Incidents Leave 1 Dead, Several Injured

    A 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly killing one man and attempting to kill several others during one or more shooting incidents in the Palms area days earlier, police said Saturday. James Pickens, of Inglewood, was arrested just before midnight Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release. His arrest came days after Thursday’s shooting incidents that left four people hospitalized, and one man dead – later identified by the LAPD as 27-year-old Justin Aguilar. One of the […]

  • The Los Angeles Police Department provided this photo of Jaime Jimenez, 46, after arresting him on April 16, 2015, for allegedly sexually assaulting current and former students at Franklin High School in Highland Park.

    Volunteer Football Coach at Highland Park School Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Students

    Police are searching for additional victims after arresting a 46-year-old volunteer football coach at a Highland Park high school for allegedly sexually assaulting current and former students, according to officials with the Los Angeles Police Department. Jaime Jimenez, who had been coaching football at Franklin High School since 1998, was arrested Thursday, according to an LAPD news release. “Investigators believe Jimenez may have victimized former students who are now adults and are urging them to come forward,” the news release stated. […]