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

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  • Nick Fagnano died July 27, 2014, after being struck by lightning in Venice Beach. He posted this photo on his Twitter account on June 2, 2012. He graduated from Notre Dame High School

    Victim of Venice Beach Lightning Strike ID’d As 20-Year-Old L.A. Resident

    A 20-year-old Los Angeles resident was identified Monday as the victim of a lightning strike in Venice Beach the previous day. Nick Fagnano was believed to be swimming or surfing when he was hit by lightning near the 3500 block of South Ocean Front Walk (map) Sunday afternoon. He was missing for about an hour before he was found and transported to a Marina del Rey hospital where he later died. Fagnano was a University of Southern California student who […]

  • Firefighters responded to the scene of a deadly vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on July 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Hit-and-Run Driver Flees After Hitting Pedestrians in Koreatown; 1 Dead, 2 Critically Injured

    Authorities were searching for a hit-and-run driver after one person died and two others were critically injured when a crash  resulted in a truck hitting multiple pedestrians in Koreatown Monday morning, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. A preliminary investigation found that a white pickup truck was driving eastbound on Beverly Boulevard when it collided with a gray Sedan that was traveling northbound on Normandie Place, LAPD Sgt. Gregory Hoyte said. “It’s possible that the white vehicle may have […]

  • Two women went missing July 27, 2014. They were last seen riding horses in the San Bernardino National Forest. (Credit: RMG News)

    2 Horseback Riders Found One Day After Reported Missing

    Two horseback riders were found Monday after officials said they went missing the previous day, possibly while seeking shelter from a thunder and rain storm in the San Bernardino National Forest. The two women were last seen leaving the Heart Bar Campground and Wild Horse Equestrian Camp near the Highway 38 in Angelus Oaks around 10 a.m. Sunday, Randy Naquin with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said. The women were found at the Mission Creek Preserve in Desert Hot […]

  • A police vehicle responding to a scene in West Adams struck and killed a naked man who was wearing only tennis shoes and lying on a street on July 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Vehicle Hits, Kills Naked Man Lying on South L.A. Street

    An investigation was underway Monday after a police vehicle struck and killed a naked man lying on a street in the West Adams district of South L.A., according to LAPD. Reports of a naked man running around public streets near Hillcrest Drive and West Adams Boulevard were made to police around 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. As two responding officers drove to the scene, they ran over the man who was lying on the street […]

  • Video shot July 1, 2014, by a motorist showed a CHP officer throw a woman to the ground, straddle her body and repeatedly punch her. (Credit: David Diaz)

    Lawsuit ID’s CHP Officer Caught Beating Woman on Video; Calls Him the Devil

    A CHP officer who was caught on-camera beating a woman on the 10 Freeway was identified and called the devil in a recently revised version of a civil rights lawsuit. California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel L. Andrew straddled 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock and punched her for 10 to 15 seconds on July 1 before arresting the homeless woman, the lawsuit stated. CHP would not confirm the name of the officer involved. The officer caught on cellphone video taken by a passing […]

  • A fire at 5526 East Avenue T-10 in  Palmdale on July 27, 2014, killed four horses and seven goats. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Exploding Manure May Have Caused Fire That Killed Horses, Goats in Palmdale

    Spontaneous combustion of manure or an electric fence were being investigated as possible causes of a fire in Palmdale Sunday that killed multiple animals, according to L.A. County Fire Department Capt. Bo Ament. Four horses and seven goats died in a remote desert area barn at 5526 East Avenue T-10 (map). Among the dead was a pregnant horse and 4 month old colt. All the horses were a friesian breed. The barn’s design kept the animals from escaping, Ament added. Exploding manure occurs when oxygen […]

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    Police Searching for Gunman After Woman Is Shot Inside South L.A. Laundromat

    Police were searching for a gunman after at least one person opened fire in a South L.A. laundromat Sunday and inured one person, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman. LAPD received a call at 12:08 p.m. about a shooting near West 43rd Place and South Main Street (map). A woman was shot, and the extent of her injuries was not immediately known. Police believed there was one gunman.  

  • A van crashed into the rear end of a trailer on July 26, 2014. A passenger in the van died and four others were injured. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    18-Year-Old Downey Man ID’d After Fatal Van, Big Rig Crash

    An 18-year-old who died after a Downey crash that injured four others was identified Sunday by the coroner’s office. Isaac Antonio Marroquin of Downey was a passenger in a 1997 Chevrolet Astro Van that was driving southbound on Lakewood Boulevard, just north of Florence Avenue, Friday night when the vehicle collided into the rear of a trailer that was attached to the back of a big rig. The crash occurred when the van veered into the center two-way turn lane […]

  • Los Angeles Police Department Officer Kathleen “Kat” Talbot is seen with Chief Charlie Beck. (Credit: LAPD Rampart Division)

    LAPD Officer Dies After Off-Duty Car Crash

    A Los Angeles Police Department patrol officer died Saturday morning after an off-duty car crash that occurred Thursday in Santa Clarita, according to the department’s media relations. Kathleen “Kat” Talbot worked for the Rampart division covering much of the downtown L.A. area, Chief Charlie Beck tweeted. “It is with heavy hearts and tears in our eyes that we share the sad news that one of #LAPD Rampart Division’s finest has passed away. Police Officer III, K. Talbot #31941 was an […]