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


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  • Daniel Perez appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Montebello Father in Amber Alert Pleads Not Guilty to Murder, Kidnapping

    A Montebello father who was arrested after a freeway chase and standoff with deputies last week pleaded not guilty Monday to the kidnapping of his four sons and murder in the death his wife. Daniel Perez, 43, appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday afternoon to face one count of murder and four counts of kidnapping, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. After entering his plea, Perez was ordered held on $1.4 million bail. He was charged with killing his […]

  • At least one person died after a crash in Hawthorne on Dec. 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Dead, 4 Hospitalized in Hawthorne Car Crash

    One woman was killed and at least four others hospitalized following a traffic collision in Hawthorne on Monday morning, police said. An SUV rear-ended an “access services” minivan about 3:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of El Segundo Boulevard (map), according to a Hawthorne Police Department news release. A 49-year-old female passenger in the minivan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The minivan’s driver and another passenger were hospitalized. The SUV’s driver, a 21-year-old woman, and a […]

  • Ismael Soto, 28, was charged with felony DUI after a crash in Alhambra Sunday night. (Credit: Alhambra Police Department)

    Alleged DUI Driver Who Slammed Into 13 People in Alhambra Had Previous DUI Conviction: Police

    A man who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after crashing into 13 people in Alhambra was identified by authorities Monday. Ismael Soto, 28, was charged with felony DUI after a crash near North Fremont Avenue and Poplar Boulevard (map) Sunday night, Alhambra Police Department Lt. Garrett Kennedy said. The Los Angeles resident was allegedly traveling northbound on Fremont when he turned into oncoming traffic and struck two parked minivans, Kennedy said. Seven of those injured were pedestrians who […]

  • San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials released this photo of Marcellus Carter, 40, who allegedly stole a UPS package in November 2014.

    San Bernardino Officials Search for Man Who Allegedly Stole UPS Package

    Officials asked for the public’s help Monday in locating a man who allegedly stole a UPS package off the porch of a Highland home, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department news release. Surveillance footage captured the Nov. 18 incident, in which a man with a shaved head and a short braided goatee could be seen following a UPS truck then grabbing the package from a home in the 2800 block of Fox Tail Way (map), the news release stated. The […]

  • A Los Angeles County coroner's investigator and a K-9 are seen in the L.A. River bed in Bell on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Human Skull Found in LA River in Bell: LASD

    Detectives were investigating Sunday the circumstances surrounding a human skull that was discovered in the Los Angeles River in Bell, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. A man and woman walking in the river bed reported finding possible human remains to officials, the news release stated around 11:30 a.m. The discovery was made just east of District Boulevard and north of Slauson Avenue (map). LASD homicide detectives later confirmed the remains were a human skull. It was […]

  • A makeshift memorial was erected at a vigil for Ashlee Armond, 20, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Vigil Held for Woman, 20, Found Dead in Submerged Car in Long Beach Channel

    Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night in Long Beach for a 20-year-old woman whose body was found in her car, submerged in a drainage channel, hours after she was reported missing. Long Beach police located a 2001 green Honda Civic in the Los Cerritos Channel, near East Fifth Street (map), Saturday night and a dive team recovered the body of Ashlee Armond, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a department news release. The car was initially […]

  • Utah Highway Patrol officials provided video to KTLA sister station Fox 13 showing Trooper Jeff Jones helping an 87-year-old woman after she backed into his car during a traffic stop on Dec. 5, 2014.

    Troopers Team Up, Take Utah Woman to See Ill Son After She Hit Patrol Vehicle During Traffic Stop

    An 87-year-old woman who recently backed into a patrol car during a traffic stop received help from a Utah Highway Patrol trooper who enlisted several coworkers to drive the woman over three hours to see her ill son, whom she believed was dying, KTLA sister station Fox 13 reported. Helen Smith was pulled over for a traffic violation on Dec. 5 in Utah’s Miller County, and after Trooper Jeff Jones issued her a warning she put the car in reverse […]

  • Three people were critically injured after a shooting at a private party in Hyde Park on Dec. 13, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Shooting at Private Motorcycle Club Gathering in Hyde Park Leaves 3 Critically Injured

    Police were searching for a gunman Sunday who shot and critically injured three people at a private motorcycle club gathering in South L.A.’s Hyde Park neighborhood the previous night. A man opened fire on the door leading to the gathering near West 54th Street and South Van Ness Avenue (map) around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. The incident was believed to have occurred after an argument between the man and other event attendees. Three people […]

  • A freeway sign is mangled in the aftermath of a huge fire in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 8, 2014. Flames spread for a whole city block, nearly a million square feet, officials said. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    Federal ATF Agents to Join LAFD Investigation Into Huge Downtown L.A. Fire

    As firefighters continued to battle hot spots Tuesday, a multiagency investigation was underway into the cause of a massive blaze in downtown Los Angeles that ripped through an unfinished apartment complex and damaged at least three surrounding high-rise buildings. Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were expected to arrive Wednesday to begin working with L.A. city fire arson investigators to determine what caused the blaze, which started early Monday at a huge apartment building under construction near the four-level interchange of […]