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


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  • At least four school districts in Orange County were either completely or mostly without air conditioning, officials said Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Multiple O.C. School Classrooms Without Air Conditioning Amid Punishing Heat Wave

    At least four Orange County school districts were either completely or mostly without air conditioning, forcing students to sit in nearly triple-digit temperatures during a punishing heat wave Tuesday, officials said. Temperatures neared 100 degrees Tuesday, the final day of a three-day excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service. Fountain Valley, which one resident said typically hovers around 77 degrees, was expected to reach 93 degrees. “I think at 3 or 4 it may have touched on 99 (degrees) or […]

  • A new state law that went into effect on Sept. 16, 2014, required motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot buffer on roadways. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    New Law Requires California Drivers Give 3-Foot Buffer When Passing Bicyclists

    California drivers must stay at least 3 feet away from bicyclists when passing them under a new state law that went into effect Tuesday. The Three Feet for Safety Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2013 after years of lobbying on the part of cycling activists, requires a 3-foot buffer between cars while passing cyclists. If roadway conditions or traffic prevent drivers from maintaining the required distance betweens their vehicles and cyclists, motorists may only pass bikes after they’ve slowed to a “speed that is […]

  • An alleged intruder was shot and injured by a Van Nuys resident on Sept. 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Van Nuys Homeowner Shoots Alleged Intruder After Attack: LAPD

    An alleged home intruder who was unarmed when he was shot by a Van Nuys homeowner had attacked the man, police said Tuesday. A shooting in the 6200 block of Matilija Avenue (map) was reported to police around 11:05 p.m. Monday, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Steve Gottschalk said. The incident occurred when a man allegedly tried to break into a guest house located behind a Van Nuys home and was shot in the lower torso area by the home’s owner. Neighbors […]

  • The Silverado Fire was initially estimated to have burned 1,600 acres. On Sept. 16, 2014, it was 91 percent contained and estimated to be 968 acres. (Credit: KTLA)

    Silverado Fire Is 91 Percent Contained; Some Road Closures in Place

    Some road closures remained in place Tuesday despite mandatory evacuations being lifted and a 91 percent containment of the Silverado Fire. The fire, located in the mountains of Cleveland National Forest south of Corona, began Friday morning when a local resident put metal sheeting around a wood border to keep animals out of a vegetable garden. The sun reflected against the metal sheeting and then hit wood rail tiles starting the fire, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said. […]

  • A family was struck by a driver in Orange on Sept. 15, 2014. A father, in his 80s, was killed. (Credit: OnScene)

    Father Killed, Daughter and Husband Seriously Injured After Driver Plows Into Them at Orange Crosswalk

    Police asked Tuesday for people to come forward if they witnessed a vehicle versus pedestrian crash at a crosswalk in Orange that caused a daughter and husband to be seriously injured and a father to be killed the previous day. A man in his 50s, woman in her 40s, and her father, who was in his 80s, were hit by a Volvo around 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to an Orange Police Department news release. The driver was traveling at an unknown speed westbound on […]

  • Thousands were without power amid a Southern California heat wave on Sept. 15, 2014.  (Credit: KTLA)

    Power Outages Reported Amid All-Time High For Electricity Demand During SoCal Heat Wave

    Thousands of Southern California residents were without power Monday night as dangerously hot weather prompted an all-time high for electricity demand. More than 6,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were without power in the service area Monday night, according to spokeswoman Mary Anne Pierson. Roughly 2,000 customers in the Valley Glen area were impacted, she added. Southern California Edison had also reported some outages in a number of its service area, including Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Inglewood […]

  • Two adults and a child were injured when a car that was street racing crashed into them on Sept. 15, 2014. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Street Racing Leads to Crash; 10-Year-Old, Mother Injured: Police

    Officials were investigating Tuesday an apparent racing crash in Costa Mesa that injured a mother, her 10-year-old son and her boyfriend. A Mercedes SUV and silver or gray pickup truck with a shell were racing at 80 mph northbound on Placentia Avenue when both vehicles ran a red light at the West Wilson Street intersection (map), Costa Mesa Police Department Sgt. Grimmond said. The Mercedes, carrying seven people, collided with a third vehicle, then jumped the curb and came to a […]

  • Hurricane Odile struck Mexico's Baja California Coast on Sept. 14, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    Odile Weakens to Tropical Storm, May Impact Weather in Southern California

    Hurricane Odile was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved through Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Monday. Odile struck Mexico’s Pacific Coast Sunday as a hurricane with winds of 115 mph and gusts reaching 125 mph. The storm weakened to a Category 1 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm, but forecasters had warned the storm could still do plenty of damage to the region. “Large and destructive waves” and heavy rainfall that could cause life-threatening flash floods […]

  • The Silverado Fire was 80 percent contained as of Sept. 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Silverado Fire Started by Resident Trying to Keep Animals Out of Garden: Officials

    The Silverado Fire, which has burned nearly 1,000 acres, was accidentally caused by a resident who was trying to keep animals out of a vegetable garden, officials said on Monday. The blaze began at about 11 a.m. on Friday in the backyard of a home in the 30000 block of Silverado Canyon Road (map), according to Orange County Fire Authority officials. The unidentified resident had apparently put metal sheeting around a wood border to keep the animals away, department Capt. Steve Concialdi […]