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


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  • Carrie Jean Melvin is shown in a photo posted to her Facebook page on July 4, 2015, the day before she died.

    Woman Shot Dead in ‘Random Act of Violence’ in Hollywood ID’d; Search for Killer Continues

    A woman who was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun while walking with her boyfriend in Hollywood Sunday night appeared to have been killed in a “random act of violence,” police said Monday. The victim was identified Monday afternoon as Carrie Jean Melvin, 30, according to Lt. John Radtke with LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide. The coroner’s office confirmed the victim’s name and age and said an investigator was still working on a report. Melvin was walking with […]

  • Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing a young woman in San Francisco on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Credit: San Francisco Police Department)

    Repeat Felon Who Allegedly Fatally Shot Woman in San Francisco Admits Guilt: Report

    A repeat felon who was deported five times to Mexico was charged with murder Monday in the fatal shooting of woman who shot while walking with her father on a busy pier in San Francisco last week in what he described as an accident, CNN reported. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was expected to be arraigned Tuesday. Lopez-Sanchez, 45, admitted to a reporter that he shot Kate Steinle last Wednesday, video of the interview showed. “Did you shoot Kate Steinle on Pier 14?” […]

  • An alleged prowler was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy on July 55, 2015, in Hawaiian Gardens. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Alleged Prowler Who Was Possibly Unarmed Is Fatally Shot by Sheriff’s Deputies in Hawaiian Gardens

    A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an alleged prowler who was possibly unarmed in Hawaiian Gardens, officials said Monday. A 911 caller reported a man was knocking on their door and attempting to get inside their house, located in the 12200 block of 216th Street (map), around 9:40 p.m. Sunday, the Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. Responding sheriff’s deputies searched the premises and located the alleged prowler in the backyard. Sheriff’s deputies then shot the man. […]

  • A young boy could be seen walking away from a Bell Gardens home where a man was barricaded on July 6, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Accused of Attempted Murder Detained After Hourslong Barricade Involving Child in Bell Gardens

    A man accused of attempted murder was detained following an hourslong barricade involving an 11-year-old child at a Bell Gardens home Monday morning. The man was barricaded in a home in the 6000 block of Live Oak Street (map) as of 5:45 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said. Two women who said they were the man’s sister identified him as Alberto Navarro. Officials would not confirm his identity. Family members at the scene also said an 11-year-old was believed […]

  • A burglary took place in the 1500 block of Flamsted Avenue in Hacienda Heights, pictured, on July 4, 2015. (Credit: Google Maps)

    ‘Caring Neighbors’ Help Sheriff’s Deputies Locate Mother, Daughter Duo Accused in Hacienda Heights Burglary

    Sheriff’s deputies thanked “caring neighbors” on Sunday for helping them locate a mother and daughter who allegedly burglarized a Hacienda Heights residence the day before. Officials responded to a tip from a concerned citizen about a possible burglary that “just occurred” in the 1500 block of Flamsted Avenue (map) around 8:50 a.m. on Saturday, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “While conducting the investigation, deputies were assisted by caring neighbors, who provided detailed descriptions […]

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    Police Search for Gunmen After Man, 21, Is Critically Injured in Santa Ana Shooting

    Police said they were searching for two gunmen Sunday after a 21-year-old man was critically injured when two people drove alongside the victim and shot at him and his girlfriend in Santa Ana. A woman reported to police that her boyfriend had been shot in the area of 2300 West Harvard Street (map) around 2:12 a.m., according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release. The victim was located in a vehicle and transported to a local hospital in critical condition. […]

  • Firefighters stand outside a damaged San Pedro apartment after a fire on July 5, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Family Displaced After San Pedro Apartment Fire; Investigation Into Cause Underway

    Investigators were trying to determine if a fire that ripped through a San Pedro apartment on Sunday, displacing a family, was intentionally set after a woman claimed she saw something thrown into the home prior to the blaze. One unit was fully involved in flames when firefighters responded to the 900 block of West 25th Street (map) around 5:40 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted. Some 46 firefighters worked 21 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which did not damage the […]

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    Homicide Detectives Investigate Man’s Death After Fight at Fourth of July Party in Santa Ana

    Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a 55-year-old man after an altercation during a large Fourth of July neighborhood party in Santa Ana, police said Sunday. Police and the Orange County Fire Authority found the man unresponsive and lying in the 2500 block ofNorth Linwood Avenue (map) around 9:40 p.m. Saturday, the Santa Ana Police Department stated in a news release. Fire officials performed CPR and the man was transported to the Western Medical Center Santa Ana where he […]

  • Police searched for two men who fatally stabbed a person in Eagle Rock on July 4, 2015. They were detained that night. (Credit: KTLA)

    Father Is Fatally Stabbed While Attempting to Break up Fight Involving His Son in Eagle Rock, 2 Arrested: LAPD

    A father was fatally stabbed while attempting to break up a fight involving his son on the Fourth of July and two people were subsequently detained, police said Sunday. Two people were believed to be stabbed near La Loma Road and Figueroa Street (map) around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. T Anderson said. There were conflicting reporters about whether one or two stabbing victims were hospitalized: According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, two people were taken […]