Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.

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  • Tumultuous Week for LAPD Cadet Program Culminates in Inspection, Graduation

    Two weeks of scandals involving the Los Angeles Police Department’s cadet program culminated in a graduation event on Saturday, beginning with an inspection on the cadets conducted by Chief Charlie Beck followed by a commencement ceremony at USC’s Galen Center. Although the inspection is traditionally administered only to graduating cadets — or roughly 400 individuals in this class — Beck decided to execute a larger-scale inspection including as many as 1,000 former cadets as a show of his commitment to […]

  • Detectives Believe Man Crashed Car Into La Mirada Home Following Car-to-Car Shooting

    A man who ran his car into the side of a La Mirada home was fatally shot moments before the crash, investigators said Saturday. Deputies were originally called regarding a gunshot victim in the 14100 block of Mansa Drive around 8 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Officials found a 29-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound inside a car that had crashed into a home’s attached garage. The man was taken to the […]

  • Crews Battle Wildfire in Inyo National Forest; Possible Downed Aircraft Reported in Area

    Firefighters were responding to a blaze that ignited in Inyo National Forest after reports of a possible downed plane in the area on Wednesday, officials said. Multiple agencies were responding to the fire near Lone Pine in the eastern Sierra Nevada, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office reported at 1:48 p.m. Reports of the downed aircraft were as yet unconfirmed. The blaze, being dubbed the Diaz Fire, was burning near the Horseshoe Meadow camping area. By around 3:30 p.m., the flames […]

  • San Diego Woman Issues Warning to Others After Yearlong Battle With Late-Stage Skin Cancer

    With Wednesday marking the first full day of summer, a young San Diego mother who was diagnosed with skin cancer shortly after giving birth to her son opened up about her yearlong battle as she sought to educate and warn others. Shelby Nish, 26, has always enjoyed spending time in the sun but only began sunscreen last year after she was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma when she gave birth to her son, Baron. “The doctor came in and said […]

  • Teacher at High School in Coachella Valley Arrested After Allegedly Contacting 13-Year-Old Girl With Sexual Intent

    A 59-year-old teacher at a Coachella Valley high school is in custody after allegedly arranging to meet a 13-year-old in a parking lot with sexual intent, officials said Wednesday. Vista resident Anthony Robert Korwin was arrested June 5 and is facing felony charges that he contacted a minor under the age of 14 with the intent to commit sexual and lewd offenses, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He pleaded not guilty to two felony […]

  • Suspected Marijuana Extraction Lab Discovered Following Fire at South El Monte Motel; 2 Detained

    Two people were taken into custody after several rooms went up in flames at a Motel 6 in South El Monte early Sunday morning, officials said. Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials responded to the motel at 1228 Durfee Ave. around 12:37 a.m., according to a statement from the sheriff’s department. The flames had spread to both floors of the two-story hotel by the time firefighters arrived on scene, but crews were able to knock down the flames before […]

  • 800-Acre Brush Fire Near Castaic Lake 20 Percent Contained

    A 800-acre brush fire continued burning near Castaic Lake for the second day Sunday as containment reached 20 percent, officials said. Crews were tackling the flames at the fire’s east end after focusing more on the western portion after it broke out around 2 p.m. Saturday, according to Nathan Judy with the U.S. Forest Service. The fire reached 1,000 acres at its peak and firefighters were hoping the push the fire down toward the lake itself. However, the lake was […]

  • 2 Dead, 3 Injured After Car Crashes Into Yorba Linda Home

    Two people were dead after their vehicle crashed into a home in Yorba Linda late Saturday night, officials said. An SUV traveling at a high rate of speed veered off the side of the road, flew into the air and crashed into the side of a home in the 5600 block of Lakeview Avenue around 11:45 p.m., according to Stephen Horner, a public information officer with the Orange County Fire Authority. Before approaching the home the car also blew a […]

  • Brush Fire in Wrightwood Area Causes Mandatory Evacuations

    Residents of the Wrightwood area in San Bernardino County were ordered to evacuate Saturday afternoon after a fire broke out. Evacuations were mandatory for those who lived on Pacific Crest Drive between Zermatt Drive and Lone Pine Canyon Road, according to Cindy Bachman, spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The evacuations were lifted around 5:30 p.m. San Bernardino County fire officials reported the vegetation fire just after 12:15 p.m. at Pacific Crest and Zermatt drives. Highway 2 at […]