Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • ‘Documented Gang Member’ Accused of Fatally Shooting His Estranged Wife Killed in Police Shooting in Montebello

    A 26-year-old man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his estranged wife was killed in a police shooting on Friday, authorities said. Christopher Michael Diaz was shot by Montebello police around 2:40 p.m. in the 2900 block of West Via Corona following a car chase and foot pursuit, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Police had been searching Diaz, who officials previously described as a “documented gang member,” since Aug. 8, when Montebello police identified him […]

  • Police Warn of Increase in Crimes Involving Paintball Guns; Public’s Help Sought ID’ing Perpetrators

    Police are asking for the public’s help in providing information on individuals who may be behind a recent increase in crimes involving paintball guns in South Los Angeles. Compressed-air guns normally reserved for use at a recreational paintball range are increasingly being used in robberies, aggravated assaults and vandalism, Los Angeles Police Capt. Lee Sands said in a Friday press conference. So far this year in the area policed by LAPD’s South Bureau, 68 people have been assaulted in attacks […]

  • Texas Woman Releases Dashcam Video of Roadside Strip Search During Which She Felt ‘Raped’ After Charges Against Deputies Dismissed

      Warning: This post contains graphic content that may be disturbing to some readers. A Texas woman who alleges she endured an 11-minute body cavity search amounting to “rape by cop” believes newly released dashcam footage can prove her case, according to KPRC in Houston. The video was recorded two years ago after Harris County deputies pulled Charnesia Corley over for allegedly running a red light, but it was only released this month by her lawyer after the local District Attorney’s […]

  • Oakland Raiders Player Charged With Assaulting Sister’s Boyfriend in Old Town Pasadena

    A cornerback for the Oakland Raiders is facing two felony charges in a case alleging he assaulted his sister’s boyfriend in Old Town Pasadena on the Fourth of July, officials announced Thursday. Sean Smith, 30, was charged with one count each of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The felony complaint also alleges Smith inflicted great bodily harm on the […]

  • A for rent sign is posted in front of an apartment building on Feb. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. According to the Consumer Price Index, rental prices in Southern California have spiked 4.7 percent in 2016 compared to 3.9 percent in 2015. The increase is the fastest since 2007. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

    Nearly 77 Percent of Renters in the Los Angeles Area Plan to Relocate: Study

    A new study released this month suggests staggering rent prices in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities are pushing some residents out despite a vibrant job market, forcing renters to seek out smaller metro areas. About three in four Angeleno renters plan to settle down elsewhere, with the majority citing housing cost as the main factor driving them out, according to a survey done by Apartment List. Cities like San Francisco, New York and Boston saw a similar trend, with […]

  • Fontana Police Investigating Domestic Violence in Connection With Video Showing Woman Being Forced Into SUV

    Police were investigating a domestic violence case after a man was captured on video attacking a woman before shoving her into an SUV against her will in Fontana on Wednesday. Witnesses called 911 around 1:30 p.m. to report a woman who was being attacked and was possibly abducted in the area of Sierra and San Bernardino avenues, Fontana police said in a statement. Police were earlier attempting to identify the man involved but said he turned himself in after seeing […]

  • 23-Year-Old Man Dead in Long Beach Shooting ID’d by Friends as Up-and-Coming Rapper

    A 23-year-old man was dead following a shooting in Long Beach late Saturday night, authorities said. Officials were called to an apartment building near the intersection of Seventh Street and Orange Avenue around 11:30 p.m., according to Long Beach Police Lt. Martinez. Responding officers found a man who had been shot in his torso lying on the sidewalk, Martinez said. Paramedics responded to the scene but declared the victim dead once they arrived, according to police. Authorities did not have […]

  • Convicted Sex Offender Arrested in San Diego County After Woman Finds Him Showering in Her Home

    A parolee who was previously required to register as a sex offender was arrested in San Diego County after a Valley Center woman found him showering in her home on Friday, officials said. Authorities were called to an older couple’s residence in the 26000 block of Valley Center Road after they discovered the intruder around 11:30 a.m., according to a statement from San Diego County sheriff’s officials. The husband was outside working in his shop when his wife returned home […]

  • Authorities Searching for Driver After Man Dies in South L.A. Hit-and-Run

    Police were searching for the driver of a vehicle that fatally struck a man in South Los Angeles before fleeing the scene early Saturday morning. Officials received a report of a person injured in the road on Broadway, near the intersection with 88th Street, around 2:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles Police Officer Jonathan Tom. Responding officers located the man on the ground and called Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, who declared him dead at the scene. Officials have not […]