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

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  • Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez is shown in a photo distributed by LASD on Nov. 19, 2015.

    Arraignment Postponed for 3 Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting of Downey Officer

    Three people, including two teenagers, appeared briefly in court Monday after being charged in connection with the death of a Downey police officer who was fatally shot during what investigators have described as a botched robbery. The youngest of the three, 16-year-old Abel Diaz of Bellflower, was charged Friday as an adult with one count of murder in connection to the death of Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez. Two others, brothers Steven Knott, 18, and Jeremy Anthony Alvarez, 21, were also charged in […]

  • Oklahoma resident Jackie Dill shows a reporter with KTLA sister station KFOR damage she says her home has sustained from seismic activity. (Credit: KFOR)

    Oklahoma Residents Fearful as Experts Predict Magnitude-5.5+ Earthquake Could Hit

    The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased “remarkably” since 2013, leading experts to believe an earthquake with a 5.5 magnitude or greater could strike in the state’s central area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Oklahoma has seen increased earthquake activity since 2009, including 20 quakes with a 4.0 to 4.8 magnitude and the state’s largest quake on record — a 5.6 in November 2011, according to USGS. That quake, which struck some 50 miles east of central Oklahoma […]

  • Luis Lorenzo Vargas breaks down in court on Nov. 23, 2015, as he is exonerated for three sexual assaults that he was convicted of and spent 16 years in jail for. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

    Falsely Convicted Man Exonerated After 16 Years in Prison; DNA Evidence Points to ‘Teardrop Rapist’ As Real Attacker

    A man who spent the past 16 years in prison for the sexual assault of three women in L.A. County was exonerated Monday after recently-tested DNA evidence pointed to the long-sought “Teardrop Rapist” as the likely attacker. Luis Vargas, 46, was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1999 for raping a 15-year-old girl, and attacking and attempting to rape two other victims, the Los Angeles Times reported. Upon his conviction, Vargas told the court: “I’m concerned (the) individual (who) […]

  • Ron Thomas, center, sits at a news conference where a settlement deal is announced in the wrongful death lawsuit he filed over his son Kelly Thomas' 2011 killing. (Credit: KTLA)

    $4.9 Million Settlement Reached in Kelly Thomas Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    A $4.9 million settlement was reached Monday in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of Fullerton-area transient Kelly Thomas. The settlement was reached between Fullerton city officials, former and current police officers, and the man’s father, Ron Thomas, the day the civil lawsuit was set to go to trial. Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, was beaten by Fullerton police during a July 2011 altercation. He died several days later. Two officers who were accused of causing Thomas’ death were found not guilty last […]

  • A mother and pedestrian were killed in a crash in South L.A. on Nov. 22, 2015. (Credit: ANG.News)

    Mother, Pedestrian Killed by Possibly Intoxicated Driver in South L.A. Crash: LAPD

    Police were investigating if a driver was under the influence when they say he slammed into a minivan, killing a mother and injuring a child inside, before striking and killing an adult male pedestrian in South L.A. on Sunday. The violent collision occurred around midnight near South Normandie and West Slauson avenues, bordering the Harvard Park and Vermont-Slauson neighborhoods, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Dana Adams said. A driver, believed to be in a Dodge sedan, was heading southbound when […]

  • The 100-foot LAX Gateway pylons at Los Angeles International Airport are lit green on March 23, 2013. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

    Southwest Flight Headed to LAX Is Diverted Due to Passengers’ Suspicious Behavior: FBI

    Three people were being questioned after suspicious behavior from passengers on board a Southwest Airlines flight headed to LAX prompted it to be diverted to Kansas City Sunday morning, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigations spokesperson. The crew on flight 5929 diverted the plane to Kansas City “out of an abundance of caution” due to the suspicious behavior, the spokesperson said in an email statement. Passengers were “deplaned,” and three were being questioned, according to the statement. Further details about the people and […]

  • A file photo shows flags blowing on a windy day. (Credit: KTLA)

    Gusty Winds, Low Humidity Prompt ‘Extreme Fire Danger’ Warnings Across SoCal

    Gusty Santa Ana winds paired with low humidity and drought conditions across Southern California prompted the National Weather Service to warn of extreme fire danger in the region through the weekend. The weather service warned of dangerous conditions on Friday, and red flag warnings were issued for Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. The warning was expected to last until 6 p.m. Sunday. “A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, […]

  • A man was found fatally shot in Highland Park on Nov. 22, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Found Shot Dead Inside Truck in Highland Park

    A man was found fatally shot inside a pickup truck parked in Highland Park early Sunday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police responded to reports of shots fired around 2 a.m., LAPD’s Art Sandoval said. Although Sandoval said the man was found in the 5300 block of San Rafael Avenue, video of the scene showed it was on nearby Raphael Street. A man, around 25 to 35 years old, was found fatally shot in a parked pickup truck, Lt. […]

  • A man attempted to rob a Chevron gas station in Fontana, pictured, on Nov. 22, 2015. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Man Allegedly Armed With Knife, Large Rock Is Fatally Shot by Fontana Police

    A man accused of attempting to rob a Fontana store Sunday was shot and killed by police who say he was armed with a knife and large rock. A store clerk reported a possible robbery in progress at a Chevron gas station at the corner of Sierra and Slover avenues around 4:15 a.m., a Fontana Police Department news release stated. Responding officers spotted a man holding a knife and large rock in front of the store, police said. When the man […]