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


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  • A man was detained after he allegedly stole an ambulance in downtown L.A. on Oct. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Being Treated for Hallucinations Allegedly Steals Ambulance, Crashes It in Downtown L.A.

    A man being treated by paramedics for hallucinations in downtown L.A. was taken into custody Friday night after he allegedly stole the vehicle and crashed it, causing two people to sustain minor injuries,  authorities said. Los Angles Fire Department paramedics were assisting a man in the back of an ambulance when he ripped the IVs out of his arm, jumped out the back of the vehicle and fled on foot, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Will Batista said. The incident occurred in the 200 block of […]

  • Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi is shown in a photo posted to his Facebook page in 2012.

    2 People Arrested in Connection to CSUN Student’s Death: LAPD

    Two people were recently arrested in connection to the death of a CSUN student from Saudi Arabia whose body was found one month after the 23-year-old went missing, police said Sunday. Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi was last seen at his Northridge home on Sept. 17. Within days he became the subject of a Los Angeles Police Department missing persons investigation. The FBI assisted in the case at the request of police. Alkadi’s body was found just before midnight Thursday off the 10 […]

  • The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department provided this photo of Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, who was arrested on Oct. 19, 2014, after allegedly illegally entering a Thousand Oaks residence through its chimney.

    Woman Arrested After Becoming Trapped in Chimney at Thousand Oaks Home

    A woman accused of illegally entering the Thousand Oaks home of a man she went on multiple dates with was arrested Sunday after firefighters used jackhammers to partially dismantle a brick chimney she had become trapped inside. Deputies responded to a home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive (map) at 5:45 a.m. after a caller reported that the woman had been stuck in the chimney, about 8 feet from the top, for two hours, said Capt. Renee Ferguson of […]

  • Donicia Barrios, right, was reunited with Lucky, a dog who guarded her families Boyle Heights business, after a fire destroyed the building on Oct. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Guard Dog Found Safe After Fire Rips Through Family-Owned Business in Boyle Heights

    Hours after a fire destroyed a family-owned metal casting business in Boyle Heights Sunday, the building’s guard dog was found at a local shelter and reunited with its distraught owners. Police officers who were on patrol in the 1400 block of South Lorena Street (map) at 2:40 a.m. noticed flames at the Barrios Casting Company, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Fire Department. The officers summoned firefighters, who forced their way through security gates and rolling steel […]

  • The mother of Robin Samsoe, a 12-year-old girl who was abducted and killed in 1979, admires a memorial created in honor of her daughter. It was scheduled to be unveiled in Huntington Beach on Oct. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Huntington Beach Memorial to Honor 12-Year-Old Girl Abducted, Murdered in 1979

    Huntington Beach officials planned to unveil a memorial Sunday in honor of a 12-year-old girl who was the youngest victim of a serial killer who terrorized the L.A. area in the 1970s. Robin Samsoe was biking to her ballet class in 1979 when she was abducted. Her decomposed body was later found in the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles Times reported. Samsoe’s mother, Marianne Connelly, said she was elated when Huntington Beach city council members voted unanimously in July to […]

  • L.A. County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau officials investigated the death of a woman in Baldwin Park on Oct. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homicide Detectives Investigating Death of Woman in Baldwin Park: LASD

    Homicide detectives investigated Saturday the death of a woman in Baldwin Park after her body was discovered by officials conducting a welfare check, according to a L.A. County Sheriff’s Department news release. Authorities responding to a call from a concerned neighbor found the woman around 2 p.m. in the 3700 block of Idaho Avenue (map). The woman appeared to be about 61 years old, LASD stated. The woman lived alone, although she periodically had tenants, neighbors said. Multiple pieces of […]

  • A so-called bionic eye helped a North Carolina man see for the first time on Oct. 1, 2014, in 33 years. (Credit: Duke University)

    ‘Bionic Eye’ Helps North Carolina Man See for First Time in 33 Years

    A North Carolina man recently became the seventh person in the United States to receive a so-called bionic eye, helping the 66-year-old see for the first time in 33 years, according to the Duke Medicine website. Larry Hester was diagnosed with retinas pigmentosa in his early 30s and had since become blind. In September, doctors began the process of inserting his so-called bionic eye, an Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device, and he saw for the first time on Oct. 1. In […]

  • Spartacus, a 2-year-old pit bull, was attacked on Oct. 11, 2014, near his owner's South L.A. home. (Credit: KTLA)

    Stabbing of South L.A. Dog May Have Been Case of ‘Self-Defense,’ LAPD Says

    A collar may have saved the life of a pit bull that was stabbed multiple times and needed over 1,000 stitches, a volunteer said several days after an altercation that police indicated Monday may have been a case of “self-defense” rather than “animal cruelty.” Spartacus, a 2-year-old pit bull, was repeatedly stabbed and hit over the head with a shovel near his owner’s home in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles early Saturday morning. The dog’s owner, a woman who […]

  • A perimeter was established in South L.A. Oct. 13, 2014, after police pursued multiple people. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 in Custody, 3rd Suspect Barricaded Inside Home After Man Injured in South L.A. Shooting

    Police established a barrier around a South Los Angeles home Monday in a standoff with an man suspected of involvement in a shooting that left the victim with a gunshot wound to the leg, authorities said. Officers responded to the shooting in the 1600 block of East 47th Street about 8 a.m., finding a man who was shot in the thigh, said Capt. David Kowalski of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Station. In a four-minute pursuit, responding officers chased three individuals who fled in […]