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


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  • Mason Park in Chatsworth is pictured. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Naked Man Allegedly Attempts to Abduct Baby in Chatsworth, Suffers Apparent Overdose

    A naked man apparently suffering from an overdose was taken into custody after allegedly attempting to abduct a baby in Chatsworth Friday morning, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. The man allegedly attempted to take the baby around 10:20 a.m. after entering a recreation center at Mason Park, located at 10500 Mason Ave. (map), where a ceremony was being held, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. The man appeared to be under the influence and suffering an overdose, Madison said. The […]

  • The Pasadena Police Department released this photo of Leslie Dittert after he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor on May 18, 2015.

    Glendale Man Allegedly Sexually Assaults Minor at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

    Pasadena police were searching for additional victims Friday after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office did not file charges against a 57-year-old Glendale man who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. Leslie Dittert was arrested Monday after a boy told his mother that a man had sexually assaulted him in the dressing room area of the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, located at 360 North Arroyo Blvd. in Pasadena, the Pasadena Police Department stated in a news release. The […]

  • A SWAT team responded to the standoff in Topanga on May 21, 2015. (Credit: Keith Holland)

    22-Hour Standoff in Topanga Ends With Woman in Her 70s Being Detained

    A woman in her 70s who was described as being “tough as nails” was detained Friday, 22 hours after first barricading herself in a Topanga man’s home, waving around a handgun and shooting a police robot, officials said. The unidentified woman was apprehended and transported to a local hospital for unknown medical treatment early Friday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. Although she did not surrender, she was taken into custody without incident, Lt. […]

  • Four firefighters are pictured before falling through a roof in Cudahy while battling a fire on May 22, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    4 Firefighters Injured After Falling Through Cudahy Roof While Battling Blaze

    Four firefighters were recovering Friday after falling through the roof of a vacant casino while battling a blaze in Cudahy, officials said. The firefighters were responding to a fire at a “small,” vacant casino near Atlantic Avenue and Live Oak Street (map) around 11:30 p.m. Thursday when the roof collapsed, L.A. County Fire Inspector Chris Reade said. The men were transported to a local hospital and said to be in good spirits and stable condition. “Our rescue intervention crew went […]

  • The LAPD released this image of a man accused of burglarizing two homes on May 18, 2015, in the Westchester area.

    Man Steals Guns, Ammunition During 2 Residential Burglaries in Westchester: LAPD

    Police asked for the public’s help Thursday after a man stole guns and ammunition during two residential burglaries in the Westchester area, according to LAPD officials. Officers first responded to an activated burglary alarm at a residence in the 8500 block of Flight Avenue (map) around 2:55 p.m. Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a news release. During an investigation, detectives found that the man smashed a bathroom window and stole handguns and ammunition before moving onto a […]

  • A three-alarm blaze broke out at a homeless encampment in West Hollywood on May 20, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

    Man Dies After Fire Breaks Out at Homeless Encampment in West Hollywood

    Homicide detectives were investigating a man’s death after a three-alarm blaze fueled by pack-rat conditions broke out at an apparent homeless encampment in West Hollywood Thursday, officials said. Firefighters responded to a blaze in the 9000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard (map) shortly before midnight Wednesday, said Inspector Chris Reade with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The fire broke out at a two-story commercial building that had been scheduled for demolition and turned into an apparent homeless encampment, officials […]

  • Oil darkens the waters off Refugio State Beach after a spill on May 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Up to 105,000-Gallon Crude Oil Spill Prompts State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County

    A cleanup effort was underway Wednesday at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, where an oil spill from a nearby pipeline left the sand polluted and created two separate slicks stretching across 9 miles of the Pacific Ocean and totaling up to a “worst-case scenario” of up to 105,000 gallons. The leak, located along an underground pipe that is part of a larger oil transportation network, was stopped Tuesday afternoon after crude oil poured onto the surrounding ground, down a canyon, […]

  • A man appeared to be detained as evacuations were in place in Studio City on May 20, 2015, due to threatening messages. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Detained, Studio City Residents Allowed Back Home After Hourslong Evacuation

    A man was arrested Wednesday and Studio City residents were allowed to return home after an hourslong evacuation prompted by a suspected suicide attempt and threatening messages connected to a possible home foreclosure, police said. Officers smelled gas around 3:30 a.m. when responding to reports of an attempted suicide at a home in the 12500 block of Landale Street (map), Los Angeles Police Department’s Liliana Preciado said. Several homes were evacuated due to a possible gas leak, officials initially said. On-scene officials later said […]

  • The race for Tom LaBonge's City Council seat came down to a runoff between David Ryu and Carolyn Ramsay. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

    Outsider David Ryu Wins L.A. City Council Seat

    Los Angeles City Council candidate David Ryu defeated his rival in the contest to replace Councilman Tom LaBonge in a sprawling district that includes Los Feliz, Hancock Park and Sherman Oaks. Unofficial results with 100% of precincts reporting showed Ryu, a health center development director, received more than 11,200 votes, giving him a more than 1,600-vote margin over former LaBonge aide Carolyn Ramsay, who had strong support from City Hall leaders including Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb […]