Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • Castaic Parents Raising Funds to Help 6-Year-Old Son Battle Rare Genetic Disorder

    An experimental treatment could be lifesaving for a 6-year-old Castaic boy with a rare genetic disorder, but unless his family is able to raise funding, that research may never get off the ground. Carter Sarkar was diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome — sometimes referred to as childhood Alzheimer’s — which is currently considered fatal. But through the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation, his family is hoping he can participate in a potentially groundbreaking clinical trial that could also save his life. The neurodegenerative […]

  • Wednesday Declared Stormy Daniels Day in West Hollywood as Adult Film Star Receives City Key

    Wednesday was declared Stormy Daniels Day in West Hollywood in honor of the Trump accuser’s “courage” in “speaking truth,” the city stated. The adult film actress and producer, described by the city as a leader in the #RESIST movement against the Trump administration, was presented with a city proclamation declaring May 23, 2018, as Stormy Daniels Day. Daniels was also awarded the key to the city by West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran, who was sworn in to his position […]

  • 3 Officers Injured in Crash Involving Unlicensed Driver in Highland

    Three law enforcement officials investigating a shooting in Highland on Wednesday were struck by a passing vehicle that crashed and launched into the air, authorities said. All three suffered major injuries in the incident, which occurred in the 7400 block of Rogers Lane, said Sgt. Marc Bracco with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The officers were just about the leave the scene, which they had been combing for evidence after arriving around 1:15 p.m., when they were hit by […]

  • Convicted Serial Killer, Former Marine Found Guilty of Murdering 5 Southern California Women

    A 53-year-old serial killer was found guilty on Wednesday of murdering five women across Southern California in the late ’80s and early ’90s, officials said. Andrew Urdiales’ conviction in the deaths of women from Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties raises his total number of victims to eight, after he was found guilty in the early 2000s of murdering three women in Illinois. Prosecutors in Orange County will pursue the death penalty, the district attorney’s office said. Urdiales, a former […]

  • Two planes are seen after they clipped wings at the Hollywood Burbank Airport on May 22, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Planes Clip Wings at Burbank Airport; No Injuries Reported

    No one was injured after two planes were involved in a minor collision at the Hollywood Burbank Airport Tuesday night, officials said. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. when an incoming aircraft headed to gate B1 clipped the wing of another plane parked at gate B2, said Lucy Burghdorf, the airport’s communications director. No one was aboard the parked plane, though the incoming flight was carrying passengers, Burghdorf said. The airport and all its runways remained in service following the […]

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    East L.A. Women Hit With 21 Additional Felony Counts in Alleged Immigration Services Scam

    A woman previously charged with running a fraudulent immigration services business out of her East Los Angeles home is facing new counts after additional 19 victims came forward, officials said Tuesday. Dalila Moreno, 63, has now been charged with a total of 38 felony counts in a case involving charges of grand theft and extortion that was originally filed on Oct. 30, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. More than 30 victims are involved, […]

  • L.A. Man With No Legal License Arrested on Suspicion of Trying to Trade Sex for Immigration Services; Additional Victims Sought

    A Los Angeles man is accused of offering fraudulent immigration services and telling a potential client he would only help her if she had sex with him, and investigators said Tuesday they believe there are numerous additional victims with whom they hope to speak. Jose E. Morales, 67, was arrested April 26 on suspicion of extortion, after he also threatened the victim with having her husband’s visa revoked if she refused to engage in intercourse, the Los Angeles Police Department […]

  • Olivia Culbreath appeared at an arraignment hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Feb. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Convicted of Murdering 6 in Wrong-Way Crash on 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar

    The driver in a horrific high-speed, wrong-way crash that left six people dead — among them the driver’s sister — along the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar four years ago pleaded no contest to several counts of murder on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, now 25, was only 21 when she drove her 2013 Chevrolet Camaro east down the freeway’s westbound lanes and slammed head-on into a Ford Explorer, killing four people from three generations of one Huntington Park […]

  • A man wanted in connection with grand thefts from Target stores in Southern California is shown in side-by-side photos released by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 21, 2018.

    Police Seek to ID Man Who’s Stolen $25K Worth of Home Electronics From More Than 30 Target Stores Across SoCal

    Police are hoping to identify a man caught on surveillance video committing theft at more than 30 Target stores throughout three Southern California counties, authorities said Monday. The man is accused of stealing approximately $25,000 worth of merchandise in the form of Dyson and iRobot vacuums and Nest products such as thermostats and smoke detectors, according to Detective Joseph Hampton with the Los Angeles Police Department. He’s targeted locations in Ventura, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, Hampton said. In one surveillance […]