Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • Northern California Couple Arrested on Drug Charges After Accidentally Texting Detective About Deal

    Two Sacramento County residents were arrested on suspicion of dealing narcotics after one allegedly tipped off authorities to their operation by accident due to a text message mix-up. The case fell into the laps of officials at the sheriff’s department in neighboring Placer County when one of its detectives received a text message from Citrus Heights resident Rachelle Renfroe, 41, offering to illegally sell him prescription pills, according to a statement posted Thursday on the agency’s Facebook page. The woman was […]

  • Amber Alert Issued After Car Stolen in Cathedral City With 2 Toddlers Inside

    Update: The two young boys who were abducted Thursday during a vehicle theft in Cathedral City were found safe in Desert Hot Springs early Friday morning. Click here for updated story. Original post: Authorities on Thursday issued an Amber Alert for two young boys who were abducted in Cathedral City during a vehicle theft, authorities said. The children, ages 1 and 2, were in a white, 2016 Honda Accord with tinted windows and license plate No. 7TJR654, according to the National Center […]

  • Detectives Seek Additional Victims in Case of Social Worker Accused of Sex With Minor

    Investigators on Thursday announced they were looking for potential victims connected to a social worker who was arrested on child sex abuse charges. Ruben Alonso Herrera, 26, was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of unlaw sex with a minor, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department. Officials did not say when or where the alleged crime took place, or which agency Herrera worked for, though they did note he met the victim in his capacity as […]

  • Just Released From Jail, Hesperia Woman Carjacks Passenger in Waiting Vehicle, Is Re-Arrested: Sheriff’s Dept.

    A 24-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping incident in the parking lot of the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where she had been held earlier in the day on suspicion of public drug intoxication, authorities said. Hesperia resident Monique Irene Cadena was first arrested around 10:30 a.m. by the Victorville Police Department for allegedly being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in […]

  • Popular San Fernando Pastor Recovering in Hospital After Attack by Former Parishioner

    A beloved San Fernando pastor was in the emergency room Wednesday night following an attack by a former parishioner that morning left him with a broken hip and laceration on his head. Rudy Trujillo, known to many in the community as “Pastor Rudy,” was rushed to the hospital around 11 a.m. after the assault in the 700 block of North Maclay Avenue, according to San Fernando Police Chief Anthony Vairo. Rudy’s son, Joshua Trujillo, said his father was getting out […]

  • Hesperia Mother Found Guilty in Death of 2-Year-Old Son

    A Hesperia mother faces life in prison after a jury on Wednesday found her guilty in the death of her 2-year-old son, officials said. Jaimi Roberts, 24, was convicted of assault on a child causing death and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the April 24, 2014, death of her son, Grant Dunn Jr., according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. He died from complications of abdomen trauma two days after Roberts elbowed him while the two “play-wrestled” MMA-style, […]

  • Consumers in Big Bear Urged to Monitor Bank Accounts for Fraud Amid Numerous Reports of Stolen Card Data

    Officials are urging consumers in the Big Bear area to check to bank accounts for unauthorized charges and withdrawals amid numerous reports of credit and debit card fraud originating in the area. By Tuesday afternoon, the Big Bear sheriff’s station received about 20 calls about fraudulent account use with reports continuing to come in, according to Tiffany Swantek, a public information officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Detectives are working to identify a common thread between the reported incidents, but so far have not […]

  • Man Arrested in Santa Monica on Suspicion of Fatally Striking Pedestrian While Driving Intoxicated Before Fleeing

    Police on Tuesday arrested a man on suspicion of killing a pedestrian in a Santa Monica parking lot while intoxicated before fleeing, officials said. Absadi Kidane, 21, was detained following a foot pursuit and struggle after several witnesses reported a vehicle versus pedestrian incident around 3:30 p.m. in the Civic Center parking lot at 1821 Main St., said Santa Monica Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez. The victim, a man in his 40s, was found lying unresponsive on Main Street suffering from […]

  • Officials Increase Reward to $25,000 for Info on Driver Who Fatally Struck Sylmar Teen

    The city of Santa Clarita is adding $5,000 to the reward offered by Sheriff’s officials for information leading to the arrest of the driver in a Canyon Country hit-and-run that left a 15-year-old girl dead. That bring the reward total to $25,000 in the fatal incident, which occurred the day after Christmas last year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The victim, Sylmar resident Desiree Lawson, was struck around 8:40 p.m. while crossing the northbound lanes of Sierra Highway, […]