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  • Firefighters survey the damage after a car crashed into a Corona home and caught it on fire on Dec. 18, 2017. (Credit: LoudLabs)

    Grandmother Injured After Car Crashes Into Corona Home, Sparking Fire

    A grandmother was injured when a car crashed into a Corona home and set off a blaze early Monday morning, officials said. The woman was with two young children in a guest house of a residence on the 1000 block of Cleveland Way when the vehicle smashed through a wall around 2 a.m., said John DeYoe, public information officer for the Corona Fire Department. The impact caused a fire to break out, but firefighters did not say how much of […]

  • Sacramento firefighters battle a blaze in Toro Canyon in Carpenteria at dusk on Dec. 12, 2017. (Credit:

    Thomas Fire Containment Still Weeks Away as Powerful Winds Resurge in Santa Barbara, Ventura: Cal Fire

    Officials are anticipating that the massive Thomas Fire burning in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties won’t reach full containment until Jan. 7 — more than a month after it was sparked, Cal Fire said Friday. The wildfire has grown to the fourth largest in the state’s history and had smothered 256,000 acres of the California coast as of Friday evening, or about 400 square miles, the state fire agency reported. It has been 35 percent contained since Thursday night. More […]

  • A cat who had been missing from Georgia for six months was discovered riding along with a long-haul trucker in Riverside County. He is seen here in a Jurupa Valley animal shelter on Dec. 15, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Georgia Cat Missing Since 4th of July Found in Riverside County, Will Be Flown Home for Christmas

    A feline stowaway discovered riding aboard a big rig in Riverside County turned out to belong to a Georgia family who has been missing him since the Fourth of July, officials said Friday. The tabby, named Kitty Bitty, was apparently along for the long haul as a truck driver for Pepsi made the trip out west, according to John Welsh, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. “We can only surmise he somehow ended up over at […]

  • The glow of approaching flames is seen at the gates of an expensive home in Montecito as the Thomas Fire continues to grow on Dec. 12, 2017. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Images)

    Thomas Fire, Now 4th Largest Blaze in State’s History, Claims Life of Firefighter in Fillmore Area

    A Cal Fire engineer from the agency’s San Diego division has died in the Thomas Fire, which has burned 249,500 acres — about 390 square miles —  in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties on Thursday, officials said. The blaze, which was 35 percent contained as of Thursday evening, has cost more than $82 million so far, according to authorities. “I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident,” Chief Ken Pimlott said in a […]

  • A pursuit ended in a fatal collision in Malibu on Nov. 29, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Venice Man Charged in PCH Pursuit Crash That Killed Malibu Gardener: DA’s Office

    A 22-year-old man was hit with three felony charges on Thursday in connection with a pursuit he led deputies on late last month that resulted in one man’s death, a second crash, damage to several parked cars and a brush fire, officials said. Venice resident Kevin James Hicks was already convicted earlier this year of grand theft auto in a separate case in Kern County, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Hicks was charged with vehicular manslaughter in […]

  • Conditions Remain Punishing as Fight Against Thomas Fire Continues Into 10th Day; Some Evacuations Lifted

    The Thomas Fire, burning for a second week in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, continued to grow at a slower pace as containment increased to 30 percent on Wednesday, officials said. The blaze that started last Monday, Dec. 4, now spans 238,500 acres — about 2,200 more than the previous day — and is still threatening around 18,000 homes in Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara, according to Cal Fire. By Wednesday afternoon, some evacuation orders were lifted for areas of […]

  • Pacific Palisades Woman Taken Into Custody After Unlicensed Marijuana Grow Operation Uncovered in San Bernardino

    A marijuana growing operation spanning three facilities that were not properly permitted was discovered in San Bernardino on Wednesday and the woman who owns the properties was taken into custody, police said. Two of the locations were large warehouse spaces while a third was a residence that had been converted into an indoor growing space, according to Lt. Mike Madden with the San Bernardino Police Department. One of the warehouses, an old Pac-Bell property in the 600 block of North […]

  • Officials respond to the scene where a man was killed after being run over with his own car as it was being carjacked on Dec. 11, 2017. (Credit: LoudLabs)

    Man Killed After Being Run Over by His Own Vehicle During Westlake Carjacking; 1 Arrested

    Officials arrested a man accused of running over and killing another man whose vehicle he was stealing in the Westlake district of Los Angeles, police said Tuesday. The incident was first reported as a traffic collision involving a pedestrian around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening before investigators later realized it was a carjacking, according to Sgt. Ricardo Acosta with the Los Angeles Police Department. The violence unfolded on the rooftop level of a parking structure at 611 S. Carondolet St., where […]

  • A plane drops flame retardant on a luxury hillside home in the Santa Barbara area threatened by the Thomas Fire on Dec. 11, 2017. (Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

    Heavy Gusts Will Continue to Push Thomas Fire Toward Santa Barbara, Firefighters Say; Containment Increases to 25%

    Containment on the Thomas Fire jumped to 25 percent Tuesday evening as it burned into its second week in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, officials said. The blaze grew to 236,200 acres or about 368 square miles, and will continue to advance as severe weather conditions lingered, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. It became the fifth largest wildfire in state’s history on Sunday, and on Monday grew another 7,671 acres. Santa Ana winds that have not let up […]