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


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  • Two men were shot and killed in Pacoima, LAPD said July 26, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Shooting Leaves 2 Men Dead in Pacoima; Search for Gunman Continues

    Police were searching Sunday for the gunman who shot and killed two men in Pacoima, according to LAPD officials. A witness told police that three men were standing outside of an apartment building about 5:45 a.m. when one of them brandished a gun and opened fire. One man was shot inside an apartment, the other near the corner of Pierce Street and Glenoaks Boulevard (map), said Capt. Paul Espinosa of the Los Angeles Police Department. The men were transported to Providence Holy […]

  • Family provided this photo of Makeda More. The 30-year-old mother of two was killed by a hit-and-run driver on July 25, 2015, in Bellflower.

    Mother of 2 Fatally Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in Bellflower; Family Pleads for Witnesses to Come Forward

    Investigators searched Sunday for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 30-year-old mother of two in Bellflower the previous night, according to the woman’s family. The victim, identified by family members as Makeda More, was crossing near Lakewood Boulevard and Los Angeles Street (map) around 9:44 p.m. Saturday when she was struck, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release stated. It was not known if she was in a crosswalk. Video showed officials performing CPR on More at the scene before […]

  • A 9-month-old child was found dead in South L.A. on July 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Arrested After Allegedly Killing Her 9-Month-Old Girl in South L.A.

    A mother has been arrested on suspicion of killing her 9-month-old girl at a South L.A. home, authorities said Saturday. The baby was found after a 911 caller reported Friday around 3 p.m. that a woman was walking down a street screaming that she had killed her child, according to Officer Liliana Preciado, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Police then responded to the 2000 block of W. 64th St. and found the infant. She was later identified as Savannah Coleman, of […]

  • A fire broke out at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on July 25, 2015. (Credit Twitter user @Jay_Matrix)

    Fire Fueled by Fake Palm Trees at Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas; 1 Person Hospitalized

    Two people suffered suffered smoke inhalation Saturday after a large blaze broke out at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, burning the deck at a rooftop pool, according to Nevada fire officials. The fire started about 12:15 p.m. and was contained to the Bamboo Pool, which was “fully loaded,” hotel spokesman Brad Seidel told CNN. Twitter erupted with images showing large flames, smoldering palm trees and plumes of black smoke billowing into the air at the popular Vegas destination, located at 3708 […]

  • The Tustin Police Department provided this photo of Frank Carmen Simonetta after he was arrested on July 21, 2015, for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.

    Orange County Man Arrested Decade After Alleged Sexual Abuse of Child

    Police were looking Saturday for additional victims of an Orange County man who was arrested after a 24-year-old woman came forward claiming she had been sexually abused a decade earlier. Frank Carmen Simonetta, a 54-year-old Stanton resident, was arrested Tuesday – the same day the unidentified woman reported the abuse, according to the Tustin Police Department. Police announced the arrest Friday, the same day Garden Grove police asked for help finding additional victims of another man who was arrested for […]

  • The USGS provided this graphic after a 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Fontana area on July 25, 2015.

    Magnitude-4.2 Earthquake Strikes Near Fontana, Rattles IE and IC

    A 4.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Fontana area in San Bernardino County Saturday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit around 5:45 a.m. about 1 mile east-southeast of Fontana, 3 miles west-northwest of Bloomington and 4 miles west of Rialto. USGS initially reported it was a 4.3 magnitude, but it was later downgraded to 4.2. It hit at a depth of about 2.8 miles, according to USGS. The temblor’s epicenter was in a residential neighborhood less than a mile […]

  • Officials are seen outside a Louisiana theater where a shooting occurred on July 23, 2015. (Credit: KATC)

    Gunman, 58, Opens Fire in Louisiana Movie Theater Killing Himself, 2 Others; 7 Injured

    Three people were killed, including a 58-year-old gunman who allegedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and seven others were injured when a shooter opened fire in a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater Thursday night, CNN reports. The shooter, who allegedly used a handgun, was described as a 58-year-old white man who was a theater patron and believed to have acted alone, Lafayette police Sgt. Brooks David told CNN. Police Chief Jim Craft added that he had a criminal history. Details were not provided. The […]

  • Fire officials are seen arriving at Hollywood's Supper Club on July 23, 2015, after the rapper Future tweeted he would be at the venue, prompting large crowds to gather. (Credit: KTLA)

    Free Future Concert Canceled for the 2nd Time; Large Crowds Prompt Closure of Sunset Blvd.

    Law enforcement officials responded to three L.A. nightclubs Thursday when large crowds gathered to see the rapper Future, prompting the cancellation of two free concerts in West Hollywood and two partial closures of Sunset Boulevard. A free Future concert had been relocated to the House of Blues, located at 8430 Sunset Blvd. (map),  after rowdy crowds forced an hourslong closure of Sunset Boulevard in front of the show’s initial venue — the Roxy nightclub in West Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department […]

  • The Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted this photo of the "Snowbird Bandit" on July 23, 2015. He was identified as allegedly being retired LAPD detective Randolph Bruce Adair.

    Retired LAPD Detective, 70, Suspected of Being ‘Snowbird Bandit,’ Robbing 5 Orange County Banks: OCSD

    A 70-year-old retired Los Angeles Police Department detective was identified Thursday as the “Snowbird Bandit,” who robbed five Orange County banks between March and July, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Randolph Bruce Adair, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested Wednesday after several family members saw media reports about the “Snowbird Bandit” and contacted investigators, according to OCSD. Details regarding what information family members were able to provide was not given, and a booking photo was not released due to the ongoing investigation. […]