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

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  • Two people were found dead after a fire at a West Hills garage on Feb. 3, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother, Son Lived in West Hills Garage Where 2 People Were Found Dead After Fire, Neighbor Says

    A mother and son lived in the garage where two people were found dead after a blaze in West Hills on Wednesday, according to a neighbor. Firefighters responded to a fire in the 22500 block of Vanowen Street just after 10 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Some 32 firefighters worked 17 minutes to extinguish the blaze, located at a one-story garage, which appeared to have possibly been converted into a residential living space, department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. Two people […]

  • Los Angeles police arrest Erwin Mena in Elysian Park on Tuesday on suspicion of grand theft and impersonation of a priest. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Man Accused of Posing as Catholic Priest in Northeast L.A., Stealing $53,000 Charged With Multiple Felonies

    A man accused of posing as a Catholic priest at two Northeast Los Angeles churches, and stealing thousands of dollars from parishioners who believed they were going on pilgrimages to see Pope Francis, was arraigned Wednesday on several felony charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday. Erwin Mena, 59, has been charged with 19 counts of grand theft, eight counts of misdemeanor petty theft, and one count each of perjury, procuring and filing false documents, and practicing medicine […]

  • Firefighters are seen looking for a child believed to have been in a dump truck in Santa Ana on Feb. 2, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Father Apparently High on Narcotics Mistakenly Thinks Child Is Lost in Santa Ana Dump Truck

    A father who was high on narcotics mistakenly believed his 3-year-old son was lost inside a dump truck in Santa Ana Tuesday, prompting a search and his own arrest, police said. The man stopped a truck driver in the 1100 block of West First Street, and said his toddler may be inside, police said Tuesday afternoon. Police and Firefighters were called to the scene, at which point the father fled and ran five to six blocks before he was caught, […]

  • The LAPD provided surveillance footage capturing the moment a hit-and-run driver struck a mother and her 5-year-old daughter in Boyle Heights on Jan. 30, 2016. The mother later died.

    Mother Killed, Daughter, 5, Injured in Boyle Heights Hit-and-Run; $50,000 Reward Offered

    A $50,000 reward was offered Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for a hit-and-run that killed a young mother and badly injured her 5-year-old daughter in Boyle Heights, according to police. Korina Campos parked her 1998 Honda Civic on Boyle Avenue, near Whittier Boulevard, around 1:50 p.m. Saturday, when the incident occurred, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Campos, 27, took her 5-year-old daughter out of the backseat when they were struck, Detective […]

  • Train tracks near East Covina Boulevard and North Sunflower Avenue in the Covina area are pictured. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Metrolink Train Fatally Strikes Person in Covina Area; Several Lines Canceled

    A male victim was fatally struck by a Metrolink train Tuesday morning in the Covina area, causing delays and cancelations for multiple lines. The person was killed near East Covina Boulevard and North Sunflower Avenue, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Gregory said. The incident occurred near the unincorporated Charter Oak community. Metrolink first reported the deadly incident around 7:30 a.m., saying SB 311 hit a person on the track. SB Line 311 to Los Angeles is struck a person on the […]

  • From left to right; Jonathan Tieu, Hossein Nayeri and Bac Duong; are seen in separate court appearances on Feb. 1, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Jail Escapees Make 1st Appearance in Court Since Capture

    Three men accused of escaping from an Orange County jail, and evading law enforcement for more than a week, made their first appearance in court on Monday. Bac Duong, 43; Hossein Nayeri, 37, of Newport Beach; and Jonathan Tieu, 20, of Fountain Valley; all face a felony count of escape from pending felony charges, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The three men appeared in different court rooms Monday morning, and their arraignments were each postponed to March […]

  • KGTV reporter Marie Coronel, left, is seen in a photo on the TV station's website. Photographer Mike Gold, right, is seen in his Twitter profile picture.

    San Diego TV News Reporter, Photographer Injured by Falling Tree: KGTV

    A reporter and photographer were injured when a tree fell while they covered a weather story in San Diego’s Mira Mesa community Monday morning, TV station KGTV reported. The KGTV employees were in the 10100 block of Maya Linda Road, where several trees were down, when another fell, injuring them both, the station reported. Reporter Marie Coronel, was seriously injured and was expected to require surgery. Photographer Mike Gold suffered a compound leg fracture and underwent surgery, according to the station. […]

  • Rancho Cucamonga is pictured. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Teen Boys Accused of Committing Sexual Battery Against Unconscious Girl, 14, in Rancho Cucamonga

    Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested after allegedly committing sexual battery against a 14-year-old girl who they forced to inhale an intoxicating agent at a Rancho Cucamonga home, local police said Monday. The incident occurred when the young victim invited the two male teens to her residence while her mother was away on Jan. 16, the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department stated in a news release. The juveniles proceeded to drink alcohol and inhale chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant, also known as Freon, according […]

  • Marisela Hernandez is seen in a DMV photo provided by the Pomona Police Department.

    ‘You Really Need to Come Home,’ Son Says to Missing Mother Day After Finding Father Dead in Pomona

    After finding his father dead of an apparent suicide at a Pomona home, a 19-year-old on Thursday asked that his mother, who has not been seen since, return home. Fernando Zarate found his father, Ivan Hernandez, dead inside the garage of an undisclosed home in Pomona Wednesday morning, the teenager told KTLA. His mother, Marisela Hernandez, 38, also lived at the home and has been missing since. “You really need to come home,” Zarate said. “I don’t know what else to […]