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


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  • Two people died after fire ripped through an Encino apartment complex on Aug. 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Elderly Woman, Son Killed in Encino Apartment Fire; Firefighter, 5 Others Hospitalized

    An investigation was underway Friday into a fire that ripped through an apartment unit in Encino, killing an elderly woman and her son, and leaving six others–including a firefighter–hospitalized, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which broke out on a third-floor unit located in the 5300 block of Lindley Avenue (map) shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, according to an LAFD incident report. The unit was part of a three-story complex and was “well […]

  • Robert Kilroy (left) and his daughter Emily Kilroy (middle) thanked medical personnel on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, for helping save his life after a lightning strike at Venice Beach in July 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Venice Beach Lightning Strike Survivor Thanks Daughter, First Responders

    A lifeguard who nearly died after a lightning strike in Venice Beach in July said Thursday that his daughter’s quick actions and the care given by first responders and medical personnel saved his life. Robert Kilroy was teaching his 15-year-old daughter how to surf on July 27 when a lightning bolt struck the water, knocking Kilroy unconscious and shocking him. “I was basically dead on the spot,” he said during the Thursday news conference. His daughter, Emily Kilroy, was briefly knocked […]

  • An elderly woman died in the Orange County community of Rossmoor and a shooting investigation was underway on Aug. 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Elderly Woman Dead in Rossmoor Shooting; OCSD Investigating

    An elderly woman was found dead during a shooting investigation and her daughter was detained Thursday at a home in the Orange County community of Rossmoor, family members and neighbors said. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the death of an adult woman in a shooting investigation in the 11200 block of Wallingsford Road (map), Lt. Jeff Hallock said. The victim was an “elderly” woman who did not appear to have committed suicide, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the […]

  • Caesar Rodriguez was 19 when he was gunned down near the border of Santa Fe Springs and South Whittier on Aug. 28, 2011. His family plans to host a yearly vigil until his killer is found. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Plans to Host Yearly Vigil Until Son’s Killer Is Found

    A vigil was held Thursday to mark the third anniversary of the death of an aspiring Sheriff’s Department deputy who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting near the border of Santa Fe Springs and South Whittier. “It’s never going to go away. I was actually with my brother that day. He had just got out of work and he wanted to hang out with us, so we went to one of his friend’s house and as we’re getting out of the […]

  • Fullerton police provided this still image of surveillance footage that captured an assault in the 100 block of North Harbor Boulevard on Aug. 23, 2014. Police asked for the public's help in identifying two men who injured three others.

    Fullerton Police Searching for 2 Men After Attack Leaves Man in a Coma

    Fullerton police released surveillance footage Thursday and asked for the public’s help in identifying two men who can be seen assaulting three others, leaving one man in a coma. A fight broke out in front of the Tuscany Club in the 100 block of North Harbor Boulevard (map) on Saturday around 2 a.m., according to a Fullerton Police Department press release.    “It’s believed that the altercation occurred as a result of the group of three males looking at the […]

  • A man was in grave condition Thurday after nearly drowning near 2100 Ocean Front Walk in Venice, pictured. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Man in Grave Condition After Nearly Drowning in Venice

    A 27-year-old man was transported to a hospital in grave condition after nearly drowning during a high surf advisory in Venice Thursday. The man was pulled from the water near 2100 Ocean Front Walk (map), and CPR was administered by Los Angeles County Fire Department lifeguards and officials, an LAFD alert stated. The man’s pulse was regained, but he remained in grave condition. The high surf advisory was in effect Tuesday through 6 p.m. Friday, warning of 10 to 15 foot waves. […]

  • Malibu Pier closed Aug. 27, 2014, due to  a high surf advisory. (Credit: KTLA)

    Malibu Pier Closes After Swimmer Dies in High Surf Area

    Malibu Pier and several other beaches closed Wednesday after multiple people had to be rescued and one man died during a high surf advisory the previous day. A surfer in Malibu was unconscious and in the water when rescuers got to him Tuesday morning, and he later died, Capt. Eric Howell of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division said. The official cause of death had not been determined as of Wednesday morning, but the man died during a high […]

  • Waves up to 25 feet were expected at The Wedge in Newport Beach on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifeguard Rescue of Swimmer in Newport Beach Unfolds on Live TV

    Newport Beach lifeguards attempting to help a body-surfer who became distressed while trying to stay afloat among waves up to 25 feet near the Wedge (map) had to be rescued by a boat Wednesday morning. The entire rescue effort was viewed on live television while hundreds more watched from shore. Four lifeguards swam to the man, who appeared to be tired and struggling around 9 a.m., video showed. The waves were the largest seen in the past decade and pushed the group near a large rock […]

  • High surf caused flooding in Seal Beach on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Several Homes Damaged After High Surf Causes Flooding in Seal Beach

    High surf caused by a hurricane hundreds of miles away led to flooding in Seal Beach Wednesday after water broke through defense barriers. Walls of sand meant to stop rushing water, or berms, were unable to prevent flooding that began around 11 p.m.Tuesday night. Water flooded the first floor and garages of several homes and was at least a feet high in some areas. “Waves come up, carry all the sand, the trash cans from the beach and everything else,” homeowner […]