Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • A vector control official responds to the 1000 block of Parkridge Avenue in Norco, where two people and a dog were repeatedly stung by bees on Feb. 23, 2017. (Credit: Casper News)

    2 People Injured, Five Dogs Die After Bee Swarm Flares up at Norco Home

    A man was taken to the hospital and a woman sustained minor injuries in Norco Thursday after a bee colony on their property created a dangerous swarm and began stinging them and their dog, firefighters said. Both individuals were treated for minor injuries following the incident, which was reported around 11:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of Parkridge Avenue, according to Riverside County Fire Battalion 4 Chief Scott Lane. An 8-year-old girl, the granddaughter of the property’s landlord, was also rescued […]

  • Thousands of protesters marched in the streets outside the Texas State Capital on "A Day Without Immigrants," Feb. 16, 2017. (Credit: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

    District Investigating Social Media Posts in Which Riverside Teachers Disparaged Students Absent for ‘Day Without Immigrants’

    A Riverside County school district is investigating a series of social media posts made by teachers Thursday saying the absence of students participating in the nationwide A Day Without Immigrants strike created a more productive classroom environment. In the offending comments, which were posted in a public thread on Facebook but have since been removed, at least six teachers at Rubidoux High School in Riverside discussed what they saw as positive effects of the missing students. Social science teacher Geoffrey […]

  • Deputies respond to the scene where at suspected car thief crashed a Corvette on Feb. 16, 2017. (Credit: Kelli Yoon)

    Suspected Car Thief Dies in Crash After Speeding Away From Deputies at Traffic Stop in Lake Forest

    A man died Thursday after crashing into an object as he fled law enforcement officials who were investigating whether the car he was driving was stolen, deputies said. A vehicle described only as a Corvette was reported stolen in Mission Viejo to Orange County Sheriff’s officials around 6:30 p.m., according to Lt. Mark Stichter. About an hour later, deputies spotted the Corvette in the Foxborough area of Lake Forest, Stichter said. Officials conducted a traffic stop but the suspect was […]

  • Deputies respond to the spot in South L.A. where a car was reported stolen with a baby inside on Feb. 15, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Car Stolen With 3-Month-Old Inside Found in South L.A.; Child Unharmed: LASD

    Authorities located a car and child Wednesday about an hour after they were reported stolen in the Vermont Vista area of South L.A. Around 5:50 p.m. a woman pulled into the parking lot of Melody Liquor, near the intersection of 108th Street and Vermont Avenue, which is also a UPS pickup location, according to Lt. Michael Modica with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She ran inside to grab a package but left her engine running and 3-month-old infant in the back seat; […]

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    Suspect in 78-Year-Old Alhambra Woman’s Death Arrested After He Was Found Sleeping in Car Near Crime Scene

    A man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the death of a 78-year-old Chinese woman whose body was found in her Alhambra townhouse, authorities said. Alhambra police were alerted to the incident around 1 p.m. after the victim, identified as Moon Chueng, was found on the patio by her daughter, who lives in the complex at 1800 block of Garvey Avenue, according to Sgt. Troy Ewig with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. First responders attempted to render aid, but Chueng was […]

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    Deputies Seek to Identify Suspects Who Left Anti-Semitic Notes at Homes, Jewish Center in Oak Park

    Authorities on Wednesday were seeking to identify the individuals who left handwritten notes with anti-Semitic messages at homes and a Jewish community center in Oak Park. On Saturday several people called to report the messages, which contained symbols such as swastikas and derogatory language, according to a press release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The four-by-six-inch cards were left at seven homes and Chabad of Oak Park, located on the 5000 block of Conifer Street, deputies said. Four individuals who […]

  • Authorities respond to the scene of a crash in Palmdale on Feb. 4, 2017. (Credit: Ed Frommer)

    Palmdale Woman Arrested After Allegedly Fleeing Scene of Crash That Killed Two Passengers

    A 26-year-old woman was detained Tuesday following a 10-day search after she crashed her vehicle into a pole, killing two passengers, and fled the scene, officers said. Samantha Lozano was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count hit-and-run causing bodily injury or death, among other charges, in relation to the Feb. 4 incident, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez. Lozano was driving her 1999 Infinity G20 westbound on Palmdale Boulevard, west of 130th Street East, around 4:30 p.m. that day, a […]

  • Officers respond to the scene where a 92-year-old man allegedly shot his wife on Feb. 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    92-Year-Old Man Fatally Shoots 72-Year-Old Wife in South L.A. on Valentine’s Day: LAPD

    A man shot and killed his wife in the Vermont-Slauson area of South L.A. on Tuesday as the nation celebrated Valentine’s Day, police said. The incident was reported around 7 p.m. near the intersection of South Vermont Avenue and West 60th Street, according to Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department. The incident apparently began as a verbal argument between the man, 92, and his 72-year-old wife, officers said. At some point, the husband allegedly pulled out a shotgun and opened […]

  • A fire broke out in a parking structure at Disneyland on Feb. 13, 2017. (Credit: Twitter user @maddsnicole21)

    Disneyland Parking Structure Fire Appears to Have Started in Vehicle, Authorities Say

    Officials said Tuesday they narrowed the origin of a Disneyland parking lot fire to two vehicles, though they weren’t sure which was the culprit. The blaze burned for nearly an hour and severely damaged eight cars after it broke out around 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Mickey & Friends parking structure, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt of Anaheim Police Department. Seven park employees reported symptoms of smoke inhalation, with four of them transported to a nearby hospital. Preliminary investigation of the […]