Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • San Fernando Valley Pursuit Ends Unresolved After Suspect Vehicle Exhibits Dangerous Maneuvering

    Officials were in pursuit of a black sedan in the San Fernando Valley on Friday night but pulled ground units off the chase after the driver became increasingly reckless. It was unclear what crime the driver was suspected of committing, but Los Angeles Police Officer Drake Madison said it was a felony. Los Angeles police officials were not immediately available to provide details on what time or how the pursuit began. Sky5 was overhead as the vehicle evaded Los Angeles Police […]

  • Riverside Police Arrest High School Football Coach Who Allegedly Had Sex With Student, Contacted Others on Social Media

    An assistant football coach at a Riverside high school was arrested on Friday after investigators found he had sex with one student and was inappropriately contacting several others on social media, police said. Windell Thompson, 21, was taken into custody in the Magnolia Avenue area around 11:30 a.m. on suspicion of having unlawful intercourse with a minor and five counts of annoying and molesting a child, the Riverside Police Department said in a statement. Detectives began investigating the La Sierra […]

  • South Carolina Restaurant Manager Charged With Enslaving Mentally Disabled Man

    A South Carolina man is accused of holding a mentally disabled man as a slave, psychologically and physically abusing the victim as he was forced into labor at a restaurant, federal officials said. Bobby Paul Edwards, 52, is accused of using “force, threats of force, physical restraint and coercion,” as well as other tactics, to compel the disabled victim to work, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice. The victim was subjected to these conditions […]

  • Palmdale Sheriff’s Deputy Fakes DUI Traffic Stop to Propose to Girlfriend

    A sheriff’s deputy in Palmdale surprised his girlfriend by getting her pulled over — then proposing to her. The Palmdale station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shared video of the incident on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon. In the video, the now-fiancée of Deputy Kevin Bowes can be seen unsuspectingly completing field sobriety tests while he sneaks up behind her and gets down on one knee. At least two other deputies were in on the trick, pretending to […]

  • Middle School Music Teacher in San Jose Arrested After Threatening to Post Nude Photos of 13-Year-Old Victim: Police

    A man involved in music programs at multiple schools in San Jose was arrested on suspicion of several felony child sexual abuse crimes, police said Saturday. Samuel Neipp, 34, was arrested at Dartmouth Middle School on Friday and booked into the Santa Clara County jail, the San Jose Police Department said in a statement. Inmate records indicate he was being held without bail. Officials had been investigating the man, who taught at the middle school and also served as Branham […]

  • Rapper Nelly performs at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on May 1, 2015. (Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

    Rapper Nelly Arrested on Suspicion of Rape While Touring in Washington State; He Denies the Accusation on Twitter

    Performing artist Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning after a woman reported he had raped her on his tour bus, police said. The Grammy-winning rapper was arrested around 4:30 a.m. by police in Auburn, about 25 miles south of Seattle, where he had performed at the White River Amphitheater on Friday night, according to a statement from the Auburn Police Department. The woman had called 911 around at about 3:45 a.m. to report she was sexually assaulted on his bus, […]

  • Firefighters work to extract bodies from a splintered BMW at the scene of a deadly single-car crash in Northridge on Oct. 6, 2017. (Credit: LoudLabs)

    4 Dead After BMW Veers Onto Wrong Side of Road in Northridge; Speed Played a Role, Investigators Say

    Four people in their early 20s were killed after their BMW veered into the wrong side of traffic and slammed into a tree in Northridge Friday night, and now officials are saying they are investigating the possible role of street racing. The silver sedan splintered into pieces and burst into flames due to the force of the high-speed impact that occurred around 11 p.m. near the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Lassen Street, according to Detective Bill Bustos with the […]

  • Big rigs snarl traffic in the Sacramento area on Oct. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTXL)

    Truck Drivers Demonstrating Against Costly Regulation Stage Rolling Protest Through Central Valley

    Traffic along Highway 99 was choked Friday evening as big rig drivers pumped their brakes through California’s Central Valley in protest of a new federal mandate that could push smaller operators out of business. The convoy of more than 300 commercial trucks assembled at a Sikh temple in Yuba City before clogging traffic on the southbound 5 Freeway through the state capital, according to KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento. By about 4 p.m., the crawling caravan had made its […]

  • Andrew Carruthers is shown in a photo released by the Orange County District Attorney's Office on Sept. 19, 2017.

    Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill Orange County Hookah Lounge Patrons, Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail

    A 29-year-old man was sentenced to 60 days in county jail on Friday after pleading guilty to hate crime charges stemming from an incident at a Lake Forest hookah lounge, officials said. Lake Forest resident Andrew Alan Carruthers entered a guilty plea on a felony criminal threats charge and misdemeanor charges of violating civil rights and resisting and obstructing an officer, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He was also given a sentencing enhancement based […]